Cambian Dilston College

Cambian Group

Cambian Dilston College is a specialist provider of further education situated near Hexham, North East England, for young people between the ages of 16 - 25 years old, with a learning disability, autism spectrum conditions and complex needs.

Educational placements are day or residential. Residential placements are offered as weekly, termly or up to 52 weeks. Most learning programmes are for 2 years, with an additional year available where appropriate. Short breaks and outreach placements are also available.


Who to contact

Contact Name
Lee McDonough
Contact Position
Learner Admissions
01434 632692

Where to go

Cambian Dilston College
Dilston Hall
NE45 5RJ

Cambian Dilston College is situated in Northumberland close to the towns of Hexham and Corbridge, within easy reach of the city of Newcastle. It is situted in 9 acres of park, woodland and gardens, and also incudes a ruined castle and 17th Century Chapel.

Other details

Referral required?
Referral and availability notes

Referrals can be made directly via our website:

Alternatively call or email:

T:0800 138 1184


Learner profile

§    Moderate to severe learning disabilities

§    Autism spectrum conditions

§    Down’s syndrome

§    Developmental disorders

§    Communication difficulties

§    Challenging behaviour

§    A broad range of complex needs including medical needs


Cambian Dilston College offers a wide range of specialist interventions, tailored approaches and proactive options for learning; providing a total communication environment.



There is the opportunity for all learners to participate in a full and active curriculum including flexible routes to accredited qualifications from pre-entry to Level 2.


The launch of our new study programmes offers 3 distinct routes to learning:


·         Skills for work

·         Skills for Independence

·         Skills for Communication and Wellbeing


There are 5 strands of curriculum:

·         Physical Wellbeing

·         Emotional Wellbeing

·         Citizenship

·         Functional Skills

·         Preparation for Transition


There is an opportunity for all learners to participate in a full and active curriculum including flexible routes to accredited qualifications.


All study programme pathways and curriculum areas are holistically underpinned by the RARPA (Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement) principles.


Vocational and practical learning opportunities:


·         Hospitality and catering

·         Animal Care

·         Duke of Edinburgh

·         Horticulture

·         Music

·         Arts

·         Information Technology

·         Community Sports

·         Community Access




Work Experience

As part of their course, learners are offered the opportunity of access work experience, supported by a dedicated job coach. Work experience placements continue throughout the year allowing learners time to prepare and settle into their placements, apply their class based learning into the work environment and build meaningful, person-centred employment experiences.



In the recent academic year -

·         100% achieved core targets and foundation learning

·         78% of residential leavers moved on into independent or shared supported living

·         56% of all leavers transitioned into work-related placements with 44% going into further education and training



Cambian Dilston College is committed to providing positive transition planning to enable a meaningful destination post placement. 

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Address: Dilston Hall  Northumberland

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