Kensington And Chelsea College

KCC is a successful Further Education college for adults aged 16 and over, which offer a wide range of full-time and part-time courses right in the heart of London.
Kensington and Chelsea College was established in its current form in 1993. Since then the College has gone from strength to strength — developing a rich and varied curriculum of courses, many taught by practitioners in the subject.
The College is particularly strong in visual and performing arts - our courses range from short courses for beginners right up to full-time degree level studies.


United Kingdom

Hortensia Road
SW10 0QS
Phone: 020 7573 5333
Fax: 020 7351 0956

Our Aims

Kensington and Chelsea College provides high quality education, training and development programmes for adults, to help them achieve their fullest potential as individuals and as members of society. In meeting this, the College will be responsive to national educational priorities, and to the needs of employers and the community.
We are a publicly-funded institution of further education, on the DFES register of providers. We specialise in vocational (work-related) subjects. We offer courses leading to degree-level education, but do not offer degree courses. Most of our students are between 20 and 40 years old.
KCC aims to provide excellent vocational and technical education to enable to students of all ages and situations to gain entry to higher education.  

Sample Student Art Work (60)

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Location and Getting there

Our centres are in interesting parts of west London; close to Portobello road with its world-famous market, just off Sloane Square and near King’s Road, with its fashion businesses and boutiques. The major museums are just a short bus ride from our centres and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has many other tourist attractions within easy reach.

Hortensia Centre
Hortensia Road, London SW10 0QS England
Transport: Buses 14, 11, 22, 211, 328, C3
Underground: Fulham Broadway or Earls Court

F Wornington Centre
Wornington Road, London W10 5QQ England
Transport: Buses 7, 23, 28, 31, 52, 70,295, 302, 328
Underground: Ladbroke Grove or Westbourne Park
Holland Park Centre (Evening and term time Centre only)
Holland Park School Airlie Gardens, Campden Hill Road, London W8 7AF England
Transport: Buses 12, 27, 28, 52, 31, 70, 94, 302, 328
Underground: Notting Hill Gate or High Street Kensington

Marlborough Centre
Sloane Avenue, London SW3 3AP
Fax: +44 (0)20 7589 1772
Transport: Buses 11, 19, 22, 137, 211
Underground: South Kensington or Sloane Square

Department and information about the department

The Art, Design and Photography department
This department offers courses in the following areas:
Art and Photography – General Art and Design, Higher National Certificate in Fine Art, Art History (Fine Art), Life Drawing and Painting, Drawing and Painting, Watercolour, Printmaking, Sculpture, Photography.
Ceramics and 3D Design - Ceramic Mosaics (Part Time), Jewellery and Silversmithing, Glass (Part Time), Interior Design, Decorative Paint Effects, Picture Framing, Ceramics, Jewellery and Glass (Full Time)
Fashion Millinery and Textiles – Fashion, Millinery and Textiles.
Multimedia and Graphic Design – Networks, programming and PC repair, Computer Aided Design, Graphic Design, and Multimedia, Web page design, Video and DVD production.
Art and Design Summer School - Multimedia and Graphic Design, Craft and interior design.  

Academic Staff and Description

All our lecturers are experts in the subject they teach and used to helping second-language speakers. For some courses, you will be asked to work in a placement, to gain relevant first-hand experience. We have good facilities to support your learning, with skills centres at our main centres with books, cds and computers for personal study.  

News and Events

Echoes of the Spanish Civil War
Students from Kensington and Chelsea College have been working for more than two years on a mosaic to remember the people who were involved in the Spanish Civil War, from 1936-39.

OLASS September 2006
Kensington and Chelsea College now delivers West London's Offenders Learning and Skills Service

Information For  Undergraduates

Many of our students use our courses to gain entry to Higher Education (degree level study) in the UK. We have courses that can help you do this and we work closely with several universities including the University of Westminster, who will look favourably on successful students wishing to progress to degree level study.

BTEC Pre-foundation in Art and Design (Level 2)

BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design (Level 3)

BTEC HNC in Fine Art (Post-Foundation) (Level 4)

BTEC Pre-foundation in Art and Design (Level 2) - a general art and design course, which is specifically designed for students who wish to build a portfolio of work and progress to a higher level course. The course is a good stepping stone for students without much or any previous experience who wish to be artists, graphic designers, fashion designers, etc.,
This is a structured course that focuses on the basic skills that underpin all areas of Art and Design. You will be set practical projects in life and observational drawing, watercolour, painting, design, three-dimensional work. Work varies from one day workshops to projects ...  [ Read All ]

Information For  Postgraduates

Professional Development in Visual Arts (Painting & Sculpture) Level 3
Opportunities for practising artists who are graduates to: Exhibit and market your work in London and abroad, gain a Teacher Training qualification and teaching experience, obtain a post-graduate qualification in fine Art Management and debate issues on Contemporary Art & Culture.
If you are a practising artist, have a Fine Art degree, and would like to develop your skills in the marketing and exhibition management of your work, learn how to deal with commissions and exhibiting your work on the internet, you will find this programme very helpful in your professional development. You will have the opportunity to share in debates about contemporary issues and the art scene and discuss with others the issues concerning your work in a broad socio-cultural context.

There is a certain amount of research but not more than 2 hours per week. It will allow you to set up as self-employed exhibiting artists, gain employment in teaching, exhibition curatorship, st...  [ Read All ]

Information For  International Students

We have a number of options full and part-time and you are welcome to join any of our courses in the day or the evening so long as there are places available, the course is at the right level for you and your English is good enough. If you need a student visa to come to the UK, you must show you intend to study for at least 15 hours in the day, each week for more than six months. Most of our more substantial courses start in September. If you apply for a student visa for more than six months, you will usually be given the right to work part-time, while you are in the UK. This is up to 20 hours a week during the term time and as long as you wish in the holidays.
Some of our courses are quite short; a day or evening a week for 10 weeks, or an intensive week or month block. You can study on these with a visitor’s visa if it covers the duration of the course, so long as ‘classroom activity’ is not specifically excluded, but will not be able to apply for a visa for study purposes unless you join a full-time course. You will probably have to return home to make the visa application, if you enter the UK as a visitor.
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Student Facilities

There is a day nursery at Wornington Centre for children aged two to five years and off-site nursery provision at a local nursery near to the Hortensia Centre for children aged two to five years. To find out more contact:

Wornington nursery: Nursery Supervisor: 020 7573 5347 Off-site nursery provision: Josey Teagle - Childcare Services Co-ordinator: 020 7573 5264

Alternatively, you may be eligible for financial help with childcare through our Fund. Ask for a Learner Support access fund leaflet or contact Josey Teagle on 020 7573 5264 or speak to a student advisor on 020 7573 5325 for details  

Student Support

Your personal tutor will support you throughout your course by making sure you know what is expected of you, discussing your progress and helping you plan your next steps. Your tutor can also advise you about other college services listed on this page.
The Additional Learning Support team can offer you the help you need to complete your course successfully. Help may be provided with language, literacy, numeracy or other specific requirements such as dyslexia, hearing impairment, and visual impairment. The service is confidential and can address your individual needs on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. Your tutor can help you apply for this service. For further details contact Anna Gabryel-Morrison on 020 7573 5224. Our Holland Park and Hortensia centres have some ground floor access and we have recently installed lifts at our Wornington and Marlborough centres to improve access. For further information and a copy of the College Disability leaflet, please contact our Disability and Learner Support Manager, Reg Cobb on 020 7573 5308 or email

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We do not have our own college accommodation.  

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