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West Kent College (2014)

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Established  1 August 2014
Location  Tonbridge Kent England
DfE URN  130727 Tables
Principal  Paul Hannan
Local authority  Kent County Council
West Kent College (2014)
Type  Further Education, Higher Education

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. The Tonbridge campus was redeveloped in the 2000s. Crowborough and Sevenoaks closed in 2006.

It merged into K College in 2010. K College was subsequently split in 2014, and is now part of the Hadlow College Group.


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.

    Public Facilities

    The Artisan restaurant

    The Artisan is a fine dining restaurant, open to the public, located at the Tonbridge campus. Catering and Hospitality students operate the restaurant across a range of levels. It offers a wide array of dishes, achieved by both classic and modern techniques.

    Hair & Beauty Salons

    The college's Hair & Beauty Salons, based at the Tonbridge campus, are open to the public and offer a range of treatments, including manicures, pedicures, electrical facials, styling, conditioning and colouring treatments, waxing, tanning and massages.

    Notable alumni

  • Jonathan Shaw (politician), British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Chatham and Aylesford, now CEO of Policy Connect
  • Mark Sargeant, Michelin starred chef and restaurateur
  • Chris Tanner, chef and co-proprietor, with his brother James Tanner, of award-winning gastropub, The Kentish Hare (http://www.thekentishhare.com/)
  • Ron Thornton, Emmy-winning visual effects designer, supervisor and producer, whose work featured in Dr. Who, various Star Trek series, Blakes 7, Babylon 5, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and films including Real Genius, Commando (1985 film), Critters (film) and Spaceballs
  • Jake West, film director
  • Mo Abudu, talk show host, media proprietor
  • Sophie, Countess of Wessex
  • Ben Cockburn, World AG Duathlon Champion
  • Jilly Goolden, wine critic, journalist and presenter
  • Tim Garland, jazz saxophonist who has collaborated with Chick Corea and Bill Bruford
  • Paul 'Mungo' Mungeam, television cameraman, producer/director
  • Hazel Crowney, actress, model
  • Nicki French, singer, actress
  • Rob Forknall, actor, theatre director
  • References

    West Kent College (2014) Wikipedia

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