Wakefield College

Wakefield College

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Wakefield College

We’ve been established since 1868 and are dedicated to giving our students the competence and confidence to achieve their ambitions. We offer excellent teaching and support, which is evident in this year’s A Level pass rate of 97%! It was the 10th year in succession to exceed 95%, with almost two thirds of A Levels achieving a 100% pass rate.

It’s an exciting time to be a student with us, as we continue to progress with the refurbishment and remodelling of Wakefield City Campus and Thornes Park Campus, the opening our Sixth Form Centre at Crofton Academy and our new construction and sport provision at the Lightwaves Centre.

Our vast range of courses include A Levels, higher education courses, apprenticeships and diplomas at a range of levels, so there’s bound to be one for you. We have specialist facilities for students, including the extensive resources of our new library, communal and informal learning spaces, industry-standard laboratories, and state-of-the-art facilities for vocational students.

excellent 9.7/10
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Gain more knowledge and skills!

...What you will study The course offers a more in depth look at some vehicle systems. These include timing belts, head gaskets and clutches. How you will learn Learning is hands-on... Learn about: Car Maintenance, Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Part Time...

  • Vocational qualification
  • Castleford
  • 14 Weeks
  • September
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Achieve a full qualification in barbering.

...to supply your own models to develop skills. How you will be Assessed There is no examination. Work will be assessed as you go along. This will include theory assignments... Learn about: Skills and Training, Part Time, Skills and Training...

  • Vocational qualification
  • Castleford
  • 1 Year
  • September
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Construction

...The appropriate course information and an application form will be sent out to you shortly, or you will be contacted by email. What you will study Practical... Learn about: Health & Safety, Construction Training, Full Time...

  • Vocational qualification
  • Wakefield
  • 1 Year
  • September
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Oral Health

...The Certificate in Oral Health Education is a qualification suitable for dental nurses who are required to provide Oral Health education to patients under... Learn about: Teaching Skills, Oral Health Education, Oral Health Education...

  • Vocational qualification
  • Wakefield
  • 6 Days
  • Flexible
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Diploma

...What you will Study The course covers all the basic vehicle systems and technologies you will need in starting a career within the Motor Industry... Learn about: Vehicle Repair, Vehicle Engineering, Vehicle Maintenance...

  • Vocational qualification
  • Castleford
  • 1 Year
  • September
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Kick start your career in Beauty Therapy!

...in the Beauty Therapy Industry. The appropriate Course Information leaflet and application form will be sent out shortly. What you will Study You... Learn about: Beauty Therapy, Beauty Therapy, Skills and Training...

  • Vocational qualification
  • Blended in Castleford
  • 1 Year
  • September
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Get academic skills to progress in their career

...Students will attend lectures on a day-release basis which will include tutorials, computer workshops, research periods etc. Students are expected to sustain... Learn about: Manufacturing Engineering, Higher national certificate, Mechanical Systems Engineering...

  • Vocational qualification
  • Wakefield
  • 2 Years
  • September
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Catering

...the art of using royal icing. The objectives of this course is to give you the necessary knowledge and skills you need to be able to be more skilled in cake decoration... Learn about: Cake Decorating...

  • Vocational qualification
  • Wakefield
  • 25 Weeks
  • Flexible
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Diploma

...the motorcycle industry are open to you. The appropriate Course Information leaflet and application form will be sent out shortly. What you will Study... Learn about: Basic IT training, Basic IT, Skills and Training...

  • Vocational qualification
  • Castleford
  • 1 Year
  • September
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Gives you the opportunity to pick up core skills!

...This qualification is for learners wanting to learn the basic skills and knowledge involved in plumbing. This qualification is for those wanting to enter the Plumbing industry... Learn about: Basic IT training, Repair Maintenance, Skills and Training...

  • Vocational qualification
  • Castleford
  • 1 Year
  • September
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Upcoming courses

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...Headed up by the current British Hairdressing Awards North Western Hairdresser of the Year, Marcello Moccia, you will be learning from some of the regions finest hair stylists... Learn about: Team Training, Level 2, Ladies Hairdressing...

  • Course
  • Blended in Wakefield
  • September
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Provide a range of skills and knowledge!

...The appropriate Course Information leaflet and application form will be sent out shortly. What you will study Subjects include: Well-being and Physical Fitness... Learn about: Sports Coaching, Sports Science, Sports marketing...

  • Vocational qualification
  • Wakefield
  • September
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Top-Up

...Degree in Performance or an equivalent higher level qualification in an appropriate subject. The appropriate Course Information leaflet and application... Learn about: Level 6, Performing arts, Skills and Training...

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Wakefield
  • September
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For those with an interest in Art and Design!

...The appropriate course information and an application form will be sent out to you shortly, or you will be contacted by email. What you will study... Learn about: IT Development, Skills and Training, Skills and Training...

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  • Wakefield
  • September
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Gain an industry recognised qualification!

...centre commercial development. Career Opportunities Employment as a bricklayer, with experience you could move into a supervisory position or even run your own business... Learn about: Part Time, Construction Training...

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  • Castleford
  • September
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Opinions (20)

57886 Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Studies

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Daniela G
27/05/2017
What I would highlight Wakefield is a fantastic college that shaped me into the person I am today and helped me get a phenomenal diploma without a doubt one of the UK's best colleges and punches well above its weight! The city is small and the campus is located in the centre offering wide range of courses. Always very busy. I enjoyed my course in Beuaty Therapy Studies and I am looking forward to moving forward with my studies. Thanks!

What could be improved Nothing.

Would you recommend this course? Yes.
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

57897 A Level English Language

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Katie J
10/05/2017
What I would highlight Wakefield College is a great college with first class facilities and fantastic tutors. The friends you make here you keep for life. I did my Access to University Course here a couple of years ago. The staff really push you to be the best you can possibly be. I will really be encouraging my daughter to attend here when she looks round next year for intake 2018... First class! Would highly recommend.

What could be improved Nothing.

Would you recommend this course? Yes.
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

Level 1 Certificate in Brickwork (58395)

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Chelsea P
18/03/2017
What I would highlight I recently completed the Level 1 Certificate/Diploma in Brickwork at Wakefield College. Absolutely loved it. The tutor is a credit to the college. I think I was very lucky with my tutor, she was an amazing inspiring and her knowledge is second to none. I would recommend the course to anyone. I think Wakefield gave me a strong foundation. The college staff are all happy to help. The facilities are also great. Thank you very much!

What could be improved Nothing.

Would you recommend this course? Yes.
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

57794 Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design

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Piotr Drabinski
11/02/2017
What I would highlight I spent two years in Wakefield College. I met some good people, made friends. I really enjoyed the teachers that I had the pleasure to be taught by. Nice, approachable, very professional staff who know their job and material perfectly well. Facilities around the campus are clean and comfortable. The library is well organised and has a convenient system that lets you take out books yourself. There is a lovely cafe in the new building. There are some good career advisers too. It was a pleasure to study at Wakefield College.

What could be improved Nothing.

Would you recommend this course? Yes.
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Sciences (58087)

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Hemi Patu
11/02/2017
What I would highlight I've been going here for 2 years now and the staff here are all helpful, fun and friendly. They've helped me achieve all that I can thus far and continue too, to this day. Have been to many educational facilities within the UK and abroad. This college could possibly be one of the best, not because of it's current facilities but for the pure reason that it's always improving. Recently the college has undergone heavy external and internal Deco as well as upgrades to the facilities available.

What could be improved Nothing.

Would you recommend this course? Yes.
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

57826 A Level Psychology

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Nick Jones
10/02/2017
What I would highlight Wakefield College is a high achieving learning setting and it is located in a beautiful campus in the city centre. Lots of things to do on campus and the city just a short walk / bus ride away. What else do you need from a college?Lecturers are all high-skilles professionals and they prove generally helpful in office hours. I enjoyed my A Level Psychology course. I would highly recommend this college!

What could be improved Nothing.

Would you recommend this course? Yes.
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Engineering (Maintenance/Mechanical Engineering) (59042)

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Amit .
21/01/2017
What I would highlight Having just finished the Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Engineering (Maintenance/Mechanical Engineering) I can now highly recommend this course. The staff at Wakefield is always polite a helpful. Lots of courses on offer for people. Always very busy. Thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course. Tutors were very helpful and always supportive. Each subject had great mix of classroom based studies, assignments, field trips and group work.

What could be improved Nothing.

Would you recommend this course? Yes.
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

58312 Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Hospitality (QCF)

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Hayley C
08/01/2017
What I would highlight I recently finished my Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Hospitality at Wakefield College. This has been a very positive as well as interesting experience. I am especially greatful to my tutor, Carla, she is a gem! Thank you for all your guidance and support throughout the course. Wakefiled College has restored my faith in the educational system, full compliments will be made as soon as possible. Thanks!

What could be improved Nothing.

Would you recommend this course? Yes.
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

58070 A Level Sociology

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Jade U
28/10/2016
What I would highlight I have studied at Wakefield college since last year and everything about the college is beyond amazing. The staff, teachers, facilities...And the list could go on and on. As an adult learner with a young child I am dedicated and am certain that I will do well. This is a five star college and I will recommend it to anyone interested in Sociology. Keep up the good work! A big thank you to Wakefiled College!

What could be improved Nothing.

Would you recommend this course? Yes.
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Sciences (58087)

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Anonymous
21/08/2016
What I would highlight I chose to study Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) at Wakefield College because of the opportunities that are available during and after the course which prepares you for a better future. I have particularly enjoyed learning about sports psychology because I got to find out the important of being mentally prepared when performing and I enjoyed that the teachers threats us like adults and they offered excellent support and advice when you need it. My highlights at Wakefield College are when we visited Italy as part of our course were we did a lot of fun and exciting activities like white water rafting, up-sailing etc. I also volunteered as a Football Activator which was very beneficial for me because I enhanced my communication skills, team working skills and more. On top of that I got the FA level 1 football coaching badge for free and we visited Wembley stadium for training. Over my time a Wakefield college I have made new friends and met people that will help me with my employment in the future. Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed being a student at this college and I have got to see myself develop because Wakefield College has been a springboard to push me towards my aspirations.

What could be improved Nothing bad I can recall.

Would you recommend this course? Yes.
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

Level 1 Certificate in Brickwork (58395)

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Cody Haley
06/08/2016
What I would highlight After leaving school I knew I wanted to pursue a career in bricklaying. I did a one day a week placement from Ossett Academy in year 10 and 11 on the Step Up programme at Wakefield College. It involved all aspects of construction and bricklaying was the one for me. When I passed that, I then applied for Wakefield College, got accepted and did a year of full time bricklaying. I passed this course and that’s what made it clear that I wanted to do this full time as a job. My tutor was so helpful throughout the whole course and helped me apply for WDH as a bricklaying apprentice. I applied once and didn’t get the job, but I pushed forward and applied again and I was successful. Currently I’m in my second year of my apprenticeship going into my last year and I wouldn’t change it! I love the whole thing, it’s great. This is just the beginning of my career and there’s loads more to come.

What could be improved Nothing bad.

Would you recommend this course? Yes.
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

57897 A Level English Language

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Katharine Waller
06/07/2016
What I would highlight I am a first year A Level student and am currently studying 4 AS subjects, English Language, English Literature, History and Psychology. All of my courses are amazing. There are skills that are built upon in all of them, such as essay writing and analysis and so they all complement each other, but at the same time they are all different enough that it isn’t repetitive. I find all the subject matter really interesting and engaging, and the tutors are so helpful. If you don’t understand something or you miss a lesson they will help you go through the lesson if there are bits you don’t understand.

What could be improved Nothing bad.

Would you recommend this course? Yes.
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

57826 A Level Psychology

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Katharine Waller
06/07/2016
What I would highlight Wakefield College has been amazing, through support about lessons and support through personal stuff there is always someone you can talk to. If they don’t know the answers they will put you onto someone who does, or research for you.

What could be improved Everything OK.

Would you recommend this course? Yes.
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

57877 A Level History

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Katharine Waller
06/07/2016
What I would highlight Not only am I doing A Levels but I am also a member of the student run newsletter, The College Scribbler. We write articles on the things we think students need to know, or would like to, as well as drawing attention to college events. Because it is student led the content, layout, font, everything is down to us.

What could be improved N/A.

Would you recommend this course? Yes.
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

57877 A Level History

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Catherine Owen
21/05/2016
What I would highlight My tutors are amazing! They are really supportive of me and whenever I’m having difficulty with something they will sit down and try to work through whatever it is with me. It’s the same with any member of staff in college that I work with. They’re all really supportive and I know I couldn’t manage everything I do both in and out of class without the support that college offer me. Outside of the classroom I’m involved in both the student magazine (The College Scribbler) and the Students Union as an elected officer. Being involved in both has taught me numerous skills that I can take forward with me for the future. They have also boosted my confidence as I’ve had to get out of that dreaded comfort zone and go out and do new things and go new places.

What could be improved Nothing bad.

Would you recommend this course? Yes.
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

57794 Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design

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Elliott Richmond
04/04/2016
What I would highlight I decided to become an apprentice for a few reasons. One being, that, it’s a no-brainer really because you can learn the same information and receive the same qualifications, while getting paid. People may think that college is an easy option, because they may not be ready for full-time work. But if you find something that you enjoy doing, work doesn’t have to be something you dread in a morning. Apprenticeships also give you something full-time learning can’t. Work experience. By being an apprentice, you get the opportunity to work in the industry while you learn. This will benefit you greatly in the future, by having years of experience in the field, it will look great on your CV and to future employers. So as they say, get in, go far

What could be improved Everything OK.

Would you recommend this course? Yes.
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

58070 A Level Sociology

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Catherine Owen
24/02/2016
What I would highlight I study English Language, History and Sociology A Levels here at Wakefield. They’re all really challenging but rewarding courses that will hopefully allow for me to progress onto University. One major skill that links all three is analysis. You need to be a very analytical person in order to be able to cope with these subjects. You also need to be up for a debate as debating your opinions and ideas with other students can help you and your understanding of the subjects I’ve found personally.

What could be improved Nothing bad.

Would you recommend this course? Yes.
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Engineering (Maintenance/Mechanical Engineering) (59042)

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Callum Brook
24/02/2016
What I would highlight My journey began back in 2013 when I enrolled on to the public services course at Wakefield College (Thornes Park). Even though I completed the full year I realised this course wasn’t for me so I enrolled on to another course the year after called progression pathway which helped me decide what was best for me. This course taught me how to put a CV and cover letter together, it also gave me the skills on how to perform at an interview. We also learnt what it could be like in the working environment. But most off all throughout this course they helped me gain two work placements, the first being a teaching assistant where I helped out with classroom activities, I found this really rewarding as I was helping out young students develop in education. My second placement was working at Burberry in Castleford in the Engineering department; I really enjoyed this role because it was a physical job where I got to use my hands but also took a lot of thinking and problem solving. While I was working in this department I showed willing, had good initiative and got along with everyone there. As I finished my work placement I went back to college to continue with the course. After a few months I had a phone call from the Engineering manager that told me I did really well on my placement and was invited for an interview for the chance of gaining an apprenticeship within the Engineering department at Burberry. A few days Passed by and I received phone call to announce my success of getting the Engineering apprenticeship, after the call I got asked to go down to London to start my week long induction and meet the other apprentices from other areas of Burberry. Whilst I was there I had to learn many things about the company and see how it worked, we had to complete many tasks and activities. When I started my job at Burberry as a mechanical engineer I needed to learn all aspects of textile machinery, whilst working for Burberry I am currently at Wakefield College Day release doing my PEO level 2 Mechanical Engineering to progress onto an ONC in mechanical engineering. This shows my road to success and little bit off hard work and determination goes a long way.

What could be improved Nothing bad.

Would you recommend this course? Yes.
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

57886 Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Studies

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Lauren Williams
12/12/2015
What I would highlight I started doing beauty therapy in 2015, not knowing anything about it. I have gained a level 2 diploma and I intend on progressing on to doing a level 3 in beauty therapy course. Hopefully in the future with the skills I have learnt from the tutors and staff at this college I will be able to work in a salon to gain experience and eventually work for myself. I am also looking to work on cruise ships and with the qualifications I gain from these courses I am able to do so. On this course we were able to get one to one training in certain areas such as waxing, make up and dermalogica training. I really enjoy this course as we have learnt to do a lot of different treatments. The college staff are very helpful and caring and pushed me to succeed with my course. If you're looking to succeed and work hard I would suggest Wakefield College is the place for you.

What could be improved N/A.

Would you recommend this course? Yes.
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

58312 Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Hospitality (QCF)

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Katie Mayes
05/09/2013
What I would highlight I’ve spent the last 3 years studying Hospitality and Catering and I have to admit it has been fantastic! I chose to study Level 3 Hospitality and Catering at Wakefield College because of the opportunities that they offer and how prepared it gets you for life after your course. The three years that I have spent at Wakefield College have been amazing. I’ve met so many new friends and some of the kindest tutors, this has given me so much confidence in myself, which has had an impact on work outside. Catering at Wakefield College allows students to take part in the college’s restaurant sector where everyone gets experience of working in a busy kitchen and a busy restaurant service.

What could be improved Nothing bad.

Would you recommend this course? Yes.
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

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History

Wakefield College has a long history of providing high quality teaching and learning opportunities in West Yorkshire. It began life in 1865 as a Technical and Art College, adding provision for engineering and domestic science courses in the 1920s and 1930s, and in the 1980s incorporated the Whitwood and Hemsworth mining colleges. Since then, the College has blossomed into a modern, forward-looking institution offering a comprehensive range of courses covering most curriculum areas. The College currently occupies three campuses, the state-of-the-art skillsXchange at Castleford, Wakefield Campus in the heart of the city and Thornes Park Campus just outside it.

Advantages of studying here

We care for and support our students, if you want to succeed, we’ll make sure that you do. Your success is important to us and there are lots of ways in which we can help to support you whilst you are at College. - Personal Tutor- Careers and Educational Guidance - Counselling Service and Welfare Support - Financial Support - Course Information - Additional Support - SafeguardingChildren - The Student Intranet - Connexions in College

Areas of specialisation

A broad ranging portfolio of courses, from pre-entry level through to higher education and professional qualifications, is on offer to students of all ages and abilities. Our Services to Business provides high quality customised training to businesses, and our well respected Centres of Vocational Excellence in Management and Information Communication Technology are innovative and successful.