“Studying at New College Durham helped me acquire the knowledge needed to achieve my career goals. I will continue to work in a job I love.”
Higher Education Learner Support
How can we help?
The Learner Support team are committed to ensuring that you have the opportunity to achieve and progress in your education and are able to fully participate in college life.
Our experienced team supports higher education learners with a wide range of special educational needs and disabilities including:
- Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and other Specific Learning Difficulties
- Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC)
- Mobility and Physical difficulties
- Sensory difficulties
- Medical conditions
- Mental Health conditions
What support is available?
- Initial assessment and advice
- Liaison with course tutors and other College student services
- Guidance on obtaining evidence of need including referral for specialist assessment
- Support to apply for funding e.g. Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA)
- Guidance and support to arrange any recommended funded support
- Regular contact with the Learner Support Team
- Support with examination access arrangements
How can you contact us?
If you would like to talk to a member of the Learner Support Team about available support or to discuss your needs in more detail, please contact us:
Call: 0191 375 4380/4381/4387/4992
Come along to the Learner Support Office (Orange 0.22)
Website: Student Support
Personal Learning Coaches (PLCs)
The Personal Learning Coaches provide personalised support and guidance to learners in College. Through reflective questioning and target setting students are encouraged to make positive progress and achieve to their full potential.
PLCs cover all curriculum areas across the College and support is available to learners studying at any level. The team provide one-to-one support on a range of issues including the following:
- Study skills
- Time management
- Transitional support
- Managing College pressures
For further information
Please call in to the Coaching and Learning Zone which is located on the first floor of the LRC.
English for speakers of other languages
If English is not your first language then our ESOL courses will help you develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English and also improve your grammar and pronunciation.
The courses help you to learn and practise your English in a variety of ways in an English-speaking environment. ESOL classes cover useful topics, which will introduce you to British culture and will help if you are planning to find employment in the future.
An ESOL specialist will assess you on your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and will give you a timetable according to your level and needs. We provide courses from beginner to advanced level.
The courses are delivered by well-qualified, experienced specialists. In addition, you will receive regular progress reviews to make sure that your study needs and progress are carefully monitored
This programme is in-keeping of New College Durham and its Equality and Diversity Policy