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College of North West London

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Overview

Based in the London Borough of Brent, the College of North West London is one of the larger further education colleges in the UK. The College has two campuses in North West London: Wembley Park and Willesden, just 20 minutes from the centre of London. Campuses are easily accessed by bus and tube. The College has a comprehensive range of courses, enabling students to turn practical interests into a career. 
 
What's on offer
The College is linked with local universities, including Middlesex, Westminster and London South Bank, a move designed to help more students to progress directly onto higher level study. Among the 12,000 students, many cultures are represented and catered for, with special facilities such as halal meals and prayer rooms. There are up to 100 international students.

English support is available to develop language skills. The College is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English as a foreign language and is a member of EnglishUK.

The College specialises in practical courses which prepare students for employment or for furthering their career, including business, computing, construction, hairdressing and beauty therapy, electronics, engineering, the arts, science and management.

The College provides high quality teaching using excellent learning resources in modern industry-standard facilities.

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Subject Strengths

At College of North West London we offer apprenticeships, automobile studies, building & construction, business, administration & retails, child care, computing, electronics, Engineering, English & Maths, ESOL, fashion & clothing, hairdressing & beauty therapy, health & social care, hospitality & catering, media & graphics, photography, performing arts and science.

Courses range from Access courses (entry to university), BTEC Diplomas and Certificates and GCSEs to Foundation Degrees and higher education qualifications. If students need help with Maths or English, there is specific support for them. Most courses are practical and work-based with theory support.

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Facilities

The stunning Telford building at CNWL provides a unique high-tech learning environment, with purpose-built workshops including specialist motor vehicle technology and construction facilities. To see it, visit our website.

The College has a theatre, hair and beauty salons, restaurant, a hi-tech graphics studios and electronic specialist courses, plus learning resource centres/libraries where students can use a wide selection of resources. Information technology is integrated into the learning programmes at each College Campus.

The College is also undergoing many structural changes including the construction of new building at the Willesden Campus. More exciting developments are coming up.

An Enrichment Programme is available to all students and the choice of activities includes sports, music, DJ workshops, video discussions and help with course applications and personal development.

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Location

The College's Willesden and Wembley Park Centres are on the London Underground's Jubilee Line and main bus routes.

How to Apply and Enrol

Under 16 Year Old Students: Applications must be made through your school or local authority.

International Students: Please visit our website.

All other students: Choose from the courses section and then click the ‘Apply now’ button for the online application form.

Alternatively:

  • Click here to download a copy of the application form and post it to us or drop it into the centre near you
  • Contact our Course Information Centres and request that one to be sent to you

Phone: 020 8208 5050

We will confirm receipt of your application in writing.

Application Process

Invitation

You will be invited to attend the College to take an online assessment of your English and maths levels. This assessment will help to determine the level you are currently at, and guide us in placing you on the course at the level that best meets your needs. Based on the results of your assessment you will be offered further advice and guidance or an interview with the tutor.

Interview

The interview will give you the opportunity to meet the tutor and discuss the course in more detail, and identify how your current skills and experience meet the entry criteria. Please bring any evidence of your academic achievements and work experience with you to support your application.

Offer

You will be offered a place, either:

Conditional, which means you will need to gain certain qualifications or provide evidence of qualifications before you can enrol, or

Unconditional, which means you have met the entry criteria and can proceed to enrolment.

Enrolment

This is the final stage before you are fully registered as a student of the College.

Important Documents

You will have to bring proof of identification (which must be valid and in-date) with you to enable you to complete enrolment. This could be:

  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • ID card or other form of national identification
  • National Insurance card
  • Bank credit/debit card

Support

If you need assistance because of either a physical or learning disability, please let us know so that we can ensure you get the support you will need on your course.

Learning Agreement

You will be given a form called a ‘Learning Agreement’ which summarises what you will be studying with us. Once you have read and signed this document you will officially become a student of the College.

Course Fees

Charges will depend on your age, the type of course you are enrolling on, and your personal circumstances.

Some courses will require payment for special materials, protective clothing, kits, or visits, whatever your age or circumstances.

You will be advised what you will need to pay before you enrol.

Student ID Card

Your ID card will be issued once you have signed your Learning Agreement and paid the relevant fees, where applicable. It must be carried at all times and be presented when requested by security staff or any other staff member.

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Student Story

Deborah Keogh: Winner of Ladies Evening Style category:

Interview

Deborah, 37, is a Level 3 hairdressing student at our Wembley campus. She is in her second year, at the College having started her hairdressing training with us in 2011.

After originally working as a legal secretary for a few years, Deborah decided she wanted to work towards becoming a hairdresser at CNWL.

Deborah is an exceptional student. She was awarded 2nd place in Ladies Evening Style Category at the Southern Regional Finals of the AHT (Association of Hairdressing and Therapist) Competition, in 2012, qualifying for the national finals at Blackpool Winter Garden’s Hair Festival. Competing against 35 other trainee hairdressers from all over the country Deborah proved herself a cut above the rest and was awarded 1st place in the Ladies Evening Style Category again.

“My course prepared me well for the competition because we were given training in producing a number of ‘hair-up’ styles, using various techniques.” she said. “The teachers helped me find ways round a number of potential hurdles and enabled me to start planning the style back in September, when we first heard about the competition.”

“This has given me a huge confidence boost. Without the opportunity with CNWL my options for the future would have been alot more limited”.

Now in the final year of her course, she is building up her business and already has around 30 clients.

June 2013 - Deborah won first place in the avant-garde category at the Freelance Hair & Beauty Awards

Aug 2013 – Announced as one of two finallists in the Hairdressing Council Student of the Year Awards 2013

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Contact details

Willesden Campus
Denzil Road
London
NW10 2XD

Wembley Park Campus
Crescent House
Wembley Park Drive
Middlesex
HA9 8HP

Tel: + 44 (0) 8208 5050