Wakefield College

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Outdoor adventurous sports

Mike GoudeMike Goude
Lecturer at Wakefield College

Mike Goude is a Lecturer in Outdoor Adventure Sports at Wakefield College. He holds a wide range of specialist qualifications in outdoor activities and worked as a freelance instructor before joining the College in...more

Sport diploma

James FordJames Ford
Lecturer at Wakefield College

James Ford had a successful career in professional Rugby League before becoming a lecturer in sport at Wakefield College, where his expertise is highly valued by his students. His involvement in the College’s Rugby League Development Centre made a major contribution to their cup-winning record over two successive years, and he is proud to have...more

Sage Accounts and Payroll

Syed ShahSyed Shah
Lecturer at Wakefield College

Syed Shah teaches on Sage Accounts and Sage Payroll courses at Wakefield College where he transfers his passion for working with numbers to his many...more

Supporting teaching and learning

Miranda MaymanMiranda Mayman
Lecturer at Wakefield College

Miranda Mayman, Co-ordinator for Supporting Teaching and Learning courses at Wakefield College, talks about her passion for training people to make a positive impact on children’s...more

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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 97%! It was the 11th year in succession to exceed 95%, with almost 14 A Level subjects 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 Thornes Park Campus, the opening of our Sixth Form Centre at Crofton Academy and our new construction and sport provision at Lightwaves.

Our vast range of courses include A Levels, foundation degrees, top-up degrees, apprenticeships, and diplomas at a range of levels, so there’s bound to be one for you! We have specialist facilities for you, including the extensive resources of our new library, communal and informal learning spaces, specialist laboratories, and state-of-the-art facilities.

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24+ Advanced Learning Loans


New loans are available for learners aged 24 and over, studying some Level 3 or Level 4 course. 

You’ll be able to apply for a loan to meet the upfront costs of their qualification, which will be paid directly to us on your behalf. This is a great way to access courses that previously, for financial reasons, may have been out of your reach!

You can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan via Student Finance England

You’re eligible for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan if you’re:

Aged 24 or over at the start of the course 
Resident in the UK 
Have not previously had a loan to do the same qualification type and level of qualification 
Studying at a Skills Funding Agency approved provider 

Loans won’t be means tested or subject to credit checks and any individual who meets the criteria above will be able to apply for a loan irrespective of their current employment status. 

You’ll be able to apply for a student loan using an online application form available on the Student Loans Company website. Loans can vary from a minimum of £300 to the maximum linked to the funding rate. 

The repayment arrangements for the new 24+ Advanced Learning Loans are very similar to the HE tuition fee loans. You won’t have to pay anything back until you are earning over £21,000, and the loan will be written off after 30 years. Interest on the loan will be lower than anything available from the high street and will be linked to inflation.

If the loan is for an Access to Higher Education programme and you subsequently go on to complete a higher education course you won’t have to pay back your Advanced Learning Loan. 

We’ll keep you updated on this new government initiative, but in the meantime if you would like further details please click here.

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Student life

Get Involved!

Studying with us isn’t just about your course. It’s equally important to build your experience outside the classroom.

Getting involved in enrichment activities can really boost your CV and UCAS application to make you stand out from the crowd! There are loads of activities to get involved in including trips, volunteering and competitions, which you can do as part of your course or just for fun, and it’s a great way to meet new people.

Options open to you include getting involved in the Students’ Union, volunteering, being a Student Ambassador, representing your fellow students, visits, residential trips, work placements, and societies.

Students’ Union. Elected by students for students, the Students’ Union Executive is involved in organising meetings, social events and gathering student feedback. It’s also an excellent way to gain a range of skills valued by employers.

Volunteering Opportunities. A hugely fulfilling experience and a welcome addition to your CV or UCAS Personal Statement.

Student Ambassadors. Student Ambassadors can be seen at open events giving visitors a real insight into what it’s like to be a student at Wakefield College.

Learner Representatives. Learner Reps are elected by their fellow students and attend meetings on their campuses to discuss a range of issues relevant to that site.

Competitions. Both local and national opportunities ranging from sporting tournaments and World Skills to the College’s own student planner design competition.

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Top Notch Facilities

Elements is our professionally equipped hair and beauty salon where students offer treatments and services to the paying public.

Our Castleford Campus houses excellent workshops providing realistic working environments for our motor vehicle, construction, and engineering students.

Wakefield City Campus has been newly refurbished, and includes an excellent floor of science labs.

The Waterton Building is our performing arts centre with the 160-seat Mechanics’ Theatre at the heart. It’s just a five-minute walk from our Wakefield City Campus and includes dance and drama studios, spacious rehearsal rooms, and specialist facilities including a backstage workshop for production design and construction.

Top quality recording studios and social spaces have been refurbished for students on our popular music courses at Thornes Park Campus.

We’ve invested in extensive facilities for sports and public services students, including a gym, sports hall, climbing wall, fitness testing lab, therapy and massage suite, and sports pitches.

Our campus libraries are called LibraryPlus for a reason. They have resources and computers to help you study as well as silent, quiet, and group learning zones, teaching spaces, stationery and art materials for sale, and support from information specialists.

The Achievement Resource Centres (ARCs) are a study support provision for all learners who need support with study skills, revision techniques, literacy, and numeracy.

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.

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Wakefield Campus:

Margaret Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 2DH

Thornes Park Campus:

Thornes Park, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF2 8QZ

Castleford Campus:

Thunderhead Ridge, Castleford, West Yorkshire WF10 4UA

How to enrol

Please contact the Course Information Team on 01924 789111 for enrolment details.

Open days

Wakefield College

Open Days/Evenings

Wakefield College’s open day/evenings are your chance to talk to our tutors and look around our facilities.

Open Evening

Location: Wakefield City Campus and (Thornes Park Campus for Music courses only)

Date: Tuesday 20th October 2015

Time: 5pm - 8pm

Open Evening

Location: Castleford Campus

Date: Thursday 21st October 2015

Time: 5pm - 8pm

Open Day

Location: Wakefield (for courses at all campuses)

Date: Saturday, 21st November 2015

Time: 10am - 12.30pm

Open Evening (HE Only)

Location: Wakefield

Date: Tuesday 9th December 2015

Time: 5pm-8pm

Open Day/Evening Expo

Location: Wakefield

Date: Tuesday 23rd February 2016

Time: TBC

Open Day/Evening

Location: Wakefield

Date: Tuesday 21st June 2016

Time: TBC

Open Day/Evening

Location: Castleford

Date: Wednesday 22nd  June 2016

Time: TBC

Open Day/Evening Expo

Location: Wakefield

Date: Saturday 25th June 2016

Time: TBC

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Student story

"I really enjoyed the residential as I got to do things I've never done before. We camped in Wales and went abseiling and rock climbing. I really enjoyed it; even though I found it really scary I overcame my fear. I'd recommend coming to the open day and meeting the staff - the open day gives you a lot better idea of what it's all about." Deana Shipp - Level 2 and 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services.

"I like this course because the emphasis is on the student to take the projects where you want. We've been to Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Leeds Art Gallery and did a lot of drawings and artwork. I'd definitely recommend Wakefield College; it's really good and has been a great experience." Amy Dwyer - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design.

"When I leave here I'm hoping to get accepted at Cambridge University. The College want me to apply as they think I've got the potential. The individual support you get here is beyond anything I thought I would ever get. It's surprised me but it's really good. Before I thought Cambridge was too far away academically, but now, here at Wakefield College, it's within my reach." Sherri-Li Walker - A Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

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Contact details

Wakefield College
Margaret Street

Tel: 01924 789111

Nearest Railway Station : Wakefield Westgate