West Kent College (2014)

West Kent College (West Kent & Ashford College)
Established 1 August 2014
Type Further Education, Higher Education
Principal Paul Hannan
Location Tonbridge
51°11′12″N 0°15′47″E / 51.186805°N 0.263076°E / 51.186805; 0.263076Coordinates: 51°11′12″N 0°15′47″E / 51.186805°N 0.263076°E / 51.186805; 0.263076
Local authority Kent County Council
DfE URN 130727 Tables
Gender Mixed
Ages 16–99
Website College homepage

West Kent College is a further education and higher education college in Kent, England founded in 2014 as a result of the split of K College and run by Hadlow College Group. It has campuses in Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells and offers numerous courses and qualifications at many levels, from GCSEs and A-levels to vocational routes such as BTEC or NVQ/VRQ Diplomas to work-based Apprenticeships and Degree programmes, validated by the University of Kent, University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church University.

The College's facilities include a 300-seat theatre, fine art, fashion, graphic design and photography studios and darkrooms, television and radio studios, music recording studios, professional training and demo kitchens and purpose-built motor vehicle engineering and construction workshops.


The original West Kent College institution operated in Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough and Sevenoaks.[1] The Tonbridge campus was redeveloped in the 2000s. Crowborough and Sevenoaks closed in 2006.

It merged into K College in 2010. K College operated across 6 campuses, at Jemmett Road and Henwood in Ashford, Dover, Folkestone, Tonbridge and Royal Tunbridge Wells.[2]

It was subsequently split in 2014, after sustaining a large amount of debt. It was split into two units from 1st August that year:


The college offers a range of Foundation, Extended and BTEC Diplomas, A Levels, Higher Education programmes and NVQs, in subjects such as:

  • Electronic Engineering
  • Catering and Hospitality
  • Construction: Bricklaying, Electrical Installation, Carpentry and Joinery, Plumbing
  • Performing Arts, Music, Media and Photography
  • Art and Design, Graphic Design, Fashion and Clothing
  • Motor Vehicle Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Beauty Therapy, Hair Design
  • Early Years and Health and Social Care
  • Business and Admin
  • Applied Science (including Forensic Science Pathway)
  • Sport
  • Travel and Tourism
  • ESOL

Also offered are Apprenticeships, A-Levels and Access to Higher Education courses.

Notable alumni


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