Wigan & Leigh College courses

Wigan & Leigh College has a long standing history in providing you with quality education and training.This has been achieved through exceptional teaching, support and guidance over an extensive range of academic, vocational and apprenticeship courses. Each year we strive to provide programmes at a wide range of levels to suit all abilities.

Recently a multi-million pound investment has been made across our Wigan and Leigh Centres to provide you with top of the range facilities, resources and learning environments. One thing is guaranteed when you choose to study with us - we will encourage and support you to achieve your full potential.

Art & Design

The School for the Arts is home to our Centre of Excellence for Art & Design. The school offers creative and talented students the very best facilities including dedicated production and studio-based classrooms. There is a wide-range of creative courses to choose from for aspiring artists, graphic designers, photographers, fashion designers, games designers, set designers and textile designers. Students gain real work experience on real live industry briefs and showcase their work in exhibitions, fashion shows and competitions along with extensive visits to events and galleries.

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Business

Business students at the College will learn about the dynamic world of business. Students will develop skills and knowledge to equip them to become a confident decision maker in a cutting-edge, professional environment. Our courses will allow you to explore the range of diverse departments that work together to form a successful business. Students will benefit from the industry experience of our expert tutors who will teach you the principles of marketing, accounting, human resources and business environment & resources. Whatever your ambition these courses will prepare you for university level study or to begin your career in the commercial world.

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Child Care & Early Years Education

Working with infants and young children can offer a range of rewarding and exciting careers. Our childcare qualifications are designed to prepare students to work with children between birth and five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years. Students will benefit from high quality work placements with local nurseries and primary schools.

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Computer Science and Digital Skills

Computing and IT is a dynamic industry where innovation is paramount. That is why we have invested in the very best software, industry standard hardware and state-of-the-art multimedia and web development Mac suite. There are so many computing careers to choose from; that is why our course content is constantly reviewed to reflect the fast past of industry demand. Students at Level 3 have a 100% pass rate.

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Construction Studies / Civil Engineering

There are many rewarding and diverse career opportunities within the civil engineering sector. The sector is responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, building, canals and damns. If you are an aspiring Architect, Surveyor or Civil Engineer our courses will provide you with the skills to progress into this fast paced industry.

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Electrical & Electronic Engineering

The Government has declared 2018 the Year of Engineering and engineers are in high demand across the UK.The engineering sector reports evidence of skills shortages for employers in key UK engineering sectors including aerospace, telecoms, rail, power, nuclear, chemical, civil and defence. Over 2.85 million engineering jobs will need filling by 2024 and the average starting salaries for engineering and technology graduates are well above the average at £25,800. The College has a long-standing history and reputation for providing excellence in engineering and manufacturing and is committed to training highly skilled engineers of the future. The College specialises in intelligent engineering including mechatronics, robotics, automation and autonomous vehicles, as well as the development and evolution of hybrid technologies. The Centre has had significant investment of £1.4m to ensure that future engineers develop technical skills and knowledge using the latest equipment and technologies which include a CNC Milling Machine, CNC Plasma Cutter and Thermo Fluid Bench and Bernoullis Principle Test equipment. Electrical and Electronic Engineers can work in a diverse range of sectors including aerospace, broadcasting, telecoms, manufacturing, power and utilities. Our excellent courses prepare students for higher education and employment. Our expert tutors are highly qualified and have a wealth of experience from British Gas, Atomic Energy and Network Rail.

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Fashion & Clothing

Develop your flair for fashion & textiles at our Centre of Excellence for Creative Arts. Here you will study in large purpose built studios where you will learn how to design and create your own fashion ideas and styles. You will gain hands-on experience of using industry standard machinery and explore a range of fabrics and garment construction techniques. Our expert tutors all have industry experience and will support you through your programme.

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Graphic Design

Learn how to transform your creative ideas into visual and textual context at our Centre of Excellence in Creative Arts. Students on our Graphic Design courses use the latest technology in our Mac Suite to develop their skills and knowledge and work on live briefs provided by employers. You will produce and showcase your work in the end of year Art Exhibition.

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Health & Social Care

The Centre of Excellence for Health & Social Care is an exceptional learning facility for aspiring health & social care workers. We have a brand new extended clinical ward with real working equipment, beds and facilities to simulate a hospital environment. Our highly trained tutors have all enjoyed great career in the sector have great links with the NHS and private care providers; ensuring our students receive high quality work placements.

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Mechanical Engineering

Engineers are in high demand across the UK. The sector reports evidence of skills shortages for employers in key UK engineering sectors including aerospace, telecoms, rail, power, nuclear, chemical, civil and defence. More than 2.85 million engineering jobs need to be filled by 2024.

The average starting salaries for engineering and technology graduates are well above the average at £25,800.

The College has a long-standing history and reputation for providing excellence in engineering and manufacturing and is committed to training highly skilled engineers. The College specialises in intelligent engineering including mechatronics, robotics, automation and autonomous vehicles, as well as the development and evolution of hybrid technologies.

The Centre has had significant investment of £1.4m to ensure that future engineers develop technical skills and knowledge using the latest equipment and technologies which include a CNC Milling Machine, CNC Plasma Cutter and Thermo Fluid Bench and Bernoullis Principle Test equipment. Electrical and Electronic Engineers work in a diverse range of sectors including aerospace, broadcasting, telecoms, manufacturing, power and utilities.

Tutors are highly qualified and have a wealth of experience working for British Gas, Atomic Energy and Network Rail.

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Performing Arts

The School for the Arts offers exceptional facilities for ambitious performers including the purpose built Saidy Theatre and three sprung floor dance studios. Students will develop their performance skills and knowledge to become confident and accomplished artists through a variety of shows and plays. We will work with you on a career plan and explore the range of university level courses and employment opportunities available to you.

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Public Services

Our Public Services courses develop the physical and academic skills required for successful careers in the Police, Fire and Rescue, Prison Services and Armed Forces. Students benefit from the College's great links with the public services and gain real physical and problem solving experience. Courses have been specifically designed with significant input from the Police and the Royal Air Force. Students experience an extensive guest speaker programme. They are put through their paces with health and fitness activities with team working.

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Teacher Education

There are lots of teaching opportunities in post compulsory learning and skills sector. Our teacher education courses provide trainees with the skills and confidence to teach within the post-16 education sector. We have a range of flexible delivery options available.

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Travel and Tourism

Travel & Tourism courses are taught by professionals who have extensive experience working in the aviation, tourism and hospitality sectors. Our courses prepare students for careers in this fast paced industry where high standards of customer service are expected.

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