Cambian Dilston College

Cambian Dilston College offers a wide variety of opportunities for external accreditation through the Qualifications and Credits Framework (QCF).


We provide flexible routes to full qualifications and offer units of study from pre-entry to level 1 & 2, leading to awards, certificates and diplomas.


The QCF is a key component in our work to help young people with a learning disability gain life skills. Self-esteem is essential to young people progressing into adulthood. By offering learners the opportunity to undertake nationally recognised vocational qualifications, we help young people to gain confidence and lead socially active and engaged lives.


Here at Cambain Dilston College we are approved to run AQA award schemes which provide a vast range of qualifications to our students.


Basic literacy, numeracy, ICT and communication are embedded within the curriculum and in discrete sessions.


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Curriculum Overview


Within all our curriculum options, we protectively teach the skills that underpin effective learning and relationship building; promoting emotional health and wellbeing.


The curriculum options we offer provide our students with the opportunity to practice new skills in an environment where they feel safe, try new things and learn more about themselves.


Independent Living Skills Curriculum


The Independent Living Skills curriculum is designed to develop learners’ readiness for independent or shared community living. This is achieved by focusing on the skills required to live as independently as possible and to make a successful transition out of college. For all learners, this will involve identifying long-term transitional aims to ensure that the skills they develop can be successfully transferred into their post college placement.


Communication and Behaviour Curriculum


Our autism specific curriculum is designed to meet the needs of learners with complex communication and behavioural difficulties. This is a highly structured and experiential learning programme which develops and reinforces adaptive behaviours, communication, social awareness and functional skills. The curriculum is based upon a total communication philosophy, with the utilisation of a wide range of tools and methods to develop learners’ understanding and help them to be understood.


Work Experience


Students have access to a wide variety of work experience placements through the wide range of connections Cambian Dilston College has with local employers. Staff work closely with students to help them identify work related targets, reflect on their work experience placement and plan for their next step.


Students have the opportunity to experience a wide range of work experience and volunteering opportunities including:


✓ Land Base

✓ Conservation

✓ Retail

✓ Catering & Hospitality

✓ Heritage

✓ Animal Care


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Subjects include:

✓ Animal Care

✓ Art & Pottery

✓ Community and Leisure activities

✓ Computers and ICT

✓ Conservation

✓ Creative Play

✓ Duke of Edinburgh

✓ English and Maths

✓ Forest School

✓ Gardening & Horticulture

✓ Independent Living Skills

✓ Kitchen & Bakery

✓ Media

✓ Music & Drama

✓ Science

✓ Workshop

✓ Work Experience

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