Wakefield College


Welcome to Wakefield College

The City of Wakefield sits at the heart of West Yorkshire, and at the heart of the Wakefield district is Wakefield College. The College is the largest college in the District and has an impressive track record, having provided education and training in Wakefield and its surrounding area since 1868.

Today, the College has its base in three major areas as well as delivering learning in community settings all over the district.

Our College is committed to working in partnership with local schools, employers and learning providers to transform learning, attainment, achievement and progression across the district. We have good relationships with schools across the Wakefield district and the College has a broad mix of former pupils from across the region.

The College is home to over 10,000 students, of all ages and abilities, studying a broad range of courses, from pre-entry level through to higher education and professional qualifications.

A level pass rates have been above 95% for the past six years and were also described as ‘Outstanding’. Inspectors further complimented the College for its outstanding support for learners to improve their economic and social wellbeing and for the highly effective action it takes to prepare learners for employment and progression to higher education.

Wakefield College is a good College – but don’t just take our word for it, look at what Ofsted say!

Ofsted conducted a full Inspection of Wakefield College in February 2014, looking at every area of our work from sixth form provision to training to help people back into work, and they concluded that we are a good College.

They judged that:

  • the large majority of teaching, learning and assessment is good or better;
  • that students make good progress and that their studies prepare them for further study or employment;
  • that students speak highly of the advice and guidance they receive about university applications;
  • and that progression to further and higher study is good;
  • that staff are enthusiastic and well-qualified;
  • that resources are of high-quality.
  • They were also complimentary about the support we give to students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, rating it as ‘excellent’ and concluded that students have a strong voice.

Our College works hard to be at the centre of its local community, delivering what the District needs and students want. See what we have to offer and come and join us.

You won’t be disappointed.

Quick Facts

  • 10,884 students taught in 2013
  • 97% overall A Level pass rate in 2014
  • 18 A Level subjects achieved 100% pass rate in 2014
  • 97% overall satisfaction rating from HE students
  • 97.3% overall satisfaction rating from FE students
  • 10,000+ vocational qualifications achieved in 2013
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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This school also offers:


English Language Program

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Wakefield

Are you curious about how language works? On the A Level English Language course you will learn how to analyse a range of different types of texts using a variety of linguistic methods. You will be equipped with your very own linguistic toolkit... [+]

A Level English Language Course Name AQA GCE A Level English Language L3 Start Date: 12/09/2017 End Date: 26/06/2018 AQA GCE AS English Language B L3 Start Date: 11/09/2017 End Date: 01/06/2018 Course Details Location: Wakefield City Campus Level: Level 3 Start Date: September Duration: 2 years Time of Day: Day Mode of Study: Full time Awarding Body: AQA Offering Code: GAL3ELA GSL3ELA Programme Design and Overview Are you curious about how language works? On the A Level English Language course you will learn how to analyse a range of different types of texts using a variety of linguistic methods. You will be equipped with your very own linguistic toolkit which will allow you to explore language in use and how language varies in different contexts. What you will Study The topics you will study on the A Level English Language course will include: Textual Variation and Representation Language and Gender Language and Occupation Language and Region Language and Social Groups Child Language Acquisition Language Change In year 2, you are also given the opportunity to independently investigate an area of language as part of your A Level coursework. How you will Learn Lessons will consist of group and whole class discussion You will have the opportunity to practise and develop your written skills You will be expected to work independently on your coursework You will have one-to-one support from your tutor You will be able to access a range of sources on our VLE and through our extensive library catalogue Course Structure The course is 80% exam based and 20% coursework based. First year: Paper 1 (Exam): Language and the Individual – 1hr 30 mins (50%) Paper 2 (Exam): Language Varieties – 1hr 30 mins (50%) Second Year Paper 1: Language, the individual and society- 2hrs 30 mins (40%) Paper: Language Diversity and Change – 2hrs 30 mins (40%) Language in Action (Non-Exam Assessment): Language in Action (20%) Nature of Assessments on the Programme You will be assessed by exam (80%) and coursework (20%). Entry Requirements 5 GCSEs at A* - C (or new grade 9-4), including English Language at grade B (or new grade 6), and Maths at Minimun C (or new grade 4). Attendance Expectations The course takes one year for AS Level and two years for A Level. You will be expected to attend all classes as specified on your timetable and all personal tutorial sessions. NB 100% attendance in all your A level sessions is essential to get high grades. Attendance - Please note This is part of a full-time study programme. It may be available as a standalone fee paying course that is not part of a full-time study programme subject to sufficient interest. For further information call the Course Information Team on 01924 789111. Fee Information Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, and residentials, which are payable by all students. Any student registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and subsequently withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost. Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course. Financial Support Information For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304 Further Study A Level English Language is a recognised qualification for entry into higher education, particularly in relation to arts and humanities degrees but also relevant to a number of social sciences and applied sciences courses. It is also especially appropriate for those wishing to undertake teacher training courses. The College's Careers Advice Service can provide details of entry requirements for specific higher education institutions. Career Opportunities The skills developed by the study of English Language are highly valued by a wide range of employers but they are particularly appropriate to careers in journalism, arts and media, research and teaching. How to Apply Please complete a full-time application form. If you require an application form or details on how to enrol, please contact Course Information on 01924 789111. For Further Details Please contact Lisa Blackburn on 01924 789316. Alternatively, contact Course Information on 01924 789111. [-]

Preparatory Year

A-level Programme

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Wakefield

A single subject course usually completed in two years, made up of an AS Level and an A2 in the same subject. [+]

A Level A single subject course usually completed in two years, made up of an AS Level and an A2 in the same subject. Art, Design & Media A Level Art, Craft and Design A Level Photography AS/A Level Graphic Communication AS/A Level Media Studies Level 3 Creative & Digital Industries Care And Early Years AS/A Level Health & Social Care (Double Award) Humanities & English A Level Business Studies A Level Economics A Level English Language A Level English Language and Literature A Level English Literature A Level History A Level Sociology AS/A Level Accounting AS/A Level Film Studies AS/A Level Geography AS/A Level Government & Politics AS/A Level Law ICT A Level Computer Science AS/A Level Information & Communication Technology Languages AS/A Level French AS/A Level Spanish Science & Maths A Level Biology A Level Chemistry A Level Physics A Level Psychology AS/A Level Mathematics Course Fees Where courses are for more than one year, the fee that we publish is for the first year of the course only, unless otherwise stated. Some of our courses are not subsidised by our funding bodies and you must pay the fee as published regardless of your age or circumstances. Please note This information is updated regularly, but we cannot guarantee that the detail will remain accurate, as Government policy often requires changes to how we operate. Applicants receiving an offer of a place will be sent further updated information. Will I have to pay for my course? Aged under 16 If you are under 16 on 31 August 2014 and are not part of the School Link (Step Up) programme you will be charged £8 per hour and must provide a letter from your headteacher supporting your enrolment at the College. Aged 16 - 18 Course fees are not normally payable if you are aged 16 - 18. However, some of our courses are not subsidised by our funding bodies which means you will have to pay in full if you choose to study one of these courses. You may also have to pay if you are still in full time education at school or if you have been resident outside the UK within the last 3 years. Full-time students aged 16 - 18 are eligible to apply for a Scholar’s Metro Photo Card towards travel. Aged 19 and over If you are aged 19 or over on the 31 August 2014, the best place to start is to identify the type and level of the course you want to enrol on and follow the table. GCSE & Functional Skills in Maths & English Usually you will not have to pay for Maths and English if you have not already reached at least a Grade C. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Usually, you will have to pay for an ESOL qualification. [-]

Foundation Year

International Foundation Programme

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Wakefield

International Foundation Programme - An excellent preparation for international students wishing to progress to university degree courses in the UK. These include Law, Business, Electronic Engineering, Psychology and Biochemistry. [+]

International Foundation Programme - An excellent preparation for international students wishing to progress to university degree courses in the UK. These include Law, Business, Electronic Engineering, Psychology and Biochemistry. The various pathways are designed to enable international students to progress onto a wide range of courses at university. Successful students are awarded a Diploma which is widely accepted by UK universities, and our students can apply to many different institutions. What you will study You will study on one of four pathways: Humanities, Science, Business, and Art and Design. You will have a choice of units within each pathway. Study Skills: this unit aims to develop study skills and learning strategies that will serve you well when you are working at undergraduate level. The four available pathways are: Humanities: Mandatory units in Social Science and Humanities Research Methods and a Research project. Choose three units from English Language, History, Psychology and Sociology. Science: Mandatory units in Mathematics for Scientists and a Research project. Choose three units from Core Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics Business: All units mandatory: Business and Marketing Research Techniques, Academic Research Project/Dissertation. Subject units: Business Communication, Finance Awareness, Law, Managing People, Understanding Business Organisations. Art and Design: You have the option to take a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design which includes units in: - Textiles and Fashion Design (printed textiles, constructed textiles, theatre costume) - Visual Communication (graphic design, AV, illustration, photography, animation) - 3D Design and Crafts (furniture, ceramics, jewellery, product and interior design) You will receive advice and guidance on choosing your options when you apply for the International Foundation Programme. How you will learn Units will be taught through lectures, class discussions, group work, practical work where appropriate and independent study. Classes will be of mixed nationality and a range of ages from 17+. How you will be assessed The course is unit based and you gain credits when you satisfactorily complete a subject. Assessment takes place through assignments and examinations. Entry Requirements - Completion of your home country's Secondary Education (this requirement may be waived for high achieving students) - A minimum IELTS score of 5.5 (or equivalent) - Aged 17 years or over at the beginning of the programme Further study The Access to HE courses have excellent progression in terms of entry into universities. Most of the students study at local HE institutions such as Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan, Huddersfield, Bradford, Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam universities. Many also take advantage of internal progression opportunities offered via degree course provision at Wakefield College itself. Access to HE courses are nationally recognised qualifications and are therefore accepted by universities across the country. Students from Access to HE courses progress on to a wide diversity of degrees in subjects such as Business, Law, Psychology, Counselling, History, Biochemistry, and Electronic Engineering. Career opportunities Students who complete Access to HE qualifications and subsequently complete degree course places enter a range of undergraduate professional careers. These include primary teaching, social work, nursing, business management and continue with post graduate career development in both the public and private sector. [-]

Location address
Wakefield City Campus
Margaret Street

Wakefield, England, WF1 2DH GB
Location address
Thornes Park Campus
Thornes Park

Wakefield, England, WF2 8QZ GB
Location address
Castleford Campus
Thunderhead Ridge

Wakefield, England, WF10 4UA GB