| 1 August 2014|
| Paul Hannan|
| 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.
West Kent College (2014) Wikipedia
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
Beauty Therapy, Hair Design
Early Years and Health and Social Care
Business and Admin
Applied Science (including Forensic Science Pathway)
Travel and Tourism
Also offered are Apprenticeships, A-Levels and Access to Higher Education courses.
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.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