City and Islington College

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City and Islington College, known as Candi, is a further education college in the London Borough of Islington, England, with five major sites. It is a member of the 157 Group of highly successful Further Education colleges in England, of which its principal, Frank McLoughlin CBE, was the first Chair. The college has been awarded Beacon status by the Learning and Skills Council, and a 2008 Ofsted report awarded the college a Grade 1 (outstanding) in all aspects of its inspection report. The college is the first further education college in the country to win the Queen's Anniversary Prize twice. In 2005 the College completed a £64 million building programme. This was the biggest investment in accommodation in the history of further education in the UK.<ref name="">Template:Cite web</ref> The college introduced the International Baccalaureate at its Sixth Form College in September 2010.


The college was formed in 1993 through a merger of the City and East London College, North London College, Islington Adult Education Service and Islington Sixth Form College, which operated over 13 sites across Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets.

The Corporation of City and Islington College, led by Jack Morris (Chair of Governors) with Tom Jupp (Principal 1993-2001), developed a strategy to rebuild the college estate using capital released by the sale of sites and grants from the Learning and Skills Council.<ref name=""/>

Alongside the development of the new buildings, the management of teaching and learning was reorganised, and the five centres emerged.


Twelve years ago the college was spread across 13 different sites and three boroughs, and some of the buildings dated back to the 19th century. There are now five centres in Islington, each one specialising in a particular set of subjects. The centres provide study and recreational spaces, all with the latest ICT equipment for teaching and learning.<ref name="ReferenceA">Template:Cite web</ref>

The five centres are:

  • Centre for Applied Sciences
  • Centre for Business, Arts and Technology
  • Centre for Health, Social and Child Care
  • Centre for Lifelong Learning
  • Sixth Form College

Each centre is focused on running particular courses and qualifications and each has its own community of students, teachers and support staff.<ref name="ReferenceA"/>

Centre for Applied Sciences

thumb In Angel, Islington, the centre building was officially opened by her Majesty’s Chief Inspector for Schools, David Bell, in May 2005, the same year that Ofsted rated the college’s science provision as outstanding.

Applied science courses range from Introductory Diplomas to Foundation Degrees and lead to professions that require specialist scientific knowledge such as forensics, optics, medicine, nursing and sports and fitness training.

Many of the staff have industry experience and there are links with prestigious London universities as well as professional organisations such as the Metropolitan Police. In 2008, the college’s Science provision was rewarded yet again, winning the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, thus becoming the first general further education College to win the award twice. It was won for ‘Creating Pathways to Employment and Higher Education in the Sciences'.

Centre for Business, Arts and Technology

The new £15 million building on Camden Road, built by William Verry with Sprunt Architects,<ref name="City & Islington cs">Template:Cite web</ref> was officially opened by the then Secretary of State for Education, Ruth Kelly, in January 2006. Subject areas include; ICT and Networking, Business and Management, Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Media from basic level through to Foundation Degree.

Centre for Health, Social and Child Care


The centre offers both full-time and part-time courses in child care, health and social care, counselling, and advice and guidance, all taught at the Marlborough Building.

Child care provision has been designated a Centre of Vocational Excellence. Many of the centre’s students are in employment or decide to enter employment after college but growing numbers are progressing to university.

For those who want to gain a degree while working, the centre offers four foundation degrees at the Marlborough Building: Early Childhood Studies, Education (primary pathway), Health Sciences and Working with Young People and Young People Services (Learning Mentors).

Beauty Therapy, Barbering and Hairdressing are also taught here and make use of the on-site salon; ‘Oasis’, which was officially opened in January 2011 by celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton.

Centre for Lifelong Learning

In Blackstock Road, Finsbury Park, courses are offered for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities together with courses in beauty and complementary therapies.

The centre specialises in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses. Although most of the students are adults, a special ESOL programme for young people is also available. Courses range from beginner to advanced level and include Maths and IT. Beauty Therapy, Barbering and Hairdressing are also taught and make use of the on-site salon.

Sixth Form College


The college has a high standard of A-level results. In 2012 the overall pass rate was 99.1% - above the national average - and students achieved a 100% pass rate in 26 subjects.

As well as academic courses, students are involved in extra-curricular activities with an enrichment programme, as well as opportunities for trips abroad and the chance to work with professional organisations like the Almeida Theatre, or participation in the Duke of Edinburgh award.

Students are able to choose from over 30 AS-level and A2-level courses for 16-18-year olds in the following subject areas: English, Media, Humanities, Business Studies, ICT, Languages, Maths, Performing Arts, Sciences, Visual Arts and Design. Evening courses in modern foreign languages for adults, from beginners to A-level, are also available.

Van Heyningen and Haward Architects won a competition to design the building in 1999 and work was completed in 2003. The Sixth Form Centre is designed to be flexible, with clear and simple circulation reflected through a powerful facade.

Notable alumni

  • Tameka Empson (born 1977), Actress
  • David Oyelowo (born 1976), Actor
  • Kathryn Prescott (born 1991), Actress
  • Reggie Yates (born 1983), Actor/Television Presenter
  • Paloma Faith (born 1981), Singer-Songwriter and actress
  • Delilah (born 1990), Singer-Songwriter
  • Zawe Ashton (born 1984), Actress
  • Angel Coulby (born 1980), Actress
  • Raj Sidhu (born 1991), Wrestler



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