Oakwood Court College

Developing independence for young people with learning difficulties, autistic spectrum condition and complex behaviour
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Oakwood Court College
7/9 Oak Park Villas
  • Course Length:
    Termly 38 weeks per year (with 52 week option)
  • Residential or Day:
    Residential and Day
  • Course Dates:
    Most new students join us in September, although we have flexible entry throughout the year
  • Maximum Number of Students:
    65 (50 at our Dawlish Campus and 15 at our Torpoint Campus)
  • Age Range:
    16 - 25 years
  • Other Locations:



General Description

We are a Good (Ofsted 2015) specialist college providing individualised learning programmes for students with special educational needs and learning disabilities, particularly autistic spectrum condition and complex behaviour. Our campuses in Dawlish, Devon and Torpoint, Cornwall, provide stimulating learning environments that enable students to focus on their individual goals of independence in living, working and enjoying life. Our residential facilities range from large properties with individual bedrooms and communal areas, to self-contained single and shared flats.


Our curriculum offers a wide range of academic, vocational and experiential learning opportunities including work experience and supported internships aligned to the local employment market. Individual programmes, designed in partnership with the student, including functional skills (literacy, numeracy and ICT) and vocational subjects leading to accreditation, as well as a strong programme of living skills to prepare students for life beyond college, at home and in the community. A varied programme of opportunities for leisure and social activities includes: creative arts, physical well-being, Duke of Edinburgh, swimming, trampolining, archery, cycling and Tai Chi sessions. The college end of year prom is the highlight of our students’ social calendar!

Specialist Facilities

Our excellent multi-disciplinary support includes personal tutors, key-workers, speech and language therapist and qualified counsellor. We have links to local district nurses and learning disability teams and other professionals, as required. Our residential provision provides sleeping-in/waking-night staff and 24 hour senior management on-call availability. Our parent company supports students with longer term supported living options in the community. We also offer a separate, off-site, outreach provision; Oakwood Court College Personalised Learning Service, which addresses the needs of young people with extremely challenging behaviour. 

  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

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

    We offer:

    • Opportunities to follow vocational courses
    • A programme to help students to look after themselves more independently
    • Opportunities to prepare for work after college
    • Opportunities to explore a range of living options after college
    • Opportunities to develop strategies to promote appropriate behaviour
    • Opportunities to improve communication skills such as the use of Makaton, Bliss, symbols or objects of reference
    • A transition programme into independent living
    • A transition programme into supported or open employment
  • > Our specialist services

    • In-house speech and language therapy
    • Guidance and counselling services
    • Waking night residential staff
    • Registered with the Care Quality Commission / Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales
    • Residential provision extending beyond the academic year
    • Help with finding suitable long term provision

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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.