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Welcome to Leeds City College

Whether you want to kick-start your career, go to University, or need help deciding what to do next, Leeds City College has something for everyone.

Leeds City College is one of the largest FE institutions in the country, with a diverse, friendly learning environment, specialist facilities, and strong links with major employers.

We offer vocational courses from BTECs to NVQs, Entry Level to Level 3, combining classroom learning with practical skills relevant for today's workforce. We also offer more than 18 A Level subjects as an interesting alternative to sixth form.

If you prefer to earn while you learn, our apprenticeships cover a number of industries and combine study in college with full-time work-based training. We also offer a large number of higher education qualification including Foundation Degrees.

We have five main campuses in Leeds and Keighley and a number of community sites. In September, 2011, our state-of-the-art Keighley site opened on Bradford Road, opposite Keighley train station, and has since won several awards.

In September 2013, the fantastic new £25m Printworks Campus (near Costco in Leeds) also opened to students. The grade II listed building is now the home of the catering, hospitality, food manufacture, hairdressing & beauty therapy, motor vehicle, and engineering courses.

At Leeds City College, we also run courses for young people that start in January and February, so there's not always a need to wait until September to join Leeds City College. Courses have been designed to offer an introduction to a subject whilst preparing you for further study.

PLEASE NOTE: A Level students should only to apply for 1 course; your chosen subjects will be discussed when you are invited to come into college.

Find out what open events are happening near you: or call 0113 386 1997 to find out what’s on offer next year.

About us

We offer a unique learning experience to help you stand out from the crowd.

  • We are proud of our high-quality facilities which allow many of our students to gain hands-on experience and prepare them for getting a job. Facilities include a real air-cabin used for Travel & Tourism training, a working theatre, and a range of IT and media suites, to name a few.
  • Our tutors are experienced professionals in their fields, with many having worked in industry for a number of years prior to teaching.
  • Our students can get ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunities, which in the past have included designing and interviewing acts for the Leeds ‘Party in the Park’ programme, cooking for audiences at the Leeds Loves Food festival, staging 'Alice in Wonderland' in the grounds of Castle Howard, dying the hair red of the Leeds Rhinos’ players for Sports Relief, and much more!
  • We offer exciting enrichment activities outside of your studies, such as sports activities, day trips, charity work and even working abroad. In 2010, we launched Big Fish - free music events for our students featuring up-and-coming bands; details are in the 'activities and events' section below.
  • We have a Students’ Union which regularly organises events and of course, becoming a member means you can apply for that all-important NUS discount card!
  • Find out about the AS/A-Level entry criteria here

Activities & Events

Big Fish Music Events
Leeds City College is proud to be the organiser of ‘Big Fish Music Events’ – FREE gigs for Leeds City College students. All of our headline bands have recently appeared at the Reading/Leeds festivals, Live at Leeds or Glastonbury and have been played on Radio 1 or BBC 6 Music. Former bands include Little Barrie, Chapman Family, Eureka Machines, Random Impulse, and The Crookes.  Leeds City College students can help to organise and promote these gigs, write reviews, put their own band forward, or even volunteer to take photographs or film the action on the night.

Graduation Day
Our foundation and undergraduate degree students are treated to an auspicious graduation ceremony at the Great Hall, Leeds University, after their course has finished. During the event - which rivals that of any university – students are photographed in their full graduation cap and gown, and receive their degree from a guest of honour during a moving graduation ceremony. Previous guest speakers have included Harry Gration, Simon Weston OBE, and Gervase Phinn.

Leeds City College Has Talent
The College holds an annual talent event to showcase the crème de la crème of its students. After a gruelling selection process this year (owing to the high standards of entrants), we had a variety of acts including singers, street dancers and even magicians! Students can enter the competition to win some fantastic prizes such as studio time to record a single, and assist with the organization of the event. 100% of ALL ticket proceeds go to charity. Check out the videos here.

Annual Student Awards Night
Every year, our top students receive awards as nominated by the staff at College at a prestigious ceremony at Leeds Town Hall. Students from across all sites and courses are recognised for their hard work and celebrated at the event. VIP speakers have included Toby Foster (of ‘Phoenix Nights’ fame), Iwan Thomas MBE (former Olympic sprinter), and Ian McMillan (the comedic poet and “Bard of Barnsley”).

Students’ Union and Reps
All students have the chance to get involved with / nominate themselves for roles within the College’s Students’ Union and Student Rep network. Twice a year, all reps are invited to attend conferences in high-profile venues in Leeds and help contribute to important matters at College.

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We update all these sites with the latest College news, information, announcements and competitions. It’s also another way to ask us any questions you may have, and make friends before you even start here.

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Facilities available

Our industry-standard facilities allow you to develop practical skills in your chosen specialism. Some of these are open to the public as commercial outlets, meaning that students get to work with real customers. Our facilities include:

  • Brand, new butchery and bakery training rooms with a commercial outlet and restaurant at the new Printworks Campus.
  • Fully equipped hairdressing and beauty therapy salons.
  • Engineering, construction, and motor vehicle workshops.
  • A fully-functioning theatre.
  • Full-size football pitches.
  • Mock airline cabin.
  • Animal care centre and dog grooming salon.
  • Horticulture facilities and an 8-acre wildlife habitat.
  • Mac suites.
  • Media facilities including a television studio, radio station, and digital editing suites.

And whatever your subject, we have:

  • Well-equipped ICT suites, libraries and research areas to help you get the most out of your studies.
  • Modern refectories serving hot and cold food, coffee bars, and chill-out areas.

Additional support

At Leeds City College, we strive to help and support every student to achieve their full potential.

We offer a friendly, supportive environment to help you learn, so if you think that you might have difficulties or if you are struggling with any aspect of your course, we can offer help.

Our Student Support Centres in Leeds and Keighley are ‘Matrix’ accredited (a national standard for information, advice and guidance services).

Our fully-qualified Careers, Welfare Advisers and Counsellors will be pleased to provide information, guidance and support. This is impartial, confidential, and free to all current and prospective students.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries. An adviser will be pleased to respond by telephone, e-mail or by arranging a face to face discussion with you.

There are a range of advisory forms and leaflets available so feel free to drop in to any of our student services areas to pick these up or contact us directly to request these via post or email.

Learner success

Sport student Jordan Baldwinson, who has recently completed his studies on a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma has signed a professional contract for NRL Rugby League team New Zealand Warriors.

Grace Dean (21) and Bethany Beal (20) both completed Cultural Heritage Operations Apprenticeships at Leeds City College. Both undertook placements at Leeds Grand Theatre, and have now secured jobs in the company.

Level 3 media student Oliver Broadbent, picked up an award for a music video he made for the band Wheatus, using Lego. The band went on to adopt this as their official video for the single.

Bradley Dunhill, who studied Professional Cookery before moving on to a Leeds City College apprenticeship at the Food Academy at Flannels, has set up his own deli business based in a pioneering low carbon development called ‘Greenhouse’ in Beeston.

Agate Saruna, a Level 3 Nail Technology student at Keighley Campus, enjoyed recent success in the 2013 Beauty UK Competition held at The NEC, Birmingham. Agate’s chocolate-themed nails were awarded a top prize in the student nail art category.

NVQ Sport student Josh Dowd, competed in his first senior international competition at the European Diving Championships 2013, in Rostock, Germany.  

Seven students and two members of staff from Leeds City College visited Lille, France, to complete a European Commission Youth in Action project working with students from Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg.

How to apply

You can apply for courses at Leeds City College through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.

Last updated date: 21 December 2017
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