Our Unity Hub team of trained staff provide support for students with a range of additional support requirements, including students with Education & Health care plans, young carers of students living independently. The Unity Hub is a secure and welcoming space where any student seek support.
The support is tailored to individual students requirements and can be short or long term. The Unity Hub Team work closely with the wider college ensuring that all students take a full part in the learning opportunities offered by the college and gain maximum benefit from their studies. The Unity Hub provide intervention and support to vulnerable learners helping to build independence, resilience and improve their learning experience, in both 1-1 and group settings.
On applying to college
At your guidance meeting, you will be seen by a member of the Unity Hub team for a brief discussion about your support need.
If you have disclosed a specific learning difficulty or disability on your application form you will be invited to visit the college to discuss support needs with the Unity Hub Team. This must take place during the Easter Term before you start so that we can ensure that the relevant support needs are identified before you commence your studies with us. Individual advice can also be issued to teachers identifying the type of support or extra resources which may be needed in lessons.
If you have an Education and Health Plan (EHCP), the college must receive a copy of the plan by 30 April in the year of application. You will be invited to two transition visits at a mutually convenient time during term time so that you can experience college life. Applicants are strongly advised to take up this offer as it will ensure a smooth start to their studies in September.
You will have a further discussion. You will then make an appointment to have a more in-depth interview where an Individual Education Plan can be formulated, resources provided and targets agreed. If you have previously had Exam Access Arrangements such as extra time, a reader or a use of laptop, the team can be made aware of these at this time.
Further Assessment and Special Exam Arrangements
If you meet set criteria Student Support can arrange for a diagnostic assessment for dyslexia, to identify what exam arrangements are needed. We also arrange exam access arrangements for students with physical disabilities and medical issues these include rest breaks and with implementing any access arrangements previously identified on enrolment.