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How can you get the support you need?

If you think you may need support, it is important that you let us know as soon as possible - particularly if you need help during interview or enrolment.

We encourage students to tell us about a disability or learning support need by completing the relevant section on the application form.

You can be referred to the ALS team by:

  • Completing the online application form and ticking the relevant box stating your needs; 
  • If you have an Education, Health and Care Plan the local authority where you live should consult with us and send us a copy of your plan. It is important that you let us know as soon as possible if a plan is in place.

You can also:

  • Tell us about your support needs during interview or enrolment
  • Talk to your tutor asking them to refer you to ALS or refer yourself

If you have told us about a disability or support need you will be sent an ALS questionnaire to complete. Once we have received this we will make an appointment for you to meet one of our team to talk about your individual requirements. With your agreement we will share your personal profile and support plan with staff working with you. If you have a history of support at school we will request this evidence.

With your agreement we will share your support plan with curriculum staff working with you.

Support is available to students following further education and higher education courses.

Higher education (HE) applicants:

Students joining an HE programme who require additional support should apply to Student Finance England for a Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). This is a government grant which will help pay for extra costs you might have as a direct result of your disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia. It is available to both full and part-time students and, providing you complete your programme, it does not have to be repaid. Eligibility for the DSA is based entirely on your level of need and circumstances (household income isn't assessed).

If you think that you need additional support, we recommend you apply for a DSA before the start of your programme. For further information, including application forms, can be found here.

Contact the ALS team:

By email
By phone:
01634 383138 (Medway Campus)
01622 625937 (Maidstone Campus)