Additional learning support | Walsall College

Additional learning support

We believe everybody should be allowed to learn and maximise their potential, regardless of their learning needs.

We welcome applications from people with additional learning needs, endeavouring to provide the support required for these individuals to realise their potential for learning.

If you require any further information or support, please contact our Inclusive Support Team on 01922 657000 or email

Inclusive Support

If you have an identified additional support need and/or medical condition, here at Walsall College you are able to access professional support and guidance.

If you are a new applicant to the College you can talk to trained staff about your additional need and/or medical condition when you attend one of our open days or disclose this during application or you can speak to staff during enrolment.

If you are currently a college student and have not yet disclosed an additional need, then please ask your Personal Tutor to refer you to the Inclusive Support Team. Alternatively please come and see a member of the team in C032 or simply email

You will be invited to a confidential needs assessment meeting with your ALS Supervisor to discuss additional support and an individual plan will be put into place.

We can provide support for students with a range of additional support needs including;

  • Individuals with an EHC Plan
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Specific Learning Difficulties e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD/ADD
  • Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Visual Impairment
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Medical Conditions
  • Mental Health Difficulties
Support services available for our students include:
  • Confidential Needs Assessment Meetings
  • Personal Care
  • Break/Lunchtime Support
  • In class Support (can be made discrete)
  • 1:1 Assignment Support
  • Specialist Equipment and assistive technology e.g. Laptop
  • Adaptation of resources
  • BSL Interpreter’s
  • Note Taking
  • Access Arrangements for exams
  • Dyslexia Support

The Deaf Academy

Our Deaf Academy provides an excellent level of support to our deaf and deafblind learners, helping them get the most out of the programme they are enrolled on. All deaf and deafblind learners on mainstream programmes are supported by British Sign Language (BSL) and deaf blind interpreters who are all qualified to a minimum of Level 3. When necessary, a qualified note taker or in-class support/relay interpreter.

For deaf learners who do not use BSL a note taker is provided at all times. Within the Deaf Academy a variety of courses are delivered discretely via a team of qualified Deaf and hearing Specialist Lecturers.

The Deaf Academy also provides a Deaf Student Area where our deaf and deafblind students can meet, chat and share in a common culture and identity.

We also offer each deaf and deafblind learner up to two hours per week of one-to-one language support in support of their mainstream course.

Visual Impairment Support Service

We have a range of services available to support individuals with visual impairment. Support is tailored to meet the needs of the individual. Services we provide include;

  • Confidential needs assessment process with the Inclusive Support Team
  • General in-class support/one to one study support
  • Support to guide around the environment
  • Resource adaptations
  • Specialist Software – iZoom/Zoom text
  • Specialist equipment – for example enlarged keyboard

Dyslexia Support

If you have Specific Learning Difficulties such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia, getting advice and support from us at Walsall College is easy. You can tell us about your learning difficulty or disability on your application or enrolment form, or if you’re already on a course, just ask your course tutor to refer you to the Inclusive Support Department.

Support in college may include;

  • In-class support
  • Note-taker
  • Access arrangements in exams
  • Loan of equipment such as Dictaphones
  • 1:1 dyslexia support sessions

Higher Education Students

For Higher Education Students to access Support, they need to apply for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). For more information and/or to apply for DSA please contact the Bursary Team in College or apply direct on the website

Adult Learners

If you are an Adult Learner and need to access Support, you need to apply for the Advanced Learner Loan. For more information and/or to apply please contact the Bursary Team in College or at their direct website online

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