LINK19 College

LINK19 College provides individualised programmes supporting learners to develop employability skills towards an independent life.
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LINK19 College
Link Centre
Block H, North Kent College
Lower Higham Road
Gravesend, Kent
DA12 2JJ
  • Course Length:
    38 weeks
  • Residential or Day:
  • Course Dates:
    September to July
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:



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 two days classroom activities and three 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
    • Severe autism spectrum disorder
    • Asperger syndrome
    • Multi-sensory impairment
    • Epilepsy and/or associated neurological conditions
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who are blind or visually impaired
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of d/Deaf students
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

    • Opportunities to prepare for work after college
    • Opportunities to experience real work situations
    • Opportunities for work experience
    • Opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication skills
    • 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
    • Help with finding suitable long term provision
    • In-house speech and language therapy
    • Specialist staff to meet personal care requirements

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