Leicester College is one of the largest in the UK with more than 28,800 learners studying with us on a wide range of courses, from many backgrounds and with different ambitions and aspirations.
We are committed to enriching the lives of all members of the community and to creating new opportunities for them. This is reflected in our mission statement: “To deliver a wide range of high quality learning experiences to support the diverse communities we serve and the personal, social and economic development of individuals and enterprises.”
Key facts and figures
- More than 28,800 learners study with us.
- We offer hundreds of courses from entry level to university level.
- We provide training for thousands of local and national companies.
- The College has three state-of-the-art city centre campuses and runs courses in more than 80 community venues.
- In 2011, Ofsted found that the College is outstanding at meeting the needs of learners, employers and the wider community.
- 830 learners are studying university-level courses.
- We have 3,100 Apprentices and Advanced Apprentices.
- 6,350 learners studied Skills for Life courses.
- 805 learners went on to Higher Education after studying at Leicester College.
- We have 555 learners aged 14-16 years, and 5,370 learners aged 16-18 years.
- We are proud that our learners reflect the diversity of the local population:
- 4,200 learners have a learning difficulty and/or disability.
- 36% are from black and minority ethnic groups.
- 42% are from areas of disadvantage.
- 4,910 learners are taking ESOL programmes.
- We employ 1,500 people.
- The annual budget is £53 million.
- We are members of four National Skills Academy networks in the areas of Food and Drink, Environmental Technologies, Retail and Materials, Production and Supply.
- We have also recently been appointed the East Midlands Hub for The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.
Awards and Standards
We have achieved certification in the Training Quality Standard. The College also holds the Matrix quality standard for information, advice and guidance services for Student Services, the Investors in People award and the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) Leading the Learner Voice Award for Community and Social Cohesion.
Our efforts to encourage social integration, plus our embedding of Functional Skills of English, maths and ICT in all areas of the curriculum, saw Leicester College win two Association of Colleges Beacon Awards.
In addition, we have won the Churches’ Award for Sustainable College Partnerships that Recognise Diversity and Develop People and Communities for our community cohesion action plan.
Our most recent achievements include being awarded the Artsmark Gold by Arts Council England in recognition of our commitment to, and excellence in, arts education. We have also received the first Habia Skills Academy’s (HSA) Centre of Expertise status for our Foundation Degree in Artistic Make-up and Special Effects.
Additional awards received by the College include:
- Our Continuing Studies department was shortlisted for the TES FE awards for ‘Outstanding Innovation in Teaching, Training or Learning Provision’.
- They were also chosen as a case study for LSIS resource “Creative Listening: Hearing the Voices of Learners with PMLD”.
- The College was shortlisted for a CIM Award for our 100 in 100 Campaign.
- We won the Gold Heist Award for the same campaign.
- We were chosen by the NSA for Food Manufacturing to be the Food Manufacturing Champion for Bakery.
- We were awarded a certificate of achievement in recognition for outstanding voluntary and community contribution to the city and county by the Muslim Khatri Association.
- The College was used in the good practice guides ‘Improving access to learning provision in the community and ex offenders’ and ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’.
- Diversity Manager Ruth Pickersgill was Highly Commended in the LSIS Learner Voice Senior Manager of the Year.
Leicester College is also a member of the 157 Group. The 157 Group is a consortium of 30 of the UK’s largest FE Colleges who offer a UK-wide view of educational practice and policy development.