Established in September 2015, Argent College resides in a former Victorian factory in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter. Our curriculum is centred on the creation of jewellery - using metal or leather – and useable craft items - such as textiles and candle making, performing arts, horticulture, and catering. We have a unique urban rooftop micro farm, where biodynamic produce is grown by students to use in our canteens and onsite social enterprise provision - The Hive Organic Cafe and Bakery. The Hive also comprises a gallery and community craft space, providing outstanding work experience opportunities for our students and services for the local community.
Alongside our practical, ‘hands-on’ curriculum, students are able to access functional skills sessions and our in-house therapy team. We work with students to break down their individual barriers to learning – such as communication and social skills, and emotional wellbeing – and support them to become more independent. Students are also encouraged and supported to work towards a recognised vocational pathway.
Students also have an opportunity to utilise the curriculum at our Stourbridge campus – Glasshouse College. Glasshouse, situated in a former glass factory in the heart of Stourbridge’s Glass Quarter, provides an array of craft workshops, social enterprises, a performing arts centre, heritage centre, studios for local artisans, and a 40-acre farm and woodlands in the surrounding hillside. Crafts draw from the local traditions of glass blowing and etching, as well as the performing arts, woodland management, and land work.
We work with young adults, aged 16 to 25, with Education, Health and Care plans to equip them with transferable skills for life and work. We offer day and residential placements, 36 or 52 weeks of the year. Student admissions are accepted throughout the academic year.