application process

There are a number of ways you can apply to the College and your geographical location, your nationality, and the time available before your chosen course begins are all important considerations when deciding which method to use.

The College Registry is very flexible and will try to help you whatever your circumstances. Acceptance documentation is sent by email, usually within 24 hours of the Registry receiving your application.

Submitting an application form.

In person:

If you are in or near London the best method is to come into the College and apply in person and benefit from help and advice from one of our friendly course advisors. In most cases we will be able to give you an instant decision on your applcation and you will be able to leave the College with an Offer Letter. You do not need an appointment to see a Course Advisor. The College is open 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays) and you are welcome to visit at any time during these hours.

By email, fax or post:

If you are far from London (or overseas) you may prefer to send us your completed Application Form. To do this you will need to download one of the application forms below

NOTE: If you are having difficulty viewing these application forms in your web browser please right click on the links above and select from the download/save options which appear in the pop-up menu. You should then be able to save a copy of the PDF application form to your computer. If using a Mac without right click enabled use ctrl + click. Most modern computers are already able to open PDF files but you may need to download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader.

If possible you should send copies of your qualifications with your Application Form, but if you are unable to do this, perhaps because you are waiting for examination results, you can still submit the form.

All the instructions are on the Application Form.


The College has an online application process that you are welcome to use by clicking here

With an online application you will receive a Conditional Offer because the online process does not allow you to submit your qualifications, only to tell us what they are, so you need to send your qualifications to us later.

The application procedure is as follows:

1. Submit completed application form.
Download the appropriate application form from this list (if not using the below online application options). Details of where to return the completed forms are listed on the forms themselves.

2. Receive an Offer Letter. (Conditional or Unconditional)
If your application is successful you will receive, by email, a letter offering you a place to study at the college, an International Admission Document (IAD), and an Enrolment Form, all bearing your Application Reference Number (6 digits).

The IAD gives the course start date and itemises the costs. The Enrolment Form will be needed to confirm that you accept the offer.
3. Pay tuition fees/accommodation deposit
Once you have received your International Admission Document the next step is to pay tuition fees. The amount that you will need to pay in advance depends on your circumstances (eg. whether you need a visa), and will be indicated on your IAD. There are four methods of payment: Bank transfer, Bank draft/Cheque, Credit Card and Cash. Whichever method you use, you should ensure that your Application Reference Number is quoted and that the payment is accompanied by, or coincides with, the arrival of your signed Enrolment Form.

NB. If you require accommodation you should include a deposit of £400 with your tuition fees.

Before we send a CAS we need you to email us a copy of your bank statements. For this you will require:
  • A minimum of £9180 (for courses of more than 9 months) in your bank account/parents' bank account for a minimum of 28 days.
  • The account can continue to be used in that time, but must never go below this figure.
  • The bank statement must be issued within 1 month of the date of application for your visa
4. Receive Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies & Accommodation Booking Form.
Once we have received your tuition fees we will send you by email a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) which will tally with information we will already have provided about you to the immigration authorities. You will need to copy this information from the CAS on to your visa application forms.

With the CAS you will receive comprehensive written instructions on how to fill in the visa application forms. You will also receive a West London College Accommodation Booking Form for use when you have your visa and are ready to travel.
5. Obtain Student Visa from local British authorities (Non EU/UK students only)
Applicants from non-EU/EEA countries are required to obtain a visa in advance of their journey to London. This will involve submitting an application to your local British Embassy or High Commission (the forms can be downloaded from their website together with your qualifications and bank statements. Please see our Student visa page for more information. More specific advice will be sent to you by the College along with your CAS.
6. Notify College of arrival details & accommodation requirements. (Non EU/UK students only)
Once you have your visa you must let the Student Services department know if you require accommodation and/or airport collection. To do this you should send your Accommodation Booking Form to the College, either by email or by fax, indicating your requirements. The College will respond (using the same medium of communication) so that you know where to go and what to do on arrival. Please refer to our accommodation pages
7. Arrive at the College to start your course
If you have booked airport collection and hostel accommodation you will be met in the Arrivals Hall of the airport by a driver who will take you directly to your accommodation. You should then report to the College at 10am on the course start date shown on your College documents. If you are delayed, and arrive after the date shown, please contact the College by telephone on arrival and you will be given instructions.


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