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.

A Level Professional Honours Programme

We are offering you the opportunity to combine traditional academic study (A Levels) with professional qualifications and valuable work experience. This inspiring programme is designed for students who want to secure a place at one of the country's top universities or with a prestigious employer.

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Access to Higher Education

Do you dream of going to university but don't have the qualifications you need? Then an Access to HE course could be for you. The Access to HE Diploma courses are a fast-track route into higher education for adults aged 19 and over. They require a high level of commitment on time in order to achieve the right level of academic development needed to progress onto university.

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Accountancy

Our AAT courses will provide you with the practical skills and financial expertise to have a rewarding career in the professional field of accountancy. This well recognised and widely respected qualification is often preferred by employers. Accreditation is by the AAT (The Association of Accounting Technicians).

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Animal Management

Animal related careers can be extremely rewarding and exciting. An integral part of our Animal Management courses is valuable and stimulating work experience for our students as one of our partner animal centres. The exceptional animal management classrooms are home to over 20 different species of reptiles and rodents. The rooms are fully equipped to provide students with hands on experience of caring for and managing animals. There is also purpose built dog kennels and a large dog grooming suite.

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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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Bakery School

If you have the passion and determination to succeed in the culinary world as a Patisserie Chef or Baker then one of our inspiring courses at The Bakery School could be for you. The Bakery School offers dedicated kitchens and industry standard equipment that are second-to-none. Students can choose from a range of courses that are designed to develop the high level of skills required for successful careers in this thriving industry. Bakery skills are in high demand in the food and drinks industry.

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Beauty and Holistic Therapy

When it comes to beauty the Image Centre at Wigan & Leigh College is top of its game. We have an exceptional reputation for equipping students with the skills and knowledge to work at a national and international level. Students choosing to study beauty therapy will benefit from the Image Centre's state-of-the-art facilities where real work experience is gained. Students will benefit from highly experienced and qualified tutors who have strong links with industry professionals to provide quality work experience and training on the latest techniques and products. The Image Centre is at the forefront of the

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Bricklaying

The Construction industry offers careers in a wide-range of trades including brickwork, carpentry & joinery, painting and decorating, plastering and plumbing. Students studying at Wigan & Leigh College will benefit from some of the regions very best purpose built facilities and workshops in which to master their trade. Each trade has its own workshops within the Centre for Engineering & Construction at our Pagefield Campus. Our tutors are experts in their trade and have years of valuable experience. The College has extensive links with local and national employers offering opportunities for high quality work experience.

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Business

Business students at Wigan & Leigh 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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Business Administration

Business Administration is required in all types of industries. Students will work to develop and understand the latest office software programs, including spreadsheets, databases, word processing and graphic presentation software. Our expert tutors will help you build the confidence to communicate effectively at all levels and develop your time management skills.

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Carpentry & Joinery

The Construction industry offers careers in a wide-range of trades including brickwork, carpentry & joinery, painting and decorating, plastering and plumbing. Students studying at Wigan & Leigh College will benefit from some of the regions very best purpose built facilities and workshops in which to master their trade. Each trade has its own workshops within the Centre for Engineering & Construction at our Pagefield Campus. Our tutors are experts in their trade and have years of valuable experience. The College has extensive links with local and national employers offering opportunities for high quality work experience.

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Catering & Hospitality

'The Wheel Restaurant' is an award winning restaurant where catering & hospitality students showcase their culinary dishes, created in the state-of-the-art kitchen facilities. Our student's success is testimony to their passion for the industry; real hands on work experience; fantastic facilities and expert tuition that they benefit from here at Wigan & Leigh College. That is why students who choose one of our inspiring catering courses at Levels 2 and 3 achieve 100% pass rate each year.

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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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Computing & Information Technology

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 Crafts

The Construction industry offers careers in a wide-range of trades including brickwork, carpentry & joinery, painting and decorating, plastering and plumbing. Students studying at Wigan & Leigh College will benefit from some of the regions very best purpose built facilities and workshops in which to master their trade. Each trade has its own workshops within the Centre for Engineering & Construction at our Pagefield Campus. Our tutors are experts in their trade and have years of valuable experience. The College has extensive links with local and national employers offering opportunities for high quality work experience.

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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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Criminology and Sociology

The criminology and sociology sectors provide career opportunities in the criminal justice system, the National Probation Service, the police and fields of social work and research.

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Electrical & Electronic Engineering

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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ESOL

Enjoy improving your English at our highly successful and popular ESOL department. We will support you in improving your spoken, reading and written English in classes with students from all over the world. Our qualified teachers will help and support you and ensure your classes are fun, interesting and engaging.

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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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Floristry & Horticulture

The Floristry and horticulture department has a flourishing reputation and is becoming one of the finest education providers in the country. Floristry students develop their artistic display skills and floral knowledge in the dedicated workshops. Horticulture students will gain hands-on experience in one of our purpose built polytunnels and work on real horticultural projects.

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Foundation Studies

Our Entry Level courses provide students with a great foundation to progress on to the next level course. Students will benefit from an exceptional range of support services and students will be assessed on their own individual needs.

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Gas Centre

Wigan & Leigh College Gas Training Centre is committed to providing quality training and assessment. The centre boasts a secure assessment area and there is on site parking as well as high standard classroom facilities.

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Graphic Design

Learn how to transform your creative ideas into visual and textual context at our Centre of Excellence for 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. 90% of our Level 3 students progress onto university to study a range of creative degree level programmes.

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Hairdressing

The Image Centre is a contemporary working salon that offers students an exceptional environment in which to develop their skills. Our tutors are highly experienced and have great links with industry professionals to provide students with quality work experience. Students will master the latest cutting, colouring and creative styling techniques.

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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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Management & Professional

High quality management and leadership skills are essential for any successful business. We offer a range of professional qualifications, delivered by our industry trained professionals.

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Maths and English

There are many benefits to improving your everyday life through learning English and maths. We use English and maths at home and in our social life everyday - paying bills, reading letters and emails, helping with homework, reading recipes and measuring ingredients to sharing a bill in a restaurant. In the workplace employers often require employees to hold qualifications in English and maths to communicate with colleagues, customers, calculating wages or measuring materials. English and maths skills are essential. We have a range of courses for all abilities from Entry Level, Level 1, 2 and GCSE

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Mechanical Engineering

Our cutting edge machinery and workshops provide engineering students with some of the best facilities in which to develop the skills to become proficient engineers. Our mechanical engineering courses are designed to prepare students to progress onto university, degree apprenticeships or employment. Mechanical engineers are required in a wide range of sectors including aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, railway and biomedical.

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Media

The Media department has invested in brand new technologies that are second-to-none. The latest virtual reality filming and photography techniques can be captured with the very latest Omni Cam 360

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Motor Vehicle Engineering

Students with a passion for engines will benefit from the fully equipped purpose built motor vehicle workshop. The workshops are installed with industry standard equipment including: 4 & 2 poster ramp, a simulated MOT bay, break testing and diagnostic testing equipment.

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Music

The music industry offers a wide-range of careers for talented performers, writers and producers. Our professional tutors currently work in the music industry and have great links with industry experts. Students will develop their skills in our purpose built practice rooms, recording studios Mac and PC suites equipped with both Logic Pro and CuBase.

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Painting & Decorating

The Construction industry offers careers in a wide-range of trades including brickwork, carpentry & joinery, painting and decorating, plastering and plumbing. Students studying at Wigan & Leigh College will benefit from some of the regions very best purpose built facilities and workshops in which to master their trade. Each trade has its own workshops within the Centre for Engineering & Construction at our Pagefield Campus. Our tutors are experts in their trade and have years of valuable experience. The College has extensive links with local and national employers offering opportunities for high quality work experience.

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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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Photography

The Centre of Excellence for Creative Arts offers Photography students the very best studio facilities and dark room to capture and develop their images. Students will learn how to use digital and traditional methods of photography using a variety of subjects. Students will develop their skills using state of the art Macs and adobe editing suite. Our expert tutors have extensive experience working in the world of photography and innovative and interactive digital media.

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Plastering

The Construction industry offers careers in a wide-range of trades including brickwork, carpentry & joinery, painting and decorating, plastering and plumbing. Students studying at Wigan & Leigh College will benefit from some of the regions very best purpose built facilities and workshops in which to master their trade. Each trade has its own workshops within the Centre for Engineering & Construction at our Pagefield Campus. Our tutors are experts in their trade and have years of valuable experience. The College has extensive links with local and national employers offering opportunities for high quality work experience.

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Plumbing

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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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 on a residential programmes with the Army.

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Science & Forensics

Science is brought to life in our outstanding, newly refurbished laboratories. Our Science programmes equip students with the skills and knowledge to enter a variety of science related careers and degrees.

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Sport

The Centre of Sporting Excellence offers wold class facilities at Leigh Sports Village. Exceptional tuition is offered on all our sport programmes and are available up to Foundation Degree. Students are offered extensive opportunities to maximise their sporting and coaching talents.

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Teacher Education

Teaching opportunities in post compulsory learning and skills sector are plentiful. 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 & Tourism

The Travel & Tourism courses are taught by highly experienced professionals who have extensive experience working in the aviation, tourism and hospitality sector. Our courses prepare students for careers in this fast paced industry where high standards of customer service are expected. Courses range from Level 2 up to Higher National Diploma Level.

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