Peter Symonds College


One of the ways in which we try to help you achieve your goals is by offering, where appropriate, study support. A range of support is available to anyone who has a disability which may affect their learning. This could include:

  • learning difficulties
  • specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia
  • sensory impairment (e.g. visual, hearing)
  • physical disabilities
  • difficulties in learning associated with mental health problems

The type of study support you may require will depend on your individual needs however the support available can include:

  • learning support in literacy, numeracy and study skills
  • special equipment and aids (e.g. hearing loop, large print)
  • access arrangements for external examinations (e.g. extra time, reader, scribe, word processor)
  • individual support from a Learning Support Assistant
  • note takers

Our Study Support team are here to provide extra help if and when you need it. For further information please contact our Head of Adult Study Support on 01962 886166 or via email We treat all enquiries on a confidential basis.

AHEd Moodle

Many of the resources used in our courses can be found on Moodle. Once you enrol on a course with the Adult Education Division you will have 24 hour access to Moodle and you will be able to contribute to subject forums. One of the forums available to Adult Education students is the Equal Opportunities Forum. We would like to hear your views.

Disability and Equality Duty (DED) Scheme

The Peter Symonds College's DED scheme is now available online as a PDF. Alternative formats are available on request. For further information, please contact Marianne Geach or Suzanne Luchford on 01962 886166 or email or

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) for HE Students

The Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) are grants that help to pay for extra equipment and support you might need as a direct result of your disability, on-going health condition, sensory impairment, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty.

The Disabled Students' Allowance can help with the cost of having a non-medical helper, specialist equipment and the cost of extra travel and other items for your course, such as extra books and photocopying.

For more information visit yourDSA website.

For those students in receipt of DSA please the document linked below for details of non-medical services that can be provided with the associated rates.