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International Students

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Welcome to Wakefield College, a modern, vibrant and friendly College with an illustrious history and track record of achievement.

Wakefield is wonderfully placed at the heart of Leeds City Region, which is nestled in Yorkshire, the biggest and many would say the friendliest County in the UK. Beautiful countryside, large cities, famous sports teams, national art galleries, great music, modern and historic theatres, shopping malls … our region has something for everyone.

Wakefield College promotes... ‘an inclusive ethos throughout the college [and] students thrive in a supportive, welcoming atmosphere’.
The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
December 2018
The widely embedded... activities that enhance... students’ employability is good practice at Wakefield College.
The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
June 2016)
Our students succeed – 96% A level pass rate (2018-19), 86% A*-C grades in Law (2018-19), 99% Access to HE pass rate (2017-18), 68% 1st class or Upper 2nd class honours degrees in Business and Management (2017-18).

We are centrally located...

Full-time Courses for International Students

As a UKVI licence holder we are authorised to sponsor international students through the new Student route (which replaced the Tier 4 route from 5 October 2020) to study on full-time courses at the College, provided they meet UKVI and College requirements.

More information about the UK’s new points-based immigration system can be found here. Please note that only students studying with a Higher Education Provider sponsor which has full privileges have the right to work in the UK. As Wakefield College does not yet qualify for full privileges, this means that our international students do not have the right to work in the UK.

Further guidance for EU, EEA and Swiss students, who from 1 January 2021 will need to comply with the new system can be found here.

The courses available for international students include A-Levels, English as a Foreign Language and Access to Higher Education (ie 1 year University Foundation courses) and Higher Education courses in our University Centre. You can find more information about these courses on our website:

The College’s International Centre provides a visa checking service for applicants.

International Tuition Fees

For 2022-23 the annual tuition fee for 1 year of study on a full-time programme is £9,500 for A-levels, Access to Higher Education and English as a Foreign Language, and £10,000 for Higher Education.

How to Apply

If you know which course you want to apply for please print off and complete an International application form in full. Please ensure that the form is signed by your parent or guardian if you are under 18 years of age.

Please send a scan of your completed application form and your supporting documents including a copy of your passport photo page to however you can post them if necessary to The International Centre, Wakefield College, Margaret Street, Wakefield, WF12DH, United Kingdom.

If you are unsure about which course to apply for, or for any other queries, please email

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Course Information

If you still have questions or would prefer to have a chat with one of our advisors, give us a call on 01924 789111 or email

Careers & Educational Guidance

Our Careers Advisors can offer impartial guidance on our full range of courses and career options. To make an appointment please telephone 01924 789113 or email

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