Student Support

Our Student Support service aims to offer the very best advice and guidance for students with support needs who are making the move into further education.



As part of our Student Support service, we support students with learning difficulties and differences, disabilities and medical conditions. The college supports:

  • Young people who are in or leaving the care system.
  • Students who are carers
  • Students who are experiencing estrangement from their families.

We also provide support relating to any issues that may be perceived as disadvantages or potential barriers to success.



The Learning Support Team will provide guidance before you start and during your induction in order to:

  • identify skills;
  • assess ​support ​needs;
  • ensure that the college is the most appropriate place for your particular support needs, as well as your interests and chosen career path.

You can tell us about your support needs on your application form, when you talk to our Admissions Team to confirm your interview slot and at your interview. Please tell us as much as you can so that we can fully understand your needs.

If you can bring any supporting documents, such as an Educational Health Care Plan, Educational Psychologist reports, or medical diagnosis letters with you to your interview, that would be really helpful. We may arrange a support review as a follow up to your interview, talk to your school about support you have received to date, and to your local authority about funding arrangements. We may also talk to your Social Worker, Key Worker, any health professionals you regularly engage with and parents/carers.

We​ ​will endeavour to provide appropriate support for you,​ with needs assessed on an individual basis.

​The type of support we can offer may include:

A learning support worker to provide in class 1 to 1 or group support
A daily ‘triage’ drop in for pastoral care or learning support
Support in your English and maths lessons
Further assessments for Exam Access Arrangements
We can create individual support packages ​for higher-needs learners in consultation with your Local Authority. This will be based on any existing documentation, such as an Educational Health and Care Plan.



Once on the course, you will have a series of one-to-one tutorials which will support your progress, feeding into an Individual Learning Plan (ILP).

Midway through you will have a key Progress Tutorial and at the end you will attend a Next Steps Meeting to discuss your progression.


Please note: 2023/2024 Bursary Applications are not yet open.  You will be able to apply for your Bursary once you are enrolled using your college email address.  In the meantime, please see our Criteria here for what support is available and what evidence you may need in order to apply, which you can have ready.
Once you are enrolled, there is no form to be requested and the application is completed online.  You will be given the details for this once applications are open to you.
Please email [email protected] and they will provide you with the link to apply if you are a current student or are fully enrolled for the next Academic Year.
If you’re a student at ACC, but need a little bit of a helping hand covering the costs of study such as travel, meals or childcare, bursaries are available to help.
Bursaries aren’t open to everyone. To find out whether you’re eligible for one, how to apply and more about the help available, please read the policy below relevant to your age:

16-18 Bursary Application and Guidance

19+ Bursary Application and Guidance