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.

About Us


The college’s mission statement is: “Reaching out to our communities to provide excellence, employability and enterprise.” 

The mission statement defines the purpose of the college and excellence, employability and enterprise are at the heart of the College. This has a direct effect on the experience that you get as a student at Kendal College:


  • Exciting learner experience
  • Staff and students that have high expectations
  • A really personal experience that meets your needs
  • Clean, safe, industry-standard environments


  • Taught by industry specialists
  • Exemplary industry links with high quality learner work experience
  • Courses designed and delivered to meet employers’ needs
  • Gain qualifications and skills that enhance your earning and employment potential


  • An understanding of the skills needed to be self- employed or to develop a business idea
  • High levels of community involvement
  • Harness your entrepreneurial, creative and innovative skills
  • Identifying and developing opportunities

Links with local schools

If you are in year 10 or 11 and already study with us here at the College, we will support progression on to higher level courses. Your college tutor will tell you how to apply.

Cumbrian Collaboration

The four Cumbrian Colleges - Kendal, Furness, Carlisle and Lakes College West Cumbria work closely to provide student activities throughout the year. Students take part in a range of exciting activities such as the Cookery Challenge and Lakeside activities, all supporting the education and pastoral well-being of our learners, not to mention a great student experience!