Wakefield College

Updated Monday 7 December, 2015 by

Address:
Wakefield City Campus, Margaret Street, Wakefield, WF1 2DH

Contact: Tracy Cammack
Email: courseinfo@wakefield.ac.uk
Telephone: 01924 789 111
Website: www.wakefield.ac.uk

Click here to view the Ofsted information.

We’ve been established since 1868 and since then we’ve been 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 11th year in succession to exceed 95%, with almost 14 A Level subjects 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 of our Sixth Form Centre at Crofton Academy and our new construction and sport provision at Lightwaves.

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

What makes us different:

Giving you the edge

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, motor vehicle 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.

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.

Learner support:

SUPPORTING YOUR SUCCESS - every step of the way

Our aim is to ensure that you succeed in your chosen course so that you can progress to your next step, whether that is higher education, a job or a career.  We offer various types of support which you can access during your time at College and these are summarised below. 

Additional Learning Support: Helps students with disabilities, learning difficulties, and medical conditions, or those who speak English as a second language.

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

Chaplaincy: 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.

IT: 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.

LibraryPlus: 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 through LibraryPlus Discover such as e-books, full text newspapers, and magazines from home via the LibraryPlus/course pages on Moodle.

Maths and English: You’ll continue to study Maths and English until you achieve a GCSE grade A*-C 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 and working with our Crofton and Lightwaves 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 TutorsRegular 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.

Transport.  A Scholar’s PhotoCard is available for full-time students aged 16-18 which entitles them to half-fare travel in West Yorkshire. Application forms can be collected from College receptions after you have enrolled on a course.

Applying for courses:

Please apply online via this site, or, if you prefer, contact Course Information on 01924 789111 (email courseinfo@wakefield.ac.uk) and ask for a paper copy of our application form.

Whichever way you apply please ensure that you complete the form as fully as possible to ensure that your application is processed as speedily as possible. 

Additional Information:

As well as our extensive range of full-time courses, we offer a large number of 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 are 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 apprenticeships@wakefield.ac.uk.

Activities:

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 find us:

Wakefield City Campus:

Margaret Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 2DH

Thornes Park Campus:

Thornes Park, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF2 8QZ

Castleford Campus:

Thunderhead Ridge, Castleford, West Yorkshire WF10 4UA

 By car:

Wakefield Campus:

From M1 Northbound -Leave the M1 at Junction 39 and join the A636 towards Wakefield, turning left at the fourth roundabout. Follow the signs for the City Centre/Westgate Railway Station, turning left into Mulberry Way. Continue straight ahead at the second set of traffic lights, and the Wakefield Campus is on the left.

From M1 Southbound-Leave the M1 at Junction 41 and join the A650 towards Wakefield.  Continue over three roundabouts onto the A61 for a short distance before rejoining the A650 for the City centre. The Wakefield Campus is then on the right hand side.

Thornes Park Campus:

If using a satnav, use postcode WF2 8TY

From M1 Northbound- Leave the M1 at Junction 39 and join the A636 towards Wakefield.  At the second set of traffic lights turn left onto the B6475 (Thornes Road) and then turn right onto Gill Sike Road.  Turn right onto the A642 (Horbury Road) and take the first right onto the access drive to the Thornes Park Campus.

From M1 Southbound - Leave the M1 at Junction 40 and join the A638 towards Wakefield.  Turn right onto the B6475 (George-a-Green Road) and at the A642 (Horbury Road) turn left towards the City Centre.  The access drive to the Thornes Park Campus is the second turning on the right.

Castleford Campus:

From M62

  1. Leave the M62 at Junction 32.
  2. Follow signs for Castleford/Glasshoughton on Park Road then turn left onto Colorado Way following Xscape and Freeport signs.
  3. Go straight ahead at first roundabout.
  4. Take first left onto Thunderhead Ridge at second roundabout and continue 200 metres to the Castleford Campus.

By bus:

Visit www.wymetro.com and use the Journey Planner to work out your journey to College by bus or train, or call MetroLine on 0113 245 7676 for advice. 

By rail:

Wakefield Campus:

Travel to Wakefield Westgate Railway Station - Wakefield Campus is then a five minute walk.

Thornes Park Campus:
Travel to Wakefield Westgate Railway Station - Thornes Park Campus is a short taxi journey or a fifteen minute walk away.

Castleford Campus:
Travel to Glasshoughton Railway Station, which is next to the Xscape complex - Castleford Campus is then a ten minute walk away.