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.

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...English and Maths. Learn while you earn with this programme and gain a recognised qualification in the Motor Vehicle industry. People who wish to boost... Learn about: Motor Vehicles, Motor Vehicles...

  • Vocational qualification
  • Inhouse
  • 2 Years
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You can gain a well respected qualification.

...* Care assistants/support workers/key workers in day services. * Support workers in supported living projects. * Community based care assistants/support workers/key workers... Learn about: Health and Social Care, Child care, IT Development...

  • Vocational qualification
  • Distance Learning
  • 12 Months
  • Flexible
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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: Part Time, Skills and Training, Skills and Training...

  • Vocational qualification
  • Wakefield
  • 1 Year
  • Flexible
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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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Floristry

...in developing basic floristry skills, exploring creative ideas and producing inspirational floral designs. What you will study The course is designed... Learn about: Practical skills, Flower Table Centre Piece, Creative skills...

  • Vocational qualification
  • Wakefield
  • 20 Weeks
  • Flexible
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Oral Health

...onto the Dental Therapy course. The objectives of this course is to develop a theoretical knowledge and skills to deliver Oral Health Education in a dental environment... Learn about: Oral Health Education, Oral Health Education, Teaching Skills...

  • 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 Body Repair...

  • Vocational qualification
  • Castleford
  • 1 Year
  • September
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Would you like to carry out routine servicing!

...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: Part Time, Car Maintenance, Motor Vehicle Maintenance...

  • Vocational qualification
  • Castleford
  • 14 Weeks
  • September
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Kick start your career in Beauty Therapy!

...gain the skills required to complete the NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy, including Health & Safety, reception duties, facials, waxing... Learn about: Beauty Therapy, Skills and Training, IT Development...

  • Vocational qualification
  • Blended in Wakefield
  • 1 Year
  • Flexible
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Expand on knowledge and practical skills

...but also by attending classroom sessions and tutorials and working through study packages using the on line facility. How you will be Assessed Continuous... Learn about: Skills and Training, Skills and Training, Part Time...

  • Vocational qualification
  • Wakefield
  • 1 Semester
  • Flexible
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Upcoming courses

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Level 1 Certificate/Diploma in Brickwork (58395) course in Wakefield
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Gain basic knowledge of bricklaying!

...required in the construction of brickwork including basic blocklaying and bricklaying skills, and basic cavity walling. Maths and English are key elements... Learn about: Office IT, Full Time, Hand Skills...

  • Vocational qualification
  • Wakefield
  • September
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Accounting

...It is recognised as a major qualification for Technician level accounting staff. Students who gain Levels 3 and 4 and who have relevant accounting... Learn about: Accounting MBA, Accounting and Finance, Accounting and Finance...

  • Vocational qualification
  • Wakefield
  • September
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Gain a valuable qualification!

...For the Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care you will complete nine mandatory units including:- * Understanding the role of the Social... Learn about: Health and Social Care, Career Development, Care Education...

  • Vocational qualification
  • Wakefield
  • April
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Diploma

...managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability... Learn about: Vehicle Engineering, Vehicle Repair, Vehicle Engineering...

  • Vocational qualification
  • Castleford
  • September
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Delivered in our spacious workshops

...Build yourself a career in brickwork with this programme taught by specialists from industry and delivered in spacious workshops using state of the art equipment... Learn about: Construction Skills, Skills and Training...

  • Vocational qualification
  • Castleford
  • September
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Opinions (11)

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Sciences

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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/Diploma 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)

59042 Apprenticeship in Engineering (Maintenance/Mechanical Engineering)

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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.