Queen Alexandra College is a national, residential college and Charity based in Birmingham that welcomes students from all over the country. QAC has been at its current location since 1903 and was originally founded to provide education for young people who were blind or visually impaired.
Today, in addition to sight loss, the College offers a holistic approach to learning and support for a range of abilities and needs including students with autism, those with moderate to severe learning difficulties, students with physical disabilities and those with other needs.
The College has a team of specialists on site who are able to support students, including Occupational Therapy and Sensory Support, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapists, a Dyslexia Tutor, Healthcare Professionals, Counsellors, Mentors, a Braille Tutor, Rehabilitation and Travel Trainers and a Personal and Sexual Health Education (PSHE) Lead.
Learning is is planned around individual needs, interests and ambitions. The curriculum covers a wide range of programmes including entry level courses (Preparation for Life) and a range of vocational qualifications. A supported internship study programme could also be followed, which involves spending the majority of time with an employer in a real job role. The College has a dedicated Employment Pathways curriculum including LEAP (Learning, Employment and Progression) programmes.