Ofsted rated ‘Good’

Why Wakefield College?

Providing education & training in Wakefield since 1868

Choosing where to study is a big decision and we’re all different individuals. Our focus is on teaching and learning, giving all students, regardless of their starting point, the best chance in achieving their ambitions. It really is as simple as that.

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 7,000 students, of all ages and abilities, studying a broad range of courses, from pre-entry level through to higher education and professional qualifications.


Our students achieve great results in their exams. The 2015/16 academic year saw the overall A Level pass rate reach 97% - the 11th year in a row it has exceeded 95% with 14 A Level subjects achieving a 100% pass rate.

Students on our Extended Diploma produced another set of excellent results with 19 subjects achieving a 100% pass rate. This year we also celebrated 25 students gaining three distinction stars – the highest results possible.

A Level Pass Rates
2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
97% 97% 95% 98% 95% 95.3%

Student Satisfaction

What are students say is important to us and we ask them their opinion every year. The annual student survey looks at all aspects of our student’s experience including quality of teaching, resources and support. Findings from the survey are presented to senior college management and help inform strategic planning.

The most recent survey found that:

  • 96% of students get on well with and can talk to their tutors
  • 96% of students said the teaching on their course was good
  • 92% would recommend their course to their friends
  • 93% said they were overall happy with their course

Facts & Figures


...students taught in 2017/18


...overall A Level pass rate in 2018


...A Level subjects achieved 100% pass rate in 2018


...overall satisfaction rating from HE students


...overall satisfaction rating from FE students


...vocational qualifications achieved in 2017


...years providing education & training in Wakefield


...cost of the new University Centre hub, opened in 2017


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


...students achieved a Higher Education in 2017


...apprentices taught in 2017