Shipley College

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Located in the stunning world heritage site of Saltaire in West Yorkshire, Shipley College might be small, but is certainly not to be overlooked. From full-time courses to apprenticeships, whether you are looking for a new career or a university degree, there is something on offer at Shipley. Benefitting from excellent bus and rail links, the college is an easy place to get to, but more importantly is a place you will want to go. With impressive Ofsted ratings and student satisfaction survey results, you can rest assured that as a learner, your education and enjoyment are imperative at Shipley.


Shipley College is a small friendly college, with great facilities, clubs and activities based in the heart of Saltaire.  Whether you are aiming for a great job, an apprenticeship or university, we will help you on your journey. 

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.

We are easily accessible by train or bus from Shipley, Bradford, Leeds, Ilkley, Keighley, Bingley & Skipton.

We hope you find a course or training opportunity to meet your needs.



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In addition to your course, as a student you benefit from our Learning Resource Centre which is a one stop shop for your information, computing, study and course work presentation requirements. There are work areas for individual and work study and a range of mobile technology is available for loan.

 You can also get involved in social events, trips, fundraising, volunteering, sport and hobbies. Any student can also access our gym.

There are places to eat and lots going on in Saltaire. We are close to the railway station, a park and tourist attractions such as Salts Mill.


Shipley College is based in the World Heritage site of Saltaire, near Shipley in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

The Reception office is based in Salt Building, Victoria Road, Saltaire, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 3LQ

Student story

For former Creative Media student Nicola (centre) Shipley College was the perfect fit for her journey to university...

When sixth form wasn’t for Nicola she decided to explore her options. Shipley College proved to be the solution.

She says “ I was treated like an adult, which I loved. There were many opportunities - writing for the college newspaper, doing a presentation in front of over 100 people and a work placement in the Marketing Dept. These experiences improved my confidence and added vital experience to my CV.

I would recommend Shipley College to anyone. I am now studying Journalism at Leeds Beckett University and am loving it.”

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 careers advice and guidance and enrol. The Open Days are very informal and parents, family and friends are more than welcome. Call 01274 327222 for more information, email us or see our website page here

Our upcoming open days listed below:

Wednesday 28th August, 4.30-7pm

Thursday 5th September, 4.30-7pm

GCSE Results Advice & Guidance Sessions:

Thursday 22nd August 10am - 3pm

Friday 23rd August 10am - 3pm



Fees & funding

If you are aged 16-18 full-time courses are free. Contact Student Services on 01274 327281 with questions on fees and eligibility/applications for financial support.  You may also qualify for a weekly Bursary payment (dependent on your personal or family financial circumstances).

Part-time fees are shown next to course details, however please contact the Enrolment Department as fees can vary depending on your age and personal circumstances. If you are a student aged 19 or over, you may be eligible to get help with the costs of course and exam fees, equipment, travel and childcare through the Learner Support Fund.

How to enrol

For all courses you can come along to the college in person.

For full-time courses, you can either:

• Fill in the Application form in the full-time course guide
• 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.

For Apprenticeships, please check out the Shipley College vacancies here , call 01274 327390 

For part-time courses, please telephone Enrolments on 01274 327327, email us or call in during office hours. 

Where you'll learn

Addresses for Shipley College

Shipley College Victoria Road Saltaire SHIPLEY BRADFORD BD18 3LQ Show on map
Meridian Centre St Pauls Road Bradford BRADFORD BRADFORD BD8 7LS Show on map
Northcliffe Church LEP The Methodist Church Northcliffe Church Hall Royd SHIPLEY BRADFORD BD18 3ED Show on map


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