Coleg Elidyr

Specialist residential college of further education set on an 180 acres site in rural Carmarthenshire
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Coleg Elidyr
Elidyr Communities Trust
Nr Llandovery
SA20 0NL
  • Course Length (weeks):
  • Residential or Day:
    Residential and day
  • Start Time:
    all year
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:
    18 – 25
  • Other Locations:



General Description

Judged as ‘Excellent’ by Estyn, the Education and Training Inspectorate for Wales, Coleg Elidyr ensures young adults with moderate to severe learning difficulties and disabilities are given every opportunity to increase post-college life chances. A twenty four hour curriculum and Total Communication ethos ensures care and education staff  work closely together to progress skills for life and work.  Students have a breadth of learning difficulties and disabilities including Down's Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Global Development Delay and Autism. The college is accredited by the National Autisitc Society and provides specialist therapeutic support to support young people in meeting the challenges autism can bring. 


Each student follows a personalised learning programme according to their own abilities, needs and aspirations. We currently offer two formal programmes called the Education Foundation programme and the Trainee programme. Learning pathways on the education programme include land-based studies, hospitality, retail  and craft. Accredited essential skills and personal development and citizenship learning also form part of weekly timetables. The college’s Trainee programme provides a natural stepping stone from the education programme for those for whom a recognition has been made that the progress made on the education progamme evidences how the college's therapeutic environment is conducive to the on-going development of knowledge and skills. 

Specialist Facilities

Equality and inclusion are central to the college’s policy and practice. Every student is given every opportunity to develop skills for life and work.  Offering up to 52 week residential care, the college is set in 180 acres of rural Carmerthenshire. It has its own Therapy centre including an Occupational Therapist, Clinical Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist and Total Communication Co-ordinator.  Our 24 hour curriulum model ensures person-centred destination-led planning  best support students' aspirations for their post-college lives. The college boasts its own Bed and Breakfast facility, shop and purpose-built Gymnasium. Students gain work expereinces both on the college site and within the wider community. 

  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • Moderate learning difficulties
    • Severe learning difficulties
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Communication difficulties
    • Multi-sensory impairment
    • Epilepsy and/or associated neurological conditions
    • Behavioural difficulties
    • Autism spectrum disorder with associated challenging behaviour
    • Severe autism spectrum disorder
    • Asperger syndrome
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

    • Opportunities to follow vocational courses
    • A personal development programme
    • A social skills programme
    • A programme to help students to look after themselves more independently
    • A programme to enable students to learn more about themselves and how to form relationships
    • Opportunities to experience real work situations
    • Opportunities to improve communication skills such as the use of Makaton, Bliss, symbols or objects of reference
    • 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 improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication skills
    • Opportunities for students to participate in community activities and to learn about citizenship
    • Opportunities to take part in a wide range of social, leisure and sporting activities
  • > Our specialist services

    • A range of therapeutic services
    • In-house speech and language therapy
    • In-house occupational therapy
    • In-house psychology services
    • Registered with the Care Quality Commission / Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales
    • Residential provision extending beyond the academic year
    • Residential provision linked to the academic year
    • Waking night residential staff
    • Specialist staff to meet personal care requirements

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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.