Go Higher

We attract many higher education students from areas outside of Kirklees due to our reputation. Our higher education students believe they can go higher with Kirklees College.

Access and Participation Plan 2020-21

New Pioneer Higher Skills Centre Opening Summer 2020

Why study with us?

Our Higher Education programmes are taught through a mix of lectures, practical sessions and tutorials, by our highly-qualified higher education staff team.

Many of our tutors combine teaching with their own freelance careers and professional practice, helping students make the link between the classroom and the workplace.

Great results

We are justifiably proud of the successes of our students, both in terms of their academic success and also achieving their ultimate goal, whether that is promotion, a change of career or further progression in Higher Education.

Our annual graduation ceremony celebrates the successes and achievements of our students.


Our Higher National programmes have been designed to fit in with the requirements of busy lives.  Use this to find employment or continue with a further year of study to achieve a Higher National Diploma with us, or you can enter part-way on to a degree programme.

I’m hoping to go to uni and then go on to do teaching in a college environment, so further education.

Amelia Grey
Full time student of the year 2015, equine studies

I would encourage others to come to college because of all the options available.

Katie Houghton
Course: National diploma in Animal Care

The course has been life changing, I feel like I've moved into a new chapter. I've always loved the outdoors and the course has given me a greater understanding of what’s around me.

Rachael Burnett
Course: Countryside Management level 3

What are Higher Nationals ?

BTEC Higher National qualifications are widely recognised by industry and higher education authorities around the world as the principal technical professional qualification at Levels 4 and 5. Developed in conjunction with employers, students, and professional bodies, BTEC Higher Nationals offer your students real experience, opportunities and comprehensive qualifications that will benefit their chosen career.

With a qualification that meets employer needs, and complimentary teaching and learning resources from Pearson that align with your area of expertise, you will be equipped to provide your students with both academic and practical skills, ensuring they leave with the experience required by business and industry, and with the flexibility to go straight into employment or further study.

These qualifications have been designed and developed to meet professional standards and recognised by employers, professional bodies and universities, which develops not only your academic skills and abilities, but your work-readiness skills too.

BTEC Higher Nationals have been designed to ensure:

  • Employer engagement
  • Work relatedness
  • Opportunities for progression to further higher education
  • Alignment with UK higher education expectations
  • Qualifications that are up to date with current professional practice and include professional accreditation where possible.

Fees and Funding

Higher education student loans

Tuition fee loans are available to EU or UK students studying on both full and part-time higher education courses at Kirklees College. The loan goes directly to paying for your course fees and you don’t start paying it back until you’re earning £25,000 a year. Full-time students can also apply for a maintenance loan to help with living costs.

How much will my repayments be?

Once you reach the repayment threshold of £25,000, your repayments will begin. Examples of monthly repayments as your earnings rise are in the table below. You can find out more about repayments here: www.gov.uk/repaying-your-student-loan/overview

Student loans are administrated by Student Finance England. You can find out more about loans and grants, and apply for both here: www.gov.uk/student-finance

Tuition fee and living cost loans

If you are an EU or UK student studying a higher education course you will not have to pay your tuition fees upfront because loans are available from the government. Support towards your living costs is available through loans for students on full-time higher education courses.

Find out more about what student finance is available to you here: www.gov.uk/student-finance

Disabled Students Allowance

Students who incur extra costs as a result of undertaking a higher education course and as a direct result of a disability or specific learning difficulty may be eligible to apply for support in the form of Disabled Students’ Allowance. This allowance can support additional travel costs, academic assistance, and specialist equipment.

Find out more the Disabled Students Allowance here: www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/how-to-claim

Higher Education Hardship Fund

This fund offers additional non-repayable support, subject to eligibility, to support students facing financial hardship, including:

  • Students with children
  • Students with adult dependents
  • Full and part-time higher education students

For more information on any of the above, call the College on 0800 8046134 or email finsupp@kirkleescollege.ac.uk

Teaching Excellence Framework

Introduced by the Government, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) recognises and encourages excellent teaching by monitoring and assessing the quality of teaching in England’s universities. The TEF is intended to help students choose where to study, by providing clear information about teaching provision and student outcomes. The Framework provides students with the information they need to judge teaching quality and aims to ensure all students receive an excellent teaching experience, preparing them for the world of work. It also recognises institutions that do the most to welcome students from a range of backgrounds and support their retention and progression.

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) panel awarded Kirklees College with a Silver quality standard for our Higher Education provision. The award was made in June 2017 and is valid for three years.

The Panel considered the College submission in relation to the TEF criteria and its judgement reflects in particular, evidence of:

  • The distance traveled by non-tariff students who achieve outstanding degree outcomes
  • A culture of personalised learning that consistently supports the transition to higher education via inspirational teaching and tutorials that secure high levels of student engagement and commitment to learning and study
  • Course design and assessment practices that provide scope for high levels of stretch, including contributions from employers and external agencies through the use of live briefs
  • An institutional culture that facilitates excellent teaching through high quality support for new tutors, systematic observation of teaching, and a comprehensive professional development programme.
More info on the TEF

What is the TEF?

TEF is the Teaching Excellence Framework, introduced by the Government in 2016.

The main aims of the TEF are:

  • To provide clear information to students about where the best provision can be found.
  • To encourage providers to improve their teaching quality.
  • To help the UK drive productivity by ensuring a better match of graduate skills with the needs of employers and the economy.
  • To ensure better outcomes for all students, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

What does TEF mean for students?

  • The TEF will focus providers of higher education on the best teaching and provide students with high quality experiences and outcomes.
  • Each provider with a TEF award will be rated as Gold, Silver or Bronze.
  • It gives students an opportunity to work with their higher education providers to understand current performance including both highlighting areas of excellent teaching and identifying further improvements.
  • For future students, the TEF will provide clear information about the quality of teaching and where students have achieved the best outcomes, to inform their choices.

How does it work?

TEF is an annual exercise that will be implemented by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Participating colleges and universities make submissions that are a combination of data, for example the National Student Survey, along with a written submission.

Providers in England that achieve a TEF award will be able to maintain their fees in line with inflation.

What will be measured in 2017?

For 2016-17, TEF awards will be based on two sets of information from each college or university:

  1. Institution-wide data that is already collected, comprising teaching quality, learning environment (including student retention) and student outcomes (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).
  2. An evidenced narrative of teaching and learning activities that demonstrate they exceed the established expectations for teaching quality as used by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

Where are we with the TEF?

The TEF is currently in its second year of development. In Year 1, Kirklees College had a successful QA review which meant that we met the expectations rating in the first part of the TEF.


TEF Year 2 assesses teaching quality, learning environment, and student outcomes. The College will provide a 15 page document to evaluate and promote the standard of teaching at Kirklees. This report will then be reviewed by a pool of assessors and a panel of experts to determine our rating.

The deadlines for submission is in January 2017, and awards will be announced in May.

What will be measured in 2017?

For 2016-17, TEF awards will be based on two sets of information from each college or university:

  1. Institution-wide data that is already collected, comprising teaching quality, learning environment (including student retention) and student outcomes (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).
  2. An evidenced narrative of teaching and learning activities that demonstrate they exceed the established expectations for teaching quality as used by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

If you have any questions about the TEF at Kirklees College, please contact Andrea Clarke, Head of Higher Education.

TEF Sliver

Students’ guide to TEF

A useful guide for students with many of the key points of the TEF and how it will effect students in the present and future.

student guide teaching excellence


British sculptor Antony Gormley, creator of the Angel of the North, to donate sculpture for Pioneer Higher Skills Centre in Dewsbury.

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Kirklees College were the talk of the town as they took over the John Smith's Stadium for the annual Student Takeover Game.

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