Upgrade Learning Support

We believe that every student can benefit from support with their learning – whatever their level of ability – to help them achieve success. As a smaller college, we are ideally suited to knowing our students well and tailoring our support accordingly. Whether you need to work on your spelling, punctuation or grammar, need help learning the English language or you just want a quiet place to work, we have a range of options for students. We also support students with recognised learning difficulties, and those on the autistic spectrum. Depending on your needs, we can provide a personalised support programme and classroom support to aid your learning.

The Local Offer

Our Local Offer provides information on the support available at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College for young people who have Learning Difficulties (Special Educational Needs) and Disabilities.

Our stories: Emma and Kyle

In these two short films, Emma and Kyle tell us about their experiences at school, transition to college and aspirations for the future. Emma is diagnosed with Autism and Kyle is diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.


  • To view our Frequently Asked Questions from a parent/carer perspective, please click here
Special Educational Needs Policy
  • To view our Special Educational Needs Policy, please click here

Study Skills Courses

Study Skills form a large part of our learning support provision, giving you the tools you need to succeed in your subjects. We offer a 5-week Study Skills course, designed to help improve your grades and enhance your learning.

Core Study Skills (Level 2)
Advanced Study Skills (Level 3)
Time Management and Organisation Note-taking
Learning Styles Research
Note-taking and Research Academic Reading Strategies
Reading for Meaning Essay Planning and Writing
Report Writing Analytical Writing

1 to 1 Study Support

We offer 1 to 1 appointments for students to identify areas of development and created a tailored support plan. Sessions in Upgrade last for 30 minutes each week, and continue until you have reached your targets. We cover a wide variety of topics, from essay planning and note-taking to exam techniques and presentation skills.

Upgrade has made me feel more confident … I think I have improved so much. It’s a good way of helping you to get better when revising, or if you need extra help with work. It’s fun as well.



If you have any further questions, please contact:

  • Paul Daniel (Learning Support Manager) on 023 80514728
  • Mark Cheshire (Specialist Assessor) on 023 80514728
  • Hilra Vinha (Learning Support Administrator) on 023 8051 4715