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    Entry Level

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2021

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2021, Full Time


The Links course provides a structured and secure environment whilst allowing students to experience a varied college curriculum. The course aims to support and stretch students to become as independent as possible. Students mix with other groups throughout the week encouraging them to work on their communication and social skills.

There is a focus on progression and the course aims to prepare students for their next step whether this is a further course within City College Norwich or to other services. The course provides a set group timetable but within this the majority of students have an individual timetable to cater to their particular needs. E.g. students working at a higher academic level for literacy and numeracy will work towards Functional Skills qualifications at the appropriate level rather than join the rest of the group for English and Maths. Tasters in others courses are likely to become part of the timetable and students may work between two groups as the year progresses if this is deemed to be the best way to move them forwards to their next step.

Staff will challenge students to continuously progress throughout the year and ensure that any barriers are removed to enable each to meet their full potential. Due to the individualised nature of the course it is suitable for students working between pre-entry and entry who may not ‘fit’ on other courses within the area.


  • Maths and English
  • Community Activities
  • Independence and Life Skills
  • Art
  • Gardening
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Dance/Sport

Why Our College?

Specialist facilities

We have purpose built facilities for our inclusive learning students, including our purpose build Rug Room for students with Autistic Spectrum disorders, and our PAL building, for students who are preparing for adult life.

A centre for excellence

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has named City College Norwich as one of three Centres for Excellence in SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) in England

Bespoke programmes

Our Inclusive Learning courses help you to progress to your next step through our bespoke group programmes delivered by a team of dedicated staff

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements. A course designed to support and stretch students to become as independent as possible encouraging communication and social skills. All students will have moderate to severe learning difficulties/disabilities. Interview required.


All students will leave with a Record of Progress and Achievement


Students may progress onto further courses within Supported Learning or onto other programmes within the community.


Students will need to have successfully applied for and received funding.

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