From September 2023, Kirklees College will be offering two brand-new Foundation Degrees in Computing and Business and Management in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The two new courses will offer students the chance to earn a highly credited qualification from one of the UK’s top universities.

With a core focus on work experience, employability skills and learning relevant to industry needs, both Foundation Degrees offer a tangible, value for money route to employment in two of the UK’s most in demand sectors.

The University of Central Lancashire is a leading modern university with roots stretching back to 1828. UCLan was placed in the top 7% of universities globally by The Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR) in 2022-2023.

As well as enhancing their employment opportunities by gaining a qualification from such a well-respected institution, students who complete one of these Foundation Degrees will also be able to progress onto degree courses at UCLan.

Karin Sykes, higher education manager at Kirklees College, said: “The new partnership with UCLan is part of our Higher Education strategy for the college and allows us to offer courses for our progressing students who want to secure Higher Technical Qualifications that lead to meaningful employment.

“Both programmes have an industry placement within them which gives students opportunities to further develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours and be ready to move into employment with confidence. This is an exciting time for the college and we look forward to a positive relationship with the university.”

Ruth Connor, deputy chief executive at UCLan, said: “We’re delighted with our new partnership with Kirklees College, which builds on our well established UK Partnership Network.

“Both organisations are committed to providing opportunities for students to have a high quality higher education experience, enabling them to flourish in education, at work and for life.

“Kirklees College’s mission statement of ‘Creating Opportunity, Changing Lives’ is aligned with UCLan’s values, which centre around creating a positive change in our students, business partners and wider communities.

“The development of the Foundation Degrees will play a key role in supporting recognised skills shortages, creating progression pathways for learners. As well as ensuring students have the opportunity to progress into meaningful employment, creating talent pipelines, widening social mobility, improving prosperity, and economic health.

“We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Kirklees College as we collaborate to provide relevant Higher Education programmes and opportunities for local communities.”

You can find out more about the new Foundation Degrees, including how to apply and information regarding fees and funding by heading to the Kirklees College website – click here.