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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!

About us

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.

Facilities available

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.

Additional support

Additional support

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:

  • ADHD

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders

  • Dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia

  • Hearing impairment

  • Mobility difficulties

  • Visual impairment

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 additionalsupportenquiries@wakefield.ac.uk 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 careers@wakefield.ac.uk

 

Chaplaincy

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.

Course Information

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 courseinfo@wakefield.ac.uk

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.

Financial Support

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 student.finance@wakefield.ac.uk.

 

For more information visit www.direct.gov.uk and put ‘money to learn’ in the search bar at the home page.

Learner Agreement

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.

Student Intranet

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.

Transport

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.

Learner success

Learner Success

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

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Last updated date: 06 October 2017
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Key information

Venues

  • A: Wakefield City Campus, Waterton Building
    • Address:
    • Waterton Building
    • Wood Street
    • Wakefield
    • WF1 2EW
    • Telephone number:
    • Course enquiries: 01924789111
    • Website:
    • www.wakefield.ac.uk
    • Email address:
    • courseinfo@wakefield.ac.uk
    • More information:
    • The Waterton Building (Postcode WF1 2EW)



      Situated less than a mile from Wakefield Westgate Train station and the main College campus, the Waterton Building houses the Performing Arts provision at Wakefield College. With over £1m spent in 2012 on this facility, the Waterton Building offers performance space, dance and drama studios and classrooms, plus industry standard equipment and facilities for our students.

      The pinnacle of the building is the superb new professional 220 seat theatre venue.


       

  • B: Thornes Park Campus
    • Address:
    • Wakefield College
    • Horbury Road
    • Wakefield
    • Wakefield
    • WF2 8QZ
    • Telephone number:
    • Course enquiries: 01924789111
    • Website:
    • www.wakefield.ac.uk
    • Email address:
    • courseinfo@wakefield.ac.uk
    • More information:
    • Thornes Park Campus (Postcode WF2 8QZ)

      Located just outside the Wakefield City Centre, our Thornes Park Campus combines a beautiful parkland setting with some superb facilities for the study of Music, Sport, Public Services and Travel & Tourism. Features include a Sports hall, gymnasium, fitness testing laboratory, climbing wall and sports pitches.

      Thornes Park itself contains a Rose Garden and Lake of the former Thornes House. The park also contains a bandstand that is used to host musical events throughout the year.

      Other facilities include an 18-hole pitch and putt, Tennis courts, Bowls, Miniature Railway, Cafe, Sports Pitches, Sports Pavilion and Athletics Track.

       

  • C: Castleford Campus
    • Address:
    • Wakefield College
    • Thunderhead Ridge
    • Glasshoughton
    • Castleford
    • WF10 4UA
    • Telephone number:
    • Course enquiries: 01924789111
    • Website:
    • www.wakefield.ac.uk
    • Email address:
    • courseinfo@wakefield.ac.uk
    • More information:
    • Castleford Campus (Postcode WF10 4UA)


      The Castleford Campus (previously known as the skillsXchange) houses the College’s provision in Construction, Motor Vehicle, Engineering, Hair and Beauty, IT and some Care and replaces the training which was previously offered at the College’s Whitwood Campus.

      Located at Junction 32 of the M62 between Castleford and Pontefract, the site is well known for Xscape, the indoor ski slope whose building houses a 14-screen cinema, bowling alley, climbing wall, sports facilities and restaurants. The Campus is situated directly next to the Asda in Glasshoughton.


      A learning resource centre, equipped with the very latest in technology, is a superb place for individual study, or to relax and use the internet. The Centre overlooks the large external courtyard, where students can mix, mingle and chill.

      In state-of-the-art hair and beauty salons, including a nail bar, we are training the next generation of hairdressers and beauticians. These professional salons offer live training environments to our students, with treatments for both men and women available at affordable prices. There are also industry standard facilities for the study of construction and engineering, motor vehicle and electrical courses.

  • D: Wakefield City Campus
    • Address:
    • Wakefield College
    • Margaret Street
    • Wakefield
    • WF1 2DH
    • Telephone number:
    • Course enquiries: 01924789111
    • Website:
    • www.wakefield.ac.uk
    • Email address:
    • courseinfo@wakefield.ac.uk
    • More information:
    • Wakefield City Campus
      (Postcode WF1 2DH)

      If you want to study in the heart of a bustling city centre, you’ll like our Wakefield Campus, situated in Margaret Street to the North West of the city centre. The campus has just finished a major refurbishment to provide a better and more attractive learning environment for all our students!

      At the Wakefield Campus you will find all the facilities you’d expect of a major college campus, such as a well-stocked Learning Centre, and a food court style refectory.

      Wakefield Campus is home to our Sixth Form, where students can choose from a wide range of AS/A Levels. Vocational courses at all levels can also be studied here – Business Studies, ICT, Hospitality and Catering, Travel and Tourism, Health and Social Care, Childcare, Animal Care... to name but a few.

  • E: Workplace
  • F: Crofton Academy
    • Address:
    • Wakefield College, Crofton Centre
    • High Street
    • Crofton
    • Wakefield
    • WF4 1NF
    • Telephone number:
    • Course enquiries: 01924789111
    • Website:
    • www.wakefield.ac.uk
    • Email address:
    • courseinfo@wakefield.ac.uk
    • More information:
    • Wakefield College Crofton Academy (Postcode WF4 1NF)

       

      In September 2013 we were proud to launch a new centre for post-16 learners. The new centre is a collaboration between Crofton Academy and Wakefield College and will offer post-16 learners in the Wakefield District an exciting new learning environment combining the strengths of both organisations.

      The new centre is housed in a brand new building within the grounds of Crofton Academy and staffed by a combination of Wakefield College and Crofton Academy staff.

      It offers a range of post-16 education opportunities, at various levels, open to all students from across the District.  It will provide a career-focused offer, giving young people the chance to continue with the next stage of their education locally, before going into employment or on to university.

  • G: Lightwaves Construction Centre
  • H: Lightwaves Sport Centre