Queen Alexandra College

Queen Alexandra College
Motto A National Charity for People with Disabilities
Established 1904
Type Further education college
Principal Hugh J Williams
Location Court Oak Road
West Midlands
B17 9TG
DfE URN 131963 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 200
Ages 16–25
Website QAC

Queen Alexandra College (QAC) is an independent specialist college of further education based in Harborne, Birmingham for students above the age of sixteen with visual impairment, autism and other disabilities. Students can develop their academic, social, employment and independent skills through individualised programmes. QAC also offers many leisure activities. Its registered charity number 1065794.

The 'Bradbury Centre'. Opened in September 2006 and houses a sensory My-Space area, a well equipped Art and Design studio, The Job Shop, Learning Resource Centre, Creative and Media studio and various preparation for life base rooms.

The 'Karten CTEC Centre' of QAC, opened in 2004 where IT training takes place.

The Bradbury Sports Hall was completed in 2014 and is a first class sports facility providing all students access to a broad range of disabled and non-disabled sports. The facility is used at evening and at weekends by the local community for a range of diverse activities.


QAC offers numerous learning programmes.

Programme Qualifications
Pre-Entry and Entry Level Programmes Accredited and non-accredited (RARPA) learning programmes in Preparation for Life and Work programmes. Holistic study programmes which may also include a range of therapies to support learning and achievement.
Arts Qualifications in Art and Design, Performing arts and Creative and Media
Trades and Motor Vehicles Accredited and non-accredited (RARPA) learning programmes in valeting, car maintenance, woodwork, tiling, basic manufactoring skills, plastering and painting.
Health, Public Services and Care Qualifications in Health and Social Care
Information and Communication Technologies Qualifications in IT
Hospitality and Sports Qualifications in Hospitality and Sport and Active Leisure,
QAC has also offers Supported Internships as a progression route for young people into work - this takes the form of a study programme. QAC was the only speciailist college in England to be part of the initial DfE Supported Internship development programme 3 years ago and has continued to offer this programme ever since.


QAC organises leisure activities outside college time including exercising in the Feelgood Fitness Centre, five-a-side football, soccer training, athletics training and competitions, 'fitsu' (portmanteau of fitness and jujutsu), goalball, swimming club and other related activities, such as ten-pin bowling at Tenpin, Star City, ice skating, pool tournaments and climbing. Other activities it organises include cinema (especially at Cineworld), premiership football matches, concerts (especially at the NIA and the NEC), karaoke, residential visits, outward bound expeditions and music club.


Queen Alexandra College grew out of the Birmingham Royal Institution for the Blind. In 1958, the BRIB opened a facility named the Queen Alexandra Technical College for the Blind was opened; this facility eventually became QAC's current campus. In 1997, operation of QAC was transferred from BRIB to an independent charitable company.[1]

See also


  1. "BRIB Profile". Retrieved 22 February 2010.
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