Queen Alexandra College is a national college for people aged 16+ with visual impairment or other disabilities.
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Queen Alexandra College (QAC) is a leading national independent specialist residential further education college located in Harborne, a pleasant area of Birmingham in the West Midlands. QAC is a registered charity. Learners at QAC are people aged 16 Plus with disabilities. QAC works with people who are blind, partially sighted, visually impaired or autistic. Many of our learners have Asperger syndrome. Some learners have a learning disability and some have complex / multiple disabilities. QAC is an active member of NATSPEC, the Association of National Specialist Colleges.
Structured, guided learning takes place in workshops, classrooms and residential houses. A great deal of progress towards independent learning, living and working happens outside the classroom within the extended curriculum, social and sports activities. The colleges staffing levels vary for each individual with one to one being available where required.
Further education qualifications available include Preparation for Life and Work at pre entry and entry level. E1, E2 and E3. BTEC and NVQ qualifications in a range of subjects, including: hospitality, information technology, art design and media, performing arts, health and social care, sports and recreation studies, performing manufacturing operations and customer service.
All learners are able to develop their key skills to a level appropriate to their abilities and main programme of learning. Visually impaired and blind learners can learn orientation and mobility, Braille, moon and have access to a wide range of assistive technology.
Learners’ disabilities will determine the level of support provided by experienced learning support assistants and from the residential care teams and nursing staff. A range of therapies are available to learners including speech and language therapy. A full social, leisure and sports programme is available as well as outward bound excursions and adventure activities.
QAC’s popular Advance2work programme supports people aged 18+ with disabilities who are blind, partially sighted, visually impaired or autistic, towards employment through individualised programmes of training, work experience, job coaching and skills development.
Safeguarding - Protection of Vulnerable Adults
We take seriously our responsibilities for safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults in our care.
We have designated safeguarding leads and robust practices in place to ensure leaner safety.
We network with allied professionals to ensure delivery of support needs to students and families when the need arises.
You will find a copy of our Protection of Children & Young Adults policy on our website, or we can send you one on request.