- 5 Masters
- Private Institution Type
West london College is a leading independent higher education with a history that dates back to the 1930's. The College is an Associate Campus of Heriot-Watt University, ranked No 9 in the UK, and offers a range of the University's bachelors and masters degree programmes under licence. Students receive the same degrees as their counterparts at the University and at the same graduation ceremony in Edinburgh.
The College occupies buildings to the north, south and east of Selfridges in London's West End, within walking distance of Bond Street, Baker Street and Marble Arch tube stations. Students are accommodated in hostel style rooms, mainly in the Queensway and Bayswater area.
The College is non-profit-making and so is able to offer relatively low tuition fees. Overseas student pay only slightly more than UK/EU students and this is only to cover the extra administrative cost of their recruitment and visa formalities.
Students entering the College enjoy every practical incentive to succeed. WLC is staffed by tutors of the highest quality and all students have access to an impressive range of specialist teaching aids including audio-visual equipment and modern computer facilities. Lecturers are chosen not just for their technical skills but also for their ability to impart their knowledge to others. They are entertaining and friendly, and always do their best to ensure that the course is as enjoyable as possible. In such a progressive environment students discover a new interest in learning, and new outlets for their natural potential.
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All lectures rooms and computer labs are climate-controlled and equipped with digital projectors which are linked to the College computer network and to the College's virtual learning environment. The College also offers an extensive library with electronic access to University libraries, a subsidised restaurant, student common rooms, a cinema, free wifi, free printing, a free 50 station internet cafe with Skype, an integral English language school (voted the best in Europe), and regular social events such as parties, fashion shows, discos and boat trips. The students Xmas party is legendary.
The College campus combines excellent facilities and modern technology to provide an effective learning environment, both 'real' and 'virtual.'
The College was one of the first in London to offer computer training in the 1970's and has since maintained a strong tradition of using computer technology to enhance the student learning experience.
The three buildings, Parliament House, which the College has occupied since 1997, Hannah House which opened in 2004 and the Duke Street administrative centre which was added in 2009 are all equipped to the highest standard and with the latest technology.
All the classrooms are climate controlled and all have digital projectors and wi-fi access to the College's virtual learning environment, my-WLC.
All the main student-facing administrative functions are to be found at Parliament House. Two of the six floors are devoted to looking after students, registering them for courses, finding them accommodation and employment, and providing pastoral care such as financial or visa advice for those that need it. It is also the home of the Business department, some impressive computer facilities, and the senior management team.
Parliament House also has an external TV camera that looks down onto famous Oxford Street below. The images from this camera can be viewed, live, from anywhere in the world. See our London Webcam to see the view any time, 24 hours a day.
This is the biggest of the buildings andtheliveliesttoobecauseithas the best of the social facilities.
In addition to four floors of studios and classrooms, it has our main student leisure area where hundreds of students gather at break times. It has a cinema, a 50 station internet café, a restaurant, a roof terrace where we have our summer parties. It is also the home of the Fashion department and the décor is often brightened by examples of their latest work.
Hannah House also houses our integral English language school, recently voted Europe's best, together with our Hotel & Tourism Management department and an impressive split-level library.
When a student leaves the classroom, access to the College's learning environment continues.
The content of the last lecture... everything that appeared on the lecturer's screen...can be replayed on the student's laptop or tablet by accessing my-WLC, the College's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
Students can use this system to recap on lecture content, access, complete and submit homework, receive feedback from academic staff, and view data via links that have been placed on the system by their teachers. And they can do this from anywhere, simply by logging in via the web. This way the learning process is continuous and available 24 hours a day.
Happiness is the key to success and the College welfare team work hard to ensure that students are comfortably accommodated and well looked after.
For many of our overseas students their journey to London to study at the College is their first time away from home and, for most, represents a major change of lifestyle. It is vitally important therefore that the College provides expert help and guidance regarding accommodation and welfare.
Even before our overseas students board their flights to England our Student Services team are working hard on their behalf to ensure that all goes well on their arrival at Heathrow or Gatwick airport and that a driver is waiting to take them to their accommodation.
Then, once they commence their studies, members of the Student Services team are available to help the new students overcome any difficulties they may face in the first few weeks.
The team are well aware that students' academic success at the College will often depend heavily on their comfort in their surroundings and their ability to overcome any anxiety caused by homesickness, and consequently great emphasis is placed on ensuring that students are happy with their living accommodation.
Central London is a marvellous place for young people. There are endless facilities to use, shops and markets to explore and beautiful places to enjoy, most of which are free. It's literally impossible to see it all. At night, London comes alive with some of the best clubs, bars and discotheques to be found anywhere, and the music scene is world class.
To enjoy all that London has to offer young people need to make friends, and making friends at West London College is very easy. The College has it own social functions, particularly for new students, a thriving students association, and a dedicated page on Facebook so students can share their discoveries with others.
As an Associate Campus of Heriot-Watt University the delivery of the University's degree programmes receive the same scrutiny as that of the University.
West London College is subject to educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) under the UK Border Agency's Tier 4 sponsorship requirements.
In addition the College is rated by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) as a Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) which is the highest grade of licence.
The College is also a founder member of Study UK, the UK's association for duly accredited independent colleges of further & higher education, and subscribes to its membership code of conduct.
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