Communication Specialist College

Communication Specialist College is a leading national residential specialist college for students who have a range of learning needs including Deafness, Hearing Impairment, Communication Difficulties, Autism and Learning Difficulties and Disabilities. The college recruits regionally and nationally and has residential provision that is rated as Outstanding by Ofsted.

“My favourite thing about college is that I feel comfortable, and I have staff that I can talk to for support.”

The college provides learning programmes that focus on Independence Skills, Community Access, Vocational Training, Employability, Work Experience, and Preparation for Employment. Our accredited pathways enable students to study towards nationally recognised qualifications, as well as non-accredited learning to support the achievement of individual long term goals and ambitions. We ensure each student receives the support and guidance to help them learn new skills, alongside their peers, in a community where understanding and being understood is paramount. We cater for all abilities and learning styles, offering pathways to meet every need and to suit every aspiration.

The vocational subjects on offer include:

  • British Sign Language
  • Catering & Hospitality
  • Construction
  • Customer Service
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Health, Education & Social Care
  • Horticulture
  • Media & Business Administration
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Sport, Recreation & Leisure

A key aim of the individual and bespoke learning plans are the long term destinations which include independent or supported living, leisure activities, voluntary work, social enterprise, supported employment, FE or training and part-time or full-time employment.

The college supports students to develop their personal and social development skills to increase their confidence and self-esteem that impacts on their independence and employability.