Abingdon & Witney College have high aspirations for every learner. Whether you are on a journey to employment, an apprenticeship, a supported internship, higher education and/or achieving greater confidence in being independent; our support can help.

There are many different entry points to studying at college. Through our Access to Learning provision we can help you prepare for the journey into employment and/or onward study on a vocational programme with us.

For students with an EHCP or SEN Support plan, Abingdon & Witney College have a dedicated Pathways Curriculum. Pathways offers a range of study programmes designed to develop your study skills and increase your confidence in communicating with others and being independent in different environments.

Our application process

If you have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP), your application to the college will be managed alongside information provided by the Local Authority. This is so we can ensure that we can support your special educational needs at the college; course offers are conditional until this agreement is in place.

During your application process, we will enquire about the SEN support you have received in school or at other colleges. We can then plan to ensure that staff and resources are in place for when you join; this includes information on Exam Access Arrangements (EAA).

For this information to be shared, your consent is required. Please ensure you complete the relevant consent section on your application.

Support with your transition to college

There are many types of transitions that you may soon be facing; whether that is taking your first steps into college, moving between different levels of study, transitioning into work, beginning to live independently, or starting higher education.

We know that some parts of transitions can feel overwhelming, and often you need someone to be able to talk to and get the clarity you need.

If you would like to know more about our transition process or request support, please email: sentransitionenquiries@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

Transition support we provide:

  • College Open Events: Representatives from the Transition and SEND Support Team are always present at College Open Events (see our Events page).
  • Support with your application, enrolment, and planning for your first day at College.
  • SEND support staff at College Transition Events for new joiners.
  • Carousel taster sessions for current students to explore different vocational study programmes.
  • Individual tours with a Transition Co-ordinator, this can be at a quieter time or when the College is fully operational so that you can see and get a feel for what college life is all about.
  • Transition Co-ordinators attending your EHCP annual review at your current school, please let your school SENCO know if you would like them to attend.
  • Welcome Wednesdays events over the College holidays where you can meet with representatives from the SEND support team, orientate yourself and get to know the rest of the college team. If you can’t make it to one of these, we also have virtual tours of each campus.
  • Meetings with SENCOs, Learner Support Coordinators, FEAST and the curriculum team tailored to your needs.
  • Parent and carer welcome evenings to share information around what we have planned for you at college and to answer any questions.

Support once you have joined us

If you would like to know more about our SEND Support and/or arrange a visit to the college, please email: supportforlearning@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

  • Targeted support in class, this can be 1:1 or shared support.
  • 1:1 study coach support covering study skills, English and maths.
  • Support in the community, this may include some sport activities, hydrotherapy, social groups, travel training, shopping and community social interactions and life skills.
  • Support into employment or higher education
  • Support to create a communication plan that reflects how you want to interact with others in the college, including your peers, tutors, support staff and anyone else that is important to you.
  • Adapted learning environments, including resources, sensory rooms, trained teachers, and learner support staff.
  • Specialist teachers for dyslexia, dyscalculia, and Exam Access Arrangements (EAA) assessments.
  • Therapy provision where specified in the EHCP, including speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy (offsite), Visual Impairment (VI) support, Hearing Impairment (HI) support and SEN Support Service (SENSS).
  • Assistive technology support, supporting your independence for learning in college and beyond.
  • Preparation for EHCP annual review and sharing your aspirations ensuring your voice is always listened to.
  • Experienced special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCos) to work with you to ensure we are meeting your needs in college, including their involvement in chairing your EHCP Annual Reviews.