Additional Learning Support (ALS) Information for Learners
How we can help you
We are an equal opportunities College, which means that we are committed to a policy of equality of opportunity offering a high quality service no matter what your personal circumstances are. The Learning Support Service is there if you have a specific learning disability or difficulty or you require specialist assistance. Use the Learning Support service to get the most out of your time at the college.
90% of learners getting Additional Learning Support (ALS) said it was good and they couldn’t suggest any improvements. (ALS Survey 2014)
SEN & D and Additional Learning Support (ALS)
In schools the term SEN or Special Educational Needs and disability are used, but most adults prefer to use the terms additional needs or additional learning needs.
We will arrange to meet you to discuss your needs and how we can help. We are here to ensure that you get the most out of the opportunities available during your time at LMC. You can choose to bring someone with you to your interview if you wish.
Over 450 people at LMC every year receive additional learning support, with many more taking advantage of the support available in class. Sometimes people need more specialised support to achieve their goals in life.
We can support you by the loan of equipment, technology and software or by one of our experienced support staff working with you in the classroom. To understand what you really need to make the most of your college opportunities we much prefer to talk to you.
94% would recommend ALS to a friend - ALS Survey 2014
Moving to college (Transition)
Moving to college is called Transition and whilst it is exciting it can also be an anxious time. If you are worried or nervous, do talk to us and we can arrange for you to make as many visits as you need for you to feel comfortable and confident moving around your new college. We can make your transition from school to college go more smoothly; find out where your classrooms will be; where to buy and eat your lunch; where key contacts can be found; where to catch the college bus. We can even arrange for you to visit the course you want to study, if you tell us in plenty of time.
85% feel their increase in confidence is due to ALS (some said tutors and support, some just being older and a few felt the same level of confidence) – ALS Survey 2014
Life at LMC
At Lancaster and Morecambe College you will receive support from the tutors for your course who will have planned your sessions; differentiated your work; a Course Tutor who is responsible for your study programme; Programme Mentors who are there to support you through the tough times; counselling service for when you need someone to listen just to you; the Finance team to answer your money questions. The Hex staff can support you with research and learning resources.
See Useful Links for
- ‘Support for Students’ Spider Diagram
- More information about the Hex and Student & Learning Services via the Student Services page
How Additional Learning Support (ALS) can support you
The College wants to support you in achieving your goals and ensure you have a successful and enjoyable experience at LMC. There is a lot of support built into college life and often people find that they only need support whilst they settle in to college in the first few weeks.
If you think you may need Additional Learning Support (ALS) please tell us and we will invite you to come and discuss your requirements with us. We will treat the information you share with us sensitively and keep it secure, we will only share it with your teaching and support teams. It is your right to decide if you share information with us or make a disclosure (tell us about a disability, need or disadvantage) and if you tell us early we can get the support in place early.
Because we take your safety and learning seriously we will do some assessments but these will be friendly and informal and you can discuss your support needs or any other concerns that you think may have an impact on your learning. The information you share will be used to write a learning and support plan and your key contact in learning support will make sure that you have the opportunity to check it. Once you agree the plan we will share it with the teaching and support team. The learning and support plan will be reviewed regularly. We are always happy for you to bring a parent or the person who helps you make decisions along to any meeting if that is what you prefer.
Each person is assessed individually but usually if you had help at school then it is likely that you will be able to receive learning support.
We may need to collect evidence to show that you are entitled to your support but we can help you get this.
At the meeting if you decide that you don't want any support when you start college, that's fine. If later you find that your circumstances have changed or you have simply changed your mind you can ALWAYS re-apply.
We have a range of equipment and technology to help make learning more accessible and increase independence. If a particular piece of equipment has worked well for you at school you then we would always investigate if it would work well at college. Please talk to us about your requirements before you enrol so we can be ready when you start college in September.
30% of the learners that were supported in 2014/15 use specific or specialised equipment supplied by us.
See Useful Links for the ‘Your College, Your Course, Your Support’ leaflet
Getting support at college
You are the expert on you and if you feel you will need support at college you can request support in any of the following ways:
- Tell us on your application form
- Tell us at your College interview
- Tell staff when you enrol
- Phone us on01524 521245
- Visit us in College - Room MSB210
- Ask in The Hex and they will get in touch with us for you.
- Talk to us at an Open Evening
95% of learners got ALS quickly and easily – ALS survey 2014
If you had Exam Access Arrangements (EAA) at school then it is very likely you will be able to get the same EAA at college. If you are returning to Education after a break then we would arrange for you to have an Exam Access Arrangement assessment. One of our friendly assessors will support you through the assessment and explain it to you.
We have to apply to the exam board for any specific conditions so we may need to ask your Doctor for a medical certificate or statement; a specialist teacher for a report; confirmation from you tutor that this is how you usually work.
Access arrangements can include a reader; scribe, word processor, rest breaks, extra time, large print or a quiet room.
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion information
- Student Services
- Local Offer for LMC (PDF 281KB)
- LCC website
- Single Equality Scheme (SES) and Action Plan (PDF 1.2MB)
- Single Equality Scheme (SES) leaflet (PDF 366MB)
- Equality Act 2010
- Children and Families Act 2014
- SEND Code of Practice
- ‘Life at LMC’ booklet: View online or Download (PDF 1.1MB)
- 'Your College, Your course, Your Support’ leaflet (PDF 3.5MB)
- ‘Support for Students’ spider diagram (PDF 33KB)