Archive for the ‘Management & Professional Studies’ Category

Julie Golding – Teacher Training

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.

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.

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.

Andrie Morris – Business Studies & Management

Andrie Morris from Tooting, returned to education to develop additional skills after a 10 year career in broadcasting.

Deciding to try something different, and outside of her skills expertise, Andrie enrolled on a four-day-a-week Business Administration and Book-keeping course at the College.

The course has opened up a multitude of opportunities for me outside of broadcasting. I feel book-keeping could lead me to a career in accounting! In fact, if it wasn’t for this course I would never have known about the professional AAT accounting qualification, which I am now considering doing.

Andrie says returning back to education and taking up a new course at Kensington and Chelsea College has made her more optimistic and confident about her future job prospects.

Marlisa Barradas – Apprenticeship

Marlisa Barradas, 22, is on a Business Administration Apprenticeship at Rights Management International Ltd – a Licensing business for music. She is one of three members of staff and helps keep the office running smoothly.

Marlisa left school with her GCSE’s and went straight into work, mainly in the retails sector. She was inspired to take up an apprenticeship after learning she could gain a qualification and get paid at the same time.

I looked into apprenticeships and thought it was a fantastic opportunity for me to gain on-the-job training in an organisation that interests me and in a role that could lead to a real career. It’s also great that apprenticeships pay a real salary.

In a typical day as a Business Admin Apprentice Marlisa gets involved with a wide range of tasks including dealing with royalty statements, raising invoices and building client relationships.

I could go on all day about the things I get to do and the jobs I help out with! There’s never a dull day! As well as learning about the day to day needs of the business I’ve also improved my IT skills and gained confidence as I’m having to email and speak to people I don’t know.

Laine Jderberg – Teacher Training

Laine Jderberg studied on Kensington and Chelsea College’s blended PTLLS course made up of online study and some classroom study.

The course was exceedingly well planned and executed and the blend of the in-house work and the online work was ideally balanced. Although there was always plenty to do for the online section, it was all necessary and thorough and with good planning it was perfectly possible to fit this in to my schedule. The learning and subsequent exercises and essays were rigorous and challenging enough for me to feel that I had really learned something new for each topic.

The in-house work was particularly inspiring due to the excellence of the tutor and I felt fortunate to have someone who could truly model what he was teaching. The online resources were also of good quality and the tutor was highly supportive both in the virtual world of email, online forum and chat room and in the classroom. I was surprised and delighted by the quality of the course and it far exceeded my expectations. I can now say that having done the blended PTLLS with the College, my latest work in planning and teaching in adult education is a completely different and better experience which I carry out with far more confidence.

Helen-Michele Judd – Access To Higher Education

Helen previously studied for a degree in 3D Sustainable Design and came in to contact with occupational therapists as part of her work designing products for people with disabilities. She soon found herself being drawn to occupational therapy as a career.

From working with occupational therapists at the local hospital I knew occupational therapy was a career I wished to pursue. With no science qualifications I decided to enrol on the Access to Occupational Therapy Programme at KCC which I thoroughly enjoyed thanks to the support from the tutors and excellent teaching. 


After successfully completing her Access Course at Kensington and Chelsea College Helen secured a place at Brunel University, from which she graduated with a First Class Honours degree. She also went on to win the 2011 London School of Occupational Therapy prize for ‘Greatest Academic Achievement in Research’.

Helen now works as a qualified occupational therapist at Woking Community Hospital.

“I would highly recommend Kensington and Chelsea College to anyone who wished to pursue a career in health care.”

Helen-Michele Judd