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Welcome to Kirklees College, Dewsbury Centre


KIRKLEES COLLEGE: DEWSBURY CENTRE

One of the biggest further education colleges in the country, Kirklees College is passionate about helping young people and adults achieve their ambitions.

Every year, hundreds of students leave the college equipped with the skills, experience, qualifications and confidence they need to be successful.

Whether you are interested in learning about computing, brickwork or hairdressing, Kirklees College is the first step toward your dream career.

We offer a vast range of vocational courses, at a variety of levels, all of which are tailor-made to suit your needs, regardless of what results you have had before.

OPEN DAYS IN DEWSBURY 2017

Saturday 25th November 10.30 – 12.30 (last entry 12.00)

Tuesday 30th January 5.30 – 8.00pm (last entry 7.30pm)

Saturday 17th March 10.30 – 12.30 (last entry 12.00)

Saturday CREATE 16 June 10.30 – 12.30 (last entry 12.00)

Book your place on an open day now by clicking here

How to apply

If you are at a school in Kirklees your application should be via UCAS Progress. If you are not at a school in Kirklees, or your school does not have access to UCAS Progress, you will need to complete an application form.

Application forms can be downloaded from our website.

Once we have your application we will send you an acknowledgement. We don't usually start interviewing until January, although popular courses may interview before then.

All applicants are invited to attend an interview. This usually takes place at college but in some instances it may be in your school. Interviews can either be individual or part of group activies.

For some courses you may be asked to complete some tasks, for example online testing, a short piece of writing, an audition or spend the day in the course environment. Your interview letter will explain to you what your interview involves.

Application deadlines for courses starting September 2018

The application deadline for all full time courses is Friday 27th April 2018

Taster sessions

To make sure the course you choose is right for you, the college offers taster sessions for all full time courses. These practical sessions will give you a taste of college life before you come to college.

For more information, tel: 01484 437092 or email: schoolsliaison@kirkleescollege.ac.uk

Advice and information  

For more information about the college and its courses contact the information office. Open weekdays from 8.30am to 5pm (4.30pm on Fridays), tel:01484 437070 

About us

The ‘top 10’ things you need to know about college life.

1 - It's more like being at university because you don't have the restrictions of school. You'll be treated like an adult.

2 - There are no bells - you are expected to manage your own time.

3 - There's no standard lunch hour. The snack bars are open all day so you can grab something to eat whenever you want.             

4 - There's no uniform. Though for some courses, like catering, you'll wear the clothing you would in industry.

5 - You will have free time during the day for study. You can go to the library and of IT centre. If you need time to relax with your friends, head to the Students' Union lounge or go into town, just five minutes walk away.

6 - When you study at college you study in an adult atmosphere that requires self-discipline and motivation. You're expected to be responsible and think for yourself. 

7 - It's more like a job than school and you'll spend time in industry you want to work in. Most courses at Kirklees College involve a work placement. You may get to work for multi-national companies, at major sporting or cultural events or even abroad.

8 - College day doesn't always start at 9am and finish at 3.30pm.          

9 - Many courses include talks from experts, day trips and residentials (sometimes abroad) to give you a better insight into and understanding of your chosen career.          

10 - Although you have a certain amount of freedom your course comes first. Your personal tutor will keep a close check on your progress. If you are struggling to organise yourself or your studies they will be there to support you. They will do everything possible to help you achieve your qualification.

Facilities available

For more information about the college and its courses contact the information office. Open weekdays from 8.30am to 5pm (4.30pm on Fridays), tel:01484 437070 

Kirklees College is not only one of the biggest colleges in the country, we are one of the highest performing colleges in England, over the last five years our students have earned overall pass rates of 94% and above.

We currently have 2 centres in Dewsbury: Dewsbury Centre and Batley School of Art. We are however welcoming 2 new facilities that will replace the current centres, which will be known as the Dewsbury Learning Quarter (DLQ). Springfield Sixth Form Centre is opening in September 2018 and Pioneer Centre will open later in the year.

We have a lively Students' Union, where you can get involved in societies, clubs, events and trips, meet new friends and take part in activities in the college's dedicated social areas.

Our library services provide extensive resources and reference materials. Open most evenings, the libraries are a great place to study. You can also explore progression and access information in our careers libraries.

Impressive IT suites across the college mean you are never too far away from a computer. Get your projects and assignments printed at one of our print rooms with a student discount.

You can access a number of course-related services across the college centres. Why not meet your friends for lunch in one of the college's restaurants or cafe bars?

You can get your hair or nails done in one of the college's hair and beauty salons. Treat your pets to a good grooming at the award winning eco-friendly animal care centre, Taylor Hill.

Additional support

Supporting you
We want you to get the most out of your time at Kirklees College. There is extensive student support available to make sure you are productive and successful.

Financial support
Studying a course at Kirklees College could be the best investment you ever make – and there is more financial help available than you might think.

Financial support can include help with childcare for young parents, the learner support fund and the new bursary to help with travel and other costs; contact the learner financial support team for more information, tel: 0800 8046134 or email:finsupp@kirkleescollege.ac.uk

If you’re aged 16-18 you won’t need to pay fees for your full time course.

Additional learner support
Additional learning support is available to students who may need extra help because they have personal or family problems, difficulty managing their behaviour or a learning difficulty or disability.

For more information contact:
Dewsbury Centre: 01924 465916. Ext. 2300
Huddersfield Centre: 01484 437941

Hearing impairments
Dewsbury Centre: 01924 465916 ext. 2206 or 01924 436206 (direct voice/text line)
Huddersfield Centre: 01484 437000 ext. 7060

Make sure you highlight your needs on your application and enrolment form.

Careers service
The careers team can advise you about the right course, level and qualification for you, before you begin your study. They can also give you guidance to help you make your decision about your future, whether you want to find a job or go to university.

Dewsbury Centre: 01924 465916 ext. 2226
Huddersfield Centre: 01484 437000 ext. 7406
careersservices@kirkleescollege.ac.uk

Counselling service
If something is concerning you or causing you upset, you can access the college counselling service to talk about your problems confidentially.

The college counsellors are qualified and experienced and will offer unconditional respect and regard, without judgement.

Pastoral support

As a student you will have a personal tutor who meets you regularly to monitor your academic progress and personal development. Your tutor can give you advice and guidance and help you with any personal issues that may affect your performance at college.

The pastoral support team can support you with issues, including transition, bullying and harassment, drugs and alcohol misuse, or homelessness.

English and maths support

If you have any difficulty studying or problems with maths and English, the college can offer support. These skills are important to help you pass your course and move on to further study.

For more information tel: 01924 465916 ext 2298 (Dewsbury) or 01484 437000 ext 7044 (Huddersfield).

Safety and security

We want you to feel safe at college and expect all students to behave sensibly. A specialist security team and a security video system are in place for your safety. All staff and students are required to wear a college ID card at all times as proof of identity.

Learner success

Every year the college presents awards to students from all curriculum areas at the annual College Outstanding Learner Success awards (COLS).

During the celebration, the Principal presents each student with an award for their achievement, or for overcoming adversity to achieve success.

At the last presentation, the Principal remarked: “You should all feel extremely proud tonight. It’s no mean feat to be nominated for a college award. You have been picked out from 15,000 students at college because you are special."

For more student success stories see our news section of the website, follow us onTwitter or like our page on Facebook.

How to apply

You can apply for courses at Kirklees College, Dewsbury Centre through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.

Last updated date: 05 October 2018
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