Ashford College

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Ashford College (West Kent & Ashford College)
Ashford College logo.jpg
Established 1 August 2014
Type Further education, higher education
Principal Paul Hannan
Location Ashford
51°08′21″N 0°51′39″E / 51.139105°N 0.860804°E / 51.139105; 0.860804Coordinates: 51°08′21″N 0°51′39″E / 51.139105°N 0.860804°E / 51.139105; 0.860804
Local authority Kent County Council
DfE URN 130727 Tables
Gender Mixed
Ages 16–99
Website College homepage

Ashford College is a further education college in Ashford, Kent[1] founded in August 2014. It is run as part of the Hadlow College Group, who also manage West Kent College.[2] The principal is Paul Hannan. Its campus is based at Elwick Road[3]

The college offers a number of full and part-time qualifications and leisure courses, from vocational BTEC and NVQ Diplomas, to Access to HE courses, Apprenticeships and Higher Education programmes. The campus is equipped with a multi-media learning resource centre, engineering workshops, photography studios and darkrooms as well as commercial hair and beauty salons offering treatments to students, staff and the general public.

In September 2017, Ashford College relocated to a brand new campus on Elwick Road.[4] With £26 million of investment, the 7,135m² campus accommodates over 1000 students.


Ashford College was founded in 2014 as a result of the split of K College [5]. Prior to this, the Jemmett Road campus was part of South Kent College. Following a 2008 KPMG report that recommended a merger, South Kent College joined West Kent College in April 2010 to form South & West Kent College, which traded as K College. In 2018 it became the first college to introduce a course to educate people on internet culture, mainly focusing on memes and the science of internet trends. The college campus location has changed from Jemmett Road, to Elwick Road after a new, multi-million pound campus was built [6].


The college offers a number of full and part-time qualifications, from vocational BTEC and NVQ Diplomas, to Access to HE courses, Apprenticeships and Higher Education programmes, in subjects such as:

  • Engineering and CAD
  • Early Years and Health and Social Care
  • Catering and Hospitality
  • Information Technology
  • Construction: Bricklaying, Electrical Installation, Carpentry and Joinery, Plumbing, Gas
  • Music Technology
  • Photography
  • Art and Design, Interactive Media, Fashion and Clothing
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Education
  • Beauty Therapy, Hair Design
  • Business and Administration
  • ESOL
  • Meme Culture


  1. ^ "Ashford College (official website)". Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  2. ^ Evans, Darren (5 August 2014). "Students promised brighter future after K College takeover". TES. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Ashford College Our Campuses (official website)". Retrieved 31 August 2014.
  4. ^ Price, Chris (12 March 2015). "New Ashford College set to go ahead after getting full-funding for £16m new home". KM. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  5. ^ Price, Chris (1 August 2014). "K College had "a perfect storm" of financial and leadership issues reveal Hadlow College and East Kent College, who have formally taken over the sites". Kent Messenger. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  6. ^ "New college open for business". Kent Online. Retrieved 2018-09-07.

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