Foundation Degree in Early Years (offered in collaboration with Kingston University)

The Foundation Degree in Early Years at Kensington and Chelsea College is run in collaboration with Kingston University at Level 4 and Level 5. All students attend college for one day per week between 3pm and 9.30pm on a Thursday. The programme provides a unique approach for work based learners to gain a degree qualification, combining theoretical academic study and work to enhance and deepen knowledge and improve practice.

The Foundation Degree in Early Years leads to a number of possible pathways.
•BA (Hons.) in Early Years Education and Leadership Practice
•BA (Hons.) in Early Years Teaching and Learning
•BA (Hons.) in Children’s Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Practice (0-19 years)
•BA (Hons.) in Child Centred Inter-Professional Practice (0-19)

To apply for the course, you must meet the following criteria:

You will have an appropriate Level 3 qualification such as the Diploma in Child Care and Education or Early Years, NNEB, NVQ Level 3 or equivalent.

You must be employed or working voluntary in an Early Years setting for at least 16 hours per week. Course work and assignments will require you to be working at a level where you are fully involved with curriculum planning, supporting Special Educational Needs, working with parents and all aspects of Early Years Care and Education.

You will have at least 1 year post qualifying experience in a relevant early year’s setting. In some cases, significant experience in employment prior to achieving Level 3 may be taken into consideration. You can apply through the UCAS website available at https://www.ucas.com

UCAS Course Code: X110
Campus Code: T

Introduction to Photoshop for Fashion Design

An introduction to using Photoshop to create contemporary-looking fashion illustrations and express you design ideas. This course is suitable for all those who are interested in fashion and wish to build up a portfolio. Good as a standalone course, this can also support study in other design areas. You don’t need any previous experience or qualifications to join this course.

How To Draw From the Model: Technique & Process

In a critical and supportive environment this course will encourage the development of individual expressive interpretation when working from the life model. Through a series of drawing activities and exercises this course will focus upon developing the necessary skills and techniques for observational drawing. Examining factors such as expression allied to the use of medium and establishing a contemporary and historical context for life drawing.

Introduction to Drawing from the Life Model

Through a series of drawing activities and exercises this course will focus upon developing the necessary skills and techniques for observational drawing with the life model as subject. The formal concerns of line, tone, shape, form and rhythm are explored.

Explore Watercolour

This course will provide the student with a wide range of techniques, old and new, to produce the excitement and satisfaction of creating a successful watercolour painting. Explore Watercolour will demonstrate ways to achieve a balance between spontaneity and control that encourages the student to find freedom in their own personal style whatever the subject matter may be.

This course caters for all abilities from absolute beginners to professional artists in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Higher National Certificate in Photography

The Higher National Certificate (HNC) Photography provides a broad introduction to a wide range of photographic practices. The course is intensive and offers an overview into professional practice, editorial and fine art photography. The HNC can be used as a stepping stone to place you in a very strong position when applying for undergraduate or even post graduate studies at a later date.

Commitment to study at the college is for two days a week for 30 weeks in the academic year. Over the year you will build on your knowledge by studying a number of different course units. Some units are more theoretical and will contextualise different photographic approaches against a background of historical and political relevance. Other units explore more practical aspects of photography such as studio lighting, digital postproduction and analogue photography. The broad variety of units will allow you to discover and explore the area of photography you are particularly passionate about. The HNC team will provide the support and career guidance to enable you to pursue that passion professionally.

To do this course you will need to have completed, or have knowledge equivalent to our level 3 BTEC Diploma in Photography. The HNC requires a lot of self-motivation as you will need the determination to work independently. The course is supported by a well-equipped studio, black and white darkroom and digital facilities. It is taught by a strong team of experienced tutors and professional photographers who will offer a creative environment for you to develop your photographic future.

Higher National Diploma in Photography

Our HND Photography course is a stimulating one-year full time course that will enable you to meet the needs of the contemporary creative industries. It will allow you to develop as a professional self-reflecting individual, and will equip you with the skills to adapt to the rapidly evolving world of photography.

Emphasis throughout the year will be on refining your research skills, analytical thinking and conceptual development, whilst exploring contemporary photographic practices. You will be working with medium and large format cameras using advanced lighting techniques in our well-equipped photographic studio to develop your ideas and photographic style. You will have the opportunity to explore analogue photography and darkroom printing, as we believe that they form the foundation for understanding photographic principles. As digital post-production is an essential skill for any practicing photographer, you will be entirely supported and greatly encouraged to enhance your pre-existing skills.

At the end of your studies you will have the opportunity to exhibit a body of your photographic work and to promote your self in your chosen pathway. Throughout your journey you will be urged to work independently, while our experienced photographic team will continuously support you.

The Higher National Diploma (HND) at level 5 is equivalent to the second year of a degree course. It is a continuation of the Higher National Certificate (HNC) course. Applicants should have previously completed a level 4 HNC program.

Certificate in Teaching English to Adults CELTA (Level 5)

The CELTA, Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults is an internationally recognised teaching qualification awarded by Cambridge ESOL. This 120-hour course is suitable for you if you have little or no previous teaching experience. On the course you will receive instruction on methods of teaching language and the analysis of English language for teaching purposes. Teaching practice is an integral part of the course and you will teach real ESOL students for 6 hours at two different levels. Your teaching will be observed by your tutor and fellow trainees. After teaching you will be given verbal and written feedback and your tutor will support you in planning your next lesson. Assessment on the course is based on your teaching practice and 4 written assignments. These assignments will be on the practical aspects of teaching and altogether require no more than 4,000 words. In order to be successful on the course you must attend 100% of the course, complete all the assignments and reach the required standard in your teaching practice. To join the course you will have to complete an application form and assessment then, based on this, be invited for interview where there is a further assessmen

CACHE QCF Level 2 Award /Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools

This one year Level 2 course takes place at both the Kensington Centre on Thursdays or the Chelsea Centre on Fridays.

The course is aimed at those who wish to become teaching assistants or learning support assistants in a school setting.

You will be introduced to all aspects of supporting teaching and learning practice including safeguarding the welfare of children and young people, communication and professional relationships with children, promoting positive behaviour and equality, diversity and inclusion.

Work Placement
You will be required to complete a minimum of 185 hours in placement in a school.

What background and qualifications do you need?
You need good spoken and written English to take the course and an interest in working with children in schools.

What does the course lead to?
The course gives you a Level 2 qualification which is an assistant role qualification. This means you can work as a teaching assistant.

Where will I study?
The course runs at both campuses.

What are the facilities and equipment like?
The course is run in a dedicated classroom. It has computers for all students to use. You can also bring in your laptop. The college has a library/study centre on both sites where you can work in silence or in small groups. You also have access to its books and ebooks.

How is the course assessed?
The course is assessed throughout the year. There are 10 written assignments which are assessed by the course tutor. All pieces of work are at level 2.
You will also be assessed in your placement or work by our professional assessor to ensure that you are implementing the best practice which you are learning in college. You will have 2 assessments throughout the year.

Are course materials available online?
Lecturers make full use of Moodle where you can access materials to support you on the course. This is available both inside and outside college.

Introduction to Printmaking

Course Description

You will learn to work in the light and the well-equipped print studio with specialist facilities and develop your ideas and imagery into a portfolio of creative prints.

Following techniques will be covered during term 1 Drypoint, Collagraph, Lino Cut, Monoprinting; Photo-Etching will be covered during term 2 and Etching during term 3. You will be introduced to each printmaking technique by demonstration, informal one-to-one feedback and group tutorials will encourage each student’s personal strengths and interests.

Final prints can be submitted for our end of year Printmaking Exhibition at the college gallery in early July when we enjoy a lively Private View evening to celebrate the work created during the year on all our courses. 

What background and qualifications do you need to join?
These classes are aimed at beginners, those who wish to re-fresh their printmaking skills and those who have a basic arts experience in any other visual arts discipline.

What does the course lead to?
These courses give an opportunity to build a portfolio of prints and to assist progression to our intermediate printmaking courses or other art courses.

Where will I study?
The printmaking studio is at the Chelsea Centre, Hortensia Road, just off the Kings Road, in the Carlyle building on the ground floor, room CG05.

How much should I study outside class?
It is recommended that you prepare imagery and materials outside the class, so you can use the time in the studio more fully for printing and technical processing which cannot be done at home. A sketchbook documenting your ideas development, technical notes and research is also recommended.

Are any course materials online?
Once you are enrolled on the course you will be introduced to the college’s virtual learning environment. Here you will find materials and information in support of your studies.

What books and equipment do I need?
You need to bring: a sketchbook and some art equipment such as pencils, eraser, a range of brushes, Stanley knife, scissors and apron.

What else do I need to buy? What extra costs are there?
There is a studio fee of £16.50 payable each term to the tutor which covers basic materials, except paper and plates which you pay extra for as you use them. All materials are available to buy in the studio.

If you have further questions about the course, the tutor can be contacted at: d.rizzi@kcc.ac.uk