Arden College

Specialist college supporting vocational training and the development of communication and independent living skills
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Arden College
40 Derby Road
  • Course Length:
    38 and 52 week, full and part-time placements
  • Residential or Day:
    Residential and day
  • Course Dates:
    Enrolment usually in September
  • Maximum Number of Students:
    50 maximum
  • Age Range:
    16 - 25 years



General Description

Located in the heart of Southport, Arden College provides day and residential provision for students with learning difficulties and disabilities and/or behavioural and social difficulties.


Learners at Arden College are given access to a range of nationally recognised qualifications, independent living skills, vocational training, and social and leisure development opportunities. The college also offers a wide range of work experience placements, which may lead to either paid or voluntary work.

Residential students participate in an extended curriculum, which provides opportunities to further develop independent living skills in practical situations within the home. Social and community skills are also developed through living with a peer group and accessing leisure opportunities in the local area and beyond.

For learners with complex needs there is a sensory curriculum, which aims to provide a range of learning experiences which will maximise the student's ability to experience, engage with and participate in activities.

Specialist Facilities

Arden College has specialised classrooms for a range of subjects including art, music and ICT, as well as dedicated areas for catering and horticulture. For those students who benefit from a quieter environment there is a wing of the college which includes the sensory room and base rooms.

The college has a cafe that is open to the public, in which students can gain experience serving customers and preparing meals to order. There is also a salon where students can develop skills related to hair, beauty and men's health.

Residential provision is located in a number of small homes around Southport, with between three and five students in each. All students have their own bedroom whilst areas such as kitchens and lounges are shared.

  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Autism spectrum disorder with associated challenging behaviour
    • Behavioural difficulties
    • Emotional difficulties
    • Moderate learning difficulties
    • Severe learning difficulties
    • Profound and multiple learning difficulties
    • Communication difficulties
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

    • Opportunities to follow vocational qualifications
    • A programme to help students to look after themselves more independently
    • Opportunities for work experience
    • Opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication skills
    • Opportunities to develop strategies to promote appropriate behaviour
    • Opportunities to improve and develop communication skills through the use of Alternative and Augmentative Communication aids
    • Opportunities to experiment with sound, touch, smell and sight in order to aid learning
    • Opportunities to take part in a wide range of social, leisure and sporting activities
  • > Our specialist services

    • In-house speech and language therapy
    • Specialist training to enable independent travel
    • Specialist staff to meet personal care requirements
    • Waking night residential staff
    • Residential provision extending beyond the academic year

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The S41 symbol next to most of the colleges in the directory means that they are on the Secretary of State’s Approved List.

This list, developed as part of the Children and Families Act 2014, means that some parts of the Act apply to these independent institutions. This includes specialist colleges.