Enrolment is the process that allows you to officially become a student of West London College.
To enrol at West London College, you will need to bring certain documents to ensure you are able to study with us, such as your residency and income documents, as well as exam results (depending on your chosen course). If you have international qualifications, we can translate these results for you. Enrolment can take up to a few hours as you move around each stage, especially if you need assessments for English, Maths or ESOL – please bring refreshments!
We need to see proof of your identity. Accepted documentation must be the original, and can be any of the below:
British/Irish Passport Holders
If you have renewed your passport (or Irish ID card) within the last 3 years, we will need to see evidence of your residency back to 1 August 2019.
If you are a non-EU student, or have been living outside of the UK/EU for the past three years, you will be required to provide your passport and either a valid student visa or Home Office documents evidencing your right to live and study in Britain.
If you have a Biometric Residency Card with any of the following statuses you must have evidence of 3 years residency prior to the start date of your course in the UK and your BRC end date must cover you for the duration of your course.
If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss applicant: we need to see proof of your EU Settlement Scheme Pre-Settled or Settled status.
Please have the original document that you applied for your EU Settlement Scheme status with you, so that you can access your Home Office account to generate a Share Code for us.
If you have any of the residency statuses below, we need to see your in-date Biometric Residency Card (BRC)
If you are an Asylum Seeker, aged
If you are appealing a current decision you need to be in receipt of NAAS, show us your ARC/Residence Permit and your Bail 201 and/or IS96 immigration letter permitting study.
If you have a Tier 2 Visa we will need to see evidence that you have a licenced sponsor and a contract of work.
If you have a Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa, we will need to see evidence that you are coming to the UK through an approved government-authorised exchange scheme. This visa allows the worker to do work experience, training, academic research or a fellowship, and to take part in an Overseas Government Language Programme.
If you have a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) visa, please find the eligibility criteria here. You will have to pay ‘overseas’ fees to enrol with us with a Tier 2 or Tier 5 visa. Unfortunately, you will not be eligible for any fee remission.
Please note: We are unable to sponsor students for a Student Route Visa (previously known as a Tier 4 General Student Visa) for 2022/23.
If you are aged 16-18 and are the Child of a Diplomat, we will need to see your visa and your parent’s visa and proof of employment as a Diplomat. Your visa and the Diplomatic visa of your parent must cover the duration of the course. Once this is established, you may be able to study for free at college.
We need to see proof of your qualifications, such as:
If you are aged 19 or older, depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for ‘fee remission’ to cover tuition, registration, and exam fees, as well as other course-related costs – making the course free to you. If you are not eligible for fee remission, you must pay your course fees at enrolment.
Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances, the course you are studying, and government funding guidance.
If you are applying for fee remission, you must meet one of the criteria below and provide original evidence dated within 3 months of the start date of your course, in your name.
One or more of the following must apply:
Both conditions must be met:
Low Wage (London)
You must be aged 19 or older and studying a funded course at Level 2 or below, live in London and earn less than £23,302.50 annual gross salary/£11.95 hourly rate (based on 37.5-hour per week contract).
Low Wage (London) – Repeat Level 3
You must be aged 19 or older and studying your second Level 3 course (subject to course, excluding Access to HE), live in London and earn less than £23,302.50 annual gross salary/£11.95 hourly rate (based on 37.5-hour per week contract), or be unemployed.
Low Wage (Out of London)
You must be aged 19 or older and studying a funded Level 2 course or below, not live in a Mayoral Combined Authority (MCA), and earn less than £18,525 annual gross salary/£9.50 hourly rate (based on 37.5-hour per week contract).
If you are aged 19-23 at the start of your course and studying your first full Level 1, 2 or 3 qualification, your fees may be remitted based on your prior qualifications. Please bring evidence of your qualifications. If qualifications were obtained overseas, a further equivalency check will also be required at enrolment. Please note – if you are aged 19-23 and have not already attained a Level 2 qualification, and wish to undertake a Level 2 course, it must be a full Level 2 course to be eligible for government funding.
Level Offer 24+
If you are aged 24 or older at the start of your course and studying your first full Level 3 qualification, your fees may be remitted based on your prior qualifications and the course you wish to study. Please bring evidence of your qualifications. If qualifications were obtained overseas, a further equivalency check will also be required at enrolment.
Advanced Learner Loans 19+
If you are studying a Level 3 qualification and do not meet the Level Offer criteria, the government’s Advanced Learner Loan may be available to help you pay for your course. Please visit gov.uk for details. If you have already applied for a course, we will issue you with a Learning and Funding Information Letter (LaFIL) in July 2023, so that you can apply for an ALL. We cannot enrol you on your course if you require an ALL, unless you provide us with evidence that you have applied for the ALL or pay a deposit of £300. Please see our fees and refund policy for further information.
Further Financial Support
If you are in need of financial support to help with the costs associated with coming to college (eg travel, food, material costs, and childcare) there are bursaries available to students who are on benefits or are a dependent of someone in receipt of benefits, and who have low household income.
You can find out further details on our financial support page.
Payment of Fees
If you are paying your fees, we accept the following methods of payment: