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Ground-breaking course in Africana Studies to launch at Kensington and Chelsea College

Kensington and Chelsea College is launching a unique and new pathway into higher education with
an Access course in Africana Studies, the first such programme of its type to be taught anywhere in the UK or Europe. Building on an established module in African and Caribbean Studies at the College, the new programme provides a full level 3 qualification, enabling direct entry into a range of Humanities and Social Science university degrees.

Course Director and tutor Alishia Mogre, who developed the programme, said: “We want students to see this as an opportunity not just for academic progress, but for personal development and transformation. Through an exploration of Africa and the African diaspora we examine how Africa and the experiences of black people have been consistently mis-represented and ill-informed within education. Students are also challenged to analyse historical and contemporary realities and issues in culture and society from an African-centred perspective.”

The course examines Africa as the ‘cradle of humanity’ and covers its rich pre-colonial history, before looking at the post-colonial period, including the impact of Maafa (African enslavement) and the consequences of forced migration. Elements of study include surveying the African diaspora; African spiritual systems; African women; the work of black intellectuals and radicals and the black presence in Europe. All modules are taught alongside study skills, in preparation for Higher Education.

With support from the two leading UK universities for African/black studies – SOAS and Birmingham City University (BCU) – students will benefit from progression opportunities onto prestigious degree programmes. Possible degree choices and career routes for students from the course also include Education, Psychology, Social Work, Anthropology, Race Relations and Community based courses.

BCU’s Professor Kehinde Andrews, one of the UK’s leading experts in African and Caribbean studies,  said: “The need to decolonise the curriculum has never been more relevant and this is true in Further Education as well as Higher Education. This diploma will enable students to study contemporary issues with an excellent historical grounding.”

The one-year course starts in September 2019 and applications are open now. People wanting to find out more and apply should visit the College’s courses section here or call 020 7573 3600.

Flexible Learning – Realise your Potential

Bridging the gap with Flexible Learning

Flexible learning for Maths and English is coming to Kensington and Chelsea College!

Whether you are at home or at work, you can attend a class at a time that suits you near where you live. You can also study in one of our flexible learning hubs at our Wornington Road Centre and at The Curve.

How does it work?

Through partnership with local organisations, we have created a way that you can study from any location – as long as you have internet access! As a result of this, you will only be one click away from interacting with your tutor.

Additionally, these functional courses will be supported by:

  • Amazon Alexa – Echo Dots
  • Google Classroom App
  • Face-to-face learning


Also, if you pass our Maths and English courses at Level 2, we can fast track you to a GCSE course or recommend you for other courses of your choice!

Special thanks to our partners for their continued support!

MP visits Kensington and Chelsea College Open Day

Lady Victoria Borwick, Conservative MP for Kensington made a special trip to Kensington and Chelsea College to meet some of its students ahead of the College’s Open Day.

Lady Victoria visited students and staff at the College’s Kensington Centre on Tuesday October 14th and visited a number of live classes.

As part of her morning visit Lady Victoria was given a private tour of the College’s facilities and had the pleasure of speaking to our Access to Humanities and Interior Design Students about their experience and future aspirations at the College.

When asked about their experience at the College, one student from the College’s Access to Humanities – African & Caribbean Studies class said:

I have to say it’s really the teachers at this College that makes learning so fulfilling. They not only put in class hours but additional after College hours to support us in our learning experience.

The 60 minute visit was led by the College Principal and members of the College’s executive team and governing body, and was joined by Councillor Robert Freeman, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Lady Borwick, MP, said:

It was a pleasure to meet the students and staff of Kensington College and to find out about the courses on offer. I wish everyone there all the best with their studies.


Tackling English Pronunciation Has Never Been More Fun

Learning English has never been more rewarding thanks to our Improve your Pronunciation classes at Kensington and Chelsea College. The 10 week course is filled with fun and innovative ways of improving your pronunciation including unconventional methods such as candle blowing race.

Many of our students, once completing Improve your Pronunciation Stage 1 progress on to Stage 2, which can lead on to a number of paths including a one of our full-time ESOL courses.

Mercedes Castillo, former student of Improve Your Pronunciation describes Nuria – tutor of improving your pronunciation – style of teaching, techniques and methods:

Based on my personal experience, I have found she has developed a powerful method to help adults understand the different sounds that exists in English. Mercedes Castillo


Nuria’s teaching style is unique. she projects her passion for teaching pronunciation, and she is continually thinking OF new techniques to help us. Mercedes Castillo

If you or a family member is interested in one of the College’s Improve Your Pronunciation courses please contact Nuria Inglada on or come along to one of our late enrolment sessions throughout September.



Kensington and Chelsea College Earns Quality Mark

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has confirmed the quality and standards of provision at Kensington and Chelsea College following its review in March 2015.

A team of QAA reviewers visited Kensington and Chelsea College and judged that its academic standards, the quality and enhancement of its student learning opportunities, and the quality of information about its learning opportunities all meet UK expectations.

The review identified a number of examples of good practice. These include:

  • the College’s use of the work-based mentoring process to support and enhance student learning opportunities
  • the role of employers in learning and assessment activities.

The review also highlighted the support offered to students through the admissions process.

It’s a fabulous outcome for the College and confirmation of our high standards and approach to Higher education.Principal of Kensington and Chelsea College

QAA’s Higher Education Reviews are carried out by experts from other universities and colleges. Every review team includes a student reviewer, because QAA believes that students should be partners in the quality assurance of their education.

The team that reviewed Kensington and Chelsea College included Dr Glenn Barr (independent) and Lucy Bannister (student reviewer from Cleveland College of Art and Design).

A successful review means that the College can display the QAA Quality Mark, indicating to UK and international students that the College meets national requirements for standards and quality.

To see the full report and action plan for the College click on the links below.

QAA Action Plan 2015

QAA Higher Education Report 2015

Former ESOL Student Looks Forwards To Future In Fashion

Former ESOL Student Looks Forwards To Future In Fashion

Former ESOL student-turned-Model Aramatou Toure has a bright future in Fashion and says it’s all thanks to the help and support she received at the College.

Originally from the Ivory Coast, Aramatou joined the College 7 years ago. Not knowing any English, she enrolled on an ESOL course, where she learnt to speak and write English.

Speaking about her experience on the ESOL course Aramatou said: “I have improved my English a great deal and write and speak it confidently and that has boosted my self-esteem, which is important to have in life.”

7 years on, Aramatou has gained enough confidence to embark on a career in modelling – entering and number of competitions including the prestigious Miss Borough UK Competition.

She has also thrived academically; progressing onto a number of Fashion Courses including Pattern Cutting and Garment making. And with goals of becoming a Fashion Designer in the future, Aramatou is well on her way to a flourishing career in the Fashion Industry.

Speaking about her time on the Garment Making course, Aramatou says: “Now I am able to make garments, I can produce my own clothes, and I hope soon to make clothes for others.”

She went on to say: “Studying at the College has really helped me become the confident Model I am today. I would definitely recommend taking a course at Kensington and Chelsea College.”

Kensington and Chelsea College Tutor Wins AAT Training Provider Award

Kensington and Chelsea College Tutor Wins AAT Training Provider Award

Business and AAT Lecturer Richard Aboagye from Kensington and Chelsea College beat over 300 nominees to be awarded this year’s ‘Tutor Of The Year Award’ at the AAT Training Provider Awards last week.

The AAT Training Provider Awards acknowledges and celebrates the achievements of center providers of the AAT qualification. Richard Aboagye was nominated and won the honorable Tutor Of The Year Award, which recognizes the individual excellence of tutors in the accounting field.

Speaking about his nomination, Richard said: “I’d like to express my profound gratitude to students for voting me as the Tutor of the Year. I’m very thrilled and would like to thank them for appreciating my hard work.”

“Having been a tutor for 7 years, I’ve worked at many Colleges but what makes Kensington and Chelsea College so different is that students are really eager to learn.”

Student Rayia Evans on the AAT Level 2 Course said: “Richard is the best tutor I’ve ever had and I’ve had many tutors over the years. He makes classes enjoyable and understandable.”

“Another thing is he is always willing to help after class. His after class support and communication skills is paramount compared to any other tutor I’ve had”

The ‘Tutor Of The Year Awards’ category was judged on everything from pass rates and student numbers, to e-learning integration and individual excellence.

The Awards Ceremony took place on Thursday 30 April 2015 at this year’s Training Provider Conference.

AAT is a professional qualification and membership body and only AAT approved training providers such as Kensington and Chelsea College are allowed to deliver the AAT accounting qualification. Those in possession of the career enhancing qualification, which is recognised in many countries around the world, can apply for a range of accounting and finance positions.

To find out more about our AAT courses are any other business and management courses please visit or contact the College on 0207 573 5333.


Get More From Life With An Apprenticeship

Get More From Life With An Apprenticeship

Beth Wright has gone from being unemployed to securing a respectable position as Executive Assistant to the CEO at the Goldfinger Factor, and it’s all thanks to Kensington and Chelsea College’s Creative Apprenticeship Programme.

The ambitious 23 year old, started her apprenticeship journey as a Level 2 in Business and Administration, but through a passion for the creative sector, has since progressed onto a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business and Administration.

Almost 2 months on, Beth is now a big part of the Goldfinger Team and has already sharpened her business, organisation and creative skills.

Goldfinger Factory is a local employer and part of the Creative Employment Programme Funded Arts Apprenticeship Programme, offering young people in the borough the chance to gain employment opportunities within the creative industry. The factory specialises in the up-cycling of furniture and fit-outs. Speaking about her apprenticeship, Beth said:
“I chose to do an apprenticeship because I wanted to go back to college to study but also wanted to be in a working environment, to learn new skills from people that have experience in the work place.”

“What I really enjoy about my apprenticeship is meeting new people and learning from others. I especially enjoyed the decorative process of studding – the tutor I worked with was great!”

Beth went on to speak about the skills she has learnt while being on the apprenticeship:
“I have learnt new business skills, how to adapt to change in a working environment, the importance of policies and why we need them in business.”

Kensington and Chelsea College offers a wide range of Apprenticeships and works in partnership with many high-profile London employers including the V&A, Historic Royal Palaces and Hemingway Design.

Kensington and Chelsea College is supporting the National Apprenticeship Week 2015 by joining forces with Westway Trust and Gumball 3000 for the official launch of their Creative Employment Programme Funded Arts Apprenticeship Programme, this week on the 12th March.

Double Award Win For Kensington And Chelsea Colleges Apprentices

Double Award Win For Kensington And Chelsea College

It was a double dose of success for Kensington and Chelsea College’s apprentices as they beat stiff competition from across London to scoop the prestigious Apprentice of the Year Awards at the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards.

The coveted Apprentice of the Year Award recognises exemplary young people from across the creative industry who have demonstrated the ambition and talent to make a difference in their work place.

Hannah Steele and Elijah Bligh-Briggs from the London Transport Museum were presented the awards in front of industry leaders at The Backstage Centre in Thurrock.

The pair has been recognised for their remarkable contribution to the London Transport Museum, through hard work and tenacity. Hannah Steele and Bligh-Briggs – who have now trained as Arts Award advisor – have helped 27 young volunteers achieve an Arts Award, through their coaching and support. As a result, the Arts Award qualification has been introduced into the framework of Young Volunteer Projects on London Transport Museum’s Young People’s Skills Programme.

Speaking about her time at London Transport Museum, Hannah Steele said:
“The people that work here are really supportive. If there’s anything we are interested in, we get to explore it in our work.”

She went on to advise young people who are considering becoming an apprentice:
“I’d tell anyone that was thinking about an apprenticeship to go for it. You can earn while you learn, which is a big draw. It’s just like going to work, except you get a qualification at the end of it.”

The award win comes a week before the launch of the ‘Creative Employment Programme Funded Arts Apprenticeship Programme’ during National Apprenticeship Week. A programme which has seen the College exclusively partner with Westway Trust and Gumball 3000, to offer creative employment opportunities for young people in the borough.


College Open Day Changed My Life!

College Open Day Changed My Life!

A College Open Day at Kensington and Chelsea College led to a former health worker reinventing herself into an ‘outstanding grade 1 Ofsted rated’ teacher.

After working in the NHS for several years, Julie Golding decided it was time for a change and started looking into a career in teaching.

The mum-of-two from Streatham Vale said: “I read lots of information online, but realised I needed to speak to a qualified expert to fully understand the route into teaching, the courses and options available to me, and the support that was out there for people who wanted to change career.”

Julie attended an Open Day at Kensington and Chelsea College where she was able to get 1-2-1 advice from qualified careers advisors and subject specialist tutors from the College’s Teaching Department, which was recently graded by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ in conjunction with the College’s partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University.

Thanks to the Open Day Julie was set on the path to becoming a high-achieving qualified teacher.

Since then Julie has gone on to complete the College’s PTLLS course (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) in conjunction with Canterbury Christ Church University, the DTLLS course (Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector), as well as the PGCE, also in conjunction with Canterbury Christ Church University. Having successfully completed all three courses Julie has gone on to employment with Ofsted grade 1 teaching departments, as well as becoming an Ofsted rated grade 1 teacher herself.

Julie said: “The Open Day at Kensington and Chelsea College was really well run, fun, informative and a fantastic resource. I was able to meet the Teacher Training Department and gain tailored advice from really friendly and knowledgeable Teacher Training staff. If it wasn’t for their help and guidance I would never have progressed through three different courses through the College to become a fully qualified teacher!”

Speaking about her course Julie said: “If you’re thinking about doing a course or changing career – don’t hold back. I always felt incredibly supported by the tutors at the College. They were outstanding and were always there for me, motivating me to keep progressing through the various levels. I also gained more confidence in myself and my abilities through the teacher training course. I feel like I’ve reinvented myself!”

Kensington and Chelsea College is hosting Open Days at the College on February 3rd and 5th. Each centre will host different subjects so please visit for more details or to register attendance, or alternatively call 0207 573 5333.