Thornbeck College

Thornbeck College is an Independent Specialist College providing personalised programmes to autistic and neurodivergent individuals

Working together to inspire, support, celebrate and equip autistic and neurodivergent people to fulfil their potential in life.

Pathway Overview

This programme focuses on preparation for employment leading to supported/open employment, supported internship, volunteering.

Entry Requirements

  • You must have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and is subject to commissioning by your local authority

  • This pathway is aimed at learners aged between 16 and 24

  • A three day referral visit followed by a comprehensive extended initial assessment period

Pathway Content

This pathway could include:

  • Vocational courses from Entry Level 2 up to Level 1

  • Functional Skills qualifications in English, Mathematics and ICT from Entry level 1 up to Level

  • Vocational tasters in woodwork, car maintenance, horticulture, hairdressing, media, retail, business administration to enable learners to make an informed choice of the vocational sector they may want to progress on to

  • Relevant careers education, information and guidance

  • Employability including work preparation and planning, interview preparation, enterprise activities, undertaking high quality and meaningful work experience, and job seeking skills

  • Individual travel training programme

  • Experiential learning in the workplace and the community linked personal vocational profile

  • Personal and social development skills such as confidence-building, teamwork, healthy living, citizenship, rights and responsibilities

  • Success in learning including preparing to learn, progressing in learning and learning activities

Next Steps

After completion of your programme, you can progress to:


  • Further study

  • Vocational programmes

  • Supported living/independent living

  • Community participation

  • Day activities

  • Volunteering

  • Personal budget

  • Supported employment/paid work

More Information​

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