Oakwood Court College

Oakwood Court College is a Specialist Independent College where young people achieve amazing things, supported by dedicated caring staff.
This image shows a learner on a work experience placement in a local church cafe, assisting with the coffee machine.
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Oakwood Court College
7/9 Oak Park Villas
  • Course Length (weeks):
  • Residential or Day:
    Residential and day
  • Start Time:
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:
    16 – 25
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General Description

We are a Good (Ofsted 2018) specialist college providing individualised learning programmes for students with special educational needs and learning disabilities, particularly autistic spectrum condition and complex behaviour within the age range of 16-25 years. 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 at our Dawlish site range from large properties with individual bedrooms and communal areas, to self-contained single and shared flats.

Catchment Area

We are a national provider, accepting learners from across the UK.


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, 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 and trampolining. 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 therapists 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.  We also offer a separate, off-site, outreach provision; Oakwood Court College - Personalised Learning Service, which provides a unique care and educational programme for young people who exhibit a greater level of challenging behaviour. The aim of the programme is to prepare these young people with strategies and skills that will enable them to join the college population or to follow a vocational route outside of college to prepare them for further learning or employment. 

Other Information

We have close links to the local community with many of our students accessing work experience placements in the surrounding areas. 

  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Severe 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 courses
    • Opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication skills
    • A programme to help students to look after themselves more independently
    • Opportunities to prepare for work after college
    • Opportunities for students to participate in community activities and to learn about citizenship
    • 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
    • Opportunities to prepare for further training after college
    • A transition programme into independent living
    • Opportunities to use and develop information technology skills
    • Opportunities for work experience
    • Opportunities to experience real work situations
    • A transition programme into supported or open employment
    • Opportunities to attend local further education colleges with support
    • Opportunities to take part in a wide range of social, leisure and sporting activities
  • > 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
    • A range of therapeutic services
    • Residential provision linked to the academic year

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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.