Additional Learning Support

The Equality and Support Team

The team at Equality and Support has extensive experience of supporting students with a range of disabilities or specific learning difficulties. 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

Equality and Support Services

Glasgow Clyde College is committed to providing for the needs of people who are disabled. We will ensure that all reasonable adjustments are made to our provision on an individual and flexible basis. Individuals are actively encouraged to seek assistance and make their needs known.

The Equality Act 2010 defines a person with a disability as someone who has “a physical or mental impairment which has a long term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.”

Specific examples of disabilities that we encounter on a daily basis include:

  • dyslexia
  • specific learning difficulties
  • visual impairments
  • hearing impairments
  • physical/mobility difficulties
  • mental health difficulties
  • autistic spectrum disorders (including Asperger's Syndrome)
  • unseen disabilities such as epilepsy, diabetes or asthma.

Examples of the areas of support we can offer you are:

  • providing general information and advice to current and prospective disabled students
  • carrying out dyslexia screening and assessments
  • completing and coordinating Extended Learning Support Agreements (ELSA) to identify appropriate support and assistive technology requirements
  • assisting with applications for Disabled Students' Allowance to fund equipment and services deemed necessary for equal access to education
  • demonstrating and training in the use of assistive technologies
  • liaising with academic staff regarding support needs
  • arranging exam support, for example allowing extra time, or providing a scribe
  • arranging classroom support, for example scribing, reading or BSL signing
  • providing one-to-one support, for example proof reading or helping with study skills
  • adaptation of printed text into Braille
  • access to the Inclusive Learning Centre.

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 Equality and Support 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 Equality and Support team, had their needs assessed, and provided us with medical documentation.

Further Help 

The Equality and Support team can also assist you with financial issues such as accessing Disabled Students' Allowance.

Find out more about the Disabled Students' Allowance.

Anton talks about his support and success as a student with autism

Lewis talks about his support and success as student with dyslexia

Lorna talks about her support and success at Glasgow Clyde College

Nicola talks about her success as a student with a visual impairment