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Queensmill College

We are an autism specific provision for 19-25 year olds. All students have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP).
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Queensmill College
50 Ellerslie Road
Shepherd's Bush
W12 7BW


  • DFN Project SEARCH @ West Middlesex University Hospital
    Twickenham Road
    TW7 6AF
  • DFN Project SEARCH @ Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
    369 Fulham Road, London
    SW10 9NH
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  • Age Range:
    19 – 25


General Description

Q6 has been designed for students over the age of 19 with an Education Health Care Plan and a diagnosis of autism that will benefit from a Queensmill School–like College setting. These young people would not be able to currently access other College provisions due to their levels of autism-related anxieties.

Q6 continues to use all supports for learning that have worked for children in Queensmill School such as a highly structured, low arousal environment in order to make sense of the world, the use of SCERTS, TEACCH, Zones of Regulation, PECS, and the consistent use of functional behavioural analysis by staff who are highly trained in autism to ensure that students can demonstrate appropriate behaviours and ways of communicating their wants and needs. These supports at Q6 are designed to reflect and support the more adult oriented approach to activities.


Q7 - DFN Project SEARCH is a one year transition to work supported internship program for young people with autism and learning disability or both. 

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Trust and The Queensmill Trust have partnered together to give young people with autism and learning difficulties an opportunity to develop their skills within a real work environment as well as work towards an ASDAN award in employability. Our programme is based in one hospital at two different sites: Chelsea and Westminster Hospital site in Chelsea and, West Middlesex University Hospital site in Isleworth, London.

We apply a specialist, autism friendly approach to support our interns on site. However, we are open to working with young people with other special educational needs, and we can accommodate each individual on the programme suitably. Also, we aim to give an opportunity to young people who might find it difficult in other supported internships, but we will consider all applications.


Catchment Area

West London area, (including North West London and South West London)


Queensmill College specialises in providing highly personalised programmes for young people diagnosed with autism and an Education Health and Care Plan.

At Q6, our focus is on the learning and consolidation of independence skills based on the agreed Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) outcomes and Preparing for Adulthood outcomes. Including, increased independent living skills, ability to be in and use the local community and facilities, work experiences, where possible look at employment and volunteering, and planning a transition programme to Adult Social Care services.

Qualification: ASDAN Personal Progress

Non-qualification activity: • Embedded functional English - Social Communication and interaction • Embedded Maths - Practical use of money, time, and basic measuring. • Leisure activities – making choices • Fitness activities – PE and yoga, local gym • Independent living activities: cooking, shopping, home chores, gardening • Work experience: We offer supported work experience to evaluate and develop employability skills.


At Q7 - DFN Project SEARCH is divided in 2 main parts, theory (employment skills) and real setting work experience.

Theory: Is designed to help learners develop the skills needed to become successful employees. The primary purpose of this qualification is to support them in overcoming barriers to entering work. Queensmill Employability curriculum: Team building, Health & Safety, ICT, Self-advocacy, Employment, Financial Literacy, Health & Wellness, Preparing for Employment, Customer Service & Effective communication Skills. Careers programme delivered to all interns who will benefit from the advice and experience of real employers.

Accreditation: ASDAN Employability skills (E2-L1)

Work experience: We offer supported working experience throughtout the academic year. Interns will complete 3 different rotations in 3 different departments across the hospital, supported by a job coach, a job developer and a mentor. Reasonable adjustments will be considered by departments in order to increase interns’ performance and become more accessible.

Specialist Facilities

The Queensmill Trust provides “Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures and Practices” training to staff, to ensure interns' safety in the workplace, along with E-Safety training, Preventing radicalisation and Medical training.

All team members have received relevant Autism training provided by The Queensmill Trust as part of the training and development programme. Some of these trainings include: SCERTS, TEACCH, Systematic Instruction, Sensory Integration, Zones of Regulation, Social thinking.

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