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Further Help and Support

Additional Learning Support

The Additional Learning Support service is available to all students at all levels and aims to help them achieve success in their education and career. This includes support for:

  • Physical disabilities
  • Sensory impairments
  • Medical conditions
  • Emotional support/mental health
  • Autism or Asperger’s syndrome
  • Specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia
  • Literacy, numeracy and language support
  • A temporary disability

ALS has a team of learning support workers who are experienced in working with students who have a range of learning difficulties and disabilities across the College. They offer support in the following areas:

  • An assessment of learning needs
  • An assessment for dyslexia and dyspraxia
  • An assessment of language needs
  • Discrete one-to-one support sessions
  • Workshops or drop in sessions
  • Guidance to improve study skills
  • Special arrangements for exams such as a scriber, reader or extra time
  • Learning support workers to help in classes
  • Communicators, signers and interpreters
  • Adapted documents and materials, for example in large print, braille or on tape
  • Hearing loops
  • Coloured overlays
  • Loans of assistive technology
  • Provide training in the use of assistive software
  • Mobility assistance

To contact Additional Learning Support

Phone: 01226 216769

Email: als@barnsley.ac.uk

Disability and Dyslexia Service University Campus Barnsley

Phone: 01226 216782


Room: HE 3/16


Essential Skills Department

Courses we run are:

Functional Skills English/Maths/ICT (adult courses)

If you want to improve your reading, writing and numeracy skills, or want to show the skills you already have, a Skills for Life qualification could be for you. Skills for Life qualifications are designed to help you develop the skills you use in everyday life, such as reading, writing, math and ICTs. They can also help you boost your CV or move on to further study. These courses help you gain confidence in everyday reading, writing, speaking, listening and ICT. You can develop your spelling and the skills needed for tasks such as form filling and writing short notes. Our numeracy classes can help make sense of figures in everyday life and will help you gain confidence and the maths and ICT skills you need for home, leisure and at work. Classes run at flexible times during the Day, Afternoon and Evening as we recognise that learners are often combining study with work and family commitments.

GCSE English/Maths

Whatever future career you would like or whatever course you would like to study it is essential to have good English and Maths. We offer GCSEs in English and Maths. Classes run at flexible times during the day, afternoon and evening as we recognise that learners are often studying other full time programmes. Don’t worry if you were not successful at school, we offer a supportive environment in which to retake your GCSE Maths and/or English and get that all important grade C or above


ESOL qualifications are for adult learners whose first language is not English, and who are living or trying to settle in England. This course makes it easier for learners to talk to doctors and teachers; understand the laws and customs of the UK and do a course and get a qualification. By doing this course they can help their child with homework.   It may also help learners pass the Life in the UK test and become a British citizen. If you are a young 16-18 ESOL learner we can offer you a full time course. This course will focus on improving your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills quickly. In addition you will also have the opportunity to choose from a range of vocational subjects including Construction, Engineering, Sport, Early Years and Care and Catering Hospitality and Tourism. This course also offers a chance to improve Maths and IT skills. Learners who complete this course often secure full time places in the vocational areas of their choice.

For more information

Phone: 01226 216213

Email: p.barton@barnsley.ac.uk

Opening Times

Monday Staffed 8.30am to 5pm; Self-service 5pm to 8.45pm
Tuesday Staffed 8.30am to 5pm; Self-service 5pm to 8.45pm
Wednesday Staffed 8.30am to 5pm; Self-service 5pm to 8.45pm
Thursday Staffed 8.30am to 5pm; Self-service 5pm to 8.45pm
Friday Staffed 8.30am to 4.30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Find Us

Barnsley College, Church Street,
S70 2YW

Contact Us

helibrary@barnsley.ac.uk Learning Curve Library desk 01226 216 334
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