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West London University

UCAS Code: W05

Location: West of London, three sites Show on Map

Site: Sites in west London (Ealing and Brentford); some additional higher education courses offered in Reading

A modern university; a member of the million+ group of universities. 

Student Population

Total Students:12,400
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:10,995
Full Time:70%
Mature on Entry:50%
UK Students:82%
State school entry:98%

Teaching Staff

520 full-time, 337 part-time.

Broad study areas

Accounting, business & finance; art & design; computing & IT; construction & engineering; health, sports & exercise sciences; human & forensic sciences; law & criminology; media; music & performance; nursing & midwifery; psychology; tourism, hospitality & leisure.


Admission Information:AS-levels and key skills awards accepted in combination with 1+ A-level (GCE or VCE) or equivalent. UCAS tariff used 
Points on Entry (Mean):200
Drop Out Rate:14%
Accommodation:All first years housed if apply by deadline. 


Founded:1991 from merger of Ealing College, Thames Valley College Slough, London College of Music and Queen Charlotte's College of Healthcare. University status 1992, as Thames Valley University. Name changed 2011 to University of West London.
Site:Ealing and Brentford in west London; with some additional higher education courses offered in Reading (35 miles west of Ealing).
How to get there:A4, M4 and A40; Reading site close to bus and rail stations; Ealing and Brentford campuses near rail, tube and buses. Free shuttle bus between west London sites.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Advisers offer a free and confidential professional advice service to students and prospective students.
Amenities:Well-equipped students' union. 
Sporting facilities:Gym facilities plus a wide variety of sports and recreation clubs.
Accommodation:All students housed in university halls or private accommodation, if they apply by the deadline. 810 self-catering places at Brentford, all ensuite and with broadband internet access, rent £134 per week (incl bills and internet); also 29 studio apartments, £181 pw; contracts for 44 or 52 weeks. Accommodation service helps find local flats and lodgings 3−4 miles from campus; average rents £90−£100 pw self-catering. Many students live locally.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:Libraries at all sites, including subject-specialist libraries and specialist librarians. Total of 270,000 volumes, 2000 periodical titles, CDs, DVDs, electronic resources, subject-specific databases; 770 study places and fully-networked, open-access workstations (with access to internet), scanners, colour printers, video and audio playback. Information provision, £74 pa spent for each student (FTE). Library and IT services converged. Total 550+ networked PCs with access to internet and CD-Rom network, open 24 hours/day. Ratio 1:14 workstations to students. IT support from dedicated staff members and IT skills training online; ½ day induction to library and information services for new students plus workshops and information skills training from librarians (in person or online). 
Study abroad:Language and other students may spend a period abroad. Formal exchange links with 64 universities/colleges in western Europe. 
Careers:Information and advice service. Students also receive a (free) monthly newsletter, featuring articles written by employers, useful application tips and up-to-date employer opportunities.


Living expenses budget:Depending on campus, minimum budget of £770 a month recommended by the university (excluding tuition fees). 
Term-time work:University allows term-time work for full-time students (limit of 15 hours/week). University employs students where possible (in and out of term) eg library, admin, design, telemarketing etc; university employment services helps find work locally.
Financial help:238 scholarships of £3000 in Year 1, open to local UK students whose family income is up to £25k pa: 60 open to students on science, technology, engineering or maths courses, 178 for those caring for children. Also scholarships of £500−£3000 in a number of subject areas, eg music, nursing, business. Various government funds help those with particular costs or facing hardship and for short-term loans.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £7500 pa for first degree courses, except students on specialist arts and music courses who pay £7670 (arts)and £8200 (music). International students pay £8150 (classroom-based), £9540 pa (lab/studio-based).


Academic features:

Modular scheme gives flexibility to all degree courses: specialist and major/minor subject combinations available. List of courses on iPhone app, iUni (can be downloaded from iTunes). 

Awarding body:

University of West London

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BMus, BSc, LLB, FdA, FdSc

Length of courses:

3 years; 4 years (sandwich courses, year abroad). 2 years (FdA/Sc)

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Acting
  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Architectural Design
  • Architectural Technology
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Audio
  • Broadcasting
  • Building Studies
  • Building Surveying
  • Business Administration
  • Business Studies
  • Catering
  • Ceramics
  • Choreography
  • Community Arts
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Construction
  • Counselling
  • Criminology
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic Mechanics
  • Electronics
  • Engineering (General)
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Events Management
  • Exhibition Design
  • Fashion
  • Film Music
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Food Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Graphic Design
  • Health
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Sciences
  • Illustration
  • Information Science
  • Information Systems
  • Interactive Games Production
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • Jazz
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Media Technology
  • Microelectronics
  • Midwifery
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Music Theatre
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Palliative Care
  • Performance Arts
  • Photography
  • Popular Music
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Relations
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Retail Management
  • Social Work
  • Teacher Training
  • Textiles
  • Theatre Studies
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Tourism
  • TV Studies
  • Video
  • Visual Arts
  • Web Development/Design

Student view

Jodie Vickery, Union President (Events management)


What's it like as a place to live?

Ealing and Brentford is a very nice place to live - very leafy and great transport links into central London.

How's the student accommodation?

The student accommodation is at the Brentford campus. It is very modern with spacious rooms. The price is reasonable for London.

What's the student population like?

Our student population is very diverse; we have a lot of international and mature students that study with us.

How do students and locals get on?

The relationship with the community is good as we have special discounts with business so we can go and use their facilities.


What's it like as a place to study? 

We have loads of courses to pick from, many of which are taught by professionals in the industry. Our hospitality school is renowned for great facilities.

What are the teaching staff like?

Teaching staff are very knowledgeable as most of them are in the industry they teach.


What are student societies like?

Good range of social activities that West London Students' Union provide; over 40 societies and sports teams such as rugby, netball, football and cheerleading to get involved with. We also have loads of parties you can attend throughout the year.

What's a typical night out?

Ealing isn't great for a night out, so students normally go to Kingston on Wednesdays and central London throughout the week.

... And how much does it cost?

£30/40 a night depending on how much you drink.

How can you get home safely?

Night buses run from Kingston and central hourly, and they drop you near the halls in Brentford or the Ealing campus. We also have taxi firm that offers a student discount.


Is it an expensive place to live?

Yes, as everywhere in London is. Most people manage on their student loan, you just have to budget.

Average price of a pint?


And the price of a takeaway?

Depends on the takeway; £4-£15.

What's the part-time work situation?

There are a few jobs locally, but many students are able to find jobs in central London. We have careers services that are excellent with helping students to find part-time work.


What's the best feature about the place?

The staff, lectures and students we have.

And the worst?

The Student Union building is very dated.

And to sum it all up?

The University of West London is a great place to meet new friends and be taught by inspiring people that are actually in the industry you are studying.

Past Students

Freddie Mercury (Queen frontman); Pete Townsend (The Who); John Bird (founder, The Big Issue). And from London College of Music, David Caddick (musical director, RSC); Martin Ellerby, Andrew Simpson (composers); Raphael Terroni (pianist); John Treleaven, Rosalind Sutherland (singers); Matt Tong (drummer, Bloc Party). 

More info?

Ring SU on 020 8231 2726 or visit website www.tvusu.co.uk



University of West London
St Mary's Road
W5 5RF


0800 036 8888





Student enquiries:

Learning Advice Centre. 



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