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Award Winning Support
We have a wide variety of support services that are available for all our students, whether you are here full-time, one day a week or even just for a few hours each week, you’ll have access to all our support services.
Additional Learning Needs (ALN)
At Pembrokeshire College we take learner support very seriously. As a leading education provider, we aim to maximise all our learners’ potential. Our award winning learning and wellbeing support helps to raise individual learner’s performance and help them progress to further learning, successful voluntary or employment opportunities or preparing for adulthood.
Yes, if you received support in school you can continue to receive support in College.
We have large team of Learning Support Assistants (LSA) who provide classroom, workshop and drop-in support for all our learners with additional learning needs, learning difficulties and disabilities during their time at College.
LSA support can be adapted to suit a learner’s individual needs. The support varies from supporting individual learners needs on a 1:1 or shared basis; help in completing assignments, adapting resources, making notes, time management, organisation skills, and developing their digital literacy, numeracy and literacy skills.
The LSA team also provide personal support to assist in day-to-day activities. Learners with mobility needs, medical needs and general care needs will be supported with dignity and respect and in a person-centred way.
Yes, we have a team of Communication Support Workers (CSW) who provide 1:1 support for our hearing-impaired learners and will adapt or modify resources, make notes, and help in completing assignments according to the learner’s individual needs.
All of the LSA’s and CSW’s work very closely with the curriculum teaching teams and are trained and encouraged to develop a learner’s independence skills whilst at College.
The College has a large, dedicated and extensive Learning Support Team, who work together to ensure that the appropriate levels of support and guidance are in place to suit the needs of individual learners. The Team will signpost, where necessary, to the other College support services: safeguarding, counselling, medical, finance, transport etc
The Learner Support team will work with you, and the people that know you best. This could be your school, parents, carers, and Career Wales to ensure that we have the correct information about how best to support you during your transition and admission to College. This can include attending your School Annual Review; offering an individual or small group transition visit to the College; helping you to make an application to College and supporting you through the admissions process; ensuring all appropriate access arrangements or personal care is in place.
Whatever course a learner joins, we will ensure that all your additional learning needs, learning difficulties or disabilities, will be met in the College environment.
Our Independent Living Skills courses focus on PSHE, Vocational Skills, and Essential Skills Wales. They are ideal if you are unsure what pathway to take next and need that extra provision. LSA support is available where needed for all learners.
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Support in College
The College has a desire to support learner enrichment activities allowing individuals to pursue their passions, engage in wellbeing and meet new peers. Examples of these learner activities include our Basketball Club at lunchtimes, Music Jam meet ups and ‘Dungeon & Dragons’ club.
We embrace all aspects of equality and diversity in all of our services and provision. As a College we are fully committed offering an inclusive learning environment that meets the educational needs of our learners regardless of their age, gender, ability, ethnicity, sexual orientation or social and economic circumstances. To support this we have a dedicated Learning Support and Equality Manager, who works alongside learners (and their parents/carers) to ensure that their educational needs are met.
If you’re struggling with the workload, this first thing is to speak to your tutor to let them know.
The next thing is to find your Learning Coach in The Hwb – they will be able to help you to make a plan and to get back on top of your workload.
Every learner in College has access to a dedicated Learning Coach to aid the academic transition from school to College. One of the main aims of the team is to encourage the development of independent learning skills; which will enable learners to achieve their academic goals.
Learning Coaches will work with learners to help them develop the necessary skills to enable them to become independent learners. They can arrange 1-1 or group sessions, tailor-made to the individual’s needs.
Sessions may include:
- Assignment work
- Revision techniques
- Study skills
We don’t have a Student Union on campus but students are able to apply for an NUS card for discounts in some stores.
We also have an active Learner Voice programme and you will be encouraged to become a Course Representative or to even stand for Student Governor to ensure that the views of learners are heard.
The College is proud to be delivering the Reaching Wider project, giving looked after learners additional support to progress on their course and have the opportunity to attend Higher Education taster sessions.
Judith Evans, is dedicated to the support and wellbeing of our looked after learners and care leavers. Judith is based in The Hwb (up the stairs in the atrium). Her phone number is: 01437 753186, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pembrokeshire College has a designated officer, Judith Evans, who can provide advice and support to learners who are estranged from their parents. This can be regarding their current studies and also for progression to further studies at Pembrokeshire College or going to University.
Pembrokeshire College is committed to developing its bilingual provision and ethos. We promote bilingualism and encourage all our students to develop and use their Welsh language skills.
Students are welcome to access tutorials in Welsh, to complete assessments or assignments through the medium of Welsh and there are many units that you can study in Welsh or bilingually too.
Studying your vocational course bilingually will help you develop valuable skills for the workplace and will give you a wider range options when you leave College.
If you have any concerns about your studies let them know, if you have any worries about things other than your course, they’ll be able to put you in touch with someone who can help.
On-hand throughout your study to support you with any issues you may be facing.
Our Advice and Guidance Team can support you with your progression, whether you need help with identifying your ambitions, knowing how to get to where you want to be, or simply researching your options. Our friendly advisors are here to help you. Pop in and visit them in the Admissions Office or drop them an email: email@example.com
We have a non-denomination chaplain who attends the College once a week.
The College provides a free and confidential counselling service to both students and staff. The counselling team will help you to explore your thoughts, feelings and worries and to consider your options so that you can make the decisions that are best for you.
You can make an appointment to see a member of the counselling team by calling or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Youth Worker is on hand to help signpost learners who are having difficulties with any aspect of their studies or life in general.
Pembrokeshire College aims to support all its learners and works closely with partner agencies to provide additional support for learners who have carer responsibilities.
The College is proud to be working with Investors in Carers and the Driving Change project in partnership with the Carers Federation and the Learning and Work Institute. We hold the Investors in Carers bronze award and the Carers Federation Quality Standard for Carer Support.
We offer our Carers:
- A dedicated team that unpaid Carers can turn to for support and signposting, The Safeguarding and Wellbeing Team can be reached by emailing email@example.com
- A referral service to register learners as Carers with their GP and with Carer Information Services.
- Resources for Carers – including lists of organisations available to help Carers, information on benefits, health and wellbeing and how to get one-to-one advice and guidance.
- Provide a network for Carers to meet and engage with other learners who are Carers
- If there is a time where the Carer’s responsibility impacts on their studies they can bring it to the attention of the Safeguarding team and the College will consider reasonable adjustments.
- Give priority to Carers for financial support from the Financial Contingency Fund.
- Support a learner Carer to represent other Carers at Learner Voice meetings and to work alongside our Safeguarding and Wellbeing team to keep the needs of Carers at the forefront of learner service provision.
- Arrange events that raise awareness and provide information to Carers such as celebrating Young Carers Day and Carer Awareness Week.
A Specialist Support Assessor provides a diagnostic assessment for examination access arrangements. This includes assessing reasonable adjustments for learners with disabilities and Additional Learning Needs in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.
Need someone to talk to?
If you have any concerns about your studies let your tutor know, it’s important that they know if you are struggling or don’t understand so they offer the right support. If you have any worries about things other than your course, they’ll be able to put you in touch with someone who can help.
Each Faculty has dedicated Pastoral Coaches who you’ll be introduced to during the first few weeks of College. Your Pastoral Coach will be on-hand throughout your studies to support you with any issues you may be facing.
Pastoral Care – Cynnydd
Cynnydd is a pastoral support project that is part funded by the Welsh Government. The Cynnydd team of mentors provide one-to-one support, pastoral care and advice to learners aged 16-24, who are experiencing difficulties or barriers which are preventing them from achieving their full potential. Support includes both appointment and drop-in services, support and advice on wellbeing, relationships, behaviour, attendance, attainment, motivation, confidence building, housing, financial and signposting to other agencies for other support as required, plus regular contact throughout the student’s time in college and during all college holidays.
Pembrokeshire College’s Careers & Guidance Advisors can support you with your progression; whether you need help with identifying your ambitions, knowing how to get to where you want to be, or simply researching your options. Our friendly advisors are here to help you. Visit them in the Admissions Office or drop them an email.
Our Wellbeing Team are here to help you get the most out of your College experience. We have a wide variety of support services including a nurse, counsellors, employment bureau, chaplain, youth worker, TogetherAll (website offering online support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year) plus much more. Visit The Hwb (at the top of the stairs in the atrium) to find out about the support available and how to access it.