Kingston College sits near the banks of the river Thames, in southwest London. The College offers a range of further and higher education programme, short courses, and vocational apprenticeships that prepare students for the world of work and are highly valued by employers. Kingston has a cohort of around 9000 students each year, studying full and part-time programmes. The College offers a friendly, professional and rich learning environment where students can flourish.
In 1899, the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames built a technical institute, science and arts schools on the current site of Kingston College. During the 1960s, the borough undertook a strategic reorganisation of its education services. As a result of this, Kingston Technical College (as the College was previously known) underwent major renovation work and was split into two; the existing college of further education, and a college specialising in technology, which became Kingston University. To this day, a strong bond exists between the two institutions which is extremely beneficial to students of both.
Kingston College boasts an impressive rate of progression from further education courses to university from its student body; over 500 students take up undergraduate places at UK universities each year. In addition to this, over 1500 students study at Kingston College on degree courses. Because the College offers both further and higher education programmes, students can make a seamless transition from one to the next.
Learning and Teaching
Kingston College offers a blended learning approach, encompassing face-to-face lectures and workshops and interactive online activities such as podcasts and forums, creating an integrated learning environment for the students. The College was recently the subject of a case study by the Excellence Gateway to showcase its success in using this approach. Over the past few years, the College has added to the range of courses it offers, in order to remain at the forefront of technological advancements and to keep up with student demand.
Kingston College provides a range of facilities to support students’ learning experience and enrich their life at college. On campus there is a fully-equipped theatre that can seat an audience of 300-plus, an art gallery, a sports complex including state-of-the-art gym and sports hall, a hair and beauty salon, music studios and engineering workshops.
The College provides comprehensive support and guidance in a number of important areas including career planning, job search and CV writing, making UCAS applications, volunteering and gap year activities through its Information, Advice and Guidance Centre for which it recently won a national award of recognition from Matrix.
Kingston College is located on Kingston Hall Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2AQ.