Facilities at South Devon College
Did you know we have our very own fine-dining restaurant, two beauty salons and a marine academy? We even have our own animal unit where you will find pygmy goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, meerkats and other furry friends!
Our £36 million campus provides the local area with access to world-class facilities. We provide an excellent learning environment with easy access to over 200 computers with several Mac Suites too. Of course, it’s not just about teaching and learning at South Devon College. We want students to have a good time here and that’s why we provide facilities such as the common room with a pool table and games consoles, and also outdoor spaces for those sunnier days. Our ice cream parlour can keep you cool but on a colder day you can treat yourself to something warmer in one of our many café spaces!
If you are a parent, that shouldn’t stop you from pursuing education. Mama Bears Nursery is based at our Paignton Campus so your child can be looked after whilst you are studying.
Hi Tech & Digital Centre
The new purpose-built centre is both innovative in its design and use as well as nationally significant.
The Centre provides individuals with the skills that employers need to support their growth in a range of important local Hi-Tech businesses such as; electronics, lasers, fibre, satellite and communications, aerospace, marine, medical and data analysis ‘Big Data’. The offer also extends to creative industries including gaming, app design, digital design, film and digital media, smart clothing and textiles and many others.
Comprising a latest generation all weather 3G pitch, changing rooms, community room teaching space and a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) pitch – the South Devon College Sports Centre was made a reality due investment from South Devon College, Linden Homes and the Premier League & FA Facilities Fund, delivered by the Football Foundation.
Designed with a strong emphasis on local community, the South Devon College Sports Centre will be operated by 3d Leisure in partnership with South Devon College. It will act as a central sports hub for College students as well as inspiring residents across South Devon in using the facilities for a wide range of sports and activities including football, basketball and netball.
The South Devon Marine Academy in Kingswear, Dartmouth, is based on the River Dart and is currently undergoing redevelopment to build on its reputation of being a maritime centre of excellence for training and education. We are an approved training centre for The Royal Yachting Association (RYA), full members of British Marine and The Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL) and an accredited centre for City and Guilds, EAL Awards and the University of Plymouth.
The College work in partnership with Princess Yachts delivering many apprenticeship opportunities. The partnership also resulted in a dedicated workshop that houses one of Princess’ V40 hulls, allowing students and apprentices to learn in the classroom using real-world products, techniques and application of theory.
At the College is their very own, commercially run restaurant Horizons. It’s always popular with guests and provides a fantastic experience to students in catering and hospitality of a real working environment.
Horizons is a licensed fine dining restaurant within South Devon College where our students develop their skills in both professional cookery and food and beverage service. We offer a range of modern menus all prepared and served by our students with the help of College staff.
One of South Devon College’s most unique facilities is the Animal Unit. This enclosure houses a vast range of animals pygmy goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, meerkats and more! The Animal Unit is where animal care students are based for the majority of their studies but it’s also a space open to staff and students to explore and improve your mental health and wellbeing.
The College’s Animal Care team work closely in partnership with Paignton Zoo providing more opportunities for students studying this sector and the Animal Unit also has a Blue Cross cat rehoming centre too.
Student Union (SDSU)
The South Devon Students’ Union plays an important part in helping you settle into College life, and gives you the chance to get involved and make new friends. SDSU organises a range of social and fundraising events, so there’s always something to enjoy or contribute to, which looks great on your CV.
Find us at the Student Space on Level 1. You can also see us at any of our campus locations throughout the year.
Inspirations Salon and Barberworx
South Devon College has its very own Beauty Salon open to the public. Inspirations is a training salon, incorporating Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing and Holistic Therapies. Barberworx is the College’s very own barber shop, again open to the public.
The students are working towards NVQ and Diploma qualifications and the best products available are used, most of which can be purchased at the Salon Reception to maintain your look and treatments from home until you need to come back.