Sensory Development | Bolton College

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The college has a specialist unit for Deaf learners which ensures all students are provided with the correct level of support and get the greatest value from their programme of study.

For Blind and partially sighted learners, work is presented on tape, in Braille or large print, with some group work incorporated in the course.

Hands-on experience is a major part of the teaching and learning progress and the course allows learners to progress at their own pace, working in an 8:1 learner to staff ratio. Subjects can be chosen to suit the learner. The emphasis during the first year is to:

  • Build up basic keyboarding skills in Maths and English
  • Develop and improve Braille skills (for Blind and partially sighted learners)
  • Offer training in the use of specialised hardware and software
  • Prepare learners for employment or progression onto mainstream courses and/or examinations (with concessions offered to students)
  • Increase self-confidence and promote self-advocacy


If you wish to get in contact with us to discuss sensory development support options please call Rachael or Lynn

Rachael Whittaker,

Senior Lecturer in Support for D/deaf Learners

01204 482 603


Lynn D Roberts 

Specialist Inclusion Co-ordinator for Visually Impaired Learners

01204 482 596