Accessibility Statement

Our Vision Statement

A 21st century FE/HE College based on high quality learning and skills for all learners where academic and vocational excellence are valued
in equal measure

Our Mission Statement

Aspiring to excellence and exceeding expectations.

Equal Opportunities

  • Sparsholt College Hampshire is committed to promoting equal opportunities in all its activities. Applications for courses are warmly welcomed from all candidates regardless of disability, gender, ethnic background and religion.
  • The College will take into account any learning difficulties or disabilities for eligible candidates and will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments so that a suitable and appropriate curriculum can be accessed.



The Accessibility Statement was reviewed and reconfirmed by the College Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) in August 2008 and is the current version.

Equality Impact Assessment

Conducted: March 2006
Located: College Document Library

Originator: Christine Bridger

Located: College Website
College Document Library


Educational Facilities and Support

Sparsholt College will give you the help you need to complete and pass your course. This support will be based on your individual needs. In addition to the inits, or when this need arises if you are already at college.

The support offered includes:

  • One-to-one support sessions
  • Individual support (note takers, readers) assignment
  • Group support
  • Specialist assessment for Dyslexia
  • Literacy, numeracy and information technology support

There is an accessible IT drop in facility in the ICT centre. There is a published timetable
when this facility is staffed.

Support Staff

At both Sparsholt, and Andover campus’, we have a team of Learning Support Assistants who are able to support learners, acting as readers, note takers, and mentors on a oneto-one basis to enable learners to succeed.

Examination Arrangements

Your Personal Tutor will make sure any personal exam concessions are discussed with the College Examinations Officer. An updating assessment must be in place prior to undertaking examinations. This is an awarding body requirement.

The types of support which can be arranged are:

  • Extra time during the examination
  • Someone to read/write for you in an examination
  • An individual room with a separate invigilator
  • Large print exam papers
  • Use of a computer

The support is granted after consultation with the Learning Support Manager. It is important we know your requirements as early as possible so the necessary arrangements can be made.

Resources and Equipment

We may invite you to take part in an Additional Student Support Assessment to help us identify any additional support and/or resources needed to successfully complete the course. The Additional Student Support Assessments may include:

  • Risk Assessment to determine Health & Safety needs
  • Occupational Health
  • Education Psychologist
  • Specialist Learning Support Assessment
  • Additional Support Needs Assessment

Counselling and Welfare

Once enrolled at Sparsholt and Andover you will have access to:


  • A Personal Tutor for academic guidance and support
  • Student Services staff are available to offer personal and social guidance.
  • Confidential counselling, appointments can be made through the Student Services team, self referral or your tutor can refer you
  • The Registry Office which can help with advice and information about money matters

Medical Support

  • It is important that you let us know of any medical needs you have, so that suitable arrangements can be made. Let us know by completing the relevant section of the enrolment form. The College has a team of qualified first-aiders


Medical Support for Residential Students

  • The College Nurse is available daily, the hours are published in the waiting room
  • A local GP visits and holds regular surgeries at the College
  • Sparsholt College is approximately 4 miles from Winchester Hospital for emergencies


Careers Advice

  • Personal tutors can be a valuable source for careers advice
  • Independent careers advice is available through Connexions. Appointments can be made in the Library and Learning Resource Centre

Physical Access

Sparsholt College is on a large hilly site in a rural location. Accessibility needs will be assessed as part of the Additional Support Needs Assessment (if applicable).

There are some practical areas of the College campus which are not accessible by vehicle, but are accessed via rough tracks or are accessed using paths with steep gradients. Access to some practical buildings may be difficult due to uneven floors. In these situations, the College will be pleased to provide help to allow access to these areas.

Andover College, entrance to buildings are DDA compliant, access to upper floors may be necessary for which lifts are provided. Keys to operate the lifts are obtained from the reception areas


Due to it’s specialised nature, Sparsholt College attracts learners from outside of the catchment area and is committed to allocating accommodation to learners to encourage independent living, irrespective of disability, race or gender. Prior to offer of accommodation a risk assessment will be carried out to ensure learner needs can be met.

The College has a small number of flats for use by mobility impaired learners.

Applying for a course:

Complete a full-time or part-time application form indicating that you may need support because of a disability/learning difficulty and post it to:

Sparsholt College
SO21 2NF

Andover College
Charlton Road
SP10 1EJ

OR contact:

The Additional Learner Support Learning Manager
01962 797211

The Dyslexia Department
 01962 797490

Sparsholt College 01962 776441
Andover College 01264 360000

Other useful contact numbers:

College Nurse (Sparsholt College)
01962 797303

Student Services Manager
01962 797253

Student Services Coordinator (Andover College)
01264 360136

Examinations Officer
01962 797329

Accommodation Officer (Sparsholt)
01962 797483

Sparsholt College Hampshire
SO21 2NF
Tel: 01962 776441

Sparsholt College
Westley Lane
SO21 2NF
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