Queen Alexandra College

QAC supports people with a wide range of disabilities including visual impairment and autism
Queen Alexandra College
Court Oak Road
B17 9TG
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  • Brief Description:
    QAC supports people with a wide range of disabilities including visual impairment and autism
  • Course Length:
    38 weeks per year
  • Residential or Day:
    Residential and day
  • Course Dates:
    Courses start in September, however we may be able to accommodate new starters throughout the year dependent on programme choice
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:
    16+ years

General Description

QAC is a friendly specialist college based in Birmingham. We welcome students who come to our college from all over the country – as well as many who are local to us.

In addition to supporting people who have a visual impairment, we offer support and guidance for students on the autistic spectrum, those with moderate to severe learning difficulties, students with physical disabilities and those with other needs. Class sizes are small and support levels high. 

Facilities include new buildings with the latest technology, a fitness centre, state-of-the-art sports hall, sports field, sensory room, onsite travel training area, library and student centre.


We Offer:

  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who are blind or visually impaired
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with autism spectrum disorder
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with moderate learning difficulties
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with severe learning difficulties
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with a wide range of physical disabilities
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with emotional difficulties
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with communication difficulties
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with epilepsy and/or associated neurological conditions


QAC offers a wide range of programmes including Preparation for Life at entry level and a range of vocational qualifications to suit all levels of ability and many different interests.

Subject areas include Art and Design, Creative Media Production, Health and Social Care, Horticulture, Hospitality, Information Technology, Motor Vehicle Studies, Performing Arts, Powerchair Football, Sport and Trades. A Supported Internship study programme could also be followed, which involves spending the majority of time with an employer in a real job role. We have a dedicated Employment Pathways curriculum. 

Enrichment programmes help you to develop your self-esteem, confidence and independence. Our residential curriculum develops essential skills for personal development such as independent living and social skills.

Upon completing your time at QAC, you might choose to progress to mainstream further education, higher education, or employment. Some students may also choose to move on to our ‘Independence Plus’ supported living programme.


We Offer:

  • A personal development programme
  • Opportunities to follow vocational courses
  • Opportunities to experience real work situations
  • Opportunities for work experience
  • Opportunities to take part in a wide range of social, leisure and sporting activities
  • Opportunities to develop strategies to promote appropriate behaviour
  • A programme to enable students to learn more about themselves and how to form relationships
  • Opportunities to improve and develop communication skills through the use of Alternative and Augmentative Communication aids

Specialist Facilities

The specialist curriculum includes a wide range of assistive technology, Braille, Makaton and orientation and mobility. Additional support includes speech and language therapy, dyslexia support, counselling, a healthcare team, physiotherapy and a PSHE Lead.  



We Offer:

  • Extensive use of assistive and adaptive technologies
  • A range of therapeutic services
  • Specialist orientation and mobility training to enable independent travel
  • Specialist staff to meet personal care requirements
  • Residential provision linked to the academic year
  • Waking night residential staff
  • Guidance and counselling services
  • Registered with the Care Quality Commission / Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales


QAC students laughing and chatting together
A QAC student uses their long cane to cross the road with an Orientation and Mobility Officer providing support
A QAC student working in the classroom
A QAC residential student loads a washing machine

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This new 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.