Linkage College

Supporting young people with SEND to develop the skills they need to enjoy more independent futures filled with opportunities and choice.
Learner enjoying LEGO®-Based Therapy with our in-house Speech and Language Therapist
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Linkage College
Weelsby Campus
Weelsby Road
North East Lincolnshire
DN32 9RU
  • Course Length (weeks):
    38 weeks but 52 weeks also available
  • Residential or Day:
    Residential and day
  • Start Time:
    September but flexible
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:
    16 – 25



General Description

Linkage College provides  specialist further education for students aged between 16 and 25, catering for a wide range of learning disabilities/difficulties.

The college has campuses in Greater Lincolnshire, at Grimsby, Toynton All Saints near Spilsby, and Lincoln.  Personalised study programmes are designed to enable students to develop their employability and/or independence skills. Maths, English and ICT are integral to all students’ programmes.

Residential accommodation is of excellent quality, staffed 24 hours a day, and registered with the Care Quality Commission.


Study programmes are based around employability and/or independence, along with specialist support from highly-trained and friendly staff.

‘Employability’ study programmes focus on preparation for the world of work, offering a range of vocational opportunities including horticulture, business administration, media, customer service, retail, catering and food service.  The college offers a very wide range of external work experience placements and supported internships with local employers. 

‘Independence’ study programmes encourage independent living skills, developing good relationships, working and co-operating with others, making decisions, developing new skills, learning how to stay safe and participating within the community.

Our curriculum also features Project-based learning, giving students the opportunity to embed work-based skills. The projects include:

Linkage Vintage: transforming old furniture into sellable items.

Horticulture: growing plants to sell, making planters and hanging baskets.

Retail: selling everyday items from our on-site shop.

Media: creating bespoke items for customers using a range of different equipment.



Specialist Facilities

Specialist Facilities:

Vocational learning takes place in realistic working environments.

An excellent clinical team including speech and language therapy (SALT), communcation specialist and behavioural specialist . 

Grimsby and Toynton campuses

Well-equipped Karten IT centres

Sensory room

Grimsby Campus

Physiotherapy suite

Lincoln Campus

State of the art Horticulture glasshouse

Onsite cafe



  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Asperger syndrome
    • Autism spectrum disorder with associated challenging behaviour
    • Severe learning difficulties
    • Moderate learning difficulties
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who have specific learning difficulties
    • Communication difficulties
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

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

    • Residential provision linked to the academic year
    • In-house speech and language therapy
    • Specialist training to enable independent travel
    • Guidance and counselling services
    • Residential provision extending beyond the academic year
    • Waking night residential staff
    • Registered with the Care Quality Commission / Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales
    • Specialist staff to meet personal care requirements
    • Help with finding suitable long term provision

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