K College

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K College (South and West Kent College)
K College logo.png
Established 2010
Type Further Education, Higher Education
Interim Principal Phil Frier
Location Ashford, Dover, Folkestone, Tonbridge and Royal Tunbridge Wells
England England Coordinates: 51°11′13″N 0°15′53″E / 51.186944°N 0.264722°E / 51.186944; 0.264722
Local authority Kent County Council
DfE number 886/8016
DfE URN 130727 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Gender Mixed
Ages 16–99
Patron Lord Mayhew of Twysden
Website College homepage

K College was a college of Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) with facilities across Kent, formed in April 2010, by the merger of South Kent College with West Kent College.

In the academic year beginning 2009, it had 25,290 students between its 5 campuses, at Ashford, Dover, Folkestone, Tonbridge and Royal Tunbridge Wells.[1]

The Interim Principal is Phil Frier and the Patron is Lord Mayhew of Twysden.

Due to the large amount of debt sustained by K College, it was split into two units from 1 August 2014:


Higher Education courses are offered in conjunction with the College’s partner universities: Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Greenwich and University of Kent.[1]

The main campus in Tonbridge teaches a large number of A-level and vocational courses including apprenticeships. It also runs teacher training courses, TUC courses and has a Professional Development Centre. It has additional teaching courses on deaf issues and a dyslexia unit.

Additional centres[edit]

The college runs a construction-orientated teaching centre based at the Construction Crafts & Engineering Centre on Kingstanding Way, North Farm Industrial Estate in Tunbridge Wells.

In July 2006, the college closed all its IT outreach centres at Crowborough, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.

Student Union[edit]

The West Kent College Student Association has recently rebranded as K College Student Union. The main rebrand involves developing a new logo, changing its name and initiating a consultation on its constitution. It consists of a President, Vice-President, Communications Officer and 6 Union Officers, they have a mixed remit to cover all the facets of student representation.

Notable alumni[edit]

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