University Centre Tonbridge

Engaging courses for part-time study

About us

Every year, the University of Kent attracts thousands of part-time students, usually local people who work or live in the region. The Tonbridge Centre offers a wide range of short courses, postgraduate-taster courses and professional training courses.

You can study for self-development, to prepare for a degree programme or to explore a subject purely for personal interest.

Class of mature students

Excellent teaching and location

Kent is renowned for its teaching style; our tutors have an outstanding ability to pass on their passion for study. You will be constantly inspired and encouraged by our staff.

In the most recent National Student Survey, Kent received a rating of 86% for the quality of its teaching, and our academics have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships for three years running.

Great location

Our Centre is ideally situated in Avebury Avenue, just a few minutes' walk from Tonbridge town centre, public car parks and the railway station. For more information, visit our location page.

First-class student support

We maintain excellent staff-student ratios meaning you will usually be taught in small groups and will benefit from regular access to your tutors in a friendly and supportive environment.

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Library, IT and study space

A collection of books and journals for students with a valid Kent Student Card is housed at the Tonbridge Centre. Students can borrow books from our library or order books from the University’s other libraries which are delivered via our regular courier service. There is also an extensive range of e-resources available via the Library Services website. Students must provide a valid Kent Student Card if they want to use the library.

Please find more information including access times on Library Services Tonbridge.

Before making a special journey, please check the library is available by telephoning 01732 352316 or by email to

If the library is closed, returned books can be left in the drop-box at the far left end of our Reception counter.

Computer facilities at the Tonbridge Centre
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Student views

I live near Tonbridge and the fact that the University has a Centre here made the University very accessible to me. I also liked the fact that I was able to start at certificate level - this gave me the opportunity to build up my confidence as I went along. The facilities at Tonbridge are excellent and the University generally offers very practical help with research and writing.

~ Rochelle White, BA (Hons) English and American Literature with Creative Writing

The course has opened up a completely new world, a world in which I had a passing interest, but no real knowledge. I feel that I am now starting to look at art in a new and more informed light. The History & Philosophy of Art is a broad subject and the topics studied on a modular basis have been sufficiently varied to reflect that breadth and maintain student interest.

~ Drummond Watson, BA (Hons) History and Philosophy of Art

Everyone at the Tonbridge Centre is friendly and helpful, and the whole environment is supportive. It has opened my mind to new ideas and I have learnt things I hadn't expected to.  It has most definitely exceeded my expectations. I’m hooked! I have now achieved a BA(Hons) and an MA.

~ Sharon Turner, MA Comparative Literature

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Tonbridge Centre - © University of Kent

First Floor, Block A, Avebury Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1TG, T: +44 (0)1732 352316

Last Updated: 11/02/2017