Students learn how to master their crafts at University Centre Leeds (UC Leeds).
Connected to Leeds City College, UC Leeds provides inspiring higher education learning environments. Programmes encourage independent thinking and prepare learners for fruitful careers.
The centre is dedicated to supporting students at every step of the journey. Its goal is for graduates to confidently progress to the next stage – either into further study or professional employment.
Students can choose from foundation, bachelor’s, postgraduate and top-up degrees. PGCEs, HNC/Ds and apprenticeships are also available.
Leeds City College, the Open University and Pearson validate UC Leeds programmes. Qualifications are recognised by employers and other HE institutions nationwide.
UC Leeds understands how each student is unique, and it values all voices. Its extensive academic and personal support helps every learner towards their career goals. Students commend the centre for its support and commitment to excellence.
Courses at University Centre Leeds equip students with the skills that employers seek. The centre has invaluable links with industry partners. These help ensure course content aligns to workplace needs. Therefore students graduate with relevant work experience and have a foot in the door with employers.
The foundation and top-up degree paths, in particular, provide flexible learning opportunities. Students can develop invaluable qualities and balance earning a qualification with their lifestyles and commitments. Both are respected qualifications that are recognised around the world.
The helpful career service provides advice for students at UC Leeds. They can receive support with applications, placements, interviews, further study, internships and more. No matter where they are in the student journey, advisers can empower them and help them reach their ambitions. Even if they decide to change career paths altogether.
UC Leeds has a broad course offering. It teaches areas in sport, digital, arts, education, tourism, engineering, health, law, science, business and more. Courses are up to date, industry-relevant and designed in partnership with employers. They're also validated by the Open University.
Students develop key skills that are transferable across many different careers. This includes communication, IT, academic writing, management and numeracy.
UC Leeds’ specialities are the foundation and top-up degrees. This means students can study industry-tailored programmes that work around their individual commitments. Flexible full and part-time options are available.
Students are taught by industry experts who have plenty of experience in their fields. Classes are small in size, so all learners receive personalised attention.
Across many courses, there are 100%, or very high, student satisfaction rates. These areas cover teaching, learning communities, timetables and opportunities. Overall, 90% of UC Leeds students are satisfied with their learning opportunities (NSS 2019).
Students are at the heart of everything at University Centre Leeds. There is a pro-active Student Involvement Policy that’s run by students, with full support from staff. There’s an 85% satisfaction rate with the student voice at the centre.
Everyone automatically becomes a member of Leeds City College Students’ Union (LCCSU) when they enrol. This brings lots of benefits, including:
The LCCSU stands up for student rights and listens to everyone’s opinions. Anyone can get involved, and even run to become ambassadors or paid officers. It provides opportunities for enhancing CVs.
The LCCSU runs and supports numerous clubs and societies. These are a great way to meet others with similar interests. Examples of clubs and societies include:
Members of the LCCSU are also members of the National Union of Students. This brings even more benefits such as discounts at shops and restaurants.
There is no dedicated accommodation for University Centre Leeds students. However, there are many high-quality housing options that students choose to stay in. These give everyone the chance to study and socialise with other students.
Just five minutes’ walk from the University Centre campus is the Foundry. It's a new development with useful facilities and is close to plenty of amenities. It consists of a games room, an onsite gym and a cinema room. There are several room options, with differing tenancy lengths and payment methods.
There are two Liberty Living student accommodation blocks in Leeds. Both are close to different campuses, suitable for varying subject areas. Leeds also has Unite, Pickard Properties and Park Lane Properties. All three specialise in student accommodation that’s near the city centre.
Leeds Beckett University
Students have access to Leeds Beckett University accommodation – Arena Village and Marsden House. They are close to different campuses and offer secure and maintained residences.
Industry-standard teaching environments provide dedicated spaces for practical learning. They are equipped with modern technology so learners can master their craft in realistic settings. Exclusive facilities to University Centre Leeds include:
There are also plenty of specialised areas for studying when students are away from the classroom. This includes group and private study spaces, IT suites and breakout rooms. The study zone is home to extensive library services and skills support.
UC Leeds is one of two UK Google Reference colleges. This gives students exclusive and flexible access to digital resources and study materials.
Leeds City College is one of the biggest FE institutions in the UK. It has three main campuses – Printworks, Park Lane and Quarry Hill. UC Leeds students have access to the college’s facilities, such as a full-size aircraft cabin simulator and professionally-lit photo studios.
Leeds is home to over 750,000 residents. It’s the UK’s fourth-largest city, offering an exciting experience as it’s rapidly expanding. Leeds is regularly ranked as a top student destination, with a diverse and multicultural population and inexpensive way of life.
The city is full of fun things to do. Shopping centres offer high street and unique items, restaurants serve cuisines from all across the globe. Art galleries and museums are in abundance, and the city is one of the UK’s best clubbing locations. Students can enjoy a lively music scene as well as plenty of sports events.
Leeds is also known as one of the greenest cities on the continent. It’s close to the Yorkshire Dales, which students can visit to be breath-taken by the stunning natural scenery. There’s also easy transport links to other parts of the UK. London is two hours away by train, and Edinburgh can be reached in three.
University Centre Leeds provide a wide range of events and activities to encourage prospective students to consider Higher Education.
The Students’ Union has lots of interesting clubs and societies for its students to get involved in, including:
Society members get together to socialise and take part in society events, usually related to their shared interest.
There are plenty of support services to help throughout the entire student journey at University Centre Leeds. 88% of students say they are satisfied with the academic support available (NSS 2019).
A friendly team is always available to talk through any academic issues. This covers courses, modules, apprenticeships, assessment and entry requirements. Students can also receive advice on student finance, accommodation, careers and work opportunities.
Adjustments and support are in place for all students. This includes disabled students and those with learning difficulties. Dedicated staff help with arrangements and ensure all learners can make the most of their education. Support includes adapted materials, support workers, assistive technology, mobility assistance, small group work and individual sessions.
For UK and EU residents starting a higher education course at UC Leeds in 2020/21:
Unless otherwise stated.
Students can receive a repayable tuition fee loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to help cover tuition costs.
Tuition fees cover:
Some courses may require additional costs. This could be for certain resources, such as materials for art courses, or a DBS check.
Students will have to cover their living costs and other expenses. SFE offers a maintenance loan to help with these extras, as well as travel expenses and childcare. A number of non-repayable bursaries from SFE and other funding providers are available.
University Centre Leeds strives to make education accessible for everyone. Therefore it provides a number of bursaries to financially support eligible students with their studies. UK students who are assessed by Student Finance as having a household income of:
Students do not have to apply for this bursary; they are automatically considered when they apply for financial support from SFE. They must have an attendance of 80% and above to continuously be awarded the bursary, which is awarded in two payments each year at the end of semesters.
All full-time Level 4 or 6 higher education students who attend University Centre Leeds will be given a Chromebook to use for their studies. Or, a suitable alternative if required by their course.
University Centre Leeds is recognised for its excellent foundation and top-up degree programmes. It’s a leading STEM provider in the region and is well-known for its industry partnerships.
The University Centre is accredited by AdvanceHE, where the professional membership scheme recognises excellence in higher education. The accreditation shows how an institution is committed to providing high-quality teaching and learning support.
2020 Educate North Awards
UC Leeds has been recognised as one of the top education providers in the 2020 Educate North Awards. The Higher Education Widening Participation and Outreach team has been nominated in areas for Social Mobility, Community Engagement and External Relations Team of the Year.
The centre is part of Leeds City College, which is a member of the Luminate Education Group. Leeds City College has been nominated for the Community Engagement award, for its work with the Red Ladder Theater Company and West Yorkshire Police.
RateMyApprenticeship Awards 2020
University Centre (UC) Leeds and Covance have been nominated for the best Training Provider & Employer Partnership accolade at this year’s RateMyApprenticeship Awards.
Partnering with leading research facility Covance, a two year Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship programme was designed to bridge the gap in the bioscience sector.
For entry to a University Centre Leeds course, students typically need to satisfy at least one element from the relevant section:
Foundation degrees, HNC, HND, LLB (Hons)
BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), Top-up degrees
PGCEs, Cert Eds, PGCEs Pre-Service/In-Service
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