Additional Learning Support
We are committed to ensuring that every student has the support and resources to achieve their full potential. Whether you have a special educational need or a
disability, our team will be there for you every step of the way.
If you have a physical disability, visual impairment or hearing impairment, we will do our best to provide you with all the support, equipment, access and learning resources you might need throughout your time at College. This support is confidential and information provided will only be shared with the appropriate professionals to meet your individual needs.
If you have a learning difficulty or disability e.g. Dyslexia, Dyspraxia or Asperger Syndrome, we have specialist teams of staff who will be able to support you throughout your time at College.
Support can range from help in class, one-to-one support outside the class, workshops or just arranging extra time in examinations. If you have learning support needs, please mention this on your application to College, or during your interview. A member of our Additional Learning Support Team will then contact you to discuss your needs and ensure that the appropriate support is in place for the start of your course. For more information on the SEN Local Offer, please click to download the 2019-20 SEN Local Offer Document.
At College we have a number of different study spaces to support you as you complete your work, from areas that you can work in quietly or in groups such as the Learning Resource Centre, to areas that you can simply drop in and work on PCs such as the Triangle. We have a staffed Study Zone in which you can have supported study guidance to help you complete your work, with particular focus on English and Maths, or you can use one of our pods to allow you to work quietly either with friends or on your own.
Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
If you have an Education Health and Care plan, and need more comprehensive support, we can work with you, your current school, and the Local Authority to ensure that you get the best possible support when you come to College. Arrangements can be made for transition visits to help with the move from school to college, and we are happy to come out to school to see what works best for you.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
The main purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to cover all four skills in English:
The course will allow you to progress onto your chosen courses within College. Learning is through classroom based activities, enterprise projects and access to all vocational areas within College. Students who progress onto Entry Level 3 ESOL will be able to choose either a vocational or an academic route depending on their career choices.
No prior qualifications are required. The level of study will be decided by initial assessment. For your chosen vocational option, you will also study a range of topics which may include:
Communication and working with others
English and Maths
English and Maths are really important and most employers will expect that you can prove a reasonable level of competence in these subjects. Grade C / 4 and above in English and Maths is usually a prerequisite for university. If you didn’t manage to achieve them at school, you will need to resit these at College which will be worked into your timetable.
Did you know? NCC is the number one college in the country for progress in GCSE Maths, and second nationally for progress in GCSE English!