OPAL COLLEGE LONDON is one of the most promising new independent Colleges of Higher and Further Education in the United Kingdom. We offer a range of Diploma, Higher Diploma, Undergraduate, Postgraduate and professional courses in IT, Business, Marketing, Accounting, Health and Social Care, Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management and LLB together with a range of vocationally orientated pre-university courses designed to better prepare students for the rigours of degree education.
We aim to earn a reputation for providing quality courses at fees that give outstanding value for money. We are confident of being able to do this because our independence means we control our own fees. However, our competitive fees are not at the expense of quality.
The College is located on a single campus in London. We believe to have a unique understanding of the educational needs of students. There is a discernible family atmosphere at OPAL COLLEGE LONDON. By university standards we are a comparatively small educational community, but this will enable us to know our students well - something which I believe is crucial to ensuring a student's success in higher education.
The College is an exciting environment in which to meet new friends, where people from Britain, China, Asia, the Caribbean, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and Europe can meet. The culture is rich and diverse, with students bringing myriad different perspectives to all areas of college life.
Partnerships and affiliations with educational bodies is to key our unique position within the educational industry. For us, this affiliation represents a major affirmation of our academic credentials.
OCL has been accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Colleges (ASIC) for independent, further and higher education. ASIC is an independent body whose aim is to improve and enhance standards of independent further and higher education institutions in the United Kingdom by the establishment of a system of accreditation. ASIC has been formed to bring this independent information to the student population through its accreditation service with well defined and objective benchmarking. Accreditation through ASIC helps the students and parents make a more informed choice and also helps a college/university demonstrate to the marketplace that they are a high quality institution. ASIC has been approved by OFSTED on behalf of the UK Border Agency to accredit private colleges for the purpose of sponsorship under the Points Based System.
OCL is accredited by Edexcel (Business Technology Engineering Council). We are an Edexcel approved Course Provider and Examination Centre. Edexcel, a Pearson company, is the UK's largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications and testing to more than 25,000 schools, colleges, employers and other places of learning here and in over 100 countries worldwide. They offer an impressive range of services, including curriculum and qualification development. Edexcel offers a wide variety of both vocational and general qualifications in Business, Management, IT and many other areas.
Edexcel has granted the LCAS accreditation to offer programmes in Management Studies (also known as Strategic Management and Leadership).
OCL is accredited by The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM). We are ICMCourse Provider and Examination Centre. ICM is the leading professional organisation for commercial and business development managers. The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM) has provided support and guidance for lifelong learning in 120 countries over the past 30 years. ICM is recognised by the UK government
OCL is accredited by EDI (Education Development International). EDI is an accredited Awarding Body and leading international education company with a wide range of products and services including vocational and professional qualifications both within the UK and internationally through LCCI, Goal online assessments for schools, approved training programmes for employers, an electronic assessment delivery system, electronic portfolio package and specialist business broadband service.
EDI is committed to being the number one choice of awarding body partner through delivering the highest levels of customer service and their rigorous systems of quality control in the UK and in over 100 international markets.
OCL is a tuition provider of the ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). ACCA is the largest and fastest-growing global professional accountancy body with 296,000 students and 115,000 members in 170 countries. The reputation of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is grounded in over 100 years of providing world-class accounting and finance qualifications. ACCA
ACCA's innovative partnership with Oxford Brookes University enables students to obtain a BSc Honours Degree in Applied Accounting, while studying for their ACCA qualification. With an international reputation for innovation, high quality education and research, and global relationships, it is not surprising that Oxford Brookes University has been voted the best modern university in the Sunday Times Good University Guide for seven years in succession.
The Business School is one of the leading schools for teaching and learning in the UK, being a national Subject Centre in Business, Management, Accountancy and Finance, and Oxford Brookes University is one of only sixteen institutions across the UK to have received two multi-million pound awards to establish more than one Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
The Organisation for Tourism and Hospitality Management (OTHM)
OCL is accredited by The Organisation for Tourism and Hospitality Management (OTHM) as a tuition provider. OTHM was founded in 2003 as a professional membership body servicing the tourism and hospitality industry throughout the world.
The aim of OTHM is to support the people who work in the tourism and hospitality industry. In our Mission Statement we state that OTHM:
The long term academic partners of OTHM, The London South Bank University has signed an articulation agreement with OTHM, that recognises OTHM qualifications for entry into their BA (Hons) and Master's Level.The Thames Valley University also accredited OTHM programmes in September 2007 to allow access to their Tourism and Hospitality Degree and Postgraduate programmes.
The College has a range of academic and study facilities. They include a variety of lecture and seminar rooms, which offer students both flexibility and comfort. The massive 8000 sq ft campus comprises of a library and study centre which is stocked with a range of textbooks, journals, magazines and newspapers. The library offers space for private study. Opening hours are flexible during term time. OCL is working towards offering possibilities for prayer and quiet reflection, whatever the background may be. A multitude of churches, a synagogue and East London Mosque are all located in close proximity to the College.
Library and Study Centre
Computer Lab & Internet
There are 2 IT labs and all computers are connected with broadband. Students can also use Wi-Fi throughout the College campus. Internet facility (academic purposes only) is available to students free of charge all year round.
Photocopy machines are available in the College premises. Students may use either cash or a copy card to make copies. Copy cards are available for purchase in the College administration. Students can buy computer-printing top up from the College reception. They can also buy the photocopy- printing top-up in the reception.
OCL aims to help students reach their full potential by ensuring that the individual learning needs and styles are identified effectively at the beginning of their studies. Our objective is for students to be successful in all aspects of their course of studies, thus maximising their results in both course assessment and examinations. Our lectures will facilitate, explain and teach whilst our seminars are interactive and allow students to test their understanding of key areas. Students use especially prepared course materials during their studies. Students are regularly tutored in how to achieve their potential in assessments.
Lectures and seminars guide students through their course, explaining key aspects of each topic and how best to utilise their personal study time. Lectures go into detail, focusing and expanding on the important features of each topic.
Course Materials are carefully chosen to give students a thorough understanding of each topic. These materials help students prepare for and expand on the topics dealt with in class, and also enable students to practise key skills and prepare for examination.
Course and Module Planners are route maps through each course and refer students to relevant reading and study. Students can see what they should be studying from the first day of their course right through to their examinations.
Assessment is commonly by class participation, assignment and examination. Students are carefully facilitated in the skills and strategies required to maximise their potential in examinations, verbal presentations and for coursework assignments.
While OCL does not provide student housing, the College guides students in their search for a number of housing options available to students. Initial coordination of student housing arrangements can be made by the College located within a 5-mile radius of the campus that provide temporary single or double occupancy rooms, apartments or flats. With the guidance of our administrators, students are usually able to find long-term accommodation within two weeks.
Scholarship and awards
The board of directors of OCL is pleased to provide a limited number of scholarships, which are available to students in most programmes. These scholarships, including entrance scholarships and continuing scholarship, are intended to recognise excellent performance. The following criteria will be considered when granting scholarships:
Student Common Room
There is a comfortable student common room with space for recreational, relaxation, TV and Pool table facilities.
Social and Cultural Activities
Various events such as international student
Our Student Services Team can advise on counseling, healthcare, sporting facilities and disability issues, whilst their knowledge of London can help you make the most of your stay. As all of OCL
Induction & Exit Programmes
We arrange a special week at the beginning of the academic term to introduce students who are new to the College and the UK to important aspects of life at the College and in the UK. It includes a programme of events where students get to meet with staff and fellow students, and get information about the range of facilities available at the College. There is a presentation on the College, studying in the UK and Life in the UK, the local area and Academic Misconduct. Cross-cultural understanding has also been added to the Induction programme.
We are also planning to arrange an exit programme after each semester covering the last day of the College and the graduation ceremony.
First Aid and Medical Services
We highly priorities the health and safety of all our stakeholders (students, staff, lecturer
Britain is a multicultural society and London is one of the most diverse cities in the world. One of the biggest advantage to studying at OCL is that you are right in the heart of one of the most exciting cities in the world. After a hard day study, you can play hard too, with a multitude of entertainments right on your doorstep. No matter what your interests, the City of London has something for everyone.
London boasts some of the best shopping streets in the world. Whether you are looking for high street bargains, designer gear, vintage boutiques or novelty gifts you are sure to find it in one of Londons many shopping areas.
Free Places to Go
With over 240 museums, numerous art galleries, a variety of festivals throughout the year and a huge range of music venues for you to choose from, there are simply too many to mention.
London boasts many beautiful parks. Victoria Park in Bethnal Green, Regents Park in central London and Primrose Hill in North West London are perfect for a stroll or picnic with friends. The popular Diana Memorial can be found at Hyde Park. Or try St. James Park for a fantastic view of Buckingham Palace.
Changing of the Guard
The changing of the Queens Guard takes place outside Buckingham Palace every day at 11.30am in the summer and every other day in the winter. Get there early for a good view!
London is home to many outstanding art galleries including Tate Modern, The National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery.
Wander around many of Londons street markets selling anything from food to flowers or vintage clothing and antiques. Popular markets include Borough, Portobello Road and Camden.
Go to the recording of a TV show
If you want to be in the audience for a TV show, you can sign up for free tickets. Visit www.bbc.co.uk/ tickets or www.tvrecordings.com for details.
Many of Londons entertaining street performers can be found on the Southbank or Covent Garden.
The Young Vic shows
The Young Vic shows present a wide variety of classics, new plays, forgotten works and music theatre. Residents of Lambeth and Southwark can see a Young Vic show for free. Check Boroughs www.youngvic.org/getinvolved/two-boroughs.
Take a stroll along the Southbank for a first class view of some of Londons major landmarks including the London Eye, Big Ben and the fantastic skyline showing St Pauls Cathedral.
London is home to some fantastic museums including the V&A, the British Museum the Science Museum and the Natural History museum all free to enter.
There are many places across the capital that you can regularly enjoy free music, recitals and entertainment, including the Southbank Centre, Trafalgar Square and Hyde Park.
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Short Course at OPAL College London!