Tower Hamlets College

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Tower Hamlets College
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Type Further Education
Principal Gerry McDonald
Location Poplar High Street
E14 0AF
Local authority London Borough of Tower Hamlets
DfE URN 130418 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 6000 (adults excluded)
Gender Mixed
Ages 14–no upper age limit
Colours Red & Blue

Tower Hamlets College (THC) is a large technologically advanced further education college in London Borough of Tower Hamlets, England. The college has four different campuses: the largest is on Poplar High Street, about 700 m north of Canary Wharf; the others are at Arbour Square, Bethnal Green and the TowerSkills on East India Dock Road. In 2017 it merged with Hackney Community College and Redbridge College to form New City College, the second largest college in London with over 20,000 students.[1]

Courses and specialisms[edit]

Tower Hamlets College offers vocational and academic programmes, including A levels, BTECs, International GCSE English and Maths, and GNVQ and ESOL courses.

The College faced increasing competition at sixth form provision from local schools in Tower Hamlets and underwent an OFSTED inspection in December 2013 which awarded the College good college status (Ofsted, December 2013) [2]

The largest ethnic group in the college is Bangladeshi (predominantly Muslims). The college hosts one of the Great Britain's largest Islamic society of College. Currently the Ameer of THC is Muhammad Ibrahiim.[3]

As of 2009/10 the college had a 18,986 enrolments, of which 66% were adults age 19 and over.[4]

Tower Hamlets College was featured in the book of The Islamist by Ed Husain, who was a former president of the Islamic Society at THC and explains the growing Islamic fundamentalism of Muslim students part of the Islamic Society during 1992.[5]


The college is housed in the former building of the School of Marine Engineering and Navigation established by the London County Council opened in 1906.[6] This later evolved into Poplar Technical College, which retained a maritime focus.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "New City College". Retrieved 30 August 2017. 
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  3. ^ Taking action in college and community – QCA Archived 10 November 2008 at the UK Government Web Archive
  4. ^ Raising Achievements – Tower Hamlets College
  5. ^ Ed Husain (2007). The Islamist: Why I Joined Radical Islam in Britain, what I Saw Inside and why I Left. Penguin. pp. 52–60. ISBN 978-0-14-103043-2.
  6. ^ "Poplar High Street: South side". British History Online. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 

Coordinates: 51°30′31″N 0°01′00″W / 51.5086°N 0.0166°W / 51.5086; -0.0166