The College of West Anglia

Starting College Equipment Lists

For some of our courses, it is necessary to purchase relevant equipment or clothing (e.g. protective clothing), whilst for some others, we offer optional college-branded clothing. The kit lists below will give you information about what equipment is essential for your course and may also offer optional equipment. The majority of our equipment and uniform can be purchased at our online store, but please check the kit list for your course below first, as some equipment and uniform will only be available from the original supplier.

Important information for 19+ students

If you are a fully-funded student (i.e. you do not have to pay any fees for your course) or are planning on obtaining an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees then any equipment or uniform which is considered essential to you completing your course will be provided you by the faculty team. If this is the case for you, please do not purchase any kit, equipment or uniform prior to your course. You can find more information on adult learning fees here. If you do not meet the above criteria, you may be entitled to financial help to help you with kit, equipment and uniform costs.

Financial help

The college operates a Learner Support Fund which can help students whose financial circumstances make it difficult for them to meet the costs associated with study; find out more information here. Once you have purchased your equipment and have been awarded funds from the Learner Support Fund, please provide us with a receipt of your purchase and we will refund you in the first term of the course. If the cost of your kit, uniform and equipment is above £100 and you have already been awarded money from the Learner Support Fund, we may be able to order it for you. Once you’ve received your award letter, please contact us on 01553 815271 and we will be able to advise you further. Please note that we are only able to refund or purchase kit, equipment or uniform which is considered essential to you completing your qualification.

King's Lynn campus

 

All equipment and clothing can be purchased via the online store; please select your campus and chosen course from the options available.

Students are advised not to purchase any equipment for these courses over the summer. Placements start after October half-term and we would suggest waiting a few weeks into the term, to make sure you are certain that you are on the right course. Each course has a different colour kit, and is also named according to the subject area. However, if you think you may be entitled to financial help towards the cost of the kit (and your DBS check, travel costs etc.), then you should apply for that over the summer as funding is allocated on a first come first served basis.

All course levels within care & early years will be required to complete a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check to enable them to access placement. Payment of this is taken during enrolment and is included in your resource/material fee, more information about enrolment and starting college will be sent to you during the summer.

 
 

A-Level Programme - coming soon

Business - coming soon

Computing - coming soon

Hospitality and Professional Cookery
All of our hospitality and professional cookery uniform and equipment can be purchased on Nisbets website. The ‘Access Key’ is Hdn#8934. Please make sure to choose the correct course when ordering your kit.

Travel and Tourism - coming soon

 
 

All students are expected to have the Uniformed Services – Black Tee and a pair of shorts for personal training sessions. Students can also purchase the optional Uniformed Services – Navy Polo Shirt.

 

Sports campus

 

All students are expected to have at least 2 t-shirts, however you main require more dependent on your chosen course.

We recommend that you purchase the following books for the Level 3 programmes; these are available to purchase directly from Amazon or other book suppliers.

1080 - Extended Diploma in Sport Level 3 (Sports Development and Coaching):

1537 - Extended Diploma in Sport Science Level 3

There is no recommended literature necessary for other sport levels.

 

Wisbech campus

 

All equipment and clothing can be purchased via the online store; please select your campus and chosen course from the options available.

Students are advised not to purchase any equipment for these courses over the summer. Placements start after October half-term and we would suggest waiting a few weeks into the term, to make sure you are certain that you are on the right course. Each course has a different colour kit, and is also named according to the subject area. However, if you think you may be entitled to financial help towards the cost of the kit (and your DBS check, travel costs etc.), then you should apply for that over the summer as funding is allocated on a first come first served basis.

All course levels within care & early years will be required to complete a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check to enable them to access placement. Payment of this is taken during enrolment and is included in your resource/material fee, more information about enrolment and starting college will be sent to you during the summer.

 
 

All students are expected to have the Uniformed Services – Black Tee and a pair of shorts for personal training sessions. Students can also purchase the optional Uniformed Services – Navy Polo Shirt.

 

Cambridge campus

 

All students are required to have a royal blue Agriculture boiler suit and steel toe capped boots. Students can also purchase the optional Agriculture polo shirt.

 
 

All students are required to have a grey Animal Care boiler suit and sturdy boots (can be walking boots but must be sturdy). Students can also purchase the optional Animal Care polo shirt.

 
 

All students are required to have a Dog Grooming tabard – male / female. Students can also purchase the optional Dog Grooming polo shirt.

 
 

All students are required to have a red Equine polo shirt, fleece or hoody and waterproof coat and the following can be purchased from your usual supplier:

  • Riding hat (PAS 015)
  • Whip
  • Plain navy or black jodhpurs or breeches
  • Riding boots: long boots or short boots and gaiters for riding (no yard or dubarry style boots for riding)
  • Gloves (for both riding and yard)
  • Body protector (for those jumping)
  • Hairnets (mandatory for hair shoulder length and longer)

There are also optional purchases:

 
 

All students are required to have a student veterinary nursing uniform and sensible, closed shoes for practicals (students will have these already from their place of work). Students will also require a waterproof coat, sensible clothes and footwear (ideally wellies) that are suitable for the equine yard.

 

Don’t forget to check out our ‘Your First Day’ page for more information about starting college in September!

To find all the information you’ll need to know about starting college in September, please choose from the below options (links open on a new tab):

Any queries feel free to chat with us (during college opening hours) using the pop up chat box or call us on 01553 815 271.