We ensure you’re valued, encouraged and supported throughout your time studying at Moorlands College. As an undergraduate student, you’ll be in regular contact with your personal tutor and other students within your tutor group. This important time with tutors gives you the space to be mentored and to connect with others, encouraging your relational and spiritual maturity together.
If you’re a Foundation Year or Christchurch campus-based student, you’ll be in a tutor group with students from all years, giving you a diverse, prayerful, support network during your studies. You’ll meet every Wednesday during term time, and enjoy activities such as beach walks, river boating and volleyball competitions.
The tutor support system for placement-based student works slightly differently. Even though your focus is more on your placement church or organisation, our staff still ensure you’re supported as much as possible during your studies. As a Christchurch placement-based student, you’ll meet with your tutor group on your weekly teaching day, to touch base with your tutor and pray with others in your year.
As a South West, Midlands or Belfast Regional Centre student, a tutor will be assigned to you and will be in regular contact to see how you’re getting on. During study blocks, you’ll regularly be in contact with others in your year, and virtual tutorials are also available to help your academic and personal growth away from the lecture room.
Moorlands College is committed to equal opportunities in education for all students. The Learning Assistance team’s roles are:
- to provide information, support and advice to you, if you have or think you might have a disability or a recognised learning difficulty, in order to help you manage your studies, so that you are able to achieve your full potential;
- to support you if you fail an assignment, to help you understand the issues identified in the feedback and help you make appropriate corrections.
The team has professionally qualified staff who will help students, when a potential specific need has been disclosed, to access the necessary screening or assessment in order to receive the appropriate funding through the Disabled Student Allowance (DSA).
If it is determined that you are eligible for DSA funding, an Individual Learning Support Plan (ILSP) will be agreed with you, which takes account of your additional requirements, arising from, e.g., dyslexia, visual or hearing impairment, mobility difficulties. As part of this plan, and if recommended by the DSA, you will be allocated a Learning Assistance Tutor who will work with you to help you develop strategies for your learning.
Students accessing Learning Assistance have the opportunity to provide formal feedback via a survey once per term. In addition, students can at any time give ad hoc feedback either through their Learning Assistance Tutor, the Learning Assistance Manager or (anonymously) through their cohort rep.
If you are a Needs Assessor, the NMH Rates will provide you with information.
- Disabled Students Allowance
- British Dyslexia Association
- Dyslexia Action
- SKILL: National Bureau for Students with Disabilities
- Guide to Overcoming Dyslexia
“When God called me to study for a Bachelor of Arts Degree, it seemed impossible – I left school twenty years earlier (an undiagnosed dyslexic) with only four GCSEs at grade ‘C’! Nevertheless God led me to trust Him for ‘the impossible’. In July last year I received news that I had been awarded the First Class Honours Degree in Applied Theology.
This, of course, is all to the glory of God alone, but I am immeasurably thankful to Moorlands’ Learning Support team for helping me achieve the best in spite of the issues surrounding dyslexia. After an initial screening, formal assessment, and confirmed diagnosis, I was made aware of the implications for better learning. Instead of being written off, a constructive tailor-made package of support helped to overcome my frustrations to progress. I wasn’t ‘just another student’; but rather I was personally encouraged to persevere, and by God’s grace, I did!
The academic tasks, the practical skills, and the process of assessment are identical for every student regardless, but with your own hard work, Learning Support show true dedication to your progress and they delight in your success. So, to any prospective student who fears ‘the impossible’, I urge you to think again, ‘For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them’ (Ephesians 2:10). Pray; trust God; be prepared to work hard; and ask Moorlands’ Learning Support Team what they can do to help you achieve what God has prepared in advance for you.”
We have Chaplains based at the Christchurch Campus and they are available for appointments with all students (across all Regional Centres) and staff to provide pastoral care, advice and support to all. The Chaplains get involved with tutor group activities and regularly host on-site Chapel services.
Equality and diversity
The college is committed to being a community in which equality of opportunity is a reality for all students and staff. Its mission and values require it to create a positive environment in which all staff and students—present and prospective—are respected, are provided with development and progression opportunities, and can make the most of their abilities. Every member of the college community has the responsibility for implementing this policy in all of their activities.
“Moorlands is a theological college with a great reputation for academic study, but at the same time it grows your Christian faith in body and mind. As someone with a disability, the staff have supported me and reduced my anxiety about studying at MA level. It is an incredibly open and friendly place.”
Jason, MA student