Heriot-Watt University West London College

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Heriot-Watt University West London College

    West London College (WLC) is an independent college of further and higher education, located in the Marylebone district of Central London and has a student body of 300 full-time students. The College is a specialist art and design school and is part of the British Study Centres Group of Colleges which includes British Study Centres School of English, and Hove College.

History and location

The College has its roots in correspondence schooling from the 1930s onwards. From 1992 until 2015 the College offered courses in business, finance, marketing, accountancy, computing, tourism and hospitality and had teaching premises located near Selfridges in Mayfair. Additionally in 2004 it took over the former training facility of Marks and Spencer in Manchester Street, called Hannah House which the College occupies with its sister school, British Study Centres School of English. The College has been an Approved Learning Partner of Heriot-Watt University since 1992 offering tuition for Bachelors and Masters degrees and from 2012 to 2015 it was designated as the London Associate Campus of Heriot-Watt University.[1] Hostel accommodation is provided for students in the Bayswater and Notting Hill areas of central London.

Heriot-Watt University West London College


Programmes are offered in the following subject areas:

Full time courses

  • UAL Foundation Diploma in Fashion Design
  • UAL Foundation Diploma in Fine Art
  • UAL Foundation Diploma in Interior Design
  • UAL Level 4 Diploma in Fashion Retail

Short courses

  • Certificate in Professional Development
  • Higher Certificate in Professional Development
  • Certificate in Fashion
  • Higher Certificate in Fashion
  • Develop a sketchbook inspired by London
  • Drawing & painting (20 weeks)
  • Mending (4 weeks)
  • Machine embroidery (5 weeks)
  • Hat making (5 weeks)
  • Portfolio building through drawing and mixed media
  • Pattern Cutting (2 days)
  • Garment Construction (2 days)


West London College has been awarded Premier Membership of Study UK, a status reserved only for those independent colleges that have successfully undertaken a full British university Quality Assurance inspection and been duly authorized to run British university degree courses under official licence. The College holds a UKVI Tier 4 Sponsor’s Licence.West London College is subject to educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) under the UKVI’s Tier 4 sponsorship requirements. West London College is affiliated with British Study Centres and Hove College.