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Petroc has a specialist Supported Learning department within the mainstream college, which is supported and supervised by experienced tutors and support staff at all times. Our aim is to promote lifelong learning and help our students reach their potential as valued members of society. Petroc Supported Learning Team encourages students to participate in a full transition programme including visits to college and Taster Days throughout the year. 

Literacy and numeracy are embedded throughout each course, certificated through Entry Level qualifications and are delivered in the context of the course. We also provide access to discreet GCSE classes.  Students relate these essential skills to their chosen future pathway. The focus for our students is to support them to become ready for employment or supported employment, or to equip them with skills to allow them to be more independent and make a valued contribution to society.

Each student has a six week initial assessment period to determine their base skills and to ensure that they are on the most appropriate course in order to progress at the appropriate pace.

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North Devon Campus

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Supported Internship

The Liberty Centre – North Devon Campus

Petroc has modern and custom-made facilities for our Supported Learning students.

The Liberty Centre is a social enterprise hub that provides our students with internal work experience placements and provides realistic context-specific opportunities for students to become ready for employment and supported employment. At the heart of The Liberty Centre is a busy and vibrant café, open to the public with a commercial kitchen. Students cater in the kitchen and provide the front of house and waiting services, including taking and delivering orders and using the till for paying customers.

The Liberty Centre also houses an arts, crafts, upcycling and furniture restoration centre where students learn these transferable skills, take commissions and sell their produce to the college and local community.

Mid Devon Campus

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Preparation for Adulthood

Project Life Supported Internship Programme

Project LIFE


Mid Devon Supported Learning

At our Mid Devon campus in Tiverton, we pride ourselves on being able to offer a clear progression pathway for young adults to higher level vocational education or employment, culminating in our highly successful internship programme.

At the heart of our Mid Devon provision is The Exe Café - a bespoke building comprising a flexible teaching space, workshop and an industry-standard kitchen. The student-run café, which is open to members of the public, has indoor and outdoor seating and gives students the chance to hone both their catering and customer service skills gaining nationally recognised qualifications. The café is situated next to our productive garden where produce is grown that is used to make products for the café. The garden area is enhanced by sensory planting in raised beds, a pond and a Round House providing a therapeutic outdoor teaching and learning centre, built by the students.

Students have the opportunity to engage in a range of practical learning activities while achieving valuable skills for life and work through enterprise. Activities include: Upcycling, furniture restoration, Art & Design, Woodwork, Land based, Hospitality & Catering and Drama all with embedded English, Math and IT skills, plus for full time students the chance to study functional skills qualifications at the appropriate level.

We work with a range of local employers to provide ‘bespoke real work’ placements and from September 2018 we expanded our supported internship placements to include Devon County Hall.

In our Erasmus+ project in Chinon, France, full time students may have the opportunity to take part in a fantastic opportunity that blends life skills, cultural visits and work experience on a two week residential placement.

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