At Belfast Met we welcome and encourage applications from students who have a disability, learning difficulty or long term medical condition. We are committed to ensuring that you have an equal opportunity to gain the maximum benefit from your experience here at the College. We are a dedicated, professional team who operate on all College Campuses. We have a range of specialist services that we can offer while you are in College. So please, get in touch!
How can we help?The College will make every reasonable effort to provide support to meet your specific needs such as equipment and software loans, personal support and support in examinations.
- Provide you with pre-entry advice and guidance
- Assess and review your support needs whilst at College
- Provide you with additional support
- Provide you with information on other external services
How do I access support?To start the process simply complete the Learning Support Referral Form (LS1). We guarantee that your information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality and will only be shared with your approval.
If you feel unsure about letting us know, we will not be able to provide support on course or in examinations. However, it is your right not to disclose.
Download the Learning Support Referral Form (LS1) below:
What support can I expect?Students may access a wide range of support. Recommendations for any support will be individual and based on evidence presented to Inclusive Learning. Types of support include:
- Learning Mentors
- Sign Language Interpreter
- Loan of Equipment
- Specialist Enabling Technology
- Examination Support
ExamsIf you have examinations as part of your course and require additional support through Access Arrangements then you must disclose at the start of the academic year. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are assessed by Inclusive Learning, and to provide appropriate evidence that meet the awarding bodies’ deadlines. You will also be required to make contact with your Campus Examinations Office.
Disability Students AllowanceStudents on Higher Education programmes should contact Inclusive Learning as well as applying for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) through their Local Education Authority to access funding for support. It is recommended that you apply as early as possible. Belfast Met is a DSA assessment centre and can carry out the assessments for Belfast Met students as well as those from Northern Ireland studying outside Northern Ireland. Visit www.studentfinanceni.co.uk for more details.
How do I get Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)?
JAM Card FriendlyBelfast Met is a JAM card friendly organisation, allowing people with communication barriers such as learning disabilities/difficulties to let others know they need ‘Just A Minute’ of patience when interacting with them.
Students at the College can apply for a JAM card via Student Services on each campus, or download the app to their phone.
Further information can be found at www.nowgroup.org/jamcard
FAQsView our frequently asked questions here.
- NI Direct
- Autism NI
- Autism Initiatives
- NI Housing Executive
- Cedar Foundation
- Education Authority
- British Dyslexia Association
- Action on Hearing Loss
Main Office: Titanic Quarter CampusLevel 2, Room 62
Millfield CampusBuilding 1, Level 2, Room 9
Monday- Friday 9.00am-4.00pm
Appointments available in Titanic Quarter, Millfield, Castlereagh and Springvale E3 Campus
Tel: 028 9026 5097