Farnborough College of Technology
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Additional Learning Support

We have a dedicated Additional Learning support team comprising of:

  • Learning Support Workers
  • Specialist Tutors
  • Key Workers

Our staff work across the College teams in organising and implementing a wide range of support programmes, each tailored to the learner.

Specific Learning Difficulties

This includes Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia.

The SpLD staff will liaison with personal tutors and vocational staff, giving recommendations and support strategies so that the teaching and assessment methods are effectively differentiated

Support could include:

  • One-to-one support sessions (outside the classroom)
  • Study and assignment workshops
  • Exam access arrangements
  • Assistive technology and equipment support
  • Supporting learners through DSA applications in Higher Education


Language and Communication Difficulties

The team support students who have difficulties producing speech, understanding and using language, have specific communication difficulties which impact on their ability to express their needs and communicate effectively in their environment.

Support could include:

  • Guidance from SALT professional
  • 1:1 or small group work with trained ELCAN staff
  • Assistive technology and equipment support


Assistive Technology

We live in an ever-changing world of technological advances. Assistive technology allows learners to develop strategies to become independent learners and remove barriers. The staff work across our provision working closely with key workers and students to help find solutions.

Assistive technology support includes:

  • Adapting computers to include alternative keyboards, mice, monitors, and height-adjustable desks
  • Software such as Read&Write Gold, ZoomText Magnifier and Reader, Dragon and iMindMap
  • Use of smart technology
  • Specialist training in assistive technology for both students and staff


Higher Education (HE)

Specific individual support is available to Farnborough degree-level learners, who are eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA).

This allowance is awarded to learners who have a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD or autism), a disability affecting mobility, a medical or mental health condition.

HE Support works closely with HE tutors to identify learners who may qualify for this allowance. From here they are guided through the process of identification, application, and setting up support in as timely a manner as possible.

Types of support offered include:

  • Assistive technology
  • Study Skills Support
  • A note-taker
  • A buddy to accompany learners at the start of their course
  • Access arrangements

Learners who are not eligible for the DSA may still be granted exam access arrangements and all HE learners will be provided with a personal tutor.