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Overview
Overview

Overview

HCUC (Harrow College & Uxbridge College) is the name for the merger between Uxbridge College and Harrow College, which took place in August 2017. Harrow College and Uxbridge College still keep their individual names and campuses and run HE courses at three of their four campuses – Uxbridge, Hayes and Harrow on the Hill.

HCUC is the Number 1 College in London for 16-18 achievement with the best English progress, Maths progress and A-Level scores in London and is in the top 10 nationally. This is based on Department for Education (DfE) achievement data for 16-18 provision in 2018/19, published March 2020.

Situated in the London Borough of Hillingdon in west London, Uxbridge College has two campuses offering HE courses - one in Uxbridge and a second in nearby Hayes. Harrow College is situated in the London Borough of Harrow and offers an HND Level 4 Computing course at its Harrow on the Hill Campus. We have been registered with the Office for Students (OfS) since 10 December 2018. 

HCUC offers Higher Education (HE) courses in the following subject areas which are all available at Uxbridge College and Level 4 HNC in Computing which is also offered at Harrow College:

  • Building services
  • Business
  • Computing
  • Games Development / Creative Media Production
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Teacher Training
  • Travel and Tourism Management.

The College is one of only 12 institutes nationwide to be chosen to run one of the government’s new Institutes of Technology. The West London Institute of Technology (WLIOT) for higher level courses in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) subjects is based on our Uxbridge Campus.

Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

Our HE courses combine theory with valuable practical experience and are the equivalent of up to two years of study at university. Whether you are looking for a pathway to a degree course or to gain the skills you need for the workplace, we will help you get there.

Our HE qualifications are designed around the needs of employers and offer practical skills to prepare you for work in industry. You will gain valuable skills demanded by employers and our courses can help you progress in your career or put you in a highly competitive position in a new area of work. Many businesses appreciate that HNC/HND courses are tailor-made to meet industry requirements and some professional bodies offer exemptions on professional courses for students with HE qualifications, so they are a great head start for your future career path.

After gaining your qualification at Uxbridge College or Harrow College you will be equipped for the world of work and may also have the opportunity to top up your studies at university to gain a full honours degree.

Our partnerships with HE institutions including Brunel University London, Buckinghamshire New University, University of West London and Middlesex University, have already benefited many students who have gone on to top up their qualifications and achieve full honours degrees.

We can also assist with finding apprenticeships for students, either through our own apprenticeship vacancy service or by assisting any student already working to convert their job into an apprenticeship.

There is also support to help you apply for part-time and seasonal work, along with voluntary vacancies while you study. You can also receive help with structuring and improving your CV, as well as general careers guidance.

Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

Uxbridge College’s higher education courses were successfully reviewed in March 2017 by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, who safeguard standards and improve the quality of higher education in the UK. The review had confidence that our academic standards are reliable and meet UK requirements.

Our lecturers have a wealth of industry experience to share in the classroom. With theory and knowledge of the workplace, plus practical help to enable you to get real hands-on skills, there is no better way than learning straight from the professionals! They share their workplace knowledge and advice with students, while students experience the right combination of theory and practical learning.

Vocational courses are structured with employable skills in mind, including practical learning and facilities that create a realistic working environment to help fully prepare students. There are links with employers so you can also get involved in working on live briefs and assignments that are industry-linked.

Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

Although the college doesn’t have an official students’ union, they do have a student council. The council is made up of ten tutor reps who are elected by students, whose job is to represent them to the governing board and ensure any issues are solved. Students can also join the National Union of Students and get a Totum card for student discounts.

Accommodation
Accommodation

Accommodation

We work with a home stay organisation to help with accommodation for our international students only.

Cost of living
Living costs This is the average annual cost of living for a student studying in the town where this uni is based.
Source: IDP Connect 2019

£11,385

per annum
Facilities
Facilities

Facilities

Your learning is complemented by the state-of-the-art facilities we provide. We have heavily invested in our campuses to provide you with the latest technology and industry-standard facilities to support your learning. You will study in modern campuses with libraries, sports hall, gyms, cafeterias, workshops, hi- tech smart classrooms, studios, salons, computer centres, labs, student lounges and more.

Our facilities include:

  • Building, Plumbing & Electrical Workshops
  • CISCO Training Suite
  • Computer Centres
  • Engineering labs
  • Engineering/Electrical & Plumbing Workshops
  • Hair and Beauty Salons (Hayes)
  • Learning Centres
  • Mock aircraft cabin
  • More Energy Gyms (Hayes and Uxbridge)
  • Refectories
  • Revisco Restaurant (Hayes)
  • Student Lounges.

There are over 200 open access PCs for student use around the College, and there is a dedicated team of Digital Skills Trainers to help students make the most of the equipment on offer. There are also over 120 additional workspaces for individual and group study. There are dedicated quiet study areas in both Uxbridge and Hayes.

City life
City life

City life

Uxbridge Campus is a 10 min walk from Uxbridge town centre, which boasts a range of traditional high street stores, two shopping centres, a multiplex cinema with Imax and a host of local pubs, restaurants and cafés. Uxbridge is well connected with excellent transport links. It is served by two underground tube lines - the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines, providing a 40 min ride into central London, as well as a range of buses connecting you to other London boroughs and neighbouring suburbs.

Hayes Campus is 5 miles from Uxbridge and has a busy town centre with high street and independent shops. It is well served by local bus routes and has a mainline station, part of Crossrail, connecting it to London in 15 minutes and to Slough, Reading and beyond in the other direction.

Harrow on the Hill Campus is located next to Harrow on the Hill tube station on the Metropolitan tube line and it’s also on the mainline straight to Marylebone. It is a busy town with two shopping centres, a cinema and a great rage of restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars.

For international connections the campuses are located by Heathrow Airport with direct bus routes from each of the campuses to the UK’s busiest airport.

Cost of living
Cost of a pint This is the average cost of a pint.
Source: IDP Connect 2019

£3.60

per pint
Student support
Student support

Student support

Our Student Services Team - provide support with financial, welfare or personal issues, including mental health support. Services are also in place to assist students with disabilities. They can provide the support you need to help you find your way through the challenges of studying while you may be working, looking after a family or juggling your finances.

The College’s Careers Team offers advice and guidance on looking for part time work whilst you are studying as well as helping you to navigate the options available to you after you complete your course. These services are available at all campuses.

Fees
Fees

Fees

Don’t let high fees put you off studying. The fees for our high-quality HE courses are below the UK average so you can take advantage of a cost-effective way to study, without compromising on quality. Our fees vary depending on the course, please visit our website for more details.

Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

Our Student Services Team can provide information on the financial help that may be available to you, depending on your individual circumstances. Our HCUC HE Bursary Scheme provides financial support to students who meet the eligibility criteria.

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

  • HCUC is the number 1 college in London for 16-18-year old achievement. Based on DfE achievement data for 16-18 provision in 2018/19. Published March 2020.
  • HCUC is one of 12 colleges selected nationwide to run the Institute of Technology for higher levels courses in STEM subjects.
  • HCUC is the only FE college in London to run the T Levels course beginning in September 2020.
  • Last year, over 800 Uxbridge College students progressed to university, including Russel Group universities.
  • Uxbridge College is the largest college provider of apprenticeships in west London, with the highest college success rates offering Level 2 - 4 apprenticeships in over 19 different industries.
Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Each course has different entry requirements, so check our website for all the details. Visit our HE page for more information.

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