The University works closely with its partner further education colleges, Canterbury College, West Kent and Ashford College, and MidKent College to deliver a range of vocationally related higher education qualifications. Programmes are validated by the University but taught in the colleges.
We deliver Higher National Certificates (HNC) and Diplomas (HND), Foundation Degrees (FD) and one year top-up honours degree programmes (for students who have completed an appropriate HND or FD, or have equivalent experience).
Programmes are validated by the University of Kent but are taught in the colleges. To apply for the programmes listed below you should apply through UCAS under the University of Kent institution code K24.
Canterbury College is just five minutes from Canterbury city centre and has recently undergone a state-of-the-art £50 million campus redevelopment. The wide range of facilities on site include graphics and art studios, engineering laboratories and an animal centre. The College offers the following programmes in partnership with Kent.
The College offers Higher National Diplomas and degree programmes in partnership with the University of Kent.
Higher National Diplomas
- HND Business (Finance)
UCAS code: 3N1N:C
- HND in Business (Law)
UCAS code: 1M1N:C
- HND Business (Marketing)
UCAS code: 5N1N:C
Top-up honours degrees
- BSc (Hons) Animal Biology and Wildlife Conservation
UCAS code: CD34:C
- BSc (Hons) Animal Science
UCAS code: D390:C
- BA (Hons) in Public Services Management
UCAS code: L433:C
Canterbury College also offers Kent-validated awards in animal biology and wildlife conservation, animal science, business studies, music production and technology, and visual arts. For details or to apply, please contact the College.
West Kent and Ashford College
West Kent and Ashford College, part of the Hadlow Group, was established in 2014 with sites in Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Ashford. With dedicated higher education facilities, the College has over 350 students on university-level programmes and prides itself on offering qualifications that are professionally relevant and career-focused.
The smaller class sizes, strong industry links and lower tuition fees are just some of the reasons that students choose to study here. The College offers part-time routes for students who want to balance their studies with their other commitments and, because it has been a local provider of education for a number of years, the College has a recognised reputation within the sectors it serves. For further information, please visit the websites or come along to an information event.
Higher National Diplomas
- BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles (top-up)
UCAS code: W234:W
- BA (Hons) Fine Art (top-up)
UCAS code: W101:W
- BA in Graphic Design (top-up)
UCAS code: W210:W
- BA in Photography (top-up)
UCAS code: W640:W
West Kent and Ashford College also offers Kent-validated programmes in construction.
MidKent College is one of the largest providers of further and higher education in the south east, offering a range of learning and training services. The College has an extensively refurbished HE centre at its Maidstone campus.
The College has validated programmes with the University of Kent in:
- HND Business and Management
- HND Civil Engineering
- HND Construction
- Foundation degrees in Electronic, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
- HND Information Technology
- HNC, HND or degree in Building Services Engineering
For more details or to apply, please contact the College.