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Welcome to Shipley College

Shipley College is a small, friendly place that really cares about every person that comes through the door and we pride ourselves on giving every student the individual support they deserve.

Situated in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire, it is a great place to study and easy to get to by bus, train and car.

Whether you are a school leaver, mature student or employer, I am confident we will provide excellent opportunities to develop skills and qualifications.  Our practical, vocational and work-related courses include Apprenticeships, full-time and part-time courses across a range of sectors.

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

I am proud of the commitment and hard work of all the college’s staff, students and govenors and pleased that this has been recognised by Ofsted in our latest inspection.

Nav Chohan, Principal

About us

We are a small, friendly college with great facilities, clubs and activities.  If you are aiming for  a great job, an apprenticeship or university, we will help you on your journey!

Tutors bring their subjects to life by providing up-to-date knowledge and experience from the world of work. This was acknowledged by Ofsted with a Grade 2 “GOOD” rating overall for the College.

Other contributory factors for this grade were excellent student behaviour and a friendly atmosphere.

Getting here: Shipley College is easily accessible by bus as well as having Saltaire Train Station nearby. Our current students travel from surrounding areas such as Bradford, Ilkley, Keighley, Leeds and Otley.

Support & Advice: Student Services and Learning Coaches support and help you throughout your time here. Get involved: Throughout the year you can get involved in a range of events and opportunities.

Facilities available

Shipley College is a Centre of Excellence for Business (COFE4B)
Our fully equipped COFE4B on site at Shipley College combines quality education and training opportunities to prepare you to progress in to work or university.  The cetre works closely with its partneer schools across the Bradford District including Titus Salt School and Carlton Bolling College
The ICE works with a board of local employers who contribute to your learning experience. These employers include Morrisons, Yorkshire Water, Incommunities, Adviser Plus, Computershare, Bradford Council and the University of Bradford. They also contribute by providing work experience opportunities and real life project scenarios to help you prepare for your next step. Employers have the opportunity to help shape your future by providing ‘master classes’, mentoring opportunities and site visits. All this will help you towards developing an ‘unstoppable CV’!
Our mini student guide gives you a snapshot of everything you need to know as a student here at Shipley College, from getting to lessons to Financial Support and Careers Information.
THE LEARNING RESOURCE CENTRE (LRC) Offering more than books...
Our Learning Resource Centre is for everyone at Shipley College. Our helpful, friendly team of staff are always ready to lend a hand and offer advice.
Our LRC provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ for information, computing, study and coursework presentation requirements.
There is a flexible learning environment with individual and group study work areas where you can access a wide variety of learning resources including books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, online resources and the Internet. The LRC has a good range of mobile technology available to loan to support your learning including tablets, laptops, audio and video recorders and cameras. Just remember, you will need your College ID badge to borrow our resources.
Any student can access the gym based in Victoria Hall where you can use a fantastic range of fitness equipment. Following an induction to ensure you know how to use equipment safely, you are good to go, whether you want to build muscle or tone up or just get a bit fitter!
We have areas where you can meet up with friends for a chat, chill out and relax in all our main buildings. In our Exhibition Hall and Salt Rock Cafe there are food and drink outlets and Costa Coffee on sale. In the Jonathan Silver Building there are hot drinks and food available in a student run cafe. Our campus based in the centre of Saltaire village means we also have some great places on the doorstep. You can go to Roberts Park to relax, explore Salts Mill and take advantage of all the cafes and shops in the area.
  • There is a lot going on at lunchtime and after classes finish, most of which is free of charge.
  • Activities include badminton, table tennis, football, ultimate frisbee, dodgeball, boxercise, basketball, cricket & netball, circuit/fitness training and LAN & console gaming. These activities change regularly depending on their demand and if we don’t offer your favourite hobby/club, tell us and we’ll see if we can set it up.
  • Details of all the current offers are posted around College. You can also get involved in annual fundraising events such as Comic Relief or Children in Need.
  • Organise and promote events.
  • Fundraise for local and national charities and organisations and claim a nationally recognised certificate through vInspired.
  • Complete voluntary work as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
  • Take part in the National Citizenship Service or NCS as it’s more commonly known.
  • Gain valuable experience, rewards and even additional qualifications within the College working with local agencies and service providers.

Additional support

We support all our students during their time with us:
  • Student Services staff are your first point of contact for specialist help and support with information and advice on study, personal issues, money matters, finding employment and university applications to name a few areas.
  • Personal Tutors and Learning Coaches are here to help you keep on track. Personal Tutors help you if you are studying at Entry Level or Level 1 and you will meet them regularly. Learning Coaches are available for support if you are completing a Level 2 or 3 course or an apprenticeship. The College prioritises safeguarding. If you have a concern, raise it with any member of staff and we will deal appropriately and sensitively with the issue.


Additional Learning Support (ALS) offers extra assistance, help and advice if you have particular needs which affect your ability to study, make progress or access College. We offer in class support, including Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) and Communication Support Workers (CSWs) as well as one to one sessions, small group work, adapted materials and assistance with mobility.

We also provide assistive technology which includes adapted keyboards, specialised software and a range of laptops. To discuss your support needs or for further information on the support we offer, contact us or see the ‘Local Offer’ document at


At Shipley College one of our strengths is the diversity of our staff and students. We provide equality of opportunity for those who learn and work here. The College is committed to pursuing nondiscriminatory practices and policies. (Copies of our Equality and Diversity Annual Report, Equality and Diversity Principles, including British Values, Disability Statement and Equality and Diversity Policy are available on the website as well as on request from Student Services). We do not tolerate discrimination, harassment or bullying against anyone


Call Student Services on 01274 327281 for help or with questions on fees and eligibility or applications for financial support.

If you are aged 16-18 courses are free.

You may also qualify for:

  • A weekly Bursary payment. This is dependent on your personal or family financial circumstances.
  • Free college meals. Eligible students are given a daily allowance on their Student ID card to buy food in the Exhibition Canteen or Salt Rock Cafe.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Shipley College directly.

Last updated date: 06 February 2017
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