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Why Wakefield College?

Providing education and training in Wakefield since 1868

Choosing where to study is a big decision and we’re all different individuals. Our focus is on teaching and learning, giving all students, regardless of their starting point, the best chance in achieving their ambitions. It really is as simple as that.

The College is committed to working in partnership with local schools, employers and learning providers to transform learning, attainment, achievement and progression for everyone in the District and from further afield.

The College is home to over 8,000 students, of all ages and abilities, studying a broad range of courses, from pre-entry level through to higher education and professional qualifications.

A Level Results

A Level students from Wakefield College’s Sixth Form demonstrated their hard work and resilience after the class of 2023 achieved another strong set of results. Figures revealed that our students achieved an overall pass rate of 97% - the 20th year in a row it has exceeded 95%.

13 A Levels received an 100% pass rate including Geography, English Literature, Maths, Chemistry and Physics. English Literature students continued their impressive streak of a 100% pass rate for the 18th year in a row.

Many students this year have secured places at a number of Russell Group universities including the University of York, the University of Leeds, the University of Liverpool, the University of Manchester and the University of Newcastle amongst others.

One of our A Level Art, Sociology and Psychology students, Daisy Denton, said: "I want to become an Artist in future, and I feel my time here at Wakefield College has equipped me perfectly. I’ve really developed my discipline and resilience, and this will really help me in the future”.

A Level Pass Rates
2023 97.4%
2022 97%
2021 96%
2020 97%
2019 96%
2018 97%
2017 96%
2016 97%
2015 97%
2014 97%

Student Satisfaction

What our students say is important to us and we ask them their opinion every year. The annual student survey looks at all aspects of our student’s experience including quality of teaching, resources and support. Findings from the survey are presented to senior college management and help inform strategic planning.

Four and a half stars out of five stars

Feeling safe at the College

Four and a half stars out of five stars

The College is welcoming of all backgrounds

Four and a half stars out of five stars

Treating students fairly

Four and a half stars out of five stars

Quality of teaching

Four stars out of five stars

Enjoyment of college experience

Facts & Figures


...students taught in 2022/23


...rated as ‘Good’ and 'Strong' for skills by Ofsted in 2023


...overall A Level pass rate in 2023


...A Level subjects achieved 100% pass rate in 2023


...HE students positive about teaching and support in 2023


...overall satisfaction rating from FE students


...vocational qualifications achieved in 2023


...years providing education and training in Wakefield


...cost of the new University Centre hub, opened in 2017


...HE students were in employment 6 months after graduating


...students achieved a Higher Education qualification in 2023


...apprentices taught in 2023