Our Supported Learning team offers an entry-level programme of courses for learners with learning disabilities (LD), as well as courses for those with hearing loss or those who want to learn Makaton. We are also able to offer bespoke courses to groups.
Courses for learners with learning disabilities
Through a range of subjects, our entry level courses are designed to:
- Provide opportunities to practise and apply communication, reading, writing, number, and ICT skills
- Promote community participation, engagement, and social inclusion
- Enable independence
- Grow confidence levels
- Enhance employability skills
- Provide opportunities to maintain physical and mental wellbeing
On some of our courses, learners will work towards a nationally-recognised qualification. These courses are free to learners who meet the eligibility requirements.
It is important to us that learners are placed on the right course, whether they want to learn new skills or maintain existing skills, and that the support needed to get the most from their learning is agreed. We, therefore, need learners to come and meet us before joining a course. We will also need to assess the English and maths starting points of new learners.
Pre-enrolment information, advice and guidance meeting
To arrange an informal pre-enrolment information, advice and guidance meeting with one of the Supported Learning team, please contact our Customer Service Team on 0300 200 1044. They will either book the appointment for you or transfer you to the right member of the Supported Learning Team. You will be told what information you need to bring with you and this will include evidence of any benefits you receive so we can let you know if you are eligible to enrol on any other for free.
LD courses for 2019/20
Find a course at your local centre:
Supported learning term dates 2019–20
Autumn term 2019 - 10 weeks
Starts: Monday 23 September 2019
Ends: Friday 6 December 2019
Half Term: 28 October - 1 November 2019
Spring term 2020 - 10 weeks
Starts: Monday 13 January 2020
Ends: Friday 27 March 2020
Half Term: 17 - 21 February 2020
Summer term 2020 - 10 weeks
Starts: Monday 27 April 2020
Ends: Friday 10 July 2020
Half Term: 25 – 29 May 2020
To make up for the May bank holiday on Friday 8 May, Friday courses will be finishing on Friday 17 July.
Additional needs form
When booking an Information, advice and guidance session, please request that an additional needs form be sent to you if you have not attended one of our 2018/19 courses. This needs to be completed and brought to the meeting.
To find out more about these courses, please contact one of the Supported Learning team (details below), pick up a printed Course Directory from any of our centres, view our course finder, or download the LD brochure (PDF). Find us on Facebook.
We offer courses on Lip reading and Managing Hearing Loss as well as Makaton Workshops for parents, carers and professionals. We also run a programme of courses for learners with low to moderate mental health issues. To find out more about these courses, please contact our customer service team.
Customer service team
Phone: 0300 200 1044
Textphone (via Text Relay): 18001 0300 200 1044
SMS: 07860 053 465
Supported learning team
Sara Doneux - Assistant curriculum manager
Courses at Farnham and Guildford centres
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon
Telephone: 01483 518567 Mobile: 07968 834135
Angela Chitty - Assistant curriculum manager
Courses at Farnham, Guildford and Camberley centres
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Telephone: 01483 518529 Mobile: 07968 833972
Alison Caraccio - Assistant curriculum manager
Courses at Esher Green, Molesey, Sunbury and Woking centres
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Telephone: 01483 519607 Mobile: 07773 472857
Chrissie Walsh - Curriculum manager
For bespoke courses
Monday - Friday
Telephone: 01932 794506 Mobile: 07968 833357
Courses in Epsom and Ewell, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead and Tandridge:
East Surrey College Client Services
Tel: 01737 788444
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