The Higher Education Disability and Support Service

The Higher Education Disability and Support Service (sometimes called HEDS) supports a wide range of learners and offers an accessible and inclusive service. The specialist service offers information, advice and guidance for students with a wide range of disabilities including dyslexia, dyspraxia, ASD, ADHD, mental health conditions as well as physical disabilities.

The team are able to provide confidential advice and guidance to students who wish to apply for Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs). The service also coordinate the HE Study+ programme which is a programme of additional academic support for all students across Higher Education running drop in sessions and workshops on academic skills development.

Booking your Needs Assessment

ATOP Ltd outreach assessment centre at Stockport College (based in Vernon 1.06) is an accredited assessment centre approved to carry out study needs assessments for disabled students. Once you have received your confirmation of DSA’s you should contact ATOP to arrange your appointment.

To book your DSA needs assessment click here;

How we can help

Register with the disability support service and bring a copy of your medical evidence. We can offer intuitional reasonable adjustments that include;

• Individual Support Plans
• HE Study+ as an interim measure for students that have been recommended either Mentoring or Study Skills
• Extended library loans
• Library Assistants
• Equipment loan e.g. laptop or Dictaphone
• Electronic copies of lecture materials in advance
• Exam access arrangements: reader, additional time; supervised rest breaks; alternative formats; alternative locations
• Modification and adaptations of materials
• Support, advice and guidance for DSA (Disabled Students Allowance) in Higher Education
• Drop-in sessions to discuss support issues

To register with the Disability Support office please email;

What is the Disabled Student Allowance?

The Disabled Student Allowance (sometimes called the DSA) is a grant to help pay the extra essential costs you may have as a direct result of your disability. DSAs are not means tested and you do not have to repay them. DSAs do not cover disability-related costs you’d have if you weren’t attending a course, or costs that any student might have.

You can get help with the costs of:

• specialist equipment, for example a computer if you need one because of your disability
• non-medical helpers
• extra travel because of your disability
• other disability-related costs of studying

To apply for DSA, click here;

What is HE Study+?

The HE Study+ programme is a programme of additional academic support for all students across Higher Education. You can also access HE Study+ whilst waiting for your DSA to be awarded. The sessions cover a variety of academic skills development including;

• assignments
• grammar and punctuation
• being critical
• planning and organisation
• presentations
• exam preparation
• referencing
• study strategies
• research skills
• revision strategies
• self-awareness
• well being

To book onto Study+ please email

View our full Higher Levels Skills Development Strategy here.

Our NMH Rates

To find about Stockport College’s NMH Rates

Click Here

I am eligible for support?

We offer specialist support for a wide range of conditions. All of the following conditions are eligible for support;

• physical impairments, such as mobility difficulties
• sensory impairments such as those affecting hearing or sight
• learning difficulties, including people with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia
• mental health conditions or illnesses which have a long-term effect such as depression and anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder
• genetic and progressive conditions, if the condition affects your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities such as motor neurone disease, muscular dystrophy
• conditions which are characterised by a number of cumulative effects such as pain or fatigue
• hidden impairments such as asthma or diabetes, if these have an effect on your day-to-day activities

Booking your Needs Assessment

To find your nearest assessment centre and book an appointment, click HERE.

Useful links

Student Finance England

Student Finance Wales

Student Finance Northern Ireland,1268397&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Student Awards Agency Scotland


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