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Welcome to Hartlepool College of Further Education

I'm delighted that you've visited the College's website and as you've landed on this page, please let me take a few seconds of your time to give you an insight to our thinking at HCFE.

The mission of the College is a simple one: Excellence in Further and Higher Education and we aim to be one of the leading colleges in the Tees Valley, East Durham and beyond for the provision of high quality professional and technical education. The information on this website will give you a clear picture of WHAT we do and HOW we do it, but for me, it's also important to highlight WHY we do what we do.

In essence, we do what we do to ensure that every learner who comes to the College is equipped with the right skills, qualifications, attitude and confidence to exploit the opportunities that will exist upon leaving the College. In the late 1980s and early 1990s,

I studied at an FE college in the Midlands and this transformed my life. I went onto university, the first in my family to do so, and I eventually trained to become a teacher - this was all possible due to education I received at an FE college.

So, whether you want to progress onto university or into the world of work - we want to ensure that the College helps to transform your life. 

Thank you for your interest

About us

If you are leaving or recently left school and are looking to stand on your own two feet and to make your own choices, Hartlepool College is the right choice for you.  We have a wide array of vocational courses created to give you the skills you need to meet the demands of local and national employers. Whatever course you choose, you’ll get the highest level of training from specialist tutors, benefiting from their knowledge and experience of working not just in education but also in industry.  Upon successful completion of your course, you’ll be fully equipped with the tools to progress onto further study or university, or start your career in your chosen industry.

Facilities available

The Luminary

The Luminary is the name given to a suite of related facilities dedicated to wellbeing and style, located on the first floor of the College’s north wing.

Imagine a lifestyle centre where you always feel really welcome? Where our personal training gym offers a friendly atmosphere to all ages and abilities, and where our Personal Trainers are of the highest standard and are passionate about fitness?

Imagine a lifestyle centre where you can relax and completely unwind for an hour or so in the capable hands of a hairdresser who has been trained to really listen to you and guarantees that you leave with a look that suits your face shape, hair type and lifestyle. Imagine a spa and beauty salon where you can just escape to and truly relax and enjoy a wide range of advanced beauty treatments?

These were all questions the College asked itself when the idea for The Luminary was first considered – a training centre open to the public that contains a fitness suite, salons, spa and showering areas. For the more bold, there is even the cryo-bath – a chilling piece of professional equipment which plunges aching muscles into near freezing temperatures!

With experts in their fields in all of our specialist areas all you need to do is sit back and relax in our sumptuous surroundings, soak up the ambience and know that you truly are in great hands.


Sports Academies

With dedicated academies in Football, Basketball, Rugby and Golf, Hartlepool College of Further Education is the perfect place to become a student athlete.

Student athletes can combine a successful education as a full time student at the College with a successful career in their chosen sport. With access to the best coaches, athlete support and regional and national competition student athletes will be given all the tools to succeed.

Sporting Enrichment

Dan Farman is our College Sport Maker and he coordinates a wide variety of sport and fitness opportunities for all of our students. Dan, based in student services, can help you try new activities, improve your skills, get fit our volunteer in sport. Pop along to student services to find out just whats on offer.

Outdoor Activities

The Sport and Public Services team at the college are qualified and experienced in delivering a wide variety of outdoor activities ranging from surfing to kayaking to climbing and orienteering. Students enjoying these experiences gain practical skills whilst also developing essential qualities in leadership, teamwork and communication.

Hartlepool is a sporting town and the college is at the heart of that sporting community. With strong links to community sports clubs through the innovative Hartlepool Sporting Association; a history of developing talent through one of many academies, designated staff (funded by Sport England) and access to a wide array of top class facilities we have something for everyone’s sporting needs.

Additional support

Student Services is an impartial information, advice and guidance service provided by Hartlepool College of Further Education for anyone seeking help with their education and training needs. Student Services is located near the main entrance of the College and is open throughout the year except for Bank Holidays, with a two week closure over the Christmas and New Year period. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Hartlepool College of Further Education directly.

Last updated date: 23 December 2016
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Key information


  • A: HCFE Main Campus
    • Address:
    • Hartlepool College of Further Education
    • Stockton Street
    • Hartlepool
    • TS24 7LB
    • Telephone number:
    • Main: 01429295111
    • More information:
    • It is in one of the town’s most central locations, Hartlepool’s railway station, shopping precinct, retail park, cinema, marina and Historic Quay are all within five minutes walking distance.