Do I have to disclose my additional needs?
Letting us know about your individual needs early on means that we can put support in place immediately. You can disclose your needs at any stage of your learning journey.
Will college support be like school support?
At college your support needs will be met by a team of people called the Inclusion Team. Your personal support needs will be identified and your support may be in the classroom or delivered as an additional session that you attend with a Specialist Lecturer or Mentor.
What is assistive software and how can it help me?
You can use this software to assist you to read written text, or to type as you speak. It is linked to your college email account and can be accessed remotely from home.
I have had exam access arrangements (EAA) in the past, should I tell you about this?
Yes, if you want us to put support and/or exam access arrangements in place at Coleg Cambria.
If I am assessed at Coleg Cambria do you pass this information on to other organisations?
We only pass the information on if you have given us consent or requested us to do so. For example consent for exam access arrangements. However, it may be a good idea to make other organisations aware of your needs so that relevant support can be put in place.
As a work-based learner do I have to disclose my Specific Learning Difficulty to my employer?
No, it is your information. However, if at a later date you are struggling, and you have not disclosed, your employer may be unaware of the support you need.
Can Coleg Cambria support me in getting a diagnostic assessment for Dyslexia?
Yes. Once you have enrolled on a course speak to the ALN Specialist Lecturer for your area who can explain the process to you.
I need support at unstructured times of the day. What is available?
The Inclusion Team provides social support during unstructured times of the day, such as lunch and break time through clubs such as NGAGE (neurodiversity) and SensAbility (sensory impairment).
How can I access support if I think I need it?
If you have not started college yet: Contact a Learning Support Coordinator and they will discuss your support needs and signpost you to the person who can best help you.
If you have started on your course: Speak to your progress coach/personal tutor or any teaching staff on your course. They can refer you.
What is a Specialist Lecturer?
Specialist Lecturers support learners to develop learning independence. A Specialist Lecturer will introduce themselves to your group at the induction for each course. This is normally within your first week at college. However, if you need to contact them before you enrol, our Learning Support Coordinators will be able to put you in contact with the relevant member of staff.
What is neurodiversity?
Neurodiversity is the term used to describe and celebrate the importance of the valuable differences of the human brain. Have a look at this Youtube video by the British Dyslexia Association: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_LIC-9rEi0
Why do I need an eye test before screening for dyslexia or exam access arrangements?
Current regulations require that screening cannot be completed without a recent eye test (within the last 2 years). It also eliminates reading and writing difficulties caused by poor eyesight.
Is a screening the same as an assessment?
No. A screening is not a formal diagnosis, it does, however, allow us to develop a profile of your strengths and some challenges you may encounter. Completion of a screening can provide us with some strategies which would support you in class, or, to inform further assessment such as exam access arrangements, or referral for formal assessments
If I have a screening assessment, will the findings be shared with my employer?
No, this is your information and the onus is on you to share it. It will be put onto the college systems for your lecturers and work-based assessors to access.
I have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)/ Learning Support Plan (LSP) what do I need to do?
Please let your local authority know that you wish to attend Coleg Cambria and ask them to send us a copy of your EHCP/LSP as soon as possible. When we receive your plan, the Inclusion Team can then start to plan how we can best support you on your course. Please make sure that you still apply to the college so that we can interview you to make sure that your desired course is the correct course and correct level for you. Once you have been offered a place, a member of the Inclusion Team will contact you to discuss your needs and put together an ALN Support Plan. If you have an EHCP and require further advice and guidance please contact our Learning Support Coordinators.
I require personal care support, will this be available?
We have a dedicated team of care staff who can offer support with personal care to those who require it. If you let us know of your needs, a member of the team will contact you to put together a Personal Care Plan to ensure that your needs will be met at College