ROC College

A community based college that builds bespoke programmes of learning for students.
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ROC College
The Boatshed
Steamer Quay Road
  • Course Length (weeks):
  • Residential or Day:
    Residential and day
  • Start Time:
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:
    14 – 25



General Description

ROC College offers personalised learning pathways and bespoke programmes of learning which take into account an individual’s preferred learning styles and environment. Individual needs are identified through Person Centred Plans (PCP) and the provision of Information Advice and Guidance (IAG).

Our goal is for learners to transition smoothly from college into work and/or greater independenace. We achieve this through providing intense and high quality support within personalised timetables. 



ROC provides accredited learning based on a personalised curriculum to support individuals to develop the appropriate skills within:

  • Personal and social development
  • Independent Living within their local community
  • Access to Leisure and Community Facilities
  • Maths, English, IT and literacy Skills
  • Vocational Skills and work experience opportunities leading to work experience and/or employment.

The community based programme of learning is delivered in collaboration with other providers/organisations that have been identified in individual’s PCP or IAG.

A regular review process ensures that outcomes identified within an individual’s pathway are delivered and appropriate adjustments made to the programme of learning.

Specialist Facilities

Individualised environments that are conducive each learner.

Learners and staff are actively involved in the promotion and use of assistive technology including the use of I Pads and Smart phones for training purposes, and person centered planning through multi-media advocacy.

Some ROC facilities have sophisticated adaptions including changing areas.

  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • Behavioural difficulties
    • Severe learning difficulties
    • Profound and multiple learning difficulties
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who are blind or visually impaired
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who have specific learning difficulties
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Emotional difficulties
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who use British Sign Language
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

    • A specialised land-based curriculum
    • Opportunities to follow vocational courses
    • Opportunities for students to participate in community activities and to learn about citizenship
    • Opportunities to experience real work situations
    • Opportunities for work experience
    • Opportunities to prepare for work after college
    • A personal development programme
    • Opportunities to prepare for further training after college
    • Opportunities to attend local further education colleges with support
    • A programme to enable students to learn more about themselves and how to form relationships
    • Opportunities to explore a range of living options after college
    • A programme to help students to look after themselves more independently
    • A transition programme into independent living
    • Opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication skills
    • Opportunities to take part in a wide range of social, leisure and sporting activities
    • A transition programme into supported or open employment
    • A social skills programme
  • > Our specialist services

    • Specialist training to enable independent travel
    • An understanding of the importance to young people of deaf community and culture
    • Specialist staff to meet personal care requirements
    • Help with finding suitable long term provision
    • Guidance and counselling services

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