Learning Support Service

The Learning Support Service at Newcastle College provides support, advice and guidance for students with a wide range of learning needs.

We are here to help students across the college who have a range of additional support needs. We support students in a number of ways and are committed to providing inclusive education in a safe and positive environment. Our service has a growing reputation and we're delighted to work with key organisations such as North East Autism Society and Action on Hearing Loss.

Disabled Students Allowance (DSAs) 

As a Higher Education student it is advisable for you to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). This is a grant to help with extra costs you might have as a direct result of your disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty. It would provide the funding for any support that you may require to complete your course. It is non-means tested and is not repayable.

Support may involve the provision of a non-medical helper; for example, study skills tuition, access support or mentoring. In addition, it can provide you with access to specialist equipment, additional travel costs that you pay as a direct result of your disability and other costs for things such as photocopying or printer cartridges. Please be aware that we are unable to provide any non-medical helper support to Higher Education students who are not in receipt of DSA. Any delay in making your DSA application is likely to cause a delay in the implementation of any support requirements that you may have. The application process can take around 14 weeks to complete so it is vital that you apply early.

As an independent adult learner, it is your responsibility to make an application for DSA, attend the necessary appointments and provide any evidence that is requested. Applications for DSA are available to download from April 2016

Get help and advice for completing your DSA application 

Non-Medical Helper Service

At Newcastle College we provide an in-house Support Worker/Non-Medical Helper (NMH) service for disabled students who are in receipt of Disabled Student Allowance (DSAs) funding. We have a team of trained and experienced Higher Level Support Workers who provide NMH support to ensure students are not disadvantaged as a result of their disability or difficulty.

Click on the link below to find out more about the Non-Medical Worker support services delivered by the Higher Education Support Team and the associated costs.

Non-Medical Worker support services

Contact Us

If you would like further information regarding these support services, please contact the Learning Support Service on 0191 200 4189 or email:

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Learning Support Service
Trevelyan House
Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne