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"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.”

Come and see for yourself - details of our forthcoming Open Events for the coming year may be found on this link.


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Subject strengths

The  Creative Industries Centre opened in Mach 2015 and is the College’s flagship centre for creative industries.

The Centre provides a state of the art facility for our programmes in Art & Design, Digital Arts, Photography, Media and Interactive Media, Music, Music Technology, and Games Design.

Based on the site of the Richmond Road Centre, the building will offers a 3D workshop, TV studio, music suite, and a mixture of studios and classrooms which will be designed to enhance the learning experience. A gallery space for exhibitions and performance  enables student work to be showcased.e.

The new three storey centre is built using the latest technology and will have environmentally friendly features to minimise energy consumption and reduce the need for heating and cooling.

Peter Mayhew-Smith, Principal of Kingston College says: “ Kingston College is delighted to be one of very few colleges investing in such exciting large scale projects. We’re building a brilliant new building on an important site for our students and the community and we know it will become a centrepiece for arts education in London.”

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Student life

Kingston is a brilliant location for students. Our historic market town, has a vibrant centre packed with amazing shops, restaurants, coffee shops, leisure clubs, its own Rose Theatre, and a multiplex cinema. It also has excellent transport links and central London is just 25 minutes away by train.

Being in Kingston means you also have easy access to both Richmond Park and Bushy Park, Hampton Court Palace, Ham House, Kew Gardens and for the young at heart Chessington World of Adventures and Thorpe Park. Whether you want to go for a swim, take in a show, visit an art exhibition or go for a rollercoaster ride, you’ll find that Kingston has something for everyone.


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The HE Centre: a dedicated resource for our undergraduate students, the HE Centre provides a silent study area, group study areas, computer resources and the support of knowledgeable staff to help with study skills and support.  The HE Centre also has a rooftop terrace and café, offering panoramic views over Kingston.

Arena Sports Hall and Gym: The Arena Sports facility comprised a state of the art fitness suite, exercise studios and sports hall. The gym contains the latest fitness equipment and professional staff are always on hand to help students with the highest quality training.

ACT: The Arthur Cotterill Theatre, named after a past Principal of Kingston College, is a flexible performance space  capable of holding audiences of over 160.  As well as being the hub for the creative and performing inside the College, the ACT is also available for hire and stages a wide variety of work from outside companies.

The Sports Academies: Kingston College has five established Academies in Men’s Football, Women’s Football, Tennis, Basketball and Trampoline.  The Academy of Sport provides an excellent opportunity for individuals to continue their study whilst pursuing their passion for sport and developing as an athlete.

BigHead Recording Studios: The College’s music facility incorporates four recording studios that utilise the latest digital and analogue technology. They have been designed to give students the opportunity to create ‘industry standard’ work that reflects the up-to-date knowledge they have learned on their courses.

Engineering Workshops: We have extensively equipped, purpose-built industry specific training centres designed to meet the needs of our various disciplines: general Engineering, Motor Vehicle, Mechanical,Electrical and Aeronautical Engineering.

Deli KC: Deli KC is the College café which is open from early morning until the evenings, offering snacks and hot meals to our students.

Aviation Centre: Kingston College is able to offer its travel and tourism students a new Aviation Centre which has just been built into the College.  The Aviation Centre is home to:

  • A 12-seater fuselage section with cabin crew jump seats, used for emergency door drills and rapid decompressions.
  • A double Boeing 747 galley which learners will use for food and drink preparation and cabin service skills
  • A fully functional classroom with 24 aircraft seats which will bring learning to life.

COMING SOON:  Work is underway on the new Creative Industries Centre which will be the College’s flagship centre for creative industries.

Due to open in January 2015, the Creative Industries Centre will provide our students with a state of the art facility for our programmes in Art & Design, Digital Arts, Fashion, Photography, Media and Interactive Media, Music, Music Technology, and Games Design.


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Located in South West London, close to the River Thames, Kingston College provides students with a friendly and stimulating environment in which 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. In addition, 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 Thames built Science and Art Schools and a Technical Institute on the present main 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 reorganisation 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 common heritage, there remains a strong bond between them today which works to the benefit of students. Jointly run courses and close staff relations ensure that a ladder of educational opportunity is available for both full time and part time students from post-GCSE to first degree levels, and beyond. So, as to respond to growing student demand, Kingston College has over the past few years broadened the range of courses on offer to keep the curriculum abreast of new technology.

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How to enrol

We ask all applicants to browse the range of subjects available at all levels on our website.  If you have any questions about the suitability of a course, or at which level to study, you will find the contact details of the right department to answer your questions.

Once you have made your decision, the Apply Now button on each online course leaflet will lead you through the application process.  You will then receive an acknowledgement of your applicaiton which will then be followed by an invitation to interview. Alternatively, please pop in and see us, and a member of staff will be happy to guide you through the process.


Open days

Open Events at Kingston College are held throughout the year, and give prospective students and their parents a chance to look around the college. Visit our centres for specialist studies such as the Creative Industries Centre and speak to tutors and specialist advisers about course options at all levels and in all subject areas.

In addition to our general Open Days and Evenings, we also hold information events for areas such as Apprenticeships and Taster Days in specific areas to give students the experience of studying their chosen subject at College.

Check here for more info.



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Student story

  • Nicholas Salek took his A Levels at Kingston College. He says,  'A mixture of great quality teaching and individual attention given by my teachers has had a very positive impact on my A Level studies.'  Nicholas has now gone on to study BA(Hons) Acting for Stage & Media with us.
  • Ahmad Jawad Bawar studied BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering with us.  He says,'Over the past two years I have had a great experience.  I've met great new people from different locations and made new friends who have become like family.' Ahmad is now studying Mechanical Engineering at Kingston University.
  • In May 2014, the Committee of South London Principals (COSLP) held its annual Best Learner Awards at the House of Lords. The winner of the Best Learner Award was Grant Tillyer who is currently studying on the Level 2 BTEC in Health and Social Care course. Grant has a Statement of Educational Needs and experienced some learning difficulties, much of which was the result of missing school during his formative years due to spells he spent in hospital.

Photo (from left to right): Janis Brumwell, Chair of Corporation at Kingston College, Rosemary Toussaint-Giraud – Head of Health & Social Care at Kingston College, Sarah Boss – Health & Social Care Tutor at Kingston College, Grant Tillyer – Award Winner, Ivy Tillyer – Grant’s Grandmother and Steve Benett – Director of Curriculum at Kingston College.

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Contact details

For all enquiries regarding courses or general information about Kingston College, please contact us on the main switchboard number 020 8546 2151.

Contact details for the individual campuses are as follows:

Kingston Hall Road Centre
Kingston Hall Road
Surrey KT1 2AQ
Tel: 020 8546 2151

Creative Industries Centre
55 Richmond Road
Kingston on Thames
Surrey KT2 5BP
Tel: 020 8939 4601

Anstee House Centre: Anstee House is the outstanding centre that has been created for Kingston College’s Fashion and Media students.
Wood Street
Kingston on Thames
Surrey KT1 1TY
Tel: 020 8268 2505

Drapers Court Centre: The Drapers Court Centre houses our professional and management studies range of courses including EFL/ESOL, teacher training and CILEx provision.
Kingston Hall Road
Kingston on Thames
Surrey KT1 2BQ
020 8546 2151

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