Riverside Music College is committed to supporting students throughout their entire learning experience.
A wide variety of support services are available starting from the first time you enquire about a course and continuing throughout your College life. In fact, many students come back to us for advice following the completion of their course.
Our amazing Student Services team can give you more advice and information on courses, on different ways you can attend classes, on levels of courses and on how you can move on to further study.
Our team can also provide information on all aspects of student finance – bursaries, grants, student loans, childcare, travel expenses, etc.
Riverside Music College is committed to ensuring that all students, prospective students and others who have contact with the College are treated fairly.
In particular, all reasonable adjustments will be made to College provision and services to ensure that those individuals requiring extra assistance will not be substantially disadvantaged.
To enable the College to meet this commitment it is important that you let us know what your needs might be as early as possible.
Whatever you tell us will be treated with respect and consideration and, as far as is practicable, in confidence.
Disabled Student Allowance (DSA)
Students with additional support needs studying at HNC/HND level may be eligible to apply for DSA funding through SAAS to help with any costs which may occur due to their additional support requirements.
Students with diagnostic evidence of an additional support need can be eligible for the following allowances:
- Basic Allowance (intended to cover some small items of equipment and consumables such asphotocopying costs, printer cartridges, internet connection, braille or live scribe paper, USB sticks etc.
- Large Items Allowance (intended to cover things such as: Disability related software (e.g. Dragon voice recognition software), other appropriate software (e.g. Microsoft Word), printers /scanners, PC/Laptops, disability loops, radio aids etc.
- Non-Medical Personal Help (intended to cover things such as: Travel expenses, readers, sign language interpreters, note takers, scribes, IT training, study skills support, mentors, proofreaders etc.
Additional Support Procedure
Any additional support needs can be disclosed to Student Services through your application, at the interview stage or during enrolment. If a student requires unexpected additional support throughout the year then a referral can be made to Student Services by the individual or senior lecturer.
2: Additional Needs Assessment
Student Services can facilitate reasonable support without an assessment; however, we would recommend it.
If required, Student Services will schedule a meeting for you with an assessor. They will:
- Discuss any learning difficulty/disability/barriers
- Establish (agreed) support strategies with the learner
After the meeting with the assessor, Student Services will ask you to read and sign the assessment, Support Memo and a consent form. Amendments can be made at this stage.
The Support Memo will be issued to your lecturers to ensure they are aware of all relevant information relating to additional support requirements.
During the semester, Student Services will arrange a review meeting with you to discuss the support strategies put in place. This is to ensure that you are happy with any additional support received in classes. If any changes are required to your support strategy, then we can arrange another meeting with the assessor if required and update your Support Memo.
External Support Services
(Details of local SAMH services and information and sign-posting for people concerned about mental health. Office hours 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.)
Phone: 0344 800 0550