Thornbeck College

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

Thornbeck College was the recipient of the prestigious LSIS Beacon Status in 2010

Who is the programme for?

If you are between 16 and 25 years old and want to learn the knowledge and skills to live more independently and/or get prepared for work.  You will attend college either 3 or 5 days a week, Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 3.30pm.

Entry requirements 

You must have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).  To apply you will need to ask your Local Authority to consult with Thornbeck College.   We offer a pre-entry assessment before you join college so we can make sure this is the right programme for you.  We have an extended assessment at the start of your college programme so we can focus your learning around your individual strengths and interests.

What are you interested in?

  • Catering and hospitality
  • Gardening
  • Retail
  • Admin
  • Social enterprise
  • Work experience
  • Volunteering
  • Travel training
  • Shopping
  • Cooking


About the programme

This programme has been designed to make you more independent.  We will support you to achieve your personal goals. 

You might want to live more independently or get prepared for work.  We can help you access and participate in your community and access further learning with a pathway linked to your interest. 


Here’s how we achieve it together

We want you to be happy, healthy and confident.  We want you to become as independent as possible and throughout your time at college we will support you to make new friends, travel more independently and try new things at college and in your local community. 

We will help you choose a work training programme that’s right for you based on your chosen interest.

You will have opportunities to:

  • Take part in vocational taster sessions
  • Access meaningful work experience
  • Develop your skills and knowledge in practical and real life settings
  • Increase your independence and confidence
  • Take part in activities that promote your health and well-being
  • Develop the skills needed to live as independently as possible

By the end of the programme we will have helped you move forward in your life and you have achieved some or all of the goals below, as appropriate:

  • Accessed valuable work experience
  • Achieved an appropriate accreditation
  • Developed your own personalised transition plan and vocational profile
  • Developed social skills and friendships
  • Developed strategies to regulate your own emotional well-being
  • Be able to live more independently or have transitioned to supported living/other housing option


Throughout the programme we will support you with your functional English and maths and help you to develop core skills in:

  • Communication
  • Team work
  • Work skills
  • Thinking and solving problems
  • Social skills
  • Managing change
  • Self-management
  • Independence

More Information​

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