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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.

Everything you need to know

Higher Skills is studied at Level 4 and above. The routes we offer our students are flexible, whether this is through our HNC, HND route, our professional courses at Level 4 and above, or higher and degree Apprenticeship routes.

Employment is not only about getting that first job, it is about the capacity to build a career, or for some to start their own businesses. Studying at Level 4 and Level 5 will give you the necessary skills and knowledge.


At Kirklees College, we develop people into confident, resilient individuals, capable of critical thinking. Our Higher Skills provision develops and maps out our curriculum offer based on progression routes and employment opportunities locally and nationally.

For entry requirement information please call our Course Information team on 01484 43700 or email. If you don’t meet the entry requirements they will be able to talk to you about a range of Access to Higher Education courses that are available at Kirklees College.

An Access to Higher Education course is a nationally recognised qualification which can also help you progress to University or other Higher Education or Higher Skills programmes. Designed for adults who wish to change career, study at degree level or improve job prospects.

An Advanced Learner Loan can help you pay the fees charged by approved colleges and training organisations in England such as at Kirklees College. Most learners aged 19+ studying at Level 3 and Level 4 (which includes Access, Diplomas and Certificates) qualify for these loans from the UK government.

To be eligible you must:


  • be aged 19 or over at the start of your course,
  • be undertaking an eligible course at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 qualification,
  • have been living in the UK for 3 years before starting your course and
  • be a UK national or have ‘settled’ status.

You can take out the maximum amount to cover your fee or you can pay all or part of the fee yourself. You may also be eligible to apply to the college’s Loan Bursary scheme for support with travel expenses for example. Whilst the loan is not means-tested, the Advanced Learner bursary scheme is.


For more information please email or Free Phone on 0800 804 6134.

Prior attainment is not taken into account for your first Advanced Learner Loan. You can take out up to a maximum of four Advanced Learner Loans in total. You can only take out one Advanced Learner Loan at a time. 


You must complete a separate application for each Advanced Learner Loan. You are unable to take out two Advanced Learner Loans for the same qualification even if the qualifications are in a different area.

Apply now at www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan when applying please have the following information to hand, the course you want to do and the cost, your national insurance number and your valid UK passport details.

Maintenance loans are to pay living costs for full-time students. This loan is paid into your bank account at the start of each term. The exact amount, full-time students can borrow depends on family income, where you live, what year of study you’re in, and what help you get through the Maintenance Grant.


If you receive a full HE maintenance or student support grant, you may also be eligible for a bursary. For more information please contact email or Free Phone on 0800 804 6134.

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.

Virtual Open Days

Find out everything you need to know about coming to Kirklees College, from what it’s like to be a student here to financial support and Progress Coaches. 
Booking available from Monday 8 June 
Here’s your opportunity to find out more. You can book on to loads of events and hear from tutors in all different subject areas, from Childcare, Hair & Beauty, Foundation Courses to Health & Social Care. 
Booking available from Monday 8 June
Whether it’s Creative, Art & Design, Motor Vehicle, Business or ICT courses that you want to study, we have it all at Kirklees College. You might not be able to come in person, but you can find out everything you need to know. 
Booking available from Monday 8 June 

Centres & Facilities

You are at the heart of Kirklees College

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Haven’t made up your mind on where you want to study this September? Don’t worry! Kirklees College is still accepting applications.
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The new Pioneer Higher Skills Centre will have fantastic facilities including a coffee shop and bistro, gallery, creative workshop, photography studio and much more!
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Our Teaching

Teaching Excellence Framework

As a College we are fully committed to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and we are proud to have been awarded Silver standard status. The aim of the TEF is to raise standards of teaching at Higher Skills level, reward excellent teaching and help you as students make informed choices about what and where to study. The TEF measure the teaching quality of Higher Skills by assessing information and statistics about how our students learn, the type of teaching they receive and how they progress after graduating.

QAA Report

The Quality Assurance Agency’s (QAA) Review of College Higher Education is to provide information for the public that demonstrate whether a college sets and maintains UK agreed standards for its higher education courses, provides learning opportunities that allow its students to achieve higher education qualifications, produces accessible and trustworthy information for applicants, and plans effectively to improve the quality of its higher education provision.