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University Centre at Wakefield College

Whether you want to study an higher education qualification to develop your career prospects, or expand your knowledge with a professional qualification, we’ve got a course for you.

We offer high-quality teaching in a supportive learning environment, but with lower fees and smaller class sizes than most universities.

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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 offer high-quality undergraduate provision in a supportive learning environment, in the centre of Wakefield.

Both our full and part-time courses are structured to offer you the flexibility and support you need to succeed with your studies whilst allowing you to meet your other commitments.

Employability

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.

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.

The University Centre

The University Centre at Wakefield College, provides modern teaching and learning facilities for our undergraduate students.

Business Management

Working in partnership with nationally recognised professional bodies, our BA(Hons)Business Management degree will help train the business leaders of tomorrow.

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.

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.

Game Development Studios

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

Sports Lab

The university centre is equiped with a sports testing facility and fitness suite.

Graduation

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.

Reasons to choose Wakefield College

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.

1

Lower fees than most universities. Bursaries and scholarships are available.

2

Recognised higher education qualification. Including degrees from the Universities of Hull and Leeds Beckett.

3

Smaller class sizes than most universities, with more class contact hours and individual study support.

4

Degrees developed in collaboration with employers, so you can graduate with the skills you really need to enter your chosen career.

5

Easily accessible from Wakefield and the surrounding area. You can choose to stay close to home (reducing any living expenses).

6

Keep your job and work around your study, so you can enhance your employablity

Our Starbucks cafe in the Harrison Building is a popular place to meet friends and enjoy a drink and a snack.

The LibraryPlus centre at the Wakefield City Campus spans over three floors.

We’ve invested in extensive facilities for sports and public services students, including a gym, sports hall, climbing wall, fitness testing lab, therapy and massage suite, and sports pitches.

Our degrees have been developed in partnership with industry and employers.

The Waterton Building is our performing arts centre with the 160-seat Mechanics’ Theatre at the heart. It’s just a five-minute walk from our Wakefield City Campus and includes dance and drama studios, spacious rehearsal rooms, and specialist facilities including a backstage workshop for production design and construction.

We offer support services so you can succeed in your studies and progress to the next step in your journey.

Our foundation degrees are validated by the University of Hull and Leeds Beckett University. Our BA and BSc honours degrees are validated by the University of Hull and University of Huddersfield.

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 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

...and our students rate us:

86%

Overall satisifaction

91%

...the teaching on my course

91%

...staff value students’ views and opinions about the course

88%

...academic support

85%

...learning community

(National Student Survey 2021)

What our students say
I am doing a mechanical engineering apprenticeship with Unilever. I chose to do engineering because I have always enjoyed maths and physics. Engineering is the perfect combination of the two.
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There was always a focus on employability on the course – on having relevant skills – whereas a lot of courses don’t. We were encouraged to learn independently, which is important in the industry, getting good guidance but not having it all done for you is key.
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Studying my degree with the University Centre at Wakefield College allows me the flexibility I need as a mature student. The study hours fit well with my childcare needs.
Zoe York
FdA Management & Business Enterprise
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Before this course I always dreamt of having my own salon but never knew how. Now I feel like I have confidence and ability to make this happen. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone that has the same dream.
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I chose Wakefield College because of its reputation and ease of location. I initially started as an A Level student and chose to stay on and complete a degree as I thoroughly enjoyed the support from tutors, personalised learning approach and lower fees.
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I started out on the Level 3 Education and Training course and progressed through to the Certificate in Education. I am now studying on the BA (Hons) Education and Professional Development course.
Justine Wood
BA (Hons) in Education & Professional Development
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I decided to do the HNC Diploma to increase my knowledge of the industry I work in. I work for Craven Fawcett, part of Group Rhodes, one of Europe’s largest original equipment manufacturers in its field.
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I work as a buyer in the aerospace industry and I chose to study this course because I wanted to further my career. At first I thought I’d have to study full time to earn my qualification, but learning here allows me to balance work and my study.
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I chose to study here as I completed the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services at the College and it was natural for my next step to be a course at the University Centre. Continuing my study here has meant that I’m taught by the same fantastic tutors who brought out the best in me when I studied at College level.
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Studying at the University Centre gave me a real insight into how the industry works. I had the opportunity to see a variety of performances both locally and nationally, which helped me to learn about different theatre companies and how they perform.
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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

Do I have the the right qualifications for university?
If you’re thinking of continuing your studies beyond Level 3 at Wakefield College, or are wanting to study locally, there’s the benefit of a familiar environment. 31,000 18-year-old students choose to study higher education at colleges.

Even if you left education some years ago and would like to take your learning to the next level, or make a change of career, then you can study with us. Around 37% of all undergraduate entrants are over 21 years of age when they enter university and 87,000 of those are studying higher education courses at colleges. (AOC 2021)

The minimum entry requirements for each programme are shown on our course pages. We also prefer all candidates to have Level 2 qualifications in English and Maths at grade C or equivalent (level 4 under the new GCSE grading system).

The entry requirements for our Level 4 and 5 qualifications are expressed in the form of A Levels and BTEC Extended Diplomas, but we also encourage applications from students with Access to Higher Education Diplomas and other level 3 qualifications.

We consider all applications on their own merit, so we still encourage applications from those who do not meet the stated minimum criteria. We would consider accepting an applicant to a course if they have extensive related employment experience, for example, or have studied on a similar course at a different university.

What can I do if I don’t have the qualifications?
If you would like to study one our higher education programmes, but do not have the entry requirements, you can take one of our Access to HE Courses: Access to Higher Education 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 £6,950 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

EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) for students resident by 31 December 2020

Students from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland who are resident in the UK for a course of study before 11pm on 31 December 2020, should apply for the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).

The application is free of charge, and can be applied for using a mobile app, or the online application.

Students who have been resident in the UK for five years or more, will receive settlement status. Students resident for less than five years will receive pre-settlement, and can apply for settlement once five years of residency has been reached.

Settlement and pre-settlement provide the same status in the UK given to a British national, including access to the NHS (National Health Service) for healthcare.

The deadline for applying for EUSS is 30 June 2021.

Family members may also apply to EUSS provided they are spouses/civil partners or ‘durable’ partners, children, dependent grandchildren and dependent parents or grandparents. Family members do not have to be EU nationals.

Citizens from Ireland are exempt from these requirements, and can travel into the UK and the Common Travel Area for work or study using an Irish passport or national ID card. From 1 January 2021, Irish nationals can continue to travel freely into the UK; a visa, or application to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) is not required.

Student Visa for students resident from 1 January 2021

Students who arrive into the UK after 11pm on 31 December 2020, who have not previously been resident in the UK, must apply for an appropriate visa.

The Student visa is for students studying for more than six months. For more information visit our website for international students.

The Standard Visitor visa is for students studying short courses of six months maximum. Visiting students should apply for the Standard Visitor visa. All nationals from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are classed as ‘non-visa nationals’. This means that the Standard Visitor visa can be applied for at the UK border, with no need to apply in advance of arrival.

Useful links

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status) (Gov.uk)
UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)

Financial support

For more information on any funding or money matter issues please contact the College’s Financial Support Team. Telephone 01924 789283 or email student.finance@wakefield.ac.uk.

Financial Support
Wakefield City Campus
Margaret Street
Wakefield WF1 2DH

Opening times: 9am - 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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,email HE@wakefield.ac.uk.

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.

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