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Student Support

International Students

Looking for our International Website? Click on the link below to go there.

International Website

Disability and Learning Support

We offer individual guidance and support to students with specific learning difficulties/dyslexia or other, sensory impairments, mental health difficulties, Asperger's Syndrome and Autism, unseen disabilities, or any long term condition that affects their studies.

The types of support we offer can include, in class learning support, exam arrangements such as extra time, dyslexia tuition, study skills support and communication support. If you need support and have not made arrangements you need to see a member of the student support team straight away.

To book an appointment pop into Student Support (B118):


Phone: 01509 618 313

HE Disability Support

Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) is a government funded scheme designed to help with the costs incurred as the result of a disability, medical condition, Specific Learning Difference (SpLD) or mental health condition.

DSA funding is allocated to the individual student and not the College. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they engage fully in the process of applying for DSA. The allowance can help pay for study related support, including specialist equipment and human support to help the student overcome the effects of their disability on their studies.

They will not pay for:

  • Costs a student would have whether or not they were at College
  • Non-disability related costs incurred by all students on a particular course

DSAs are not:

  • A loan - so you will not have to repay them when you have graduated
  • Classed as income - so do not affect state benefits

DSAs are available to UK students who meet criteria defined by the government. Click the link below for more information. Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs): Directgov

Please see the table below for our current NMH support rates. Note: Rates shown in the table below are per hour

Band 1 Support Assistants Net VAT Total
Practical Support Assistant
Library Support Assistant
Reader £15.67 £3.13 £18.80
Scribe £15.67 £3.13 £18.80
Workshop / Laboratory Assistant
Sighted Guide
Proof Reader
Band 2 Enhanced Support Assistants Net VAT Total
Study Assistant
Examination Support Worker
Manual Note Taker £21.60 £4.32 £25.92
Band 3 Specialist Enabling Support Net VAT Total
Communication Support Worker
Electronic Note taker
Specialist Transcription Services
Mobility Trainer
Band 4 Specialist Access and Learning Facilitators Net VAT Total
Specialist Mentor £53.52 £10.70 £64.22
Specialist One to One Study Skills Support £53.52 £10.70 £64.22
BSL Interpreter
Language Support Tutor for deaf students
Assistive Technology Trainer


Phone : 01509 618 313

Dyslexia & Dyspraxia

If you are dyslexic, dyspraxic or feel you may have a learning difficulty, information, guidance and specialist teaching is available. You'll work with a with a tutor who can help with your organisation, planning, keeping to deadlines and dealing with assignments. If you've had exam arrangements in the past (like extra time or a reader) you must arrange to see us as soon as possible so we can get this in place for your exams at the College. If you would like to work on English, Maths or Study Skills this can also be arranged.

Either talk to your tutor or:

Drop in to the Learning Resource Centre and ask to speak to Mark or Liz.


Phone: 01509 618 025

English and Maths

Are you finding English and Maths difficult? We may be able to help. We can work with you to improve your Maths and English skills so that you have the confidence to succeed on your course. You will work with a tutor on a one-to-one basis or in small groups and develop your understanding and ability level.

Either speak to your tutor or drop in to the Learning Resource Centre and ask to speak to Mark or Liz. You can also e-mail us at or phone us on 01509 618 025


If you find it difficult to express your ideas in written form or don't know how to start researching for your assignments, help is available. We can work with you to develop the skills needed to assist in the completion of assignment work.

You might need just one or two sessions or perhaps you need to work with someone on a longer term basis. For more information, talk to your tutor or drop into the Learning Resource Centre and ask for Mark, or Liz. You can also email us at or phone us on 01509 618 025


  • The Examinations Team deal with all your needs as a student to ensure you gain the correct qualification at the end of your course. This includes registrations, exams either online or written and certification with the Exam Boards.
  • All registrations and exam entries rely on you being enrolled correctly and your tutor will be able to confirm your registration or dated exam entry to the Exams Team at the appropriate time. 
  • If you think you are entitled to special exam concessions e.g. extra time, a reader or scribe, please talk to your tutor in the first instance. You will need to be interviewed by the Student Support Team and your Tutor can help arrange this. Please note that these arrangements can take some weeks to put into place so the earlier you start the process the better.
  • Special consideration may be applied for you if you are ill immediately before or during your exam. You will need to obtain a doctor's note explaining how this has affected your performance and contact your tutor as soon as possible.  The doctor's note should be sent straight to the Examinations Team. If any personal difficulties have affected your exam performance you need to talk to your tutor and send a letter, from a responsible adult, outlining the circumstances to the Examinations Team as you may be eligible for special consideration.
  • We will be using the college email system and text facility to your mobile phone to communicate any information to you such as the room you will be in and the time your exam or test starts.
  • Any certificates are normally posted to your home address in due course. This may take up to 2 months after your course ends so don't panic if you don't receive your certificate immediately. If your course is sponsored by your employer your certificate will be sent to your place of work.
  • Please ensure you check your personal information on LearnZone regularly. If you change your mobile phone or address, you must inform either your Progress Tutor or the Student Access Team immediately or you may miss out on vital information.

The Examinations Team are based in L211 and if you have any queries please come and see us.


Phone: 01509 618305

International Students

The International Team are here to provide support to international students in order to help you to make the most of your time in Loughborough. We can help with any questions you may have about living and studying in the UK and offer specific guidance in the following areas:

  • Tier 4 visa extensions
  • Police registration
  • Opening a bank account
  • Registering with a doctor and dentist
  • Progressing to another course at Loughborough College

For information about how to apply to Loughborough College as a new international student, please go to Contact Catherine and Della in the International Office from 9.00 to 16.30 Monday to Friday.


Phone: 01509 618133

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