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Will you be a residential or day student at Derwen College?

You can attend Derwen College as either a residential or a day student, and both offer amazing opportunities!

We pride ourselves in offering young people with SEND the same types of opportunities that their siblings or other young adults have available to them when they go to university. We have a spacious, well-appointed campus within a village community in the heart of rural Shropshire; along with three other campuses in the county.

Day student provision

We offer day student provision at our three satellites sites at Ludlow, Telford & Walford. While at our Gobowen campus, day students have their own residence 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 friendly and welcoming environment that students can call their own. Day student bases have lounge spaces, kitchen facilities and student lockers.

Residential student provision

Student at desk in bedroom

For residential students, we like to provide a home from home experience. All accommodation at Derwen College is spacious, comfortable and welcoming.

To begin with you’ll live alongside other students in a staffed residence in the heart of the campus. Many students will progress on to smaller houses with a reduced level of support. These residences (the bungalows) reflect a typical post-college supported living environment. Staff support you to increase your independence skills and are always nearby should you need assistance at any time.

Read more about what it’s like to be a residential student at Derwen College.Residential leaflet


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

You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own cleaning, shopping, and cooking skills while you live at Derwen. There will always be staff close at hand. They offer you advice, encouragement and the appropriate amount of support as you work on your independence skills.

Specially designed kitchens in residences enable you to develop independence skills. You will plan your grocery shopping and learn to prepare and cook simple meals and snacks each day. And let’s 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.

Student loading washing machine