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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.

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.


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

Life-changing Access to Higher Education Course

Life-changing Access to Higher Education Course

Former Construction Worker Swaps Hard Hat for Degree Cap Thanks to Life-changing Access Course

A former construction worker who left school without qualifications was among a group of adults who completed a life-changing course at Kensington and Chelsea College to bring their dream of going to university alive.

Brian Wood, 32, gained his shot at university after passing the college’s nationally renowned one-year Access to Higher Education Course.

The fast track course gives people who left education without the right qualifications a route into Higher Education. This year 80 graduating Access students secured places at various universities, including Russell group institutions such as Kings College and University College, London.

Brian decided to embark on a career in teaching after more than a decade working in construction.

‘When I began volunteering with a charity that helped children with special needs it made me think about more personally rewarding careers.’ said Brian. ‘I really enjoyed what I was doing with the charity. Children have an infectious sense of creativity and energy which I loved being around. A career in teaching felt like a natural step to me. It certainly makes a change from the worksite!’

However, it wasn’t until Brian discovered the Access Course that he gained the confidence and self-belief that he could gain a place at university and become a teacher.

Speaking about his return to education he added: ‘The Access Course gave me a second chance that I thought I’d never get. My tutors on the course have been inspiring, motivating and full of support. Without the course I’d never of had the confidence to pursue university.’

Brian is now looking forward to starting his Teaching Degree at Roehampton University.

Among the other success stories was former Restaurant Manager Rachid Hadibi who gave up the day job to pursue a career as a social worker.

Speaking about the Access course 45-year old Rachid said: ‘Although I had the equivalent of GCSEs I decided to go straight into work after school. I’ve done a lot of voluntary work with charities and have a real passion for social work so finally decided to pursue a career in it. The Access course at Kensington and Chelsea College gave me my route to university. It’s a brilliant way to get to university for those who haven’t got the traditional qualifications. It’s amazing what you can learn in one-year and how your life can change!’

The Access students were recognised for their achievements during a graduation ceremony at the college’s Wornington Centre where they were presented with certificates from established broadcast journalist and university lecturer Dr Vincent Magombe.

Heaping praise on the students Dr Magombe said: ‘It’s wonderful to be part of an event that is helping shape people’s lives. The students are a vibrant multi-cultural mix, full of ambition and they all thrive off each other. You can see they are like a family and I hope they continue those bonds they have made with each other for life.’

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