WELCOME TO the University Centre WIGAN & LEIGH cOLLEGE

With 70 years of expertise delivering vocational higher education the University Centre is the first choice partner to secure your career success and for the skills development of the future workforce.

For careers and sector expertise in Business, Professional & Technology, Creative Arts & New Media, Construction & Engineering and Health & Social Care, Sport & Education.

Degrees, Foundation Degrees and Teaching qualifications are awarded by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and the Higher National (HND and HNC) courses in partnership with Pearson Edexcel.

Students studying on programmes awarded by UCLan can also access a range of the University's resources and facilities.

Our University Centre programmes develop qualities in students which are sought after in industry, from employability and problem solving skills to communication and team working. We pride ourselves in
providing quality learning opportunities to equip the workforce for the future with the skills., knowledge and opportunities to establish a successful career in their chosen profession.

Explore Our Courses

why choose the university centre wigan & leigh college?

  • We have been delivering high quality higher education courses for over 70 years
  • We are the only College in the borough with University Centre status
  • Graduate with degree awarded by UCLan or a Pearson qualification
  • Your career is our focus whether progressing or to starting your career we support you to achieve your goals
  • Studying around work, family and other commitments won't be a problem, many courses are offered both full and part-time
  • Smaller class sizes mean more contact time and a higher level of support one-to-one
  • Our expert tutors’ industry knowledge sets them apart, they teach from experience
  • Our fees are extremely competitive and by studying locally you could save thousands on accommodation costs.

Levels of study

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) - Level 7The PGCE programme is a teacher training course for graduates. It aims to develop students thinking skills and research techniques alongside teaching skills enabling graduates to establish a career in the education sector.
Top-Up Honours Degree - Level 6These are full honours degree courses enabling those who have succesfully completed a Foundation Degree programme or Higher National Diploma to gain a full Honours Degree in one further year of study (subject to the relevant criteria).
Degree ApprenticeshipsDegree Apprenticeships are a brand new government led initiative that enable students to incorporate a university degree award alongside apprenticeship training in the workplace. Students will gain a full degree whilst at the College and earn a wage and gain experience within their chosen sector.
Foundation Degree - Level 5Our Foundation Degrees have been designed in partnership with employers. It is a university validated award taht can be obtained after two-years of full-time study or three-years part-time study. Foundation Degrees provides students with the opportunity to progress onto a Top-up Honours Degree programme or into employment.
Higher National Diploma (HND) - Level 5These full and part-time courses are designed with employers in mind. Students develop a range of transferable skills through projects, assignments and practical work. Students successfully completing a relevant HND are able to progress onto a relevant Top-up Honours Degree at the College or at a university across England (subject to relevant entry criteria).
Certificate in Education - Level 5The Certificate in Education provides students with the skills and knowledge to teach in post 16 education. The qualification is worth 120 credits and can be topped up a degree.
Higher National Certificate (HNC) - Level 4The Higher National Certificate is ideal for those who are in employment and wish to study part-time whilst developing higher level academic vocational skills.
Higher Apprenticeships - Level 4 to 5A Higher Apprenticeships is a work-based pathway which provides undergraduates with a higher level qualification up to level 5 and industry experience.
Foundation Entry DegreesThe programmes are designed to enable students to gain formal qualifications to enrol onto a Higher Education programme. The programmes provide students with a pathway into University Study at the University Centre.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

Our alumni are successful and go on to their chosen career or further study after graduating, read some of their successes and achievements here...

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Madara Namike
Higher National Diploma (HND) in Fashion & Textiles
Junior Designer at Matalan

Madara recently gained a full time position at Matalan as a Junior Designer for Children's Clothes through her work placement at the University Centre Wigan & Leigh College.

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Beki Davis
Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mechanical Engineering
Senior Manufacturing Engineer at MBDA Missile Systems

Beki Davis, a 22 year-old Senior Manufacturing Engineer at missiles and missile systems developer, MBDA, established her career within Engineering as an apprentice at 16.

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Daniel Cragg
BEng (Hons) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering
University Centre Wigan & Leigh College

Daniel started off on a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. After successfully achieving this qualification he progressed onto the HNC/HND Engineering course and is now completing his final year to achieve a BEng (Hons) in Engineering.

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James Wilcock
Foundation Degree (FdA) in Sports Coaching
Manchester United Coach

James completed his FdA Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching at our Centre of Sporting Excellence and is now working with the world renowned football club, Manchester United.

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Jade Aspinall
Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mechanical Engineering
Senior Manufacturing Engineer at MBDA Missile Systems

The ambitious engineer has won numerous awards for engineering and recently was awarded National Apprentice of the Year at a prestigious ceremony at Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

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What is University Centre Status?

The recognised body for Wigan & Leigh College University Centre is The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). This means that Wigan deliver the teaching and learning to support you in achieving your degree and that your award is from UCLan. Colleges can’t award degrees themselves but they can deliver them with the support of an awarding partner.

What are the benefits of studying at the University Centre?

Studying a degree at The University Centre Wigan & Leigh College means;

  • Studying around work, family and other commitments won't be a problem, many courses are offered full and part-time
  • Smaller class sizes mean more contact time and a higher level of support one-to-one
  • Our expert tutors’ industry knowledge sets them apart, they teach from experience
  • Our fees are extremely competitive and by studying locally you could save thousands on accommodation costs.
  • The average salary earned by College leavers was £23,000 (Destinations Interim DLHE Study)

Who are Pearson and what is their role in HNCs/HNDs?

Pearson is the UK's largest awarding body and we are regulated by Ofqual (England). They offer academic and vocational qualifications that are globally recognised and benchmarked, with educational excellence rooted in names like Edexcel and BTEC.

Vocational qualifications include Edexcel NVQ and BTEC from entry level to Higher National Diplomas. BTECs are recognised in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Available in over 40 subjects, BTEC Higher Nationals are an ideal choice for learners seeking a cost-effective and relevant route to their first degree or employment.

BTEC Higher Nationals provide specialist work-related learning, reflecting the requirements of employers and professional organisations and meeting the National Occupational Standards for each sector or industry.

What are Degree and Higher Apprenticeships?

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships provide a skills focussed alternative to degree study. On-the-job training alongside higher-level study will kick-start your career and long term employability.

Higher Apprenticeships are Level 4, 5, 6, 7 Foundation degree and above

Degree Apprenticeships are Level 6, 7 Bachelor’s or master’s degree

How you benefit;

  • Earn a full-time wage with a reputable employer
  • Gain valuable industry experience and fast-track your career, most of your time is spent in the workplace
  • Achieve higher level qualifications without the costs/loans (course fees are paid by the Government and your employer)
  • Professional body membership for your industry is often built-in
  • Graduate with a degree awarded by UCLan