Additional Learning Support (ALS)

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Birmingham Metropolitan College believes high quality support is an imperative part of students’ success enabling every individual to reach their academic potential. The College offers a variety of support methods depending upon the individual’s needs.

Learning Disabilities and/or difficulties

The College can provide various support for students (16-25) with an Educational, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). All students with an EHCP will be invited in for an interview with the coordinator, for the campus, to ensure that BMet can meet the individual’s needs prior to the curriculum interview.

  • Interview with ALS team to assess and discuss support needs
  • Transition visits and taster days
  • A personalised support plan
  • In class support (where applicable and stated on EHCP)
  • Support in the Metro’s
  • Exam concessions (where applicable)

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger’s, ADHD

If you have declared you have ASD/ADHD an interview is arranged with the coordinator, for the campus, to ensure that BMet can meet your needs prior to the curriculum interview.

  • Interview with ALS team to assess and discuss support needs
  • Transition visits and taster days 
  • A personalised support plan
  • In class support (where applicable and stated on EHCP)
  • Support in the Metro’s
  • Access to a quieter space for breaks and time out
  • Exam concessions (where applicable)

Deaf

If you have declared you are British Sign Language users an interview is arranged with the coordinator, for the campus, to ensure that BMet can meet your needs prior to the curriculum interview. A communicator is provided for both the ALS and Curriculum interview.

  • Interview with ALS team to assess and discuss support needs
  • Transition visits and taster days A personalised support plan
  • In class support – a BSL communicator (minimum level 3)
  • Support from the Local Authority Sensory Service including radio aids
  • Support in the Metro’s
  • Links with external agencies (where stated on EHCP)
  • Exam concessions including modified papers (where applicable)

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia

If you have declared you have are dyslexic/dyscalculia or dyspraxia on your application/enrolment form the ALS team will contact you inviting you in for a seminar to discuss the types of support that are available. 

  • We will request you to bring a copy of your report in advance so we can plan your support needs
  • You can self-refer for a dyslexic screening assessment
  • Study Skills Workshops
  • Support in the Metro’s including small group Dyslexia support
  • Loan of equipment including laptops, Dictaphones, electronic dictionaries, reading pens
  • Exam concessions assessments (where applicable). Please note concessions will only be granted when students attend the Metro’s for additional support.

Social/Emotional Behavioural Difficulties

If you are aged between 16-25 and have an EHCP, an interview is arranged with the coordinator, for the campus, to ensure that BMet can meet your needs prior to the curriculum interview.

  • Interview with ALS team to assess and discuss support needs
  • Transition visits and taster days 
  • A personalised support plan
  • In class support (where applicable and stated on EHCP)
  • Support in the Metro’s
  • Access to a quieter space for breaks and time out
  • Exam concessions (where applicable)

Visual Impairment

If you declare you have a visual impairment that will impact on their education an interview is arranged with the coordinator, for the campus, to ensure that BMet can meet your needs prior to the curriculum interview.

  • Interview with ALS team to assess and discuss support needs
  • Transition visits and taster days 
  • A personalised support plan
  • In class support (where applicable and stated on EHCP)
  • Support in the Metro’s
  • Support from the Local Authority Sensory Service
  • Assistive Technology including JAWs, Text Help Gold, Braille printing 
  • Exam concessions (where applicable)

Mobility

If you declare you have a mobility issue where appropriate the College will arrange

  • An accessibility assessment
  • A Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan
  • Exam Concessions

Medical

If you have a medical condition that affects your health at college please notify us at application or when your health needs change.

The college will arrange

  • An interview to discuss your health needs
  • Help you plan how to manage medication requirements
  • Identify any reasonable adjustments that need to be made to support your needs
  • Discuss intimate care (if required)

With your agreement all tutors involved in your teaching are informed of any learning difficulties and additional needs to ensure we support you at college.

If you have any queries please contact one of the following

College phone number - 0845 155 0101*
James Watt College - Sharon Henry: sharon.henry@bmet.ac.uk extension 2061
Matthew Boulton College - Frances Titchen: frances.titchen@bmet.ac.uk extension 8111
Stourbridge College - Kate Edwards: katherine.edwards@bmet.ac.uk extension 3591
Sutton Coldfield College - Kirstie Stokes: kirstie.stokes@bmet.ac.uk extension 5657