Learning Support

Our Student Support and Wellbeing team aim to make you feel welcome, inspired and supported so that you can confidently achieve all your learning goals.

Our experienced and specialist team members will work with you (and if needed with your family, tutor or employer as well) to identify any barriers there may be to your learning and how best to minimise or remove them.

Ways in which we can help include:

  • Arranging visits to College or your new workplace before you sign up to help you with the settling in process.
  • Providing special examination access arrangements.
  • Providing learning materials and support to help with sensory needs, autism and other learning differences, and specific learning difficulties (eg dyslexia).
  • Promoting positive mental health and wellbeing by providing support and guidance.

Local authorities provide Local Offer information about the support services available to young people with special education needs or disabilities in their areas. The information in this section is B&FC’s contribution to that Local Offer.

Speak to our Student Support and Wellbeing team:

T 01253 504356
E learningsupport@blackpool.ac.uk

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Further education support

Support and guidance is available to students with support needs who are making the move into and through further education, to higher education, employment and other positive destinations.

Higher education support

A range of services is available to support students progressing from further to higher education, with specialist support available for students with disabilities. We can support you with the Disabled Students’ Allowance and with academic, study skills and personal development through our higher education learning mentors.

Apprenticeship and traineeship support

Support is available to students on work-based learning programmes with an assessment score below level 2 for English or mathematics.

Looked After Children, Care Leavers, Carers and students who are estranged from their families

We work closely with these students and external organisations to support such people to overcome potential barriers to learning before they start College and throughout their course.

Examination access arrangements

Access arrangements enable students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities to take exams and assessments.

In case of emergency procedures

Students with a medical condition that may require assistance from the emergency services will be offered a duty of care support plan.

Personal emergency evacuation plans will also be put in place where appropriate, and any health and safety risks will be looked at where necessary.


We are fully committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all students, staff and visitors. Students will be introduced to our ways of safeguarding and keeping everyone safe, including online safety, during induction.


Support and guidance is available to students dealing with personal or emotional concerns to help encourage positive feelings of wellbeing. We can offer short-term counselling and many other strategies along with signposting to other services.


Support sessions are available to help students with autism. Our team are highly qualified and experienced and we are The North West Autism Education Trust’s Regional Training Hub, supported by the Department for Education.

Specific learning difficulty (SpLD)

Our well qualified and experienced team supports students to develop strategies to overcome any specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.

Physical disabilities

We are dedicated to providing tailored support that meets the accessibility and care needs of each student with a physical disability. We offer an accessible toilet and showering provision.

Sensory loss

Our dedicated Sensory Support Team is experienced and well qualified and provides advice, support and guidance to students with a sensory loss.

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