Hadlow College

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Rated ‘outstanding’ by Oftsed and awarded LSIS Beacon status, Hadlow College is one of the top colleges in the United Kingdom and the top land-based college.  We offer a variety of courses and degree level programmes designed for a career in the land-based/rural sector. 

Campuses are situated in Hadlow, Greenwich, Mottingham, Medway and Canterbury. 

Situated in a picturesque village in Kent with good public transport links to both Tonbridge and Maidstone, and only an hour away from London, we attract students from around the country.  As a College we pride ourselves on the high standard of teaching we deliver to students, giving them the skills they need to successfully compete in the increasingly crowded employment marketplace.  We are pleased that the majority of our students who finished in 2011 indicated they were progressing into either a career relating to the course they had studied or into some form of higher education.

However, we know there is more to College life than just learning which is why we never lose sight of the fact that everything we do should be fun. Because of the way we combine practical experience with theoretical learning, both past and present students repeatedly tell us how much they’ve enjoyed their time at Hadlow College. This friendly, welcoming atmosphere is also one of the reasons why a number of them stay on to do a degree with us or go on to recommend their courses and the College in general to friends and relatives.

On-site at the main campus in Hadlow we have 165 rooms arranged in single sex blocks.  These are available for anyone who is currently studying a course with us and rented on a half-board basis.  This means that during the week your breakfast and either lunch or an evening meal is included in the price.  At weekends the price includes breakfast, although lunch can be bought if needed.  Supporting this is a dedicated wardening team who are available 24 hours a day for pastoral care.

To find out more about the College, our courses and facilities please come along to one of our information events or open days.  More information is available on the College website.

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Subject strengths

Rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted, Hadlow College offers excellent teaching and learning in the land-based industries.  Our subjects include:

  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Animal Management
  • Arboriculture
  • Countryside and Wildlife Management
  • Equestrian Studies
  • Fisheries Management
  • Floristry
  • Forestry
  • Game Management
  • Garden Design
  • Horticulture
  • Landscape Management
  • Sport and Outdoor Activities

Together with the Charlton Athletic we also run a Football Academy in which students benefit from professional coaching and competitive matches whilst also studying for their qualification in Sport. 

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The Library
The Library aims to support and enhance the teaching and learning at Hadlow College by providing relevant collections of information and purposeful learning environments for all members of the college community. Our current stock totals over 18,000 specialist resources across both traditional print and electronic media.

Agriculture Facilities
Hadlow College has benefited from a commercial farm for many years, indeed it is an area where students gain hands-on experience of all aspects of farm management and has won an award for ‘Most Improved Dairy Unit’.

 Today the farm is split into two sites; Blackman’s Dairy and Faulkners Farm. Blackman’s dairy is home to 130 cow award winning dairy herd and has a fully automated milking facility which yields one million litres of milk each year. It also benefits from a viewing gallery where students can observe techniques used for milking. Over 600 sheep graze all year round at Faulkners Farm and 270 hectares of land are cultivated with arable crops. Students have the opportunity to work in the specialist machinery workshops including driving tractors.

Animal Unit
Housing over 200 exotic species, including aquatics, invertebrates, reptiles and small mammals as well as aviaries, arctic foxes and otters, our multi-million pound custom-built Animal Management Unit is one of the best in the country and also comprises a dog grooming studio and professional standard veterinary examination rooms.

Equine Centre
Hadlow College’s equine centre is listed in the London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide for equine studies and offers superb facilities for students to learn all they need to know about horses.

The centre comprises of two international sized indoor arenas for practice and shows, outdoor arenas, stabling for over 60 horses including a new American barn complex, two cross country courses for training and competition, a horse walker, weighbridge and treadmill. Students studying equine at Hadlow College play an active role in the operation of the centre and hold regular equine shows for the public.

Horticulture Facilities
Horticulture plays a central role at Hadlow College and benefits from facilities to match. The glasshouse complex covers 1.3 hectares offering students the chance to learn how commercial horticulture operates, as well as providing separate student areas for individual projects. The site also benefits from a fruit production unit, medicinal gardens, field production facilities and dedicated laboratories equipped for plant and soil science experiments.

Fisheries Facilities
The fisheries department have enviable facilities for the study of fisheries management. The state-of-the-art hatchery enables students to learn about methods of fish production, whilst the College’s brown trout stream and ponds are available for student projects. Furthermore, the College benefits from its own commercial fisheries and exclusive partnerships with more than 20 South East based fisheries facilities to ensure students gain real life experience.

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Situated in the heart of picturesque West Kent, with good transport links that make it ideal for both town and country. Surrounded by farms and agricultural enterprises it is nevertheless only 40 minutes by train from central London, and on direct bus routes to Tonbridge, Royal Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone.

Offering land-based training to those who want to escape the fast pace of city life, the campus lies in the green-belt area of South East London.

Just 10 minutes walk from the city-centre, this two hectare campus lies on Spring Lane and is close to the A257 Canterbury to Sandwich road.

Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Centre
This is the place to be to for horse studies. In fact, the Royal Greenwich Equestrian Centre has a wide range of custom-built facilities and is one of the only places in South-East London to offer equestrian degrees. No surprises then that this campus is part of the London 2012 Olympic legacy.
Developed in partnership with the Royal Borough of Greenwich, here you can study equine courses on a full or part-time basis. There are stables on site for 20 horses, a hydrotherapy pool, indoor arena and outdoor manege as well as a show-jumping paddock and horse-walker.

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How to enrol

To apply, please call 0500 551434 or visit our website and complete our online application form.

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Full list of open days and forthcoming course information days available here.

Student Story

Katherine Marsh
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Outdoor Activities)
Initially I joined the College on the Level 2 Diploma in Sport (Outdoor Activities) course. Once I’d completed that, I decided that I wanted to develop my knowledge further and the Level 3 Extended Diploma course seemed ideal.
It is a subject that I really enjoy and to be able to do it as a job would be absolutely perfect.
The practical side of the course is great. You get to learn lots of new skills and the tutors are really helpful. My ultimate plan, once I finish this qualification, is to get a job in the outdoor activities area and this course has given me an indication of what my future may hold.
My advice to any future students thinking of studying this course is that, whilst you are here try and gain as many additional sport-specific qualifications as you can – this will really help with your future career opportunities.

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Contact Details

Hadlow College
TN11 0AL

Tel: 0500 551434
Nearest Train/Tube Station: Tonbridge