University Level Courses

University Centre at Wakefield College


Affordable fees and high quality teaching. Our full and part-time courses fees are lower than most universities.


A brand new £6.25 million Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre will become the new hub of the University Centre in 2017.


96% of our students were in employment or in further study 6 months after graduating (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education Survey 2014/15)

Start your journey with us

Whether you want to study higher education to change your career, boost your prospects further after finishing a Level 3 course, or to expand your knowledge with a professional qualification, we’ve got a course for you. Through our teaching, we help to meet the skills needs of local employers, many of which have helped to develop our courses and provided work experience opportunities for our students. We know you’ll have other commitments as well as your course. To help, both our full and part-time courses are structured to offer you the flexibility and support you need to succeed. Studying with us means you’ll receive a great education and excellent prospects for employment and career development.

159,000 people study higher education in a college. Colleges provide higher education for local people from non-traditional backgrounds - 70% of college higher education students live within 25 miles. Colleges deliver 85% of HNCs, 82% of HNDs and 58% of foundation degrees. 244 colleges provide undergraduate and postgraduate level courses; 86% teach foundation degrees. Association of Colleges - Key Facts 2015/16

For many students, studying at the University Centre at Wakefield College, can also offer economic benefits:

  • lower fees than most universities and colleges
  • two-year courses with a recognised higher education qualification
  • less to pay back in student loans
  • bursaries and scholarships are available

As our full and part-time fees are lower than most universities this makes them more affordable for students concerned about incurring debt.

We offer range of bursaries and scholarships to support eligible students starting a higher education course at the University Centre

Furthermore, students local to Wakefield can make a real saving by not having to relocate or travel long distances for their study. Many students who choose to study at with us also save by remaining at home with their parents, saving thousands of pounds on accommodation and living costs.

In addition, because many our courses are delivered over two days, students have an increased opportunity to hold down a regular part-time job, which can be difficult for students at universities, who return home between term times.

96% of our students were in employment or in further study 6 months after graduating (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education Survey 2014/15)

Studying with us is a great way to gain a recognised higher education qualification that will provide you with the skills, experience, and knowledge necessary to get ahead in your chosen career. It also gives you an excellent academic and practical basis for further study.

'Students who study university-level courses at colleges have great employability prospects because their courses contain a mix of academic and vocational skills and local employers are often actively involved' Association of Colleges - Key Facts 2014/15

Many of our higher education courses are validated by regional universities -Teesside University and The University of Huddersfield- so you get a university award while studying with us at the University Centre. These well-established links mean that as a student you benefit from the support, opportunities and expertise offered by both the University Centre and the partner university.

We also work very closely with universities and colleges across the region to provide progression routes to further study for our graduates. University Centre at Wakefield College is an active member of Higher Education Access Rewarding Transforming (HEART) partnership established by twelve HE providers in West Yorkshire. HEART's mission remains to work in partnership to improve access to, and achievement in, Higher Education to enhance individual and economic development.

Student Satisfaction

The National Student Survey results highlights that our students are happy with their experience at the University Centre at Wakefield College, giving satisfaction rates that are generally higher than other universities and HE colleges in the region.

  • Our overall student satisfaction results are consistently as high as any university or college in the region

The University Centre at Wakefield College is committed to encouraging applications from students from all backgrounds and educational experience. We recognise that while you are studying you will have other commitments and that by choosing to study you will have to manage the different claims on your time. To help you in this we aim to offer you a supportive, flexible study environment, incorporating electronic learning to give you access to study resources wherever you are and when you need them.

The University Centre at Wakefield College and Teesside University welcome applications from students who may not meet the exact entry requirements of their chosen programme or who may have some relevant qualifications which could shorten their overall study period. This is achieved through the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process and students are directed to the Higher Education Accreditation of Prior Learning Code of Practice where further details are provided. Candidates will be required to provide evidence to support any such application. This may be through a certificate and transcript if you have studied and passed a relevant programme of study at this level. If you have not completed a programme of study at this level but have significant relevant experience then you will produce a portfolio that evidences your capability of meeting the programme learning outcomes. Full details of the required evidence are provided in the Code of Practice.

Fees & Funding

Whether you want to study a university course either full-time or part-time, you are entitled to some form of financial support.

At University Centre Wakefield we believe that pricing people out of higher education would devalue our institution by not allowing such a diverse range of students to continue their education.

Our tuition full-time tuition fees for 2016 at £6500 will be substantially less than most universities. This means that, all our full-time higher education students will have significantly less to pay back once they have completed their studies and are in work. As fees for part-time courses vary, please refer to relevant course leaflets.

Learn more about full & part-time funding

The government also offer further packages of non-repayable funding, Financial Support for courses that do not qualify for support from Student Finance England.

Learn more about the other types of funding available

This resource will help students to find their way around the Directgov student finance pages. The Sifter (Student Information Fast Tracker) helps students get to the information they need quickly and easily; it signposts students to tailored finance information.

Financial Support

For more information on any funding or money matter issues please contact the Financial Support Team.

Telephone: 01924 789283 · eMail:

National Student Survey

Did you know... our overall satisfaction rates are consistently some of the highest for any university or college in the region

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Finding the right level for you

Level 8
Specialist qualifications such as PhDs

(NB not currently offered at Wakefield College)

Level 7
Masters degrees, postgraduate certificates, postgraduate diplomas
Level 6
Bachelor’s degrees (e.g. BA or BSc)
Level 5
Foundation degrees, HNDs, Level 5 diplomas
Level 4
HNCs, Level 4 diplomas
Courses at Level 4 and above are generally considered to be Higher Education courses
Level 3
A Levels, Level 3 NVQs, Level 3 certificates
Level 2
GCSE grade A* - C, Level 2 NVQs, Level 2 diplomas
Level 1
GCSE grade D - G, Level 1 certificates
Entry level courses to develop skills and increase confidence

Please see individual courses for specific entry requirements

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

The table opposite shows examples of the qualifications gained at each level, course entry requirements normally require you to hold a qualification at the level below the qualification you are applying for.

We do look at everyone individually and you may have different skills, interests, experiences or qualifications to offer. We will ensure that we will advise you on the best route for you.

Jargon Buster
Our Jargon Buster is here to help make sense of some of the acronyms and tricky terms you may encounter in relation to both further and higher education whilst reading through the content on this website.

If there’s anything else you don’t understand, please don’t hesitate to ask us when you enquire for more details or come in for an interview.