What is Learning Support?
At Coleg Sir Gar we are here to help support you through your studies in every way we can. We aim to provide a quality service to assist students who have a learning difficulty, disability or impairment to access support enabling you to fully participate with your studies.
The Learning Support Team consists of seventy members of staff based across the five campuses and includes Specialist Learning Support Lecturers based in the Study Zones, Learning Support Assistants who support students in Further Education on a 1:1 or small group basis and Study Mentors for students in Higher Education.
Learning Support is available on each campus and provides a student-centred approach to meet the needs of the learner that encourages academic success.
Quote on provision: Art student (2015): “I have received weekly specialist study support and it was invaluable to allow me to reach my potential, I couldn’t have got through my coursework without it.”
Who we support
We offer Learning Support provision to all of our learners and identify the need for support in the following ways:
- Student Reviews at feeder schools
- Learning and Skills Plans (Careers Wales)
- Individual Needs Questionnaires
- Medical evidence (GP, Consultant or Specialist)
- Initial Screening Assessment: We offer dyslexia screening to every new student so we can identify and provide support during your studies
- Learning Support Induction presentation
- Professional Diagnostic Assessment
- Timetabled support – Specialist Learning Support and In-class LSA or Study Mentor provision
- Self or tutor referral
- Loan of specialist equipment Examination arrangements
Learning Support in FE
Help and support is available at the Study Zone for students experiencing challenges and barriers with course work and assignments. We offer one-to-one and small group appointments to develop learning strategies to assist students in their chosen course with the following:
- Tackling Assignments
- Proofreading strategies
- Spelling and punctuation skills
- Report writing and study skills
- Support for GCSE re-sits in English and Mathematics
- Information Communication Technology support
Specialist Learning Support is available on a drop-in or appointment basis. We offer teaching and advice on skills that will aid learning and strategies to make studying more manageable. We work closely with academic staff to embed academic skills development within the curriculum and to ensure that teaching is accessible for all students.
Any student may request support with their course, at any time. You may attend for one session or you may decide that you require support on a weekly basis throughout the year. We can provide one-to-one teaching, guidance and information on all aspects of academic study and skills. This can include: task analysis, research skills, assignment writing, proofreading and organisation strategies.
The team provides opportunities for exploring learning processes and strategies that encourage academic success, enabling students to fully participate in your studies. The team consists of fully qualified specialist lecturers and assessors who can offer Professional Diagnostic Assessments to identify a profile of specific learning difficulties.
Disabled Students’ Allowance
We assist students who may be eligible to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) and arrange for funded support to be put in place. The DSA is a non-means tested, government funded scheme which can pay for any support that you might need to ensure you are not disadvantaged during your studies. Students with a disability or impairment including specific learning difficulties are usually eligible and support is recommended on an individual basis. All support is recommended during a Needs Assessment when a discussion takes place about how your disability or impairment affects you.
How do I apply?
You can apply for the Disability Students’ Allowance before or during your course although we recommend that you do so as soon as possible as it can take some time to get everything in place. In order to apply for a DSA you will need to provide evidence of your condition. In the case of a specific learning difficulty, this should be a qualified assessor or Psychologist’s report conducted after you were 16 years of age. For other impairments and disabilities a letter from your GP, consultant or other medical professional should be sufficient. You will need to complete a DSA1 form as part of the application process which we can offer assistance.
Rheolwr Cefnogi Dysgwyr / Assistant Director of Learning Wellbeing
Tel: 01554 748028/8232
Making an appointment: The Study Zones are open between 9.00 am and 4.30 pm.