Academic Support


We believe that every student can benefit from support with their learning – whatever their level of ability – to help them achieve success.  Our Study Skills courses have been designed to help improve your grades and enhance your learning.

Core Study Skills (Level 2)

  • Time Management and Organisation
  • Learning Styles
  • Note-taking and Research
  • Reading for Meaning
  • Report Writing

Advanced Study Skills (Level 3)

  • Note-taking
  • Research
  • Academic Reading Strategies
  • Essay Planning and Writing
  • Analytical Writing


Upon joining us, you automatically become a member of our bright and spacious library. Our experienced and friendly team of librarians are happy to help you access a wide variety of resources which will support your studies.

The library also offer:

  • Books, journals and subject guides
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Zoned areas for silent study or group work
  • Computer facilities
  • Access to printers, photocopiers and scanners
  • DVDs and viewing facilities
  • Remote access to electronic resources


At Richard Taunton, we have over 350 desktop computers, 100 macs, and our helpful IT team can also loan laptops and tablets if needed. The college is wireless-enabled via Eduroam which means students are able to study using their own devices. Upon joining RTSFC, all students are given access to an email account, storage space on the college network, and specialist software packages. Staff and students collaborate using Google Classroom and our online Student Hub provides easy access to our useful intranet pages. Students can also track their progress online via MyPortal.


As a part of our digital learning revolution, RTSFC has partnered with Academia to give students the opportunity to own an iPad! The scheme offers competitive prices and finance options, and the Apple devices are insured for two years. All that is required to access the scheme is a valid student reference number. To learn more and order a device please visit our store on the Academia website.

Some students may qualify for the free loan of an iPad for the duration of their studies through our bursary scheme. Find out more on our Money Matters page.