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About us

Our History, Your Future

Leaving school and taking your next steps into further education is exciting and nerve wracking at the same time…

Here at Wakefield College, we’ve been educating people from Wakefield and beyond for over 150 years, and we offer the best possible learning environment and the widest range of options in the area, whether you're interested in A Levels, apprenticeships or vocational qualifications.

You’ll not just spend time in the classroom, you’ll also develop employability skills, take part in work placements, and spend time doing activities with other students from cooking to rock climbing. The skills and experience you develop with us will set you apart at higher education level or in the world of work.

Join us – you’ll be glad you did!

Student support

SUPPORTING YOUR SUCCESS - every step of the way

We’ll make sure you succeed in your chosen course so that you can progress to your next step, whether that’s higher education, or a career. We offer various types of support, which you can access during your time at College.

Careers Guidance

Offers careers and course advice from our Careers Team and access to our careers information online and in the College libraries.


One-to-one support, for all faiths or none.

Counselling and Welfare Support

Confidential counselling from qualified professionals, and guidance and signposting service to welfare agencies as appropriate.

Course Information Team

Advice and guidance on our full range of courses. Course details are published on the website as well as in the form of leaflets which are available on request. If you need help choosing the right course, get in touch and we can advise you further.

Financial Support

Information and confidential advice on sources of student finance are available for both further and higher education.


Moodle is our online virtual learning environment, which supports your learning.

Through Moodle you can access learning materials and your student record, including your timetable and enrolment information. You’ll also have a College email account which you can also access from home.


Each main campus has its own library. Here you can find books relating to your subject, magazines, DVDs, computers, quiet places for study, and facilities for scanning, printing, and photocopying. You’ll also have access to online resources such as e-books, full text newspapers, and magazines from home via the Library/course pages on Moodle.

Maths and English

You’ll continue to study Maths and English until you achieve a GCSE at 9-4, or a qualification in Functional Skills if you haven’t already achieved this. We’ll fully support you and it will be timetabled to fit in alongside your course.

Student Experience Team

Located at all main campuses, the team is there to provide a wide range of student support services and a high-quality student experience on your learning journey. The Student Experience Managers will make sure that you adapt well to College life and get the support you need to make the most of your course.

Student Group Leaders and Pastoral Tutors

Regular meetings with your Student Group Leader will support your learning journey and review your progress. You will also meet with your Pastoral Tutor to discuss your progress and any problems you may have. You will be part of a Pastoral Tutor Group, which will help you to develop academic, personal and employability skills.


A 16-18 Photocard is available for full-time students aged 16-18, which entitles you to half-fare travel in West Yorkshire.

What makes us different?

Leaving school and enrolling with us could be your first step on the way to your dream job. The labour market is fiercely competitive – employers are looking for more than just qualifications on paper and can take their pick from a wide field of candidates. A course with us can help. Here are a few features of our courses, which could boost your chances of success in that all-important interview:

Realistic working environments such as Elements, our hair and beauty salon, and Gaskell’s, our training restaurant, which give you the chance to provide services to paying clients and hone your customer-service skills.

Purpose-built workshops for practical studies in construction, automotive and engineering.

Excellent equipment, including up-to-date computer hardware and software, of the type you’re likely to use when you start work.

Links with industry and local businesses mean that we keep the content of our courses relevant and in line with the needs of employers.

Work experience both at home and abroad. Using Erasmus+ Funding, we work with partner organisations in France, Sweden, and Malta to provide work experience opportunities for you. Plus, all full time Study Programme students have the opportunity to do 37 hours in a work placement.

Project work which reflects the sort of activities you may be involved in when you start your career. Some courses even include working to genuine briefs from real businesses.

Multi-talented lecturers – not only are they great teachers, they have a wealth of professional experience in their various fields which they will pass on to you.

High-quality support staff who are fully trained and possess vast experience in supporting a range of disabilities and difficulties and are dedicated to learner achievement.  

Finally, we’ll make sure your basic skills in English, Maths and ICT are up to scratch, because above all else, employers want people who are literate, numerate and confident users of technology.



A 16-18 Photocard is available for full-time students aged 16-18, which entitles you to half-fare travel in West Yorkshire.

Additional information


As well as our extensive range of full-time courses, we offer many apprenticeships which provide an increasingly popular method of gaining skills and developing a fulfilling career. You’ll need an employer who is willing to release you for study at College, usually for one day per week. Sometimes we can help you find a job as employers often let us know about their vacancies.

Apprenticeship programmes are available in a wide range of areas including: accounts, beauty therapy, brickwork, business administration, carpentry and joinery, childcare, civil engineering, construction, customer service, dental nursing, electrical installation, engineering, hairdressing, health and social care, hospitality and catering, information technology, logistics, motor vehicle, motorcycle maintenance and repair, plastering, plumbing, security, and supporting teaching and learning (classroom assistant).

The above list of available programmes is added to all the time. If the area you’re interested in isn’t on this list, please contact the Apprentice Recruitment Team on 01924 789469 or at  


Get Involved!

Studying with us isn’t just about your course. It’s equally important to build your experience outside the classroom.

Getting involved in enrichment activities can really boost your CV and UCAS application to make you stand out from the crowd! There are loads of activities to get involved in including trips, volunteering and competitions, which you can do as part of your course or just for fun, and it’s a great way to meet new people.

Options open to you include getting involved in the Students’ Union, volunteering, being a Student Ambassador, representing your fellow students, visits, residential trips, work placements, and societies

How to apply

Please complete an application form. If you require an application form or details on how to enrol, please contact our Course Information Team on 01924 789111 or email:

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