West Thames College London

Higher Education

West Thames College offers specialist Higher Education [HND, Foundation Degree or BA Hons Degree - i.e. university level qualifications at Level 4 and higher.] courses: Higher National Diplomas (HND courses) and Foundation Degree (accredited by Kingston University). We also offer teaching qualifications: DET /  PGCE (in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University).

Use the links below to find out why we should be your number one choice, or read what our students have to say.

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Why West Thames College?

Amazing campus

HE Campus

West Thames College is a medium-sized college of further and higher education [HND, Foundation Degree or BA Hons Degree - i.e. university level qualifications at Level 4 and higher.] with a very welcoming and friendly atmosphere. It is the perfect place for you to meet lots of people of different ages, cultures and backgrounds - not just from London, but from all over the world.

As a West Thames student, you can take advantage of our new Isleworth campus with state-of-the-art facilities, designed for 21st century learning at its very best – the Atrium Building opened in 2010 and the Sir Joseph Banks Building in September 2011.

These modern buildings contrast with the historical grandeur of Spring Grove House – originally the 18th century manor house of botanist and explorer Sir Joseph Banks, who travelled the world with Captain Cook and was the first ‘director’ of Kew Gardens in 1772.

The campus is surrounded by landscaped lawns and pleasant outdoor areas.

London - a great city for students

HE London

London is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world and it’s the perfect place to study.

West Thames College is conveniently situated in Isleworth, west London, with excellent bus, tube and train transport links. It only takes 30 minutes by train to get to the heart of the capital.

If you’re looking for inspiration, you’ve got access to some of the world’s best galleries, museums, cinemas, architecture, festivals and much more. Then there’s all the top trade shows and exhibitions to visit…

London is also home to the UK’s most prestigious employers in every industry sector, not to mention some of the world’s most famous brands.

The local area
Away from your study, there’s a wealth of parks and palaces to explore, sport to follow, malls to shop and nightlife to entertain. Kew Gardens, Syon Park, Osterley House, Hampton Court Palace, Watermans Arts Centre, Brentford Football Club and Twickenham Rugby Stadium are all just a bus ride away.

Likewise, Richmond, Kingston, Hounslow and Westfield Shopping Centre (Shepherd’s Bush) are excellent for shopping and leisure activities.

If you want theatres, cinemas, restaurants, clubs and bars, Richmond and Kingston are the places to be seen.

West Thames College has all this, right on its doorstep.

Our students really go places

HE Progression

West Thames College has an excellent reputation for cultivating students of the highest calibre who are destined to go far. Our students regularly win national and international competitions and gain top work placements.

Our Specialist Makeup students have won the International Makeup Artist Trade Show competition five times, affirming West Thames as one of the best places in the world to study makeup artistry. Most students are snapped up at their graduation show by top employers from the world of TV, Film, Theatre, Advertising and Cosmetics.

Our Performing Arts and Dance students regularly perform at professional venues, and a high number of our Early Years students have gone on to achieve first class honours degrees.

Most of our students gain employment in their relevant field of study as a direct result of their course at West Thames College, or they progress to university to top up their HND or Foundation degree to a full honours degree or postgraduate qualification. Students on Foundation Degrees, who are already in employment, progress in their careers, usually into management positions.

Hands-on courses taught by industry professionals

HE Industry Professionals

Our lecturers are highly qualified professionals with many years’ industry experience. They will share their up-to-date knowledge and skills - not to mention their industry contacts - and give you a real insight into working in your chosen field.

Direct industry experience
Our students love the practical emphasis on our courses and our strong links with industry. Real-life briefs and projects, work placements, industry-sponsored competitions and field trips form an essential part of our courses. You may also visit trade shows, galleries, museums, exhibitions and relevant organisations in the UK, Europe and beyond.

In today’s highly competitive jobs market, this vocational experience is key to your success, as you will gain the essential skills that employers are looking for - it looks great on your CV and helps you stand out from the crowd.

Great value for money

HE Value

Not only do we offer high quality, practical Higher Education [HND, Foundation Degree or BA Hons Degree - i.e. university level qualifications at Level 4 and higher.] courses, our fees are much lower than most universities, so you don't get saddled with debt for the rest of your life.

Job-ready in just two years
The advantage of studying for an HND or Foundation Degree is that you will gain a really practical qualification in just two years that will prepare you for work.

And don't forget, if you do a two-year course, you'll only have to pay two years' tuition fees instead of three. You'll also have the option of progressing directly on to the second or final year of a university honours degree.

The choice is yours!

Excellent facilities

HE Facilities

You will have access to state-of-the-art specialist facilities, including:

  • TV studio with professional camera and chroma key special effects
  • Sound recording studios with ProTools HD, Logic Pro and surround sound
  • A professional theatre which seats 140 and contains a professional sound and lighting rig
  • Dance studios
  • Hair, beauty and makeup studios which are open to the public and have an outstanding reputation offering great value hair colours and colour treatments; beauty treatments e.g. facials, manicures, waxes and massages; professional products e.g. Dermalogica
  • IT suites including a specialist networking lab for Cisco
  • Specialist art and design studios for photography, fine art, 3D design, fashion, animation and graphics
  • Science laboratories including a forensics lab
  • And much more!

This is 21st Century learning at its very best.

Learning resources
Our Learning Resources Centre is situated over three floors and offers all the study aids you need: books, DVDs, CDs, trade journals, specialist magazines, newspapers, reference items and a large collection of e-resources, including curriculum databases and over 3000 e-books, which are accessible both on and off campus. HE [Higher Education ] students have their own IT study area too.

Vibrant and exciting

HE Vibrant

West Thames College is a fun place to study with plenty to do in your leisure time.

Student Common Room
You can watch music, sport or films on the plasma TV screens, surf the internet, play pool, table tennis, table football and other games, or just meet with friends in our common room and café areas.

Student activities
You can take part in tournaments, talent shows, trips, competitions and fundraising events, or get involved with cultural awareness events too, such as Black History Month and World Aids Day. We also stage live performances in our Endeavour Theatre.

You can play football, badminton, netball, basketball, cricket, table tennis, volleyball, Zumba, boxing and much more in our brand new sports hall and outdoor pitches. We take our sport seriously – our successful college teams play in competitive leagues and regularly win trophies.

Our new gym is fully equipped with treadmills, cycling and rowing machines, cross trainers, resistance machines and weights to keep you fit and toned.

Students' Union
You will gain automatic membership of the NUS. The NUS card gives you discounts for shops and leisure activities. You can also get involved with student governance and have your say through the Students' Union.

Creative Arts Festival
In June the college becomes a hive of creative activity – students show off their talent with design exhibitions, makeup shows, film and video screenings and live music, dance and drama performances. Don’t miss out – remember to book your ticket!

Hair and Beauty Salon
Get thoroughly pampered with a beauty treatment or new hairstyle and buy professional products for a fraction of the normal cost. See our latest special offers or call the salon on 020 8326 2201.


Also see course pages.



Our HE [Higher Education ] Courses

HNCs (Higher National Certificates) - 1 year courses

HNDs (Higher National Diplomas) - 2 year courses

Foundation Degree

Teacher Education




  1. Julie Allen

    FdA Early Years Care & Education

    Julie Allen

    “One of the key things about this course is how it makes you a better professional. For example, the research into government policies, such as Every Child Matters, allows you to thoroughly understand the care industry and transfer this knowledge directly into the workplace. My lecturers prepared me perfectly for university – I’m now completing my BA at Kingston University.”




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