Information for Parents & Carers

Helping you support your son or daughter

A Message from our Principal

Wakefield College is the largest education provider in the local area and we offer a huge choice of academic and vocational courses at a range of levels, so there are sure to be options available for your son or daughter. Our modern facilities, excellent support services and knowledgeable teaching staff are there because we want to provide the best College experience possible.

Sam Wright,
Principal

The Wakefield College Experience

The College is very different from school. There is no bell, no uniform, and students call teachers by their first names. Our locations mean that students often have to make their way to us independently, developing travel skills they will use throughout their lives. Students’ timetables vary from programme to programme, so students may start and finish their lessons at different times on different days, and may have days where they have no lessons at all. All of this is good preparation for developing students’ independence for the world of work or higher education.

The College environment is busy and vibrant, with almost 10,000 students of all ages studying on programmes from entry level through to degree level and beyond. There are many opportunities for students to get involved in the life of the College, from an active Students’ Union, to a student newsletter, our student rep system, debate club, sports teams, and myriad activities offered every week. When it’s time for a break, students enjoy relaxing in Starbucks or our refectory facilities. Almost every week, some of our students are out on visits and residentials, and students on some programmes undertake work-experience, supported by the College.

We do, however, have high expectations of our students. Lessons are challenging; students will get homework; we expect high levels of attendance, and we expect students to abide by the Student Code of Conduct.

Many students come to Wakefield College because it is very different from school. Our students are young adults and we expect them to use their time with us to develop independence and self-motivation, as well as knowledge and practical skills.

Sam Wright
Principal

Which Path is the Right Choice?

Our routes to success

Everyone wants to succeed, but we don’t all take the same path or arrive at the same destination. We offer several different routes to our learners, from classroom based learning to on-the-job training, so whatever their ultimate goal, we have got a course for them.

Sixth Form

Our Sixth Form is a supportive environment that provides a stepping stone to higher education and employment. There are 28 A Level subjects or a wide range of Advanced Level vocational courses to choose from.

Sixth Form

Vocational Courses

Vocational courses prepare young people to work in a trade, in a craft, as a technician, or in support roles in professions such as engineering, construction, accountancy, nursing, medicine, architecture, or law.

Vocational Courses

Apprenticeships

Combine on-the-job training in the workplace with an employer and study at College to gain relevant qualifications. Available at Levels 2, 3, and 4. Apprenticeships offer the ability to earn a wage and learn at the same time.

Apprenticeships

Foundation Learning

Foundation Learning programmes help students progress from Entry Level or Level 1 courses onto other courses, Apprenticeships or jobs. It can also help them to build the skills they need to live independently away from home.

Foundation Learning

Wakefield College has something for everyone - our aim is to get students started at the right level and on the best route.

Finding the right level for you

Students learn in different ways, so we offer routes at a range of levels to suit every type of learner.

You may have seen references to ‘levels’ of course, e.g. ‘level 2 course in maths’. These levels are based on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). All UK qualifications are given a level numbered 1 - 8, or ‘entry’.

We advise students on which route is the best option for them to help them succeed.

Level Qualifications Minimum Entry Requirements
Entry FLEX (Foundation Learning) No specific qualifications
Level 1 Level 1 vocational Courses Minimum of Entry Level 3 qualifications in English Language and Maths
Level 2 Level 2 vocational Courses 4 GCSEs at grade A*-D, usually with English Language and Maths at grade C-F
Level 2 Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeships GCSEs in English Language and Maths at grade A*-D
Level 3 A Levels 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C in at least 4 subject areas, which must include GCSE English Language and Maths
Level 3 Level 3 Diplomas & Extended Diplomas 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C in at least 4 subject areas including English Language or Maths
Level 3 Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeships 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C.

Levels 4 and above are higher education courses (university-level courses).

Things to know before starting College

Helping your son or daughter to make the right choices about their education needn't be daunting. Our staff are all professionals and can help you with any questions you may have.

How to Apply

Applications can be made online through UCAS Progress at school or home using your son or daughter’s student login provided by the school. Alternatively, application forms are available from the College.

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Enrolling

After completing your application, your son or daughter would usually be invited to an interview to be offered a place on the course, or options discussed for suitable alternatives. Once accepted onto a course, students will then be invited to come into College to enrol on the course at the end of August.

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Jargon Buster

This Jargon Buster will help you make sense of the many acronyms and terms you may come across.

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Term Dates

View the term dates, academic calendar and induction dates for the forthcoming year.

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Get a Prospectus

Download a copy of the latest School Leaver and Sixth Form Prospectuses.

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Policies & Procedures

There are a number of policies and procedures we and our students are expected to follow.

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Key Dates

We have regular open events where you and your son or daughter can talk with our tutors and take a tour of our facilities. There are key points throughout the year to be aware of when making applications etc.

Forthcoming Open Events

Feb
27
Open Event

5:00pm, Tuesday, 27 February, 2018
Wakefield City Campus

Jun
20
Open Event

5:00pm, Wednesday, 20 June, 2018
Castleford Campus

Jun
23
Open Event

10:00am, Saturday, 23 June, 2018
Wakefield City Campus

Key Dates

September

Applications can now be sent to the College, once we’ve received it an interview will be arranged within two weeks. More information can be found on our How to Apply page.

September/October

The College will be visiting various schools across the region for the launch of our School Leaver prospectuses.

October

Applications can now be made online through the UCAS Progress website.

April

Time is running out for applications, courses will be filling up and options becoming limited, applications received by May 1st will be given priority for an interview date.

August

A level and GCSE results are released, help and advice is available from our guidance events.

September

Induction week for College starters takes place during the first week of term.

Facts & Figures

9,950

...students taught in 2015

97%

...overall A Level pass rate in 2015

14

...A Level subjects achieved 100% pass rate in 2015

91%

...overall satisfaction rating from HE students

94%

...overall satisfaction rating from FE students

7,200+

...vocational qualifications achieved in 2015

148

...years providing education & training in Wakefield

£6.25m

...cost of the new University Centre hub opening in 2017

96%

...HE students were in employment 6 months after graduating

300+

...students achieved a Higher Education in 2015