LINK19 College

A Specialist Post-16 Institution for learners aged 19-25 which offers study programmes that provide individualised learning experiences.
LINK19 College learners on a groundwork placement working in the local community developing communication and interaction and life skills through prac...
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LINK19 College
LINK Centre
Block H, North Kent College
Lower Higham Road
Gravesend, Kent
DA12 2JJ
  • Course Length (weeks):
  • Residential or Day:
  • Start Time:
    We accept admissions throughout the year
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:
    19 – 25



General Description

LINK19 College is a specialist Post 16 institution providing individualised programmes supporting a range of learners who have an education, health and care plan (EHCP), aged 19-25 whose statutory education has been within a SEN setting. The individual programmes develop employability and life skills working towards independence in society.

LINK19 College offers full time programmes for learners who have special educational needs and or disabilities including learning disabilities, communication and interaction difficulties (C&I) associated with conditions such as an autistic spectrum condition (ASC) and or complex medical needs. Learners are likely to require a significant but flexible level of support, individually or in small groups, to meet their assessed needs.

Catchment Area

We accept learners from a wide catchment area including but not limited to the Kent, Medway and London local authorities.


Learners individual programmes will combine class based lessons with supported work experience provided by external partners. In most cases a timetable will incorporate three days classroom activities and two days work experience. Our supported work experience programme aims to teach transferable skills to learners so they can achieve sustainable employment. Learners will have identified learning goals, interests and aspirations giving opportunities to experience the world of work, travel training, develop independent living skills and to understand how to make life choices. It is not envisaged that learners will remain in LINK19 College until they are 25.  The aim is to provide support to all learners on their journey towards employability and independent living.

Specialist Facilities

The LINK Centre is a stand-alone building, within the grounds of a further education college, accommodating both a sixth form provision for Ifield School and LINK19 College learners. The building and all facilities are fully accessible. As well as a reception, classrooms and meeting rooms, it has a health care suite, sensory room, life skills flat, a mindfulness room, IT suite, workshops, beauty salon and LINK cafe run by students and learners supported by onsite staff. All facilities are available to all learners. Shared facilities within the North Kent College grounds include a sports hall, library and restaurants. The college is a short distance from Gravesend town centre.

  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • Communication difficulties
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who have specific learning difficulties
    • A wide range of physical disabilities
    • Asperger syndrome
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Moderate learning difficulties
    • Epilepsy and/or associated neurological conditions
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

    • Opportunities to prepare for work after college
    • Opportunities to experience real work situations
    • Opportunities to follow vocational courses
    • Opportunities to follow vocational qualifications
    • A programme to enable students to learn more about themselves and how to form relationships
    • Opportunities to explore a range of living options after college
    • Opportunities for students to participate in community activities and to learn about citizenship
    • Opportunities to develop strategies to promote appropriate behaviour
    • Opportunities for work experience
    • Opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication skills
    • A hospitality and catering curriculum
    • A transition programme into independent living
    • A transition programme into supported or open employment
    • A programme to help students to look after themselves more independently
    • A personal development programme
    • A social skills programme
  • > Our specialist services

    • Specialist training to enable independent travel
    • In-house physiotherapy
    • Help with finding suitable long term provision
    • In-house occupational therapy
    • In-house speech and language therapy

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