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Additional learning support

About additional learning support

Support in Higher Education may be different to the support that you have had during school or college. It’s important that you think carefully about the support that you might need, and make sure that you talk to us as soon as possible if you do need support.

Types of support

Disabled Students’ Allowance – If you have a mental health problems, long term illness or any other disability, you may be able to apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance. 

Additional Learning Support Team – We have a team of tutors who are able to provide most support through the DSA. This team will also be able to signpost people who are not eligible for DSA to the services below:

  • Support services through NTU – there are many study skills workshops running at NTU which Confetti HE students can access. During your induction, you’ll be given information about how to access these services
  • Support through Confetti – At Convent Street, we have a Learning Resource Centre. A member of the Additional Learning Support team is on hand every day to help you or signpost you to other support services.

Tutor – All students are allocated a tutor who can help and guide you through your studies with us.

Student Support Services – We have a team of staff who will be happy to signpost you to external services if you need any support that is not related to your learning.

Disabled Students’ Allowance

If you think that you’ll need to apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance, you can do this when you apply online for Student Finance, or by a paper-based application form. It can take up to 14 weeks from application to support being in place, so it’s important that you apply as early as you can.

Not all applications are successful; you’ll probably have to provide evidence of your need as part of your application, so pay attention to the application guidance.

If your DSA application is successful, you’ll be invited for an assessment at an assessment centre – the assessment centre will determine your support allocation, then this information is given to Confetti. See the DSA website for information about types of support that may be available.

We want to work with you to make your time with us as successful as possible, and sometimes this means asking for a little bit of support. Don’t be afraid to speak up if you are struggling, and you’ll be guided to the most appropriate support that we’re able to offer.

You can contact us on 0115 952 2075 or on

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