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University-level applications on the up

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University Centre students celebrating their success

Applications to study university-level courses with the University Centre at Wakefield College are increasing as the message about studying for a degree in Wakefield hits home. The University Centre has seen a 60% increase in applications to its Higher Education (HE) provision over the last two years and this year is welcoming over 300 full-time HE students for induction next week.

Director of HE at the University Centre, Clare Hagerup added: “We’re looking forward to welcoming all our new HE students next week. Our core values of affordability, employability and excellence are ideas we are all really proud of and that resonate with everyone. Our students benefit from great employment prospects, lower fees and smaller class sizes.”

The College is looking to the future by creating a dedicated Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre (ASIC) which is currently awaiting a decision on funding support from Leeds City Region and promises to become the hub of advanced learning and skills in the District. Further news on the ASIC project is expected over the coming months. This follows on the footsteps of the newly launched Business School which was officially opened just last week.

Wakefield College Principal Sam Wright said: “It’s great to see an increasing number of students choosing to study their university-level course with us either full-time or part-time. More and more people are realising that they can study for a degree right here in Wakefield. 

“Not enough people in Wakefield have a Level 4 qualification and so the continued growth of our University Centre, recent opening of the new Business School and our proposed Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre are all about putting Wakefield College at the heart of high level skills, training and education in the District.”

The University Centre at Wakefield College offers more than 40 Higher Education courses in areas including Business and Management, Childhood Studies, Computing, Health & Wellbeing, Performing Arts. Sports, Game Development, Engineering, Construction and Web Design. 

For full details on the courses on offer, visit or call the Course Information Team on 01924 789111.


CONTACT: For more information email, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 9 September, 2015

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