Support for Deaf & Hearing Impaired Students - Writtle University College

Support for Deaf & Hearing Impaired Students

Support for Deaf & Hearing Impaired Students

Our experienced in house communicator team at Writtle are here to provide ‘total communication’ support to our deaf and hearing impaired students.

They can work with you to identify your support needs. This can include:

  • Involvement in transition from school/college, if appropriate;
  • Advice and guidance on your course and the one to one support we can provide;
  • Liaison with your course tutor(s)/lecture(s) regarding your impairment and adjustments that they can make to help you access your course;
  • Involvement in admissions procedures, interviews and induction;
  • Support in making an application to the Disabled Student Allowance if you are a HE student;
  • Liaison with Accommodation Services, if appropriate, to provide you with adapted accommodation (such as alarm alerts);
  • Links with external agencies.
Access to learning is provided through BSL, SSE, note-taking or a combination of all. Communication support is available in lectures, off-site visits, tutorials, one to one sessions, open days and interviews. The team also run deaf awareness training with peer groups and lecturers. Teacher of the Deaf provision is available for specific teaching support and access arrangements and we have a hearing loop system in lecture theatres and the main hall.

Writtle University College has been supporting deaf students for over 10 years. Most of our students progress to jobs within their chosen industry, go on to University or stay with us at the college to further their studies.

Our aim at Writtle is to provide our hearing impaired students with equal access to all aspects of college life so they have a fulfilling and enjoyable experience.

This is what some of our students say about their time at Writtle

"I have really enjoyed meeting new people. My course in Countryside Management has been more hands on than any subject at school and it has been great to learn new things."

Alastair went on to study for an Honours degree in Forestry at Bangor University. He hoping to work for the Forestry Commission.

Alastair Humphreys
ND Countryside Management

"I chose Writtle University College because I have studied here before and I am familiar with the college, lecturers and support staff and everyone is very friendly. I am profoundly deaf and have full BSL communicator support."

Elizabeth Thomas
NPTC (City & Guilds) Level 2 Dog Grooming

"The help I have received from Learning Support has been invaluable. I have a hearing impairment and the college has supported me with two Communicators, who are so caring and professional - I really couldn't study without their help! They take notes using my 'smartpen' which records the audio and connects this to the written notes, so I can go back over the lecture later and access the bits I didn't hear. This enables me to concentrate on lip-reading. They also repeat instructions I have missed. I came to Writtle University College to study Horticulture part time as a mature student after deciding on a career change. I am thoroughly enjoying my course and the close and supportive community at Writtle."

Anna Winter
BSc (Hons) Horticulture

Further Education information evenings and Higher Education open days are an excellent way to find out about courses and discuss the support you require. Please let us know if you are coming along and would like a communicator to be available.