Academic Support

Dorset College is strongly committed to providing academic support to learners.

Our learner-focused approach recognises the individual learner’s needs and interests and seeks to enhance their inherent skills and potential and encourage self-reliance and autonomy in personal, academic and life-long learning.

Our dedicated student service team provide guidance and support on course related matters in a timely and effective manner to ensure that the learning experience meets the needs of learners.  Information is provided on access to Medical, Emergency & Legal services and also for our international learners, information on learner visas, working in Ireland, accommodation and related matters.

  • Learners have access to the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Moodle for details of course content, timetables, examinations, course notes, contact details of further supports, advice, tips on taking exams, stress, presentations etc.
  • Learners have access to information available also through the learner handbook
  • Administrative, management and teaching staff are always available to take questions and discuss academic issues with learners.
  • Learners have access to a reception desk Monday – Thursday 9am-5pm and on Friday up to 3.00 pm.
  • Learners have access to one-to-one support from lecturers and can make appointments where necessary.
  • Learners have access to the Programme Leader for academic and career advice during designated periods and on an as needed basis by appointment.
  • For all international non-native English learners, an ‘Intensive English’ programme from the College’s English as a Second Language department will be made available as a learner support.
  • Learners have access to support with study skills and/or course content through their Programme Leader
  • Learners will have timetabled access to Library & computer laboratories each week.
  • WI-FI is availble through all buildings.

Guidance and Pastoral Counselling
The Pastoral care is provided by the Programme Leader and course tutors alike. While every effort will be made to offer confidential, impartial and supportive counselling to learners experiencing personal difficulties, every effort shall be made to identify the appropriate professional help available.