The Learning Development Team
North East Scotland College is an inclusive and diverse College, and our Learning Development Team (LDT) is in place to offer learning support and advice to all students.
We offer a wide range of learning support to students who have additional learning requirements, including: physical or sensory impairments; specific learning difficulties e.g. dyslexia; autistic spectrum disorder; physical/medical/mental health conditions; being a young carer; being care experienced, etc.
Who we are and what we do
The level of support provided will vary according to the individual needs of the student. This support is administered by experiences staff, and may be provided on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. The types of support on offer include:
Key Skills and Study Skills Support
The LDT can provide one-to-one and group support to students, and can help with key skills such as communication, numeracy and IT and study skills including:
- Essay and report writing
- Research skills
- Proof reading
- Presentation skills
- Time management
- Organisation and planning
- Revision skills and assessment techniques
- Demonstrations of basic assistive software e.g. text-to-speech, mind-mapping and voice recognition
Targeted In-Class Support
The LDT also provides a range of targeted support to students in the classroom environment including:
- Additional key skills support
- Supporting students in making notes/research
- Clarifying/reinforcing lecturer explanations and instructions
- Supporting the reading/understanding of complex text/instructions
- Supporting practical work, reinforcing any health and safety requirements
- Helping students keep focused on their tasks
Our Inclusiveness Co-ordinators work with all College staff to promote inclusive practice, with a strong focus on offering learning support needs assessments to all college students. Our Assistant Inclusiveness Co-ordinator completes needs assessments for students who are studying on community programmes and can offer information relating to alternative assessment arrangements. Learning Support Assistants support our students with learning disabilities or additional learning requirements.
Our Learner Support Tutors and Study Skills Tutors offer a range of support sessions. These can be carried out on a one-to-one or drop-in basis, and often involved providing students with additional coursework or core/study skills support.
The LDT works closely with students identifying as care experienced to ensure that their College journey is a positive and successful one. It also works with a number of external agencies to support and signpost students to the support services available to them.
Support through Technology
Assistive technology is in place to increase the functional capabilities of individuals when undertaking tasks. In a teaching environment this can extremely supportive, and really help to reduce the impact of any barriers to learning that a student might face. Assistive technology increase access to learning materials and helps to enable autonomy.
For more information, please contact the College's Student Advice Centre.
Many students do not require any support above and beyond that which is provided within the College, but if you feel that you may require additional support we encourage you to contact us at an early stage so we can consider how best to meet your needs.
If you want to talk about additional help with your studies, our Learning Development Team is based in the South Block of Aberdeen City Campus in room SG9, just down the corridor from the Student Services Reception. SG8 and SG10 act as our support rooms. In Fraserburgh, visit the Student Services workroom in the atrium.
Initial enquiries can be made to our Information & Advice teams, who will direct your enquiry to a relevant member of the Learning Development Team.
Aberdeen City Campus Student Advice Centre
Telephone: 01224 612284
Fraserburgh Campus Student Services
Telephone: 01346 586129