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'We provide further and higher education on a wide range of courses in Accounting, Business, Management, Computing and Facilities Management.'
The College of Central London (CCL) is a private college and training provider offering vocational courses to 18+. Based near Tower Bridge, we are on the City fringe providing an ideal location to offer day courses in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma - 180 credits. The college is accredited by the British Accreditation Council for Independent Further & Higher Education (BAC).
What's on offer
The aim of all the college day courses is to develop students’ practical capabilities within their chosen field of study.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) - 180 credits – Business or ICT - for those who want to build up a thorough knowledge of business and computing sectors. It is a 180 credit programme made up of 18 units equivalent to three A levels. The college is unique in being able to offer the extended Diploma in one year. With a carefully planned delivery and assessment plan, it is possible to complete all 18 units in 9/10 months. This is normally a two year programme and run as such by most colleges. The vast majority of learners use this qualification as a stepping stone to degree courses.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF) - 120 credits – Business or ICT – for those wanting to develop grounding in business and computing. It is a 120 credit programme made up of 12 units equivalent to two A levels. The majority of students use this to supplement their sixth form A level studies and as a security against poor A level grades. This Diploma adheres to normal BTEC guidelines with continuous assessment throughout the course in the form of assignments. So any ‘homework’ issued is assessed, graded and counts towards your final overall grade.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF) - 90 credits – Business or ICT – for those wanting to understand the basics of business and computing. It is a 90 credit programme made up of 9 units equivalent to one A level. The majority of students use this to supplement their sixth form A level studies and as a supplementary subject specific alternative to their A level’s. This Diploma is assignment based so any assignments submitted count towards your final overall grade.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF) - 60 credits – Business or ICT – for those wanting to understand the basics of business and computing. It is a 60 credit programme made up of 6 units. The majority of students use this to supplement their sixth form A level studies and as a supplementary subject specific alternative to their A level’s. This Diploma is assignment based so any assignments submitted count towards your final overall grade.
BTEC Level 3 Certificate (QCF) - 30 credits – Business – for more mature learners who wish to follow a vocational programme of study as part of their continued professional development CPD or who want to move to a different area of employment. It is a 30 credit programme made up of 3 units.
The College considers applications from school-leavers or those still at school/sixth form with the commitment and maturity required to complete a BTEC Level 3 programme and who wish to gain a fast track and secure route into university or, those who want to aim for the next stage in course progression namely HNC Level 4 or HND Level 5.
A mix of cultures brings an important additional characteristic to students’ learning experiences. Combined with the vocational nature of BTEC programmes and the focus on student centred learning, individual attention is available and peer working is encouraged to help learners create a stimulating, enriching and unique study environment.
I stumbled across CCL a couple of years ago online as I was looking for a way to get additional recognised qualifications in I.T. I enrolled on the distance learning version of the course as I was already in practice and couldn't attend college physically. I had a clear (ish) idea in my mind which modules I wanted to choose and had the flexibility to do some that were more suited to my professional outlook and personal goals. Nicolas and Purna facilitated these requests (even though one of the modules they had never done before!) Although this has been hard work it's been highly rewarding, Nicolas and Purna provided the support when needed, but I mostly just got on with it which suited me personally down to the ground. I found communication with both Nicolas and Purna to be really good. Nicolas answered about zillion questions I had and Purna provided the academic references and guidance when needed. Due to the support I had, I finished my course with a distinction and had 4 offers from good Universities to finish my degree. I ultimately choose Anglia (ARU) and have been accepted onto their BSc Computing Top up. For anyone that has doubts or concerns with studying at a private college, I can genuinely and positively say that compared to my first University experience over a decade ago, this felt a lot more friendly, close-knit and approachable. It also proves that you get out what you put it, you can absolutely go wherever you want to go and study next if you work hard, CCL has helped me to do that and I am forever grateful.
In the 5 years, I have been in England, it has given me an education, a second language and enabled me to get my self-esteem back again. In Italy, all my friends of my age (I am in my 50’s) are now unemployed and destitute. Milan is a huge and great city, but people don’t have any money to buy the things the workers try and sell. The city appears dead. London by contrast is alive and well. The shops are trading and business is wide and varied. There are plenty of jobs for those who want to work. I now have three jobs and a head full of ideas. I managed to take a loan from a friendly bank and pay it all back within 3 ½ years. My second loan will be bigger to help me with my business venture involving buying and selling goods. I feel I am an international trader and have the confidence to organise my finances and carry our market research needed to identify customers for my products. I feel indebted to the people of London who listened and helped me when I packed my bags and came to here with no education, no money and not a word of English. Thanks to the college of central London for listening to me and offering me an education. It gave me hope and taught me international trade. My spoken English has improved and my writing too. I can recommend the college to anyone who wants to study hard to achieve something in life. It’s a pity BTEC courses in International Trade have been stopped. Hopefully they will run the course with a different awarding body. The college loves international trade like I do. Go there and study!
I first came to know about CCL while browsing the Internet. When I looked at previous students’ reviews I was much surprised to find out that most of them were very positive, not to say enthusiastic, to the point that I even suspected that they could be fakes. I looked for other schools too but, for a number of reasons (opportunity, location, timing, costs, etc.), I finally enrolled to CCL. Now that I’m close to getting my Diploma, I must acknowledge that those students’ reviews reflected reality and that they were well deserved. Trust me: CCL is a great place where to study with great teachers and an always supporting staff.
I didn't know what to expect as I haven't been to university and this is my first serious studies in the UK but I must say that I am very pleased. They are very student focused, both for language barriers and academic difficulties. I have found the course very helpful and it is clear that it will benefit my career.
Had a great experience at the college, the Principal and the tutors were very welcoming and offered lots of support and assistance towards achieving my qualification. feedback is very prompt. I highly recommend them.
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