Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current academic year (2019/20) and are subject to change next year.

For students under 19

Our courses & apprenticeships are usually free if you are 18 or under on the 31st of August 2019. Some courses have additional fees for things like materials and travel, which you will need to pay at the start of your course. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support for these costs.

For students aged 19 or over

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees. Some courses may be free, depending on your circumstances. Certain Level 3 & 4 courses require you to pay the fee in full or take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for your course. Please see our guide to fees for more information.

International Students

Students from outside the EU/EEA need to pay the full international fee for their course. Please note, West London College does not offer Tier 4 Visa Sponsorship for students to study in the United Kingdom.


About this course

This is an exciting course that will offer learners who wish to progress in business, IT or Travel & Tourism an opportunity to develop essential study skills along with vocational units to create a firm foundation for successful progression to full Level 1 qualifications. The Award in Vocational Studies is ideal for learners who are not yet ready to commit to a larger qualification. As well as developing your knowledge and understanding of business in general, you will also have the opportunity to take part in work experience for a week. Units covered will include:

  • Developing a Personal Progression Plan,
  • Presenting a Business Idea,
  • Exploring Local Visitor Attractions and
  • Designing an Interactive Presentation.

You will have a personal progress tutor who will support you throughout the course. All learners will also get a chance to improve their literacy and numeracy to level 1, with a programme of study that includes Functional skills English and Maths. This course will help you engage with education and support your progression plans for next year into a full time L1 course within the college. It will also help develop a range of job-related and personal skills to pursue an entry job role within the business industry such as an Apprentice, Office Administrator/Assistant, Retail Assistant or an entry level IT Assistant.

Entry Requirements

Initial Assessment and Interview with a minimum of Entry 3 in maths and English.

Assessment Method

The majority of the course is assessed through coursework, a mixture of in class assignment projects and presentations with only the Functional Skills Mathematics and English being assessed through a controlled exam.

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the BTEC Introductory Level 1 Award in Vocational Studies.

Progression Opportunities

Learners who completed this course went on to the full Level 1 Diploma in Business, IT or Travel & Tourism. Progression to other levels is also possible depending on prior qualifications & experience and aptitudes.

Study Methods

You will learn in dedicated classrooms using IT based equipment. You will have up to 16 hours of timetabled classes each week including a group tutorial with your personal tutor, who will support and encourage you throughout the duration of the course.

You will also gain exposure to business organisations through external visits, guest speakers and attending business exhibitions. You will also be offered the opportunity to take part in enrichment programmes.

The College offers tutorial and welfare services to provide support and guidance whenever it is needed. The Colleges Learning Resource Centre provides excellent facilities for private study and includes access to computers, an extensive library and quiet study areas.

Mode of attendance: three to four days a week. You will also have to complete some independent work. As part of the course, employer visits and guest speakers will be arranged to enhance and contextualise your learning.

This course is offered at Hammersmith & Fulham college.


We look forward to welcoming you to Ealing, Hammersmith and West London's College. We are enrolling now. Come along to the College to enrol directly. See our enrolment dates and times.