Starting a university course presents many new challenges and most of our students will find that they need some academic support at some point during their course. The Academic Support Tutor provides general study support for all students, specialist academic support for students with dyslexia, dyspraxia and other specific learning difficulties and English language support.
All undergraduate students will take the professional studies course in the first term. This course is designed to ensure that all students gain confidence in researching, note taking, writing and referencing essays, as well as thinking about your learning style and ways of organising your study time. The Academic Support Tutor is also available at all times for one to one support and advice on all aspects of your academic study.
Performing arts courses nationwide have a very high percentage of students with dyslexia and dyspraxia and LCDS is no exception. We aim to provide a high level of support and make all reasonable adjustments necessary to ensure that dyslexic or dyspraxic students achieve their full potential.
As part of the professional studies course, all students are asked to take the 15 minute Quickscan test for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Any students who identify as having indicators associated with dyslexia or dyspraxia will then have a discussion with the Academic Support Tutor and will probably be referred for a diagnostic assessment.
Once we have a diagnosis of a specific learning difficulty the student will be supported to apply to Student Finance and will then need to go for a needs assessment which will identify what kind of support will best benefit the student. There is financial support available, the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) which pays for one to one support (arranged by the school) and for equipment (computers, software, broadband connections) which will assist with study.
Please note: If you already have a diagnosis of dyslexia or dyspraxia which has been carried out since you were 16, we would strongly encourage you to start the process of making the application before you start the course. You will find all the information that you need here.
All students who do not have English as a first language will have an opportunity to meet the Academic Support Tutor during induction week to discuss their needs and any concerns. Some students will be required to take English classes in the first year and all students will be offered one to one support with essay writing etc.
All students with English as a second language are strongly encouraged to maximise their exposure to the English language before they arrive in London for the start of term. We suggest that you watch English language films (with subtitles), listen to BBC World Service or other English language radio stations, and try to visit an English news website every day in the months leading up to the start of your course. We find that this approach makes the transition to studying in English much easier. See the external links below for some recommended websites.