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Virtual Open Event

Welcome to our virtual open event, where you can find out more about our courses, facilities, tutors and support services.

Take an eye-opening journey through our exciting campus

Why should you study at College?

Find out more about our courses, hear from the tutors and discover the opportunities available with us.

Click on the pathway you are interested in to hear our tutors talk about their courses:

Access to HE

Our Access courses are an excellent alternative pathway to higher education and are recognised by all UK universities. We offer a variety of pathways, tailored to your individual needs, allowing you to broaden your horizons and raise your aspirations. These courses are designed to further you academically but also support you in your journey, promoting a great student experience.

Programme Director Lynn Barr can be contacted via email Lynn.Barr@eastkent.ac.uk 

Art and Design 

Join our dynamic Creative Industries Department with a course designed for students who wish to specialise in Graphic Design, Branding, 3D Modelling, CAD, Product Design, Information Graphics, Architecture and Fine Art. The Applied Art and Design pathway prepares students for work, an apprenticeship or university by developing sector-specific skills and building a portfolio of industry-standard work. 

Programme Director Gavin Brown can be contacted via email Gavin.Brown@eastkent.ac.uk

Computing

In our Computing department you’ll learn programming, computer hardware building and maintenance, use of computers in industry and how to develop mobile applications. We offer a suite of relevant qualifications from Levels 1–3, including T Level, which will provide you with the technical and theoretical skills required to achieve your dream career in this fast-growing sector.

Programme Director David Matthews can be contacted via email david.matthews@eastkent.ac.uk 

Early Years

You can play a vital part in the most important and exciting stage of a child’s life! This qualification can give you a basis in which to start a rewarding career supporting children in their development. Whether you wish to be a nursery assistant, a primary school teacher or teaching assistant this course will develop essential skills for you to build upon. 

Head of Department Annike King can be contacted via email annike.king@eastkent.ac.uk

Electrical

Take the first step into a lucrative and rewarding career; gain the skills and knowledge you need to work in the electrical industry. Alongside electrical installation, fault finding, testing and inspection, you’ll learn how to work safely and efficiently in the electrical environment. You will also form and assemble electrical cable enclosures and support systems, and maintain electrical equipment.

Programme Director Jermaine Carby can be contacted via email jermaine.carby@eastkent.ac.uk 

Engineering

One of the fastest growing industries, engineers shape the world; from developing new mobile phone technology to designing buildings and making components for aircraft, the career opportunities are endless. As a student on our Mechanical, Electronic or Marine Engineering courses, you will be using the latest resources, with classes delivered by industry specialists. 

Programme Director Josh Chapman can be contacted via email Joshua.Chapman@eastkent.ac.uk

Hairdressing

Come to Dover Technical College, and get a head start in the creative and rewarding world of hairdressing. Here you will be taught by staff with industry knowledge and experience, as well as gain work experience in our very own salon. Our qualifications will give you the confidence and knowledge employers are looking for. We will equip you with the skills you need to progress into the world of work. 

Programme Director Trudy Hardy can be contacted via email Trudy.Hardy@eastkent.ac.uk

Motor Vehicle

If you are interested in a career within the motor vehicle or motorsport industry, join us to achieve industry-recognised qualifications and start your journey to finding employment nationally and internationally.  Courses offered Level 1 -3, you’ll learn to repair a broad range of vehicle systems using the latest computer-aided diagnosis and scanning equipment. We also offer Motorsport Level 2 and 3, perfect if you are interested in learning more about the world of motor sports and motor racing events.

Programme Director William Mclean can be contacted via email William.McLean@eastkent.ac.uk

Plumbing

Plumbing courses offered at all levels 1-3, delivered in a well-equipped department, develop the practical skills and knowledge you need to work in the plumbing and heating industry. Our courses will equip you with the knowledge needed to enter employment and further your career, covering practical techniques and skills, enabling you to progress in the field of domestic plumbing and heating.

Programme Director Tim Wilson can be contacted via email Tim.Wilson@eastkent.ac.uk

Travel and Tourism

The travel industry is one of the biggest industries in the world and it continues to grow. Our facilities allow you to gain practical skills, as well as theoretical knowledge. We have excellent facilities including the interior of an airliner, for those of you who may be interested in pursuing cabin crew as a career path. You will benefit from the strong links made with our industry partners, some of which involve gaining sea survival experience, fire safety and first aid qualifications, putting you in an excellent position to further your career in this sector.

Programme Director Sacha Waite can be contacted via email sacha.waite@eastkent.ac.uk

Take the next step and apply now for your chosen course today.

Student Voice:

Once you enrol you are automatically a member of the Dover Technical College Students' Union. The job of the Students' Union is to be your voice, creating campaigns, events and activities for you, and to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your College experience. Your welfare, your academic achievement and your student experience are its priorities. 

The positions you could nominate yourself for include:

  • Students' Union President 
  • Students' Union Vice President 
  • Access to HE Officer
  • Design and Promotions Officer 
  • Digital Technologies Officer
  • Events and Campaigns Officer
  • Welfare and Well-being Officer

In addition to the Students' Union, each course elects a Class Rep whose job it is to represent their class and feedback on any issues, concerns or ideas for improvements the class has.  

Enrichment:

Throughout the year, students can enjoy a range of enrichment activities and trips. In the past, we have run trips to London, Harry Potter World, Thorpe Park and even Bruge for their stunning Christmas Markets! These trips are run with the support of the Students' Union who helps fund the trip expenses, keeping any outstanding costs to you as low as possible.  

We also boast a fantastic breakout space, called the Student Centre, where students can enjoy their chillout time playing table tennis, pool, PS4 or even rocking it on the dance machine!

Awareness:

As part of our enrichment programme, we highlight a number of current affairs, putting on charity events or inviting guest speakers in to speak with students about a current issue or opportunity. These range from talks around sexual health, to career and progression opportunities. Last year we were pleased to invite the Royal Marines in to speak with our motor vehicle and engineering learners about opportunities within the force. Following this, students were encouraged to take part in a very muddy PT session! 

We have a range of support services available to students to ensure that they can make the most of their time at the College. This includes:

  • Additional Learning Support

  • Careers Advice & Guidance

  • Financial Support

  • Students' Union

  • Safeguarding

  • Tutors and Mentors

Click here for more information. 

T Levels

T Levels are a brand new qualification designed to give you a head start towards the future you want. They are equivalent to 3 A-Levels.

The 2-year T Level qualification brings classroom and work placement together on a course designed with employers and businesses.

Click here for more information on T Levels

Work Experience

Work Experience forms a big part of your student journey when you join Dover Technology College and will be directly related to your college studies. 

Completing a work placement as part of your course gives you a hands-on experience you can’t get in the classroom, gets you ready for work, lets you apply your skills and gives you the chance to make a good impression on employers. You’ll also find out if it’s the right career for you.

Our Industry Liaison Officers co-ordinate and manage work placements for our students, supporting them through the process. Placements are with local employers, including: 

  • Megger
  • Best Western Plus Dover Marina Hotel & Spa
  • Stevens and Carlotti Ltd
  • DFDS
  • Barretts of Canterbury Ltd.
  • Kent Cables Ltd
  • Baldwin & Salter
  • Stylers Hair Salon
  • ADM Computing

You can contact our Industry Liaison Officers directly by email: Christina.Empson@eastkent.ac.uk and Alison.Lawrence@eastkent.ac.uk

Apply for your chosen pathway

Select your chosen pathway area

Scroll to the bottom of the pathway page and click the APPLY button

You will be re-directed to our Enterprise system where you will create your new Enterprise account

You will need an accessible email address in order to complete your application. An email will be sent to this address, so please ensure you know your login details.

Visit our How to Apply page for more information.

Contact us

Our College Services Team are available via the 'Chat Now' box you will see at the bottom corner of the website, via telephone on 01304 244332 or email dover@eastkent.ac.uk

Here at Dover Technical College we offer apprenticeships in the below pathways:

If you would like to find out more about apprenticeships please visit EKC Work Higher page or click here

Or contact EKC Work Higher apprenticeship team on 01227 811315 or email apprenticeships@eastkent.ac.uk 

Access to HE: Why returning to education is worth it

Nearly two years ago, after 20 odd years of leaving education, I started the Pre-Access course. It was an impulse decision and I was uncertain what I wanted to do for a career in the future. I was happy to learn, I'm on a low income and was able to get funding from the college for transport and childminding. This really helped with returning to education. 

Read more here.

Art and Design: A student perspective

What do you like most about coming to college? Miya: I like the fact that we can wear what we like as long as it’s acceptable and this makes us feel comfortable with ourselves. This goes into my next point. College is more advanced than school in many ways.

Read the blog here.

Early Years: A day in the life of an Early Years student

My College day starts at 9.00am, but I arrive at 8.30am to catch up with friends and grab some breakfast from the refectory before I head off to class. Today I am in college developing my understanding of Early Years practice, but tomorrow I will be in my work placement in a Nursery developing my work skills. 

Read the blog here.

Engineering: A student testimonial

My name is Sam and I studied Engineering; first level 2, moving onto level 3 in Septemeber 2019.

The thing I enjoyed most about the course, was the practicals we did in the workshop.

Following the completion of my level 3, the college supported me in applying for university, where I am now studying Mechanical Engineering (Foundation), where I plan to progress onto the full degree and even a Masters.

Overall, I enjoyed my time at Dover Technical College and would recommend the College to others, scoring it a 4.5 out of 5!

Hairdressing: Rosie returns to tell us about her success since college

In which year to you leave Dover Technical College? 2018. Which subjects did you study? I studied Hairdressing level 1, 2 and 3. 

Read more here.

Travel and Tourism: Student Testimonial 

My name is Harry and I study Travel and Tourism level 3. I started at Dover Technical College in 2019, completing the first year of my level 3 before returning this September to finish the full qualification. 

I enjoy the camaraderie and the tutors are great at what they do, alongside being experts in their field. Once I complete my level 3, I'd like to work for a railway company in Europe. 

I would definitely recommend studying at Dover College - 5/5 stars!

You can find our blogs and read our news stories to discover more about our students and life at Dover Technical College.

We are always looking for ways to improve your journey and surpass expectation. We hope you have enjoyed our first Virtual Open Event and are now considering joining our community next September. 

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Thank you for attending and we hope to see you soon!

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