Leicester College

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"Here at Leicester College, we are committed to enriching the lives of all members of the community and to creating new opportunities for them. "


"94% of our learners aged 16-18, who completed a course in 12/13 entered into further learning or into employment." (based on a sample of 2,277 learners).

At Leicester College our students learn and train alongside experienced industry professionals. Our Visual Arts lecturing team are experienced ceramists and artists; our Construction trainers are plumbers and electricians by trade; our Performing Arts and Music and Sound Technology department is home to choreographers, theatrical directors and musicians; and our Hospitality department benefits from the expertise of trained chefs. Our teaching teams focus on our learners progression in their chosen field, whether that is university, employment, work experience or self employment.

Our learners benefit from excellent training facilities, industry partnerships and teaching venues throughout the city and wider communities.

We pride ourselves on the strength of our industry and community partnerships, with all of our learners benefitting from unique learning experiences such as Computing Games masterclasses, Construction learners taking part in community initiatives and our Peter Jones Academy learners pitching to leading Leicestershire business mentors. 

Our learners are also award winning and accomplished, and we cheer them on every step of the way. Leicester College has nurtured some incredible talent and boasts alumni such as Gok Wan, Molly Smitten-Downes and James Byron (The Voice 2014). We have been front row when our learners have achieved at World Skills competitions, Association of Hair and Therapy Awards, and Harman Photographer of the Year. 



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Open days

Open Day is an brilliant opportunity to find out about Leicester College, our courses, lecturing teams and our incredible facilities.

Open Days (All Campuses Open)

  • Thursday 26 November 2015, 3pm to 8pm
  • Satuday 23 January 2016, 11am to 3pm
  • Thursday 10 March 2016, 4pm to 8pm

Visit our website for most recent information on open days.

Facts and figures

Prospectus request contact:  +44 (0)116 224 2240

Total number of full-time students: More than 22,000 learners in total. 

Percentage of mature students: 76% over 19

Male : Female ratio of students: 47 : 53

Getting there by car (please give nearest motorways and A roads): M1 motorway, Junction 21 or M69 Leicester junction. A5460 into Leicester City Centre.

Nearest Rail Station: Leicester

Nearest Airport: Nottingham East Midlands

UCAS institution code: LCOLL L36

Student Accommodation

There is a wide variety of affordable accommodation available in Leicester from private halls of residence through to private rented accommodation. The Student Services Team at Leicester College will be able to advise you on the accommodation available in Leicester, as well as offer you help on other areas such as finance.

Centres and Campuses

The College's ambitious £48 million accommodation project was completed in 2009, resulting in the brand new state-of-the-art Abbey Park Campus, plus extensive refurbishment to both Freemen's Park and St Margaret's Campuses.

In addition to the main city centre campuses we also have a specialist Technology and Engineering Centre. Community learning opportunities are also offered around the city at our many outreach centres.

There are three campuses:

  1. Abbey Park Campus
  2. Freemen's Park Campus
  3. St Margaret's Campus

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The largest city in the East Midlands, Leicester is very much at the heart of the country with a vibrant and cosmopolitan population. The city's £3 billion regeneration drive has seen the creation of the Highcross shopping centre, with its 120 high profile shops and three department stores including the flagship four-storey John Lewis; along with the Cultural Quarter which is home to the iconic Curve theatre.

Leicester offers plenty of opportunities for enjoyment and has an array of restaurants, shops, bars, nightclubs, theatre and cinemas, catering for all tastes and budgets. Leicester College boasts its own city centre arts centre, Upper Brown Street, which was officially opened in 2011. The city also hosts many festivals and music and comedy events around its parks, venues and public spaces throughout the year. With its strong sporting heritage, there is a wide range of sports facilities available across the city for various games and activities.

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Fees & Funding

Fees for university-level qualifications at Leicester College will depend on the type of course you want to enrol on. Full-time students are eligible to apply for university-standard funding and financial assistance is also available for part-time learners. We advise you talk to somebody in our Student Services Team who will be able to discuss all the options with you.

Student story

Andrew Partner

Foundation Degree in Photography with Video

Andrew had previously studied art, but wanted to take a more specific direction. After a part-time evening class in Photography, he then went on to take the Foundation Degree course in this subject.

During the second year of the course he was announced as the winner of the prestigious Fujifilm Student Awards 2009, run in partnership with Penguin Classics. The winning shot of a wilted flower can now be found on the cover of Rachel Carsen's novel, Silent Spring.

Andrew is now studying a photography degree at De Montfort University. He said: 'Winning the competition definitely helped my photography by giving me confidence and belief in my work. To win a competition like this is a great feeling and I think it gives something extra to show when looking for jobs.'

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Contact details

Leicester College
Freemen's Park Campus,
Aylestone Road,

Tel: +44 (0)116 224 2240