A curriculum for independent life

If you are on the autism spectrum or are the parent of a young person with autism, we would like to introduce you to ESPA College’s new curriculum being launched in 2015.

ESPA (Education and Services for People with Autism) is a specialist college which was set up by parents of children with autism back in the 1980s and celebrated its 25th anniversary in July 2014.

In that time we have helped more than 1,400 students learn new skills and prepared many for independent living. Today we offer both day college and residential facilities in Newcastle and Sunderland, catering for young people aged 16 to 24 from across the autism spectrum.

Working in partnership with Sunderland College and Barnardo’s, we will be delivering a new, flexible study programme from September 2015 and are inviting applications now.


Called Pathways, it offers a choice of four full-time accredited course programmes which range from entry level to L2:


Each pathway features:


Pathways is delivered over three to four days, both at ESPA and at work based learning facilities at Sunderland College and Barnardo’s.

We also offer full time courses delivered over five days per week for students who need more classroom time on our core curriculum.

Download our Pathways information leaflet here.


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