Will you be a residential or day student?
Young people can attend Derwen College as either a residential or a day student, and both offer amazing opportunities!
Day student provision
Our three satellites offer day provision, and at the Gobowen campus, day students have their own building called Corner House.
These well-equipped facilities provide the base for much of the day students’ independence skills development supported by our day student teams.
Each location offers a warm and friendly environment that students can call their own, with lounge spaces, kitchen facilities and student lockers.
Residential student provision
For residential students, we like to provide a home from home experience. All accommodation at Derwen College is spacious, comfortable and welcoming.
While you live at Derwen College you will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own cleaning, shopping, cooking and general living skills. You’ll be living as independently as possible but there will always be staff close at hand to offer advice, encouragement and the appropriate amount of support for your needs.
To begin with, you’ll live alongside other students in a staffed residence in the heart of the campus. Many students then progress on to smaller houses with a reduced level of support, reflecting typical post-college supported living, but we always have staff nearby should you need assistance at any time.
The skills you learn at college will help you be as independent as you can be. You will feel prepared for the next stage in your life whatever that may be.
Becoming more independent
While you live at Derwen College you will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own cleaning, shopping, cooking and general living skills. Of course, staff are never far away. You’ll be living as independently as possible but there’ll always be advice, encouragement and the appropriate amount of support for your needs.
The kitchens are specially designed to enable you to develop independence skills. You will plan your grocery shopping and learn to prepare and cook simple meals and snacks each day (not forgetting the washing up!). There are laundry rooms with washers and driers that the staff will help you use.
Our aim is for you to reach a stage where you are able to live as independently as possible, whatever that looks like for you.