Learning Support

Learning Support

As a Pembrokeshire College student you will have an initial assessment to identify if you need support with literacy or numeracy.  Support given could include:

  • One-to-one help with a learning support specialist
  • Assignment planning
  • Work in small groups with basic skills/essential skills

Tutorial Support

As part of all full-time courses offered, you will have a personal tutor who will provide pastoral support and academic guidance throughout the period of your programme, as well as help set your goals and monitor your progress from day one.

Provision for Students with Disabilities

Pembrokeshire College is an easy-to-access establishment, fully equipped and adapted to welcome students with physical and/or learning disabilities.  The College has award-winning resources and student support services to enable all members of our community to come to College.  To discuss individual need please contact the Learner Contact Centre where you will be put through to someone who can help.

Large print, Braille and CD versions are also available on request – text phone (Mincom) 01437 753 000.

Facilities & Equipment

Within the College we have a range of specialist equipment to support students with disabilities including:

  • Laptop computers and word processors
  • Colour CCTV
  • Large screen computer monitors and adapted keyboards
  • Lunar for Windows (individualised screen magnification system)
  • Electronic spell checkers, thesaurus and dictaphones
  • Specialist software programmes including voice activated packages

The College has policies in place for students requiring special examination or assessment arrangements.

“I feel I know all my daughter’s tutors and have been offered the opportunity to discuss her progress with them regularly. The level of support offered to students is exemplary, which means that issues never become problems and students feel secure in their learning and development.”

Fiona Phillips, mother of a former A-Level student.

Staff expertise available in the College

  • Specific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia
  • British Sign Language Communication and Note-taking
  • Severe Learning Difficulties
  • Learning Support Assistants – for personal and medical needs
  • Autism
  • Makaton Communication
  • Basic Skills Support

Prospective higher education students are asked to contact the Learner Contact Centre for advice on the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) funding, specialist support and equipment they require.

Other professionals available as required

  • Specialist careers officers/Careers Wales West
  • Disability employment advisers
  • Educational psychology service
  • Advisers for hearing impaired
  • Advisers for visually impaired
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Community team for learning disabilities
  • Independent Advocacy Service
  • Local branches of RNIB, RNID, BDA, SCOPE, etc
  • In-house arrangements to meet particular dietary needs
  • In-house support for particular medical/personal care needs

The College also has a full-time nurse 9am-4pm, 5 days a week, term-time only.  We have a fully equipped accessible medical room on the main campus in Haverfordwest.  There are trained first aiders available at all sites.

Admissions Arrangements

Application form
If you have a disability we would like you to complete the disability question in the application form.  This will ensure you are contacted before your interview about any support needs that you may have.

Self assessment
At your Admissions interview you will have the opportunity to discuss your support needs.  You may wish to involve your parents or other adults at this stage.

College assessment of need
In addition to your own self assessment, with your agreement, we may also involve physiotherapists, occupational therapists and advisors for the sensory impaired to carry out an assessment of need in relation to the College environment.

Attendance at school reviews/College link programmes

A member of our qualified team will attend school transition planning meetings and annual reviews and will arrange school-College link programmes for those who would like to sample appropriate courses and find out more about the support we provide.

The Cynnydd Project

Providing additional pastoral support for learners

What is Cynnydd?
The Cynnydd Project provides a range of engagement, learning and training activities for 11 – 24 year olds in order to reduce the number of young people who are at risk of becoming NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training).

Who is Cynnydd for?
Within the College, Cynnydd is aimed at further education learners who are at risk of becoming NEET i.e. they are currently enrolled on a programme of study but have been identified as at risk of leaving education. The three main reasons for a referral to the Cynnydd Project are: Attendance, Attainment and Behaviour.

The project also engages with Cynnydd participants progressing from schools.

Who funds the Project?
Cynnydd is an ESF Funded Project with 11 partner organisations (five LEAs and five Further Education Colleges) led by Pembrokeshire County Council. The Local Authorities involved in the project are: Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot. The Further Education Colleges involved in the project are: Coleg Ceredigion, Coleg Sir Gar, NPTC Group, Gower College Swansea, and Pembrokeshire College.  Plus Careers Wales.


Reaching Wider Project

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.

Learners who are looked after will:

  • Receive priority in the admissions process
  • Be a priority in the awarding of student financial support
  • Receive an enhanced duty of care with regards to support and attendance monitoring
  • Receive regular reports on their progress
  • Have access to wellbeing services
  • Have an annual health review with the LAC nurse
  • Receive multi-agency support
  • Have the Designated Officer in attendance at their review meetings and the option of their advocacy (support) in disciplinary hearings
  • Any risk of exclusion or withdrawal will be brought to the attention of the Corporate Parenting Team
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