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Queen Alexandra College (QAC)

Queen Alexandra College (QAC) is a friendly national residential College and charity based in Birmingham that supports a diverse range of student abilities and needs. We offer an innovative, holistic approach to learning and support for young people aged 16-25 years as well as employment-focused and supported living programmes.


We welcome students who come to our College from all over the country – as well as many who are local to us. QAC has been at its current location since 1903 and can trace its history back to 1847, when it was decided that a school for the blind should be established.


Today, in addition to supporting people who have a visual impairment, we offer support and guidance for students with autistic spectrum conditions, those with moderate to severe learning difficulties, students with physical and other disabilities.


Ultimately, we have a great mix of students which adds to the wonderful atmosphere here in College. Class sizes are small and support levels high. 


At QAC your learning is planned around individual needs, interests and ambitions. The curriculum intends to maximise adult life, independence and work opportunities for all students.


Residential learning, Preparation for Life (PFL), Employment Pathways, LEAP (Learning, Employment and Progression) and Vocational programmes provide opportunities to progress towards your personalised goals, at a pace that suits you and with exactly the level of support that you need. 


The College has a many specialists on site who are able to support students, including Speech and Language Therapists, a Visual Impairment Training Officer, Educational and Clinical Psychologists, Counsellors, Mentors, a Braille Tutor, Occupational Therapy and Sensory Support, a Dyslexia Tutor, Healthcare Professionals including a Physiotherapist, Rehabilitation and Travel Trainers and a Personal and Sexual Health Education (PSHE) Lead. Staff will help you to become more independent and confident during your time with us and will also prepare you for adulthood.


Facilities include new buildings with the latest technology, a fitness centre, state-of-the-art sports hall, sports field, sensory room, onsite travel training area, library and student centre.


QAC Enterprises consists of a range of businesses that raise money for the College, including All Formats Transcription Services and Sight Village and Autism Central exhibitions.


For more information please visit, call 0121 803 5484 or email

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