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The UK’s creative industries contributed over £100 billion to the economy in 2017. This is over a 50% increase since 2010 and means the sector makes up for 5.5% of the UK’s economy in total, according to the Creative Industries Federation.

If you have a passion for creativity and want to learn and strengthen your skills surrounded by others who share your passion, then you are in the right place.

Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) is the go-to place to strengthen and develop your skills in art, design and media. Whether you want to explore drawing or Photoshop, become a graphic designer or an architect, an animator or work in the TV or film industry, RuTC has a course for you.

We offer a range of opportunities in this growing area including the traditional A Level route and the more practical UAL Diplomas. We also offer Access to HE and Higher Education courses.

Advantages of studying in the school Creative Arts and Media:

  • 100% pass rate in 2020 for vocational Art and Design courses from Level 1 to Level 3
  • 100% pass rate in Media courses at Level 2 and 3 in 2020
  • 100% A Level pass rate in 2020 for Architecture, Film Studies, Graphics and Illustration and Media Studies
  • A great range of study options from A Levels to UAL (University of the Arts London) Diplomas
  • Established links to local and national employers

Progression

As our Creative Arts and Media courses start from a Level 1 and students have the opportunity to progress to Level 3. Many of our students progress to university after successfully completing an A Level programme or a Level 3 UAL Diploma. Some of our Graphic students will also progress to our HNC in Graphic Design. Due to our links with local businesses, some students also progress to apprenticeships and traineeships. 

How to Apply

Simply head to the course page of the subject that you want to study and click the apply button. If you’re applying for A Levels, you only need to apply for one subject for now, you will be asked to select your 3-4 subject choices at your interview. If you have any questions about applying or your application, please contact our Admissions department: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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For more information, see our Art and Design courses.

For more information, see our Art and Design courses.

For more information, see our Art and Design courses.

For more information, see our Art and Design courses.

For more information, see our Art and Design courses.

For more information, see our Art and Design courses.

Careers within the Business industry are predicted to grow by around 4%* by 2022, which means this is a great time to start your career with a Business and Enterprise course at Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC).

Business is a broad term that represents many professional areas of the business world including marketing, economics, human resources, business management, law and entrepreneurship.

At RuTC we offer a variety of study options for Business and Enterprise including A Levels and vocational courses ranging from Level 2 to Level 3.

Advantages of studying in the school of Business and Enterprise at RuTC:

  • 100% pass rate for Business A Level in 2020
  • 92% pass rate for all vocational/technical courses at Level 3 in 2020
  • A great range of study options from A Levels to diplomas
  • Apprenticeship options available
  • Established links to employers

Progression

Many of our students progress to university after successfully completing an A Level programme or a Level 3 in Business. Due to our links with local businesses, students also progress to apprenticeships. We have strong links with many local employers including Haymarket Media Group and NPL. Click here for more information on our Apprenticeships.

How to apply

Simply head to the course page of the subject that you want to study and click the apply button. If you’re applying for A Levels, you only need to apply for one subject for now, you will be asked to select your 3-4 subject choices at your interview.

If you have any questions about applying or your application, please contact our Admissions department: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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For more information, see our Business courses.

For more information, see our Business courses.

 

If you have a passion for food and drink and aspire to work in a creative and fast paced industry, where your love of culinary arts can be supported, then you are in the right place!

Due to Covid-19 and Brexit, this sector is seeing a huge demand for workers: "In January 2021 food preparation and hospitality trade occupations were appearing in 17,949 unique job postings but by June 2021 this figure had reached 29,299 and is projected to continue to grow." According to the Skills Gap Trend Report 2021. With job growth expected, there has never been a better time to join the industry.

The View Training Restaurant is Richmond upon Thames College's brand new commercial restaurant, with amazing panoramic views across London. Here, our talented trainee chefs and waiting staff serve fine dining lunches and dinners to a variety of local charities, businesses and people from Richmond, Kingston, Hounslow and other surrounding areas.

Our students also have the opportunity to work in the college's canteen and coffee shop, creating and serving lunch every day to our staff and students, giving you the opportunity to experience different aspects of the hospitality industry.

Advantages of studying in the school of Catering and Hospitality at RuTC:

  • 100% pass rate for all Catering and Hospitality courses in 2020
  • High class industry standard facilities within the training restaurant
  • Experienced teachers from the industry with a wealth of skill and knowledge
  • Apprenticeship options available
  • Established links to employers including some of the top restaurants and hotels in London

Progression

Our Catering and Hospitality students receive an abundance of work experience during their time with us. As well as their work in the restaurant, students receive opportunities for work experience and apprenticeships at some of the top restaurants in London. Some of our Catering and Hospitality students progress to university, most progress to an apprenticeship or go straight into the workplace.

How to apply

Simply head to the course page of the subject that you want to study and click the apply button. If you have any questions about applying or your application, please contact our Admissions department: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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For more information, see our Catering and Hospitality courses.

For more information, see our Catering and Hospitality courses.

For more information, see our Catering and Hospitality courses.

As we progress further into the digital age, IT, computing and science jobs are in high demand. With Artificial Intelligence (machine learning) jobs at the top of the recruitment growth list for 2020, followed by robotics and data science, according to LinkedIn.

New Scientist reported in 2019 that the most difficult skillset to recruit for was chemistry and biological sciences. There is a significant demand in these industries, which is why now it’s the perfect time to join one of the fastest growing industries in the world.

At Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) we offer a range of opportunities in this growing area including the traditional A Level route and the more practical BTEC Diploma courses, from Level 1 to Level 4.

Advantages of studying in the school of IT and Science at RuTC:

  • 100% pass rate for Computer Science A Level in 2020
  • 100% pass rate for vocational Applied Science courses at Level 2 and Level 3 in 2020
  • 92% pass rate for all vocational/technical courses at Level 3 in 2020
  • A great range of study options from A Levels to BTECs
  • Apprenticeship options available in IT and Science
  • Established links to local employers

Progression

The majority of IT and Science student will go onto university after their course. Others, especially in IT, will go on to do apprenticeships and some will go straight into employment. Due to our links with employers our students often have opportunities for work experience and industry placements, which helps to enhance their employability. We have strong links with many local employers including Haymarket Media Group and NPL. 

How to apply

Simply head to the course page of the subject that you want to study and click the apply button. If you have any questions about applying or your application, please contact our Admissions department: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Courses for adults (aged 19+)

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For more information, see our Computing and IT courses.

For more information, see our Computing and IT courses.

For more information, see our Computing and IT courses.

For more information, see our Computing and IT courses.

 

If you have the passion and drive to help others, then a career in Health and Social Care or Early Years (Childcare) is the perfect route for you.

There is always a demand for workers in both the Health and Social Care as well as Early Years sectors and the range of employment opportunities is vast, including; nursing, midwifery, paramedics, dentistry, allied health professionals, social workers, carers, youth workers, teachers, nursery staff – to name a few!

Our teachers have a vast knowledge and experience of working in these sectors and teach and train our students to the standard required for entry into the workplace and higher education.

At Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) we offer a range of levels in Health and Social Care and Early Years that can enable students to progress all the way to university with us.

Advantages of studying in the school of Heath and Social Care and Early Years at RuTC:

  • 100% pass rate for Health and Social Care at Level 2 and Level 3 in 2020
  • 92% pass rate for all vocational/technical courses at Level 3 in 2020
  • Experienced teachers from the industry with a wealth of skills and knowledge
  • All students take part in industry placements to prepare them for the workplace
  • Apprenticeship options available
  • Established links to local employers including care homes, the NHS, nurseries and youth clubs

Progression

Due to the nature of Health and Social Care and Early Years courses, students will receive work experience within industry placements. This experience and the training they receive from our staff puts our students in a really good position for progressing to further study with higher education or an apprenticeship. Students will also be able to go straight into the workplace. Students studying Early Years also have the option to continue their Early Years study with us up to a level 5 qualification, as we offer a Foundation Degree affiliated with Kingston University.

How to apply

Simply head to the course page of the subject that you want to study and click the apply button. If you have any questions about applying or your application, please contact our Admissions department: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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For more information, see our Childcare courses.

For more information, see our Childcare courses.

For more information, see our Childcare courses.

 

As the demand for construction workers and engineers is on the rise, it has never been a better time to train as our next generation of construction and engineering professionals.

At Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC), we teach construction trades in plumbing and carpentry and engineering courses in electrical and electronic and mechanical. We also offer construction and built environment and building services engineering.

What separates us from school is that we teach these subjects from a vocational approach. The majority of teaching is practical and is undertaken in our industry standard workshops, taught by teachers who have worked in the industry they specialise in.

Advantages of studying in the school of Construction and Engineering at RuTC:

  • 92% pass rate for all vocational/technical courses at Level 3 in 2020
  • Workshops equipped with industry certified equipment
  • Teachers with vast industry experience and strong trade and professional links
  • Work experience opportunities with local organisations
  • Good progression to university from engineering courses
  • Option to progress to HNC in Electrical and Electronic and Mechanical Engineering at RuTC
  • Good progression to apprenticeships from construction and engineering courses

Progression

A large number of students go onto apprenticeships from both construction and engineering courses and staff here are able to fully support this transition, due to industry links. Engineering students also have a great track record of going to top universities and find that the practical skills they have learnt at college often puts them ahead of other students who have come from a more academic route. Engineering students also have the option to progress to the Level 4 HNC in Engineering with the college.

How to apply

Simply head to the course page of the subject that you want to study and click the apply button. If you have any questions about applying or your application, please contact our Admissions department: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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For more information, see our Engineering courses.

For more information, see our Engineering courses.

 

For more information, see our Engineering courses.

For more information, see our Engineering courses.

The UK's creative industries contributed over £100 billion to the economy in 2017, according to the Creative Industries Federation. This is more than a 50% increase since 2010 and shows that this is growing industry.

We’re firm believers in following your dream. If you have a passion for creativity and performance, whether dance, acting or music, RuTC offers courses that can help you to fulfil your potential. We have an abundance of former students who we have helped to achieve their dreams within the performing arts industry, and we can do the same for you.

Some notable RuTC alumni include rapper, Dave, who studied Music; Actor, Fionn Whitehead, who studied Acting; Comedian, Nathan Caton, who studied Acting.

Advantages of studying in the school of Performing Arts at RuTC:

  • 100% pass rate for vocational Performing Arts courses in 2020
  • 100% pass rate for Music Performance and Production Level 3 in 2020
  • Excellent progression to further study
  • Established links to the industry
  • An abundance of practical study and experience including live productions

Progression

Many of our Performing Arts students' progress to university and specialist dance, acting or music schools after successfully completing their course and go on to enjoy successful careers in the industry as actors, dancers and musicians, agents, teachers, choreographers, music producers, theatre directors, stage managers and much more.

How to apply

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PERFORMING ARTS

For more information, see our Performing Arts courses.

 

PERFORMING ARTS

For more information, see our Performing Arts courses.

Richmond upon Thames College has an amazing location for those interested in Sport. We're on the same site as Harlequins and Twickenham Rugby Stadium is a 5 minute walk away, making the college an attractive option for sports enthusiasts.

One of the many benefits of the sports industry is that there are potential opportunities globally and it is relatively easy to get work experience and part time work alongside your qualification to boost your CV.

Typically, careers in Sport are on the rise as people strive for a healthier lifestyle. Jobs within this sector can range from teaching and coaching to physiotherapy and nutrition. Sport can also lend itselself well to careers in events and event management.

At Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) we offer a variety of study options for Sport from Level 2 to Level 3.

Advantages of studying in the school of Sport and Travel and Tourism at RuTC:

  • 92% pass rate for all vocational/technical courses at Level 3 in 2020
  • A great range of progression options from Level 2-3
  • Established links to employers
  • Plenty of work experience opportunities
  • Apprenticeship options available

Progression

Students are able to progress from Level 2 to Level 3, from Level 3 many of our Sport students progress to university or onto an Apprenticeship, while some choose to enter the workplace.

How to apply

Simply head to the course page of the subject that you want to study and click the apply button. If you have any questions about applying or your application, please contact our Admissions department: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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SPORT

For more information, see our Sport courses.

 

SPORT

For more information, see our Sport courses.

At Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) we have a department dedicated to students with special educational needs. With specialist trained staff who are friendly and committed to providing high levels of support to each individual student.

Our aim is to prepare students for life outside of education and to help them to integrate into society, whether that is to travel or live independently, find employment or develop communication skills.

Students have the opportunity of working in our Apple Tree Café and snack shop and garden, as well as being a part of frequent fundraising activities for various charities including the College’s chosen charity, Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

Advantages of studying Supported Learning at RuTC:

  • Shortlisted for an Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award in 2017
  • Specialist trained staff to fully support students
  • Small class sizes
  • An abundance of practical work experience
  • Opportunities to work with employers

Progression

Many of our students progress through the courses offered in our Supported Learning department. Some students will then progress into mainstream education and some will go into the workplace or will live independently. Progression routes are different for every student, our focus is to ensure that the progression needs of the student are met and that we can help them to transition from education smoothly.

How to apply

Simply head to the course page of the subjects that you want to study and click the apply button. If you have any questions about applying or your application, please contact our Admissions department: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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SUPPORTED LEARNING

For more information, see our Supported Learning courses.

 

Richmond upon Thames College has an amazing location for those interested in Sport or Travel and Tourism. We're on the same site as Harlequins and Twickenham Rugby Stadium is a 5 minute walk away. Heathrow Airport is also near by, making the college an attractive option for both travel and sports enthusiasts.

One of the many benefits of the leisure industry is that there are potential opportunities globally and it is relatively easy to get work experience and part time work alongside your qualification to boost your CV.

Typically, careers in Sport are on the rise as people strive for a healthier lifestyle. Jobs within this sector can range from teaching and coaching to physiotherapy and nutrition. Travel and Tourism careers can include jobs as cabin crew, holiday reps and travel agents as well as conference centre managers and marketing professionals. Both sport and travel also lend themselves well to careers in events and event management.

At Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) we offer a variety of study options for Sport and Travel and Tourism from Level 1 to Level 3 and Access to Higher Education options for Sport.

Advantages of studying in the school of Sport and Travel and Tourism at RuTC:

  • 92% pass rate for all vocational/technical courses at Level 3 in 2020
  • A great range of progression options from Level 1-3
  • Established links to employers
  • Plenty of work experience opportunities
  • Apprenticeship options available

Progression

Students are able to progress from Level 1 to Level 3, from Level 3 many of our Sport and Travel and Tourism students progress to university or onto an Apprenticeship, while some choose to enter the workplace.

How to apply

Simply head to the course page of the subject that you want to study and click the apply button. If you have any questions about applying or your application, please contact our Admissions department: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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TRAVEL AND TOURISM

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TRAVEL AND TOURISM

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Perfect your sentences and understanding of literature on an English course

If you love books and reading, want to articulate yourself superbly and understand the nuances of the beautiful English language, apply to one of our 16-18 or adult English language and literature courses. Whether your goal is to study English Literature at a Russell Group university, take the first steps towards a career as a journalist or develop your appreciation for and skills in creative writing, we have a course that will appeal to you. The love of language is innate and must be satisfied.

Some of your course options include:

Time to satisfy your love of the English word. If you are 16-18 years old, apply now to study English at RuTC

Richmond upon Thames College is one of the best colleges in London, offering a vibrant student life, great links to the industry, dedicated teaching, a vast range of facilities and easy transport links to London and Surrey. Find out more about why you should choose to study at Richmond upon Thames College.

There's a world of possibilities for those who excel at mathematics. Discover it at RuTC

The analytical and problem-solving skills you develop by studying maths are in high demand in a number of well-paid and exciting careers such as aerospace, mechanical and chemical engineering, geophysics, actuarial science, academia, consulting, computing, manufacturing and much more. Studying for an accredited maths qualification is a great way to prepare for a bright future while keeping your options wide open.

Your course options include:

Study mathematics and step into a world of possibilities. If you are 16-18 years old, apply now to study maths at RuTC.

Richmond upon Thames College is one of the best colleges in London, offering a vibrant student life, great links to the industry, dedicated teaching, a vast range of facilities and spacious campus close to central London. Find out more about why you should choose to study at Richmond upon Thames College.

Get everything you need to move onwards and upwards with GCSEs

At Richmond upon Thames College we offer a GCSE Pathway course for students who do not quite meet the minimum requirements for their intended A level or vocational programme. Students are able to study 5 GCSEs within this programme, which includes, GCSE English, Maths, Sociology, Citizenship Studies and Media Studies.

Courses for students aged 19+

English and maths are essential to any successful career and a grade C or above in these subjects is especially well regarded. If you are 19 or over, study GCSE English and GCSE Maths at Richmond upon Thames College to ensure that you have the best chance of getting the job you really want. 

Richmond upon Thames College is one of the best colleges in London, offering a vibrant student life, great links to the industry, dedicated teaching, a vast range of art workshops, studios and equipment and easy transport links to London and Surrey.

 

GCSES

For more information, see our GCSEs courses.

 

Looking for the perfect course to help you improve your English language skills?

ESOL (English fo Speakers of Other Languages) courses are aimed at developing your reading, writing and listening skills at Entry 1, 2, 3 and Level 1. ESOL courses help you to improve your English in the context of everyday life so you can successfully seek work, progress to further study and play your part in the community.

Richmond upon Thames College welcomes learners who wish to improve their abilities with the English language, covering three course areas of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL):

Speaking and Listening
Reading
Writing

You can make an application for these courses on indivdual course pages.

We're working with the Job Centre Plus (JCP) to provide pre-employment programmes that will help you to gain employment. 

If you are currently with the JCP, you can speak to your Job Coach about the courses we offer and they will be able to advise you. Please note these courses are for adults (19+) and applications can only be accepted by students who are referred to us by the Job Centre.

We are currently running a series of 10-day Civil Service Pre-Employment Programmes, which you can find our more about by clicking here.

We are also running a series of 5-day Kick Start Employability Programmes, which you can find out more about by clicking here.

Feedback from Students

Feedback from students who completed the course is unanimously positive, with one participant saying that “the whole team have been so helpful and patient. The second week was really helpful specifically for Civil Service jobs and the minefield of applying, which gives me more confidence.”

Others commented that it is a “very interesting course – it has given me more perspective and I also learned about myself” and that they “had never thought of considering the Civil Service but this course has given me some clear direction on a change of career using my transferable skills.”

 


Our new college building houses a dedicated Sixth Form Centre which offers a wide range of A Level and A Level equivalent courses which are ideal for students wishing to follow an academic pathway and progressing to university, apprenticeships or the world of work.

We have 25 A Level and A Level equivalent subjects to choose from with subjects that aren’t always available in school. We have also developed a range of ‘A Level equivalent’ subjects, which are vocational courses that can studied alongside academic A Levels subjects.

A Levels provide an academic way of studying in comparison to vocational courses, which offer a more practical approach. Students often study A Levels to maintain a variety of subjects to allow them more choice when it comes to university. They also choose A Levels if they prefer a more academic way of working, preferring classroom work, lectures and exams as a way of studying.

Advantages of studying in our Sixth Form Centre at RuTC:

  • 100% pass rate for 15 out of 16 A Level subjects in 2020
  • 68% of students gained A*-C grades, an increase of 3% from 2019
  • 25 A Level subjects available
  • Good progression including to Russell Group universities
  • Dedicated and professional teachers with a wealth of experience

  • Progression

    many of our A Level students will progress to university, others will go onto apprenticeships and some will go straight into the workplace.

    What you study at college can affect your options at university and your future career. To help you decide what A Levels to study, take a look the Informed Choices website to help you understand which subjects lead to different degrees, particularly at Russell Group universities.

    Progression from 1st year A Level to 2nd year
    A Level Progression will not be automatic - it will depend on several factors. You will need to have attended regularly and punctually and completed all your homework/coursework during the year. You will need to have demonstrated that you are serious about your studies and you will need to have obtained an appropriate grade in the end of year exams.

  • Entry Requirements

    You can take a look at all of our A Level entry requirements by clicking here.

    Students will need to have a minimum GCSE English Language grade of 5 and a minimum GCSE Maths grade of 4 to study an A Level programme. 

    Students with iGCSEs or overseas qualifications may need to sit an assesment for entry onto an A Level programme.

  • How to apply

    Simply head to the course page of one of the subjects that you want to study and click the apply button. For A Levels, you only need to apply for one subject for now, you will be asked to select your 3-4 subject choices at your interview. If you have any questions about applying or your application, please contact our Admissions department: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  • How A Levels are assessed

    A Level qualifications are completed over two years. A Levels are linear qualifications - this means that they will be assessed at the end of the course (end of second year).

    Most A Levels are assessed through exams only however, some subjects will be assessed with up to 20% coursework (only in subjects where there is recognition that certain skills cannot be assessed in an exam).

    A Levels are graded A* - E. All students will enrol on 3 linear A Levels and those students with an average GCSE points score of 6.5 and above will be able to study 4 A Levels.

  • A Level courses for Adults

    A Level fees range from £1,987 - £3,179 per A Level (2 year programme) dependent on the courses which are chosen and fees are assessed at enrolment. Click here to download a list of A Level costs for adults.

    The majority of our A Level courses enrol 16-18 years old, we therefore offer adults the opportunity to have a meeting with the Head/Assistant Head of School to have a discussion before enrolling on an A Level Programme.

    Adults who have had a break from education may need to sit an assesment during Enrolment.

For more information, see our Sixth Form Centre courses.


Gain the qualifications and training you need to get into university and secure great career opportunities

At Richmond upon Thames College we offer a niche set of courses for those interested in changing their career path, preparing for and getting into university or advancing in their current careers.

Our Access to Higher Education and Higher Education courses attract students from a wide rage of ages and backgrounds and are taught in an engaging and holistic way in order to give our students all of the knowledge and skills they need to make that career transition and successfully progress to university and the workplace.

We offer a selection of niche Higher Education courses in Graphic Design, Engineering, Early Years and Computing. As well as numerous Access to Higher Education courses in Art and Design, Nursing and Health Care, Science and Humanities and Social Science. 

Why Study Access to HE and Higher Education at Richmond upon Thames College

  • A brand new state of the art campus with fantastic facilities
  • In November 2017, Ofsted rated RuTC as GOOD in all areas including Adult Provision
  • Flexible part-time or full-time study that fits around your work/ lifestyle
  • Various funding options available depending on your age, employment status and qualifications
  • Classes are small, allowing for ample one-to-one tutorials with teachers
  • Great support services for those with counselling, study and learning needs
  • Strong work-related emphasis and links to employers
  • A great track record of student success

Types of higher education and access to HE courses available


  • Access to HE Diplomas

    If you would like to study for a degree but do not have the qualifications you need, then an Access to Higher Education course could be a great option for you. Access to HE courses attract a diverse range of students, and there is no upper age limit. You can download the OCN Access to Higher Education Diploma Guide for Learners here.

    An Access to HE Diploma is a nationally recognised qualification which allows for an individual without traditional qualifications to gain new transferrable skills, start a new career path or study at university. Access to Higher Education programmes are designed for students who are aged 19 and over as of 31 August. However, if you are 18 on the 31 August please contact our Admissions team by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can discuss your options.

    The Access to HE Diploma is widely recognised by UK universities, many of which actively encourage applications from students who have achieved this qualification. Most Access to HE courses can be completed in one year.

    You may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. These loans help learners aged 19+ to pay for their course including access to HE diplomas.

    Below is a list of Access to Higher Education courses currently available to you at Richmond upon Thames College.

  • Foundation Degrees

    If you are interested in pursuing higher education opportunities but are unsure about taking on a full degree for three years or you may not have the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, then a Foundation Degree may be an appropriate option for you.

    Foundation Degrees are nationally recognised qualifications. They allow students to gain transferrable academic skills and practical, first-hand knowledge in a shorter timeframe than a traditional degree. Foundation Degrees have been created in partnership by universities, further education colleges and employers. They attract A Level leavers and mature students.

    Upon successful completion of a Foundation Degree, students will have the opportunity to ‘top-up’ to a full honours degree by doing a further year of study.

    You may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. These loans help learners aged 19+ to pay for their course including foundation degrees.

    Please find the Early Years Foundation Degree at RuTC below.

  • Higher National Certificates and Diplomas (HNCs and HNDs)

    If you would like to study a practical subject at a higher level but do not have the entry qualifications required for a degree course, then a Higher National Certificate or Diploma may be for you. HNCs and HNDs are nationally recognised qualifications that allow students to progress their studies and learn new relevant skills for the workplace and career advancement.

    These qualifications are highly valued by employers, universities and professional bodies. You can also choose to 'top up' an HND or HNC with extra studies at a later date, in order to convert your HNC/D to a full bachelor's degree. HNC/Ds usually takes one year to complete full-time or two years part-time.

    You may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. These loans help learners aged 19+ to pay for their course including HNCs and HNDs.

    Below is a list of HNC and HND courses available to you at Richmond upon Thames College.

  • Level 3 Foundation Diploma ‘Pre BA’

    If you are interested in studying Art and Design further but may not have any previous academic Art or Design experience, Richmond upon Thames College offers the UAL Level 3 Foundation and Extended Diploma in Art and Design.

    The Foundation and Extended Diploma has been designed to provide individuals with a broad range of academic and vocational art and design skills. The courses allow for a student to gain knowledge and understanding to then progress to degree level study in Art and Design, or into entry-level employment.

    The UAL Art and Design (Pre BA) Level 3 Foundation and Extended Diploma enables individuals to develop both a professional portfolio of work showcasing a range of creative disciplines and themes, as well as develop their academic independence and enable them to demonstrate strong communication skills. It is a relatively new qualification created by the University of Arts London Awarding Body, who are also the UK's largest provider of the Diploma in Art and Design.

    You may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. These loans help learners aged 19+ to pay for their course including the 'Pre BA' offered by RuTC.

    See the Art and Design Foundation Diploma course at Richmond upon Thames College below.

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To apply for an Access to Higher Education or Higher Education course, please visit the page of the course you want to apply for. If you have any questions, please contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here to read our Higher Education Transparency Tables

Click here to read our Student Transfer Arrangements Notice.

For more information, see our Access and Higher Education courses.

For more information, see our Access and Higher Education courses.

For more information, see our Access and Higher Education courses.

Key Information: Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC)


Find out everything you need to know to study here

Richmond upon Thames College provides educational opportunities to thousands of students every year. Our courses include A Levels, technical courses (BTEC and NVQ etc), Apprenticeships, Higher Education and Access to Higher Education courses and short courses for Adults and employees.

Ways to find the perfect course for you:

1. Use the Find Your Course search bar for a list of relevant courses. 
2. Take a look at all of our courses on the Course page
3. Explore the course provision most relevant to you by visiting our 16-18 Year Olds, Adults, Apprenticeships, Higher Education or Employers pages.

Find out more about the best parts of studying at the College by exploring:

1. Our range of facilities: classrooms, studios and workshops, The View Restaurant, Learning Centre and open access area, support areas and more.
2. Our student support services: additional learning support, counselling, etc.
3. College Life at RuTC: enrichment activities, student union, student ambassadors and more.

We look forward to receiving your application and will always endeavour to make your application process as smooth as possible. Apply for your place at RuTC in September..

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Courses for 16-18 year olds

As you can see, there are a great many exciting options available to you – a huge range of subjects and courses e range of subjects and courses at a number of different levels, and many more than you are likely to find at any other college or school that you may be considering.  

As well as the enormous choice of courses it provides, RuTC has even more to offer to prospective students. We have a strong student support team, a wide range of facilities and enrichment activities which allow you to fulfill your potential both in your studies and socially.

16-19 Tuition Fund

The 16 to 19 tuition fund is a quantity of one-off funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for the 2021 to 2022 academic year only. It is ring fenced funding for schools, colleges and all other 16 to 19 providers to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).

At Richmond upon Thames College, we are utilising the allocated funding in line with ESFA guidance in the following ways:

  • Additional small-group subject-specific workshops
  • Targeted additional English and Maths support for small groups of students
  • Increased small-group support and intervention from the Inclusive Learning Support team, particularly with Functional Skills
  • Additional wellbeing support for students who have been impacted severely by COVID-19

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information in our course guides and on the website is accurate, Richmond upon Thames College reserves the right to amend details in line with changing circumstances. The college reserves the right to alter fees, change tutors and to reschedule, cancel and/or combine courses where appropriate. As such the website does not form a legal contract. Any verbal communications with any member of the college staff will not be deemed an offer of an interview or a place at the college. Only written offers made by the designated interviewers will be honoured, as long as you meet the conditions set out at the interview.

 

College Life

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College life is more than class, homework and exams

Students have so many opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom. The College is commited to helping our students become all-rounded, multi-skilled and highly employable. Students are able to take up positions of leadership in different clubs, run projects, enter competitions, invest in a hobby or skill and socialise in a more academically-diverse environment.

Find out more about the opportunities:

  • Enrichment programmes: students have access to a number of extra-curricula programmes including music, dance, drama, sport, clubs and societies.
  • Student Union: the student voice is represented by a student body for which all students are invited to join via annual elections.
  • Sports Academies: students can excel in sport by joining our competitive teams or they can just play sports for fun; including the use of the college gym.
  • Student Ambassadors: have great opportunities to get involved and also to stand out on their CVs and/or UCAS applications.  

At Richmond upon Thames College we are dedicated to giving you all the opportunities and experiences you need to be prepared for success in Higher Education and the world of work. Apply now to study at Richmond upon Thames College for an enriching and unforgettable college life and experience.

SPORTS ACADEMIES

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Our sports academies are the perfect opportunity for those athletes looking to achieve high levels of performance alongside their academic courses. Students will receive expert coaching and sport science support within their training and match schedules. The College's sports academies are available to students who can demonstrate talent in any one of the following areas: basketball, football, netball or rugby. Students receive dedicated coaching each week, access to top level competitions, video and performance analysis, tuition in tactics, nutritional advice, individual fitness assessments and individual tailor-made training programmes.

Richmond upon Thames College runs academies in the following sports:
Football
Rugby
Basketball
Netball

All the College's sports academies recruit on the basis of either trials or achievement/experience.

All academies will follow a training and competitive programme including the AoC Sport Championships, Athletes are expected to commit to this programme and engage in strength and conditioning schedules, possibly officiating duties and may be offered the opportunity to undertake leadership courses.

To apply for an academy, download and complete the Sports Academies Application Form or read more about applying here.

The Advice Hub

All the support and advice needed to excel at college

At Richmond upon Thames College we dedicate a lot of time and effort towards making sure our students have all of the support they need whether financial, physical, emotional, mental, motivational, nutritional or anything that might be preventing them from achieving their best. 

Students come to the RuTC Advice Hub to access support, information and guidance on a wide range of matters including:

  • Student bursaries
  • Financial matters
  • Free College Meals
  • Student welfare and Safeguarding
  • Counselling
  • Attendance: the contact information for the Attendance Unit is printed on the back of your ID card. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text 07860 023868

The Student Services team includes our welfare and engagements Advisors, safeguarding, bursary advice, counselling, careers, and pastoral support. Student can make appointments with any member of the team by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by coming to see us in room G14.

Open Events 2021-22

Our Open Events provide an opportunity for you to find out more about Richmond upon Thames College. You will have the chance to speak to our teachers about the courses you want to study and find out more about what it's like to study here.

We are holding in-person Open Events at the College in the Spring and Summer terms. Please click on the dates below to register for an Open Event. 

If you have any questions or would like to change your booking, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Why choose Richmond upon Thames College?

Choose college for excellent teaching, ample support and encouragement and a vibrant student life

Richmond upon Thames College is one of London's longest established academic and vocational colleges for 16-18 year olds and has a strong reputation for achieving excellent results. It is more than just a college, it is a place to mature, challenge yourself, enhance your skill set, discover your passion and experiment while all along getting the support, guidance and encouragement you need to be the best you can be. 

Here are some of the reasons you should choose Richmond upon Thames College:

  • Range of courses: the curriculum offer includes A Levels, Vocational and Technical courses and Apprenticeships
  • Great student life and support: you won't just study here but you will get involved in a range of creative, sports, cultural and special interest clubs and student union as well as have all the tutoring, counselling and additional learning support you need at your fingertips
  • Excellent facilities: we offer one of the best library and resources centres to be found in further education and specialist facilities in the performing arts, media, art, construction crafts, engineering, languages and sports departments including an on-site sports field, gym and large sports hall.

RuTC is located in Twickenham with easy transport links to Central London and Surrey. We have students from all over London. Our campus is large and the environment is friendly and encouraging.

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Courses for adults aged 19+

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At Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC), we offer a range of professional and personal development courses for people over the age of 19. We deliver professional qualifications such as AAT. We also provide Access to Higher Education and Higher Education courses. As well as this, we also provide short courses for personal development such as ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).

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Where’s Richmond upon Thames College?

Richmond upon Thames College is located in Twickenham, which is just 12 minutes on the train from Clapham Junction and 22 from London Waterloo. Click here to find out how to get to RuTC.

NB: Please note that all courses for 19+ learners are subject to minimum enrolled numbers. If a course does not enrol an adequate number of students, the course may be cancelled at short notice.


  • Free Training for Low Income Adult Students

    For 2019/20, providers can now fully fund adults earning less than £20,572 for ESOL, first full level 2, and additional full level 2 courses, subject to certain residency conditions under the GLA’s Adult Education Budget..

    Courses included in this are:

    - ESOL

    - First full level 2 courses

    - Additional full Level 2 courses

    For more information and for any questions, please contact our Admissions Team by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Disclaimer

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information in our course guides and on the website is accurate, Richmond upon Thames College reserves the right to amend details in line with changing circumstances. The college reserves the right to alter fees, change tutors and to reschedule, cancel and/or combine courses where appropriate. As such the website does not form a legal contract. Any verbal communications with any member of the college staff will not be deemed an offer of an interview or a place at the college. Only written offers made by the designated interviewers will be honoured, as long as you meet the conditions set out at the interview.

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Gain the qualifications and training you need to get into university and secure great career opportunities

At Richmond upon Thames College we offer a niche set of courses for those interested in changing their career path, preparing for and getting into university or advancing in their current careers.

Our Access to Higher Education and Higher Education courses attract students from a wide rage of ages and backgrounds and are taught in an engaging and holistic way in order to give our students all of the knowledge and skills they need to make that career transition and successfully progress to university and the workplace.

We offer a selection of niche Higher Education courses in Graphic Design, Engineering, Early Years and Computing. As well as numerous Access to Higher Education courses in Art and Design, Business Studies, Nursing and Health Care, Science and Humanities and Social Science. 

Why Study Access to HE and Higher Education at Richmond upon Thames College

  • A brand new state of the art campus with fantastic facilities
  • In November 2017, Ofsted rated RuTC as GOOD in all areas including Adult Provision
  • Flexible part-time or full-time study that fits around your work/ lifestyle
  • Various funding options available depending on your age, employment status and qualifications
  • Classes are small, allowing for ample one-to-one tutorials with teachers
  • Great support services for those with counselling, study and learning needs
  • Strong work-related emphasis and links to employers
  • A great track record of student success

Types of higher education and access to HE courses available


  • Access to HE Diplomas

    If you would like to study for a degree but do not have the qualifications you need, then an Access to Higher Education course could be a great option for you. Access to HE courses attract a diverse range of students, and there is no upper age limit. You can download the OCN Access to Higher Education Diploma Guide for Learners here.

    An Access to HE Diploma is a nationally recognised qualification which allows for an individual without traditional qualifications to gain new transferrable skills, start a new career path or study at university. Access to Higher Education programmes are designed for students who are aged 19 and over as of 31 August. However, if you are 18 on the 31 August please contact our Admissions team by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can discuss your options.

    The Access to HE Diploma is widely recognised by UK universities, many of which actively encourage applications from students who have achieved this qualification. Most Access to HE courses can be completed in one year.

    You may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. These loans help learners aged 19+ to pay for their course including access to HE diplomas.

    Below is a list of Access to Higher Education courses currently available to you at Richmond upon Thames College.

  • Foundation Degrees

    If you are interested in pursuing higher education opportunities but are unsure about taking on a full degree for three years or you may not have the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, then a Foundation Degree may be an appropriate option for you.

    Foundation Degrees are nationally recognised qualifications. They allow students to gain transferrable academic skills and practical, first-hand knowledge in a shorter timeframe than a traditional degree. Foundation Degrees have been created in partnership by universities, further education colleges and employers. They attract A Level leavers and mature students.

    Upon successful completion of a Foundation Degree, students will have the opportunity to ‘top-up’ to a full honours degree by doing a further year of study.

    You may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. These loans help learners aged 19+ to pay for their course including foundation degrees.

    Please find the Early Years Foundation Degree at RuTC below.

  • Higher National Certificates and Diplomas (HNCs and HNDs)

    If you would like to study a practical subject at a higher level but do not have the entry qualifications required for a degree course, then a Higher National Certificate or Diploma may be for you. HNCs and HNDs are nationally recognised qualifications that allow students to progress their studies and learn new relevant skills for the workplace and career advancement.

    These qualifications are highly valued by employers, universities and professional bodies. You can also choose to 'top up' an HND or HNC with extra studies at a later date, in order to convert your HNC/D to a full bachelor's degree. HNC/Ds usually takes one year to complete full-time or two years part-time.

    You may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. These loans help learners aged 19+ to pay for their course including HNCs and HNDs.

    Below is a list of HNC and HND courses available to you at Richmond upon Thames College.

  • Level 3 Foundation Diploma ‘Pre BA’

    If you are interested in studying Art and Design further but may not have any previous academic Art or Design experience, Richmond upon Thames College offers the UAL Level 3 Foundation and Extended Diploma in Art and Design.

    The Foundation and Extended Diploma has been designed to provide individuals with a broad range of academic and vocational art and design skills. The courses allow for a student to gain knowledge and understanding to then progress to degree level study in Art and Design, or into entry-level employment.

    The UAL Art and Design (Pre BA) Level 3 Foundation and Extended Diploma enables individuals to develop both a professional portfolio of work showcasing a range of creative disciplines and themes, as well as develop their academic independence and enable them to demonstrate strong communication skills. It is a relatively new qualification created by the University of Arts London Awarding Body, who are also the UK's largest provider of the Diploma in Art and Design.

    You may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. These loans help learners aged 19+ to pay for their course including the 'Pre BA' offered by RuTC.

    See the Art and Design Foundation Diploma course at Richmond upon Thames College below.

To apply for an Access to Higher Education or Higher Education course, please visit the page of the course you want to apply for. If you have any questions, please contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here to read our Higher Education Transparency Tables

Click here to read our Student Transfer Arrangements Notice.

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Please click here to read our Apprenticeship and Employer FAQs regarding coronavirus.

We sent a coronavirus update letter to the employers we work with, you can read the letter here.

Apprenticeships provide a great opportunity for people to learn on the job and gain a qualification. For the employer, it offers an opportunity to recruit and train someone for the role you want.

You can employ apprentices at different levels, from school leavers and university graduates, to people who want to further or change their career direction. You can hire someone new or upskill an existing employee.

As an employer, you can get funding from the government to help pay for apprenticeship training.

Hiring an apprentice is an effective way to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

  • 86% of employers said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation
  • 78% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve productivity
  • 74% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve the quality of their product or service

Other benefits of working with apprentices include:

  • you can adapt their training according to the needs of your business
  • they’re motivated to learn new skills
  • you can expand and upskill your workforce

To find out more about how we can help your business, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or complete the enquiry form below:

Parents/Carers

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At Richmond upon Thames College, we are committed to the education and career preparation of our students. We understand that you, as parents, carers and guardians, need to know that your child is reaching their full potential during their time at college.

Here you can find more about how we will communicate with you and how you can access Parent Portal as well as other important information that you may need to know. 


  • Parents’ Welcome to Richmond Event - Wednesday 6 October 2021

    As parents/guardians/carers of new students who attend Richmond upon Thames College, you are invited to attend our 'Parents' Welcome to Richmond' evening on Wednesday 6 October, where you will hear from our Principal, Jason Jones and will have the chance to meet relevant curriculum areas - you can book a place via Eventbrite by clicking here.

    There will be 2 sessions at 6.00pm and 6.45pm. Please see the schedule below:

    Session 1
    6.00pm - Jason Jones welcome presentation in the Auditorium (30 mins), plus information on how to access Parents’ Portal

    6.30pm - Head of Schools meets parents in Auditorium to take them curriculum areas for more details on their curriculum/school/support etc. and Q&A and tour of facilities (45 mins).

    7.15pm - Finish

    Session 2
    6.45pm - Jason Jones welcome presentation in the Auditorium (30 mins), plus information on how to access Parents’ Portal

    7.15pm - Head of Schools meets parents in Auditorium to take them curriculum areas for more details on their curriculum/school/support etc. and Q&A and tour of facilities (45 mins).

    8.00pm - Finish

     

  • We Value Every Parent

    We will provide all the information you need to know about your child's experience at college. We value our relationships with parents and carers and are keen to work in partnership with you to ensure that your son or daughter can achieve their full potential. While we encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning and conduct, your involvement is key. We are committed to maintaining contact with you through regular reports on attendance, letters of concern and congratulations about achievement, students' reports and parents' evenings.

  • Coronavirus

    For information on our College protocols regarding Coronavirus, please click here.

  • Communicating with you

    We will communicate with you via email, if you have not receive any emails from us, we may not hold the correct contact information for you. The student will need to email our Student Records department from their student email address to update this information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  • Information on remote teaching and online safety

    Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have introduced blended learning, which means students will have a mixture of remote online learning and attending college. This means that our students will be spending an increased amount of time online. Accordingly we would like to make you aware of the latest guidance and resources from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command (CEOP) so that parents and carers have the necessary information for ensuring students are accessing the internet in a safe way. You can also view our Online Learning Platform Policy and Guidelines.

    Teachers will never:

    • Ask students for their passwords
    • Ask to talk to students privately e.g. in 1:1 video chats
    • Be replaced by someone you aren’t familiar with
    • Ask to communicate through non-college apps (RuTC uses @rutc.ac.uk email addresses, the Microsoft 365 suite including Microsoft Teams, Edmodo, and Moodle)
    • Arrange to meet students offline
    • Contact students from personal emails or phone numbers

    If you have any concerns around online safety, or any other safeguarding concern, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (monitored 9 - 5 Monday to Friday) or the NSPCC.

  • Progression Information and Parent Portal

    We encourage you to log into the Parent Portal so that you can view and monitor your son or daughter's attendance and progress.

    From Parent Portal you can access the following information:

    • Details of upcoming events, meeting and deadlines
    • Attendance and punctuality details
    • Recent comments
    • Student details
    • Timetable
    • Study programme
    • Exam timetable (if applicable)
    • Learner ILP (Individual Learning Plan)
    • Reports to parents 

    Please click here to log in to Parent Portal >>

    Parents and guardians, if you have forgotten your password; try resetting it by clicking on the 'Forgot your password?' link on the login page, if you are still unable to login, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Parent/Carer/Guardian Contact details

    It is important that we have the correct phone number and email address for whoever the student has named as their next of kin when they enrolled, so that we can communicate with you directly.

    If a student is under 18 years of age, the college will send communication to Parents/Carers/Guardians in regards to the following:

    • Attendance and Punctuality
    • Disciplinary meetings
    • Progress reports We encourage you to log into the Parent Portal so that you can view and monitor your son/daughters attendance and progress.

     If your phone number or email address has changed or was not provided to us during enrolment, please supply your details using the form below.

    If you have not been named as the students next of kin then we will be unable to record your details on our database. If you have moved home or the student has changed their phone number or email address then the student must inform Student Records by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. from their college email address.

     

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On this page you can find more infomation about what we are doing at Richmond upon Thames College to ensure our students, staff and visitors are safe while on campus. 

Ofsted Report for Covid-19 response 

Richmond upon Thames College is extremely pleased with their Ofsted Interim visit report (November 2020) on their Covid-19 adaptations which highlighted how quickly the College adapted its curriculum delivery online, ensuring that students and staff are safe and supported during this difficult time. You can read the report by clicking here.


  • Combatting Covid on Campus

    To make Richmond upon Thames College a safe place to work and learn for our students, staff and visitors, we have put the following safety measures in place:

    • Masks to be worn in classrooms, corridors and communal areas (unless exempt)
    • Temperature checks taken upon arrival
    • Separate entrances and exits and one way system in operation
    • Increased cleaning throughout the day especially in high traffic areas
    • Cleaning of equipment after every use
    • Deep cleaning in all buildings using a fogging machine
    • Anti-bacterial hand gel dispensers located at key points around the building
    • Staggered start times and break times
    • Spaced out desks and workstations
  • 16-19 Tuition Fund

    The 16 to 19 tuition fund is a quantity of one-off funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for the 2021 to 2022 academic year only. It is ring fenced funding for schools, colleges and all other 16 to 19 providers to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).

    At Richmond upon Thames College, we are utilising the allocated funding in line with ESFA guidance in the following ways:

    - Additional small-group subject-specific workshops
    - Targeted additional English and Maths support for small groups of students
    - Increased small-group support and intervention from the Inclusive Learning Support team, particularly with Functional Skills
    - Additional wellbeing support for students who have been impacted severely by COVID-19

  • Wellbeing support

    We know that the current situation can be difficult and a lot of us will be experiencing issues with our mental and physical health. We have put together a Wellbeing Support page with some tips and ideas of how to stay positive. We have also included contact details for Student Services, including our Safeguarding team and our Counsellor.

     

    As well as this there is a list of links and telephone numbers of external organisations that we thought could be useful to you or someone you know. Please do not suffer in silence, it is okay to not be okay and we are here to help as much as we can.

  • Student Protocols

    In order to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the Safety, Health and Wellbeing of everyone on campus, the following protocols must be adhered to at all times.

    Any person with any regular symptoms indicating the possibility of having Covid-19, including a raised temperature, new and continuous cough and/or loss of smell or taste must not enter the College.

    In common with other campus users, students are required to:

    1) only attend college when invited or timetabled to do so, arriving on site no earlier than 10 minutes prior to your first lesson and leaving within 10 minutes after your last lesson.

    2) have your temperature taken on entry to the building. Those who display symptoms will be refused entry and asked to return home and contact NHS 111 for a test. If you have a raised temperature, you will be taken to the isolation room and the temperature will be re-taken within 15 minutes. If the temperature remains high you will be sent home and asked to contact NHS 111 for a test. If your test is positive please contact Attendance:- Text: 07860023866/ Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    3) safely store any face coverings used on public/shared transport on arrival at College, or dispose of them in the designated waste bins. There will be a limited supply of disposable face masks on request from Student Services.

    4) sanitise hands on entry and throughout the day. Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after using the toilet. Wear face coverings in all corridors and communal areas, unless you are exempt for medical reasons, or whilst eating or drinking. Where 2 metre distancing is not possible you may be requested to wear a face covering in other parts of the building.

    5) not mix with others outside of your designated bubble(s). Students have been allocated to teaching bubbles. Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that bubbles do not mix, the College cannot guarantee 100% integrity of bubbles.

    Bubbles are identified by the colour of their lanyard

    • A Levels - Green

    • STEM - Red

    • Creative - Industries Purple

    • Business, Catering, Sport, Travel and Tourism - Magenta

    • Healthcare and Early Years and Supported Learning Light - Blue

    • Staff Dark - Blue

    • Visitors - Yellow

    6) bring your own stationery, pens, pencils, notebook and digital devices if possible. College equipment for practical lessons will be provided. Strict cleaning regimes will be in place in this regard.

    7) adhere to the marked one-way systems and respect the personal space of others whilst on Campus. In corridors, walk on the left-hand side, single file, paying attention to the social distance markers displayed on the floors. Avoid contact with others – do not shake hands or hug others, for instance.

    8) Note the health and safety rules provided to you during your induction.

    9) if you become unwell whilst on site or experience symptoms of Covid-19, you should immediately go to reception where you will be taken to an isolation room where an assessment will be made about next steps.

    10) not enter or attempt to enter any part of the building than that which has been made available to you.

    11) refrain from using mobile phones when moving around campus, to ensure you are aware of your surroundings and social distance space.

    12) tell someone in a position of responsibility if you have any concerns or worries.

    These requirements have been set to protect you and all those who share the campus with you. Those who refuse to socially distance, or who put others in vulnerable situations such as deliberately coughing or spitting, will not be tolerated and will be dealt with under the Student Support and Disciplinary Policy.

  • Workshop Protocols

    The Safety, Health and Wellbeing of everyone on campus, the following protocols must be adhered to at all times.

    Any person with any regular symptoms indicating the possibility of having Covid-19, including a high temperature, new and continuous cough and/or loss of smell or taste must not enter the College.

    1. These protocols are in addition to the risk assessments which have been completed for each of the Colleges workshop.

    2. All Risk Assessments must have been reviewed and amended to reflect social distancing measures and control measures to reduce the level of risk through contamination.

    3. The planned use and layout of workshops remain the responsibility of the Head of School working in conjunction with Head of Estates and staff.

    4. Staff should maintain a 2-meter distance from their students, staying at the front of the room whenever possible.

    5. Practical lessons should be planned and workshops configured to maintain at least 1 meter social distancing between staff and students. Demonstrations should be given by way of use of technology.

    6. Students and staff must sanitise hands on entry to the workshops and throughout the day. Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after using the toilet. Wear face coverings in corridors and communal areas, unless you are exempt for medical reasons

    7. PPE must not be shared between students. All disposable PPE should be removed and disposed of in designated waste bins

    8. Coveralls must not be shared. Students must take coveralls away and wash prior to return.

    9. Students should only have access to equipment which is necessary for that lesson to take place.

    10. Hand tools which are not in use should be removed or locked away.

    11. The workshops should be thoroughly ventilated prior to each class and after use by opening windows or doors.

    12. Staff and Technicians/ Facilitators should prepare all teaching equipment prior to commencement of lessons, ensuring as far as reasonably practicable, that there are limited shared resources.

    13. Where shared use cannot be avoided, Technicians/ Facilitators must clean and disinfect the equipment or material at the end of use/before the next use.

    14. At the end of lessons, all tools and equipment should be cleaned down with disinfectant and stored appropriately.

  • Remote Learning

    Where possible, some lessons will be taught remotely via Microsoft Teams and Moodle. Your teachers will provide further advice on this and you can find general help and guidance from our remote learning page by clicking here.

  • Staff Protocols

    In order to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the Safety, Health and Wellbeing of everyone on campus, the following protocols must be adhered to at all times.

    Any person with any regular symptoms indicating the possibility of having Covid-19, including a high temperature, new and continuous cough and/or loss of smell or taste must not enter the College.

    In common with other campus users, staff are required to:

    1) Safely secure any face coverings used on public/shared transport on arrival at College, or dispose of them in the designated waste bins. Student facing staff will be given a face shield, it is the individual’s responsibility to keep these sanitised. There will be a limited supply of disposable face masks on request from Estates.

    2) Have your temperature taken on entry to the building. Those who display symptoms will be refused entry and asked to return home and contact NHS 111 for a test. If you have a high temperature, you will be taken to the isolation room and the temperature will be re-taken within 15 minutes. If the temperature remains high you will be sent home and asked to contact NHS 111 for a test. If your test is positive please contact HR as soon as you are able.

    3) Sanitise hands on entry and throughout the day. Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after using the toilet. Wear face coverings in all corridors and communal areas, unless you are exempt for medical reasons, or whilst eating or drinking.

    4) Encourage students not to mix with others outside of their designated bubble(s). Students have been allocated to teaching bubbles. Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that bubbles do not mix, this may be unavoidable in some instances such as teaching English and Maths, blended learning is being used to minimise this contact.

    Bubbles are identified by the colour of their lanyard

    • A Levels - Green

    • STEM - Red

    • Creative Industries - Purple

    • Business, Catering, Sport, Travel and Tourism - Magenta

    • Healthcare and Early Years and Supported Learning - Light Blue

    • Staff Dark - Blue

    • Visitors - Yellow

    5) Staff working in the staff rooms should only work face to face or back to back , a clear desk policy allows for regular cleaning. Self-regulate the use of staff rooms by taking your devices to a communal space to work if you feel the room is at capacity as it is not possible to create more space in staff rooms. Hot desking is now not required but could be possible providing hygiene is maintained. If you are hot desking, please wipe down the desk and any fixed equipment with the wipes provided.

    6) Maintain personal hygiene and ensure our students comply with strict hygiene standards. Cleaning materials are provided for ad hoc cleaning

    7) Adhere to the marked one-way systems and respect the personal space of others whilst on Campus. In corridors, walk on the left-hand side, single file, paying attention to the social distance markers displayed on the floors. Avoid contact with others – do not shake hands or hug others, for instance.

    8) Only use lifts for those staff and students that require support or for the transportation of goods.

    9) Inform your line manager immediately if you become unwell whilst on site or experience symptoms of Covid-19, and you will be taken to an isolation room where an assessment will be made about next steps.

    10) Only enter those parts of the building which have been made available to you.

    11) It is all of our responsibilities to model behaviour and ensure students are keeping to the safe practices prescribed.

    12) Tell someone in HR or Estates if you have any concerns or worries.

    These requirements have been set to protect you and all those who share the campus with you. Those who refuse to socially distance or who put others in vulnerable situations by not following the rules, will be dealt with under the appropriate policy and we expect staff to support this behaviour management.

  • Visitor Protocols

    In order to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the Safety, Health and Wellbeing of everyone on campus, the following protocols must be adhered to at all times.

    Any person with any regular symptoms indicating the possibility of having Covid-19, including a high temperature, new and continuous cough and/or loss of smell or taste must not enter the College.

    In common with other campus users, visitors are required to:

    1) Safely secure any face coverings used on public/shared transport on arrival at College, or dispose of them in the designated waste bins. 

    2) Have your temperature taken on entry to the building. Those who display symptoms will be refused entry and asked to return home and contact NHS 111 for a test. If you have a high temperature, you will be taken to the isolation room and the temperature will be re-taken within 15 minutes. If the temperature remains high you will be sent home and asked to contact NHS 111 for a test. If your test is positive please contact HR as soon as you are able.

    3) Sanitise hands on entry and throughout the day. Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after using the toilet. Wear face coverings in all corridors and communal areas, unless you are exempt for medical reasons, or whilst eating or drinking.

    4) Adhere to the marked one-way systems and respect the personal space of others whilst on Campus. In corridors, walk on the left-hand side, single file, paying attention to the social distance markers displayed on the floors. Avoid contact with others – do not shake hands or hug others, for instance.

    5) Only use lifts for those that require support or for the transportation of goods.

    6) Inform a member of staff immediately if you become unwell whilst on site or experience symptoms of Covid-19, and you will be taken to an isolation room where an assessment will be made about next steps.

    7) Only enter those parts of the building which have been made available to you.

    8) Speak to a member of staff if you have any concerns or worries.

    These requirements have been set to protect you and all those who share the campus with you. Those who refuse to socially distance or who put others in vulnerable situations by not following the rules, will be dealt with under the appropriate policy.

 

About Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC)

Our location

We are a further education college located in the leafy-green London suburb of Twickenham, in South West London. We are in the heart of English rugby, a stone’s throw from Twickenham Rugby Stadium and next to Harlequins Stadium. We are within walking distance of the picturesque Twickenham Riverside and the legendary Eel Pie Island, famed for its music history.

We are easy to reach via public transport with plenty of bus and train options available. For more details, please see our Contact page.

What we offer

We offer a broad and innovative curriculum for people aged 16+, with a small section for courses for young people aged 14-16 with our School Link programmes. Our courses for 16-18 year olds include A Levels and an extensive range of vocational and technical qualifications (diplomas/certificates) and apprenticeships from entry level to level 5.

We also offer a range of courses for adults that include Access to Higher Education, Higher Education, professional qualifications such as AAT Accounting and progression courses such as ESOL.

Our new college campus

We are the home to a major £80m flagship development, with Phase One now complete. Phase Two for the STEM will follow in 2023. You can find out more about our brand new college campus here.

Accolades

Richmond upon Thames College is a great place to study with established links to top universities and employers. Our professional staff will support you to achieve your full potential and progress into your chosen career.

Some of our most recent accolades include:

  • Ofsted GOOD in all areas (November 2017)
  • 99% A Level pass rate (2021)
  • 70.4% A Level students gained A*-C grades (2021)
  • Prestigious Matrix quality standard accreditation for Information, Advice and Guidance
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The Corporation Board is the college's governing body. It comprises 18 volunteer members from a range of backgrounds reflecting the community the College serves. Members bring a broad range of expertise and experience to the work of the Board.

The role of the Corporation is in agreeing the strategic direction of the College, setting objectives and monitoring results. The responsibilities can be summarised as:

  • Determining the educational character and mission of the College and the oversight of its activities
  • Approving the quality strategy of the College
  • The effective and efficient use of resources
  • Approving annual estimates of income and expenditure
  • The appointment of senior postholders
  • Setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff

The Corporation has developed a committee structure to assist the Board in carrying out its work. For committee terms of reference and the minutes of committee meetings, please refer to the relevant committee page.

The Corporation conducts its business in accordance with English and relevant European law and within the Instrument and Articles of Government. It also observes regulations and Codes of Practices issued by the Funding Body and acts within the spirit of Standards in Public Life published by the Nolan Committee and in the report Personal Liability in Public Service Organisations published by the Neill Committee. Agendas, minutes and other papers relating to the meetings of the Corporation and its committees are normally available for public inspection by application to the Clerk to the Corporation.

Click here to view the governance position paper that gives an oversight of the Board. 

Please click here for a schedule of meetings for 2021-22.

Equality and Diversity

The Corporation Board is committed to promoting equality and diversity throughout the college and therefore ensures equal opportunity for anybody interested in becoming a member of the Board.

Interested in joining the Corporation?

The Corporation is always keen to hear from people who are able to volunteer their time, energy and enthusiasm to join a dynamic and forward thinking Board. In our experience, the commitment of board members is rewarded by the great satisfaction gained from influencing the strategic direction of a large body of staff and students.

RuTC is currently looking governors with FE experience to join the Board. If you are interested in becoming a member, or if there is any further information you would like about the work of the Corporation and its committees, please contact the governance office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Facilities for Hire

Host your meetings, events, sports clubs or birthday party on our campus

Richmond upon Thames College has a large campus offering a number of great facilities for hire to local businesses, clubs, groups, individuals and organisations. Our facilities are easy to access and reasonably priced. Below is a list of the facilities available:

  • Sports Hall
  • Fitness Suite
  • Sports Pitches (Front and Back)

For more information on sports and birthday party hires, contact Mark Brough on 020 8607 8223 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For all your business, teaching and catering needs, below is a list of RuTC facilities available:

  • Standard Classroom
  • Computer Classroom
  • Dance Studio
  • Lecture Theatre
  • Music Centre
  • Restaurant
  • Kitchen 
  • Car Parking Areas

For more information on lecture theatre or classrooms for hire, music space or dance studio for hire, restaurant & kitchen for hire in Twickenham, contact Mark Brough on 020 8607 8223 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Discounts:
A discount of 10% may be applied to charitable organisations on presentation of proof of registration with the charity commission subject to Principalship approval and booking requirements. Block Bookings (bookings of 10 consecutive weeks) are subject to exemption from VAT if payment made in full and by invoice.


We endeavour to provide a quality service by supplying a varied programme of activities in a clean, comfortable and safe environment with efficient and courteous staff. We continuously strive to review, improve and monitor the Centre, as well as the activities and services we provide. We rely on feedback from our customers, so we would appreciate your help in completing a customer comment form available from the Centre reception. Our customer service standards are displayed in the Centre's reception area.

College Facilities

The facilities that are available at college are a hugely important part of our students' education and partly what makes us different to school. We are preparing our students for their future careers and that means training them in a suitable environment with industry standard facilities. Scroll down the page to take a look at more information and photos of specific facilities.

New College Campus

We are very proud that we have a new state of the art building that opened in March 2020. Our new STEM Centre (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths), will be be opening in 2023. You can find out more about our college redevelopment by clicking here.

Virtual Tour

You can take yourself on a 360º Virtual Tour of our new college building and see our facilities by clicking here.

Classrooms and IT rooms

Classrooms are used by all subject areas of the college and include digital smartboards. IT classrooms are all fitted with new computers with access to Microsoft applications and Office 365. We have specialist software in subject specific classrooms for engineering, computing and art and media.

Learning Centre and Open Access

The Learning Centre provides students with access to computers and laptops to hire, as well as access to books and ebooks and journals. Students are able to use these facilities and the open access areas. Find out more about the Learning centre by clicking here.

Catering and Hospitality

Students studying Catering and Hospitality will use our professional training kitchens. They will also be involved with preparing and serving lunch to our staff and students in Classics Canteen and the Atrium Cafe. They will also create and serve meals in our new restaurant, The View. Find out more about our Catering and Hospitality courses.

Creative Art and Media

Students studying art and media subjects have an amazing range of facilities available to them. including large art studios and a TV and film studio. They also have access to specialist rooms for phototgraohy, printmaking, 3D work and ceramics. Find out more about our Creative Arts and Media courses.

Performing Arts

Students studying acting, dance and music have specialist studios available to them as well as our auditorium that they are able to use for stage performances. Find out more about our Performing Arts courses.

Supported Learning

Our supported Learning students have specialist facilities that enhance their learning. They run a snack shop and the Apple tree Cafe with the use of a kitchen with height adjustable surfaces. They also have access to a fully fitted flat with kitchen and lounge to hep develop independent living skills. We also have specialist computers and break-out facilities. Find out more about our Supported Learning courses.

Construction and Engineering

We have carpentry, plumbing and engineering workshops, which are set up with industry standard equipment for students to use in practical lessons. Currently, our construction and engineering facilities are in part of our original building until our STEM Centre is built in 2023, you can find out more by clicking here. Find out more about our Construction and Engineering courses

Sport

Our sport students  not only get to enjoy Harlequins and Twickenham Rugby Stadium as our neighbours, they also get the use of a large sports hall with basketball, football, badmington, tennis, volleyball netball and tramplning facilities (and more!). They also have access to our Craneford Way sports field for outdoor sports inclusing football and rugby. Find out more about our Sport courses.

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