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Overview
Overview

Overview

Students are at the heart of all efforts at Keighley College. The learning environments provided, help them on their way to university or successful careers.

The college teaches a range of courses, which allow all learners to reach their full potential. This includes:

  • Foundation degree
  • Higher National Certificate
  • Access to HE
  • Apprenticeships

Local industry partners help design courses at the college. They ensure content prepares students for the professional world. This includes work-integrated opportunities that help students grow in dynamic environments. They are able to develop the confidence and skills needed to flourish professionally.

Teaching is enhanced by industry-standard facilities and led by passionate instructors. Students receive plenty of support with their learning. They can also access help with concerns they may have outside the classroom, this includes tuition costs and other expenses.

The college is based in Keighley, near Bradford. It has easy bus and train links to local destinations, as well as to Bradford and Leeds. There are activities to keep students entertained in their spare time, and many opportunities for socialising. The students’ union is active and enriches the student experience – members can also benefit from Leeds City College’s SU.

Courses are delivered by Keighley College and validated by Leeds City College and Pearson.

Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

After graduating from Keighley College, many students go on to earn further qualifications. These are often a bachelor’s degree at an esteemed university. Others enter into the professional workforce, or elevate their current careers.

Work-integrated learning

Through relationships with local industry partners, the college provides an education that gets students ready for promising careers. Courses are practical and integrate learning experiences. Teaching is informed by industry needs, so students develop the qualities necessary for the working world. There are also volunteering and enterprise opportunities so students can build their CVs.

Thinking about the future

Students are encouraged to critically reflect upon their experiences throughout their learning. They are shown how to evaluate their work and develop transferable skills that will help them with their next steps.

Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

Keighley College’s courses blend academic knowledge and practical skills development. They are taught by experienced instructors who are devoted to the success of their students.

Current courses on offer include:

Foundation Degree

Validated by Leeds City College, students can earn work-focused foundation degree qualifications.

  • Supporting Teaching and Learning – for those already employed or keen to find employment in supporting the teaching of children and young people.
  • Health and Wellbeing – students looking to gain experience in healthcare can develop relevant skills and an understanding of the sector.

Higher National Certificate (HNC)

Validated by Pearson, students can gain a HNC to elevate their careers.

  • Level 4 HNC in Manufacturing Engineering – designed for technician engineers or those looking for professional work in mechanical manufacturing or engineering.

Higher Education pathways

This is a popular choice for those looking to get back into education. Access to HE courses are for those 19 years old or older who don’t have the necessary qualifications for HE.

  • Foundation Access – where students can begin their journey towards higher education.
  • Business – students develop academic and critical business skills.
  • Computing – for those interested in areas such as website design, computer systems and emerging technologies.
  • Health and Science – students can get ready for a higher education course in subjects including midwifery, nursing and physiotherapy.
  • Sport – perfect for those who are keen to become personal trainers, coaches or sports physiotherapists.

 

Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

Keighley College Students’ Union (SU) is part of Leeds City College Students’ Union. Students automatically become a member of the SU when they enrol at the college.

The SU provides plenty of services to support Keighley 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. Keighley College students also benefit from the Leeds City College SU platform, which gives them access to even more exclusive student offers.

 

Accommodation
Accommodation

Accommodation

Keighley College does not provide student accommodation. However, students can receive support from the college if they are looking for suitable housing close to the campus.

Facilities
Facilities

Facilities

The college opened in 2010 and is home to many specialised training facilities. Learning environments are enhanced by modern, professional resources. This includes:

  • Engineering facilities
  • Fabrication and welding workshops
  • Motor vehicle workshops
  • Hair and beauty therapy salons
  • Childcare training rooms
  • IT suites

There are also several other facilities students can utilise when they’re not studying. For example:

  • Gym – students have free access to the fully-equipped gym
  • Sporting facilities and equipment – such as table tennis, football and Zumba
  • Refectory – serving different hot and cold foods, drinks and snacks

Enrichment activities also enhance the student experience. These help learners develop new skills, grow in confidence and be active and healthy. Activities include:

  • Volunteering opportunities
  • External trips
  • Youth club
  • Team building events
  • Entrepreneurial competitions
  • Charity events
  • Sports activities

 

City life
City life

City life

Keighley is a scenic town located near Bradford. It’s home to a historic steam railway line, which has featured in many films and TV programmes. It also has a famous Yorkshire brewery, a number of museums and several parks. It’s close to the countryside, which offers the option to engage in outdoor activities such as hiking.

The town is within the Bradford district, which has two UNESCO sites. The city of Bradford is 11 miles away, offering more activities and places of interest. It’s also based in the English county of West Yorkshire, where the stunning Peak District National Park is located.

Transport

Keighley has great transport links – it's easy to get to Bradford, Leeds, Skipton and other destinations by train. The bus station is a mile from the college, providing quick access to Bradford, Leeds, Accrington, Colne, Burnley, Skipton, Nelson, Halifax, Ilkley and Hebden Bridge.

Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

The Students’ Union offers the chance to join fun student-run clubs. Students can even start their own. LCCSU also provides enriching opportunities to members of Keighley College.

Student support
Student support

Student support

Learning Resource Centre

To support students with their learning, the Learning Resource Centre is full of physical and electronic resources. This includes many books, newspapers, journals, DVDs, CDs and digital materials. Librarians and other support staff provide friendly assistance.

Wellbeing

Students can access confidential support for any concerns they have during their studies. This could be for mental health or other wellbeing issues. Tutors and Stay Safe Officers also provide support.

Financial support

The college and other organisations can help students with their finances. This includes funding for travel, childcare, meals and extra course costs.

Career services

Extensive career support helps with planning the next steps after college. Whether students are looking to further their studies or find employment, careers advisers can help with:

  • Writing CVs and applications
  • Interview techniques
  • Job searching
  • Applying to university
Fees
Fees

Fees

Tuition 2020/21

Fees for UK/EU students:

  • Foundation degrees – £7,950 full-time, or £3,975 part-time, per academic year
  • Level 4 HNC – £3,400 part-time per academic year
  • Access to HE – £3,384 full-time

Tuition fees cover:

  • Lectures, seminars and tutorials
  • Workshops and guest speakers
  • Library and IT facilities
  • Studios, practice rooms and performance spaces
  • Equipment loans
  • Admission and administration costs
  • Assessment, validation and graduation costs
  • Support services
  • Careers and alumni services

For several courses, there will be extra costs. For example, teaching students have to get an enhanced DBS check. This costs around £60.

Students may have extra living expenses, such as rent and food. They might also have travel, childcare and other costs. Loans and bursaries are in place to support eligible students.

Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

The college is well aware that students may face financial barriers when it comes to education.

It aims to remove these barriers and provide necessary support, so students can fulfil their potential. From childcare to equipment costs, there is funding in place to help eligible learners with certain expenses.

Student loan

Student Finance England provides repayable student loans to help learners with their tuition and living costs.

Travel

Eligible students from low-income households who live more than 1.5 miles away from the college may receive funding to help cover travel costs.

Discretionary meals

Eligible students from low-income households may receive a meal, or meal voucher for the days they are at college or on placement.

Advanced Learner Loan

Students aged 19 and older on a further education course may be eligible for a loan to help cover tuition fees. This is usually a repayable loan.

Childcare

Students aged 20 and over may receive funding to support their childcare costs.

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

Outstanding education in manufacturing and engineering

Keighley’s strengths include its unique Centre of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering. It offers exceptional teaching and training for young people, so they can grow and meet the demands of industry. The centre features a fully equipped workshop, with industry-standard machinery and technology.

Luminate Education Group

Keighley College is a member of the Luminate Education Group. Based in northern England, the group supports collaboration between partners. It helps them to influence and flourish.

Other members include:

  • Leeds City College
  • Harrogate College
  • White Rose Academies Trust
  • Leeds College of Music

Membership means Keighley College can provide even better student outcomes. It’s informed by the expertise of the group. Best practices are shared between some of the area’s leading institutions.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Foundation degrees

Students will usually need at least one relevant A level or a level 3 qualification, and a GCSE grade C in English.

Level 4 HNC

Students will usually need relevant A levels or level 3 qualifications, and a GCSE grade C in maths.

Access to HE

Students will usually need GCSE grades C in English, maths and science.

Keighley College welcomes non-traditional applicants who may have fewer or different qualifications. Instead, students will need to demonstrate their interests and abilities through other methods. This could be relevant work experience, a portfolio and/or an interview.

International students

International qualifications are assessed against the above criteria. Students will also need a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each band or equivalent, or a recognised level 2 qualification in English.

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