Learner Support (SEND)

The College adopts an inclusive approach to learning, offering high quality teaching which is tailored to individual requirements and aims to promote independence and the achievement of positive outcomes.

The College assists learners with learning difficulties, disabilities and or medical conditions.

Support may include:


Preston College adopts an inclusive approach to learning, offering high quality teaching to all, which takes into account individual requirements. Reasonable adjustments are embedded within the classroom, to ensure that those learners with an identified need can fully access the curriculum and the associated assessment processes.

It is recognised that some learners may also need additional support and this will be provided by the Curriculum and Learner Support Team. The focus of support is to remove barriers to learning and develop strategies. Naturally, support needs differ from individual to individual, including those with EHCPs and may include the provision of exam access arrangements, assistive technology, learning support coaches/assistants and communication support workers.

To talk through your potential support needs with a member of the team, please call: 01772 225328 or email: transition@preston.ac.uk

Before you start college

We offer advice and guidance for learners with support needs who are making the move into further education and apprenticeships.

Our transition team meet with prospective learners to discuss and assess support needs before enrolment.

Our transitions team can:

  • Attend high school annual Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) reviews
  • Organise individual tours and taster sessions
  • Liaise with local authorities and external agencies
  • Provide support at college open days and interviews
  • Assist with DSA applications
  • In the event that your preferred/chosen course is not suitable for you, we will work closely with you and your parent/guardian to look at other suitable opportunities

To discuss your support needs further contact 01772 225328, email transition@preston.ac.uk or speak to a member of our team at enrolment.

More information on SEN and Disability support at Preston College.

Moving on

As our learners progress and start to consider their next steps, many progress onto Supported Internships, Apprenticeships, Higher Education and employment.

We can help with applications to UCAS, CV writing and interview techniques. Learners also have access to work experience and careers advice and guidance in preparation for their next steps.

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