Stephen Criddle


Your next step is one of the most exciting times of your life, whether you are leaving school, looking to improve your career prospects or changing direction. With so many options available to school leavers it can also be a challenging time, and South Devon College is here to help you achieve your ambitions.

We are passionate about teaching and learning and its ability to transform lives. Working closely with the community is our business and providing learning opportunities for all is our business. We run courses at every stage, to university level. This is excellent news for local people because we can offer progression routes from the first step of the learning process to a degree or employment. Ofsted inspected the College in November 2008 and judged the College to be ‘Outstanding’ in all areas. We are also held up as a ‘Beacon’ college.

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South Devon College is one of the best learning environments in the country, based at Long Road in Paignton. The facilities are among the most modern and outstanding. The College has now opened the fantastic University Centre this academic year, for our degree students, as well as opening new facilities for Music in Newton Abbot, and Business courses at Heathfield on the A38.

The College continues to make national headlines. In 2008/09 we received recognition for our teaching, learning, leadership, management and work with employers as follows:

  • Ofsted’s judgement that we are an ‘Outstanding’ college
  • Beacon Awards and ‘Beacon Status’
  • Award of Technology Exemplar status
  • Achieving Matrix Award for excellent advice and guidance
  • Achieving the Training Quality Standard for our work with employers.



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