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Subject Areas

Choose from our range of over 200 exciting courses in a range of different areas - all taught by friendly, down-to-earth experts!


Lakes College helps to pave the way to your long-lasting and successful career, and it all starts here.

We understand that not everyone knows exactly what they want to do with their future, but that’s okay!

Learn about each subject area using the links below, and think about what careers our courses can lead to.


Access to Higher Education

Access to Higher Education – Click here

Prepare for degree-level study with our intensive one year course, tailored to equip you with the study skills and knowledge needed in order to progress onto university level learning.


Business – Click here

If you’re looking to work your way up the corporate ladder, become an entrepreneur at the head of your own enterprise, or you’re looking for a career in HR, finance, marketing or IT, it starts here!

Catering & Hospitality

Catering & Hospitality – Click here

Take a look at the Lake District, and it’s easy to see why Hospitality & Tourism are at the heart of west Cumbria’s local economy.

Construction & the Built Environment

Construction & the Built Environment- Click here

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to build your own house? or be part of a team designing, Planning and Constructing a bridge, sports stadium or skyscraper?


Creative – Click here

From computer games to graphic design, photography to fashion, right through to art therapy and advertising, Creative courses can lead to a breathtaking and awe-inspiring career…

Digital Computing & IT

Digital Computing & IT – Click here

Our Digital Computing & IT courses offer the breadth of knowledge to get started in a career working with computers, covering areas such as Multimedia & Software and Games Design.

Early Years & Education

Early Years & Education – Click here

Take a look at our courses if you would like to become a Childminder, Nursery Nurse or Teaching Assistant.

Engineering & Science

Engineering & Science – Click here

There is a national shortage of engineers, so engineering really is a smart career to get in to. We’ve got plenty of options so you can pursue either a practical, workshop-based career, or if you a problem solver then will teach you to design and build solutions on a computer.

Hair & Beauty Therapy

Hair & Beauty Therapy – Click here

Potential careers include working for global beauty brands, opening up your own salon business, or working on film sets and in the theatre!

Motor Vehicle

Motor Vehicle – Click here

Our Motor Vehicle courses provide a set of skills that will prove invaluable in building a successful career – from vehicle systems and how to diagnose faults to repair works, electronics and more.


Nuclear – Click here

At the National College for Nuclear we aim to revolutionise the way people are educated through innovation and collaboration with industry, creating an eco-system of learning.

Nurse Cadets

Nurse Cadets – Click here

A 2-year qualification designed in partnership with the NHS, taking place across Carlisle/West Cumbria – equivalent to THREE A-Levels!

Public Services

Public Services – Click here

There are few careers that are always in demand. But no matter what the political landscape or the economic climate, Public Services will always offer career choices for the active and enthusiastic.

Foundation Learning

Foundation Learning – Click here

The ready programme is an accessible and inclusive programme for learners with learning difficulties. This pathway supports learners with progressing into their next stage of education.

Social Care

Social Care – Click here

From hospitals to care homes to nurseries, there are a vast array of institutions, organisations and businesses. The health & social care sector is one of the biggest employers in West Cumbria!

Sport & Fitness

Sport & Fitness – Click here

If you’re interested in making a future out of fitness, a role in coaching, sports or leisure provides a chance to share your passion while playing an active role in the community.


Teaching – Click here

It’s no surprise that we’re passionate about educating people – we’ve been doing it for 40 years!

T Levels

T Levels – Click here

A two-year qualification, equivalent to three A-levels – choose from a range of exciting subject areas and apply today!


Who are our courses for?

We have something for everyone at Lakes College, including if you’re:

  • leaving school
  • considering a return to education
  • looking to enhance your career development
  • an employer seeking training for your employees
  • wanting to learn for fun

Additional Info

With a range of modern facilities and excellent results, we aim to provide you with the best possible learning experience. 98% of students agree that we do!

You’ll learn the very latest techniques and be one step ahead of the competition, building useful skills which will be vital within your career. You won’t be tied to the classroom either – we arrange fun day days, guest lectures and have plenty of social events happening for students all year round.

Speak to our team now, and learn how we can help your career take off. We’re here for everyone in the community and can help with everything – from finding the right course for you to getting childcare.

For more information, please contact us – click here for details.

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