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Welcome to College of West Anglia

The College of West Anglia is one of the largest education and training organisations in the East of England and offers a wide range of courses to students of all ages from entry level to full degree programmes. We have more than 3,000 full-time students, the majority of whom are aged 16 - 18.

The college has three campuses in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. King's Lynn campus is the largest and offers vocational courses, apprenticeships and A-Levels. Wisbech campus offers a wide range of vocational courses and apprenticeships and at our Cambridge campus (at Milton) we offer landbased courses such as agriculture, equine, vet nursing and animal management.

About us

Across our three campuses - King's Lynn, Wisbech and Cambridge (Milton) - we offer a huge choice of learning opportunities and we're committed to providing the best learning experience possible for the thousands of people who take our courses every year.

We offer courses at all levels from entry to degree and every year more than 300 students go on from CWA to study at universities across the country, including top Russell Group institutions such as Cambridge, Leeds, LIverpool, Warwick, Glasgow and Bristol.

For students who do not wish to progress to university, our vocational and apprenticeship programmes offer direct routes into employment.

Whatever your future career aspiration, you are likely to find a course for you at one of our campuses.

Facilities available

We have a range of excellent facilities including well-equipped workshops and studios, learning resource centres, cafes, restaurants, sport and leisure facilities, access to over 1,500 computers and childcare facilities (at King's Lynn). All campuses also offer free WiFi.

Recent developments include: a new teaching centre at Wisbech with modern classrooms, high quality salons and workshops, a cafe and social space; and a new universtity centre at the King's Lynn campus.

Additional support

The College of West Anglia welcomes applications from learners with a wide range of disabilities and learning difficulties and are committed to providing a productive and supportive environment to help you reach your potential and fulfil your ambitions.

If you feel you need support, it is important to discuss your additional needs as early as possible to ensure that we plan effectively and ensure a successful college experience. The college has a strong tradition of support for students with a range of individual needs.

Our campuses are accessible to people with mobility difficulties and our King’s Lynn and Isle campuses have fully-equipped care suites. We ask you to tell us on your application form if you have a disability or a learning difficulty for which you may need extra support. You also have a chance to tell us about this at your interview. We will then assess what kind of support you need to attend the course.

Meeting your support needs is the best way of enabling you to achieve your potential. Whatever your educational need, we aspire to provide the right support for you. Examples of the type of support we can provide include:

• A personalised support plan specific to your needs

• Tailored courses in small groups for learners with moderate or severe learning difficulties

• One to one or general in-class support from a learning support officer on mainstream courses

• Specialist equipment or software to help you with your learning

If you require an individualised programme as identified in an Education, Health and Care plan or a Learning Disability Assessment, our additional learning support co-ordinators will work closely with curriculum staff, you and, where relevant, your parent/carer to develop a programme to meet your needs.

Typical areas we can provide support for learners include:

• Dyslexia

• Literacy/numeracy difficulties

• Emotional and behavioural needs

• Hearing impairments

• Visual impairments

• Physical and mobility difficulties

• ADHD/ADD • Autistic Spectrum Disorders


• Mental health difficulties


We have lots of facilities to support particular needs, such as specialist IT equipment e.g. large monitors, dictaphones, magnifiers, ergonomic pens, one-hand keyboards, specialised tracker-balls, large print for partially sighted learners, aids for hearing impaired learners, laptop hire and ergonomic keyboards as well as general learning support.

There are also special facilities to improve access for people with disabilities such as parking, lifts, ramps, access and disabled toilets.

An individual support plan may also include special arrangements for examinations; for example: additional time, coloured exam papers, large print papers, a reader or a separate room. We may be able to purchase equipment to support needs as they are identified.

To help you decide if CWA is suitable for your needs, we can accommodate individual visits and taster sessions for all programmes and we run transition groups for students with ASD.

We also have a range of courses to aid a smooth and successful transition to college, such as our Entry/Level 1 Stepping On and Stepping Out courses and Foundation Studies (The Bridge) courses.

Students joining our full-time programmes undertake an initial assessment at the beginning of their course to identify any support needs they may have in relation to dyslexia, literacy and numeracy. Our skills development team can provide dedicated specialist teaching to support study in areas such as writing skills, maths and more.

Throughout your time at college, we will monitor your progress on the course and regularly review the effectiveness of your support in consultation with you and, where relevant, your parents/carers.

If you have any questions, please contact the Special Educational Needs Coordinator on 01553 815270 or by email at or Additional Learning Support Team on 01553 815339/01553 815227.

How to apply

You can apply for courses at College of West Anglia through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.

Last updated date: 22 October 2018
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