We are so much more than a college.
Speak to any of our students and they will tell you that college life doesn’t just mean achieving a new qualification. There is so much more on offer at Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College. Study with us and you can be sure that you will gain a whole range of skills and experiences that will prepare you for the next step, whether that be progressing within education or employment.
Want to try something a little different?
If you want to learn a new skill, our courses offer you that little bit extra so you leave us with so much more than a qualification. Here are just some examples of what our students get to experience as part of their course:
- Write, record and perform your own songs through Grade 9 Records our record label
- Cook with Michelin star chefs like Atul Kochaar and Mark Hix
- Get your very own mentor from the BBC or the Ministry of Defence
- Become a course rep and gain skills in negotiation, communication and representation
- Join our football team – coached and managed by QPR
- Professionals can take advantage of our blended learning package which allows you to study for your qualification online and much much more!
We welcome students from all walks of life, with lots of different needs and goals – but with one thing in common. Each has the desire to learn in an exciting, stimulating way and develop skills that will help them succeed. All of our students know that they can return to us throughout their lives to take the next step on their educational journey – and they do!
So, whether you want to get one step closer university, progress within your career or simply learn a new skill, our outstanding teaching and brand new facilities are ready and waiting for you.
Why Choose Us?
We think that there is much more to student life than just studying. The lessons you learn outside the classroom also form an important part of your education. By experiencing different cultures, making new friends and taking part in extra curricular activities, students benefit from an environment that allows them to grow with the help of experienced people supporting them at every stage.
There are many reasons why you should study with us:
- Government funded College of further and higher education
- Established over 150 years ago
- Over 26,000 UK/ EU students and 3,000 international students
- Students from more than 112 different countries
- Affordable fees and high quality flexible education
- A dedicated International Centre
- Computing suites with free internet access
- College restaurants and libraries
- Social and cultural events
- Counselling and welfare advice
- Careers advice and tutorial support
- The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade
- British Council accredited
- Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) status – from April 2012 all students on a Tier 4 student visa will only be able to extend their visa if they are studying at an HTS institution.
Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College continues to maintain its Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) status rating with the UK Border Agency.
Ask any of our students and they will tell you that we are so much more than a college.
Excellent teaching, impressive facilities, helpful careers advice and stepping stones into university or employment are just the tip of the iceberg at Ealing, Hammersmith & West
Along the way you will experience many different opportunities to become the best you can be. You will make new friends, become more confident and gather lots of essential skills – and it doesn’t stop there…..
Our Students’ Union organises lots of activities for you to get involved in. You could become an SU representative and become the voice of your fellow students. You could also become a course representative and really make a difference to college life and at the same time, get invaluable experience of communicating with senior members of staff.
If it’s sport you love, then our sports coordinators want to hear from you. It’s her job to organise sport and leisure activities, helping you to exercise your body as well your mind! If there’s a sport you’re interested in and you want to play it with your friends – let us know and we’ll do out best to organise it.
Getting involved in student life will see your confidence grow, your skills and knowledge increase and your chances of true success reach new levels!
We have high expectations of you, why not make the most of your time with us and grab every opportunity thrown at you!
Tailor-made Courses & Training Programmes
“Imagine the course, we’ll make it happen”
The International Centre works closely with educational institutions and commercial clients around the world to produce unique tailor-made courses.
By offering flexibility in course design we have created programmes ranging from one week to one year. Drawing on the rich diversity of teaching expertise and specialist knowledge of the academic divisions at the College and our affiliated lecturers and consultant trainers, the International Centre has been able to satisfy the exact course content needs of clients including schools, overseas businesses and groups of teachers seeking professional development courses.
The programmes are managed from the International Centre which operates courses across the College’s four sites in Acton, Ealing, Hammersmith & Southall.
- Italy (various schools) – 2 and 3 week English courses
- Taiwan (Taipei) – 2 and 3 week English and Cultural Experience Programme
- Denmark (various colleges) – 1, 2 and 3 week English & Business and IT Programmes and 1 week Staff Development Programme
- China (various colleges) – 2 week Introduction to British Vocational Educational Systems
- Norway (various schools) – 1 year A level equivalent programme
- Hong Kong (various schools) – 2 and 3 week English courses
- India – 2 week Marketing and Management Scholarship Programme and 1 week Faculty Development Programme
You will receive lots of support whilst studying with us. Once you enrol, you will have access to a range of services all designed to give you a head start.
The services available to you will include:
- Tutorial Support
- Welfare and Counselling Advice
- Careers Advice and Guidance
- Students’ Union & Liaison
- The Protection of Children & Vulnerable Adults
Our mentoring programme aims to provide increased motivation in our students by offering one-to-one support and guidance. Mentoring has proven to be an invaluable tool in, improving individual successes and generally in assisting the progression of our students onto higher education.
We believe in providing you with a supportive and encouraging learning environment. All students have a personal tutor who is there to provide you with all the advice and support that you need to succeed at College and achieve your best.
The personality and atmosphere of our College really surfaces through our enrichment programmes as we provide both 16-19 year olds and adult students with a significant and effective tutorial practice as well as arranging educational outings aimed at improving retention and achievement.
Welfare and Counselling Advice:
Welfare and counselling advice is a free service available to all students enrolled at any of the College sites. These services can be accessed through the Counselling and Advice Service at Hammersmith and the Student Guidance Units at Acton, Ealing, and Southall. Welfare advisors can provide information and advice to help you get the most out of your studies, for example; assisting with benefit queries, providing general welfare information and advice about finding local accommodation. Counsellors are trained to listen and help you to discuss anything that is worrying you, causing anxiety or affecting your ability to study. They provide a confidential service, usually by appointment, and you can talk about any difficulties you may have no matter how big or small. If you have any concerns or worries whilst in College, do not hesitate to drop in and see us.
Careers Advice and Guidance:
The College Careers team is available to advise and support you when you are making important decisions about your future. Based in the Careers Room in the Learning Resource Centre at Hammersmith, the Careers Room at Ealing and the Student Guidance units at Acton and Southall, the Careers team offers regular drop-in sessions and individual appointments for students.
The Careers team can support you in many ways, including how to research different career options, how to apply for college or university and where to look for job opportunities. The advisers also have information on training programmes, employment, university/college open days, student loans and grants. They can help you to prepare your CV, complete job/college/university application forms and further improve your interview techniques.
You will have full access to special careers computer programmes, the Internet, books and videos.
Connexions Personal Advisers are also able, during set times and by appointment, to offer individual guidance interviews.
Students’ Union & Liaison:
All students automatically become members of the Students’ Union (SU) when they enrol at the College. The SU works with College staff to organise student forums, trips, parties and leisure activities including football, basketball and other clubs. Members can apply for an NUS card qualifying them for discounts at various cinemas, shops and restaurants. Elected student representatives form the SU Executive Committee. The Executive members are elected to voice your opinions about the College and its facilities. Students can apply for positions such as President, Student Governor, Equality and diversity officer and Women’s officer in elections that take place in mid-September each year.
The Protection of Children & Vulnerable Adults:
The College recognises that members of staff and students have a valuable part to play in safeguarding the welfare of children under 18 and vulnerable adults attending study programmes or College events.
College staff have worked in consultation with Social Services and other agencies to produce a policy and procedures for the protection of children and vulnerable adults. For an informal discussion about any concerns you may have, you can contact the College counsellors at any of the College sites. If you would like to find out more about protection issues, the Senior Child Protection Manager for the College is the Manager of Information Advice and Guidance.
International students have various questions when considering coming to the UK to study including applying for a student visa, finance, health and many other issues. If it is a specific query related to the College, the International Centre is available for advice. If you have a general enquiry regarding any of the above issues, the following websites will be extremely valuable to you:
Education UK – Contains information on studying in the UK www.educationuk.org
UKCISA – Advice for international students moving to the UK www.ukcisa.org
UK Visas – Visa advice and information www.ukvisas.gov.uk
London is one of the most historic and vibrant capitals in the world. It is renowned for its excellent museums, galleries, shops, eateries, sights and theatres. It’s home to a huge range of cultures and nationalities and all are celebrated.
Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College reflects the diverse and open-minded ethos of London wholeheartedly.
While studying here, you’ll be able to take advantage of all that London has to offer in terms of recreation and fun as well as key business and professional contacts on hand. Each of our sites are conveniently located near to major tube, rail or bus routes, making trips into central London easy.
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How can we help you?!
As your International Educational Advisors we want to provide the best service and support possible for our international students. We want to support you in any way that we can and make your transition and stay in UK as smooth and seamless as possible.
We can help with academic questions about: Course and program planning, registration, policies and more. As well as non-academic support: Study permit, Work permit, Temporary Resident Visas and more.
You’re welcome to come see us for an appointment, a drop-in, email or call us!