University Level Courses

University Centre at Wakefield College

You don’t have to go to university to get a degree! We offer high-quality teaching in a supportive learning environment, but with lower fees and closer to home.

Whether you want to study higher education to change your career, to boost your career prospects further after finishing a Level 3 course, or to expand your knowledge with a professional qualification, we’ve got a course for you.

But don’t just take our word for it...
here’s a quote from the Quality Standards Audit undertaken by the QAA:

“Wakefield College aims to enhance student employability opportunities and to respond to identified skills gaps in the area. The College sees employability as being of strategic importance to its curriculum planning. All of the College’s foundation degrees have specific modules with a focus on employability. The College has strong relationships with employers, who are involved in programmes in a number of ways.”

“Employers provide placements on some programmes, a wide range of other work-based learning opportunities on other programmes, opportunities for students to undertake live projects, and guest speakers, and attend open days.”

“The Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey shows a good upward trend in employability; in 2013-14, 97 per cent of students had progressed into employment or further study. The College has a clear strategy and effective practices for developing employability across all aspects of its higher education provision.”

Read the full report Read the Action Plan

Why choose the University Centre at Wakefield College?

If you think you have to go away to university to get a degree then you might be surprised to learn that we can offer you high-quality teaching in a more supportive learning environment, but closer to home.

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 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.

We know our students

Small groups mean that your tutor will get to know the real you. We treat you like an individual and tailor our support to meet your needs.

Campus facilities

We’re constantly investing in the best facilities including dedicated learning areas just for you so that you’ve got access to everything you need.

Advanced Skills & Innovation Centre (ASIC)

The new hub of our University Centre at Wakefield College, bringing modern teaching and learning facilities for our students, it will also become a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship allowing enterprising students and local start-up businesses to bring their business ideas to life.

Business School

Working in partnership with nationally recognised professional bodies, our Business School at Wakefield College will help train the business leaders of tomorrow. So whether you have a passion for accountancy, management, personnel, procurement, or leadership, our Business School could be your ticket to success.

ASIC Engineering Centre

Students benefit from learning in our excellent new engineering centre. The centre provides opportunities to study higher-level courses developed with leading industry employers, including Coca-Cola Enterprises and BOSCH. This allows our graduates to learn the necessary skills and knowledge to progress into industry.

Creative & Digital Industries

With the creative and digital industries identified as key growth areas locally, our creative and digital industry students will benefit from industry-standard facilities and collaboration with local businesses to nurture the talent of the future and help to fill the regional skills gap.

Game Development studios

Courses are taught in studios which mirror realistic workplace environments so that transitioning to employment is seamless.

Sports at Lightwaves

The Lightwaves centre has been redeveloped to house specialised sports equipment and facilities, it includes a gym, sports hall, fitness testing lab and therapy and massage suite.


Course complete and exams passed? Then it’s time to celebrate and acknowledge all of your hard work! Recognising your achievements is extremely important to us and we take great pride in the success of each and every one of our students.

Subject Areas

Business & Management

Business and management embraces a vast range of industries and commercial enterprises and our aim is to give students the skills which are attractive to employers and the knowledge which will provide a platform for more advanced study.

Business & Management Courses

Childhood Studies

It’s a challenging and exciting time to be working with children and young people, with new opportunities opening up for practitioners. To take advantage of these opportunities you’ll need broader and higher levels of knowledge and skills than ever before.

Childhood Studies Courses

Construction, Building Services and Civil Engineering

Construction, building services engineering, and civil engineering industries are vital for the UK economy. They involve different skills and can lead to a whole host of technical, professional, and management career pathways.

Construction, Building Services & Civil Engineering Courses

Creative, Digital & Computing

Our creative, digital and computing courses offer exciting opportunities whether you’re interested in game design and development, media, photography or computing, our courses open up numerous career pathways.

Art & Design Courses

Media Courses

Computing Courses


Our courses in electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering have been recognised as setting the standard across the region for many years. These courses provide students with the knowledge to progress towards Chartered status and a rewarding career.

Engineering Courses

Hair & Beauty

The UK is home to more than 30,000 hair salons that employ more than 245,000 people with a combined turnover of £6.2 billion. With the beauty industry set to continue growing, our new salon management course aims to equip the next generation of managers with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to successfully run their own salons.

Salon Management Courses

Health & Well-being

A career in the care sector will put you at the heart of your community, working in a range of settings including health, social care and childcare. Our higher education provision aims to give you all the skills you need to succeed.

Health & Well-being Courses

Hospitality & Catering

Graduates with a background in hospitality management are highly employable and can apply their skills in a number of disciplines including events, hotels, conference management, sales and business development. Graduates from this area can also pursue a career in a number of industries including the tourism and leisure sector, the entertainment sector and in facilities management and food service management.

HNC Diploma in Hospitality Management


Our Higher Education Music courses are a great way to gain or improve your Music skills. These part-time courses are aimed at the mature adult and students. These courses are held at our Thornes Park Campus but are moving in 2018 to fantastic new facilities at the City Campus, making them more accessible than ever.


Performing Arts

Our performing arts and music courses are taught by practising industry professionals and have been designed to help you build a portfolio of skills which will enable you to succeed in a highly competitive world.

Performing Arts

Public Services

The public services offer a variety of rewarding careers. We’ve developed direct links and partnerships with a wide range of public service organisations, enabling us to ensure that your course combines the benefits of academic study with real life experience.

Public Services Courses


The demands of the sport, exercise, tourism and health sectors are forever changing and expanding. We continually develop our courses to ensure they meet those demands, combining academic study with work-based learning and experience.

Sport Courses

Travel & Tourism

Since 2010 tourism has been the fastest growing sector in the UK in employment terms. Britain is forecast to have a tourism industry worth over £257 billion by 2025. This accounts for just under 10% of UK GDP and supporting almost 3.8 million jobs, which is around 11% of the total UK number.

Travel & Tourism Courses

Fees & Funding

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 2019 at £6600 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

Other Types of 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

Student Information Fast Tracker

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.

Higher Education Policies & Procedures

If you would like any of these documents in Braille or audio tape, please contact the College through the contact us page or contact the adaptation of materials service on 01924 789228.

Access the Policies

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.

Finding the right level 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.

Level Qualifications
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 Entry level courses to develop skills and increase confidence

Please see individual courses for specific entry requirements.

How to Apply

If you’re applying for a full-time course FT

You can apply through UCAS from September. Our UCAS code is W08.

If you’re applying for a part-time course PT

You can apply directly to us at the University Centre at Wakefield College. For more information or an application form, call our HE Admissions Team on 01924 789803.

After you’ve applied

We’ll acknowledge receipt of your application which will then be assessed by our lecturers. Our aim is to check and hopefully confirm that the course is the right one for you and get back to you with our decision quickly.

Depending upon the course you have applied for, you may be invited along for an interview, to attend an audition or to showcase your portfolio.

June 2018 FT PT

Come and meet us at the UCAS conventions.

July 2018 FT PT

Full-time applicants - set up your UCAS profile.
Part-time applicants - start thinking about your 2018 application!

August - September 2018 FT

Work on your personal statement.
This is your chance to tell us all about yourself.

October - December 2018 FT PT

Come see what we’re all about by attending one of our open events.

January 2019 FT

UCAS deadline January 15th!

February - June 2019 FT

UCAS Extra opens. Applied elsewhere through UCAS and not holding any offers?
You may be able to apply to the University Centre through Extra for one of our courses.

August 2019 FT PT

Didn’t apply to us earlier? Apply now through Clearing!

September 2019 FT PT

Start your course; full-time students take part in Freshers’ Week activities and enjoy a trip to Pizza Express on us!

Get a Higher Education Prospectus

The Wakefield College Higher Education Prospectus contains details of our HNC/HND, Foundation Degree and Degree courses, many of which can be studied full-time or part-time, as well as student finance, support and facilities.

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Get in touch

Chat to one of our specialist course advisors, telephone the Course Information Team on 01924 789111.

Chat with course information about these or other courses, telephone 01924 789111 or email

Download a copy of our Higher Education Prospectus, or request a printed copy from Course information.

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