Access to Higher Education courses are designed to prepare students who have been out of education for some time to go on to further study at university or into employment. Our popular Access courses include Nursing, Social Work and Teaching.
Access courses are full-time. We also offer a part-time English and maths courses for adults.
Whether you want to move up the ladder or launch a whole new career in accountancy, AAT qualifications will equip you with the expertise and confidence to succeed. Our Accounting courses are accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians, from the Level 2 Accounting Certificate to Level 4 Advanced Diploma.
Tutors with industry experience and contacts
Accredited centre for AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Include logo
At West Thames College, we offer some of the best Art and Design courses London has to offer. You can study courses from Level One Foundation through to the Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. You can specialise at Level 3 within Art and Design or Animation and Games Design.
Courses are accredited by University of the Arts London (UAL) one of the top universities in the world for art and design.
Students exhibit at the annual Creative Arts Festival to future employers.
Many students progress to top universities and art schools, such as Goldsmiths and Central St Martin's
State-of the art studios for photography, fine art, 3D design, fashion, animation and graphics
Our professional Cookery and Catering courses at the Skills + Logistics Centre give you the opportunity to train in professional industry-standard kitchens, preparing meals for staff, students and visitors.
Students on our Catering courses gain valuable work experience in top venues such as the Marriott and Hilton Hotels, the BAFTAs and Royal Ascot. They enter and regularly win industry competitions, including Salon Culinaire and World Skills UK.
Study on one of the best Catering courses London can offer at West Thames College.
Visit trade exhibitions such as Hotelympia and the Hotel & Catering Show
Work experience in top venues.
Apprenticeships available with Carluccio's and Marriott Hotels
Gain food hygiene, health and safety and barista coffee machine front of house training and qualifications.
West Thames College offers a range of practical childcare courses and apprenticeships with high success rates. Students receive individual support from experienced teachers and gain valuable work placements or apprenticeships in schools, day nurseries and children's centres.
We have strong links with Kingston and Roehampton Universities and many of our students go on to study at higher levels.
Gain professional qualifications as you work with an apprenticeships or foundation degree
West Thames College is a certified CISCO and Microsoft Academy, giving students the chance to study a range of Computing and ICT courses at varying levels.
Our computer courses are taught by teachers with industry experience. Students on our ICT courses benefit from our state-of-the-art ICT suites, experience interactive learning with our virtual learning environment and study work-related projects, e.g. working with live briefs from real clients.
The courses offer outstanding work experience opportunities and the opportunity to visit local businesses. That's why we believe you'll find the best BTEC IT courses London can offer at West Thames College.
Guest speakers, work-related projects, live briefs and competitions, e.g. WorldSkills
Students are able to go on to university, to start work and take one of our professional courses
Our Construction courses are based at the Skills + Logistics Centre in FeItham. The Centre is equipped with specialist workshops for all the trade skills: plumbing, painting and decorating, electrical installation and carpentry.
Highly skilled tutors direct from the building trades
Work on live briefs and building projects
Lots of good job and apprenticeship opportunities in the local area.
Close links with BAA, Notting Hill Housing Association, Osborne, British Gas, K&A Construction and other local employers
Our Dance courses give you the skills for a career on stage. You'll take part in workshops led by highly experienced teachers and dance professionals. Our dance studios and 140-seat Endeavour Theatre with professional sound and lighting rig make us one of the best colleges for performing arts in London.
'Teachers use inventive approaches, ensuring the sound development of students' performance skills in dance.' Ofsted 2014
Specialised dance studios
Teachers with exceptional industry experience and contacts.
Take part in workshops led by dance professionals.
ESOL courses are designed for anyone whose first language is not English and who wishes to learn how to speak English, progress to other courses, or to get a job. If you're looking for English courses for beginners, we'll interview you to find out which class is best for you.
Our supportive teachers will help build your confidence and develop the skills you need to live and work in the UK. On our Skills for Life courses, you'll have termly exams to help you to progress quickly and gain nationally recognised qualifications.
Flexible courses at all levels – for young people and adults
Young learners learn English through science, humanities, employability and IT using topics from the National Curriculum, as taught in UK schools
Trips to places of cultural interest such as London museums and tourist attractions
Students go on to study GCSEs or vocational courses.
These courses contribute towards the Citizenship Skills for Life certificate
We offer full time, part time, or day release hairdressing and beauty courses, as well as apprenticeships in hairdressing. Our hair courses achieve high success rates and are staffed by teachers with extensive professional experience.
On your hairdresser course you'll train in our professional hair salons, which are open to the public, and take part in industry visits and exhibitions in the UK and overseas. After your hairdressing course, you'll be confident, qualified and job ready.
Our students take part in and often win national competitions
Links with L’Oreal ensure that our students use the best products
We've hosted WorldSkills UK competitions in our outstanding facilities
Our Specialist Professional Makeup courses have an outstanding international reputation. To get a place on our Makeup courses, you must apply early and have an excellent portfolio.
We have exceptional success rates and many of our students are snapped up to work for the BBC, West End theatre productions, retailers such as Bobbi Brown, film productions and photoshoots for top magazines.
You'll get to work in our professional makeup studios and theatre, and learn from professional and award-winning teachers with extensive industry experience.
Our students have won the prestigious IMATS competition 5 times and the World Body Painting Championships twice!
Take part in UK and overseas exhibitions such as Clothes Show Live, IMATS and WorldSkills London
Our students were chosen to do the makeup for the London Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies
Fantastic industry links with Illamasqua, MAC, Makeup Forever, L'Oreal and Charles Fox, ensuring that students use the best products.
Want to learn cutting edge skills in music technology, game design, media production, theatre production or audio production? Our Media and Music Production courses are taught by highly experienced tutors, who will teach you in our amazing new state-of-the-art studios.
Whether you choose to study on our Music or Media Courses, you'll get to perform/engineer live gigs and go on industry visits, e.g. Sky, BBC and Metropolis Studios. We have excellent success rates and many of our students go on to find employment in leading media and production companies around London.
Amazing facilities include a TV studio with professional cameras and chroma key special effects, sound recording studios with ProTools HD, Logic Pro and surround sound, digital video editing suites with Final Cut Pro, audio/MIDI music production suites and a multimedia suite
You will perform and engineer live gigs and get involved in our Creative Arts Festival
Students gain exciting work experience placements and have signed record deals and gone on to work for Sky, Kiss FM and Create and Craft shopping channel
Our Performing Arts and Dance courses give you the skills for a career on stage or behind the scenes. Whether you study a Performing Arts course or a Dance course, you'll take part in workshops led by highly experienced teachers. Our Performing Arts courses have visits from guest directors and industry professionals.
We have some of the best facilities in London with our dance studios and 140-seat Endeavour Theatre with professional sound and lighting rig.
Visit and perform at prestigious West End venues, such as the Donmar Warehouse, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Sadler's Wells, the Rose Theatre, Kingston and the BBC Studios
Work experience opportunities at ATA Productions, Mardi Gras Promotions, StarEFX and more
Students have gone on to star in film, theatre and TV roles – including The Pillars of the Earth, Shameless, The Virgin Queen, Shaun of the Dead and Love Actually. Others have found work behind the scenes as technicians or in costume and makeup departments.
We offer some of the most highly sought after Science courses in London: BTEC Applied Science courses as well as HND/HNC Applied Biology for advanced students. Study at West Thames College to prepare for a science degree and a range of jobs in science.
You'll learn from highly qualified staff with science-related Masters and PhD degrees as well as guest industry speakers and specialist lectures. You'll have work experience opportunities and take part in visits to universities, museums and conferences, as well as events such as National Science Week.
New laboratories including a forensics lab
A science qualifications gives students lots of options. You can continue your studies with an HND in Applied Biology at West Thames College, apply to study a science degree at Kingston University or another university or start your career.
Study Sports and Fitness courses at West Thames College to gain the skills you'll need for jobs in sport and fitness or active leisure. Our experienced sports professionals will develop your skills in team-building, problem-solving and self-discipline and will help you to gain Sports Leadership, Lifeguard or Coaching qualifications.
As a student on our Sports courses, you'll get to use our sports hall, fitness suite and outdoor sports pitches. Studying these Fitness courses, you'll get the chance to participate in outdoor activities including camping, canoeing, orienteering, abseiling and climbing and also have the opportunity to join one of the college's successful sports teams.
Trips and visits such as to the Emirates and Wembley Stadium and to local health clubs
Our Supported Learning courses have very high success rates with good progression to mainstream courses. Supported Learning students benefit from small class sizes, work experience opportunities through Project Search based at GlaxoSmithKline and the London Borough of Hounslow plus a varied and stimulating enrichment programme.
Here are the dates for the upcoming recruitment events for Project Search supported internships:
31 January from 1-4pm Project Search Open Event at West Thames College
12 March from 10-3pm Project Search Assessment Day with London Borough of Hounslow and GSK
14 May from 10-3pm Project Search Assessment Day with London Borough of Hounslow and GSK
02 July from 10-3pm Project Search Assessment Day with London Borough of Hounslow and GSK
Residential trips to activity centres and local visits using public transport
Excellent facilities, which encourage students to integrate with the mainstream college but also provide separation. Sensory room for students with complex and profound disabilities
Drama workshops to increase confidence and personal development
Students can run a coffee shop or play football in the Surrey LDD League.
Our teaching courses include CELTA, AET, DET / ProfGCE and Access to Teaching, are designed to give you the skills you'll need to find a teaching job or to develop your skills.
You'll get excellent support from our experienced tutors, as well as a mentor system, workshop and online help. We take a practical, hands-on approach for new teachers and operate flexible study times to fit in with your work and lifestyle.
Excellent success rates:
100% success rate in 2014-16 two year DET course
94% success rate in 2017/18 AET course
97% success rate in 2015/16 CELTA course
Gain qualifications required for teaching in the FE and lifelong learning sectors
Diploma in Education and Training (DET) / Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (ProfGCE) accredited by Canterbury Christchurch University
West Thames College offers a range of FREE trade union training courses for elected or appointed Union reps. Our Trade Union courses aim to arm reps with the knowledge they need to help them represent, negotiate and organise to improve conditions in their workplace for their members.
Short courses run throughout the year in centres in Hounslow and Reading.
West Thames College has a long-standing relationship with Heathrow Airport, a leading local employer. We offer a range of Travel and Tourism Courses to help you find careers in the travel industry. Our courses include: Aviation Operations, Galileo reservations, HND in Travel and Tourism Management and Worldwide Airline Fares and Ticketing courses (WAFT).
We offer full time travel courses and short programs such as the airline ticketing courses. You'll study practical work-related projects with teachers who have real industry experience.
Take part in British Airways workshops and the World Travel Market exhibition
Trips in the UK and overseas to London tourist attractions, European cities, hotels and theme parks
Gain IATA qualifications – recognised and respected worldwide.
Study BTEC Uniformed Public Services courses at West Thames College to prepare for a job in one of the uniformed services such as the fire service, paramedics, police or armed forces.
Our industry-experienced staff will teach you skills in team-building, problem-solving and self-discipline; plus, whilst studying your Uniformed Public Services course, you'll have access to our fully equipped fitness suite and brand new sports pitches.
Students progress to jobs in the Metropolitan Police, Royal Marines, Fire Department, Parachute Regiment, UK Border Force, MI5, Youth Offending Teams or Ambulance Service as a paramedic.
Unique enrichment activities for example at the Hydra Critical training suite to work as a detective inspector for the day investigating a homicide.
Take part in residential trips and outdoor activities include scuba diving, camping, canoeing, orienteering, abseiling and climbing.
Visits to the Intelligence Services, the UK Border Force and learn how counter terrorist dogs are selected and trained.
The employer-focused training division of West Thames College works in partnership with businesses to provide strategic learning and development programmes. Our short courses are ideal for people working in small to medium sized organisations and to assist working professionals to develop their skills in key areas. Our training team consists of qualified professionals who all have experience of delivering training to a wide range of businesses across all sectors. They will share their expertise with you, to ensure that you and your staff work together to make your business more effective.
From your initial enquiry until you leave the college, we will give you all the advice, guidance and support you need to ensure that your time at West Thames College is happy, safe and successful.
The Information Centre
The Information Centre can also arrange:
a session with an independent careers adviser
an interview to assess additional support needs if you have a disability or learning difficulties
an appointment with a member of the apprenticeship team.
All full-time students have a student learning adviser, who will meet with you regularly to monitor progress and assist with any issues. You will also have access to specialist teachers, who will:
provide extra support with English and maths
help with study skills and tackling assignments
arrange the right support if you are dyslexic or have a learning difficulty.
Contact the Information Centre to book an initial assessment with the Inclusion and Progression team.
Learning Resources Centre
Access a range of online services and resources to help you with your studies. It is also a quiet place to study and to use a computer.
Special support for students with a disability or learning difficulty
We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the college facilities are accessible to you and that your learning and support needs are met.
Our Student Experience and Security teams help to create a safe, welcoming and friendly college environment for everyone to enjoy. You can talk to a safeguarding officer at any time if you have concerns about your safety or wellbeing.
West Thames College is a vibrant and successful college of further and higher education. Our vision is to be outstanding in everything we do. We provide excellent support to our diverse student population and staff are well supported in a culture of continuous professional and personal development. Many members of staff have been encouraged to take on new and more senior roles at the college.
We have a good reputation in the local community and enjoy long-standing partnerships with a number of leading local employers. Facilities across campuses in Isleworth and Feltham are state-of-the art with good public transport links and free staff parking. See our facilities, benefits and professional development for staff.
To join our friendly and welcoming college see the current vacancies and apply online. Please read the Guidance for Applicants before you complete the application form.
Thank you for your interest in West Thames College; it really is a great place to work.
West Thames College works in partnerships with local schools to offer specialist vocational courses aimed at 14-16 year olds.
We offer specialist vocational courses in subjects which are not always available at schools and are designed to give a real insight to the world of work.
Students have access to state-of-the-art equipment, studios and salons.
We work closely with schools and parents to ensure that students succeed, providing regular feedback at parents' evenings and through progress and attendance reports.
Trading Places for Year 10s
FreshStart for Year 11s
English as an Additional Language
Full time course for students needing additional English language support. English is studied alongside a choice of vocational options.
Special Educational Needs
We can arrange customised provision to ensure that students get the best out of their education.
These short courses will develop your skillset and specialist knowledge as well as providing excellent opportunities to network with other businesses.
We have scheduled courses in:
Health & Safety and First Aid
High Impact Management Courses
People Management Courses
West Thames College offer a free training needs analysis service and can create bespoke course programmes to meet the needs of your organisation, covering areas such as:
Health & safety
Our customised training solutions are delivered by expert consultant trainers at discounted rates. Training sessions can take place at your premises, at a location of your choice, or in our Spring Grove House training suite.
Contact a business adviser to discuss your learning and development needs.
Trade Union Courses
West Thames College offers a range of FREE trade union training courses for elected or appointed Union reps. Our Trade Union courses aim to arm reps with the knowledge to help them represent, organise and to negotiate to improve conditions in the workplace.
If you want to find out what we’re really like, pay us a visit.
If you’re a student or parent still deciding on colleges or the right course, there are plenty of occasions to come and see us. We have regular open days, monthly college tours, careers events and opportunities to see our students’ work.
Visiting us is the best way to get a feel for the college before you apply.
You'll have a chance to meet our lecturers and students.
Ask questions about the courses and apprenticeships we offer.
Take a tour of our fantastic facilities.
Staff and students will also be available to help you apply for courses on the spot.
Our next Open Day is taking place on Wednesday 06 February. If you're interested in attending, fill out the registration form by clicking the button below. We look forward to seeing you.
The Corporation is responsible for the overall functioning of the College. In general terms, it is responsible for the quality of service that the College offers to learners and the local community, as well as the College's financial health and strategic direction.
The Corporation comprises of members drawn from a range of backgrounds and experience. The membership reflects the varied communities which the College serves.
The Corporation is a large team with a broad blend of skills. The Corporation meets termly to consider strategic developments, systematic monitoring of College and Management performance and prescribed compliance reports.
The thrust of the Corporation's work is outward looking and primarily future orientated in forming strategies as well as providing accountability for past activities of the College.
The Corporation maintains contact with College life through staff-governor links; formal presentations, and attendance at Annual Awards events and exhibitions. Board members have a strong commitment to continuous improvement in their own practice and annually conduct a rigorous self-assessment.
The Governors' Handbook contains the following information:
Current Membership Details
Legal Framework, Standing Orders & Terms of Reference
Roles & Responsibilities
Training, Development & Self-Assessment
Governance Policies & Procedures
The Isleworth Campus is situated on the London Road (A315) between Hounslow and Brentford, next door to the Isleworth Fire Station. It is in TFL Zone 4. Address London Road, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 4HS
There is a car park for staff, disabled students and evening students (entrance on Harvard Road), however places are limited on a first come first served basis. There are parking meters on the roads directly around the campus. The nearest free parking is on Osterley Road. http://www.hounslow.gov.uk/index/cpz_interactive_map.htm
The Feltham Skills+Logistics Centre is at the end of Boundaries Road, off the main Uxbridge Road (A312). Boundaries Road is accessed by a small service road and parade of shops (opposite the Airman pub, near the footbridge). It is in TFL Zone 6. Address 77 Boundaries Road, Feltham, Middx TW13 5DR Information Centre 020 8326 2020 or 020 8818 6800
Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. It reports directly to Parliament and is both independent and impartial. It inspects schools, colleges and other providers with the aim of providing information to parents, to promote improvement and to hold providers to account.
Ofsted questionnaire for West Thames College
Ofsted have an online questionnaire for parents and carers of learners to help you to give your views about West Thames College.
We would be grateful if you would complete the questionnaire to help Ofsted understand how well West Thames College supports its learners to ensure the best possible outcomes. Inspectors will use the results during inspection to identify issues to look at in more detail.