Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College

Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College
Motto More than a College
Type Further and Higher Education College
Principal Garry Phillips
Location Gliddon Road
Barons Court
W14 9BL
Coordinates: 51°29′29″N 0°12′52″W / 51.4915°N 0.2145°W / 51.4915; -0.2145
DfE URN 130408 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Mixed
Ages 14+
Website www.wlc.ac.uk

Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College (also formally known as "Ealing Tertiary College") is a further and higher education college based across four campuses located in Acton, Ealing, Hammersmith and Southall districts of London, England. The college provides training and development for over 20,000 students from entry level to postgraduate, and is a member of the 157 Group a consortium of 29 of the UK’s largest FE Colleges.[1] The main campus of the college is situated on the north side of the busy A4 dual-carriageway, between Hammersmith and Earls Court.

Achievements & Awards

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Buttle UK Quality Mark

In its most recent inspection, Ofsted rated the college as "satisfactory" for overall effectiveness.[2] The college is a Beacon Status College, awarded by the Quality Improvement Agency. It is a Centre of Vocational Excellence for Construction Crafts: Wood and Plastering Trades and Media. In 2008, the International Centre at the college was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade. In 2012, Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College became the first Further Education college in London to receive the 'AoC Charter for International Excellence’. The charter is awarded to FE colleges that show a strong commitment to quality assurance and implement an ethical approach to all aspects of their international activities.


In 1881, Hammersmith School of Art was established in Brook Green. There was also the Hammersmith College of Art and Building located in Lime Grove, Shepherds Bush. This college had an Architecture program accredited by the RIBA and an Interior Design program. There were also facilities and studios in which were taught textile design, ceramics, sculpture and print-making. The 'building' side of the college included workshops in which the traditional building trades were taught including, plumbing, welding, plastering and brick-laying. The 'cross-discipline' opportunities that the close proximity that these departments afforded students was deliberate. That the sculpture students could learn from the welding classes (both instructors and apprentices) and the Interior design students from the textile design students and the Architecture students from the building trades apprentices was a well recognized benefit of the graduates of the Hammersmith College of Art and Building. Ealing Grammar School for Boys was opened in 1913 as Ealing County School and expanded in 1936, also known as Ealing County Grammar School. It had the Ealonian Hall. In 1974, Ealing borough adopted the comprehensive education system and the school became Ealing Green High School, a boys' school. In 1992, the school was taken over by the new Ealing Tertiary College. In January 2002, Hammersmith and West London College merged with Ealing Tertiary College to form Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College.

Acton Campus

The Acton campus specialises in Construction Crafts and offers various construction courses which are not taught in purpose-built workshops. The College also offers Engineering, Electronics, Motor Vehicle, English for Speaker of Other Languages (ESOL), Skills for Life and Supported Learning courses to students of all ages.

Ealing Campus

Offers a range of full-time post-GCSE, academic and vocational courses, as well as tuition in ESOL and English as a Foreign Language (EFL). Recent refurbishments have significantly improved the Sixth Form Centre and a new £11.5m specialist centre, the Ealing Institute of Media, was launched in December 2005. It is situated in the former Ealing Green High School.

The Institute of Media at Ealing Campus

Opened in 2006 by former BBC Director-General Greg Dyke, The Ealing Institute of Media is a Centre of Vocational Excellence in Media. It is also part of the Skillset Screen Academy group. It was established to provide tailor-made courses that offer both vocational experience and education, along with the adequate amount of theory to provide students with what they need to have a successful career within the media industry.

Courses include the new Actor Prepares Bollywood acting school, standalone subjects such as Animation, Photography, and other areas at GCSE or Advanced Level. The college also offers BTEC qualifications that allow students to learn a wide variety of industry specific skills rather than just a small area.

The Ealing Institute of Media includes EIM Productions, a professional production company offering film and photography services to the college and external clients.

Hammersmith Campus

View to Hammersmith campus in spring 2013

Hammersmith is the largest campus, with over 10,000 students. The College offers a large number of full-time and part-time courses across a broad range of subjects for students of different ages, abilities and needs. The speciality is Health and Social Care, who as a department have the best teachers

Southall Campus

Students also have access to the Southall Sports Centre run by the London Borough of Ealing, the Sixth Form Centre, and separate facilities for adult learning and a vocational centre.

Former teachers


Former Students of The Ealing Grammar School for Boys

Ealing Green High School


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