Life on CampusComing to NKC for your undergraduate Higher Education (HE) is a different experience than going to a university, but the outcome is the same – you’ll still leave us with an undergraduate qualification and we have the resources and support to get you there.
Higher Education Centre
All of our programmes (with the exception of HNC/D General Engineering, which is based at Gravesend), are taught at our Dartford campus, where we have a dedicated Higher Education Centre for our Access and Higher Education students. The Higher Education Centre is where many of your lectures are likely to take place, unless you're studying the HNC in Engineering. As well as teaching rooms and a lecture theatre, facilities include access to the main college library, which contains a range of programme-specific resources. You’ll also have access to quiet study rooms, a kitchen, and a social area for you to meet and socialise with adult learners.
If you are studying the HNC in Engineering, you will be based at our Gravesend Campus, you are still able to access library facilities and log on to Moodle for the Higher Education Community pages, where you are able to access e-journals and various other study tools. As well as this, Engineering students are, of course, able to use the Higher Education Centre facilities at our Dartford Campus if they would like to.
Our resources include access to a specialist higher education VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) on Moodle, from here you can access all kinds of resources, which include:
Once you’re enrolled as a student at NKC, you will be able to access Moodle from college or from home, click here to access Moodle.
You will have access to two libraries; our main NKC library, which is used by all students and staff, plus you will have access to your own higher education library, which will hold a range of relevant reading material for your programme. If you’re a University of Greenwich student, you will also have access to their libraries and resources. Plus, you will have access to thousands of online e-books and e-journals to help with your studies.
Learning resource centre opening times:
The college has three libraries as follows: (1) Higher Education library at Dartford campus; (2) Main library at Dartford campus; (3) Main library at Gravesend campus. Each library and associated resources/facilities is open as follows:
Term time: Mon-Thurs 8.45am – 5.00pm & Fri 8.45am – 4.30pm
Out of term-time: the libraries are generally closed, although may have restricted opening times. Students are encouraged to contact the library prior to visit.
Canteen facility opening times:
The college has a canteen at Dartford and Gravesend campus which are both open during the daytime.
At the Suscon campus, pre-orders of food including sandwiches, hot food, cappuccinos, jacket potatoes etc., can be placed either directly at Suscon or at our neighbouring café the Nucleus by telephone. (Food is generally delivered to Suscon once or twice a day).
Staff involved in teaching higher education are full or part-time members of staff, with teaching qualifications or alternative relevant academic qualifications and industry-based experience. No PGCE students on placement are involved in teaching higher education programmes. Staff members also undergo higher education-specific continued professional development.
While you study with us, we want to make sure that you get all the help and support you need to get the results that you deserve. Apart from getting support from your tutors and fellow students, we also have the following:
Child Care Facilities
Having young children should not put you off getting an education. We have child care facilities on-site at Bright Beginnings Nursery. Find out more about Bright Beginnings and how they can help you with your child care needs.
As the courses at NKC are industry-based, we have a few areas that are open to our students and to the general public. So if you’re into theatre, fine dining, pampering yourself with hair and beauty or local radio, you can get involved and make the most of your time at NKC – find our more about our services.
Get 30% off the price of adult-rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets.
Also see this link for discounts on your travel: www.16-25railcard.co.uk or see our Getting to College page for other ways to travel.
If you're 18 or over, live at a London address during term time, in full-time education, or on a mandatory work placement in London, you may be eligible for an 18+ Student Oyster photocard. Click here for further information and ways to apply.
Higher Education Reps
Each of our programmes have dedicated student representatives who provide an important ‘learner voice’ that is used to gather feedback, and evaluate and enhance our services. Student reps undergo specialist training, which enables them to contribute effectively in promoting a positive student experience.
Reps are also available to support and offer advice to other students when needed. Each year, a delegated ‘Lead Rep’ and ‘Associate Lead Reps’ act as student Ambassadors, playing a vital role in our higher education provision.