Why Wakefield College?

A colourful history has shaped the Wakefield District

Wakefield offers a rare combination of heritage, countryside, entertainment, culture, shopping and sport. Whatever your interests, we hope you will want to explore the District and its many amenities.

Today, the College has its base in three major areas as well as delivering learning in community settings and workplaces around the District.

Our College is committed to working in partnership with local schools, employers and learning providers to transform learning, attainment, achievement and progression for everyone in the District.

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.

Ofsted Inspection

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.

Ofsted inspectors 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.

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.

Ofsted breakdown of grades?


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Chart A Level Results year on year etc

Student Satisfaction

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Facts & Figures


...students taught in 2015


...overall A Level pass rate in 2015


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


...overall satisfaction rating from HE students


...overall satisfaction rating from FE students


...vocational qualifications achieved in 2015


...years providing education & training in Wakefield


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


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


...students achieved a Higher Education in 2015