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

Pathway Overview

This programme focuses on providing learners with the knowledge, skills and understanding of how to look after themselves, live as independently as possible in their preferred environment, and promote their social inclusion.

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:

  • Developing Personal Skills
  • Independent Living

  • Citizenship

  • Managing Relationships

  • Skills Needed for Work including enterprise projects

  • Functional English, mathematics and ICT skills

  • Accessing community facilities such as accessing health services and getting about safely

  • Household skills such as food safety and storage and basic meal preparation

  • Accessing a range of facilities and activities in the local community to promote community inclusion

  • Personal care/development such as healthy living, personal awareness

  • Managing own health

  • Rights and responsibilities such as living in a diverse society and self-advocacy

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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