University Level & Professional Courses

at the University Centre Wakefield


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


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


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

Why University Centre Wakefield?

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. The University Centre offers all these and more.

At University Centre Wakefield 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 University Centre. 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 University Centre 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 University Centre Wakefield 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 - The University of Huddersfield and Teesside University - so you get a university award while studying with us at the University Centre Wakefield. These well-established links mean that as a student you benefit from the support, opportunities and expertise offered by both the University Centre Wakefield 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 University Centre Wakefield, giving satisfaction rates that are generally higher than universities and HE colleges in the region.


University Centre Wakefield 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

University Centre Wakefield 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 Wakefield 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 2015 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

Loans are available for learners aged 24 and over, studying a Level 4 course and Access to HE courses, 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:

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 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 Wakefield 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.