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International Course Guide


Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College

Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College

International Office

Gliddon Road

Barons Court

London W14 9BL


Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7565 1246

Fax: 020 8563 8574

Email: intoff@wlc.ac.uk

Visit: www.wlc.ac.uk


Living and Studying in London 3

Our College 4

Awards, Achievements and Accreditations 5

Student Life

  • International Centre 6

  • Accommodation 8

  • Meeting New People 10

  • Help and Support 10

Qualifications Explained and Progression Routes 11

Our Courses

  • English as a Foreign Language 13

  • Pre-A Levels/A Levels 17

  • BTEC National Diplomas and NVQs 19

  • International Foundation Programmes and Diplomas 20

  • Foundation Degrees 24

  • Postgraduate Diplomas 28

  • Masters Degrees 35

Visas Explained 36

How to Apply 37

Contact Us 39


Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College welcomes many international students every year. They choose to study with us because of our fantastic teaching, our first class facilities and because we are located in the heart of London – one of the most exciting cities in the world!

We offer a range of qualifications to suit your interests and every year we help more and more students to experience amazing opportunities whilst living and studying in the UK’s capital.

Please read on to discover what our College can offer you, what our students have to say about us and how the help and support they received both before and during their UK visit helped them to achieve great success.

We look forward to meeting you!

Paula Whittle


Disclaimer: Although we make every effort to ensure that the information contained in this guide is correct, course and fee information does change throughout the year. This guide was printed in September 2009 for courses starting in September 2009 to July 2010.

Living and Studying in London

If you choose to study with us you will experience many amazing opportunities.

London is one of the most exciting, cosmopolitan cities in the world; it is a fantastic place to live and study and offers a rich historical backdrop to some of the world’s leading modern landmarks.

Our College will offer you direct access to a vibrant city that is full of history, culture, art and politics. Studying at our College will educate you in many ways – we are so much more than a college!

What is there to see in London?

  • Buckingham Palace

  • The Houses of Parliament

  • Westminster Abbey

  • St Paul’s Cathedral

  • The Tate Modern Museum

  • The British Museum

  • The National Portrait Gallery

  • Covent Garden

  • The National Theatre

  • Madame Tussauds

  • The London Eye

  • Wembley Stadium and four premiership teams!

  • Plus over 34,000 shops!

Find out more!

Don’t forget the Olympics come to London in 2012 – you could be there!

[Please see pages 4-5 of the standard print version for map]

When a man is tired of London , he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”

Samuel Johnson

1777, English Poet

Our College

We are a Government funded College of Further and Higher Education. We welcome over 3000 students from 112 different countries every year!

Where is our College?

Our College has four campuses across west London in Acton, Ealing, Hammersmith and Southall. Each campus has fantastic transport links and easy access into central London. We are located near Heathrow Airport and are a quick tube journey away from London’s West End.

What kind of facilities are there?

  • Free internet access

  • A variety of budget meals to suit your tastes

  • Sports & Fitness Centres

  • Learning Resource Centres

  • Multi-Faith Prayer Room

  • T.A.S.T.E. Training Restaurant

  • Hairdressing & Beauty Salon

  • Counselling & Student Support Services

City life is fantastic and I love studying at the College as I am al ways learning something new and meeting new people.’

Akilah, Antigua

AS/A2 Levels

Where do our international students come from?

  • Bangladesh 22

  • Brazil 13

  • Burma 6

  • China 100

  • Colombia 5

  • India 984

  • Iran 20

  • Iraq 8

  • Japan 12

  • Kuwait 5

  • Malaysia 8

  • Mongolia 7

  • Morocco 6

  • Nepal 16

  • Pakistan 10

  • Peru 6

  • Russia 7

  • Saudi Arabia 13

  • Somalia 5

  • South Africa 5

  • South Korea 22

  • Sri Lanka 7

  • Taiwan 70

  • Thailand 14

  • Turkey 5

  • Vietnam 56

Countries with less than 5 students have not been shown.

Based on 2008/09 enrolment figures.

Awards, Achievements and Accreditations

  • The Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2008

The International Centre at our College won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade in 2008 as part of the Queen’s birthday celebrations. Over the past three years, the International Centre has seen 151% trade growth, bringing in well qualified students from across the globe seeking to further their education in the UK. This exceptional achievement demonstrates how we contribute to the promotion of UK trade in general and to the prosperity of London in particular. Within the UK, the College works alongside employers including The Hilton, The Ritz and The Savoy, to create programmes where employability features high in the students’ learning experience.

  • LSIS Beacon

“for innovation and excellence”

  • Accredited by the British Council

The British Council accreditation recognises quality and efficiency in British English language teaching institutions.

  • IELTS (tm): English for International Opportunity

The only IELTS test centre in west London.

  • Education

We work with Education UK to promote studying abroad in the UK.

  • Centre of Vocational Excellence: Broadcast Media and Animation

  • Centre of Vocational Excellence: Construction Crafts: Wood and Plastering Trades

“commitment to improving skills for employment and national competitiveness.”

It took eight years, and the labour of 432 construction workers to complete the Tower Bridge, 1894.

Student Life

International Centre

If you would like to study with us our International Centre has a friendly team of advisors ready to support you. We aim to make your stay in the UK a fantastic experience so you don’t have to worry about anything!

The International Centre will give you all the support you need from before you arrive in the UK until you finish your course.

International Centre location

  • Hammersmith campus
    Room E308

  • Ealing campus
    Room A028

Airport Pick-ups

We arrange free pick-ups from Heathrow airport when a large number of students arrive at the same time. If you are unable to make these we can arrange a private taxi to pick you up from the airport. There is a £60 charge for this service.

For more information contact:



When you start your course, you will receive an international induction. This is designed to make your introduction to the UK and our College as smooth as possible. We will give you all the information you need about your course, the College facilities and life as a student in London.

Don’t forget! Our International Centre can help you with:

  • Bank letters

  • Employment letters

  • Holiday letters

  • Fee issues

  • Visa extension applications

  • Course advice and support

  • Registering with a doctor and the police

Useful Websites

The British Council website offers information on studying in the UK:



UK Council for International Student Affairs


Visa information



Organising the right accommodation is very important – our International Centre can help you to do this.

There are several accommodation options available to you:

  • Host family/home stay

  • Hostels and hotels

  • Private rented accommodation

Home stay

Home stay accommodation means you will live with a host family and rent a room in their house. This can provide you with the opportunity to experience family life and practise using your English in everyday situations. It can be a very easy way to integrate and many students form lasting friendships with their host family. If you wish to stay with a host family please email our Accommodation Officer for a booking form.

Half board

(breakfast and evening meal included)

From £140 per week*

Bed and breakfast

(only breakfast included)

From £120 per week*

Hostels and hotels

International student hostel accommodation can also be found in London. Most of our older students stay at a budget hostel called Abercorn House when they first arrive in London which is a 10 minute walk from the College. This is basic accommodation; rooms contain up to four beds and guests share a kitchen and a bathroom. The prices range from £55 to £110 per week.*

Ace Hotel is a 10 minute walk from Hammersmith Campus and prices start from £100 per week. For more information please visit:


Private rented accommodation

This type of accommodation provides you with greater privacy and independence. You can join a household with others (shared accommodation) or live on you own.

Search for private accommodation at:





Single room in a shared house:

From £80 to £120 per week*

* Based on 2009 rental prices

Would you like advice on accommodation?

Contact our Accommodation Officer who can help you with your accommodation issues and arrange an airport pick-up.

Email: internationalaccommodation@wlc.ac.uk

It takes only 20 minutes to meet friends in the heart of London.

Meeting New People

You will meet many new people whilst studying with us and we hope you make lots of new friends! We will arrange a number of activities all designed to help you meet other international students and to help you to settle into your new environment.

There are a number of social and cultural events organised throughout the year, just check our International Centre noticeboards for more information!

Look out for these events:

  • Welcome Party

  • Christmas Party

  • London Tour

  • University Visits

Our students come from 112 different countries. You will make many new friends.

Help and Support

Leaving your home country to live and study abroad can sometimes be an overwhelming experience. We have professional members of staff who are here to support you, as well as offer advice on anything you need!

Counselling and Welfare Advice

Our trained counsellors provide a free confidential service and can help you solve any problems you may have.

Careers Advice and Guidance

Our Careers team is available to help you make important decisions about your future studies.

Tutorial Support Programme

Every student has a personal tutor, they are there to provide you with all the advice and support that you need to succeed at College and to achieve your best!


If you plan to regularly use public transport, then weekly, monthly or annual transport passes provide substantial savings (30% for fulltime student photo card holders).

Part-time Jobs

International students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during term time and full–time during holiday periods. You can earn approximately £5,200 - £8,000 per year!

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