Admissions Procedure

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to find out about studying at WEST by attending our next Open Day. This will give you the opportunity to look around the School, sit in on sample lectures, meet staff and students, ask questions and discuss the issues you’re thinking through. Please book your place here. Overnight accommodation is available at WEST (subject to availability).

You can apply for a course by filling in the online application form hereOnce you have submitted your application form, along with a £35 application fee (non refundable), you will receive confirmation of receipt from us.

When we have received your application and references, we will  contact you to invite you to a formal interview with academic staff.  Normally, we will let you know our decision immediately after the interview.

Application Instructions

WEST Reference Form

International students at WEST

For undergraduateprogrammes, an IELTS (or recognised equivalent) score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in the categories of reading and writing, is required where your home country is not listed by the UK Government as a majority English-speaking country.

For postgraduate programmes, an IELTS score (or recognised equivalent) of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in all categories, is required where your home country is not listed by the UK Government as a majority English-speaking country.

Please note:

  1. IELTS scores will only be accepted within two years of the test result.
  2. Applicants cannot be interviewed or accepted onto a programme of study until a satisfactory IELTS (or recognised equivalent) results certificate has been received by WEST.

Exemptions from English language requirements are normally only granted to those students who have either been resident in the UK for a long period of time or who have obtained their academic entry qualifications, through the medium of English, from a recognised institution in a majority English-speaking country (as defined above). Any claim for exemption from IELTS testing must be emailed to  at the time of application. The decision of WEST on this matter will be final.

Tier 4 visa applicants must in all cases meet any English language requirements currently laid down by the UK Government.

For further information regarding ‘English for Theology’ taught at WEST, please see the IFC course.


If an applicant from outside the European Economic Area or Switzerland wishes to enter the UK to reside on campus at WEST, then it is necessary for them to apply for a Tier 4 student visa. Visas are only available for full-time study. For further information, you should consult the UK Government website regarding the requirements for obtaining a Tier 4 student visa to enter the UK:

However, please note that, as WEST is a private provider of higher education and does not receive government funding as a Higher Education Institution, there are some specific restrictions which are not mentioned on the UK Government website. In particular, WEST’s visa students are not permitted to work, even in vacations, during their period in the UK, nor can they bring spouses or other family members with them.

It should be noted that the information is relevant to those who intend to study on campus for a period longer than six months.

General UK Entry Clearance

All those from outside the European Union, who are intending to study, work, volunteer or reside at WEST, for whatever period of time, are reminded that they are themselves ultimately responsible for ensuring that they possess the appropriate clearance to enter the UK.

While WEST is happy to give general guidance, UK government regulations are currently subject to change at short notice. You are strongly advised to confirm the validity of your visa status with the relevant authorities immediately before travelling.

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