Across three campuses (Abbey Park, Freemen's Park and St. Margaret's Campuses) Leicester College offers a comprehensive range of technical, vocational and higher education qualifications across a broad range of subject areas, including ESOL, from entry to university level to around 19,000 students, who range in age from 14 to 94. Students of all ages and backgrounds are represented at Leicester College: our youngest students come here one a day a week from school to study vocational qualifications alongside their GCSEs, while our oldest student recently celebrated her 100th birthday. From entry-level courses to degree-level study, we serve all sections of our community: whether you want to take an evening course to get a taste of something new, get an Access diploma to go to university, or study full time on one of our vocational courses, we can help you realise your ambitions.
At Leicester College, we strive to support all of our students. We offer a careers service to help students progress successfully into education, employment, and training. Also, our learning coaches and mentors offer a lot of support. A mentor will work with you to meet your pastoral needs, while a learning coach gets more actively involved in the academic side of College life. We offer ongoing support for our students with special educational needs and disabilities. Also, we provide free and confidential sexual health and counselling services for all of our learners. Here at Leicester College all of our support team are friendly and experienced they will listen to your needs and help you to work out your next course of action. The welfare team is available at Student Services at Abbey Park and Freemen’s Park Campus sites. The team at Leicester College offer a range of services to learners:
- Impartial Information, Advice, and Guidance
- Administer the various support funds
- Offer debt advice
- Give information, advice, and guidance to homeless students
- Provide confirmation of study letters
- Support for HE students
You can access The Welfare Team through:
- Student services front desks
- Group works/ presentations
What makes us different?
Leicester College is an Associate College of De Montfort University and works with the University to provide pathways to degree level in many subject areas following study at the College. Our excellent industry-standard facilities and expert teaching provide our students with the knowledge, skills, and experience to be a leader in their chosen field, opening doors to employment and further education. With smaller class sizes than most universities, studying with us means you receive more personalised attention and support from our teaching staff. We have some very well known alumni, who have excelled in their chosen careers: for example, celebrity fashion designer and TV presenter Gok Wan studied at Leicester College, as did Aaron Patterson, the Head Chef at Hambleton Hall, who studied Culinary Arts at Leicester College and won his first Michelin Star at age 23.
A little different to other FE Colleges as we also have a HE provision you have access to The Student Union. The Student Union is run by students for students. The ‘executive’, as they’re known, are voted into their positions by fellow learners twice yearly. A major part of their role is learner representation, giving learners a voice and ensuring that their views are heard, shared, and acted upon appropriately by our leadership team.
By Road – From the North, South and West take the M1 motorway, Junction 21 or M69, Leicester junction. From the East, take the A47 or A6.
By Coach – St Margaret’s Bus Station is opposite the main road near to St Margaret’s Campus. Information on timetables can be found at www.traveline.info/
By Train – Leicester Train Station is a 25 minute walk from Freemen’s Park and St Margaret’s Campus. Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Buses – For local bus service information, call Traveline on 0871 200 2233.
Whether you’re a school leaver or a career changer, we want you to have the best possible experience with us, and our excellent facilities help you to do so. From our nurseries (ranked as outstanding by Ofsted) to our gym, everything you need is conveniently located so you can get the most out of your time with us. Each campus also hosts a well-stocked library which includes study spaces, computer facilities, and media appropriate for your course.
Food Inc. is the on-site canteen, with an outlet at each of our campuses. It’s the place to go for affordable hot meals, snacks, and sandwiches. It’s open throughout the day with changing offerings for breakfast and lunch. There’s always a vegetarian option and a fresh salad bar. Our Freemen’s Park campus also has further dining options.
Your spiritual/pastoral needs are equally catered for with our multi-faith chaplaincy, and non-denominational prayer rooms are provided at each site, too.
Jake Naylor – BTEC Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Peter Jones Extended Diploma
Jake has taken the first steps into setting up his business, Past 2 Present, which upcycles used textiles to produce unique products ‘with a story’.
“Throughout the two years at the Academy, this competition has been in the back of my mind while developing my business idea into a reality. I didn’t just enter for the investment; I also entered for the experience and the chance to meet other passionate entrepreneurs and of course, Peter Jones.
‘’To get through to the finals is a crazy thought. It just proves to me that people like my business and that it has potential. It has been some of the best years of my life at the Academy and to finish it off by being in the finals has just been amazing, looking back at how much I have achieved and where I am now. Business is a passion for me and I just wanted to see what their opinions were. I didn’t ever realise I would make it this far.
Jake Completed in GCSE English and Maths with Leicester College and then took on a BTEC Qualification.
Charlotte Burnett, Performing Arts Musical Theatre
Charlotte is studying musical theatre at Leicester College and along with some of her peers has also been accepted into a conservatoire.
“There were two rounds of the audition and one interview. So I had the first round in November and I got a recall for my second interview in January. At the recall they usually do the interview and then tell you in a couple of weeks if you’ve got in or not but luckily they liked me enough to offer me a space on the spot.”
Whilst at College Charlotte has had some great opportunities come her way, to help her build on her performing experience.
“At the start of the year, we did a flash mob in the Leicester train station. I also got a chance to do some backing vocals for a TV show.”
Charlotte dreams of performing in the West End one day as a professional performer.
Charlotte Arlow –
Level 3 Diploma: Hair & Media Make-up
FD Artistic Make-up and Media Make-up
Charlotte went on to work on the set of Game of Thrones
“My highlights on the course have been the real-life experiences I’ve had. I’ve entered national competitions and worked in theatre productions at Leicester College. Learning about the make-up industry has been an excellent part of it. I want to work in film and theatre and this course is a real eye-opener to that.”
Charlotte studied her Level 3 Diploma at Leicester College and went on to do her Foundation Degree at Leicester College too.