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Please click here for Higher Education Disability and Support

We offer a variety of support formats designed to fit individual requirements. We proactively implement the SEND Code of Practice 2015 and the principles that it observes: enabling participation, collaboration with partners, high quality provision, inclusive practices, removing barriers to learning and preparing for adulthood.

We work with a variety of external agencies including Sensory Services, CYP Service and local authority SEN services to ensure smooth transition, opportunities and progression for our leaners.

We have professional affiliations with a number of organisations including ADEPT, BDA, PATOSS, NADP, NATED.

To have your support put in place you will need to make an appointment with us. In this meeting you will discuss your requirements and the Learning Support Team will produce an individual support plan detailing support. Additional support is available for students with:

  • Students with an EHCP (Educational Health Care Plan) or Statement of Educational Need
  • Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Conditions including Asperger’s
  • Mental Health Difficulties such as anxiety, depression and bipolar affective disorder
  • Hearing and Visual Impairments
  • Long term medical conditions such as epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, cancer, HIV and diabetes
  • Physical disabilities including M.S, cystic fibrosis, hypermobility syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Mobility difficulties
  • Temporary injuries such as broken bones or recovery from an operation

The Learning Support team can offer:

  • Specialist assessment of learning needs
  • Individual Support Plans
  • Exam access arrangements e.g. reader, extra time
  • In-class support e.g. note taking
  • Communication support for deaf learners
  • Equipment loan e.g. laptop or Dictaphone
  • Support using assistive technology e.g. screen readers, mind mapping software
  • Dedicated Learning Support Zone
  • Modification and adaptations of materials
  • Support, advice and guidance for DSA (Disabled Students Allowance) In Higher Education
  • Drop-in sessions to discuss support issues.

The College Offer

The curriculum at Stockport College is split into 2 discrete areas of offer:-

Foundation Learning: This provides an opportunity for students who may need additional learning to access further education courses.  As there are no formal entry requirements, acceptance on a course is subject to an assessment and interview. To help prepare you for a higher level course, the Foundation Learning pathways combine the following topics:

  • English (GCSE and Functional Skills)
  • Math (GCSE and Functional Skills)
  • Employability
  • A Vocational Option

Level 1,2 & 3 courses on offer at Stockport College:  Prospective learners will put appropriate learning support in place to meet learners’ educational needs, including those without Education, Health and Care Plans. All young people enrolling on a full-time course at Stockport College will be placed on an appropriate Study Programme. The level of study offered is dependent on specific academic entry requirements. (Please refer to individual course entry details for each programmes specific requirements)

The Study Programme will consist of the following key elements:

  • A substantial core qualification in an academic or vocational discipline that leads to good progression outcomes into higher education, further study at the next level or sustainable employment
  • English and Math courses for all learners without a grade C or above in these subjects at GCSE level
  • Work Related Learning within all vocational pathways including work experience, employability skills, enterprise capability and other opportunities to engage with the world of work
  • Professional Development Programme for one hour each week

Contact details

0161 296 5810 — Student Services reception

07795648407 — Learning Support mobile

0161 296 5880 — Learning Support Zone


Useful Links:

Stockport’s Local Offer — Childcare and Family Information Directory

SEND Code of Practice 2015 – Special educational needs and disability code of practice

Equality Act — Equality Act 2010

Children’s Act — Children Act 2004



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