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Additional Learning Support

Students may require additional support for many reasons including:

  • Physical disabilities
  • Sensory impairments
  • Medical conditions
  • Emotional support/mental health
  • Autism/aspergers
  • Specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia
  • Academic /study skills support
  • Literacy/numeracy/language support

Members of the Additional Learning Support team are experienced in working with students with a range of learning difficulties and disabilities.

The type of support available will depend on individual's needs. This may include:

  • In class support from an Educational Support Worker
  • Support from Medical/Physical and Sensory Impairment/Mental Health coordinators
  • Academic one-to-one support
  • Access to specialist equipment
  • Adapted materials
  • Special exam arrangements

It is important to disclose your Additional Learning Support needs as soon as possible so we can ensure you receive the most appropriate support to help you succeed on your chosen course.

How to Access Support

  • Indicate on your application form in the relevant section you have an Additional Learning Support need.
  • Contact the ALS Department on 0161 280 8438/8442 at any time during the application/interview process to discuss support.
  • You may access support whilst on programme via your course/subject tutor or self refer to the ALS Team.

ALS Team Contact Details

Telephone: 0161 280 8438/8442


Higher Education Students –
Disabled Students Allowance

Disabled Students' Allowances are available to students who may have a learning difficulty or disability to help you to make the most of your studies.

Full-time, part-time undergraduate and postgraduate students are eligible to apply for Disabled Students' Allowances. The amount you receive does not depend on your household income. Disabled Students' Allowances are paid on top of the standard student finance package.

The type of support available depends on your individual needs and may include specialist equipment, note takers and any extra travel costs that may be incurred as a direct result of your specific learning difficulty, disability or medical condition.

How to apply for Disabled Students Allowance

Complete a DSA1 application form which is available from Student Finance England on the website below.

Submit the application with evidence of your disability, health condition or specific learning difficulty.

On the basis of this evidence, the funding body will inform you whether they will fund a full assessment of your study needs. If you have more than one condition that you feel will impact on your ability to study e.g. dyslexia and mobility difficulties, then you will need to provide evidence for both, for instance an Educational Psychologist report and medical evidence from your doctor.

Assessment of Needs

Assessments are confidential you will have the opportunity to discuss with the assessor how your condition affects you and how this may have an impact on your studies. The assessment is a discussion about your needs and how best to support you with your studies, it is not a test or medical assessment.

Please note the assessments are not conducted by Bury College staff.

Student Finance England will send you details of approved Assessment Centres. The assessor will produce an assessment of study needs report, detailing their recommendations and the associated costs, which will be forwarded to the funding body for approval.

Student Finance England will then contact you to let you know if the support has been approved and the ALS Department will assist you in organising the support recommended in the report.

If you have any queries or require help in setting up the assessment please contact Joanne Leak ALS Admin Support Manager on 0161 280 8438 or Email:


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