Kingston College’s Higher Education provision offers undergraduates a viable alternative to a university course. Unlike traditional universities, we offer lower tuition fees, smaller class size, teaching rather than lecturing, one-to-one support and excellent employment prospects. The range of courses on offer and the support they receive helps our students with career planning and increases the employability of our graduates.
For those who have been out of education for a long time and wish to study for an undergraduate qualification, the range of Access courses offered at Kingston College provides a pathway back into study. The range of subjects available as Access courses ensures the students are prepared for progression onto a suitable degree programme.
Kingston is a brilliant location for students. Our historic market town, has a vibrant centre packed with amazing shops, restaurants, coffee shops, leisure clubs, its own Rose Theatre, and a multiplex cinema. It also has excellent transport links and central London is just 25 minutes away by train.
Being in Kingston means you also have easy access to Richmond and Bushy Parks, Hampton Court Palace, Ham House, Kew Gardens and for the young at heart Chessington World of Adventures. So whether you want to go for a swim, take in a show, visit an art exhibition or go for a rollercoaster ride you’ll find that Kingston has something for everyone.
The Higher Education Centre is situated on the 11th floor of the Kingston Hall Road Centre and is open to all College students studying at HE level.The area was created with flexible learning in mind; this is illustrated by the mixture of seating, bookable rooms and areas designed for differing learning styles. Qualified and knowledgeable staff are available to offer study skills help and guidance on finding appropriate print and electronic resources.
The Centre is made up of four different study areas:
Foyer consists of a computer room containing 20 PCs, two rooms that learners can book for group work and to practise presentations, a relaxed seating area close to photocopying equipment and printers.
Quiet Study Area is a smaller area with nine PCs and is suitable for independent study.
Silent Study Area is most suitable for periods when intense concentration is needed.
Group Study Area is a large area in which students can use laptops to work together in groups. It is furnished to accommodate different group needs and includes formal seating arrangements and a more relaxed area – there is even an outside terrace with panoramic views over Kingston upon Thames and the river, and a rooftop café. The whole area is supported by Wi-Fi enabling learners to use personal laptops. In this room the atmosphere is informal and relaxed but academic.
Arena Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy is a specialist facility for hairdressing, complementary therapy and beauty therapy training. It provides a professional environment for students, employers and clients alike. For more information contact Arena Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy on 020 8268 2769.
Arena Sports Hall Our fantastic sports hall seats 500 spectators and caters for students with all levels of sporting performance and is a major venue for national and international tournaments. The Arena Gym is a new 40-station station state of the art gym. The gym contains the latest cardiovascular, resistance and cable equipment supplied by Technogym. The gym is open to College students and staff, as well as being the base for a range of sport and leisure courses run by the College. The Arena team are on hand to provide gym inductions and build exercise programmes to help members make the most of this fantastic facility.
Bighead Music Studios is our music facility which incorporates four recording studios utilising the latest digital and analogue technology. They have been designed to give students the opportunity to create industry standard work.
Engineering Workshops form part of our purpose built and extensively equipped training centre which has been designed to meet industrial standards.
Penny School Gallery hosts exhibitions of the work of students, staff and international artists and includes contemporary art, design and crafts. The gallery is located within the School of Art and Design on our Richmond Road site.
The Arthur Cotterell Theatre (ACT) is a flexible performance venue that is capable of holding audiences in excess of 300. It has become the venue for a huge variety of exciting performances.
Open Events at Kingston College are held throughout the year, and give prospective students and their parents a chance to look around the college, visit our centres for specialist studies such as the School of Art, Design & Media, and speak to tutors and specialist advisers about course options at all levels and in all subject areas.
In addition to our general Open Days and Evenings, we also hold information events for areas such as Apprenticeships and Adult Learning, and Taster Days in specific areas to give students the experience of studying their chosen subject at College.
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Facts and figures
Welcome to the world of Kingston College. It's an exciting place to be! Our College is warm, welcoming and committed to excellent teaching, learning and support. Once you’re here, you’ll find yourself surrounded by great teachers, amazing tutors and exceptional support staff, all dedicated to your success.
Our students go on to achieve remarkable things in their careers and we see many of them on the national stage, leading in their chosen field.
We have great facilities to help with your study at the College, including a dedicated Undergraduate study area and a new on-line learning service to support your studies 24 hours a day.
We will provide ever higher standards of teaching, learning, suport and success to a diverse and ambitious community of students and employers in order to secure progress and prosperity for all, making Kingston College a happy and rewarding place to study and work.
We understand that you will, at times, need some extra support and guidance with your studies. Our teams of advisors are here to help:
Careers, Information, Advice & Guidance
Specialist advisors are on hand in our Student Services centre to help our Higher Education students with career planning and to increase the employability of our graduates through the development of effective and long-standing relationships between the College and employers.
Advice, Pastoral Support & Counselling Services
Staff in Student Support Services will try to help and support you during your time at Kingston College and act as a first port of call. We will endeavour to offer you any advice and support that you may require and, where necessary, offer a signposting facility to relevant contacts and services offered by partner institutions or outside agencies. For further information call us on 020 8268 2969.
Health & Well-being
The College Nurse promotes health and well-being for all students at the College and may be able to help with general medical enquiries. She is available to support students with on-going medical conditions and to help them manage their condition while at College.
Opening times: Wednesday – Friday: 10am – 3pm, Term-time only. Room G37.
The College Nurse can be contacted on 020 8268 2968.
Support for LDD Learners
At Higher Education level the method of funding disability support is the Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA) which is applied for via Student Finance. It is very important that you start the process of applying for this as early as possible and when you apply for a student loan you will be directed to the DSA link.
Further information can be obtained at direct.gov.uk or by contacting the College Disability and Mental Health Advisory Teacher Sarah Barnard on 020 8268 2844.
The College is able to offer some on-site accommodation to students who are over 18 at the start of their course. The accommodation is located next to the College within easy reach of Kingston town centre.
Halls of Residence
Bright House, the student Halls of Residence, houses 54 students in single study bedrooms with en-suite bathroom facilities. The rooms are bright and airy, and have internet connections, communal kitchens and living areas. Bright House is conveniently placed for the College, being situated on Kingston Hall Road between the College main site and Draper’s Court centre.
The rent for the accommodation is reasonably priced and represents excellent value for money. Electricity bills are included in the room fees. Priority is given to students coming from outside the European Economic Area. Application forms and further information on Bright House will be sent out to all applicants who accept a conditional or unconditional place (Firm or insurance) in May.
Homestay for International Students
Homestay services are for International students who would benefit from staying with a local English family and for those under the age of 18. The Homestay service works to meet the individual student's accommodation requirements. Kingston College suggests Mckennas Homestay .
Alternatively you can contact local estate agents.
Fees and funding
About Tuition Fees
Undergraduate courses in the United Kingdom are subject to tuition fees. How much you pay for tuition fees depends on whether you are assessed as a home/EU or oversees student.
Tuition fees can be found on each course leaflet under Additional Information. If you have further queries, please email our Undergraduate Admissions Team or call them on ++44 (0) 208 268 2853.
Please note Undergraduate tuition fees are subject to confirmation and are likely to rise each year with inflation.
National Scholarship Programme
Who is eligible?
- The national rules for the programme are quite broad. Students can be considered for an award if:
- They ordinarily live in England.
- They are an EU national
- The income for the household where they live is £25,000 or less
- They are applying to study as an undergraduate either full time or part time in higher education in England (if part time, students must be studying for more than 25 per cent of the full time equivalent).
Please be aware that each university and college has its own rules beyond these broad criteria. The university or college that you are applying to should make the rules for their particular scheme clear on their website. NSP awards are not available to students who ordinarily live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. The awards are also not available to students on further education courses (that is, at level 3 or below), or to students at private universities or colleges (those which don’t receive HEFCE funding).
How do I apply?
Students apply for the NSP through their chosen university or college. Please see our Kingston College application form and information about the eligibility criteria. Other institutions’ websites should have more information on their criteria and application or selection process.
How to contact us?
If you have a query about an individual university or college’s NSP awards and how to apply, it’s best to contact that provider directly. For Kingston College students, you can get further information from our Student Support team - please email Teresa Uglow or telephone her on 020 8268 2969. Alternatively, please email the Head of Student Support, Yvonne Charalambous or telephone her on 020 8268 2970. To contact HEFCE about the National Scholarship Programm call 0117 931 7333.
Access to Learning Fund
This fund aims to meet exceptional or unexpected costs which are not already met by your loan or other grants. The Access to Learning Fund is available to full time and part time students on higher education courses which last for at least one year.
To apply for the ALF you must have:
- Applied for your full Student Loan and be able to show written evidence of this.
- Received your first Student Loan instalment or be able to indicate the reasons for the delay (for example a late application).
- Provide supporting evidence of your income, general expenditure and need for financial support.
Further information and application forms are available to download at the bottom of this page; alternatively visit the Student Services Centre in Room G75 at the Kingston Hall Road Centre, open 10am-4pm Monday to Friday. Alternatively you can call Student Services on 020 8268 2969 and ask about the Higher Education Access to Learning Fund.
The sort of documents you need to photocopy and hand in are: Confirmation of Loan/Maintenance Grant letter, Housing Benefit, Council Tax, Leaving Care, Learning Difficulty/Disability, P60 and/or Bank Statements. All documents must be dated within three months of application. All payments are linked to your attendance and behaviour; your attendance is required to reach and stay at 90% for the duration of your course.
Student Finance Loans
Eligible students studying their first undergraduate degree do not have to pay fees up front. A loan is available from the Government to cover the cost of tuition fees. You will not have to start repaying this loan until you are earning over £21,000 per year. Please ensure that you have applied for your loan well before your course starts.
Welsh, Scottish or Northern Irish students
The fees shown above also apply to Welsh, Scottish or Northern Irish students. If you are from Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland any help with your tuition fees or other costs will come from the relevant Government body.
Directly Funded Courses
A ‘directly funded’ course means that tuition fees are payable to Kingston College. If you are not eligible for a student loan you will need to pay your fees in full at enrolment. If you have an existing debt with the College you will need to pay this before you will be able to enrol for further courses.
Already have a Degree?
If you already have a Degree and wish to do another one, you will not be eligible for any Government loans for tuition fees or other costs, nor will you be eligible for a National Scholarship or any other College-funded scheme. Further information on student loans and finance can be found at SLC and Student Finance.
If your permanent residence is outside the UK or European Union you may need to pay a different fee. Email Susan Abdalla, International Office Manager or call 020 8268 3016 for more information.
If an employer or sponsor is paying your fees on your behalf please provide a letter from them stating that they will cover your fees and provide a contact name and address for invoicing. If you do not provide this information you will be liable for full payment of fees yourself.
Support for Disabled Learners in Higher Education
At Higher Education level the usual method of funding is the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) from your local authority. It is important that you start the process of applying for this as early as possible and when you apply for a student loan you will be directed to the DSA link.
Disabled Students' Allowance
At Higher Education level the method of funding disability support is through the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) which is available through Student Finance. It is very important that you start the process of applying for this as early as possible and when you apply for a student loan you will be directed to the DSA link. Further information can be obtained at Direct Gov or by emailing the Head of Additional Learning Support, Mei-Lin Tai or telephone her on 020 8268 2548.
BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Media
Sophie has been one of our most remarkable students. She was awarded Best Learner with a presentation at the House of Lords in 2012, shortly before she graduated.
Sophie’s credentials are impressive: a lead role in a National Youth Theatre production performed at the Houses of Parliament and the Lyric Theatre, resulting in an invite to 10 Downing Street; she was one of a cast of 5 selected by the NYT to perform in China; and was chosen from a pool of 3,500 auditionees for a TV Pilot with the director Frank Rehder, which was shown at the Cannes and Boston Film Festivals. Her most recent success was in a Milka chocolate commercial to be shown in 9 European countries (including the UK). For the last two years she has also made unpaid commercials for Cancer research campaigns.
What makes Sophie more extraordinary is that she spent her life between the ages of 10 and 18 in a wheelchair, having had mobility problems stemming from dislocated kneecaps from the age of 6. As a result she has considerable empathy with the disabled and spends time working with YADAPA, a Kingston Disability group. Sophie’s work with the group inspired her final dissertation, Sorry I Didn’t Think, a play which focuses on raising awareness about people with disabilities and which was shown at the College’s ACT Theatre.
When asked about her success, Sophie said: “The BA Acting course at the College has provided me with a wonderful springboard for the career I am embarking on in the professional theatre. I’ve had terrific support from the lecturers, who have been really committed. I’ve learnt a lot from them.”
Call us on 020 8268 3073 for more information.