Learning support

Learning Support

Support with learning difficulties and disabilities

The College has a Disability and Dyslexia Support Service. This service can support any student with a disability and/or specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia. The support may be in/out of class and would include supporting learners with – visual/hearing impairment, mobility issues,  ADHD, autism, aspergers, mental health problems, serious illness etc. 

Our support team will work with you to assess your additional needs. We will then negotiate an individual programme of support. This may include one to one support, in-class support, BSL Sign Language communicators, personal care, examination access arrangements and/or the use of assistive technology, such as laptops with specialist software. 

The College has a Disability Statement that sets out our commitment to an inclusive learning environment and strives, where possible, to achieve this by removing barriers to learning.  A copy of the Cardiff and Vale College’s Disability Statement is available on the College website. Alternatively, to be sent a copy in the post, or to discuss a particular requirement, please contact us. 

Disability and Dyslexia Support Service: Phone 029 2090 8010 or email dss@cavc.ac.uk

Support with Essential Skills (English/ Welsh, Maths and IT)

Cardiff and Vale College is committed to helping all our students improve their ‘essential skills’ in English/Welsh, Maths and IT. If you are studying a full-time course or on a Modern Apprenticeship you will have specific lessons and qualifications built into your course to further your skills in these subjects. If you are studying a part-time course, this will not be built into your course. However, you can access extra help by speaking to your Course Tutor.

Across the College we have drop-in Study and Skills Centres. These centres offer support with English/ Welsh or Maths to any student at any time. Any students can call into one of these centres for support. You may want to chat to a tutor about improving your Maths skills during the year. You may just want to have someone read your assignment and check the grammar with you before it is marked. Whatever your concern, you can pop in.

Support if English is not your first language

The College is committed to meeting the needs of all those who wish to learn with us. If English is not your first language you can study with us. If you have enough skills in English you may be able to start on any of our courses. We can offer additional help to improve your English alongside the course of your choice.

Some people need to improve their English before they can progress onto the course of their choice. In this case we offer ESOL courses – courses for speakers of other languages. On these courses we will help you improve your English speaking, reading and writing skills.