'Located in South West London close to the Thames we provide students with a friendly and stimulating environment in which to gain qualifications.'
Kingston College is a major provider of full time, part time and undergraduate courses in Kingston upon Thames. Situated in South West London, close to the River Thames in a thriving town centre, the College offers both academic and vocational courses from Levels 1 to 6 and provides students with a friendly, stimulating environment for study.
Our historic market town has a vibrant centre packed with amazing shops, restaurants, coffee shops, leisure clubs and a multiplex cinema. It also has excellent transport links and central London is just 25 minutes away by train. Kingston itself is consistently voted as one of the happiest places to live in London.
As providers of apprentice training across many industries, we have worked with large and well known employers such as British Airways, L'Oreal and South West Trains for many years.
Our International students are supported by a highly qualified team who provide confidential advice and guidance in all areas and organise 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.
The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has confirmed the quality and standards of provision at Kingston College following its review of the institution in March 2014.
A team of QAA reviewers visited Kingston College and judged that its academic standards, the quality and enhancement of its student learning opportunities, and the quality of its information about learning opportunities all meet UK expectations. The review identified the close working relationships with degree-awarding bodies at programme level as an example of good practice.
Kingston College has recently been awarded the prestigious Association of Colleges' Beacon Award for Student Services. The Award was given for our College-wide initiative that has many innovative features, particularly in relation to student induction, the extensive programme of professional development and the arrangements that have been put in place to identify and monitor students at risk.
We also recently bucked the national trend and has been rated “Good” and awarded a Grade 2 by Ofsted inspectors. As one of only a few London colleges with rising academic standards, the College has reinvigorated its focus on improving the student experience, raising student aspirations and delivering consistently good and outstanding teaching, learning and assessment.
The Ofsted report stated that: “A culture of respect and harmony permeates the College” and that “students feel safe” with teachers who are “enthusiastic, well qualified and have high expectations of students.”
I decided to return to studying after leaving school after my GSCEs 8 years earlier and this course allowed me to use my work experience to gain a degree. Although it was slightly daunting, all the staff were so welcoming and helpful, allowing a smooth transition onto the course. The course required me to be in work while studying which greatly helped me learn the theory and put it into practise very quickly, reinforcing the learning. The support throughout the course was fantastic also, I felt I could ask anything in a very safe learning environment. Most of us on the course also had families also therefore time management was so important, having a tutor that we could turn to was a great comfort. I would highly recommend the college to anyone but in particular the course.
I had been looking for a course for some time which would fit around my work and was really pleased to find this course at Kingston that also allowed me to complete a Foundation Degree in to years. The tutors are incredibly supportive and the content interesting. The course requires some hard work to be put in but I felt real benefits in applying my learning to my work and a great sense of achievement. I would highly recommend this course especially as a great access route to a BA Hons top up.
Having been thinking about a course like this for years I was really pleased to find this course at Kingston that fitted around my work and allowed me to achieve a Foundation Degree in 2 years. All the tutors were incredibly supportive and the content was interesting, The course does require some hard work to be put in but I felt real benefits in my working life and a great sense of achievement. I have gone on to top up to a BA Hons degree, an easy way to get a good qualification.
Having not studied for over 12 years the prospect of going to university was pretty daunting,. The FDA however gave me an opportunity to re-enter the education world with ease. The staff and lecturers are supportive, both during lectures and outside the class times. The course not only allowed me to save money in comparison to University fees but also prepared us for our final year at Kingston University. Evidenced by the number of Kingston College students completing with 1st class honours degrees in the final year. Most importantly however is the knowledge and the confidence gained, I have gained a better understanding of how the business world works, knowledge that I find myself applying without even realising! So much so that I am now on a postgraduate degree course! keep up the Good work FdA team
Having just completed the Foundation Degree in Business I would highly recommend it - I am even going on to complete the top up to achieve a BA (Hons). The attendance schedule is manageable and although attendance is part time the course is full time so you can still achieve your Foundation Degree in 2 years! (Sometimes 18 months) The teacher support is fantastic - they are all different in their styles but all welcome diversity and encourage personal development whilst providing the support you need when enrolling back at school - for some, many years after they last studied anything! Overall a fantastic course - I achieved a distinction completing this course whilst working full time and looking after my toddler. It is doable in the right environment even under the toughest of circumstances and this team of teachers make it realistic for you.
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