Do you have a disability or additional requirement?
Do you have a disability or additional requirement?
The Specialist Support Centre
At our Bridgend campus (E Block) and at our Pencoed Campus (Main Teaching Block), we have a dedicated Specialist Support Team who offer help and support for any learner who has any additional needs or disability. To help you with your studies, you will be offered an initial assessment of your needs, with the appropriate ongoing support, guidance or Assistive Technology where needed.
Assistive Technology available:
All staff are qualified in their specialist areas to ensure a first class service is on offer to any learner who needs this additional help. The support on offer is to assist learners with dyslexia, those who are deaf or having a hearing impairment or those who have a visual impairment or are blind.
The services, support and expertise on offer are:
These services are offered to ensure all learners are able to realise their full learning potential. For further information, please contact:
We are extremely proud of the specialist support we are able to offer our students. We were recently awarded the British Computer Society Quality Mark for Accessibility and are recognised as a BCS Centre of Excellence.
There are various forms of specialist software and equipment available here, which can be made available to students if required. A wide range of hardware, software or sometimes simple adaptations can be used to help students with varying support needs to have equal access to the curriculum.
There are various items of equipment that can be useful for people with additional support needs.
Specialist equipment available includes:
In addition to providing specialist IT support we can offer information in alternative formats, including your course notes and assignment briefs. The additional services currently available are:
We also offer a specialist equipment loan service where additional hardware may be required in the classroom. The types of equipment depend on individual needs but the most commonly used are:
For more information or to arrange an appointment please contact:
Gareth Jenkins, Specialist Support Centre, Tel: 01656 302302/204, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a team of qualified British Sign Language Interpreters, note takers and lip speakers to support Deaf/Hearing Impaired learners within mainstream, and discrete provision and to provide one to one support.
A wide variety of technical aids are available to you, depending on your levels of hearing loss. The Deaf Support base room has a portable induction loop; this facility is available for both students and visitors with Hearing Impairments.
We have also been working closely with the audiology department at the Princess of Wales Hospital Bridgend, and are able to supply free batteries to students with hearing aids and cochlear implants.
We deliver a range of British Sign Language courses throughout the academic year. These consist of CACDP level 1 and 2 qualifications and OCNW level 1 & 2 qualifications.
We also offer hearing tests, following the Health and Safety Executive ‘Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005)’
The service will include:
For more information or to arrange an appointment contact:
Sandra Lewis, Co-ordinating Tutor for Deaf /Hearing Impaired Support
T: 01656 302378
You may have Dyslexia if you have persistent and severe problems with reading and/or writing, for example, if it takes you a long time to read a newspaper or complete forms.
Other signs may include short-term memory problems, short attention span, difficulty with organisation and difficulty with sequencing.
If you suspect that you have Dyslexia, speak to your Course Tutor and/or drop in to see the staff in the Specialist Support Centre.
The information that you provide will always be treated as sensitive and confidential.
We have an experienced team of highly qualified SpLD tutors, who are able to offer advice and support. This support involves assessing and working on identified needs through one to one or drop in support.
Specialist learning support helps you to successfully complete your course by addressing your learning differences.
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The Assessment Centre is a DSA-QAG registered assessment service that primarily carries out Needs Assessments as part of the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA).
This is an allowance funded through Local Education Authorities for students with Additional Needs in Higher Education.
Assessment Centre staff undertake specialist assessments for students with a wide range of additional needs, including hearing and visual impairments, mobility-related needs, mental health issues as well as specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia).
To make an appointment with the DSA Assessment Service:
T: 01656 302561
We aim to offer an appointment within 15 working days and may often offer you an appointment sooner than that dependent on the time of year. See the Assessment Process Proposed Timeline here.
|Monday – Thursday||8.30am – 5pm|
|Friday||8.30am – 4.30pm|
How to find us
The assessment centre is based at Bridgend College’s Cowbridge Road campus in Bridgend.
There is a designated parking space for students attending the assessment centre, which is situated in front of the Estates Bungalow on the left immediately after the main entrance. Upon arrival please contact one of the Estates team who are located in the bungalow and they will release the space for you.
The assessment will take place in the Specialist Support Centre (ground floor of E Block). When entering E Block, go through the door to the Specialist Support Centre. Turn right and then follow the red line on the wall which will take you to the Assessment Centre.
Assessment Service for Higher Education Students
The Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is a Government grant for UK learners enrolled on higher education courses, both full-time and part-time (if studying at least 50% of a full-time course). The DSA pays for extra costs learners may have whilst studying as a result of their disability or specific learning difficulty.
The allowance can pay for support in the form of equipment and human support, as well as extra travel costs and other course related costs, such as books, photocopying and printing. It is not dependent on the household income.
Who is eligible?
Higher Education Students with a:
The DSA Assessment Centre located within the Specialist Support Centre (E-block) at our Bridgend Campus provides assessments for learners who are eligible for the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA). This involves talking to you about your disability and the barriers you experience and then recommending the support strategies and equipment that will allow you to access your education on a level playing field to your peers.
Learners eligible for the DSA are normally requested to attend a Study Strategies Assessment by their Local Authority/Funding Body. The Bridgend Assessment Centre is a registered assessment centre with the Disabled Students’ Allowances Quality Assurance Group (DSA-QAG) and is a member of the National Network of Assessment Centres (NNAC).
For more information, please contact the team, T: 01656 302561 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are proud to have received the very rare double ‘excellent’ in our Estyn inspection. This award reflects the dedication, innovation and passion of our learners, staff, governors and partners. We are extremely pleased that the high quality of our performance has been recognised in the awards gifted to the college.
In 2017, we were listed as 28th in The Sunday Times Best 100 NFP Organisations, the annual ranking of Britain’s happiest and most motivated workforces. This respected award demonstrates our commitment to both our staff and learners here at Bridgend College.’