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North Kent College

North Kent College
Former names
Dartford College of Education
North West Kent College [1]
Established 1960
Type Further Education
Principal David Gleed
Location Kent,
Campus Dartford

North Kent College is a college of Further and Higher Education located across campuses in Dartford and Gravesend, Kent, England, with Partner College status with the University of Greenwich, particularly the Greenwich Maritime Institute. Its original constituents include the Gravesend Technical College and the National Sea Training School (NSTC).

Each campus has a different specialist area, however Computing and Information Technology, Foundation Studies, Hair and Beauty, Office Administration, Secretarial Studies and Sport and Leisure Management are covered at both the Dartford and Gravesend campuses.


  • Locations 1
    • Dartford Campus 1.1
    • Gravesend Campus 1.2
    • SusCon Centre 1.3
    • The Learning Shop, Bluewater 1.4
    • National Maritime Training Centre, Gravesend 1.5
  • Student Facilities 2
    • Refectories and 'Student Zones' 2.1
    • NKC Students Union 2.2
  • Public Facilities 3
    • Bright Beginnings nurseries and preschools 3.1
    • Inspirations Hair Salons 3.2
    • Miskin Radio 3.3
    • Miskin Theatre 3.4
    • The Gallery restaurant 3.5
  • Notable facts 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Dartford Campus

Oakfield Lane, Dartford is the location of the largest campus. It houses the main administration centre and the greatest number of students, including most of the college's Higher Education work. It specialises in Access to Higher Education, Accounting, Art and Design, Business, Management and Retail Studies, Professional Care, Media, Multimedia, Performing Arts, Photography, Public Services and Sport.

Gravesend Campus

Dering Way, Gravesend is the second largest campus. Specialises in Air Conditioning, Construction and Building Services, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Electronics, Hotel and Catering, Motor Vehicle, Refrigeration and Travel and Tourism.

SusCon Centre

SusCon is a sustainable construction training and research centre used to demonstrate sustainable building materials, technologies and techniques.

The Learning Shop, Bluewater

The Learning Shop is a joint initaitive between the college, the Department for Work and Pensions and Bluewater Shopping Centre, aiming to support the local community with workplace skills, such as Customer Service Training, C.V Writing and Support with Retail Interview Techniques.

National Maritime Training Centre, Gravesend

The National Maritime Training Centre covers a range of areas,[2] including;

  • Bridge Team and Maritime First Aid
  • Fire Fighting
  • Marine Engineering
  • Seamanship

Student Facilities

Refectories and 'Student Zones'

Both the Dartford and Gravesend Campuses contain large eating areas open to all students at the college, as well as corner shops and Costa Coffee kiosks.

There are also 'Student Zones' in the refectories offering Pool and Table Tennis facilities.

NKC Students Union

All students are encouraged to take part in the Students Union, and their 'Learner Voice' initiative which encourages students to share their views on how to make the college a better place.

Public Facilities

Both the Gravesend and Dartford campuses contain a large number of facilities which are open to students and the public.[3]

Bright Beginnings nurseries and preschools

Both the Dartford and Gravesend campuses contain purpose built childcare facilities focusing on creating a health educational environment for children.

Inspirations Hair Salons

There are hair and beauty salons located at both the Dartford and Gravesend campuses which are run by students at the college.

Miskin Radio

Miskin Radio is a radio station run by media students at the college to provide them with a lifelike working environment. It focuses on the North Kent areas.

Miskin Theatre

The Miskin Theatre is located within the Dartford Campus and provides training for young actors, musicians, dancers and technicians.

The Gallery restaurant

The Gallery restaurant is situated at the Gravesend Campus and offers a wide array of dishes, all prepared and served by students at the college.

Notable facts

The college has a few notable achievements; it is a leading trainer of staff for the merchant mariners and in 1999 the college was the first UK educational establishment to start a full-time Higher Education course in Professional writing.

The college also broke a world record in September 2015 to celebrate the change of their name from 'North West Kent College' to 'North Kent College'. They succeeded to break the record for largest human currency symbol at the Dartford Campus[4]

The college has had a number of notable alumni, including;


  1. ^ "Our History North Kent College". Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  2. ^ "NORTH WEST KENT COLLEGE AT GRAVESEND, KENT, UK". Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  3. ^ "Open to the public North Kent College". Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  4. ^ "Largest Human Currency Symbol record broken". Retrieved 2015-09-15. 

External links

  • North Kent College official site
  • National Maritime Training Centre official site
  • The Learning Shop at Bluewater Shopping Centre, run by the College
  • Occupational Health and Safety Training Centre official site
  • Hall Training Centre

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