Welcome to Wakefield College
It’s your time - Leaving school and progressing into further education is an exciting experience, and the start of a completely new phase in your life. Choosing where to study after you leave school is an important decision, with lots of factors to consider. Here at Wakefield College, we offer the best possible learning environment and the widest range of options in the area, whether you're interested in A Levels or vocational qualifications.
. The skills you develop while you’re with us will set you apart at higher education level or in the world of work. Our students come from a diverse range of backgrounds, numerous schools, and different countries. Their achievements are testament to our
high expectations, the dedication of our lecturers, and of course to our students’ hard work and commitment to their studies. The transition from childhood to adult life is exciting, and your education after school is an important part of that journey.
Join us; you’ll be glad you did!
We’ve been established since 1868 and since then we’ve been dedicated to giving our students the competence and confidence to achieve their ambitions. We offer excellent teaching and support, which is evident in this year’s A Level pass rate of 96%! It was the 14th year in succession to exceed 95%, with 11 A Levels achieving a 100% pass rate.
It’s an exciting time to be a student with us, as we continue to progress with the refurbishment and remodelling of Wakefield City Campus, and the opening of our new Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre – home of Higher Education and Business School – for your future progression.
Our vast range of courses include A Levels, higher education courses, apprenticeships and diplomas at a range of levels, so there’s bound to be one for you. We have specialist facilities for students, including the extensive resources of our library, communal and informal learning spaces, industry-standard laboratories, and state-of-the-art facilities for vocational students.
First-class facilities - right on your doorstep!
All of our campuses are fully equipped to ensure you have the facilities you need.
Elements is our beautifully-appointed hair and beauty salon which allows you to offer treatments and services to the paying public, meaning you can enhance your skills and prepare you for the world of work after leaving us.
Our Castleford Campus houses industry-standard workshops which provide realistic working environments for our motor vehicle and engineering students.
At our Thornes Park Campus we have state-of-the-art recording studio facilities used by students on popular music courses and extensive facilities for sports and public services students at the Lightwaves Centre, including a gym, sports hall, fitness testing lab, and therapy and massage suite.
Wakefield City Campus has been newly refurbished, and includes an excellent floor of science labs.
Our Sixth Form Centre at Crofton Academy opened in 2013 and offers post-16 learners the opportunity to further their education locally.
Our award-winning Gaskell’s Restaurant at Wakefield City Campus is operated by hospitality and catering students, and also includes training kitchens and a demonstration theatre.
Our campus libraries have resources and computers to help you study, as well as quiet and group learning zones, stationery and art materials for sale, and support from information specialists. The new library at the Wakefield City Campus is based over three floors of the Harrison Building and offers dedicated teaching spaces and a silent study room.
Our popular Starbucks cafés at Wakefield and Castleford campuses are a great place to meet friends and enjoy a drink and a snack.
If you’re in need of a breather, you can relax in the new social areas of the Harrison Building and recharge your batteries.
The Waterton Building is just a five-minute walk from our main campus in Wakefield, and has been transformed into a Performing Arts Centre with the 160-seat Mechanics’ Theatre at the heart. The Centre also includes a fully equipped dance studio and drama studio, spacious rehearsal rooms and specialist facilities including a backstage workshop for production design and construction.
We treat you like adults and expect you to take a considerable amount of responsibility for your own work and progress; however we recognise that everyone needs support from time-to-time. We pride ourselves on the quality of our student support services, which were also highly praised in our last Ofsted report. Our Additional Support Team is staffed by professionals who have a wealth of experience and all students are encouraged to take advantage of the services on offer.
Additional Learning Support
We have staff with specialist skills and experience in supporting students with a range of learning difficulties and disabilities including:
Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia
The support available is tailored to meet the individual’s needs, both in or out of class.
Support will be provided to meet individual support needs as outlined in the Education Health and Care plan (EHCP). Support may be in the form of support staff in or out of class, assistive technology or adjustments by teachers. We strongly urge students
or their parents/carers to disclose any disability or learning difficulty prior to enrolment, so that the College can fulfil its responsibilities under the Equality Act, and the SEND code of practice to ensure that adjustments or facilities are put in place
at the start of a student’s course.
Contact the Additional Support Team on 01924 789585 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Careers and Educational Guidance
Our careers team can offer impartial guidance on courses and careers before you enrol at College. During your time at College you’ll have access to our comprehensive range of information on careers, higher education and the jobs market, as well as personal advice and guidance to help you plan the next step towards your chosen career. To make an appointment with one of our Careers Team on 01924 789113 or 789301 or email email@example.com
We have a Chaplaincy service which is available to all learners whatever their beliefs, faith, or religion. The Chaplaincy works with the Students’ Union and Student Services to organise events in College which allow students to take time out to reflect, and which mark special national and cultural occasions. Everyone finds life challenging at times, and the Chaplain can offer one-to-one support to help resolve issues which have a spiritual aspect. The service is available by appointment across all College campuses.
Counselling and Welfare Support
Confidential one-to-one counselling is available for students at all our campuses from qualified counsellors. Welfare Support is available to give help and advice on a range of issues including accommodation and benefits.
Full details of all our courses can be obtained from the Course Information Team in the form of printed leaflets. The team is located at the Thornes Park Campus and is available on 01924 789111, Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-4:30pm, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, course details are available to view on our website at www.wakefield.ac.uk which also features student comments, video footage, and news of College events and achievements.
We provide information and confidential advice on financial help available for students. This includes information on 16-19 bursaries, Discretionary Support Funds, student loans, and other learner support that might be available. There may be help towards
travel costs, meals, equipment, or childcare costs depending on your circumstances, age, and course level.
The College’s Financial Support Team is based within Student Central at both the Wakefield and Castleford campuses. For more information or to arrange an appointment contact us on 01924 789304/789549, or send an email to email@example.com.
For more information visit www.direct.gov.uk and put ‘money to learn’ in the search bar at the home page.
All students are asked to sign a Learner Agreement at the start of their course. This sets out our expectations in terms of your punctuality, attendance, completion of work and standards of behaviour towards staff and other students.
All students have access to the Student Intranet with useful information about College news, events, and student services. Each student also has a personal College email account and access to Moodle, our online learning environment. Moodle provides access
to course material, course announcements, discussion groups, assignment submission, and records of grades.
Each student has a personal College email account, and with a valid College email, address can download a free copy of Microsoft Office onto one computer or tablet.
A Scholar’s PhotoCard is available for full-time students aged 16-18, which entitles you to half-fare travel in West Yorkshire. You do not need to complete an application form, just go to the Bus Station with £5, 2 photographs, proof of age (birth certificate) and proof of address and they arrange for a card to be posted out to you. Students with disabilities may be eligible for special transport and you should contact your Local Education Authority for further details.
This year’s A Level pass rate exceeded 95% for the fourteenth year running, with subjects such as Film Studies and English Literature achieving 100% for 12 years and 12 years retrospectively.
In addition to the A Level success, an impressive 14 Extended Diploma students achieved the hat trick of 3 Distinction stars: the highest results possible.
Academy of Sporting Excellence student James Batchelor has signed a five year deal to play in the Wakefield Trinity Rugby League first team, with further successes from Brandon Hardy who signed a US Soccer scholarship at Kansas Tech University, USA and Mark Bostock, the Cross Country runner who represented West Yorkshire in the English Schools National Championships and hopes to enter into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Hair & Beauty students from the Castleford Campus are celebrating after securing the top spots in two prestigious national competitions - UK World Skills Awards and the National Make-Up Awards 2017. Kirsty Neden, competing in the Nail Technology competition, came first beating off stiff opposition with a French manicure and freestyle nail art. Leanne Charlston, competing in the Media Make-Up category, scooped the top prize after impressing judges with her creation of Eragon, a mythical blue dragon.
For more successes – go to www.wakefield.ac.uk/college-life
How to apply
You can apply for courses at Wakefield College through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.