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Linking London is a unique partnership of London universities, colleges and other education specialists dedicated to working collaboratively to identify opportunities and to meet the challenges of the new educational landscape, building on our experience and track record of the past thirteen years. Our members range from large multipurpose further education colleges through to highly prestigious research-intensive universities, training providers, awarding bodies and trade unions.

Linking London members - Higher Education Institutions

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Birkbeck, University of London

  • Birkbeck, University of London logoPart of the University of London (UoL), Birkbeck is a vibrant centre of academic engagement and excellence, and London's only specialist provider of part-time and evening higher education. Birkbeck welcomes students who may not have conventional qualifications and encourages them to reach the highest standards of achievement.

    Students are taught by academic staff who are not only experts in their subjects, but also have a wealth of experience in supporting and encouraging part-time students tackling academic challenges.

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Brunel University London

  • Brunel University Brunel University London has an enviable reputation for both encouraging aspiration and in providing high quality, research-led teaching to a very diverse student population. Our approach, which includes a considerable focus on employability and employer links, is perhaps unique in an institution of our kind. Our mission is to combine academic rigor with the practical, entrepreneurial and imaginative approach pioneered by our namesake Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Brunel University London was founded in 1966 as a new kind of university dedicated to delivering teaching and research that are relevant to industry and society. For our students, this means opportunities to learn from those at the cutting edge of their field people who combine their important, work-changing research with preparing the next generation for their own success. We are based on a single campus in west London.

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Goldsmiths, University of London

  • Goldsmiths is internationally known for innovation in subject areas covering the arts, humanities, social sciences and computing. We look at subjects in creative and unconventional ways, and offer undergraduate, postgraduate, CPD, and return to study opportunities.

    Our academics are inventive, progressive and pioneering. They actively teach on our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and they care about getting the best out of you. So you could have a Monday morning seminar with the person who’s written the core cultural theory text that’s on reading lists across the country, or the professor who’s been mentoring sports psychologists for the Paralympic Games. Students from different cities and countries come with their unique perspectives on everything from the death of privacy, to the future of artificial intelligence. It creates an open-minded atmosphere where you have the space to develop and play with your ideas.

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Kingston University London

  • Kingston UniversityFounded in 1899 as the Kingston Technical Institute, Kingston University has an excellent history of education in London. The university has over 21,000 undergraduates across 5 faculties with subjects ranging from Mechanical Engineering to Law with Criminology. Each year, 40% of student intake are mature learners and half of the University's students are from Black and Minority Ethnic groups. With 15% of our undergraduates from outside of the UK, Kingston is one of the most vibrant and diverse universities in the country.

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London South Bank University

  • London South Bank University's School of Health logoLondon South Bank University (LSBU) is one of London's largest and oldest universities. Since 1892 LSBU have been providing students with relevant, accredited and professionally recognised education. LSBU are a cosmopolitan university with over 25,000 students from over 120 countries. LSBU are proud to have received the highest possible rating for the quality of our education, from the independent Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), and proud of their achievements in delivering excellent student outcomes.

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Middlesex University London

  • Middlesex University logo

    For nearly 140 years Middlesex University London and its predecessor institutions have been home to innovators and change-makers. We are a progressive London university that puts our students first and provides expert teaching informed by inspiring research and practice.

    We boast one of the most diverse, multinational and multicultural communities of students and staff of any university in the UK, with almost 19,400 students and 1,900 staff from 140 different countries based at our modern north London campus in Hendon alone. Middlesex University London generates more than £280 million a year for the Barnet economy, supporting some 3,800 local jobs.

    We work with employers to make sure that what our students learn is what employers need, and we strive to transform the lives of our students so that they have an excellent experience while they are with us, and a solid foundation for inspiring careers when they leave us.

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Northeastern University London

  • Northeastern University

    Northeastern University London is a vibrant, university-level institution in the heart of London. Northeastern University has developed a reputation for delivering an excellent university experience, exceeding all Russell Group universities for overall student satisfaction in the UK’s National Student Survey for three consecutive years (NSS 2019, 2020 and 2021).

    Northeastern University delivers broad and academically rigorous degree programmes, designed to equip graduates with the combination of skills and knowledge that are increasingly desired by organisations, employers and society. Students also benefit from tailored one-to-one careers sessions with one of the College’s specialist advisers.

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    A warm welcome from the Widening participation team at the Northeastern University. If you are a teacher or careers advisor in a state school or college supporting students progressing into higher education, we are here to help you. The widening participation team partner up with teachers and advisors to improve access to university for under-represented groups. If you would like your students to get involved in our widening participation activities please email our Widening Participation Officer, Zoe, at .

    We offer student insight sessions in the following subjects: Psychology, Politics & IR, Data Science, Law, English, Economics, Philosophy & History, as well as talks on student finance, how to write a successful personal statement and 2-1 student coaching on emotional intelligence (delivered by Innerscope).

    Find out more about life as an Northeastern University student! Our widening participation ambassadors can provide an insight into the higher education journey, from choosing a course to enrolling at university.

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Point Blank Music School

  • Point Blank's global network of music production schools inspires students in the creative process of music making at the highest level using expert instructors and state-of-the-art facilities. Many graduates from our various institutions have enjoyed successful careers in music including Claude VonStroke, Goldie, Nicole Moudaber, Leona Lewis, Patrick Topping, Monki, and Felix Jaehn. 

    With locations in London, Los Angeles, two in China, Ibiza, Mumbai, and Online, you can study Music Production, DJ Performance, Sound Design, Audio Engineering, Radio Broadcasting, Singing & Songwriting, Music Business and Live Sound Engineering at Point Blank schools all over the world. Every student has unlimited access to studios and equipment during opening hours, which may include SSL Duality Delta, Audient 48 Channel, TLAudio, and Oram mixing desks, Mac workstations fully equipped with Push, Maschine, and Komplete Kontrol, the latest Pioneer DJ and Roland gear, and much more.

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Ravensbourne University London

  • Ravensbourne is a university innovating in digital media andRavensbourne logodesign.

    It has a community of approximately 1,900 students and offers practically-focused digital media and design courses from pre-degree, undergraduate and postgraduate to professional short course level.

    Ravensbourne champions the creative exploitation of digital technology through innovation and collaboration. It is driven by industry standards and supported by the latest high-performance technology, producing highly employable and enterprising graduates. It has a strong track record in graduate employability and business creation.

    Today Ravensbourne also hosts alongside its student community more than 100 creative technology businesses who utilise its leading edge technologies and media resources and collaborate with its student body and industry partners.

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Rose Bruford College

  • Rose Bruford College is a drama and theatre school. It was originallyRB established in 1950 as The Rose Bruford Training College of Speech and Drama. Rose Bruford founded the college as part of her mission to train actors who could teach and teachers who could act. 

    Undergraduate students can choose to study a range of courses specialising in theatre and performing arts such as costume production, lighting design, stage and events management, and virtual theatre and digital experience. There are also postgraduate courses on offer including actor musicianship, collaborative theatre making, and theatre for young audiences. 

    The university embodies its three core values of integrity, creativity and inclusion in all its work. Its mission is to help students grow both personally and professionally to become change-makers of the future. The university equips its students with the tools they need to thrive in the creative industry. 

    The teaching, learning and training ethos at Rose Bruford College places stress on artistry, collaboration, community, discovery, diversity, employability, independence, and professionalism. Students and staff work in a close-knit environment on our beautiful parkland campus to make and produce over 75 shows a year. 

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SOAS, University of London

  • SOAS JPG LogoThe School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is a college of the University of London and the only Higher Education institution in the UK specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East.

    SOAS combines language scholarship, disciplinary expertise and regional focus, it has the largest concentration in Europe of academic staff concerned with Africa, Asia and the Middle East. SOAS remains a guardian of specialised knowledge in languages and periods and regions not available anywhere else in the UK.

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St Mary's University, Twickenham, London

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    Established in 1850 as a Catholic teacher training college, St Mary's has a long-standing reputation for academic excellence and the granting of university title is an exciting milestone in its history.

    On 23rd January 2014, St Mary's University College, Twickenham, was awarded full university title by the Privy Council and became St Mary's University, Twickenham.

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The London Institute of Banking & Finance

  • LIBFWe exist for a very simple reason – to advance banking and finance by providing outstanding education and thinking.  Our focus is on lifelong learning: equipping individuals with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to achieve what they want throughout their career and life. Voted joint 1st in London for overall student satisfaction, our banking and finance degrees help our students focus on their future.  From our teaching, resources, location and student societies; everything about our undergraduate and postgraduate courses supports our students to achieve a career in the financial sector and become part of our global community of professionals.  We are The London Institute of Banking & Finance, lifelong partners for financial education.

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University College London

  • University College London logoUCL is one of the foremost universities in the UK and the world. With a continuing commitment to recruiting a diverse range of students and staff, it was the first university to admit students regardless of religion or social background; it was also the first to admit women on equal terms with men.

    Today UCL is a vigorous and forward-looking institution focused on academic excellence and conducting research that addresses real-world problems. The world-leading research at UCL has a continuing positive impact on the major global issues faced by the world today. The quality of research and teaching at UCL means that our students have exceptional outcomes with many going on to become leaders in their chosen field.

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University of the Arts London

  • UAL

    University of the Arts London is the world’s sixth best University for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings® 2017. They offer an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. Their graduates go on to work in and shape creative industries worldwide. 

    The University draws together 6 renowned colleges, each with its own world-class reputation. Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts.

    Their state of the art facilities includes workshops with letterpress machinery, studio theatres, gallery space as well as libraries and archives for research into hundreds of years of the greatest artists and designers.

    UAL's cutting edge programmes and courses are delivered by an inspiring and supportive teaching staff made up of professional artists, practitioners, designers, critics and theorists. Everything from fashion media, Fine Art through to 3D animation, graphic design and drama, there's a course for everyone.

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University of East London

  • UELUEL pride themselves on their world-class research, which makes them one of the top six modern universities for research in the country. UEL is a vibrant university with a vision to bring transformational academic and enterprising opportunities to those in our region. UEL seek to do this through diversity, partnership and excellence in teaching and research. UEL have been educating individuals since 1898 and they are now one of the most diverse universities in the UK, with more than 120 nationalities represented on campus.

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University of Greenwich

  • The University of Greenwich, one of the largest and most respected universities in London. The university has strong traditions going back over 100 years and history has provided them with campuses that are amongst the most celebrated in the world. One of the key roles for universities is to anticipate the future. Today the University of Greenwich's research and teaching are nationally and internationally renowned for their contribution to science and society. University staff regularly receive prestigious awards that recognise their leading roles in academia. The University of Greenwich's excellent students and distinguished alumni come from all walks of life and many different cultures. It is a passion for learning and a quest for knowledge at the University of Greenwich that is unique to them all.

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University of West London

  • University of West LondonThe University of West London (UWL) has a reputation for high-quality education closely linked to employment. We aim to inspire our students to become innovative professionals, connecting them to exciting and rewarding careers. Based in the heart of one of the UK’s most successful business regions, the University has highly qualified staff with a wealth of experience in their respective disciplines and strong connections to their industries. UWL is proud to offer a wide range of support and activities for learners at FE level through to those considering returning to education. We collaborate with many local and national organisations to provide useful and relevant experiences for those we engage with. Everything we do is designed to equip our students with both the academic knowledge and practical skills to succeed in their chosen careers. We are The Career University.

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University of Westminster

  • University of Westminster logoThe mission of the University of Westminster is to provide high quality higher education and research in both national and international contexts for the intellectual, social and professional development of the individual and for the economic and cultural enrichment of London and wider communities.

    It has a proud history, founded in 1838 as the Polytechnic Institution, Britain's first such educational institution. It has led the way in developing new technologies, opening the first ever photographic studio in Europe, and first showing moving pictures to a paying British public.

    The University has superb locations in central London and in Harrow and has more than 22,000 students, of whom 75 per cent are undergraduates. Included in this total are more than 5,000 international students, from over 150 overseas nations, making Westminster one of the top 15 most popular UK universities for international students.

    The University works in partnership with Aimhigher to provide a wide range of activities to engage and motivate students who have the potential to enter higher education but are under-achieving, undecided or lacking in confidence. Examples include master classes and subject tasters, ambassador programmes and training, staff development, mentoring, debating challenge, University experience days, specialist workshops, progression days and workshops.

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Linking London members - Colleges

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Barnet and Southgate College

  • Barnet College logo

    Barnet and Southgate College is renowned for its broad range of courses and the high quality of its teaching. With full and part time courses in: A Levels, degrees, professional qualifications, vocational studies, work skills training and education for people with learning difficulties and disabilities. Due to the college's excellent contacts, their wide range of academic and vocational training is directly linked to local employers and regional industry demand.

    The college links the majority of their 1,500+ courses to a specific career or academic route; they want to help each student achieve their goals, whether that’s getting the right job or going onto higher education. The college keeps a close eye on the jobs market across all industry sectors from catering to construction to business management, creative arts, IT, automotive technologies, sport, hairdressing, beauty, health and social care. Armed with this industry information, the college shapes their curriculum so that all courses are in line with what employers currently need.

    Barnet and Southgate College is one of the largest colleges in North London delivering more than 20 subject areas across three main campuses at: Wood Street  (High Barnet), Southgate and Colindale. Being part of a large and vibrant College community benefits students as they prepare for the workplace or higher education

    Barnet and Southgate College is a member of the Collab Group.

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Barking and Dagenham College

  • BDC LogoProviding the highest quality professional and technical training that leads to work or to university. Rated by Ofsted (April 2013) as Good with outstanding features, the College’s impressive pedigree includes: Association of Colleges’ Beacon Award 2015; 3 TES FE Awards; STEM Assured status; a Digital & Creative Industries Career College. As one of London’s leading providers of apprenticeships – Intermediate, Advanced and Higher – the College works with employers of all sizes from SMEs to household names including the RAC and Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC. Key facts:

    • Every year around 12,500 students choose us for their training
    • Entry Level through to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees
    • Specialist industry-standard training centres including:
      • Our main Rush Green campus for all age groups
      • The Technical Skills Academy for 16 – 18s
      • The Broadway Theatre (drama, dance, music, technical theatre, production arts).
      • The Theatre is also managed by the College London Road Garage (motor vehicle and motorsport)
      • Barking Learning Centre (work-related courses for adults)

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Carshalton College 

  • Carshalton College

    Carshalton College has been an education provider in Sutton for over 60 years. The College prides themselves on offering high quality vocational education at all levels in a friendly and supportive environment. They are a major provider of Full Time, Part Time, Apprenticeships, Access, Undergraduate and Supported Learning courses. 

    The College is situated in the London Borough of Sutton, in the heart of Carshalton, close to Sutton and Croydon. The atmosphere offers the best of both worlds – a peaceful and friendly environment surrounded by parks and ponds, but within a close proximity of the bustling towns of Sutton and Croydon. Excellent transport links mean that the College is accessible from all areas of South London as well as allowing students to be in the centre of London within 30 minutes.

  • Carshalton College is a part of the South Thames Colleges Group

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City and Islington College 

  • City and Islington College logoCity and Islington College is one of the most successful colleges in the country and has been awarded Learning and Skills Beacon status. It has five specialist centres spread out across North London and offers over 450 qualifications at all levels, from Basic Skills to Higher Education, featuring GCSEs, A-levels and extensive BTEC, HND, HNC and Foundation programmes.

    The college has strong links with universities including City University, Queen Mary University and Corpus Christi College at University of Cambridge.

  • City and Islington College is a member of the Capital City College Group

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City of Westminster College

  • City of Westminster College logoCity of Westminster College is a leading provider of post-16 education in the London Borough of Westminster and delivers a wide range of courses to some 7,000 students each year, with both full-time and part-time courses available to young people and adults.

    Ofsted, the Governments’ Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills inspected the college as “good” in June 2013, and even wrote in their report that “For many students the college provides a haven in which they recognise and value the opportunity to improve their lives.”.

    The College, which celebrated its centenary in 2006, is led by Principal Keith Cowell and a Board of Governors. City of Westminster College benefits from strong working relationships with its Partners, including inner London secondary schools, London universities and the local community in north Westminster. It also works closely with Westminster City Council to plan courses that meet the current and future needs of learners. The aims of the college are:

      • To ensure that students achieve success rates that will place the College consistently in the top 10% of colleges nationally.
      • To maintain and promote a culture of continuous improvement to enable all staff and students to be aligned on achieving outstanding performance and realising their individual potential and aspirations.
      • To actively promote equality and diversity and oppose discrimination.To maintain a strong financial position, safeguarding the assets of the College.
      • For the college to have a highly motivated staff who are ambitious for the College’s future.
      • To actively engage with and add value to the wider community, forming appropriate partnerships to this end.

    • City of Westminster College is a part of the United Colleges Group

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    College of North West London

    • CWNL logoThe College of North West London is a Further Education college with two campuses located in the London Borough of Brent, at Willesden and Wembley Park. We also run the King's Cross Construction Skills Centre in the neighbouring borough of Camden. 
      The college specialises in vocational courses focused on the delivering the technical skills and qualifications necessary to help their students get a job, enter a trade or progress to university. Together with their predecessor institutions they have over 100 years of dedicated experience in education and training across a range of subjects and sector areas.

    • College of North West London is a part of the United Colleges Group

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    The College of Enfield, Haringey and North East London

    • The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London logoThe College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London is a vocational further education college with centres in Tottenham and Enfield, dedicated to giving the best possible education and training to all of their students. The College recently attained Beacon status, which means it is recognised as one of the country's very best colleges, delivering outstanding and innovative teaching and training.

      The College offers around 300 courses from entry level to degree level for some courses – delivered to almost 20,000 students. The College is a Centre of Vocational Excellence for Health and Care and Early Years and also runs courses in Art, Design and Media; Business and Administration; Construction; English and Math GCSE; Literacy and Numeracy; English for Speakers of Other Languages; Hair and Beauty; ICT and Computing; Science; Sport, Fitness and Active Leisure; Supported Learning; Teacher Training, Travel and Tourism, Public services and Foreign Languages.

      Thousands of people graduate from the College every year with the qualifications and skills they need to progress onto higher education or into work. For further information, call the Course Information Line on 020 8442 3055 or visit:

      The College also runs Apprenticeships First, an apprenticeship training agency that matches employers with young people who want to learn a skill while earning a wage. We offer Apprenticeships in all our curriculum areas from Art, Design and Media to Sports and Fitness.

      For further information or to register visit or call 0800 678 3000.

    • The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London is a member of the Capital City College Group

    Coulsdon College

    • Coulsdon College

      Coulsdon Sixth Form College specialises in providing high quality education for 16-19 year old students in a supportive and caring community and is committed to equality of rights and opportunity.

      Since March 2013, Reigate Sixth Form College has provided strategic leadership and management to Coulsdon College and is assisting Coulsdon, on its journey to becoming 'Outstanding.'

      Fundamental changes have been made across the College and these have now been formally recognised by the College's 'Good' Ofsted Report (published April 2014) and Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for Skills and Enterprise at the Department for Education.

    Harrow College

    • Harrow CollegeHarrow College is a community college of further education based in Harrow, Middlesex. They offer academic and vocational courses with a large choice of A-levels, HNDs, BTECs, NVQs and Apprenticeships. With a history of high success rates, Harrow College strives to provide a high level of education and progression for 16-18 year olds and is first for adult education in London.

      Harrow College were one of the first colleges in the country to provide appropriate, tailor-made courses for adults with learning disabilities, where they study alongside, and integrate with, mainstream learners.

      The college has around 2,000 full time students and over 7,000 students on part time courses across two north London campuses and in 2013 was rated as Good by Ofsted.

      The college has also been awarded Centre of Excellence for the Hearing Impaired, the only centre of its kind in north-west London. It is also a member of the Westminster Centre of Excellence in Teacher Training (CETT). As holders of the Matrix standard, Harrow College has continued to demonstrate quality and support to students achieving their goals.

      What's on offer?

      Students at Harrow College come from the local community and overseas to enjoy focused learning in a friendly atmosphere and are encouraged to use the facilities to enrich their college experience.

      Facilities include excellent IT equipment with more than 1,000 computers loaded with the latest software, a careers department for expert guidance and professional drama, photography, art and design studios. The Harrow Weald campus also has a state of the art gym called Energize.

      The Whitefriars Training Centre offers plumbing, electrical installation and construction courses, while our Image Salon provides professional hair, beauty and complementary therapy training to students.

    • Harrow College is a part of HRUC
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    Haringey Sixth Form College

    • Haringey Sixth Form CollegeHaringey Sixth Form College offer an exciting way to study. They are experts in A Levels and Vocational pathways. The A Level Pathways are designed to move you a step closer to your future aspirations. They offer unique study packages entirely focused on providing you with the latest skills, experiences and qualifications to enable you to pursue a career or University degree in a particular area of interest. A Level subjects are grouped together into career pathways containing complementary subjects to help you choose the most appropriate course for your career goal. A Levels are also part of our Russell Group / Oxbridge Forum.

      The College has specialised in Vocational Courses for several years, these can lead you directly to University, Apprenticeships or Employment. Vocational courses are offered at a wide range of levels to suit everyone. Studying on one of the colleges Vocational courses involves continuous assessment mainly through coursework, practical work, related assignments, work experience, a small amount of externally assessed examinations and in some cases online tests.

      Haringey Sixth Form College has a commitment to success. In 2016 over 90% of all students who applied, progressed to university our students 61% of students achieved the top A-level grades and 93% achieved at BTEC Level 3.

      More than 1,200 of the college's students have gone on to study at universities since our first cohort in 2008, including the top 24 universities that make up the Russell Group, and the college offer plenty of help with your first job applications.

      The college offers a wide range of courses with more than 20 AS/A2 Level subjects and BTEC courses in 15 different vocational areas.

      The college has highly qualified, motivated and committed staff are here to make sure that you get the support you need.

      The college is modern, purpose-built centre in Haringey dedicated to offering full-time courses for 16–19 year-olds.

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    Havering College

    • Havering College

      Havering College of Further and Higher Education is a large provider of higher education in London. The College sees teaching and learning as its first priority and is very much a resource provided by the community for the community. The College’s mission is to deliver high quality education and training that responds to the needs of employers and individuals. The College’s purpose is to attract and retain learners to ensure that they achieve and thereby raise standards, widen participation, address social exclusion and contribute to economic growth.

      The College provides higher education in Engineering, Construction, Health and Social Care and Early Years, Education and Social Work. Courses can be tailored to meet the needs of individuals including businesses and employers and can be delivered in College or in the workplace, in a flexible and supportive way.

      Havering College supports progression from level 1 or 2 right through to degree level. The College has a ‘Curriculum Map’ that has received much external praise to facilitate this internal progression.

      The College serves the local community of the London Borough of Havering and attracts students from east and north London, Essex and Hertfordshire.

      The College continues to meet challenging targets it sets for itself and also those targets which are presented by external agencies. Achievement rates are good, and in some areas outstanding and in the most recent Ofsted report the College maintained a good grade with some outstanding features.

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    Havering Sixth Form College

    • Havering Sixth Form CollegeEstablished in 1991, Havering Sixth Form College aims to ensure that staff and students participate fully in the process of education and through great teaching and learning, and working with strong partners achieves outstanding progression for students to high quality destinations. The college is the best-performing college in East London for student progression to positive destinations, and is in the top 10% of all schools, sixth forms and colleges in the UK.

      The campus in Wingletye Lane provides high quality teaching and learning to some 2400 students aged 16-19, combining buildings that pre-date its opening with new teaching spaces.  In 2015 the college opened its newest building housing ICT and in 2017 opened the newly created Wolfson Laboratories, for the teaching of Chemistry: a state-of-the art facility.  Summer 2018 will see the completion of an industry-standard digital arts studio, part of the college’s ongoing commitment to develop and maintain a high quality physical learning environment.

      The college offers over 70 courses, mainly at Level 3, including over 30 A Levels. A small Level 2 provision completes the curriculum offer.  The college is committed to providing high quality teaching and learning that is designed to enhance the employability and achievement of all of its students and to continually improving its curriculum offer to ensure that it meets the needs of the young people of Havering and beyond.

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    Kensington and Chelsea College

    • Kensington and Chelsea College logo

      Kensington and Chelsea College is a high-performing Further Education college providing full-time, part-time, degree-level and community-based courses.  With centres near the vibrant Portobello Road and in the heart of Chelsea’s design quarter, we are incredibly proud to serve both our local and wider communities, making for a richly diverse student body. Whether our learners come straight from school, looking to develop essential skills in English or Maths, returning to learning, seeking to upskill, or wanting to study at degree-level, we offer courses to suit their needs.

      • We are renowned both nationally and internationally for excellence in the Creative Arts including Fine Art, Fashion, Millinery, Photography, Design and Multimedia. 
      • We boast some of the best achievement and satisfaction rates in London, and our learners consistently prove that their positive attitude combined with support from our committed, passionate staff can make this an exceptionally rewarding path towards their future.
      • We are a major centre for English language training and are able to provide progression routes into vocational training in the Creative Arts, Health and Social Care, Childcare and Accounting.
      • Our ESOL courses provide learners with essential English skills and are suitable for those who have come to live in the UK permanently. 
      • We offer Adult English and maths courses on a flexible part-time basis, to fit around work and life commitments.
      • We have a large Access to Higher Education provision in the humanities and sciences with a track record of excellent progression to Russell Group universities. 
      • We maintain strong links and partnerships with many of the world-class organisations surrounding us, which creates inroads for amazing opportunities for our learners.

      With an array of career-focused courses and facilities mirroring the world-of-work to expert teaching staff and award-winning student support, we provide a learning environment in which our learners can truly thrive.

      To join the many learners who have begun their success stories with us, call our Advice and Guidance team on 020 7573 3600 and start creating your story. Find out more about what we offer through the link below.

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    Kingston College

    • Kingston College

      Kingston College is a major provider of Full Time, Apprenticeships, Part Time and Undergraduate courses in Kingston upon Thames.

      Kingston College offers both academic and vocational courses from Level 1 to Level 6 and a friendly, stimulating environment for study, all set in a historic market town by the River Thames. With excellent transport links, and central London just 25 minutes away by train, Kingston upon Thames is consistently voted one of the happiest places to live in London. 

    • Kingston College is a part of the South Thames Colleges Group

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    Lambeth College

    • Lambeth College logoLambeth College is one of the largest further education colleges in South London with centres in Brixton, Clapham and Vauxhall. The college offers a wide range of full time, part time courses and apprenticeships to young people and adults leading to qualifications in:

      • Applied Science
      • Building and Construction
      • Business and Computing
      • Child Care
      • Creative Arts and Media
      • Engineering
      • Hair and Beauty
      • Health and Social Care
      • Motorcycle Maintenance
      • Sport
    • Providing students with the opportunity to gain vocational, professional and academic qualifications at various levels, Lambeth College provides learners with the skills, qualifications and experience necessary to get a great job, start your own business or get into university.

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    London South East Colleges

    • London South East CollegesLondon South East Colleges incorporates Bromley College of Further and Higher Education, Bexley College, Royal Greenwich College and South East London Apprenticeship Company. LSEC has a £50m turnover, circa 13,000 students, 1000 staff and 8 sites in total.

      The group’s vision is to be recognised, valued and respected in its communities as listening, responsive and relevant. Their mission is ‘delivering real skills for the real world.’ Bringing an absolute focus on relevant, up to date, high-quality skills that meet the needs of the local business community. London South East Colleges has strong links with its higher education partners, the University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christchurch University.

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    Monoux College

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      Monoux College is a specialist post-16 sixth form college for students who want to progress towards Higher Education, Apprenticeships and high skill employment.  We have a unique learning community, which enables our students to develop attributes and abilities alongside their academic and vocational qualifications. All of our 16 to 19 year olds study on full-time courses. The College aims to help students reach their highest potential whether it is academic, artistic or vocational. Our curriculum provision includes A Level and BTEC subjects and GCSE resit courses. Our 10am lesson start and 6 unique Pathways help maximise potential to succeed with us, but also to maximise the skills you’ll need to thrive, past the gates of Monoux.

      Monoux College has STEM-Assured status, recognising outstanding teaching in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. It has very good links with its university partners and a strong reputation for progression, with 90% of students who apply being successful in gaining a university place. In addition, all students have access to a wide range of sports and extra-curricular activities.

      The College serves a wide catchment area and approximately half of its students live in the neighbouring London boroughs of Newham, Haringey, Hackney, Enfield and Tower Hamlets.

      Our students have access to outstanding facilities including our newly refurbished ‘Mentoring Zone’, Apple Mac Suite, The Matthew Bourne OBE Theatre, Art & Design and Photography Studios, Internet Café, Faith Room, Gym and our very own Starbucks!

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    Morley College

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      Morley College London is an Institute of Adult Learning with specialist designated status located in Central London. It provides learning opportunities to some 13,000 people every year. The College provides an inclusive adult learning environment that encourages and supports individuals to progress in lifelong learning. Opened in 1889, the College has served communities in the boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and beyond, with a renowned reputation in Arts, Culture and Applied Sciences.

      The College offers a diverse curriculum ranging from entry level to higher education programmes, across the four Schools of Visual and Digital Arts, Music and Performing Arts, Humanities and Applied Sciences and Community and Foundation Learning. An attractive and unique list of courses spans multiple levels of learning, from non-accredited short programmes of less than five weeks to three-year accredited degree programmes. Recently validated by Ravensbourne University to deliver BA (Hons) degrees, the College continues to offer new learning opportunities for adults.

      Morley College London is a culturally diverse learning community, with over 120 languages spoken by the student body. The College is close to London’s cultural centre on the South Bank and to the transport hub of Waterloo station and surrounding businesses, with satellite campuses in Stockwell and Lewington.

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    Newham College of Further Education

    • Newham College of FENewham College is one of the UK’s leading further education colleges, with over 13,000 students situated across two campuses in East Ham and Stratford, home of the 2012 London Olympics. The College also has several community education centres located throughout Newham. The College offers a wide range of further, adult and higher education courses, combined with exceptional career development opportunities and the very best teaching. We have invested millions of pounds in creating world-class facilities with the aim of achieving the best standards of academic and vocational training.

      Our students benefit from the College’s excellent links with businesses, professionals and industry experts, who help design our courses, enabling students to succeed in their chosen careers. The College has gained numerous awards over the years including Beacon Awards for Employer Engagement, a Heist Marketing Award, the Queens Award and a Champion status in Investors in People.

      The college offers higher education to over 700 students through its dedicated University Centre. These students are predominantly widening participation and studying a range of social science, business and management and humanities degrees awarded by our main validation partner - The Open University.

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    Richmond Upon Thames College

    • Richmond Upon Thames College

      Richmond upon Thames College is a leading general further education college located in Twickenham, south west London. The college offers a broad and innovative curriculum for post 16 study including A Levels and an extensive range of vocational and technical qualifications (diplomas and certificates) and apprenticeships from entry level to level 5. It has approximately 1800 full-time students aged 16-18 years old and offers these students a wide range of courses and subjects, it also offers a range of adult courses, many leading to professional qualifications and a number of higher education courses. The college also has a specialist student support service which offers a range of advice and practical assistance in a range of areas. College staff work closely with local, regional and national employers to help shape and develop the curriculum. Through these close links, employers are also involved in college careers events and student workshops to highlight career opportunities and help develop employability skills. Richmond upon Thames College is currently building a new £80 million college campus on its existing Twickenham site. The main flagship building (Phase One) is due for completion in Spring 2020 with a new STEM and Sports Hall (Phase Two) due to complete 2021. In November 2017, Ofsted graded the college good in all areas.

      • Richmond Upon Thames College is a part of HRUC

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    South Thames College

    • South Thames CollegeSouth Thames College was founded in 1895, funded by a tax on whiskey! Students had to pay what was then a substantial fee of £1 a term for day classes. There were around 500 students studying there, a large number for those times. 

      Today, over 21,000 students are enrolled at South Thames College, and government funded courses like BTEC Nationals and A-levels are free for 16-19 year olds.

      In 2009, the College merged with Merton College, another thriving education establishment in South West London. 

    • South Thames College is a part of the South Thames Colleges Group

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    Uxbridge College

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      Uxbridge College is a general further education College, situated in the London Borough of Hillingdon, in the outer area of west London, with campuses in Uxbridge and Hayes. The College has consistently high success rates and was graded outstanding by Ofsted in their most recent inspection.

      A diverse range of vocational and academic programmes is on offer for young people and adults, with over 10,000 students studying full and part-time courses, Apprenticeships and Higher Education. A Level provision, provided through The Academy sixth form centre, offers a wide range of subject choice and vocational provision is focused on work-related education with courses offered from Entry Level to Level 4/5.

      The College works with a number of businesses to provide technical and professional training for their workforce development and offers a programme of business support for local start-ups and SMEs. It is the largest west London college provider of apprenticeships, working with 400 businesses employing 700 apprentices each year, with progression to higher level skills as appropriate.

      The College works closely with key strategic partners to shape, influence and deliver the skills curriculum. Education and training takes place in all but one of the fifteen sector subject areas (SSA) with particular expertise in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and an innovative digital curriculum. There are strong links with local, regional and national employers who provide opportunities to engage in the curriculum including delivering sessions directly to students, offering visits to their workplaces and supporting work placements.

    • Uxbridge College is a part of HRUC

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    Waltham Forest College

    • WFCWaltham Forest College is a stand-alone Further Education College in North East London with circa 2000, 16-19 year old students on full time study programmes and 5000 adult students mainly studying part time, in addition to around 920 apprentices. The College has been voted as the top performing London college for student satisfaction for two consecutive years and is rated as good by Ofsted. Waltham Forest College offers a full range of vocational and technical qualifications from pre entry to level 4. It is accredited as a Mayor’s Construction Academy. Waltham Forest College has a growing reputation and specialism for Construction and Renewable Technologies as well as Health & Care, Digital and Creative.

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    West London College

    • West London College is a large Further Education college with five sites: Hammersmith and Fulham College, Ealing Green College, SouthallWLC Community College, Park Royal College and West London Construction Academy.

      Rated Good by Ofsted, West London College offers both full-time and part-time courses for 16-18s and adults in a range of subjects, students can choose vocational and professional qualifications, including BTECs, Apprenticeships, HNDs, Access to Higher Education Diplomas, CIPD courses, Short Courses and bespoke training for businesses and organisations. We also have courses that can help students learn English and a range of courses for students with Special Educational Needs.

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    Westminster Kingsway College

    • Westminster Kingsway College logoWestminster Kingsway College is one of the largest further education colleges in central London with centres in Camden and Westminster. The College has about 14,000 students across all age ranges and offers a wide range of further, adult and higher education programmes for people of all ages. The College offers a range of full-time and part-time courses giving students the opportunity to gain vocational, professional and academic qualifications at different levels that are tailored directly to employment opportunities.

      Courses include Access to Higher Education and Foundation Degrees in a wide range of subjects including Business, Accounting, Public Administration, Hospitality, Travel & Tourism and Culinary Arts.

      Other information: Westminster Kingsway College offers a wide range of courses aimed at all ages and skills. 

    • Westminster Kingsway College is a member of the Capital City College Group

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    ARK Schools

    • ARK Schools

      Ark Schools is a network of 39 primary, secondary and all-through schools across London, Birmingham, Hastings and Portsmouth. 13 of Ark’s schools having sixth forms – 11 in London, 1 in Birmingham and 1 in Hastings.

      There are currently almost 2500 students enrolled in Ark sixth forms, which offer A level and BTEC National qualifications at level 3. Almost a third of students are enrolled in the Professional Pathways programme, Ark’s approach to delivering BTEC Extended Diploma qualifications in Business, Applied Science, IT and Sport and Exercise Science.

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    BOCK Training

    • BOCK Training

      BOCK Training is South London’s leading training provider, specialised in delivering high quality vocational further education programmes to support progression onto Higher Education and employment. We deliver courses in a variety of sectors including, Art and Design, Childcare, Health and Social Care and Business Administration. Our partnerships with employers allows us to provide students with some of the best job opportunities in London.

      Over the years BOCK has become distinguished for supporting some of London’s most hard to reach through mentoring, apprenticeships and traineeships for young people and adults at risk of becoming NEET, BAME groups, single parents, rehabilitated substance misuse learners and SEN learners.

      Developing the learning potential of young people and adults is central to our core values and through our strategic partnerships with local community organisations and local authorities, we support inclusivity, achievement and excellence at every stage of a student’s educational journey.

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    London Councils

    • YPESThe Young People's Education and Skills Board is the lead strategic body for 14-19 education and training services in London. It provides pan-London leadership for 14-19 education and training provision in relation to the current and future needs of learners and employers, supports local authorities in undertaking their statutory functions, and assists other stakeholders in planning, policy and provision.

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    OCN London

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      OCN London is a not-for-profit national awarding organisation and Access Validating Agency (AVA), dedicated to widening participation, social inclusion and lifelong learning for all. We have worked in London for over 30 years and have awarded thousands of certificates to learners to support their progression to further learning and employment. We provide a wide range of qualifications and services to educational providers, community organisations, employers, schools and prisons in London and across the country. OCN London supports flexible approaches to learning and assessment so as to accommodate a wide range of learning styles.

      OCN London is licenced by the QAA to develop, validate and award Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diplomas. The Access to HE Diploma is a qualification designed specifically for adult learners, particularly those who do not have ‘A’ levels, to help them prepare for, progress to and succeed in university. It is a qualification that has existed for over 30 years and is widely accepted by universities and other higher education providers for entry into degrees and other higher level programmes. The Access to HE Diploma is nationally recognised as a qualification that supports widening participation and the majority of Access to HE Diploma provision is delivered by further education colleges.

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    • Pearson logoPearson is a global learning company, working in more than 70 countries to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. Pearson provides learning materials, technologies, qualifications and services to institutions, corporations, teachers and students in order to help people everywhere aim higher and fulfil their true potential. Pearson puts the learner at the centre of everything it does. 

    • Pearson’s main qualifications at level 3 are AS/A levels, provided through their brand of Edexcel, and BTEC Nationals. The number of students entering university with a BTEC has grown considerably in recent years, increasing from just 13.3 per cent in 2008 to 24.3 per cent in 2015. The BTEC Nationals have made a significant contribution to widening participation in Higher Education. In 2017, 41% of students entering university with a BTEC only had parents who came from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, compared to just 20% of students taking only A levels. 

    • Pearson offers higher level qualifications, including the BTEC Higher National Certificates at level 4 and BTEC Higher National Diplomas at level 5. These have undergone a phased redevelopment with new qualifications introduced between 2016 and 2018. 

    • In 2020, Pearson is introducing a new suite of BTEC International Level 3 qualifications. The content has been aligned with that of the reformed BTEC National qualifications delivered in the UK, but includes the flexibility to allow adaptation to meet the needs of individual countries.

    • Pearson College was founded in 2012 and delivers degree programmes, which are validated by the University of Kent. These are mainly in the areas of business management and creative & digital media. It now offers degree apprenticeships as well as traditional undergraduate programmes.

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    • Unionlearn is the learning and skills organisation of the Trades Unionunionlearn Congress (TUC). Unionlearn works to assist unions in the delivery of learning opportunities for their members, helps people acquire skills and qualifications to boost their job prospects and improve their employability.

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    Westminster Adult Education Service 

    • Westminster Adult Education Service is a vibrant, warm and welcoming adult education service with over 30 years’ experience of meeting the skills, training, learning and employability needs of adults and young people. We pride ourselves on providing accessible education and training opportunities for those who are most in need.  WAES

      Graded as ‘Good’ at our last OFSTED inspection, we are a well-regarded and successful adult education provider and the largest local authority provider of adult education in London. Being part of Westminster City Council gives us a distinct advantage in being able to leverage support from other council departments to support our learners as part of the Council’s commitment to achieve a City for All Westminster residents.   

      We deliver programmes for over 5000 learners annually. We are ambitious for our learners and have encapsulated this in our WAES Forward Strategic Plan, which aims to transform our learners lives through inclusive inspirational lifelong learning.  Our three curriculum pillars of career, community and culture ensures that we are meeting a wide range of learners needs, regardless of their backgrounds, starting points and aspirations.  Our inclusive culture celebrates the cultural and socio-economic diversity of our learners.    

      Our curriculum offer at WAES comprises a diverse range of part-time, day, evening and weekend courses, from entry to higher levels.  Subject areas include accounting, business studies, ceramics, childcare, cookery, digital skills and careers, English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL), English for International students, family learning, fashion, fine art, floristry, graphic design and media, health and social care, hairdressing, make-up and maths.    

      With an experienced and enthusiastic staff complement of around 190+ individuals, we provide a nurturing and supportive learning experience for adults and young people. Our three centres are modern and well equipped, providing our learners with up-to-date learning resources.  As part of our commitment to providing local solutions to meet local needs, we work in partnership with community organisations like family hubs, libraries, community groups and voluntary organisations and deliver in over 60 venues annually.   

      Our work with employers, particularly in the delivery of apprenticeship and traineeship programmes continues to grow, successfully offering options for learners and employees for whom work-based learning is a better route.  We also partner with the Department for Work and Pensions to offer bespoke Sector Work Academy Programmes.  

      Shortlisted twice (2020 & 2021) for the TES FE Adult and Community Learning provider of the year award, we are proud to serve our local community.  This is embodied in the feedback from our learners, with 95% stating that they would recommend WAES to friends and family.   

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