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Additional Learning Support

Helping you make the most of your time at college.

Supporting you through college

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to support you through your time at the MET. Working with you, we will make reasonable adjustments to our services to ensure college is an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

We support students with a range of learning difficulties and / or disability, such as:

  • ADHD  
  • Aspergers
  • Autism
  • Difficulties with English and maths
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • ESOL
  • Hearing impairment
  • Visual impairment


There is a wide range of learning support available, including:

  • 1:1, small group and drop in sessions
  • Teaching Support Assistants working in class and offering support outside of class
  • Specialist Teachers  
  • Communication Support Workers for D/deaf learners
  • Mobility support
  • Equipment loans
  • Use of assistive technology
  • Course materials adjusted to suit your needs
  • Assessments for exam concessions
  • Note takers
  • Study skills support
  • A screening system which is used to identify learner who have difficulty with their English and maths skills.


  • All the specialist rooms in our main Central Campus building and East Campus are accessible and have lifts. However, some general rooms can only be accessed by stairs.
  • There are accessible toilets in all our buildings but, at present, we have limited facilities for learners needing support with personal care.
  • Students on Learning Development and Foundation Studies courses have access to a quiet room at lunchtimes.
  • A further quiet room is available in our Trafalgar building.
  • There is a variety of assistive technology, including hardware and software, available in the Learning Resource Centres (LRCs) at both campuses. ClaroRead assistive technology is available on all computers across the College. Learners may also borrow equipment from the Additional Learning Support department for use in class.

Applying for courses

The college's Course Advice team can give information about courses available in the college and throughout Brighton and Hove. They can be contacted on 01273 667759 or via

We encourage all learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities to disclose to us so that, if necessary, we can discuss reasonable adjustments at an early stage.

If you disclose a learning difficulty and/or disability to the college you will be sent a Disclosure form. By completing and returning this form you have the opportunity to tell us about any reasonable adjustments you may need for any of our services.

All the information you provide is handled sensitively and is given only to staff that need to know about your disability or reasonable adjustments. If you wish to discuss your support needs further you will be able to meet with a member of the Additional Learning Support team prior to enrolment.

The Additional Learning Support Team will distribute information to lecturing and support staff about reasonable adjustments that may be needed.

All applications from disabled applicants are monitored by the Additional Learning Support team to ensure that they are treated fairly and with consideration of the reasonable adjustments the learner may need.

Exams and assessments

If you have a learning difficulty and / or disability, you should not be disadvantaged in exams or assessments. Awarding bodies allow access arrangements such as extra time or a reader, depending on individual needs.

Depending on the type of access arrangement being requested, the awarding bodying may ask for a letter from your GP or specialist, an Educational Psychologist’s report or some other documentation. These documents may only be valid for a fixed period and must include specific information required by the awarding body.

As soon as you start college you should talk to your tutor about the access arrangements you may need. You may be asked to provide documentation or the College may be able to organise an assessment for you.

Student Support - signed information for deaf learners

This video contains information about the student support available for deaf learners at the college.

For more videos in BSL please visit our Youtube channel.

If you would like to talk to us about coming to college or the services we provide:

Additional Learning Support
Course advice