What we can offer you at North Kent College

10th July 2018

We want to help you get the most out of the options that we have available for you at North Kent College. Check out our guide to see what pathway could be for you.  

Academic Pathway

After Year 11, one option is to stay on for A-Levels which are subject-based qualifications that can allow you to progress onto university, further training or work. A-Levels can also offer subject areas that are not an option during secondary school such as Law, Business and more. A-Levels are a great way for you to narrow down to the subjects that you enjoy studying or have a passion for. After A-Levels you could progress onto one of the most popular academic routes which is university, however you could also look for employment. 

Vocational Pathway

Staying on at sixth form may not be right for everyone. If you want to start work at 18, employers typically prefer practical skills and experience compared to just academic qualifications, so a vocational course may be better for you. However, if you decide to study a vocational course with us you could still potentially progress onto university, as many of our courses are equivalent to A Levels.

Our FE Courses 

Our courses can help prepare you for the real world. They focus on giving training, knowledge and hands-on practical experience that will be of huge benefit for starting work or going onto university.
Not only are courses delivered in commercial-standard learning environments, from workshops, to salons, kitchens and theatres, but they are taught by industry-experienced lecturers, with a focus on giving students the expertise that employers are looking for. We are dedicated to helping our students gain employment or progress into higher education on completion of their courses.   

Our college courses generally run over 3 or 4 days per week, which allows students to take part time work, giving them additional employment skills and a chance to earn money. Students will be part of one of 4 curriculum areas: Arts & Creative Industries, Business & Computing, Construction & Engineering and Sport, Hospitality & Service Industries. 

For an overview of the courses that we offer, please see our ‘course areas’ page and to view a comprehensive list of the full-time courses that we offer please visit our ‘course search’ page.

GCSE English and Maths + Functional Skills

Any learner aged 16-18, who did not achieve at least a D grade (grade 3) in English Language (and did not achieve C/grade 4 in English Literature) and/or a D (grade 3) grade in Maths will be entered for GCSE in Maths and/or English. This will involve an additional 2 hours of study per week per subject that they need to take, alongside their course timetable. This is a national Government requirement for all learners continuing in Post 16 education and will be a compulsory part of your programme of study at the college.

Students who have achieved lower than GCSE grade E (grade 2) will study functional skills in English and Maths at either Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2.

Industry Placement

In September 2018 we are launching a brand new industry placement scheme designed to give students on Level 3 courses, up to 50 days of relevant and substantive experience in the workplace. Key to the scheme is increasing our students' employability, making them ready and prepared for the industry they aspire to be a part of. It gives them the opportunity to be in a real working environment, allowing them to have a glimpse into their future. 


Apprenticeships offer young people the chance to leave school at 16 and go straight into work. This enables you to earn while you learn, whilst adhering to Government legislations of staying in education or training until the age of 18. You will start building your career, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification. 

We have been offering work-based training and qualifications to our students for more than twenty years. Our reputation for quality training is helped by the business contacts that we have with many local companies, who work closely with us to provide the support and opportunities in producing an efficient, confident and qualified workforce.

Apprenticeships are available in a variety of areas including:

Business, IT & Management:
AAT Accountancy
Business Administration 

Carpentry & Wood Occupations
Painting & Decorating 

Electrical Installation
Motor Vehicle
Plumbing & Heating
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning

Service Industries, Education & Health:
Catering - Commis Chef
Catering - Hospitality Team Member
Hairdressing at The Lee Stafford Academy
Learning Support Assistant (Teaching Assistant)

Marine & Maritime Industries:
Maritime Caterer
Maritime Officer of the Watch
Maritime Studies
Maritime Studies (Boat Master Licence)

Higher Education

We recognise that Higher Education is a very important investment in your future. We offer a range of degree-level courses, from HNCs and HNDs Foundation Degrees. Our courses are designed to equip you with the right skills to gain employment or advance your career. Studying locally means that you will learn in smaller class sizes, get more one-to-one support from your tutor and pay lower tuition fees than if you went to university.  So whether you want to study a Higher Education course straight away at 18, or you are returning to education as a mature student, North Kent College has something for everyone.
Take a look at our courses here

Commercial and Short Courses 

We offer a wide range of short courses to meet the needs of businesses and individuals ranging from AAT Accountancy, through to Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) Safety. Whether you need to develop your workforce or would just like to do a course to develop new skills personally, we have a commercial training course that will suit you.

Courses take place at our campuses in Gravesend, Dartford, SusCon and Bluewater in specialist workshops and facilities designed to replicate commercial and industrial settings.
We have outstanding locations that host our commercial and short courses, so you can be rest assured that you will be learning and developing your skills in some of the most state-of-the-art and award-winning facilities in England and the South East. 

These include the National Maritime Training Centre, with boats moored at our jetty on the Thames, our pool with lifesaving equipment and turbine access rigging, plus our bridge simulator; The Halls (air conditioning and refrigeration) Training Centre, our fire training ground; and classrooms within all our Campuses (dependent on course).

If you are interested in applying for a course starting in September 2018, please complete our online application form as soon as possible- the earlier you apply the sooner you will be interviewed and potentially offered a place. You will need to apply before the end of July 2018 to guarantee an interview. We hope our guide has helped you with the various options here at NKC. We wish you all the best with your decision and we hope to see you this September.  

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