Read our frequently asked questions below 


Read our frequently asked questions below 

Why were Institutes of Technology (IoTs) created? 

The Government is the driving force behind Institutes of Technology. IoTs tackle the skill gaps in high level technical education in the UK, with a particular focus on the STEM sector (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). 
There are currently 12 Institutes of Technology in the UK, which were selected through a government-led competition. We are delighted and proud to be one of those 12, working towards a technically skilled West London. 

What makes West London IoT different? 

West London IoT maximises opportunities for both students and employers. 
Our anchor partners, Brunel University and employers Fujitsu, Heathrow Airport and West London Business assist in the delivery of exciting courses, which provide students with the technical skills employers are looking for. As a result, students will have better recruitment opportunities, greater earning potential and become more employable. 

Where is West London IoT based? 

West London IoT is based though Harrow, Richmond & Uxbridge Colleges (HRUC) and courses are available at our campuses in Hayes, Harrow on the Hill, Uxbridge campuses . Please see course nfromation links to check the venue that the course takes place at. 
The IoT's flagship building is on the Uxbridge Campus built with brand new facilities and equipment for our engineering, building services and computing provision. 

What courses does West London IoT offer? 

West London IoT offers Level 4 and 5 courses in three key subject areas – Engineering, Digital and Construction. Take a look at the specific WLIoT Courses on offer on the subject pages: 

Who can apply to the West London IoT courses? 

Anyone can apply. Whether you’re fresh out of school, been made redundant, looking for a new career or looking to upskill in your current position - our courses are open to everyone. As long as you have the relevant entry requirements, you’re good to go. 

Where can I get information on course fees? 

If you click on the course you are interested in here, you will find a breakdown of course content, entry requirements, fees, study methods and other relevant information. 

How do I apply for the West London IoT courses? 

You can still apply online to start a course in September. The application process is relatively straightforward - head to our courses page, pick a course and then hit ‘apply’. For a more thorough step-by-step process on applying, have a look at our ‘How to apply’ page. 

Do I need to do an interview? 

All of West London IoT full-time courses and some of our part-time courses require an interview. This is an opportunity for you to have a discussion with a member of staff who is able to guide and support your transition to college, so please don't be nervous. 

Does West London IoT have a social scene for students? 

West London IoT encourages socialising and making friends with like-minded people. Students can take part in the student union, clubs and societies, as well as other facilities on offer. 

Why should you study at West London IoT instead of University? 

Firstly, studying at West London IoT is more affordable and you will receive greater support with smaller classes. You have the opportunity to work with employers and gain a unique technical qualification recognised and demanded by employers in the STEM industry. You can build contacts and connections with employers you have worked with during your IoT course, providing you with recruitment opportunities. You can still progress to University after your Level 5 HND course, as our partner Brunel University offers a top up Level 6 degree. 

Who do I contact if I have a specific question regarding West London IoT courses? 

We have an enquiries team that will help answer any questions you may have. 
Email: enquiries@uxbridgecollege.ac.uk 
Phone: 01895 853333 

Explaining HNC and HND Qualifications 

Choosing how you achieve your higher education can be a difficult decision, as your future career depends on the path you pick. Whether you have just completed school or looking to upskill in your current role, there are many popular routes you can take. One of these routes is completing an HNC and HND. Students around the world are studying BTEC Higher National (HNC and HND) qualifications and are successful in progressing onto employment or university. 
Despite this being a popular pathway, many people are still unsure as to what HNC and HND qualifications are and the benefits of studying them. 
What is an HNC? 
HNC stands for Higher National Certificate and is a Level 4 vocational qualification awarded by Pearson in England. An HNC is the equivalent to one year of university and would take one-year to complete full-time and two years to complete part-time. This practical based course provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to either progress onto HND (Level 5) or go straight into employment. HNCs are tailored towards certain job roles or career paths.  
What is an HND? 
A Higher National Diploma (HND) is a Level 5 vocational qualification that is the equivalent of the second year at university. The HND delves deeper into the chosen pathway, giving you the practical skills needed to step into a job. Once you complete the HND, you can progress onto the final year (Level 6 Bachelor’s degree) at university or straight into employment. The HND will take one year to complete full-time, and two years part-time.  
Who is the awarding body for HNCs and HNDs? 
Pearson (UK's largest awarding body) work with industry, employers and professional bodies to ensure that higher nationals are recognised by industry and universities. 
If you plan to progress to university, you can top-up your HNs to over 1500 degrees, and this is constantly increasing.You can visit UCAS.com to view the top-up degrees. 
What are the benefits of studying a HNC and HND at WLIoT? 
WLIoT works with anchor partners including Fujitsu, Heathrow Airport, West London Business and Brunel University London, as well as other industry employers to ensure students gain the skills needed in industry through completion of HNC and HND qualifications. During your HNC qualification, you will get the opportunity to work with employers on real-life projects/scenarios, developing key skills such as design thinking, teamwork, and communication. 
HNCs and HNDs are designed to meet the needs of employers and therefore are highly valued by employers. They are also a more cost-effective, time saving way to achieve a Bachelor’s degree at University. 
The practical learning of these courses focus only on the most up-to-date, relevant methods and techniques used in industry, rather than concentrating on theoretical concepts that may be outdated and unrelated as industry becomes more digitalised. This practical learning makes you more employable. 
HNCs and HNDs are taught by staff who have industry experience. 
Classes are smaller than going to university, therefore students will get more support. 
Working with highly specialist equipment used in industry. 
Study more affordably and locally for the first two years at WLIoT, then complete your degree in your chosen field at university. 
Can adult learners study HNCs and HNDs? 
HNCs and HNDs are a popular choice amongst adult learners whether they are retraining or upskilling in their current role. To suit different schedules and commitments, there is a part-time option which takes two years as opposed to one year full-time. Many students study their higher education whilst working in a full-time job. 
How are HNCs and HNDs assessed? 
You will be assessed through assignments, projects and practical tasks throughout the course, and the grades in each unit will be shown as a pass, merit (higher than a pass) or distinction (highest possible grade). 
If you fail a unit or project, you will not achieve your HNC or HND qualification. You will get the opportunity to re-sit the unit. 
Do you need to do a HNC before the HND? 
You can either have the HNC or you will need to have two A levels. 
Is an HNC or HND right for me? 
If you have a good idea of what career you want to do, prefer practical learning and are looking for a more cost-effective way of achieving your higher education, HNCs and HNDs could be right for you. 
We hope that you now have a better understanding of what HNCs and HNDs are and the benefits of studying these prestigious, highly valued qualifications. If these qualifications sound right for you then West London Institute of Technology offers a range of courses in engineering, digital and construction, with the opportunity to progress onto Level 6 (top-up degree) at our anchor partner Brunel University London. 
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