Cambridge Regional College - Centre of Vocational Excellence

Personal Support

Achieve your potential at CRC

We offer one of the region’s most comprehensive, specialised personal support teams for students with a range of needs.

Whatever your personal support needs, you can access all areas at CRC across all the subject areas we offer, from motor mechanics and IT through to hair and beauty or catering, to name but a few.

We aim to support all learners with disabilities and learning difficulties by working with full and part-time students of all ages, from foundation to higher education courses.

Students need different sorts of support to get the best out of their time at college. Some students may have more than one disability and we can match your support so that all your needs are met.

Personal Support just for you

Personal support is tailored to your individual needs, whether you are a wheelchair user who needs help getting around the college or you need help taking notes in class. Your dedicated Personal Support Assistant (PSA) or Communicator is always on hand to help make college life the fantastic experience it should be and to look out for your wellbeing.

During classes we’re on hand to help you understand what you need to do to complete tasks. We can break down assignments into manageable steps, help you prioritise your work and encourage you to stay focused. We’ll also guide you in taking a full part in class activities and discussions with other students in your group. We offer as much or as little support as you need to help you be as independent as you can. For some students it means class-based help only, for others it could mean help getting around the college and even support through coffee breaks and lunchtimes in the ‘Zone’, a dedicated area for learners to relax or work.

In addition to personal support, you can also have regular one-to-one mentoring, which is your chance to share and address any issues or emotional problems you may have at college or outside.

Here’s a brief overview of the ways we can help you access everything that CRC has to offer both academically and socially:

Autistic Spectrum Conditions

  • Specialist support to develop coping strategies
  • 1:1 study support
  • Note taking
  • A quiet space to work or take a break
  • Mentoring
  • Life-skills coaching

d/Deaf Support and Hearing Impairment

  • A dedicated British Sign Language Communicator in your class
  • Or a Sign Supported English (SSE) Communicator to help you in class
  • Note-taking support
  • 1:1 study support
  • English language assistance
  • Mentoring
  • Help with group work

Physical Access

  • We provide mobility assistance
  • Note-taking in class
  • Assistive technology
  • Personal Care
  • 1:1 study support
  • Mentoring
  • Educational and enrichment trips outside the College

Visual Impairment

  • Sighted guides
  • Mobility assistance
  • Braille
  • Audio resources
  • Enlarged/enlarging resources
  • 1:1 study support
  • Assistive technology such as PC software

Language Impairment Support

  • Specialist support tailored to your needs
  • 1:1 study support
  • Note taking
  • Mentoring
  • Life-skills coaching

What next after CRC

Some students enjoy learning at CRC so much that they progress onto further courses after their initial studies, with continued personal support. However, if you’ve gone as far as you can with us, we’ll help you explore your options and move on to the next exciting stage in your life, whether it’s University, the workplace or other training/apprentice opportunities. We’ll give you the guidance you need to make the transition from CRC to the choice that is right for you.

Cambridge Campus Status

The Cambridge Campus is open as normal.

Huntingdon Campus Status

The Huntingdon Campus is open as normal.