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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.


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Subject strengths

All courses are validated by the appropriate professional and academic institution. Edexcel, incorporating BTEC and London University examinations validates several of our courses.

We are one of the few private colleges dedicated to running such courses at QCF levels 3-7. Our students not only get the best possible tuition, but also the most widely recognised qualifications because BTEC awards, certificates, diplomas and extended Diplomas are respected world-wide. Other recognised awards offered include those of British Institute of Facilities Management. College courses include training in the use of computers, - from intermediate users to advanced spreadsheet modelling, algorithms, Mathematics for Software Development one of our strengths, business courses and management training. English courses are held in the mornings to enable students to supplement their studies with classes in English at all levels.

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Student life

David Hall was unable to speed up his learning at School. They would not allow it. They said he had to stay there for two years because the 180 credit Diploma is a two year course. So he enrolled with us and completed the Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in three months!! Truly an exceptional talent that was not recognised by his school. He completed with DDD in June 2013 before all his mates finished their first year! He worked really hard from March to June giving up weekends and evenings while his friends were out enjoying themselves. He has now stolen a march on them and is off to Oxford Brookes university doing an undergraudate degree. Well done David!

Gerson enrolled at 17 years of age on the then BTEC National Diploma in Computing (Now Edexcel BTEC Level 3 in Business). He completed in 2003 and later enrolled at Essex University to persue a degree in Computing. He now has a Masters in IT and doing very well for himself.

His brother Edson studied BTEC Level 3 in Business and enrolled at West Hertfordshire University where he is studying the last year of his course.

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Classrooms are modern and bright. Free tea and Coffee available. On sunny days you can soak up the sun while listening to a good lecture! Wi-fi and LAN connections are available. You also have access to fast printing.



London underground: There are a cluster of central London tube stations close to the Business Centre, the nearest being Tower Hill which is 7 mins walk away. Bank and Liverpool St tube stations can be reached within 10 minutes. London Bridge tube and train station is a 15min walk over Tower Bridge.

London Bus: We are well serviced by London Bus routes, numbers 15, 25, 42, 78, 100 and RV1. Nightbus routes; N15 and N551.

Car Parking:There is private car parking in City Quay Car Park, which is located on Thomas More Street, just outside of the congestion charging zone. Prices start from £1.40 per hour

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How to enrol

Once you have decided which course is for you, post, send or bring in your application form to Admissions.You can also apply online.

We'll enter your details on our database and invite you to an interview/assessment/taster session. It's a great time to talk to the tutor to make sure its the right course for you. Once you are happy with everything about the college you will be enrolled on the course and given a student card.





Open days

The college is open every weekday from 9.00am - 7.00pm, Tuesdays until 8.30pm. Appointments to visit us can be made between these times. Unannounced visitors are also welcome at anytime.

Student story

I missed out on university leaving school at 16 years of age and going to work. I managed to buy a BMW when all my mates were driving their dad's car.

I started work at a bank but my line manager was very encouraging telling me I need to go back to college, get a degree and return. for this reason, I specifically enrolled with the College of Central London to complete the Level 3 Extended Diploma in one year. I managed to complete the programme through a lot of my own hard work and gudiance from the tutor. It was tough but my tutor told me some of my work was of a very high quality.

I'm now in Nottingham University so I achieved what I set out to do.

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Contact details

College of Central London
Tower Bridge Business Centre
46-48 East Smithfield

Tel: 020 3667 7607