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Harrogate College provides a variety of degree-level courses, such as foundation degrees, master’s programmes, certificates and diplomas.

Students gain the qualifications and experience they need to progress to university. Alternatively, they can enter the professional workforce, or advance their current careers. Qualifications are awarded by bodies AAT and CIPD. Degree programmes are validated by universities.

Study areas include in:

  • Art and design
  • Education and teaching
  • Health sciences
  • Humanities
  • Social sciences

Options are flexible, suiting those from different backgrounds with varying commitments. The college also provides apprenticeships and post-19 programmes, such as Access to HE courses.

Students learn in the redeveloped £6 million campus. Teaching takes place in realistic working environments and is supported by industry-standard equipment.

Throughout their courses, students undertake valuable practical experiences. The college has partnerships with local businesses – many offer industry placements. Along with extensive career support, this helps students grow in confidence and progress into rewarding careers.

Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

91% of students at Harrogate College progress into employment after graduating. Work experiences are elements of all full-time courses, helping them get a head start in their specialist careers. This could be through:

  • Industry placements
  • Simulated work environments
  • Work tasters
  • Social action projects

Master’s students often progress on to further study and earn a doctorate, PhD or PGCE. Many go into professional jobs as practitioners, teachers, coordinators or other specialist roles.

Career-focused support

Courses at Harrogate include content that helps students develop the skills employers look for. They have many opportunities to meet experts in their fields, as well as work with others in their industries.

The college also provides a useful careers service. It gives impartial advice through drop-in sessions or booked appointments.


Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

Harrogate College teaches a range of HE courses that lead to widely-recognised qualifications. Courses are taught by friendly and supportive instructors and enhanced by modern learning facilities. Options include:

Foundation degrees

Students can study for a foundation qualification in:

  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design and Illustration

They are able to boost their creative talents, refine their skills and deepen their knowledge. Courses are career-focused, with many opportunities for professional networking.

Master’s degrees

The MA in Creative Practice is a Level 6 qualification. Students can work within specialist areas and perfect their techniques. They also develop academic and research skills, as well as collaborate with other artists.

Award in Education and Training

Students can gain an initial teacher training qualification. This is ideal for those already in teaching. The award equips learners with advanced tools and knowledge, helping them improve in confidence when teaching.

Access to HE

There are two options:

  • Access to HE Health Science Professions
  • Access to HE Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses help students get into university without traditional A level qualifications. They are also useful for those looking for a change in career. Students are guided by a coach throughout the fast-paced course and when they apply to university.

There are also further 19+ courses and apprenticeships on offer.

Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

Harrogate College students benefit from the Students’ Union at Leeds City College (LCCSU).

The SU provides plenty of services to support Harrogate College students, such as:

  • Advice and guidance with college issues
  • Trips, activities and events
  • Clubs and societies
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Representation of the student voice and college meetings
  • Membership within the National Union of Students (NUS).

All students are welcome to get involved with SU activities. They can even become student ambassadors or apply for a paid sabbatical post. It’s an excellent chance to enhance skills and add to a CV.

Students can buy an NUS card which provides many discounts on food, drink and other activities all over the UK. Harrogate College students also benefit from the Leeds City College SU platform, which gives them access to even more exclusive student offers.



The college does not provide accommodation. The Student Services team can support those looking for housing near the campus. They also advise on relevant financial support that might be available.

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Students learn within a modern and dynamic teaching environment. The campus recently had a £6 million redevelopment, featuring new facilities and equipment. This included a new Technical Centre, hair and beauty salons, a restaurant and a refectory.

The college’s Bistro, On The Park, provides tasty dishes that students can enjoy during their study breaks.

Courses take place in surroundings that emulate the workplace. For example, the college’s Art & Design studios are full of professional equipment that students are likely to use throughout their careers. This includes contemporary tools and materials for areas in:

  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Fashion
  • Illustration

There are also digital resources and spaces for exhibiting work. These specialist facilities help students gain expertise and hone their skills.


City life
City life

City life

It takes approximately 20 minutes to walk from Harrogate College to the town centre. The campus is two minutes away from the local train station, which has links to York and Leeds. There’s also a good public bus system, as well as cycling routes.


Harrogate is a historic town in Yorkshire. It has beautiful gardens, picturesque buildings, tearooms and Turkish baths. There are museums, theatres and many intriguing antique shops to explore. Additionally, there are bars, pubs and clubs dotted around the town centre. Students also have a wide range of eateries to choose from across the town.

Harrogate hosts popular annual events and festivals that bring an exciting vibe to the town, such as:

  • Comedy Festival
  • Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival
  • The Gilbert and Sullivan Festival
  • Harrogate International Festivals.


Cost of living
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Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

LCCSU provides fun and enriching opportunities for students at Harrogate College.

When there have been restrictions during the pandemic, the Student Life Enrichment team has organised optional weekly activities for students online. This helps with:

  • Physical activity and exercise
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Healthy eating
  • Current affairs
  • Careers opportunities

The college has a partnership with Harrogate Town Football Club. The club offers students the chance to play football and use the facilities alongside their studies.


Student support
Student support

Student support

The Student Services team has lots of support in place to help students throughout their studies. Guidance is free and confidential where appropriate.

Support services at Harrogate College include:

  • Course Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) – provides help with course choices, skills development, career paths and more
  • Careers – professional advisors give impartial support around careers and professional development
  • Counselling – there are safe and private spaces for students to talk to friendly counsellors about any issues or concerns they have. Topics could be about studying, mental health or other reasons
  • Additional Student Support – a specialist team is devoted to giving students extra help with their studies. This is for those who need further support with language abilities, maths skills or accessibility


Tuition fees in 2020 for current programmes are typically:

  • Foundation degrees – £7,950 per academic year
  • Master’s degrees – £3,750 per academic year
  • Award in Education and Training – £300
  • Access to Higher Education – £3,022–3,384

Fees are lower than for courses at most higher education institutions. This provides students with more affordable higher education options than just traditional university study.

Tuition costs depend on the length of the course being studied, and if students are full or part-time. Specific courses may have additional costs.

There are student loans available to help cover the cost of tuition fees. These are provided by Student Finance England. Both full and part-time students are eligible. Students only start repaying the loan once they are earning over a certain amount each year.

Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

Additional financial support

Learners at Harrogate College may be eligible to receive extra financial support to help with their studies. Eligibility for funding usually depends on annual household income and other personal circumstances.

Support available includes:

  • Assistance with travel costs
  • Discretionary meals
  • Childcare costs
  • Advanced Learner Loan
  • Learner Support Fund
Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths


Professional bodies accredit many of the qualifications on offer at Harrogate College. This includes the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Luminate Education Group

Harrogate College is part of the Luminate Education Group (formerly Leeds City College Group). This is a large FE organisation that is based in North England. It’s devoted to providing exceptional education and training.

Other members include:

  • Leeds City College
  • Keighley College
  • The White Rose Academies Trust
  • Leeds College of Music

Membership means the college has further opportunities for development and providing better student outcomes. It’s informed by the expertise of the group, where best practices are shared between some of the area’s leading institutions.


Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Foundation degrees

Students typically need relevant level 3 qualifications. These could be full A levels or a BTEC diploma. Five GCSEs at grade C or above are also required, including in English.

Master’s degrees

Students will typically need a bachelor’s (honours) degree.

Access to Higher Education

Students will typically need a minimum of four GCSEs at grade C and above, including in maths and English.

Students from a range of backgrounds, such as mature learners, are welcome to apply to Harrogate College. These could be students without traditional qualifications but who have relevant experience. They may need to provide a portfolio or evidence to support their application. They will also be invited to an interview.


International students will be assessed against the above requirements. They will need an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each band, or equivalent.


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Harrogate College is out of the city centre so good if coming from leeds etc. It is on a train line from Leeds, Hornbeam Park. the best thing about Harrogate are the resources and...


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