What's your answer? 

When you start college, we will need to know more about you.


You will be asked to carry out a number of assessments such as an initial assessment, a diagnostic assessment, complete some questionnaires and maybe do some other tests.


We will also look at any documents you bring with you to the college: EHCPs, medical letters, reports from your school or previous college. 

The assessment results and the documents will help us to work with you to find out whether:

  • The course is right for you.

  • You have the skills need to pass your course with a good grade.

  • You need help with your study skills.

  • You have a learning need such as dyslexia or dyspraxia and need support and/or exam concessions.

Understanding Initial and Diagnostic Assessments

What is an Initial Assessment?

Initial assessments are used to help your teachers find out about your English and maths skills. The results will give your teachers an idea of your ‘starting points’ and whether you need some support with your reading, writing or understanding the information you get on your course. The initial assessment results will show your teachers how well you read and write so they can support you. Please take your time and complete the initial assessment to the best of your ability.

What is a Diagnostic Assessment?

​In the first weeks on your course, you will be asked to complete a diagnostic assessment. Your teachers will ask you to complete this to find out what you already know about your subject. It will also tell them how well you use your study skills. You will need a good set of study skills if you are going to pass your course with a high grade.

What is Learning Support?

The Initial Assessment and Diagnostic Assessment may show that you need some extra support. Study Skills Support and Inclusive Learning Support are available. Please speak to your teacher or tutor about this.