Additional Learning Support

Learning Support is an outstanding area of Bridgwater College. Our aim is for all learners with additional support needs to have equal access to the curriculum and to work towards meeting their full potential with our support.

The need for additional learning support may arise from a specific learning difficulty and/or disability. There may also be a need for additional learning support if you have experienced any mental health difficulties which may cause a barrier to learning.

Our Additional Learning Support Team comprises of highly qualified and dedicated staff with experience of working with and knowledge of a range of learning difficulties and/or disabilities. The Team will organise and implement a wide range of support programmes each tailored to the needs of individual learners. 

Student Rebecca Van-Stein

Rebecca Van-Stein

The college have been very supportive of me over the past two years. When I first started at the college I discovered I was dyslexic and the college put a lot of support systems in place to help both in and out of lessons. The teaching staff have adapted their lessons to a style that suits me without making me feel different. Now I know how to cope and learn in a way that suits me. I don’t need as much help anymore.”

Rebecca is a former pupil of Heathfield Community School in Taunton, studied A Levels in History of Art, Fine Art and Religious Studies, and is going to study History of Art at Plymouth University.

Learners undertake residential activities that allow them to transfer skills they have developed throughout the year. In all cases learners are challenged to go above and beyond the norm whilst evidencing how they have set and achieved their own personal goals.

Students benefit from access to specialist resources which include:

  • A sensory room,
  • Independent Living facilities
  • Learners on land based courses have access to a large area of land, and specialist facilities in the form of a large glass house and small animals
  • Practical Skills Workshop: This large well-resourced area is used to develop practical skills that in particular assist many learners to progress to Level one
  • Catering kitchen: Learners have sole access to an industry standard catering kitchen, with regular visits from and to current practitioners in a variety of settings
  • Access to cross college curriculum and subjects

There is a strong focus on continually updating the use of technology to enable learners to participate in their learning both at college and independently. We are recognised as one of the largest providers of Additional Learning Support nationally.

For more information contact Learning Support by emailing learning.support@bridgwater.ac.uk.