entry requirements

Acceptance for study at West London College does not necessarily require, on the part of the student, any previous knowledge of the subjects to be studied. However, prospective students should have successfully completed a high school education equivalent to GCSE level and have reached a commensurate level of literacy and numeracy. Educational certificates held by international students will vary from country to country but the College Registry has considerable experience of assessing these.

Tuition is in English and so international students must therefore have reached a reasonable level of fluency. The level of English Language required for admission varies from course to course (please see below) but is never less than IELTS 5.0. Where an applicant does not have the required level, the College is able to offer English language training in advance of the main course of study.

In addition to the College requirements, those needing to apply for a student visa will need to satisfy United Kingdom Visas and Immigration and details of what they require (level B1 or B2 etc..) are explained on the SELTs page.


Business, Marketing, Finance & Accountancy | Information Technology | Hotel & Tourism Management | Fashion Design | English Language


SQA Diploma in Business Administration

  • A good standard of secondary education such as AS Levels, Scottish Highers, Baccalaureate, Senior or Higher Secondary Certificate, High School Diploma or Maturita
  • International students should have a good level of English (a score of IELTs 5.5 or equivalent). See Student Visa SELT Requirements


Heriot-Watt University Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration (BBA)

  • A-Levels (minimum grades CCD) or other comparable qualifications, plus GCSE English Language (or O-level, or IELTS 6 with a score of 6 for Writing or equivalent)
  • Year 2 entry: SQA Diploma in Business Administration or other comparable relevant qualification
  • Year 3 entry: HND, ABE Advanced Diploma or equivalent
  • International Students: See Student Visa SELT Requirements


Heriot-Watt University Bachelor's Degree in Business & Finance (BA)

  • A-Levels (minimum grades CCD) or other comparable qualifications, plus GCSE English Language (or O-level, or IELTS 6 with a score of 6 for Writing or equivalent)
  • Year 2 entry: SQA Diploma in Business Administration or other comparable relevant diploma or A-Levels (minimum grades ABB)
  • Year 3 entry: HND, ABE Advanced Diploma or equivalent
  • International Students: See Student Visa SELT Requirements


Heriot-Watt University Bachelor's Degree in Accountancy (BA)

  • A-Levels (minimum grades CCD) or other comparable qualifications, plus GCSE English Language (or O-level, or IELTS 6 with a score of 6 for Writing or equivalent)
  • Year 2 entry: SQA Diploma in Business Administration or other comparable relevant diploma or A-Levels (minimum grades ABB)
  • Year 3 entry: HND, ABE Advanced Diploma or equivalent
  • International Students: See Student Visa SELT Requirements


Pre-MBA: Diploma in Business Administration

  • Any relevant HND or any non-relevant degree plus IELTS 5.5 or equivalent
  • International students should have a good level of English (a score of IELTs 5.5 or equivalent). See Student Visa SELT Requirements


Heriot-Watt University Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA)

  • Relevant Bachelor's degree or equivalent professional qualification (such as CIMA, ACCA or CIM). NB. Graduates of non-relevant disciplines must first take the 'pre-MBA' diploma course before joining the MBA programme
  • International students should have a good level of English (Minimum O-level English Language or IELTs 6.0 with a score of 6 for writing or equivalent). See Student Visa SELT Requirements


Heriot-Watt University Master's Degree in Marketing (MSc.)

  • Any Bachelor's degree or relevant professional qualification (such as CIM)
  • Level 2/3 entry: Subject to individual application
  • International students should have a good level of English (Minimum O-level English Language or IELTs 6.0 with a score of 6 for writing or equivalent). See Student Visa SELT Requirements


Heriot-Watt University Master's Degree in Financial Management (MSc.)

  • Relevant Bachelor's degree or equivalent professional qualification (such as CIMA or ACCA)
  • International students should have a good level of English (Minimum O-level English Language or IELTs 6.0 with a score of 6 for writing or equivalent). See Student Visa SELT Requirements


Certificate in Business (summer programme)

  • Students should be over 18 years of age and educated to at least GCSE/ High School Certificate level.
  • For overseas students, a level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0 or better.


Higher Certificate in Business (summer programme)

  • Students should be over 18 years of age and educated to at least GCSE/ High School Certificate level.
  • For overseas students, a level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0 or better.


SQA Diploma in Business & Information Technology

  • A good standard of secondary education such as AS Levels, Scottish Highers, Baccalaureate, Senior or Higher Secondary Certificate, High School Diploma or Maturita
  • International students should have a good level of English (a score of IELTs 5.5 or equivalent). See Student Visa SELT Requirements


Heriot-Watt University Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Information Technology

  • A-Levels (minimum grades CCD) or other comparable qualifications, plus GCSE English Language (or O-level, or IELTS 6 with a score of 6 for Writing or equivalent)
  • Year 2 entry: SQA Diploma in Business Administration & IT or other comparable relevant diploma or A-Levels (minimum grades ABB)
  • Year 3 entry: HND, ABE Advanced Diploma or equivalent
  • International Students: See Student Visa SELT Requirements


SQA Diploma in Hospitality & Tourism Management

  • A good standard of secondary education such as AS Levels, Scottish Highers, Baccalaureate, Senior or Higher Secondary Certificate, High School Diploma or Maturita
  • International students should have a good level of English (a score of IELTs 5.5 or equivalent). See Student Visa SELT Requirements


Heriot-Watt University Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management (BA)

  • A-Levels (minimum grades CCD) or other comparable qualifications, plus GCSE English Language (or O-level, or IELTS 6 with a score of 6 for Writing or equivalent)
  • Year 2 entry: SQA Diploma in Hospitality & Tourism Management (see page opposite) or other comparable relevant diploma or A-Levels (minimum grades ABB)
  • Year 3 entry: HND, ABE Advanced Diploma or equivalent
  • International Students: See Student Visa SELT Requirements


Diploma in Fashion Design

  • High School Certificate or equivalent and some artistic ability
  • International students should have a good level of English (a score of IELTs 5.0 or equivalent). See Student Visa SELT Requirements


Heriot-Watt University BA in Fashion

  • University of the Arts London Awarding Body Foundation Diploma in Art & Design or WLC Diploma in Fashion Design or equivalent.
  • /International Students: See Student Visa SELT Requirements


Introduction To Fashion Summer Programme 2014

  • Open to anyone over 16 with a reasonable command of English and an interest in art, fashion & design


Pre-sessional English (3 Months)

  • Any Secure English Language Test (SELT) at B1 level (eg IELTS 4.0) in all four skills


Pre-sessional English (6 Months)

  • Any Secure English Language Test (SELT) at B1 level (eg IELTS 4.0) in all four skills


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