We're a successful college of further and higher education with a friendly atmosphere. The college has two sites, our main Isleworth campus and the Feltham Skills Centre. Over 6,500 students from many different backgrounds choose to study with us each year.
If you want a college with the WOW factor, look no further. Our Isleworth campus (officially opened in 2012) with its award-winning buildings, landscaped lawns and the beautiful grade II listed Spring Grove House as the centrepiece, is probably one of the best campuses in London.
You will have access to state-of-the-art specialist facilities, including TV and music recording studios, a professional theatre and dance studios, hair and beauty salons and makeup studios, IT suites, specialist graphics, animation, photography, fashion and design studios, science laboratories and much more. This is 21st Century learning at its very best.
If you want to work in the catering, construction, engineering or motor vehicle trades, our Feltham Skills Centre with its purpose-built workshops and training kitchens is a real gem.
It's a small and friendly specialist training centre with hands-on courses taught by real industry professionals. Our links with employers ensure students get lots of job and apprenticeship opportunities too.
Our success rates are high and continue to improve each year. We are proud to say that we currently have the 4th highest overall success rate in London (out of all 29 colleges).
Every year our students get to showcase their talent, representing the college in local, national and even international industry-sponsored competitions, and they regularly win top awards.
When we say our courses are vocational we mean it! We have links with organisations such as: Nissan, BAA, John Lewis, British Airways, British Gas, West Middlesex Hospital, Brentford FC, Donmar Warehouse, AbilityNet, Dermalogica, MAC Cosmetics, GlaxoSmithKline and many more, ensuring students have direct access to the world of work.
Most of our teachers are industry professionals with contacts. Work experience, live briefs, industry competitions, and visits to trade shows, exhibitions and organisations, are key features on our courses.
In today's economic climate, it's more important than ever that you gain the experience and skills that employers are looking for.
Our courses give you the edge, so you stand out from the crowd.
We prepare students so they're ready for university or employment. The combination of vocational experience and employability skills we give to our students helps them to find a relevant job leading to a successful career in their chosen field.
Here are a few of our former students who have achieved success...
David Hollands - Applied ICT Level 3
Despite leaving school with no GCSEs, David achieved the highest ICT exam results in the whole country whilst at West Thames. He went on to achieve a First Class Honours Degree in Computer Science at Royal Holloway University and now works for Accenture as an IT management consultant.
Soliat Bada - Dance Level 2 and 3
Soliat went on to gain a degree in Dance at the Creative Academy, became a professional dancer and formed dance trio CEO Dancers. She won a BEFFTA Award for Best Dance Act in 2012 and reached the semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent in 2013.
Elijah Kinne - Art & Design (Fashion) Level 2 and 3
Elijah went on to gain a First Class Honours Degree in Footwear and Accessories. He was nominated for a Mulberry Design Award and has worked for Gok Wan and Jimmy Choo. He’s now doing a Masters Degree at the Royal College of Art.
Value for money - quality courses, yet lower fees than most universities.
Practical vocational courses - giving you the skills employers need.
Job-ready in just 2 years
Top-up to a degree with one or two more years of study
Taught by industry professionals
More one-to-one support
Perfect for local people with work and family commitments
Our Partner Universities:
Kingston University London
St Mary's University College
University of Westminster.
Most students, staff and visitors comment on how friendly and welcoming we are. We have an excellent reputation for the additional support, advice and guidance we give to our students.
We will be with you every step of the way to ensure you succeed on your course and your time at West Thames College is both happy and memorable.
West Thames College is a fun place to be with plenty of activities and events throughout the year to keep you entertained.
There’s always something happening in the Student Common Room – from Freshers’ Fair in September, to awareness-raising and charity fundraising events, to talent shows and pool tournaments, to the Creative Arts Festival in June.
We take our sport seriously. Students have access to a huge new sports hall, outdoor sports pitches and an amazing fitness suite. So, whether you’re into football, cheerleading, volleyball, cricket, boxing, basketball, badminton, Street Dance or Zumba - competitively, or just to keep fit - we’ve probably got something for you. Maybe you could try out for a college team?
Situated over three floors, our outstanding Learning Resources Centre has everything you need to help you with your studies: specialist subject librarians, books and e-books, DVDs, trade journals, magazines, prospectuses and e-resources.
There are special areas for group work, quiet study and learning support, and HE [Higher Education ] students have their own space too.
You can drop in to use a PC or Mac at any time to work on projects or surf the internet.
Making Waves Spring 2015 - Our termly student magazine.