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Welcome to Kendal College

About us

Kendal College is a further education college situated in Kendal on the edge of the Lake District National Park and is the leading training provider in the South Lakes. The College specialises in Further and Higher Education, as well as training for businesses at all levels, including apprenticeships and NVQ training, sales, marketing, management, finance and business training. Judged Outstanding by Ofsted, the college enjoys Beacon Status, has achieved IQER for its Higher Education Provision, TQS for its work with employers and the Matrix Award for Advice and Guidance.

Facilities available

As well as the state of the art facilities in its vocational areas, Kendal College has excellent central facilities to help you to make the best of your time at the college and study more effectively.

The Learning Centre

The Learning Centre is the ‘information hub’ of the College, containing both traditional and modern resources to enhance your learning.

It is a place where you can study, read in your own time and have access to the latest journals and magazines.

Available resources:
  •  PC user zones - Internet access, laptops, wireless access, iPads and other tablets.
  • The College has WiFi access so you can connect your own laptop, tablet or iPad to our network
  • Reference and loan books, which are updated annually
  • Periodicals including daily newspapers, business magazines and academic journals
  • E-books and other online journals and resources 

There is a large bank of computers allowing you to research your work through a variety of means, including multimedia and the Internet.

There is also a virtual learning environment (VLE) packed with learning resources for College courses and used for course communication between student and tutor and the College is at the forefront of using new ways of interactive tools such as tumblr and augmented reality as teaching resources.

 University Centre 

For students studying on degree-level programmes there is access to the University Centre. This is equipped with PCs where you can access university VLEs (Virtual Learning Environments), WiFi network access, quiet study booths, relaxed reading areas and the HE library.

 The Restaurant & Cafés

The College has a café which provides food throughout the day, with hot breakfasts, lunches and evening meals also available.  The Café also features comfy sofas, a large balcony and vending services, including bean to cup coffee machines and snacks.

The College restaurant provides lunchtime and evening dining throughout the year, with seasonal menus and fine dining experiences.

The College aims to develop your understanding of healthy eating with its delicious and healthy menus. Food in the Restaurant and Café is cooked by hospitality and catering students. Where possible ingredients are sourced locally, including organic produce and milk. Our cookery demonstration room also doubles as an additional restaurant, allowing food to be prepared in front of restaurant guests for an outstanding private dining experience.

At the Allen Building on the Arts and Media Campus, a small café serves tasty breakfasts, snacks and full meals, whilst the Castle Dairy on Wildman Street provides a fine dining experience to the general public as well as visitors to The Box.

Additional support

Study Services at Kendal College can provide confidential individual advice on making your time as a student as productive as possible. Services include:

  • Additional individual tutorials
  • In-class assistants: note takers, interpreters
  • Specialist dyslexia assessments and teaching
  • Identifying requirements for specialist equipment and resources eg: laptops,assistive software, hearing loops, radio aids
  • Adapted teaching and learning resources, such as large print, audio tapes.

Learner success

As many as 98% of our students would recommend the College to others and we are the only College in Cumbria and North Lancashire to be rated Outstanding by Ofsted with student success rates of students aged 16-18 ranked in the top 5% of Further Education Colleges in the UK! Our BTEC Extended Diplomas award the same number of UCAS points as A levels, allowing you to spend two years focusing on the subject area you are interested in and still progress on to University. We have also introduced a choice of A-Levels for 2015.  - See more at:

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Kendal College directly.

Last updated date: 19 April 2016
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Key information


  • A: Kendal College
    • Address:
    • Kendal College
    • Milnthorpe Road
    • South Lakes
    • Kendal
    • LA9 5AY
    • Telephone number:
    • Switchboard: 01539814700
    • Website:
    • Email address:
    • More information:
    • The majority of our courses are based at our main site. The College completed a £12.9 million new build project in 2008, which includes reception, conference and seminar suites, hairdressing salons and 250-seat cafe with external balcony. The site also features the stunning Construction and Heritage Centre, which features cutting edge facilities for carpentry and joinery, brickwork, plumbing and electrical installation.

      In October 2010 the College opened the South Lakeland Design Engineering Centre, which has brought engineering back to Kendal College. The Centre, designed in conjunction with local engineering firms including Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Limited, features state of the art computer numerical control (CNC) machinery, including a 3D printer, which prints out solid models directly from CAD Drawings. The college is currently building a new, purpose-built engineering centre which will open in September 2014 and provide new courses in medical science, engineering and sustainable energy.

  • B: The Arts & Media Campus
    • Address:
    • Arts and Media Campus
    • Beezon Road
    • Kendal
    • LA9 6EL
    • Telephone number:
    • Main: 01539814634
    • Website:
    • Email address:
    • More information:
    • The Arts and Media Campus is where our very broad range of creative arts courses are based.

      A £1.7 million purpose-built performance space, The Box, provides performing arts and technical theatre students with an iconic, professional theatre space.

      The College has opened the Castle Dairy building as a restaurant and art gallery staffed by Kendal College apprentices, complementing Wildman Street Studios next door. The Castle Dairy also provides refreshments for Kendal Museum visitors and pre-theatre drinks for performing arts and music shows in The Box. The Castle Dairy operates as a real-world training environment for hospitality and catering students.

      Kendal College manages Kendal Museum as part of a partnership agreement with South Lakeland District Council. For more information about Kendal Museum see their website at

      The hub of the Arts and Media campus is The Allen, where Kendal College originated in the early twentieth century. The Allen hosts creative courses and has unrivalled facilities including music rehearsal booths, a fully equipped recording studio with Midas mixing desk, a music venue, photographic studio and darkroom, Mac studios and art studios. 

  • C: Kendal Museum
    • Address:
    • Station Road
    • Kendal
    • LA9 6BT
    • Telephone number:
    • Main: 01539815597
    • Website:
    • Email address:
    • More information:
    • Kendal College manages Kendal Museum as part of a ten-year partnership agreement with South Lakeland District Council. The Museum has submitted a Heritage Lottery bid of over £½ million to invest in the museum and its exhibits. For more information about Kendal Museum see their website.

      Kendal’s first museum was formed in 1796 by William Todhunter who exhibited a collection of fossils, plants, minerals, animals and antiques.

      In 1835 the Kendal Literary and Scientific Society took over the museum.
      The society included among its members Dr Thomas Gough, Professor Adam Sedgwick, John Ruthven and Dr John Dalton. As the collection grew, the
      Museum had to be rehoused several times.

      In the early 1900s money problems forced the sale of some exhibits, the rest were offered to the town. In 1913 the current building – formerly a wool warehouse – was offered to the Town Council for the purposes of housing the museum.

      After World War One the collections were moved to the new building and the museum was run by a series of honorary curators on behalf of the Town Council. One of these curators included Alfred Wainwright, the famous guide book author and fellwalker, who gave up his spare time for 30 years to look after the collections