Petroc College of Further and Higher Education has three campuses across beautiful North and Mid Devon. We offer some truly exceptional facilities and spaces where students can learn, practice skills and relax.

The college’s aims and objectives are to:

  • Create outstanding learner achievement in all areas
  • Transform life chances and employment prospects for all
  • Build community and prosperity within northern and Mid Devon and the wider south west of England
  • Boost productivity, innovation and agility of businesses and organisations
  • Tackle the climate emergency.

We offer support at all college sites in-class, outside of the classroom, with exams and assessments and in the wider college environment. This support is to enable learners the opportunity to access all available opportunities and to have the most positive learning experience whilst studying at Petroc.

Whatever learning difficulty or disability learners may have, we can offer tailored support to match individual needs. We work in partnership with curriculum staff, other internal services and external organisations to provide a person-centred approach. The support we offer is regularly reviewed and our aim, where possible, is to guide individuals towards greater levels of independence.

Procedures are in place to identify support needs and to implement individualised support. Learner needs are generally identified prior to entry and meetings take place to assess support needs prior to the course interview. For learners that present a learning need after enrolment, curriculum staff can refer through the SEND Team, where a Learning Inclusion Plan can be completed to identify support required. Learners can also make self-referrals.

Petroc has a commitment to maximising the potential of all learners through outstanding teaching, learning and training. Our commitment to supporting learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities sits firmly within the college Strategic Plan, as part of the college aim for High Standards of Quality and listening to and supporting our learners.

Special Education Needs and Disability provision at Petroc is inclusive and person-centred.  We work with learners, families and professionals to identify and support individual needs to ensure equal access to education can be realised. We are committed to offering a high-quality service and provision to learners with additional needs, and we will make every effort to ensure all learners’ experience of Petroc is positive.


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Petroc have a Preparation for Adulthood Section for Learners with SLDD who would benefit from courses equipping them for a more independent life and work skills as well as transitioning to mainstream courses as appropriate.

Petroc have Progression Into Adulthood Courses for Pot 19 Learners to concentrate on preparing for work.

Petroc have Supported Internships, including Project Search, for learners with EHCP’s to support transition from college into paid employment.

Petroc have a Foundation Learning Section for learners that have behaviour that challenges or find mainstream educational settings difficult due to anxiety, mental ill health and/or Social, Emotional difficulties.