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Welcome to West Lancashire College


We are a further education college based in the heart of West Lancashire, across three main sites; the Ormskirk Campus, Skelmersdale Campus and the £2.3m purpose built West Lancashire Construction Academy (Skelmersdale).

We have recently opened a ground breaking, state of the art £42.8m campus in Skelmersdale set to improve the life chances of thousands of people across West Lancashire through quality education, training and skills.

Whether you are a school leaver, an adult looking to take that next step to enhance your career prospects, or just want to study for pleasure, we have a course or training programme for you.

We offer full-time, part-time day and evening courses, Apprenticeships for all ages and a range of industry standard training, from entry through to degree level.

West Lancashire College has gone from strength to strength and is now graded 'Good with outstanding features' by Ofsted and holds Beacon status in the Further Education Sector. The performance of our college has improved year on year and the success rates for 10/11 are in the top 10% of college’s nationally.   We have over 3500 students and work with over 1000 employers.

Facilities available

The Atrium is West Lancashire College’s very own Pop Up Restaurant. All of our menus are carefully designed by experienced chefs and cooked under their supervision then served to you by West Lancashire College hospitality students.

The Diner is our 200 seat refectory and dining area for staff and students. Located on level one of the Skelmersdale Campus, The Diner serves a wide range of affordable homemade hot and cold food including jacket potatoes, pastries and made to order paninis, wraps and sandwiches, along with a wide range of snacks. A full vending machine service is also available here.

Cafe West is our fantastic high street style coffee shop which serves up a range of triple-certified bean to cup coffee, healthy home made sandwiches, tempting pastries, luxury drinks and healthy snacks. It is the place to go to take some well earned time out.

The Loft at West Lancashire Construction Academy - serves a range of affordable homemade hot and cold food including a range of snacks. A full vending machine service is also available here.

From September 2015 we are delighted and proud to partner with Francesco Group who are a dynamic award winning hairdressing company in the UK.

Based in our state-of-the-art training facilities learners will work with highly qualified teaching team, including our Wella Colour Master and use latest product technology.

Working alongside Francesco Group will ensure learners: 
• are trained to the highest level 
• gain fantastic skills and experience 
• meet commercial and industry stands 
• increase employment opportunities Course available include: 
• Hairdressing Levels 2 and 3 
• Lightening and Coloured Hair Award Level 2 (Barbers) 
• Advanced Colouring Award Level 3 (Barbers) 
• Hairdressing / Salon Management / Media Make-up / Beauty Therapy Diploma Level 4 

Hope Theatre is an impressive venue based in our new campus in Skelmersdale. Home to our Performing Arts Department, it offers fantastic facilities including:

• 200 seat theatre
• Dance studios

The Theatre provides facilities for community and independent companies as well
as hosting our student production programme throughout the academic year.

  • Children in Need Dance Show – 23/11/12
  • A Pair of Blue Eyes, Hope Theatre performance, 30/11/12
  • Pantomime 13 & 14/12/12
  • Patrick Cameron Hairdresser, Professional Seminar – March tbc
  • Performing Arts Showcase, 25, 26 & 27/03/13
  • Performing Arts Dance Show, 10/05/13
  • End of Year Performing Arts Show 12, 13 & 14/06/13

Little Learners is our purpose built nursery based in the Skelmersdale Campus. The nursery offers a safe, stimulating learning environment for students and the wider community. The Nursery follows the Early Years Foundation Stage and is Ofsted registered. It offers the following facilities;

  • Purpose built Nursery for 0-5 years
  • Places also available for babies and toddlers
  • Awarded Outstanding by Ofsted
  • Open 50 weeks of the year
  • Opening hours 8am-6pm
  • Healthy Menu
  • Outdoor covered play area
  • Community nursery open to all

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 June 2016
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