Richmond Upon Thames College

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'We offer a huge range of subjects and courses at a number of different levels such as accounting, business, child care, catering and hospitality.'

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Richmond upon Thames College is situated on a single site in Egerton Road, Twickenham and was established as the first tertiary College in the south east of England in 1977.

For over 30 years, Richmond upon Thames College has been the ‘local 6th form’ for students attending the Richmond borough schools, as well as a popular choice for students from across London, Surrey and Berkshire. Today the college has around 3,000 full-time students aged 16-19 years old. It offers these students a very broad choice of subjects and qualifications and provides an inclusive, respectful and safe environment.  We are also one of London’s top performing colleges* and each year we achieve excellent results in both our academic and vocational qualifications.

*Dec 2014 - Department for Education 


1. Choice of qualifications

We offer a wide range of academic and technical qualifications. Our curriculum also includes a number of qualifications which meet the needs of employers and give students the skills required for the workplace.

2. Choice of subjects

We offer a large choice of subjects including over 30 different A Levels ranging from Architecture to  Sciences to Computing to Media to World Development and BTEC Diplomas and Extended Diplomas at different levels in subjects such as Engineering, Construction Crafts and Performing Arts. We also offer a number of vocational courses including Catering and Construction Crafts as well as Apprenticeships in areas including Sport, Construction, Engineering, Catering, Accounting, Customer Service and IT.

3. Top performing college in London*

Over the past few years our students consistently achieve the highest average QCA point score per student for Level 3 courses out of all the further education and tertiary colleges in London.

*Dec 2014 - Department for Education 

4. Excellent results

Each year, we achieve excellent results in both our academic and technical qualifications, with a considerable number of subjects and qualifications achieving 100% pass rates. The College’s excellent teachers encourage all students to make the most of their time at college and help them reach their full potential.

5. Outstanding progression to higher education

We send around 900 students to higher education each year. Students are given plenty of advice and support when applying to university and we have a specialist advice service for Oxford and Cambridge candidates and those applying for medicine, dentistry and veterinary science.

We have excellent links with a large number of UK universities and host an annual Higher Education Fair where many universities are represented.

6. Employer links

Many of our technical courses involve a considerable amount of industry experience giving students the skills needed to go into employment. Over the years we have developed good links with a number of medium sized and large companies that are able to offer our students work placements.

Each year, our Careers Centre arranges a Work and Training Fair where a range of employers and training providers promote the opportunities available within their organisations.

7. Student services and support

We aim to give all students the best possible learning experience in an environment that actively promotes mutual respect. Our student support team offers an outstanding and comprehensive range of services and support. Every student has a personal tutor who will help them in all aspects of college life and encourage them to get the most out of their time with us and help them make good decisions about their future.

8. Enrichment programme

We offer varied enrichment programmes which include music, dance, drama, recreational sports and Sports Academies and a number of clubs and societies. Our aim is to offer something for everyone and our enrichment activities give students the opportunity to meet new people outside their subject areas and for them to have a great time whilst they are learning. We encourage all our students to take up something in addition to their chosen study programme.

9. College environment and facilities

We are located on a single site in Twickenham and each year over 3,000 choose to study with us. We are the local sixth form for the London Borough of Richmond but we also welcome students from across London and are proud of our diverse community. We have a number of enviable facilities including one of the best library and resources centres to be found in further education. We offer specialist facilities in the performing arts, media, art, construction crafts, engineering, science, languages, catering and sports departments along with an on-site sports field, gym and large sports hall.

10. Diversity

We pride ourselves in the diversity of our learners. They come from all areas of London and all backgrounds, able to learn together because of integrative and supporting teaching and tutoring services and a big campus that provides spaces and opportunities for interaction between different students. Everyone is welcome here and everyone shall fit in.

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Graphic Design HNC
by SOPHIE - January 2014

Brilliant course. Very enjoyable. Great facilities.

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BTEC i-Media Richmond upon Thames College
5 5
by KAzzer - February 2011

Course gave me the portfolio and confidence to make applications to some of the best uni's for 3D animation. Taught me alot of Maya. Cool stuff. Also made sure that we did life drawing which is very important at interviews.

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