Principal's welcome

Thank you for your interest in City and Islington College.

We are London’s Leading College, and the only College in London judged outstanding on every measure by Ofsted.

We are the first choice Further Education College for thousands of young people across London who achieve excellent academic results. 1400 of our students progressed to higher education last year.

It is our mission to deliver exceptional learning experiences for our students and to help them achieve their ambitions. Many of the achievements made by our students are incredible and out of the ordinary. From a wide range of starting points, students show that with the right attitude and approach, and with support from creative and expert staff, exceptional things can happen. Bold ambitions can be achieved.

We receive many external awards, but we are most proud of the recognition from our students. 95% tell us they feel respected and safe here, that the teaching is good, and they would recommend the College to a friend.

At City and Islington, we offer you

  • Modern and exciting places to learn
  • Skilled and highly qualified teachers with industry experience who are passionate and brilliant at what they do
  • Individual support to ensure you are successful
  • Enrichment opportunities, work experience and mentoring to help you gain key life and employability skills

Students learn in one of our five centres, each of which is a discrete community of students and staff focused on courses and qualifications within a particular specialism, which come together to form a single College that is diverse and exciting. Across each centre, we work with over 200 employers to provide you with clear lines of sight to work.

Whether you are taking an academic or vocational route to your further study, I am confident we will have a course that meets your needs. I hope very much that you will choose to join us and become part of the next chapter in our success story.

Principal Sir Frank McLoughlin KBE

Our mission

Is what we do well every day – EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR EVERY STUDENT.

Our vision

Is what the future looks like – TO BE LONDON’S LEADING COLLEGE.

Taken together, our mission and vision galvanise and bind those working within the College – staff, students, and partners. They are not bland statements that sit framed on a wall, largely ignored: they are catalysts for action.

What does our mission mean?

To provide EXCEPTIONAL education and training for EVERY student is our mission. Being exceptional is being unusually good at what we do: but being exceptional some of the time, for some students, is insufficient. Consistency is key.

At City and Islington College exceptional training and education:

  • Is rigorously focused on creating the best outcomes for students
  • Enables and encourages all students to set their sights high and achieve their ambitions
  • Goes beyond qualifications; giving students the skills and qualities they need for long-term success in a global economy
  • Has a clear line of sight to work
  • Is highly relevant, innovative and future-focused
  • Is shaped by the needs of students and employers

Is delivered by staff who are passionate, knowledgeable and committed.

What do we value?

Our values are the key ideas and principles that people within our organisation and our partners believe are important; they define the way we work.

EXCELLENCE

  • Students and staff are dedicated to great learning; learning that is consistently high quality, relevant and focused on outcomes.

AMBITION

  • Ambition is part of our DNA as an organisation – we are always looking for ways to grow and develop what we do for the benefit of our students
  • All our students are supported to develop and achieve their ambitions.
  • Our staff have high aspirations for every student and for themselves. They are encouraged to be bold and creative in their work.

COLLABORATION

  • Students and staff work together to help every student achieve success
  • We work closely with employers and other partners; drawing in outside expertise to help us secure better outcomes for students

OPPORTUNITY

  • Everyone is given the best possible opportunities to learn and be successful
  • Each student and every member of staff is treated as an individual and with respect.

Our history

Since 1993 over a quarter of a million young people and adults have studied in further education at City and Islington College. They have come with all sorts of experiences and ambitions and represented every kind of London background. They have studied at many levels – from beginners in English as a second language to Foundation degrees – and grappled with a vast range of subjects and skills. The time they have spent at the College ranges from one to four years and some have completed multiple programmes of study.

The headline statistic in terms of student progress is this: in 1993, well under 50% of students achieved success in their courses. By 2014 the success rate was 85%.

Powerful stories of success, plus performance statistics, inspection reports and awards capture the fullest picture of our history.

Programmes taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

Course

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This full-time English language course is British Council accredited and designed for students over 16 years old wishing to improve their English skills for study, work o ... [+]

Academic English

Level: B2 - C1

Duration: 1, 2, or 3 terms

City and Islington College is a government-funded Further Education college based in cosmopolitan Islington, right in the heart of London.

With our superb reputation, central London location and great facilities, there is every reason to study English with us. All of our English language courses are accredited by the British Council and we offer a range of course levels, start dates and course lengths, meaning you will be able to find your perfect course with us!

About the College

The College has five modern Centres that were created and renovated through a £64 million building programme - the largest in the history of UK Further Education. Our facilities combine cutting-edge technology, innovative classroom facilities, well-stocked libraries and relaxing cafés, making the College a fantastic place to study. Additionally, you can benefit from our own hair and beauty salon and become part of an active and vibrant Student Union.... [-]

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City and Islington College

If you are looking for a Graphic Design course in London, this HND develops your knowledge and practical skills for a career in the creative industries. ... [+]

HND Graphic Design

Centre: Business, Arts and Technology

Student Type: Adults (19+)Higher EducationInternational

If you are looking for a Graphic Design course in London, this HND develops your knowledge and practical skills for a career in the creative industries.

You will:

Develop the practical and technical skills employers demand Learn the latest techniques from skilled practitioners, with lecturers working in the creative industries Enjoy a range of opportunities, that result from strong links with industry, including networking What you learn

Offering a hands-on approach to learning, this qualification is highly regarded by employers, increasing your competitive edge. It also counts towards membership of professional bodies and employer organisations.... [-]

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Diploma

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Are you interested in an exciting career in Engineering? Would you like to go into product design, aerospace, manufacturing, electronics, electrical engineering, or the a ... [+]

Engineering - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Course level: 3

Student Type: InternationalSchool Leavers

Are you interested in an exciting career in Engineering? Would you like to go into product design, aerospace, manufacturing, electronics, electrical engineering, or the automotive industry as a project leader or designer? Do you want to go on to university level study or enter employment at technician level?

This course will give you the experience and recognised qualifications to pursue one of these career routes.

What you learn

You will study a combination of theory, applied theory and practical topics across a broad range of subjects.

The modules include: Mechanical Principles and Applications; Electrical and Electronic Principles; Mathematics for Engineering Technicians; Engineering Design; Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials; Applications of Mechanical Systems in Engineering; Health and Safety in Engineering; Principles and Applications of Fluid Mechanics; Engineering Drawing for Technicians.... [-]

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This course is for those who wish to pursue a career in the performing arts as a professional dancer or choreographer. It also provides a pathway into musical theatre, dr ... [+]

BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)

Course level: 3

Centre: Business, Arts and Technology

Student Type: InternationalSchool Leavers

This course is for those who wish to pursue a career in the performing arts as a professional dancer or choreographer. It also provides a pathway into musical theatre, drama, physical theatre and the creative industries.

What you learn

You will study different aspects of dance, including contemporary dance, ballet, jazz, choreography, physical theatre, movement, performing arts in context, and the performing arts business.

The course also covers the history of dance and the performing arts industry. Dance performance is a major part of the course, with the chance to perform in the College theatre and at a range of external venues.... [-]

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City and Islington College

This fashion design course is ideal if you wish to develop a career in fashion and textiles, either progressing straight into employment, onto the final year of the Honou ... [+]

FdA Fashion with Textiles

Centre: Business, Arts and Technology

Student Type: Adults (19+)Higher Education

This fashion design course is ideal if you wish to develop a career in fashion and textiles, either progressing straight into employment, onto the final year of the Honours Degree in Textile Design at London Metropolitan University or onto an Honours Degree at another university.

London is arguably one of the best places in the world to study fashion. This fashion and textiles course in London equips you with the skills and knowledge you need for a career in this fast-paced industry, including the formulation, production and marketing of your own ideas.

6-week mandatory valuable work placement in the fashion industry, gaining employability skills in leading fashion houses such as Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh, Burberry and many more Learn in studios that are fully-equipped with industrial machinery for a range of activities, including screen printing, pattern cutting, surface textile design, fashion design, digital design (Photoshop and Illustrator) and garment manufacture Keep up to date with the latest trends with visits to trade shows, exhibitions and catwalk eventsYou will learn from experienced teaching staff with excellent links with employers and manufacturers. With specialist studios for fashion, textiles, print, design, and a fully-equipped Mac suite, you will use industry-standard equipment and software e.g. sewing and knitting machines, heat transfer press, silk screen-printing and digital software including Photoshop and Illustrator. What you learn ... [-]
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City and Islington College

This unique crime scene investigation course (CSI) prepares you for a range of careers in law enforcement, the criminal justice system and laboratory-based professions, i ... [+]

FdSc Crime Scene and Forensic Investigation

Centre: Applied Sciences

Student Type: Adults (19+)Higher Education

This unique crime scene investigation course (CSI) prepares you for a range of careers in law enforcement, the criminal justice system and laboratory-based professions, including as a Scene of Crime Officer (SOCO) or a Police Officer.

Providing training in the most up-to-date methods of crime scene forensic theory and practice, this course provides the skills employers demand.

It includes practical laboratory sessions as well as the opportunity to participate in field exercises, role-play scenarios with police staff and forensic projects, including obtaining forensic evidence and presenting in a court of law.... [-]

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This course prepares you for a range of careers in technical and creative areas such as camera, lighting, sound, editing, 3D modelling, animation, scriptwriting, creative ... [+]

Creative Media Production (Moving Image) HND

Centre: Business, Arts and Technology

Student Type: Adults (19+)Higher Education

Do you want to pursue a career in moving image? Would you like to build a portfolio to establish yourself in the TV/film and web-based broadcast industries?

This course prepares you for a range of careers in technical and creative areas such as camera, lighting, sound, editing, 3D modelling, animation, scriptwriting, creative writing, ideas generation, and pre and post-production.

Working on project-based exercises with direct links to creative organisations, you will create moving-image content and develop a range of practical, industry-specific skills. Through a semester of work experience in your 2nd year, you will gain invaluable insight and experience of real working practice. Previous collaborative work has taken place with The Science Museum, BBC Panorama and the Barbican Cinema.... [-]

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Foundation Year

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This Engineering Foundation Year is the first year of a four year BEng Degree course or a five year MEng Degree course, delivered by City University, London. ... [+]

Foundation Year in Engineering

Course leve: l3

Centre: Applied Sciences

Student Type: Adults (19+)Higher EducationInternational

This Engineering Foundation Year is the first year of a four year BEng Degree course or a five year MEng Degree course, delivered by City University, London. It allows you to study at degree level even if you don't have the standard university entry requirements or are returning to education to brush up your technical knowledge and study skills. It allows you to progress to a range of Engineering degrees (at City University, London), and gives you access to state-of-the-art labs and close teacher support.

Study on this foundation year will take place mostly at City and Islington College, but you will take some laboratory classes at the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at City University, London.... [-]

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Preparatory Year

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The College boasts an outstanding record of achievement for A Level students. In 2013, the overall pass rate was an impressive 98% from 1,622 entries – and students achie ... [+]

The A Level programme is studied at Level 3 over a two year period. You will study in a traditional way where your final grades will be based on end of year exams.

The qualification is divided into an AS Level (year 1) and an A2 Level (year 2) which each make up 50% of your overall grade. Most students take 4 subjects in their first year and 3 in their second year. We have 34 subjects available at A Level (22 of which have a 100% pass rate):

Biology Business Studies Chemistry Computing Critical and Contextual Studies Dance Drama & Theatre Studies Economics Electronics English Language & Literature English Literature Film Studies Fine Art French Further Mathematics Geography German Government & Politics OCR Graphics History Italian Mathematics Media Studies Music Music Technology Philosophy Photography Physics Psychology Religious Studies Sociology Spanish Textiles Turkish ... [-]
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