Parkanaur College has a lengthy history of providing training and learning on a residential basis, with a range of accredited training courses. We recognise that not everyone wishes to take part in set training programmes and would prefer a more flexible approach to training, learning and experiencing the benefits that Parkanaur can offer. Learning opportunities can be tailored to individual needs or be provided within a recognised training programme. We have experience in supporting students in the courses identified below, but these are not all we can offer and we can provide opportunities in art therapy, music, exercise and nature studies and the environment. We have a small animal area where hands-on experience of looking after hens and rabbits is enjoyed by our service users.


Courses in horticulture offer the opportunity of learning about the growing and care of plants and flowers as well as hands-on experience in the large walled garden we have access to on the Parkanaur site. Alternatively those who choose to get involved in the hands-on activities can do so without undergoing any formal training course.


Catering courses are provided by tutors who are also experienced cooks/chefs and combine theory and practical learning in our kitchen. We also enable participants to provide support to our coffee trailer which operates in Parkanaur forest Park.


For those who wish to develop skills in upholstery and furniture repair we offer training in upholstery in a workshop environment that allows use of different forms of equipment and tools.


Training & Learning Opportunities

This course offers training in use of computers, computer software, basic numeracy and literacy and provides practical experience through work opportunities within Parkanaur.