Adults with learning disabilities in adult learning

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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.

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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 appointment with one of the Supported Learning Team, please contact a member of the team below. You will be informed of how the appointment will take place and what information you need to bring with you, which will include evidence of any benefits you receive so we can let you know if you are eligible for any of our free courses.


Supported Learning Team

Sara Doneux - Assistant Curriculum Manager

Courses at the Guildford centre
Monday, Tuesday morning and Wednesday
Telephone: 01483 518567 Mobile: 07968 834135
sara.doneux@surreycc.gov.uk

Zoe Squillaci - Assistant Curriculum Manager

Courses at the Guildford Centre
Wednesday, Thursday morning and Friday
Telephone: 01483 404693 Mobile: 07929 796107
zoe.squillaci@surreycc.gov.uk

Angela Chitty - Assistant Curriculum Manager

Courses at Farnham and Camberley centres
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Telephone: 01483 518529 Mobile: 07968 833972
angela.chitty@surreycc.gov.uk

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
alison.caraccio@surreycc.gov.uk

Chrissie Walsh - Curriculum Manager

For bespoke courses
Monday - Friday
Telephone: 01932 794506 Mobile: 07968 833357
christine.walsh@surreycc.gov.uk


LD courses for 2020/21

Download the Supported Learning brochure (PDF) or see below to find a course at your local centre:


Supported Learning Term Dates

Autumn Term 2020 – 10 week

  • Starts: Monday 21 September 2020
  • Ends: Friday 4 December 2020
  • Half Term: 26 to 30 October 2020

Spring Term 2021 - 10 weeks

  • Starts: Monday 11 January 2021
  • Ends: Friday 26 March 2021
  • Half Term: 15 to 19 February 2021

Summer Term 2021 - 10 weeks

  • Starts: Monday 26 April 2021
  • Ends: Monday 12 July 2021
  • Half Term: 31 May to 4 June 2021

To make up for the May bank holiday on Monday 3 May, Monday courses will be finishing on Monday 12 July.


Additional needs form

When booking an Information, advice and guidance session, please request that an additional needs form. 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 above), pick up a printed Course Directory from any of our centres, view our course finder, or download the learning disabilities (LD) brochure (PDF). Find us on Facebook.


Other courses

We offer Makaton Workshops for parents, carers and professionals and 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.


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Courses in Epsom and Ewell, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead and Tandridge:

  • East Surrey College Client Services
  • Tel: 01737 788444
  • Email: clientservices@esc.ac.uk

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