Kirklees College

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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.

Kirklees College is now one of the biggest colleges in the country with a vast range of courses and study options to choose from.

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

With a vast range of vocational courses, at a variety of levels, the college has something to suit nearly everybody, no matter what results you’ve had before.

Based at the heart of Yorkshire, Kirklees College has centres across the district, serving the local population, communities and businesses.


  • Mission: Creating opportunity, changing lives.
  • Grade 2 (good) Ofsted rating December 2012 with Grade 1 (outstanding) for leadership and management.
  • Turnover of £44 million
  • 97% pass rates in 2012/13
  • Approximately 20,000 students, including approximately 5,000 full time learners
  • Approximately 1,000 staff.
  • 500 higher education students undertaking degree courses validated by local universities.
  • The college’s strength is vocational skills for work, and fourteen curriculum areas, from art and design to engineering.
  • Official education and training partner of Huddersfield Town, Dewsbury Rams and Batley Bulldogs.
  • The college boasts specialist vocational centres in Kirklees including Batley School of Art, the Engineering Centre, Construction Academy (Dewsbury), Taylor Hill Centre for animal care, countryside conservation and equine and Brunel Construction Centre.

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Student life

There’s much more to your time at Kirklees College than study. The social side of college life can build new friendships, spark new hobbies and leave you with some precious memories. With so many ways to get involved, you might find yourself struggling to fit it all in.

Students’ Union

It’s all about YOU!

Here at KC>>SU we put our students at the heart of what we do. It’s your voice we listen to, it’s your choices we act on…so turn up the volume and help us make the changes you care about!

Get social!

You can get involved in societies, clubs, events and trips; meet new friends; and relax and catch up in the college’s dedicated social areas.

Once enrolled in our SU at college, you can become a member of the National Union of Students (NUS) and benefit from discounts at cinemas, restaurants and shops - your socialising doesn’t have to stop at college! www.nus.org.uk

Get involved

You could become a course representative to voice your opinions and make sure your classmates’ views are heard. As a course representative you would play a key part in decision making at college and you can add an additional skill to your CV.

If you would like to become even more involved, then why not stand for election on the Students’ Union executive team, become an ambassador, join one of our committees or help out as a Students’ Union volunteer?

Find out more

You’ll find more information about the SU on our website http://kirkleescollegestudentsunion.weebly.com

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Study in style

If you’re looking for a space to study outside the classroom, our learning resource centres (LRC) provide plenty of information, help and equipment to complete your coursework or prepare for exams.

The new Huddersfield Centre boasts a four-floor learning resource centre, and offers high technology and learning resources on every floor along with lots of computers to carry out your work.

All college centres provide a LRC, so everyone has access to the resources and equipment they need to succeed at college.

You’ll be able to get your projects printed at one of our print rooms and claim your student discount.

You can access a number of course related services across the college centres.

Free wifi

All centres have free wifi available for students to connect to the internet. Use your own device, or borrow one of the college’s computers, laptops or mobile devices to hook up online at no cost to you.

Safety and security

We want you to feel safe at college and expect all students to behave sensibly and in line with college policy.

A specialist security team and a security video system are in place for your safety. All staff and students wear college ID at all times as proof of identity.



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What's on offer

Offering course for 14-16 year olds, school leavers, higher education students, adults and employers Kirklees College is bound to have something that’s right for you. Subject areas include:

  • Animal care, equine and countryside conservation
  • Apprenticeships
  • Business
  • Childcare
  • Computing and ICT
  • Construction
  • Creative industries
  • Engineering
  • English for speakers of other languages
  • Foundation learning
  • Hair, beauty and holistics
  • Health and social care
  • Hospitality and catering
  • Motor vehicle
  • Public services
  • Science
  • Sport
  • Travel and tourism

To find out more about life at Kirklees College take a look at subject sector videos here.

Find out more about the college’s courses and build your own personalised prospectus.


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Open days


Be part of it with Kirklees College in 2014-15. Come to one of our open days to explore the facilities, talk to tutors, find out about our wide range of courses and what career opportunities could await you if you choose to take a course with us.

You can PRE-REGISTER for our next open day at www.kirkleescollege.ac.uk


Huddersfield Centre (Adult education, access to HE, art and design, business, computing and ICT, childhood studies, ESOL, foundation learning, hair and beauty, health and social care, hospitality and catering, public services science, sport, travel and tourism, teacher education, maths and English)

Taylor Hill Centre (Animal care, countryside management and equine studies)

Highfields Centre for Media and Performance (media, music and performing arts)

Engineering Centre (engineering and motor vehicle)

Brunel Construction Centre (construction)

Hargate Hill (Animal care, horse management and horse care)

Thursday 12th March 5:30pm - 8:00pm (last entry 7:30pm)



Dewsbury Centre (Access to HE, business and IT, construction, childhood studies, ESOL, foundation learning, hair and beauty, art and design, health and social care, and motor vehicle)

Batley School of Art (art, design, fashion and photography)

Tuesday 10th March 5:30pm - 8:00pm (last entry 7:30pm)

Batley School of Art additional open day: Saturday 20th June 10:30 – 1:00pm (last entry 12:30)


With one of the highest pass rates in England (97%) Kirklees College can help you achieve your ambitions. Our tutors will support you throughout your course, and the college's first class centres, including our brand new Huddersfield and Engineering centres, and specialist centres in Dewsbury and beyond offer a great place to learn, develop skills for working life or go onto university.

Open days are a chance to find out about all our courses:

  • full time courses for 16-18 year olds,
  • part time professional courses for adults,
  • higher education (degree level) courses and,
  • adult education.

Why choose Kirklees College?

  • Our students get the best results in England*
  • Our students increase their options with qualifications and work skills.
  • Our students learn from industry experts.
  • Our students get the chance to shine at work.
  • Our students are valued as team players.
  • Our students go higher and get more.

*Based on 97.2% pass rate in 2012-13 of large colleges (over 4,500 students)

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Student story

Studying at Kirklees College gave Gemma Murphy the chance to follow her dream career, opening doors she never thought would be possible.

Gemma, from Ainley Top, Huddersfield, was working as a veterinary receptionist having gained her Level 3 BTEC Diploma qualification in 2007 at Kirklees College.

Then she heard about the degree-level HND Animal Management course and knew it would be a way that she could study to become a veterinary nurse so she decided to come back to college.

But with the range of experiences gained on the course and having secured the work placement opportunity of a lifetime – working with the education team at Blackpool Zoo - she realised she wanted to look at teaching people about animals rather than caring for them.

“It helped me to focus on what I really want to do. I came to college with one idea but then totally changed my mind,” said Gemma.

“Kirklees College has a really good reputation for animal courses and I have found it has helped open a lot of doors for me and given me the confidence to go for things I wouldn’t have done otherwise.”

Gemma secured a job with ZooLab – taking animals out to schools, nurseries, nursing homes and teaching people about conservation and looking after animals. Because of this she keeps a wide menagerie of animals at home, much to the delight of her two sons.

She is planning a trip to Gibraltar to work with and study birds of prey and to do conservation work with the National Trust having completed her degree in July 2014.

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Contact details

Kirklees College, Huddersfield Centre
Manchester Road

Tel: 01484 437070
Nearest Train/Tube Station: Huddersfield / Dewsbury