Pioneer Higher Skills Centre
Pioneering Higher Education in West Yorkshire
Kirklees College is excited to announce that the new Pioneer Higher Skills Centre in Dewsbury is now open. Dedicated to Higher Skills and Higher Education, this new learning facility will continue to drive the improvement of education and increase the skills of local people.
Located in a Victorian Grade II Listed building in the heart of Dewsbury, this specialist centre will help you gain qualifications, work skills and enhance your career prospects. Kirklees College is proud to be part of the Dewsbury Blueprint, a ten year plan that seeks to honour the heritage of the town and build on recent investments.
The historic building has been transformed into a state-of-the-art facility as part of a £14 million restoration and refurbishment project. The centre combines the perfect mix of modern facilities, whilst maintaining many original heritage features, to provide an ideal study environment.
It offers courses in a range of subjects from art and design to computing as well as qualifications in hairdressing and beauty therapy.
Higher Education Courses
Our range of Higher Education courses mean you can find a degree level course right on your doorstep delivered at our newly renovated Pioneer Higher Skills Centre. This is an ideal choice if you need to fit your learning around your family or other commitments.
You can choose to do a Higher National Certificate (HNC) qualification over one year full time or two years part time. On completion you have a level 4 qualification and you can choose to go on to the Higher National Diploma (HND) for a further year’s study at Kirklees College.
You will benefit from:
- Excellent facilities in our new Pioneer Higher Skills Centre.
- Lower course fees than at a university.
- Smaller class sizes and high levels of tutor support.
For more information visit www.kirkleescollege.ac.uk/higher-skills to download a copy of our Higher Skills Course Guide.
Our Access courses are designed to prepare adults with the knowledge and skills required to study in higher education. They are for people who have been out of education for some time, or those who left school with too few qualifications to be able to go straight to university. The courses are widely recognised by Universities across the country.
Our Art and Design courses will give you the opportunity to learn and experiment with different approaches whilst exploring a wide range of media and materials to help you develop your own creative voice. Courses include Fine Art, Graphic Design and Photography at HNC and HND level.
Our Business courses give you the tools to shape your own future, from securing your first job to senior leadership or starting your own venture. These courses are part-time and at HNC/HND level.
If you’d like to work with children, understand how they develop and learn, then we have the Children and Families courses to help you develop a rewarding career in this field or progress onto a BA (Hons) degree at University.
Our Computing courses make you part of the on-going technology revolution, enabling you to pursue a career in this global industry sector or study a BA (Hons) degree at University.
Whether you’re revisiting the subject or elevating your learning to enable progression within your career, we have a wide range of excellent courses in English.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses are designed for students who do not speak English as a first language. From beginner level upwards, we focus on improving English listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar.
If you’re looking to improve your Mathematics skills, we offer a wide range of courses to support your learning level, from revisiting the basics to problem solving to advanced specialism.
Our Teacher Education courses will get you into the classroom to start a rewarding career where you will be changing people’s lives every day. Subject to validation.
Pioneer Higher Skills Centre is set in a historic Grade II Listed building covering 4,500 square metres over three floors.
This centre has 20 classrooms, 6 IT suites and an extensive LRC, as well as meeting rooms, a conference space and a print room, which are open to the public. Take advantage of art and design studios, a fashion and textiles studio, a Mac suite, a science laboratory, hair and beauty salons, as well as a CISCO and build room. Recreational facilities include a Café and Starbucks coffee shop.
We know our students like to continue studying in social environments, which is why our focus is on giving students a supportive environment, with designated social spaces throughout the building.
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With hair academies and salons in Huddersfield and Dewsbury, it’s never been easier to book in for that cut and colour or relax and unwind with a massage. Under expert supervision, our students will leave you feeling fabulous.
Conveniently located opposite Dewsbury train station, the centre is just an 8 minute journey from Huddersfield and only 10 minutes from Leeds by train.
Find us here:
Pioneer Higher Skills Centre
Telephone: 01484 437000
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