Transition into College

Recognising the diversity of our future cohort of learners and being responsive to their needs is key to improving the quality of additional learning support. Our aim at Bridgwater College is for all students with additional learning support needs to have equal access to the curriculum and work towards meeting their full potential. This starts with their transition from school to College.

A referral to the Transitions Team can come from school, College or parents at any time. Our Transitions Team are able to offer individually tailored transition support to meet the needs of each individual learner.

Student Mike Axeford

Mike Axeford

Alongside my course I have a work placement at the College Farm one day a week which is helping to prepare me for the next step of studying a course in agriculture. I am proud to say that I have matured a lot since starting College, worked hard to improve my grades and have now been accepted onto the course I want to study next year.”

Former pupil of West Somerset Community College in Minehead, Mike studied the Skills for Working Life Programme and is now going to study the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture at the College.

We work with students who have a variety of learning needs such as Asperger’s Syndrome, Mental Health issues, physical disabilities and various medical requirements. This is done in a range of ways and in co-ordination with the student’s school. We liaise with support staff in schools and parents and carers in order to gain as much information about the student’s support needs as possible.

There are a range of opportunities for students to familiarise themselves with their future learning environment. These can include:

  • Staff from College visiting schools
  • Taster days
  • Class visits
  • Link courses
  • Individual student visits
  • Coffee and information mornings for parents and carers
  • Open evenings
  • Supporting students through the interview process where necessary.