The College of West Anglia

Additional learning support (SEND local offer)

The College of West Anglia welcomes applications from learners with a wide range of disabilities and learning difficulties and are committed to providing a productive and supportive environment to help you reach your potential and fulfil your ambitions.

If you feel you need support, it is important to discuss your additional needs as early as possible to ensure that we plan effectively and ensure a successful college experience. The college has a strong tradition of support for students with a range of individual needs.

Our campuses are accessible to people with mobility difficulties and our King’s Lynn and Wisbech campuses have fully-equipped care suites. We ask you to tell us on your application form if you have a disability or a learning difficulty for which you may need extra support. You also have a chance to tell us about this at your interview. We will then assess what kind of support you need to attend the course.

Meeting your support needs is the best way of enabling you to achieve your potential. Whatever your educational need, we aspire to provide the right support for you. Examples of the type of support we can provide include:

  • A personalised support plan specific to your needs
  • Tailored courses in small groups for learners with moderate or severe learning difficulties
  • One to one or general in-class support from a learning support officer on mainstream courses
  • Specialist equipment or software to help you with your learning

If you require an individualised programme as identified in an Education, Health and Care plan or a Learning Disability Assessment, our additional learning support co-ordinators will work closely with curriculum staff, you and, where relevant, your parent/carer to develop a programme to meet your needs.

Typical areas we can provide support for learners include:

  • Dyslexia
  • Literacy/numeracy difficulties
  • Emotional and behavioural needs
  • Hearing impairments
  • Visual impairments
  • Physical and mobility difficulties
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • SPLD/SLD/MLD
  • Mental health difficulties

We have lots of facilities to support particular needs, such as specialist IT equipment e.g. large monitors, dictaphones, magnifiers, ergonomic pens, one-hand keyboards, specialised tracker-balls, large print for partially sighted learners, aids for hearing impaired learners, laptop hire and ergonomic keyboards as well as general learning support.

There are also special facilities to improve access for people with disabilities such as parking, lifts, ramps, access and disabled toilets.

An individual support plan may also include special arrangements for examinations; for example: additional time, coloured exam papers, large print papers, a reader or a separate room. We may be able to purchase equipment to support needs as they are identified.

To help you decide if CWA is suitable for your needs, we can accommodate individual visits and taster sessions for all programmes and we run transition groups for students with ASD. We also have a range of courses to aid a smooth and successful transition to college, such as our Entry/Level 1 Stepping On and Stepping Out courses and Foundation Studies (The Bridge) courses.

Throughout your time at college, we will monitor your progress on the course and regularly review the effectiveness of your support in consultation with you and, where relevant, your parents/carers.

If you have any questions, please contact the Special Educational Needs Coordinator on 01553 815270 or by email at senco@cwa.ac.uk or the Additional Learning Support Team on 01553 815339/01553 815227.

We look forward to receiving your application.