Support for Success
The Support for Success department provides a system of support for students with learning disabilities and difficulties, to ensure that they are motivated and strive to achieve the very best academic results they can whilst on a vocational course at Heart of Worcestershire College.
For some students this means providing support that will encourage them to stretch and challenge themselves to add value and achieve higher grades to open up additional progression opportunities, and for others the support will focus on removing barriers to learning, through the development of more independent working skills, the use of assistive technology and an understanding of how their individual learning style can be used to best effect.
You can let us know about a learning difficulty, disability or medical condition on your application form, at your interview, or by contacting the Support for Success team. We support students with a wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities, such as:
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia
- Visual stress
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Communication difficulties
- Emotional and social difficulties
- Physical difficulties
- Sensory needs such as hearing or vision impairments
Before you start College
We offer advice and guidance for students with support needs who are making the move into further education. This may include:
- Liaising with the local authority if you have an Education, Health, Care Plan to ensure we can meet your needs on a vocational course
- Attending high school annual EHCP reviews prior to application
- A tour of a specific college campus where studying will take place, including general college facilities
- Additional transition visits if needed
- Carrying out a variety of assessments to see how we can meet your support needs with referrals to other specialists within the College if needed
- Liaison with external agencies where appropriate
- Support at interviews within your chosen curriculum area and during early enrolment for your course
In the event that your preferred course is not suitable for you, we will work closely with you and your parent(s)/guardian(s) to look at other suitable possibilities and opportunities that are available
While you are a student at Heart of Worcestershire College
Personal Learning Coaches and support staff will work closely with you to ensure we are aware of your individual needs and what specific adjustments need to be made to enable you to achieve, exceed and progress
Support may be in-class, out of class, on a one to one basis or in small groups or through the allocation of specialist equipment or assistive technology
Support can be provided around the areas you identify, such as organising your assignments, adjustments in exams, improving your Maths and English or meeting deadlines
We continually look to enhance learning opportunities by putting in place specific strategies to support you to develop independent skills and have a range of assistive technologies that may be recommended to support you
Moving on to Apprenticeships, Higher Education and employment
As you progress through your further education course you will start to have conversations with Personal Tutors about moving on. This could be into an Apprenticeship, Higher Education or you may want to get a job.
You may feel unsure about which option to proceed with and we can support you and your parent(s)/carer(s) by introducing you to our colleagues in other areas of the College such as the Careers Team, Apprenticeships Team or the Higher Education Team.
For information on Learning Support in Higher Education, click here.
Support for Success is located at the back of the Beacon Study centre at Worcester, in room M212D and at Redditch on the first floor of Archer block, with designated quiet areas called ‘The Base’ on Redditch, Bromsgrove and Worcester campuses.
Worcestershire’s SEND Local Offer
We are committed to contributing to Worcestershire’s SEND local offer.
You can find information about what is available for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families.