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Learning Difficulties & Disabilities

Bolton College has excellent facilities and specialist help and support for students with learning difficulties or disabilities. Together, we can help all students succeed on mainstream education programmes and progress into employment or higher education.


We offer a wide range of courses for students with:

  • D/deaf
  • Dyslexia 
  • Hearing impairment
  • Language, literacy and numeracy needs
  • Learning difficulties or disabilities 
  • Mental health needs 
  • Physical disabilities 
  • Visual impairment

Bolton College offers one-to-one appointments, in-class support and appointments with specialist tutors. We can also give you access to specialist equipment and resources, as well as social activities via our enrichment programme.


If you have any disability, access needs or other needs please do not hesitate to inform us prior to college attendance - we can support you effectively and ensure that we are meeting our responsibilities to you.


If you would like to know more about how the College supports learners in terms of the curriculum, campus and equipment, please click here to download our SEN and Disability Local Offer.

Your route to College: Assessment of Needs

Your assessment meetings are completely confidential. You will have the opportunity to discuss how your condition affects you and how this may have an impact on your studies.  The assessment gives us information to support you with your studies in your time at Bolton College. You may bring someone with you to these meetings if that helps you to feel more comfortable.


The meetings will be geared to your requirements.  They may take up to an hour but you may stay longer depending on what has been arranged.  You will be advised prior to this so that you can make arrangements and/or adjust your routine on time.  During your time here at college, we will regularly review your progress and reassess your needs if it is deemed necessary.


Initial Assessments

All students are invited to college prior to their enrolment so that we can assess their skills in Maths and English. This enables us to make sure the correct support is in place for their course.