College celebrates University Centre status

Wigan and Leigh College
Wigan and Leigh College

The borough’s leading higher education facility is celebrating another degree of success after becoming a University Centre.

Wigan and Leigh College received the prestigious status thanks to its link with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston to offer degree-level study.

Students on 30 courses in 13 subject areas are able to gain high-quality vocational experience while receiving expert academic tuition from lecturers at the college, with the university then awarding the degrees.

The milestone award is being celebrated at the college, which has campuses across the borough, is also marking 70 years of providing higher and further education this year.

Principal Anna Dawe said: “We are immensely proud to have received the acknowledgement of our status as a quality higher education provider. In addition this secures the futures of our students and the local business community.”

Degree-level opportunities available include specialist science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) subjects, while Wigan and Leigh also offers a sector-leading degree apprenticeship programme with Sellafield.

The college says its University Centre also allows adult learners to achieve degrees studying on a part-time, flexible basis around work, looking after families and other commitments.

The University Centre status was hailed by Wigan Council as a key part of its plans to improve the local economic outlook. Chief executive Donna Hall said: “This is fantastic news for the existing and future workforce in the borough. The college’s role in supporting businesses through skills development is crucial to our economic vision.”

The new status was approved by the Department for Education and Companies House based on evidence the college had to submit. UCLan has also expressed delight at the success of the link with the college and pledged to continue developing it.

The college has a wide choice of qualifications at all levels from entry level to professional and post-grad courses. FE students can choose the A-level professional honours programme or vocational qualifications such as BTecs.

The college’s University Centre is holding an open event on Tuesday June 20 from 5pm to 8pm, with VIP guests, businesses and budding students all invited.

To find out more, visit www.wigan-leigh.ac.uk