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West London Institute of Technology
Overview
Overview

Overview

Opened in September 2019, the West London Institute of Technology (WLIOT) is one of only 12 high-quality Institutes of Technology (IoTs) across the country. IoTs were established by the Government and are collaborations between further education (FE) providers, universities and employers. They specialise in delivering higher technical education at Levels 4 and 5 with a focus on STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The West London Institute of Technology has been developed in partnership with Brunel University London, Fujitsu, Heathrow and West London Business and is based at HCUC’s (Harrow College and Uxbridge College) Uxbridge Campus. Students will study in specialist facilities, classrooms and workshops and combine technical knowledge with practical skills.

The many benefits of WLIOT include:

  • A direct line of sight to employers & employment – providing recruitment opportunities in the STEM sector
  • Improved career prospects and earning potential
  • High-quality programmes designed and co-delivered in partnership with employers and university
  • Taught by highly qualified staff with industry expertise
  • Access to brand new, high-quality specialist facilities and resources
  • Develop essential skills recognised by employers
  • Develop sought after specialist skills demanded by employers
  • Action research “learning by enquiry” approach through employer projects
  • Inclusive approach with access to high-quality support services
  • Opportunities for continued professional development (CPD)
  • Programmes that offer staged progression to enable stepping off into work at different levels
Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

West London IoT will help to address the STEM skills gaps at both a local and regional level and employers are involved in shaping the curriculum and providing industry projects and scenarios. You’ll benefit from an education that will give you the real-world training and experience employers are looking for. With WLIOT’s close links to universities and employers you will enhance your skills & knowledge and gain real work-based experience, including links to employers through work on projects and live briefs.

You will be able to progress onto higher level qualifications and gain a clear route to technical employment.

Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

West London IoT focuses on delivering higher technical education at Level 4 (HNC) & Level 5 (HND) with progression to Level 6 and beyond. If you are looking at beginning your journey at Level 3, their BTEC qualifications offer the perfect starting point, preparing you to progress onto higher level HNC & HND qualifications at WLIOT.

Their HNC and HND courses combine practical skills with theory giving you the knowledge and hands-on experience to prepare you for progression to university or to go straight into the workplace. You can study subjects including computing, computing security, construction and the built environment, civil engineering, electrical/electronic engineering and mechanical engineering.

There are also apprenticeship frameworks in place for those who want to combine their study at a prestigious IoT with a job in the construction, digital skills or engineering sectors.

You’ll be taught by industry specialists who are experts in their fields and have inside knowledge of the skills and experience you’ll need to succeed. Brunel University London is an anchor partner of West London IoT, meaning you’ll have access to higher education and links to top-up degrees to take your technical education further.

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 it 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

WLIOT works with a home stay organisation to help with accommodation for international students only.

Facilities
Facilities

Facilities

WLIOT has brand-new, state-of-the-art facilities which include high-level technical kit and equipment housed in a specialist centre in the Uxbridge Campus. To enable you to enhance your technical knowledge and learn the practical skills you need, you will benefit from engineering workshops, electrical testing areas, high-spec computing suites, specialist workshops and practical spaces with the software and hardware, kit and equipment used in industry. Alongside this you will learn your theory in well-equipped classrooms.

As well as the areas you need for study there are lots of social spaces where you can enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation.

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.

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.

Postgraduate
Postgraduate

Postgraduate

The WLIOT prepares students to continue their studies, CPD and skills for the workplace. There are opportunities to extend learning further with courses at Level 6 and beyond through their work with key university and employer partnerships.

Student support
Student support

Student support

The 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 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 their 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. Studying an HNC or HND course before you progress to a degree also gives you the benefit of additional qualifications, which ensures your money goes further. Fees vary depending on the course, please visit their website for more details.

Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

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

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

The West London Institute of Technology is a specialist, technical institution focusing on computing and engineering and building services and many any of their staff have masters or PhDs.

It is part of HCUC (Harrow College & Uxbridge College) - the number 1 college in London for 16-18 year old achievement. Based on Department for Education achievement data for 16-18 provision in 2018/19, published in March 2020.

Student progression is strong with many students going on to higher level study, many to Russell Group universities, or into good employment opportunities.

They are also the largest college provider of apprenticeships in west London, with the highest college success rates offering Level 2 - 4 apprenticeships in the digital, construction and engineering industries as part of their WLIOT provision.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

If you’d like to study a Level 4 HNC qualification you need to have completed a Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject and have a good attendance record and those looking to start a Level 5 HND qualification should have a relevant Level 4 qualification that covers specific modules and units. Check their website for details on the specific course entry requirements. 

Mature students with relevant industry experience in lieu of formal qualifications and international students with overseas qualifications are also strongly encouraged to apply. Admission is subject to meeting specific requirements and their Careers Team can talk through and advise on individual requirements.

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