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Alternative college and work based provisions

Alternative Local College provisions include

North Kent College

(Dartford, Gravesend)

Helpline: 01322 629400

Mainstream courses at a variety of levels (some areas starting at Entry Level 3 and upwards)


Supported Learning courses (pre-entry level to level 1)

Mid Kent College

(Medway, Maidstone)

Course information line: 01634 402020

Medway Campus: 01634 383000

Maidstone Campus: 01622 691555


Mainstream courses at a variety of levels (some areas starting at Entry Level 3 and upwards)


Foundation Learning courses pre entry level/ entry level/ level 1

Independence/ Confidence/ Job Skills/ Vocational areas

West Kent College

(Tonbridge, Ashford, Dover, Folkestone, Tunbridge Wells)

Tel. 0845 2078220

Mainstream courses at a variety of levels (some Entry Level  3 and upwards)


Prep 4 Life courses

Entry level courses

Independence/ Work related/ Vocational areas

Hadlow College

(Hadlow Tonbridge, Mottingham, Canterbury)


Princess Christian Farm – Specialist College for learners with additional needs and/or disabilities


Specialist Land based courses – plants/ animal care etc

Tel. 01732 850551/ 0500 551434

Offer taster days


Mainstream courses (generally Level 1 upwards)


Foundation Learning


Canterbury College

(Canterbury, plus Swale campus)

Tel. 01227 811111

Mainstream courses at a variety of levels (some Entry Level 3 and upwards)


Supported Learning courses Entry Level 1 – Entry Level 3

Independence/ Vocational etc

  • Colleges will have open days where prospective students can visit – contact College for information

  • You could also arrange your own visit – again speak to College – arrange with relevant department such as Learning Support to visit and discuss options.

Work based/ employment related/ other courses

Apprenticeships/ Traineeships

Apprenticeships usually start at Level 2.

Often require GCSE entry requirements (for some areas C grades and above)

Traineeships (unpaid) are a way of gaining work experience to help prepare for an apprenticeship

Kent Council Apprenticeships

Kent County Council apprenticeships. Starting at Level 1. Lots of useful information and a well designed website.

Supported Internships

Can be delivered at Grange Park School @ Mid-Kent College and also through Kent Supported Employment.

Other Colleges also offer Supported Internships (East Kent College, Bexley College)


Work based study programme (minimum of 3 days placement a week) for students with learning disabilities

Job Centre Plus


Disability Employment Adviser

Support looking for work

Supported work programmes/ training

Foundation Learning/ Work based learning training courses

Range of providers across areas for example Kent Training & Apprenticeships

Reynolds Training

SET Training

Programmes can include functional skills, employability skills, work experience

(Check entry requirements/ support offered etc)

Kent Adult Education

Tel. 0845 6065606

Range of courses on different subjects (part time, short courses)

Some independent living and functional skills courses

(Some courses carry fees)

Support organisations/ useful information

Kent Parent Carer Forum

Support organisation for parents with children with Special Educational Needs

Info on changes to SEN legislation – changes to Statements etc

Kent Parent Partnership Service

Tel. 03000 41 3000


Support Service for parents with children with Special Educational Needs

Empowering Families Project 

Tel. 0845 408 5088

Support parents with children with Special Educational Needs/ Disabilities regarding options related to employment, training, education.

Local information on website listed under CXK Kent

Kent County Council

Information on travel etc

Examples of mentoring schemes

Young Kent Me2

VAWK – BOB (Be our Buddy)

Mentors to support disabled young people/ young people with special educational needs access activities/ youth club

Benefits Info