Cambian Pengwern College

Specialist further education college for young people with a learning disability and complex needs
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Cambian Pengwern College
Sarn Lane
LL18 5UH
  • Course Length:
    From 38 weeks to 52 weeks per year
  • Residential or Day:
    Residential and day
  • Course Dates:
    Admissions throughout the academic year
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:
    16 - 25 years



General Description

Cambian Pengwern College is an independent provider of specialist further education in North Wales, offering day, and up to 52-week residential placements for young people aged 16 to 25 with a learning disability and complex needs.

The college's person-centred approach ensures that learners have individualised study programmes, developed to effectively match their needs, personal decisions and future aspirations; be the focus on daily living skills, academic or vocational qualifications or independent living.



The college provides flexible routes to full qualifications and offers units of study from pre-entry to entry level 3, leading to awards, certificates and diplomas.

The core curriculum is complemented by a range of enrichment activities that enable learners to develop new friendships and interests. They can choose from a variety of activities and clubs including: arts and crafts, basketball, boccia, bowling, cycling, dance, drama, fishing, football, gym, indoor/outdoor games, keep-fit, music, photography, pilates, pottery, rambling, swimming, visiting places of interest.



Specialist Facilities

The college is a welcoming, family environment where learners can achieve whilst feeling safe and comfortable.

The sensory room is a therapeutic environment that offers learners a controlled and quiet space away from the bustle of college life: a place where they can fully relax and increase or decrease their sensory experience as they require.

Other on-site facilities include: ICT suites, catering, farm park, animal care centre, campus shop, classrooms for communication, literacy and numeracy, greenhouses and polytunnels, conservation woodlands, workshops for art, pottery and woodwork, outdoor classroom and teaching space.

  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Autism spectrum disorder with associated challenging behaviour
    • Behavioural difficulties
    • Moderate learning difficulties
    • Severe learning difficulties
    • Profound and multiple learning difficulties
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who have specific learning difficulties
    • Communication difficulties
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

    • Opportunities to follow vocational courses
    • Opportunities to follow vocational qualifications
    • Opportunities for students to participate in community activities and to learn about citizenship
    • Opportunities to prepare for further training after college
    • Opportunities to explore a range of living options after college
    • Opportunities to use and develop information technology skills
    • Opportunities to develop strategies to promote appropriate behaviour
    • A programme to help students to look after themselves more independently
    • Opportunities to take part in a wide range of social, leisure and sporting activities
    • Opportunities to improve communication skills such as the use of Makaton, Bliss, symbols or objects of reference
    • Opportunities to experiment with sound, touch, smell and sight in order to aid learning
    • Opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication skills
    • Opportunities to improve and develop communication skills through the use of Alternative and Augmentative Communication aids
    • Opportunities to experience real work situations
    • Opportunities for work experience
    • Opportunities to prepare for work after college
    • Opportunities to attend local further education colleges with support
    • A specialised land-based curriculum
    • A personal development programme
    • A social skills programme
    • A hospitality and catering curriculum
    • A transition programme into independent living
  • > Our specialist services

    • In-house speech and language therapy
    • A range of therapeutic services
    • In-house occupational therapy
    • In-house psychology services
    • In-house physiotherapy
    • Specialist staff to meet personal care requirements
    • Help with finding suitable long term provision
    • Residential provision linked to the academic year
    • Registered with the Care Quality Commission / Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales
    • Waking night residential staff
    • In-house medical provision
    • Specialist training to enable independent travel

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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.