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Student Support

The HE Learning Support Adviser provides advice and guidance for all students with any additional learning needs.

This includes students with:

  • Specific learning difficulties/differences, including dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia

  • Mobility impairments, including wheelchair use


  • Sensory impairments, including deafness/hearing impairment, blindness/visual impairments

  • Mental health issues, including depression, stress, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder

  • Medical conditions, including diabetes, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, asthma, ME or chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Developmental disorders, including Asperger’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder

  • The HE Learning Support Adviser can also provide advice and guidance on a wide range of academic issues such as study skills, time management etc. to all students at Yeovil College University Centre.


  • Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs)

    In Higher Education, students with disabilities or additional learning needs would normally be expected to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) to cover the costs of additional equipment or support. The HE Learning Support Adviser can provide assistance in applying for these allowances. Part-time and postgraduate students are also eligible to apply for DSAs, which will be awarded on a pro-rata basis.


    Support Available

    You can request a range of services, equipment and support through the HE Learning Support Adviser, including:

    Induction loop

    We have five lecture rooms with loop systems. There are also a limited number of portable loop systems. Further loops could be provided via the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs).

    Note Takers

    We can arrange to provide note takers. Payment for these would normally be via the DSAs

    British Sign language Interpreters

    These can be provided, subject to adequate notice. Payment for these would normally be covered by the DSAs.

    Specialised IT Software

    We can provide accessibility options within Microsoft Windows which will enlarge print. Text Help Read and Write, a screen reader, is available on all our open-access computers. Other assistive technology is funded through the DSAs

    Wheelchair Access to most areas of Yeovil College University Centre is available. A guide to wheelchair access at the main Yeovil College site is available on request.

    Specialist Tutors:

    These can be provided, subject to adequate notice. Payment for these would normally be covered by the DSAs.


    Information Technology:

    Specialist software, such as Read and Write, is available. Training/advice in its use is available through DSAs, which also funds other assistive technology.

    These would need to be evaluated on an individual basis. Please discuss directly with HE Learning Support Adviser by calling 01935 845454.

    If you are a UK student with a disability or additional learning need, as described above, you can apply for the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs).


    Students need to apply through their relevant Student Finance authority, which will assess whether you are eligible for DSAs. Visit your Student Finance authority’s website for an application form. A list of authorities can be found on our Finance pages.


    In most cases, medical evidence or a recent (within the past two years) Educational Psychologist’s report is necessary to obtain a DSA. For further information, contact the HE Learning Support Adviser.

    Some EU students may be eligible for the Disabled Students’ Allowances depending upon certain factors. Please contact the HE Learning Support Adviser for more information on 01935 845454 or email university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk.


    International students are not eligible for support from the DSAs.

    Additionally, Yeovil College University Centre and Yeovil College offer a range of personal support services to students, such as a faith adviser. These services can be contacted through your tutor, the Student Support Office, or reception on the main Yeovil College campus. This service is confidential.



    For more Information

    To find out more about our student support services, call 01935 845454 or email university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk