Life at BMC

Academic Support (DSA)

Do you have a learning difficulty or disability? If the answer is yes then you can apply for Disabled Student Allowance. The grants help meet the needs of individual students and support them through their course. They are not based on income but individual needs, and are paid to the supplier of support and equipment provider.

Support could be from specialist tutors and/or assistive technology, for example

  • Laptop
  • Specialist software such as ‘Read’ and ‘Write Gold’, which helps with proof reading or ‘Dragon’, which is speech to text software
  • Dictaphone
  • One to one support
  • Specialist support

Six simple steps to apply for a DSA:

  1. Fill in the application form. If you have completed an application form for Student Finance England and indicated that you want to apply for Disabled Student Allowance, they will send an application form to you. Or you can download a form from here
    You must send some written evidence of your difficulty/disability to support your application. As soon as you have accepted your place at university you can apply for DSA.
  2. Find out if you qualify. Student Finance England will assess your application and send a letter to let you know if you qualify.
  3. Attend a needs assessment. If you are eligible for Disabled Student Allowance you will need to arrange a needs assessment to identify the support available to you.
  4. Receive your needs report. You will be sent a report which identifies the equipment and other support you will need, how much it will cost and where to get it from.
  5. Find out what the DSA can pay for. Your funding body will send you a letter to tell you whether any equipment and other support that has been recommended in your needs assessment can be paid for from DSAs. You will also be given instructions on how to order equipment or arranging other support.
  6. Receive your support. Your funding will be paid direct to the supplier of the equipment or service.

The Learning and Development team can help you with this process and provide you with one to one specialist support please contact us via email to dsa@brooksbymelton ac uk

Appendix 1


NMH Central Database Template – Master

Section 1

Name of NMH Provider Brooksby Melton College
Address Melton Mowbray Campus, Asfordby Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0HU
Contact Name(s) Pauline Killoran
Telephone Number(s) 01664855275
Email Address(s)
Rates last updated 2016

Section 2 – Below is the standard NMH service and rates table to be displayed by NMH providers.

The table below shows NMH rates.  The greyed out cells indicate that the institution does not offer these services.  Also, for some services, there may be more than one provider.  Where this is the case, each provider is listed along with their rates.

Band 1 Support Assistants Note below the NMH provider with whom the institution has an agreement in place with. Net VAT Total
Practical Support Assistant
Library Support Assistant
Workshop / Laboratory Assistant
Sighted Guide
Proof Reader
Band 2 Enhanced Support Assistants        
Study Assistant
Examination Support Worker
Manual Note Taker
Band 3 Specialist Enabling Support        
Communication Support Worker
Electronic Note taker
Specialist Transcription Services
Mobility Trainer
Band 4 Specialist Access and Learning Facilitators        
Specialist Mentor
Specialist One to One Study Skills Support £60.50 N/A £60.50
BSL Interpreter
Language Support Tutor for deaf students
Assistive Technology Trainer

For more information on the above bandings, please click on the below link:

To download the NMH Rates Table click here.


Student Experiences

“I’d seriously recommend support to any student who suffers with some sort of learning disability; I didn’t want support at the start but that was a not good choice. Support has helped me massively improve in multiple different areas of study, and I don’t think that I would have been able to finish my Degree course without it.”
Final year BA Digital Film Production student

“My one-to-one support was brilliant and really helped to ensure that I met the criteria needed for my assignments. It was also great as I struggled with word counts; by having someone help me plan, I was able to save time by not writing lots and then having to delete the work. The specialist lecturer was extremely positive and made me feel like I was doing very well, which helped me to stay motivated and keep trying for higher grades.”
BSc Animal Management student

“I got on very well with my support Tutor. She helped me to stay on track with my work by talking through ideas, giving feedback on planning suggestions, and helping me to break down work if I began to over think and worry about it. She has also been a good listener when I have been worried, giving me time to unload before we began with planning and work. I was, and still am, very pleased to have had support.”
Final year BA Digital Film Production student

“The Additional Learning Support department has delivered an excellent service. They listen to student needs, and then present the most suitable course of action for the individual student, as well as being open minded to listen to what else a student feels they may require. They get back to the student on information ASAP. Overall Excellent Service.”
Final year BA Digital Film Production student