University Level & Professional Courses

at the University Centre Wakefield

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Affordability

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

Excellence

We received the highest rating for its management of both standards and quality from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

Employability

94% of our students were in employment or in further study 6 months after graduating (Source DLHE 2013)

Why Wakefield College?

There are many factors to consider when choosing a higher education course. As well as inspirational teaching, you also expect the right kind of facilities, excellent support, a good record of student success and value for money. Wakefield College offers all these and more.

At Wakefield College you'll benefit from our supportive environment. We’re not under pressure to recruit lots of students, so you won't be lost in a large group. Neither are we under pressure to decrease the amount of tuition you receive.

You will have regular contact with your tutors and with smaller group sizes we can really get to know you better and respond to your needs.

As a student you may also experience economic benefits from studying at the College. Our full and part-time fees are lower than most universities. Furthermore, students local to Wakefield can make a real saving by not having to relocate or travel long distances for their study.

Studying at the College is a great way to gain a recognised higher education qualification in your chosen occupation that will prepare you for employment, or for the next stage of your career. It also gives you an excellent academic and practical basis for further study.

All our higher educational courses are vocational and the College has strong links with local, regional and national employers. We work very closely with the relevant industries to ensure that our courses are up-to-date and that you have the skills necessary for the world of work. By working closely with employers we can also give you the opportunity to go on work placements, work with local business organisations, and gain essential experience of the workplace as part of your studies.

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

The National Student Survey shows that our students are very happy with their experience at the College, giving the College satisfaction rates that are generally higher than universities and many other colleges in the region.

Excellence

Wakefield College is one of the region’s leading education providers, and continues to receive national recognition. Our awards include:

  • Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) recognition for the quality of our teaching and learning
  • Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award
  • One of the first colleges in the UK to be awarded the new Training Quality Standard for its business training service

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.

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 Wakefield College 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.

At Wakefield College 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 2014 at £6000 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

As a participant in the National Scholarship Programme (NSP) Wakefield College will be offering fee waivers for eligible students starting a higher education courses at Wakefield College in September 2014.

The fee waivers and bursaries will be given to students enrolled at Wakefield College, on their first full-time HE qualification and in receipt of the full Maintenance Grant or a Special Support Grant.

Learn more about the National Scholarship Programme

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

From September 2013 new loans will be available for learners aged 24 and over, studying a Level 4 course, Access to HE courses and Higher Apprenticeships, get in touch with us to see whether you qualify for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan.

Learn more about 24+ Advanced Learning Loans

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: student.finance@wakefield.ac.uk

National Student Survey Results

Did you know... We scored 91% for overall satisfaction in the 2014 National Student Survey.

Learn more about our Graduation Day

Finding the right level for you

LEVEL
QUALIFICATIONS
Level 8
Specialist qualifications such as PhDs
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
Entry level courses to develop skills and increase confidence

Please see individual courses for specific entry requirements

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.

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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.