Learning Support

Kingston Maurward College has teams of professionally trained staff who are committed to working with students on courses at any level who have additional learning needs.

We aim to deliver an individually tailored programme of support which will help you to develop the skills you need to be successful on your chosen course.

Each year there are many students who, with the help of Learning Support, leave college with the qualifications and skills they need to fulfill their ambitions.

We can help with:

  • Study Skills – Organisation
  • Writing Skills – Reading and Research
  • Revision and Exam Techniques – Note-taking
  • IT and Assistive Technology – Maths and English
  • Time Management and Planning

On Application

There is a requirement on your application form to indicate whether you have any additional learning needs or disabilities which you would like us to support.

The Learning Support Team will contact you and arrange an opportunity for you to discuss your needs further. All information will be exchanged in an environment which respects your confidentiality.

On Course

Your tutor may discuss concerns with you and if you wish, they will refer you to the Learning Support Team. We will then contact you to arrange a meeting to discuss how we can help and support you.


You don’t have to wait to be referred by your tutor. If you feel that you may need some additional specialist support please ask for help from either:

  • Your Course Manager
  • A Learning Support Tutor
  • Just drop-in to the Learning Support office.

What to do if you have a specific learning difficulty and / or disability

Please talk to us so that we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed on your course. We have a wide experience of working with students with difficulties such as:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Physical and / or sensory difficulties (mobility, hearing or sight impairment)
  • Medical Conditions (e.g. Epilepsy, M.E.)
  • Special Education Needs and disabilities

We often work in partnership with cross college teams and outside agencies to ensure your learning experience is as successful as possible.
Please bring any documents and evidence you have about your difficulties (e.g. diagnostic, assessments, Learning Disability Assessment or EHCP).

Non Medical Helper Support Rates (per hour)

For details of our Non Medical Helper Support Rates (per hour), please download a copy here. NMH-Rates

What can Learning Support offer you?

Following a referral to us, we may be able to offer a support programme to include:

  • Specialist dyslexia tuition – Small group teaching
  • Examination Access Arrangements – ICT Specialist software – Equipment loan (laptop, dictaphone etc) – Specialist 1-1
  • In-class support (notetaking etc) with a Teaching Assistant

The Learning Support area can be found on the ground floor of the Learning Resource Centre.

Helen Burleigh
Skills for Life and Learning Support Co-ordinator
01305 215271

Deborah Daw
Specialist Learning Support Tutor
01305 215221

Liz de Iongh
Specialist Learning Support Tutor
01305 215207

Nicky Porter
Head of Learning Support
01305 215146