Founded in 1981, it has a very central location just off Kensington High Street, in a residential and commercial area. Its main building is modern, and includes a library and ICT suite. There are two satellite buildings very close by. The student population is a very diverse, some 50% of students coming from overseas. Most students take AS- and A-level courses, which are offered over two years as well as intensive courses lasting one year or 18 months; intensive one-year GCSE courses are also offered. All courses are organised around a tutorial system, in teaching groups of no more than ten students, so that tutors can engage directly with each individual. No assumptions are made about a student’s previous knowledge and the teaching style aims to be positive and encouraging. The art and drama departments make good use of the college’s proximity to London’s galleries and theatres and the college organises a range of other activities and visits.