Inclusion and Learning Support

We welcome applications from students with learning difficulties and disabilities. We offer support and guidance to ensure all students can access their learning and get the most from their studies.

We can help students with disabilities and learning difficulties, including mental health conditions, chronic health conditions, specific learning difficulties, sensory impairments, students on the Autism spectrum, medical conditions and much more. The Learning Support team work with the whole organisation to provide an appropriate and supportive environment for students to enable full participation in learning. All students with a learning difficulty and/or disability are covered by the Equality Act 2010.

We encourage all students to disclose their learning difficulty, disability or health condition at application and inform the college well in advance of starting your programme to ensure that we can plan support in advance.

Who to contact

Our Learning Support Officer can answer any questions regarding the topics outlined in this section, as well as talking through the types of support available:

For more information on the General Chiropractic Council guidelines for students wanting to apply to a programme with a disability, please view the General Chiropractic Council guide for disabled people.

Funding options

If you are a student with disabilities and/or learning difficulties you may be eligible for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), which you should apply for through Student Finance England. The DSA helps financially support students with a disability or long-term health condition, mental health condition and students with a specific learning difficulty such like Dyslexia or Dyspraxia. This is in addition to loans or grants you already have in place and it is not means tested. The DSA is only available to students from the UK. You will need to provide evidence in the form of reports or medical evidence in order to apply.

Once you have sent off your application, you will receive confirmation from Student Finance England that you are eligible. You will be invited to attend a Study Needs Assessment to discuss what support you may be entitled to.
The DSA can fund support for specialist equipment, tuition or a note-taker, additional photocopying or books and in some cases travel costs.

The application process can take up to several months, so we strongly advise you to apply for DSA as early as possible so you receive the benefit of this support from the start of your course.

Please visit the Disabled Students’ Allowances website for further information and an application form.

Please do get in contact with the Learning Support team if you need any assistance completing the application or need further advice.