Disability & Learning Support

Here at Ashford College we understand everyone has different needs and some students with disabilities, sensory impairment, learning differences, medical conditions and those recovering from mental health problems may need support to get the most out of college life.

Additional Learning Support at Ashford College is designed to remove obstacles to learning and ensure positive outcomes. We work closely with our learners to organise support and make reasonable adjustment. Our experienced and specialist teams offer a range of support, treating all students as individuals and enabling them to achieve their full potential and work towards independence.

The support we offer includes:

We encourage students to tell us about any disability or learning support need by completing the Meeting Individual Needs section on the College application form as early as possible.

If you have told us about a disability or support need, or that you have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC plan) you will be sent an ALS Questionnaire to complete. Once we have received this we will make an appointment for you to meet one of our team to talk about your individual requirements. With your agreement we will share your personal profile and support plan to curriculum staff working with you.

Support is available to students following Further Education and Higher Education courses.

Higher Education (HE) Applicants:

Students joining a HE programme (HNC, HND, Foundation Degree, Degree or the DET or PCE/PGCE) who require additional support should apply to Student Finance England for a Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). This is a Government grant which will help pay for extra costs you might have as a direct result of your disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia. It is available to both full-time and part-time students and, providing you complete your programme, it does not have to be repaid. Eligibility for the DSA is based entirely on your level of need and circumstances (household income isn't assessed).

If you think that you will need additional support, we recommend that you apply for a DSA in good time before the start of your programme as the application process can take around 14 weeks to complete. We will be happy to provide advice on the application process.

Further information, including application forms, can be found at www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas. The following guides will also tell you everything you need to know about DSAs:

Extra Help - Disabled Students' Allowance 16/17

Please visit our HE financial support page for information about other forms of financial support for HE students.

Snowdon Awards grants

Open from 1st February. Apply by 31 May 2017.

The grant is aimed at helping those with a physical or sensory disability and in post-16 education, they can apply for help with additional disability-related costs that are not fully provided from available statutory funding.
Apply for help with funding such things as:

  • Human help – sign language interpreters and people to take notes
  • Computer equipment
  • Adapted or additional accommodation
  • Travel costs
  • Mobility equipment
  • Other costs which relate solely to disability

Applications can apply online: https://www.snowdontrust.org/grants/

Contact us

If you would like further information or to talk to someone from the Additional Support Team

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 01732 372403

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