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Welcome to Lakes College West Cumbria


I’m overjoyed that you are considering coming here to study and wanting to find out more about the courses and services that we offer. With such a wide variety of courses available, I’m sure that you will find a course that suits your needs, at a level that best fits your requirements. Whether you’re here to work towards Higher Education, to pursue your dream job or simply for help progressing further in life, we are here to assist you. Our hope as a college, is to provide you with the best education and training possible.

Lakes College is a fantastic place to study. With approximately 5,500 full and part time students currently undertaking a wide range of courses and training, it’s needless to say how popular our services are within the local community. You can find out more about why Lakes College is such a great option for Higher Education and Apprenticeships by coming to one of our Open Events, or simply by contacting us.

Whether you are someone who has recently left school and wanting to continue to a higher level, are an employer seeking training services, or you simply want to learn new skills, we have the staff and services to guide you, helping you to make a worthwhile decision. I encourage you to come and talk to us to find out more about why people choose Lakes College.

We also have a wide variety of guidance services for both students and for employers.

After frequently receiving feedback from our students, they tell us that Lakes College is a very friendly and supportive place to study, that they would highly recommend their courses and our way of learning to the people that they know, thoroughly appreciating the support that is available to them throughout the time that they spend here.

About us

In some schools, colleges or even universities you’re a small cog in a big machine. ‘Identical’ to every other student. Treated the same way. At Lakes, it couldn’t be more different. That’s because we know that individuals deserve to be treated as such. And we always, always understand that we’re here to make your life better — not the other way around.

Facilities available

Lakes College is not just a place to learn, it is also a centre for the community. We have an excellent training restaurant that is open to the public, a training hair and beauty salon that can offer luxury treatments and a recently refurbished gym.

We keep a close eye on the local market and make sure that all our meals, treatments and memberships are offered at affordable prices. We also offer competitively priced meeting rooms and a 340 seat theatre.To find out about what each facility offers and any prices, please click the links to the left. We have also invested significantly in our teaching facilities.

We have our £7 million construction skills centre, which has up to date equipment and spaces for all of the trades, including welding, we also have a newly constructed ACS Gas Safety Centre.

In 2014 we spent well over £1 million refurbishing our engineering wing. STEM is a priority for us over the coming years and we feel now we have the space that employers would expect to have their employees trained in.

We have a partnership with Copeland Council and deliver horticultural qualifications at Distington Walled Garden. The centre trains our students and sells the fruit, vegetables and plants they cultivate.

Additional support

We try to ensure that no-one is denied access to study at Lakes College.

We are committed to taking positive steps to provide a supportive environment for all learner. We aim to support all learners in line with the Disability Discrimination Act. We believe that no-one should be denied access to study. We provide support by:

  • Ensuring programmes are available at different levels
  • Providing workshops and tutorials to help every student to develop essential skills (e.g. reading, writing, using numbers, study skills.)

We also provide additional learning support (ALS) to students whose success may be affected by a learning difficulty or disability. We can provide:

  • Curriculum support inside or outside the classroom
  • Mobility and personal care support
  • Specialist equipment
  • Adapted or modified learning materials
  • Diagnostic assessments
  • Examination concessions - e.g. extra time or special facilities

Anyone can request a confidential interview with a member of the learning support team. You can also ask for a confidential interview with an appropriate tutor. We usually aim to negotiate support with you before you start your course. More information is available from student services or a member of the learning support team.Access for People with Disabilities.We aim to ensure that all our facilities are accessible to everyone. If you have difficulty accessing any part of the building, please let us know. If you would like to know more about learning support please contact the learning support team in F012 or ext 1158 or 1050.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Lakes College West Cumbria directly.

Last updated date: 26 April 2016
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