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"We are a small, friendly college providing high quality education & training for full and part-time students and apprentices."


Shipley College is a small, friendly college with a reputation for providing outstanding support for students. Situated in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Saltaire, it is a great place to study and easy to get to by bus or train from Leeds, Bradford, Ilkley, Keighley, Bingley and Skipton. We have a great range of full-time courses, apprenticeships and part-time courses and careers advisors on hand to help you move your life, skills, career or even your business forward. Whether you are a school leaver, mature student or employer, we provide excellent opportunities to develop skills and qualifications with our practical, vocational and work related courses.

Our tutors bring their subjects to life by providing up-to-date knowledge and experience from the world of work.

Our Student Survey results and employer feedback continue to be extremely positive as we provide a fantastic learning environment for all our students.           

Keep up to date with all our latest news and events by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

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Full time courses

Get your future on track with our great range of full-time courses. They open up your options whether you want to go on to further study including university or want to get a job. Our full-time students enjoy their time at Shipley College and 96% said that they would recommend their courses to other people. (May 2014, survey).

The courses open up a wide range of careers from being a Nursery Nurse, a Green-keeper or even a fitness instructor.  Take a look at our wide range of courses available.  Full-time course areas include:

  • Art & Design
  • Business inc.Retail
  • Children’s Care, Learning & Development
  • Computing
  • Creative Digital Media Production
  • Digital Games
  • Foundation Learning inc. Catering & Hospitality & Pathway to Level 3
  • Health & Social Care
  • Horticulture
  • Music Technology
  • Sport inc. Football Academy
  • Travel & Tourism inc.Cabin Crew

See our website page for details of all our full-time courses.

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Training Courses

Ready for work? Want to be an apprentice? Apprenticeships are great opportunities to start work in your chosen area with the benefit of training, helping you progress while bringing the money in.  Whatever your strengths or interests, we may have an apprenticeship to suit you.

At Shipley College we offer:

  • Accountancy
  • Business & Administration
  • Childcare including Teaching Assistants
  • Customer Services
  • Floristry (new!)
  • Health & Social Care
  • Horticulture
  • IT Application Specialists
  • IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professionals
  • Sports Development (new!)
  • Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools (new!)

You can start throughout the year so don't wait until next September, get in contact!  Check out the Jobs Board on our website.


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Part time courses

Would you like to be a Florist, a Web-designer, a Carer or just wanting a part-time course to enhance your current skills?  Our part-time courses can help you get basic qualifications, to progress in your career, to change career or even to develop a hobby.  We are committed to giving adults the best opportunities in education and want you to take advantage of the huge range of courses we have on offer.

Part-time course areas include:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Access to Higher Education
  • Business, Management & Finance
  • Childcare & Working in Education
  • Creative Digital Media & Music Technology
  • Digital Photography & Adobe Photoshop
  • English, Maths & ESOL
  • First Aid & Paediatric First Aid
  • Floristry & Flower Arranging
  • Food Safety
  • Health & Social Care
  • Horticulture & Gardening
  • IT & Computing
  • Lifestyle & Leisure

Take a look at our current part-time course guide here

College Principal Nav Chohan says “We run a variety of exceptional courses for people of all ages and every new skill learned is a major advantage when it comes to looking for a new job.  We all love learning at Shipley College and we want our enthusiasm for picking up new skills to be spread throughout the entire community.”

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Shipley College

Victoria Road



West Yorkshire

BD18 3LQ




How to enrol

How to enrol at Shipley College -

You can either:

  • Apply online at www.shipley.ac.uk - this process is easy and you can track your progress
  • Call Student Services on 01274 327281
  • Come to an Open Day and apply on the day
  • Fill in the application form in the full-time School Leavers guide and send it to Student Services

Various departments can help with specific areas:

If you need help with choosing a full-time course, contact Student Services on 01274 327281

If you would like information about Apprenticeships, please telephone 01274 327307.

If you need help enrolling on a part-time course, please contact Enrolments on 01274 327327

Once on a course, your tutor, Student Services, the Additional Learning Support Team and Enrolments are there to help.

If you are a parent or carer of a current or prospective student and have any questions or concerns, please contact Student Services on 01274 327281.

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Open days

Shipley College Open Days are a great way for you to come and check out the College and find out more about the courses and Apprenticeships we offer.  You can talk to our tutors, get some careers advice and guidance, enrol and even take a tour of the college. The Open Days are very informal and parents, family and friends are more than welcome. Call 01274 327222 for more information. 

We look forward to meeting you and helping you make the right choice.

  • Thursday 21 January, 4.30-7pm
  •  Wednesday 9 March 2016, 4.30-7pm 
  • Tuesday 17 May 2016, 4.30-7pm        
  • Thursday 16 June 2016, 3-7pm 

For further information or to order a full-time or part-time prospectus, contact us on +44 (0)1274 327222 or visit our website.

Our students say...

Josh (Centre of Excellence IT student)

“I developed my networking skills helping the Systems Administrator and also gained confidence and better communication skills.”

Courteny (Business & Admin Apprentice)

“I have loved meeting so many new people.  I like the balance of work and study the Apprenticeship offers and have benefitted from the support from my employers and my tutors.”

Katie (Level 3 Childcare student)

“Shipley College and the tutors have been terrific from day one – I would recommend it to anyone.”

Holly (Travel & Tourism student – now cabin crew with Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi)

“Stay motivated and take risks, then you can be sure to have no regrets in life. Most importantly...follow your dreams!”

Part-time IT student

“I feel I am achieving well and learning new skills that could help me in my future both in employment and in everyday life.”

Part-time Horticulture student

“The tutors on this course are excellent and very knowledgeable in the field.  I would recommend it.”

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Student Story

As well as academic success our students can access great opportunities:

Student Success


Rifat, who completed her Level 3 in Business is currently in her 2nd Year at Bradford University studying Law. She hopes to go on and specialise in Family Law.


Holly started at Shipley College on a Level 1 Childcare course and went all the way, completing a Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning & Development. While at Shipley she became a student ambassador and co-ordinated the Childcare students activities at Saltaire ArtsTrail where young visitors created Artwork from recycled materials. Holly is now studying teacher training at Leeds Trinity University and is predicted a 2:1 in her degree.


Oliver is a successful graduate of the Centre of Excellence for Business pilot, completing an IT Networking course alongside a work placement at Provident Financial. He has since been rewarded with a full-time position at Provident Financial working as an Analyst and more recently received the Centre of Excellence for Business Work Experience Student of the Year Award. “I found the whole experience to be rewarding. I would definitely recommend the initiative to others.”


James Hanson, now playing for Bradford City, enrolled on a Level 3 Sports Course. He thanked Shipley College for the part we played in his progression towards becoming a professional footballer. “I’m really grateful for my time at Shipley College. They supported me while I pursued my dream of playing football for a living.”


Studying Horticulture at Shipley College has helped Katie build a great career centred around her passion for gardening. She not only runs her own garden design business “Queen of Spades” but she has also landed a key role as a presenter on ITV’s gardening programme “Love your Garden.”

Katie’s route started as a part-time student here followed by a foundation degree, and if such

opportunities interest you, check out our full and part-time courses and Apprenticeships in Horticulture. Katie says “My tutor was really inspiring and encouraged my new career path - I met lots of new people and really enjoyed my time at Shipley College.”


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Contact details

Shipley College
Victoria Road
West Yorkshire
BD18 3LQ

Reception: Tel: (01274) 327222