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Additional Learning Support

Learning Inclusion

Glasgow Clyde College is committed to providing inclusive learning of the highest quality to meet the needs of the individuals and communities it serves. We aim to remove barriers to ensure that our courses are accessible to the widest spectrum of learners and to provide a safe and inclusive environment that fosters good relations, eliminates discrimination and advances equality of opportunity.

Everyone is entitled to take part in learning and to realise their own potential. If there is anything which could get in the way of your learning and participation at college, or you encounter a problem with learning, a good starting point is to talk to a member of the Learning Inclusion Team.

We want to work with you to develop your skills, confidence, motivation, independence and engagement with learning. We realise that every student is an individual and aim to do what we can to make the college accessible and inclusive to all.

There is a Learning Inclusion Base at each campus where you can drop in for study skills, advice or attend for regular 1:1 if recommended on your Extended Learning Support Agreement (ELSA).

An ELSA is an agreement written by our Learning Inclusion Advisors which collates all the information and recommendations that the student and advisor agree upon during the Needs Assessment process.

Learning Support

Learning Inclusion staff can provide specialist support for students who still face specific barriers to their learning despite the inclusive approach of the college. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Students with disabilities and/or additional support needs
  • Students with identifiable assessment needs
  • Students who are care-experienced/care givers/care leavers
  • Students who experience multiple deprivation
  • Students who are adult returners

The type of support provided may include, but is not limited to: 

  • Liaison with academic staff
  • Training/provision relating to assistive technology
  • Study skills support
  • Proofreading
  • In-class support
  • Extended access to printing and library resources
  • Alternative Assessment Arrangements 
  • Linking with Student Advice 


Study skills support provided to individuals and small groups of students who are experiencing difficulties with their studies, despite being provided with on-course guidance and support, may include, but is not limited to:

  • Organising time and materials
  • Revision techniques
  • Note taking techniques
  • Research
  • Writing assignments
  • Exam technique
  • Using technology

The Learning Inclusion Team has extensive experience of supporting students with a range of needs. We pride ourselves on being approachable and supportive, so please don’t hesitate to contact us:

Anniesland Campus
Tel: 0141 357 6005

Cardonald Campus
Tel: 0141 272 3377

Langside Campus
Tel: 0141 272 3656

How To Apply for Additional Learning Support

During the application process, if you tick any of the boxes in the Additional Support Needs section of the application form you'll automatically be identified to the Learning Inclusion team and invited to an informal interview to discuss individual support requirements.

The purpose of the interview is to identify and assess your support needs and to agree a support strategy to ensure you get equality of opportunity in your learning.

At this stage, you would be required to provide evidence of entitlement, which ensures that funding is in place to support your studies.

Exam Support - Additional Learning Support

Many students require additional exam arrangements to make sure they're given an equal opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding, without the effects of their disability or learning difficulty impacting on their performance.

Some examples of why exam support is required are:

  • students with dyslexia may have difficulties with reading and writing and need more time to dictate and have their answers read back to them
  • some students may experience physical difficulty or pain when writing for long periods of time and require rest breaks
  • underlying mental health conditions may trigger increased anxiety.

Examples of exam and assessment support arrangements include:

  • 25% extra time
  • a separate room
  • a reader
  • a scribe
  • a PC with Word
  • adapted materials
  • rest breaks.

Please note that additional exam arrangements can only be put in place for students who have registered with the Learning Inclusion team, had their needs assessed, and provided us with medical documentation.

Further Help 

The Learning Inclusion team can also assist you with financial issues such as accessing Disabled Students' Allowance.

Find out more about the Disabled Students' Allowance.

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Lewis talks about his support and success as student with dyslexia

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