“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.”


The social work programme works closely with all local authorities in relation to identifying and selecting placements for all year 2 and year 3 students. We have a placement co-ordinator who links directly to the specific workforce lead when discussing the opportunities available for the students. The placement co-ordinator also has to identify shadowing opportunities for year 1 students who need to shadow qualified social workers in practice. Once again the co-ordinator links in closely with the local authorities workforce development leads.

We also work closely with our partner agencies in relation to the interviewing processes inviting staff members along to assist with interviewing prospective students.

We invite practitioners to participate in teaching sessions giving students an opportunity to understand how social work is happening within practice.

Members of staff from the college, who are registered with the HCPC as qualified social workers, also are invited to participate in workshops in relation to the NQSW’s and assessing their ASYE portfolios.

New College’s role within the partnership is to ensure that true partnership working occurs between all parties i.e. HEI’s and local authorities with the aim of ensuring that social work development within the North East is of a high caliber. We want to be able to contribute, along with all other partners, to ensure a consistent approach is undertaken in order to deliver a high quality training programme for all social work students.

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

Text: 07740924847

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
  • Organisation
  • Transitional support
  • Managing College pressures
  • Motivation

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



Gary Parle
Professional lead in social work

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