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Overview

Kensington and Chelsea College has been leading its students to success since the early nineties. We are committed to helping students achieve their ambitious personal and learning goals. Our good standards of teaching and new and modernised campus facilities, mean that our students are provided with the best environment in order to succeed. That could mean developing skills for work, preparing for further study or university, or simply exploring a new subject in a fun and sociable atmosphere.

KCC runs courses in four centres throughout West London, a lively borough home to many famous London landmarks, it boasts a vibrant culture which extends to college life.

What's on offer

Whether you're interested in learning for fun or want to take the first steps to a new career, we have over 900 courses to choose from, ranging from Creative Arts, Media and Childcare to Health, Hair and Beauty, Languages and Construction. We also run Apprenticeship programmes which enable students to work whilst gaining an industry recognised qualification.

We have state-of-the-art facilities, including the Chelsea Centre, a multi-million pound centre with the latest learning technology and inspiring spaces to learn, and our newly-refurbished Wornington Road centre.

Many of our courses have specialist facilities including; a professional hair and beauty salon, music studio, Mac design suites, spacious fashion studios, and sculpture and ceramics studio.

Courses start each term and we offer full-time, part-time, and evening study. Students in receipt of means-tested benefits are eligible for free tuition on courses that lead to a qualification. The College has a bursary fund available as well as staff that can advise on the financial aspects of study, and career progression.

The College also has special services for students with disabilities or learning difficulties, support for those who have English as a second language or who need help to keep up with their coursework.

KCC has experience of delivering high quality vocational and academic courses. Our teachers are trained professionals who have valuable experience of working in the subject area they teach.

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Subject Strengths

Kensington and Chelsea College offers over 900 courses and we are specialists in vocational subjects. As well as a dedicated centre for developing construction and plumbing skills, we also have our own fully functioning commercial salon which is open to the public and acts as the training ground for our Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy students. Our award-winning Millinery department is internationally recognised as being one of the best, and many of our Millinery students have gone on to work with some of the biggest names in the industry, as well as design hats for department stores Fenwicks and Peter Jones.

We have close links and partnerships with many well known organisations including Chelsea Football Club, The V&A, Deep Recording Studios and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. This has paved the way for unique learning experiences and enhanced employment opportunities for our students.

Other subject strengths include creative courses such as Art and Design, Graphic Design and Multimedia, Music, and Craft. We have specialist facilities and studios, as well as tutors who have worked in their industries, some as practicing artists, who can advise students on progression and professional practice.

For information about specific subjects and courses, visit our website.

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Student life

We’ll put you at the centre of a vibrant, friendly environment, where there’s always lots going on. Whatever you choose to take part in – from sports teams to festivals, or pop-up art shows and student competitions – there’s a rich college life outside of the classroom.

Our students play a key part in making the local communities around our centres such exciting and diverse places to be. From Portobello Road to the Kings Road, there are historic locations and inspiring attractions nearby – pretty useful when you need to take a break from your studies! We listen to you, the students, about how we can best run the College and help you get the most from your experience here. Student Representatives are elected for each course and these, along with our elected Student Council, meet with staff, influence decisions and make a real difference to KCC.

Our students say...

Anita Singh is studying Level 3 Digital Musician course at Kensington and Chelsea College. The ambitious music student joined the College to sharpen her skills but soon found she was also making valuable contacts in the music industry thanks to her tutors.

Anita said "I really enjoy studying at Kensington and Chelsea College as it feels like I'm part of a close-knit community. Everybody mingles with each other even if they aren't on the same course. It's easy to make friends here. Our classes aren't very big either so I feel like I get more one-to-one attention - which is brilliant. Kensington and Chelsea College is a great place to develop your skills, whatever course you're on. The tutors really go the extra mile to help us. I've been lucky enough to get my tutor on board to help produce several of my music tracks so that it sounds more professional when I send them out. It's hard to find places where you get that level of support on your course."

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Facilities

Our multi-million pound Chelsea Centre sits in the heart of the Chelsea design quarter and is situated by London's famous King's Road, with its fashionable boutiques and cafes. Being part of Kensington and Chelsea College means gaining access to some fantastic resources including a great support network, learner mentors and plenty of areas for you to relax in when you need some time to unwind.

Facilities offered in Kensington and Chelsea College includes the following:

  • Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) service for course, career and university application support and guidance
  • Counselling and Personal Support
  • Support for students with Disabilities or Learning Difficulties
  • Dyslexia Unit
  • Childcare - a day nursery runs at our Wornington Road site.
  • Libraries
  • Cafes
  • Wifi for students

 

 

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Location

Kensington and Chelsea College is based in the heart of one of the most exciting and vibrant parts of London, which means our students get to enjoy being in a creative and inspiring environment that stretches beyond the College.

We have two main centres:

Chelsea Centre
The Chelsea Centre is located close to Kings Road and is made up of the Hortensia Building, a multimillion pound state-of-the-art study centre opened in 2011, and the Carlyle Building, home to our Art and Photography studios.

The Hortensia Building is an inspiring space for our students to study in. Features include spacious fashion studios with views over London, professional Mac Suites, an exhibition hall and a vibrant café area. Classrooms have the latest in learning technology and there is WiFi access so our students can continue their learning outside of the classroom.

Kensington Centre
Close to Portobello Road and bustling Notting Hill, the Kensington Centre takes its lead from the creative atmosphere of the local area. Our Art and Design studios are based here, including facilities for ceramics, glass and jewellery, as well as graphic design. The Centre was refurbished in 2011 with a new music suite, and the latest whiteboards and sound systems are in every classroom.

For more details on our sites, and maps, visit our website.

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How to enrol

The College offers three types of courses:

1. Direct enrolment
2. Courses requiring an interview
3. Courses requiring a formal application and interview

Please note that all learners under 19 years old must have an interview.

Visit our website for more information.

 

Open Day

Kensington and Chelsea College's Open days offer people the chance to access free 1-2-1 courses and careers advice from subject specialist tutors and qualified careers advisors.

The Open days are open to everyone from those in their last year of school looking to start college in September 2017, to adult learners hoping to pick-up a course whether it's to up-skill, change careers or meet new people.

There will also be an exciting range of free taster courses and activities to sample, as well as opportunities to see classes in action and speak to current students about College life.

Each College centre - Kensington and Chelsea - will be hosting different subjects during the Open Days so please check our website to find out which centre and date you need to attend for the courses you are interested in.

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Student Story

Design Student: Dennis Groenhuysen

Design student Dennis Groenhuysen is studying Level 3 Professional Development for Design Makers course after progressing from his BTEC Level 3 Art and Design - Ceramics course at the college. The talented designer was one of three students from the college who beat hundreds of entries nationally to win a competition hosted by the V&A this year. The prestigious win led to his work being exhibited in the world renowned museum.

"I really enjoy being at the college. For me what sets the college out from others is the understanding of the tutors. They are in tune with their students' abilities and know exactly how to bring out the best in people. I've always had extremely good support, every step of the way on my course. My tutors have always been there for me", says Dennis.

Continuing, he says: "I think it's fantastic that the college gives students access to some great opportunities like the V&A competition. Since starting my design course I haven't looked back and have only great things to say about what can be achieved through education. The college is an inspiring place to study because of the talented tutors and friendly environment. I've made some really good friends!"

Hairdressing student Adam Csoka, said:  "Because it's a smaller college I feel like I get more personal attention in class. The tutors always have time to listen to us and help us. Without meaning to sound corny, it feels more like you're part of a family than a college."

Access to Humanities and Social Sciences student Miles Ahad said: "The course is only as good as the tutors. It's all down to their excellent teaching and support. As well as learning about the subject, I also developed my communication skills thanks to the class seminars and presentations. The course has also made me more confident in myself and my abilities. The college experience and tutors, including support staff, have been excellent. They have really helped me fulfil my dreams of going to university."

Childcare student Lisa Johnson, said: "The course was fantastic. I met lots of great people from all different cultures and backgrounds. We were all there for the same reason and that was to learn and to better ourselves. My tutor was a fantastic support, always offering advice and explaining things so that we could all understand. She taught in different styles too so it was never boring. I would leave the classroom wanting more! If I ever needed help the tutor or assessor were only an email away, they were so supportive and made you feel valued and that anything is possible."

Photography Student Gokhan Tanriover, said: "The course at the college was perfect for me as it ensured I was technically proficient, helped me explore the artistic side of photography, and taught me how to earn a living as photographer. I've learnt so much through the course and can really see the improvement in the quality of my photos."

 

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Contact Details

Kensington and Chelsea College
Chelsea Centre
Hortensia Road
London
SW10 0QS

Kensington Centre
Wornington Road
London
W10 5QQ

Tel: +44 (0)20 7573 5333