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If you’re not sure what to study, then why not take some time to find out more information about possible careers?

Or, if you already have a career in mind, but you’re not sure what you need to study to pursue that career, we can help you get one step closer to that dream job.

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16-18 Learning with Kirklees College

Students that are aged 16-18 without a grade 4 or above in their GCSE English and Maths must continue to study these subjects as part of their study programme.

This is government legislation and applies to all students irrespective of which institution they study at.

PAD (Progression, Achievement and Development) is a student’s personal learning journey supported by a dedicated Progress Coach focusing on their individual progress, needs and goals.

We provide you with a range of opportunities to enrich your studies, suited to your interests and career goals. You will not only have fun but develop skills which employers are looking for, providing you with an edge when you go onto employment or Higher Education.

Everything you need to know

Some courses may require you to dress in accordance to the industry standards, for example, chef whites for kitchen classes and tunics for Hair and Beauty, but the rest of the time you can wear what you want.

Yes. When you enrol at college just bring your phone with you and we will show you how to link to the FREE college Wi-Fi.

Yes. We have a fully equipped gym at our Huddersfield Waterfront Centre which offers FREE membership to our students. The gym includes free weights, cardio machines and exercise classes.

We have our very own Starbucks which is based in Landings 72. This is one of the college restaurants which is available to students.

T Levels are new two-year courses, developed in collaboration with employers and providers so that the course meets the needs of the industry and prepares you for the world of work. 

T Levels are two years of full-time study but also include an industry placement. Your time will be split with 80% in the classroom learning and 20% on your industry placement with an employer to help give you the skills for a future career.

Yes. Approximately 500 of our Level 3 learners enrol at some of the country’s top universities every year. They have gone onto study some amazing degrees including Optometry, Zoology, Criminology, Midwifery and many more.

You will pick one subject to study full-time. Your chosen subject will form part of your study programme which is designed around your individual needs, your education and employment goals.

We are dedicated to providing our students with the best education experience possible. As part of your course, you will do at least 30 hours of work placement, to help you gain an insight into an industry, build your confidence and learn skills that are valued by employers.

Vocational courses combine theory and practical learning that relate to a specific job or career sector you are interested in working in. You will study for approximately 18.5 hours a week to develop advantageous skills that employers want and should increase your chances of securing a job within your preferred area.


With an Apprenticeship, you will earn a wage whilst you work. It’s usually four days a week working, supported by one day a week of study at college. Employment must be secured to become an apprentice.

We’re always here to support you

We are committed to supporting you during your time at Kirklees College. We want you to have a fulfilling experience and achieve your very best. To help us to do that we encourage you can talk to us about anything, from learning support… to advice on future employment and careers. We’re here to support you.

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16-18 Centres & Facilities

You are at the heart of Kirklees College

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T Levels are coming to Kirklees College in September 2022. The new, next level qualification where you’ll learn from industry experts in state-of-the-art facilities. 

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Did you know we have seven centres across Kirklees supporting students in all different pathways? Take a look around and get a better feel for college life and our fantastic facilities.


Discover more about the benefits of studying an apprenticeship with Kirklees College.


Progress to Higher Skills

It’s time to elevate your learning as you continue your development and explore the educational opportunities available via our wide range of Higher Skills learning options. Whether this is the next stage of your educational journey or you are developing within your chosen career, our outstanding reputation and commitment attract a high number of candidates. We offer the flexibility to study for a higher qualification, Level 4 upwards, that suits your needs and timescales, from an HNC or HND to a chance to study for a degree on.


An Apprenticeship is an excellent way to start your career. Available across a wide choice of industries, by securing an apprenticeship in an area that interests you, you will receive practical, relevant training and excellent work experience whilst earning a wage. We train approximately 2,000 apprentices over 30 occupational areas. Our apprentices are employed at over 1,000 companies throughout West Yorkshire.

Our Commitment to you

Ofsted Report

It’s GOOD news for Kirklees College as we have been awarded a Grade 2 (Good) for the second time in recognition for the achievement and progress that learners make whilst studying with us. Inspectors said the college had maintained the good quality provision and outcomes achieved by students and apprentices.