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Located in South West London, close to the River Thames, Kingston College provides students with a friendly and stimulating environment to gain qualifications. Some 3,500 full time and 6,000 part-time students currently benefit from its professional approach to learning. Hardly surprising, therefore, is the rate of progression to higher education. Each year over 500 Kingston College students leave to become undergraduates at British Universities. Also, over 1,600 students study at the College on Higher Education courses.

The origins of this success go back to 1899 when the Royal Borough of Kingston upon the Thames built Science and Art Schools and a Technical Institute on the present leading site of the College in Kingston Hall Road. The Victorian home of Kingston Technical College (as the institution was then known) survived until the 1960s when major reconstruction work followed a local reorganization of further and higher education.

In 1962 Kingston Technical College split into the present College of further education and a college of technology, now Kingston University. Because Kingston College and Kingston University have this shared heritage, there remains a strong bond between them today, which works to benefit students. Jointly run courses and close staff relations ensure that a ladder of educational opportunity is available for full-time and part-time students from post-GCSE to first degree levels. So, as to respond to growing student demand, Kingston College has broadened the range of courses on offer to keep the curriculum abreast of new technology over the past few years.

Kingston College is a primary provider of Full Time, Apprenticeships, Part Time and Undergraduate courses in Kingston upon the Thames. Kingston College offers both academic and vocational courses from Level 1 to Level 6 and a friendly, stimulating environment for study, all set in a historic market town by the River Thames. With excellent transport links and central London just 25 minutes away by train, Kingston upon the Thames is consistently voted one of the happiest places to live in London.

So how can we help you?

  • As providers of apprentice training across many industries, we have worked with large and well-known employers such as Rolls Royce, Siemens, and Imperial College for many years.
  • Kingston College’s full time 16-18 Student Achievement Rates* for 2015-16 are our highest ever, placing us 6th out of 218 FE Colleges across England and officially the best College in London for student achievement. The College is also placed an outstanding 14th nationally for all-age achievement rates. *Department for Education and Education and Skills Funding Agency National Achievement Rate Tables (NARTS) for Further Education and Training.
  • Our International students are supported by a highly qualified team that provides confidential advice and guidance in all areas and organizes social events to help them make friends and contacts.
  • Kingston College’s Higher Education provision offers undergraduates a viable alternative to University courses. Unlike traditional universities, we offer lower tuition fees, small class sizes, one-to-one support, and excellent employment prospects. We have been awarded ‘Bronze’ by the government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) to recognize its high-quality teaching, learning, and outcomes for its higher education students.
  • Our range of part-time courses aimed at adult learners offers to retrain and upskilling if you want to change your career pathway.

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