The College will be closed on Monday 30 May
Monday 30 May is a public holiday in the UK and the College will be closed.
We will be open again on Tuesday 31 May.
Enjoy the holiday!
my-WLC - the online learning and resources centre from West London College
my-WLC gives you online access to your course of study resources, such as the course outline, lecture handouts, assignments, reading lists, news, events and so on.
Please check into my-WLC on a regular basis to ensure that you don't miss out.
When you are enrolled into a class in the College, you will be automatically enrolled into the appropriate my-WLC modules for your course. If you are not automatically enrolled after two College days, please speak to your tutor who will raise the issue with the administrators of my-WLC.
Unable to log in?
If you forget your log in details, click here to go to the account recovery page. Enter your personal email address into the "Search by email" box and click the search button. If the email address is recognised by my-WLC, you will receive an email with a link to recover your account details and reset your password. Please do check your Junk or Spam folders though - as emails from my-WLC often end up in there!
NB: If you have any problem with logging in which cannot be resolved using the above steps, please send an email to IT@westlondoncollege.com with your Student ID, quote "my-WLC account problems" in the subject line and you should expect a reply within one College day.
Tier 4 students telephone scam warning
The Home Office have advised us that a problem has developed in the UK, where criminals are contacting Tier 4 students from different universities, pretending to be from UK Visas & Immigration and telling students that they have failed to pay for an immigration service and that they need to pay a fine of up to £1520. The callers are very convincing. They can be quite aggressive and sometimes threaten the students that the Police will detain them or deport them from the UK if they do not make a payment. The phone call may appear to come from a UKVI phone number, but this is part of the trick.
UK Visas & Immigration never phone students asking for money like this. If you receive a call like this, please do not pay the caller any money. Also, if you receive a call like this, please contact a member of College admin staff or the International Student Advisors (email@example.com) or the Tier 4 Compliance Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Heriot-Watt. We do not know of any of our students being called in this way, but if you do, please inform us so that other students can be warned.
FREE Tuition Support!
This is a reminder about the Tuition Support Services offered to you free of charge!
The Tuition Support Centre is located in Learning Resource Centre (in the basement) and is open to all that feel they need a little help. If you fall behind with your studies, because you have been ill or perhaps because you simply didn't understand a particular aspect of your course, it is important that you get in touch with us.
Learning Resource Centre opening hours
A reminder that the opening hours of the Learning Resource Centre in the basement are:
Please feel free to use the LRC for personal study and revision and respect its fellow users by keeping quiet and tidying up after yourself. Please remembers that all computers in the LRC will shut down without warning at the above closing times.
The College will open on Saturdays! More news to follow...
Heriot-Watt and EBS Graduation ceremonies announced
Heriot-Watt and EBS have announced the dates and times of their June graduation ceremonies for Business and Management Bachelors and Masters degrees. These will be held in Edinburgh. Please see your Key Dates module on my-WLC for details. Application forms will be sent by the University at the end of this month.
Please note: These ceremonies are for students who took their final exams in, or before, December 2015. Students taking exams in June will be able to take part in a graduation ceremony later in the year.
Evening shut-down of student computers
Please be aware that all the student computers in the College are set to shut down automatically at 17:50 each evening (20:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays). There is no on-screen warning that this will happen.
Ensure you have saved any work before this time.
Music at ISH
229 is a music venue attached to International Students House in Great Portland Street one Tube station or a short walk away from Hannah House
Check out 229's website to see which acts will be appearing at the there soon.
Removal of credit / debit card payment limit.
The £1,000 limit for tuition payments on direct/credit card for an individual transaction has now been removed. Payments are no longer limited to this amount.
Please contact Bernadette O’Connor, the Bursar if you have any further questions regarding this.
WLC's 2015 QAA Report
The Quality Assurance Agency recently visited the College to monitor our activities in teaching and learning. This visit was a precursor to our full inspection in October 2016.
Thanks to those of you who have contributed to our mid-course surveys. The response rate was excellent, 50 Bachelors and 121 Masters students.
International Students House is a charity dedicated to British and International Students studying in London. It is situated in Great Portland Street which is a ten minute walk from West London College. The College has paid membership fees for you so you are entitled to take advantage of their facilities, activities and events. Simply show your WLC card at reception and they will give you access. Benefits include:
- ISH Bar
- Free Sunday cinema
- Free culture events
- Travel Club
- Theatre Club
- Christmas programme
- Learn to Lead programme
- Fitness studio
- Live music venue
- Free hire of the ISH Bar for student parties
User guide for my-WLC
Please check out our user guide - look for a link to it in a panel on the right side of this page.
Increase in Student Oyster card application fee
Please be informed that the student Oyster card application fee is now £20. TfL has since increased the fee from £10 to £20 since our last student handbook publication.
Changes to UK Immigration Rules
Last week the government announced a number of changes to the immigration rules which are detailed below:
Changes from 3 August 2015
The method of calculating the five year cap will be amended to include all time spent on a Student/Tier 4 visa including the extra time at the start and end of the visa. If you need to apply for a new visa and you think this may affect you contact Student Services.
You can find more information on the UKCISA web pages.
Changes from 12 November 2015
The level of maintenance required each month will increase to:
- £1,265 per month for Tier 4 students
- £845 per month for Tier 4 dependant
The lower "established presence" level of funding will no longer exist and Tier 4 applicants will need to show £1,265 a month up to a maximum of nine months.
Secure English Language Test Changes
Only IELTS and Trinity College London English language tests will now be approved by the Home Office as secure English language tests (SELTS) for immigration purposes.
IELTS tests can be taken around the world, but Trinity College London tests must be taken in the UK.
English language tests taken before 6 April 2015 from the current list of approved SELTS can be used in immigration applications until 5 November 2015. From 5 November 2015, only IELTS and Trinity College London tests taken on or after 6 April 2015 will be acceptable.
More information (from UKCISA)