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Courses for adults starting from January 2023 across the Castleford, Selby and Wakefield Districts.

Now’s the time...

- to improve your employability skills

- to change career or retrain

- to get a university level qualification

- to update your basic skills

- to do something fun!

Many FREE* and funded courses available.

Why wait another year to make a change? We have a range of courses starting in January 2023 and onwards, so take a look at what’s coming up in our Adult Course guide and take that next step with us, whether you are looking to upskill or do something for fun we have something for you.

Browse courses starting in the new year...

Wakefield College

Course Name Level Start Date Day(s) Duration Cost
Accounting & Bookkeeping
AAT Accounting 3 9th January Monday 36 weeks £2,573
Animal Care
HND in Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare) 5 January Tues, Wed & Fri 2 years £6,950 p/yr
Business, Management & Leadership
CMI Award in the Principles of Management and Leadership 3 Flexible Tuesday 6-8 weeks £250
CMI Certificate in the Principles of Management and Leadership 3 Flexible Tuesday 12-14 weeks £500
CMI Diploma in the Principles of Management and Leadership 3 Flexible Tuesday 1 year £1,500
CMI Award in Management and Leadership 5 Flexible Wednesday 6-8 weeks £321
CMI Certificate in Management and Leadership 5 Flexible Wednesday 12-14 weeks £642
CMI Diploma in Management and Leadership 5 Flexible Wednesday 1 year £1,925
Apprenticeship - Operations or Departmental Manager (CMI) 5 Various Wednesday 30 months Contact us
Business Support
Professional Telephone Techniques N/A Flexible Contact us 3 hours Contact us
Childcare & Early Years
CACHE Diploma for the Early Years Workforce 3 January/Flexible Contact us 2 years £2,882
Computing & IT
Digital Skills for Life and Work E3 Flexible Flexible 8 weeks £80
Digital User Skills in Microsoft Word & Excel 1 Flexible Flexible 16 weeks £150
IT User Skills in Microsoft Office 2 Flexible Flexible 40 weeks £695
Introduction to Programming 2 February Contact us 12 weeks £550
Introduction to Website Design & Development 2 February Contact us 12 weeks £300
Introduction to Cybersecurity 2 February Contact us 12 weeks £300
Introduction to Digital Graphics 2 February Contact us 12 weeks £300
Introduction to Digital Marketing 2 February Contact us 8 weeks £140
Construction, Civil Engineering, & Building Services Engineering
DIY Carpentry Skills: Introductory and Extender Courses 1 Various Various 1 day Free*
DIY Plumbing Skills: Introductory and Extender Courses 1 Various Various 5 hours Free*
DIY Trowel Skills: Introductory and Extender Courses 1 Various Various 5 hours Free*
Counselling
Counselling Skills Certificate 3 January Thursday 1 year £811
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 4 January Tuesday 2 years £2,225
Dental Nursing
Apprenticeship - Dental Nurse (Integrated) 3 Various Contact us 18-21 months Contact us
Diploma in Dental Nursing 4238-03 3 Various Contact us 18 months Contact us
English & Maths
Adult English Classes E1 to L2 January Contact us 20 weeks Free*
Adult Maths Classes E1 to L2 January Contact us 20 weeks Free*
Engineering
Apprenticeship - Food and Drink Process Operator 2 Flexible Contact us 18-24 months Contact us
Apprenticeship - Food and Drink Technical Operator 3 Flexible Contact us 30-36 months Contact us
Apprenticeship - Food Technologist 3 Flexible Contact us 24-30 months Contact us
ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) All Levels Various Various Contact us Free
Health
Diploma in Care 2 Flexible Contact us 12 months Contact us
Diploma in Healthcare 3 Flexible Contact us   £3,600
Health & Social Care
Health and Social Care 3 January Thursday 18 months £2,882
Hospitality & Catering
Apprenticeship - Production Chef 2 Flexible Contact us 15 months Contact us
Music
Exploring Music Production 1 Contact us Thursday 6 weeks Free*
Personnel/HRM
Apprenticeship - Human Resource Support 3 Various Contact us 18 months Contact us
CIPD Foundation Certificate in People Practice 3 Various Mon/Tues 1 year £1,400
Apprenticeship - Human Resource Consultant/Partner 5 Various Contact us 24 months Contact us
CIPD Associate Diploma in People Management 5 Various Thursday 1 year £2,130
Sport, Exercise & Fitness
Strength and Conditioning 1 Flexible One weekend Various £160
Diploma in Personal Training 3 January Contact us 20 weeks £811
Gym Instructing and Personal Training 3 January Contact us 20 weeks £2,225
Teacher Training
Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools 2 Various Flexible 10-12 months £1,335
Award in Education and Training 3 January Contact us 7 wk (day) 13 wk (eve) £400
Certificate in Education/Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning) - In-Service Option 05-Jun January Contact us 2 years £3,680
Qualifications in Assessment 3 Various Contact us 8-10 months Contact us
Apprenticeship - Assessor/Coach 4 Flexible Contact us 15-18 months Contact us
Apprenticeship - Learning and Skills Teacher 5 Flexible Contact us 24-27 months Contact us

Castleford Courses

Course Name Level Start Date Day(s) Duration Cost
Accounting & Bookkeeping
AAT Accounting 2 9th January Monday 36 weeks £633
AAT Accounting 3 9th January Monday 36 weeks £2,573
AAT Foundation Certificate Bookkeeping 2 9th January Monday 3 months £362
AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping 3 9th January Monday 6 months £1,265
Automotive
IMI Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Awareness 1 Jan, Mar & June Contact us 4 hours £150
IMI Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Routine Maintenance Activities 2 Jan, Mar, May & June Contact us 2 days £299
IMI Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Hazard Management for Emergency & Recovery Personnel 2 Jan & May Contact us 2 days £299
IMI Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle System Repair and Replacement 3 Feb, April & June Contact us 2 days £450
IMI Award in the Diagnosis, Testing and Repair of Electric/Hybrid Vehicles and Components 4 March & June Contact us 2 days £550
Level 3 Vehicle Technician Accredited Assessment (VTAA) 3 Various Contact us 1 day £450
Childcare & Early Years
CACHE Diploma for the Early Years Workforce 3 January/Flexible Contact us 2 years £2,882
Construction, Civil Engineering, & Building Services Engineering
Award in Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations and Water Byelaws in the UK 3 Various Various 1 day £195
DIY Carpentry Skills: Introductory and Extender Courses 1 Various Various 1 day Free*
DIY Electrical Skills: Basic Electrical for the home 1 Various Various 5 hours Free*
DIY Plastering Skills: Introductory and Extender Courses 1 Various Various 5 hours Free*
DIY Plumbing Skills : Introductory and Extender Courses 1 Various Various 5 hours Free*
DIY Tiling Skills: Introductory and Extender Courses 1 Various Various 5 hours Free*
DIY Trowel Skills: Introductory and Extender Courses 1 Various Various 5 hours Free*
Green Skills Fundamentals of Building Information 3 Sept-March Contact us 1 day Free*/£85
Green Skills Implementation of Building Information Modelling 3 Sept-March Contact us 5 weeks Free*/£310
Green Skills Rainwater Harvesting & Greywater Recycling Systems 3 Various Contact us 2 days Free*/£645
HNC in Construction & the Built Environment (Construction) Pearson BTEC 4 January Tuesday 18 months -2 years £3,475
Site Operatives Training Programme 1 March Friday 14 weeks Contact us
NVQ Diploma in Construction and Civil Engineering Operations (Construction) 1 Various Contact us 12 months £635
NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) 1 Various Contact us 12 months £995
NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations (Construction) - Bricklaying 2 Various Contact us 15 months £995
NVQ Certificate in Construction & Civil Engineering Operations - General 2 Various Contact us 12 months £362
NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) - Site Carpentry 2 Various Contact us 12 months £635
NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heating 2 Various Monday 2 years £2,085
NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations (Construction) 3 Various Contact us 15 months £5,421
NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) - Site Carpentry 3 Various Contact us 15 months £2,583
Apprenticeship - Bricklayer 2 Various Friday 24 to 30 months Contact us
Apprenticeship - Site Carpenter (Pathway 1) 2 Various Monday 18 to 24 months Contact us
Apprenticeship - Advanced Site Carpentry (Pathway 1) 3 Various Monday 12 to 18 months Contact us
Apprenticeship - Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician ST0303 3 Various Contact us 4 years Contact us
English & Maths
Adult English Classes E1 to L2 January Contact us 20 weeks Free*
Adult Maths Classes E1 to L2 January Contact us 20 weeks Free*
Engineering
Coded Welding N/A Contact us Contact us 1 day Contact us
Welding Workshops (City & Guilds) 1, 2 January Contact us 10-20 weeks Contact us
City and Guilds Award in Welding Skills (3268) 3 January Tues & Thurs 10 weeks £815
Skills Bootcamp in the Principles of Carbon Capture and Storage 3 Flexible Contact us 50 hours Contact us
ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) All Levels Various Various Contact us Free
Hair & Beauty
Certificate in Barbering 3002-25 2 January Contact us 1 year £930
Health
Diploma in Care 2 Flexible Contact us 12 months Contact us

Online/Distance Learning Courses

Course Name Level Start Date Day(s) Duration Cost
Business, Management & Leadership
Principles of Team Leading 2 Flexible Flexible 17 weeks Contact us
Lean Organisation Management Techniques 2 Flexible Flexible 10 weeks Contact us
CMI Award in the Principles of Management and Leadership 3 Flexible Tuesday 6-8 weeks £250
CMI Certificate in the Principles of Management and Leadership 3 Flexible Tuesday 12-14 weeks £500
CMI Diploma in the Principles of Management and Leadership 3 Flexible Tuesday 1 year £1,500
CMI Award in Management and Leadership 5 Flexible Wednesday 6-8 weeks £321
CMI Certificate in Management and Leadership 5 Flexible Wednesday 12-14 weeks £642
CMI Diploma in Management and Leadership 5 Flexible Wednesday 1 year £1,925
Apprenticeship - Team Leader or Supervisor (CMI) 3 Various Tuesday 1 year Contact us
Business Support
Equality and Diversity 2 Flexible Contact us 8-12 weeks Free*
Information, Advice or Guidance 2 Flexible Contact us 8-12 weeks Free*
Principles of Business Administration 2 Flexible Contact us 12-16 weeks Free*
Childcare & Early Years
Awareness of Bullying in Children and Young People 2 Flexible Contact us 8-12 weeks Free*
Understand Children and Young Peoples Mental Health 2 Flexible Contact us 15 weeks Free*
Behaviour that Challenges in Children 2 Flexible Contact us 10 weeks Free*
Safeguarding, Prevent and British Values 2 Flexible Contact us 8-12 weeks Free*
Counselling
Award in Counselling Concepts 2 March Wednesday 10 weeks £390
Customer Service
Principles of Customer Service 2 Flexible Contact us 18 weeks Free*
Dental Nursing
Certificate in Dental Radiography Eq to 4 Various Contact us 6-8 months Contact us
Certificate in Oral Health Education Eq to 4 Various Contact us 6-8 months £900
Certificate in Orthodontic Nursing Eq to 5 Various Contact us 6-8 months £1,080
Health & Social Care
Principles of Dementia Care 2 Flexible Flexible 8-12 weeks Free*
Principles of End of Life Care 2 Flexible Flexible 8-12 weeks Free*
Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities 2 Flexible Flexible 13 weeks Free*
Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care 2 Flexible Flexible 8-12 weeks Free*
Understanding Autism 2 Flexible Flexible 14 weeks Free*
Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes 2 Flexible Flexible 9 weeks Free*
Health & Wellbeing
Awareness of Mental Health Problems 2 Flexible Flexible 12-16 weeks Free*
Nutrition and Health 2 Flexible Flexible 8-12 weeks Free*
Understanding Behaviour that Challenges 2 Flexible Flexible 12-16 weeks Free*

Workplace Learning Courses

Course Name Level Start Date Day(s) Duration Cost
Business, Management & Leadership
ILM Diploma in Team Leading 2 Flexible Contact us 8 months £1,100
ILM Diploma in Management 3 Flexible Contact us 1 year £2,573
ILM (NVQ) Diploma in Management and Leadership 5 Flexible Contact us 18 months £3,120
Apprenticeship - Team Leader or Supervisor (CMI) 3 Various Tuesday 1 year Contact us
Apprenticeship - Operations or Departmental Manager (CMI) 5 Various Wednesday 30 months Contact us
Business Support
Professional Telephone Techniques N/A Flexible Contact us 3 hours Contact us
Diploma in Business Administration 2 Flexible Contact us 1 year £2,400
Diploma for the Business Administrator 3 Flexible Contact us 18 months £3,600
Apprenticeship - Business Administrator 3 Flexible Contact us 21 months Contact us
Childcare & Early Years
Apprenticeship - Children, Young People & Families Practitioner 4 Flexible Contact us 24 months Contact us
Apprenticeship - Early Years Practitioner 2 Flexible Contact us 15 months Contact us
Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner 3 Flexible Contact us 18 months £3,000
Construction, Civil Engineering, & Building Services Engineering
NVQ Diploma in Construction and Civil Engineering Operations (Construction) 1 Various Contact us 12 months £635
NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) 1 Various Contact us 12 months £995
NVQ Certificate in Construction & Civil Engineering Operations - General 2 Various Contact us 12 months £362
NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) - Site Carpentry 2 Various Contact us 12 months £635
NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations (Construction) 3 Various Contact us 15 months £5,421
NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) - Site Carpentry 3 Various Contact us 15 months £2,583
Customer Service
Apprenticeship - Customer Service Practitioner 2 Flexible Contact us 12-15 months Contact us
Diploma for Customer Service Practitioners 2 Flexible Contact us 12 months £2,400
Diploma for Customer Service Specialists 3 Flexible Contact us 15 months £3,600
Apprenticeship - Customer Service Specialist 3 Flexible Contact us 18 months Contact us
Dental Nursing
Apprenticeship - Dental Nurse (Integrated) 3 Various Contact us 18-21 months Contact us
Diploma in Dental Nursing 4238-03 3 Various Contact us 18 months Contact us
Certificate in Dental Radiography Eq to 4 Various Contact us 6-8 months Contact us
Certificate in Oral Health Education Eq to 4 Various Contact us 6-8 months £900
Certificate in Orthodontic Nursing Eq to 5 Various Contact us 6-8 months £1,080
Engineering
Apprenticeship - Food and Drink Process Operator 2 Flexible Contact us 18-24 months Contact us
Health
Diploma in Care 2 Flexible Contact us 12 months Contact us
Apprenticeship - Healthcare Support Worker 2 Contact us Contact us 13-18 months Contact us
Apprenticeship - Healthcare Science Assistant 2 Contact us Contact us 12-15 months Contact us
Apprenticeship - Adult Care Worker 2 Flexible Contact us 15 months Contact us
Apprenticeship - Lead Adult Care Worker 3 Flexible Contact us 21 months Contact us
Apprenticeship - Senior Healthcare Support Worker (Healthcare Support) 4 Flexible Contact us 18-24 months Contact us
Diploma in Healthcare 3 Flexible Contact us 24-30 months £3,600
Apprenticeship - Healthcare Science Associate 4 Flexible Contact us 24-27 months Contact us
Apprenticeship - Leader in Adult Care 5 Flexible Contact us 21 months Contact us
Horticulture
Apprenticeship - Horticulture Operative 2 TBA Interview Contact us 24 months Contact us
Hospitality & Catering
Apprenticeship - Commis Chef 2 Flexible Contact us 12 month Contact us
Apprenticeship - Production Chef 2 Flexible Contact us 15 months Contact us
Apprenticeship - Hospitality Team Member 2 Flexible Contact us 15 months Contact us
Apprenticeship - Chef De Partie 3 Flexible Contact us 21 months Contact us
Apprenticeship - Hospitality Supervisor 3 Flexible Contact us 15 months Contact us
Apprenticeship - Hospitality Manager 4 Flexible Contact us 21 months Contact us
Teacher Training
Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools 2 Various Flexible 10-12 months £1,335
Specialist Supporting for Teaching and Learning 3 TBC Flexible 80 weeks Contact us
Apprenticeship - Teaching Assistant 3 Flexible Contact us 21 months Contact us
Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools 3 Various Contact us 12 months £2,670
Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools 3 Various Contact us 12-16 months £3,000
Qualifications in Assessment 3 Various Contact us 8-10 months Contact us
Qualifications for Quality Assurance 4 Various Contact us 10 months Contact us
Apprenticeship - Assessor/Coach 4 Flexible Contact us 15-18 months Contact us
Apprenticeship - Learning and Skills Teacher 5 Flexible Contact us 24-27 months Contact us

Money Matters & Important Weblinks

Fees are complicated and everyone’s circumstances are different. Fee concessions and the fee rate payable may be subject to your age, previous qualifications, the course you want to study and your residency status in the UK.

This means that in many cases, students don’t have to pay fees or can benefit from reduced fees due to their personal or financial situation.

If you find that you don’t qualify for financial support, please contact our Financial Support team on 01924 789304 or at student.finance@wakefield.ac.uk, who will be able to give you advice and support regarding your situation.

Course-Specific Charges
For some courses, you may be required to pay for course materials and/or additional individual fees to Examination Awarding Body organisations. You will be advised of these when you enrol.

Advanced Learner Loans
If you are aged 19+ and studying for a Level 3 or higher-level course, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your course. There are no upfront fees to pay, your repayments don’t start until the April after you complete or leave the course and your income is over a certain threshold.

Higher Education Student Loans
Whether you want to study a university course either full-time or part-time, you are entitled to some form of financial support.

Tuition fee loans are available from the Student Loans Company for most students – see www.gov.uk/government/organisations/student-loans-company or hwww.gov.uk/student-finance for more details about student finance options and to find out whether you would qualify for a loan.

Financial Support Weblinks
Our websites are a valuable resource with the latest contact details and information on how we can help support your success.

Click here for Castleford College & Wakefield College.

Free* - many courses may be free based on location, level and prior qualifications. Lots of our students do not pay fees or have reduced fees, based on personal and financial circumstances.