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Wakefield College

Wakefield City Campus, Margaret Street, Wakefield, WF1 2DH

Contact: Tracy Cammack

Email: courseinfo@wakefield.ac.uk

Telephone: 01924 789 111

Website: www.wakefield.ac.uk

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About us

We offer a range of different study methods for adults including higher education, part time, professional, short, and apprenticeship courses in a wide range of subject areas. 

Many of our courses are designed in conjunction with employers, which reaffirms our commitment to place current industry skills at the forefront of delivery. 

We have university-level courses across a range of subjects, which are accredited in conjunction with the University of Hull and Leeds Beckett.

Embarking on study locally is a choice, which an increasing number of students are recognising as both attractive and practical. We ensure that delivery meets our core values of employability, affordability and excellence and we offer outstanding resources, such as our new-build projects and industry-standard facilities, which will enhance your real world learning experience.

  • What Makes Us Different

    Leaving school and enrolling with us could be your first step on the way to your dream job.  The labour market is fiercely competitive – employers are looking for more than just qualifications on paper and can take their pick from a wide field of candidates.  A course with us can help.  Here are a few features of our courses, which could boost your chances of success in that all-important interview:

    Realistic working environments such as Elements, our hair and beauty salon, and Gaskell’s, our training restaurant, which give you the chance to provide services to paying clients and hone your customer-service skills.

    Purpose-built workshops for practical studies in construction, motor vehicle and engineering.

    Excellent equipment, including up-to-date computer hardware and software, of the type you’re likely to use when you start work.

    Links with industry and local businesses mean that we keep the content of our courses relevant and in line with the needs of employers.

    Work experience both at home and abroad. Using Erasmus+ Funding we work with partner organisations in France, Sweden, and Malta to provide work experience opportunities for you.

    Project work which reflects the sort of activities you may be involved in when you start your career.  Some courses even include working to genuine briefs from real businesses.

    Multi-talented lecturers – not only are they great teachers, they have a wealth of professional experience in their various fields which they will pass on to you.

    High-quality support staff who are fully trained and possess vast experience in supporting a range of disabilities and difficulties, and are dedicated to learner achievement. 

    Finally, we’ll make sure your basic skills in English, Maths and ICT are up to scratch, because above all else, employers want people who are literate, numerate and confident users of technology.

  • Learner Support

    We recognise that all students need support from time to time to achieve their goals.  The College prides itself on the quality of its student support services.  They’re staffed by professionals who have a wealth of experience and all students are encouraged to take advantage of the services on offer.

    Additional Learning Support

    We have staff with specialist skills and experience in supporting students with a range of learning difficulties and disabilities including:

    • ADHD

    • Autistic Spectrum Disorders

    • Dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia

    • Hearing impairment

    • Mobility difficulties

    • Visual impairment

    The support available is tailored to meet the individual’s needs, both in or out of class.  

    Support will be provided to meet individual support needs as outlined in the Education Health and Care plan (EHCP). Support may be in the form of support staff in or out of class, assistive technology or adjustments by teachers

    We strongly urge students or their parents/carers to disclose any disability, medical condition, or learning difficulty prior to enrolment, so that we can fulfil our responsibilities under Part 4 of the Disability Discrimination Act and ensure that adjustments or facilities are put in place at the start of a student’s course.

    Contact Additional Support on 01924 789585 for more information.

    Careers and Educational Guidance.  Our Student Advisors can offer impartial guidance on courses and careers before students come to College.  During the course of their studies, students have access to our comprehensive range of information on careers, higher education and the labour market, and advice and guidance to help them plan the next step towards their chosen career.

    Chaplaincy.  The College has a Chaplaincy which is available to all learners whatever their beliefs, faith, or religion.  The Chaplaincy works with the Students’ Union and Student Services to organise events in College which allow students to take time out to reflect, and which mark special national and cultural occasions  Everyone finds life challenging at times, and the Chaplain can offer one-to-one support to help resolve issues which have a spiritual aspect.  The service is available by appointment across all College campuses.

    Counselling and Welfare Support.  Confidential one-to-one counselling is available for students at all our campuses from qualified counsellors. Welfare Support is available to give help and advice on a range of issues including accommodation and benefits.

    Course Information.  Full details of all our courses can be obtained from the Course Information team in the form of printed leaflets.  The team is located at the Thornes Park Campus and is available on 01924 789111 between 9am and 5pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9 am and 4.30 pm (Friday), or by email at courseinfo@wakefield.ac.uk.

    Alternatively, course details are available to view on our website at www.wakefield.ac.uk, which also features student comments, video footage and news of College events and achievements. 

    Financial Support.  The College provides information and confidential advice on financial help available for students. This includes information on Discretionary Support Funds, student loans, and other learner support that might be available. There may be help towards travel costs, meals, equipment, or childcare costs depending on your circumstances, age, and course level.

    Student Intranet.  All students have access to the Student Intranet with useful information about College news, events, and student services.  Each student also has a personal College email account and access to Moodle, the College’s online learning environment.  Moodle provides access to course material, course announcements, discussion groups, assignment submission, and records of grades.

    All these services are available to use from home as well as from College computers, subject to the existence of a suitable internet connection and system configuration.

    Students with disabilities may be eligible for special transport and you should contact your Local Education Authority for further details.

  • Applying for Courses

    How to apply

    Please complete an application form. If you require an application form or details on how to enrol, please contact our Course Information Team on 01924 789111 or email: courseinfo@wakefield.ac.uk


  • Additional Information

    As well as our extensive range of full-time courses, we offer a large number of apprenticeships which provide an increasingly popular method of gaining skills and developing a fulfilling career. You’ll need an employer who is willing to release you for study at College, usually for one day per week. Sometimes we can help you find a job as employers often let us know about their vacancies. 

    Apprenticeship programmes are available in a wide range of areas including: accounts, beauty therapy, brickwork, business administration, carpentry and joinery, childcare, civil engineering, construction, customer service, dental nursing, electrical installation, engineering, hairdressing, health and social care, hospitality and catering, information technology, logistics, motor vehicle, motorcycle maintenance and repair, plastering, plumbing, security, and supporting teaching and learning (classroom assistant).

    The above list of available programmes are added to all the time. If the area you’re interested in isn’t on this list, please contact the Apprentice Recruitment Team on 01924 789469 or at apprenticeships@wakefield.ac.uk

  • Activities

    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

  • Features

    First-class facilities - right on your doorstep

    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 is has some exciting new facilities in the pipe-line, as well as the newly opened Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre – home to our University Centre and Business School.

    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, c, fitness testing lab, therapy and massage suite, and sports pitches.

    Our campus libraries 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.


How to find us

Wakefield City 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

  • By Car

    Wakefield Campus:

    From M1 Northbound -Leave the M1 at Junction 39 and join the A636 towards Wakefield, turning left at the fourth roundabout. Follow the signs for the City Centre/Westgate Railway Station, turning left into Mulberry Way. Continue straight ahead at the second set of traffic lights, and the Wakefield Campus is on the left.

    From M1 Southbound-Leave the M1 at Junction 41 and join the A650 towards Wakefield.  Continue over three roundabouts onto the A61 for a short distance before rejoining the A650 for the City centre. The Wakefield Campus is then on the right hand side.

    Thornes Park Campus:

    If using a satnav, use postcode WF2 8TY

    From M1 Northbound- Leave the M1 at Junction 39 and join the A636 towards Wakefield.  At the second set of traffic lights turn left onto the B6475 (Thornes Road) and then turn right onto Gill Sike Road.  Turn right onto the A642 (Horbury Road) and take the first right onto the access drive to the Thornes Park Campus.

    From M1 Southbound - Leave the M1 at Junction 40 and join the A638 towards Wakefield.  Turn right onto the B6475 (George-a-Green Road) and at the A642 (Horbury Road) turn left towards the City Centre.  The access drive to the Thornes Park Campus is the second turning on the right.

    Castleford Campus:

    From M62

    1. Leave the M62 at Junction 32.
    2. Follow signs for Castleford/Glasshoughton on Park Road then turn left onto Colorado Way following Xscape and Freeport signs.
    3. Go straight ahead at first roundabout.
    4. Take first left onto Thunderhead Ridge at second roundabout and continue 200 metres to the Castleford Campus.
  • By Bus

    Visit www.wymetro.com and use the Journey Planner to work out your journey to College by bus or train, or call MetroLine on 0113 245 7676 for advice. 

  • By Rail

    Wakefield Campus:

    Travel to Wakefield Westgate Railway Station - Wakefield Campus is then a five minute walk.

    Thornes Park Campus:

    Travel to Wakefield Westgate Railway Station - Thornes Park Campus is a short taxi journey or a fifteen minute walk away.

    Castleford Campus:

    Travel to Glasshoughton Railway Station, which is next to the Xscape complex - Castleford Campus is then a ten minute walk away.