About Learning Disability College

We are based in Dartington within the beautiful South Hams area of South Devon. Our location offers students a range of opportunities, with Totnes and the Dartington Estate on our doorstep. Plymouth, Exeter, Newton Abbot and the South Devon Coast are all a short journey away and offer many opportunities for learning and connection.


A Specialist Further Education College

Lifeworks College is a specialist further education college that is focused on meeting the individual needs of students. Their best futures are at the heart of what we do.

Our key goal as a College is to provide opportunities for learning so that students are confident and equipped to enter their adult lives with more independence and opportunity. Through the achievements they make with us and the skills they develop, they will better understand themselves and where they are headed.

We equip students with confidence across many areas; from sports to the arts as well as within themselves and with others. Students will leave Lifeworks College better equipped to lead safe, happy and fulfilled lives.

Our Students

Lifeworks College is open to students from the age of 16 – 24 with a learning disability. There is no academic entry requirement, and students join us from both special and mainstream schools with an accompanying Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Students will need to demonstrate a willingness and potential to progress and participate in long term supported work placements.

Lifeworks College Curriculum

Our college site is a light and spacious space giving students a place to learn in a welcoming environment. Lifeworks College encourages and supports our learners to be independent and take pride in their work.

Every Lifeworks student has their own individual learning journey which is supported by a rich and rewarding curriculum. Alongside this, our supported work placements can be the key to helping our students enter the workforce on leaving college.

Our study programmes are taught with reference to the student’s everyday life and preparation for their adult life. Courses are also underpinned by the development of functional literacy, communication, numeracy and IT skills.


Lifeworks College Admissions

You should discuss your views on further education and the options available at all school review meetings. Ensure you include the school’s careers adviser as they are responsible for completing assessments for future education placements. When the Local Authority gets in touch with us regarding a placement we will work with you and the student to carry out a suitability assessment. The assessment will be a combination of observation in College, a home-based assessment and a school visit.

If you are interested in joining us at Lifeworks College, please contact the College at any time. We will be happy to give you further information and support on applying.

We know that choosing the right College is an important decision. If you are considering Lifeworks College and would like to visit us please get in touch. We would welcome an opportunity to meet with you to explore how we can help meet future student’s needs.

To arrange a visit or for any questions regarding the admissions please contact us on 01803 865075 or [email protected] 

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    what our students have to say

  • I knew I wanted to be a chef since my late teens and Lifeworks helped me a lot to get there
  • My teachers were a great help, very supportive
  • Built up great experience to put on my CV
  • Gives you good independent living
  • The focus was always on my 'ability', not my disability
  • I did a work placement at a hairdressers in Plymouth whilst studying
  • Lifeworks taught me that people are capable of so much
  • My hope for the future is to be happy and be good at my job
  • Unmissable for people with learning struggles like myself
  • They fed my beliefs and helped me believe in myself
  • Friendly with a really nice vibe
  • A big lift for my confidence and skills.


“The wide-ranging and diverse curriculum gives students good opportunities to experience new activities and helps them to make choices about their futures.”

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