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Welcome to Barnsley College

There has never been a more exciting time to study at Barnsley College.

We are the most successful general Further Education college in the region and have been recognised as outstanding by Ofsted, this has been backed up with the prestigious Beacon Status from the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS).

For many years Barnsley College has been the chosen starting point for thousands of young people across Barnsley and beyond and 94% of our students go on to work or further study after completing their course.

We are very proud of the standard of education we bring to the region and hope that you will be inspired to come and join the long list of successful students who have walked through the doors of Barnsley College and who have since gone on to pursue a bright future. We maintain strong links with our alumni and have received messages from former students from all over the world.

Our provision includes A Levels, Vocational Courses, Apprenticeships and Higher Education.

Come along to one of our Open Events and find out about the wide range of courses on offer, have a look around our fantastic facilities, meet staff and talk to course tutors.


About us

Barnsley is a great student town with an excellent location; three of the North's most vibrant cities are within easy reach as we are centrally located between Sheffield and Leeds, and Manchester is less than an hour and a half away.

At Barnsley College, we do everything we can to make your time at college happy and rewarding and our staff will go out of their way to help. We offer many out-of-class opportunities including enrichment, wellbeing and sports.

Facilities available

Over recent years Barnsley College has undergone a massive redevelopment offering many superb new facilities to our students.

The Old Mill Lane campus serves as the main campus. The fantastic facilities here include; workshops and IT resources, art and design studios, catering kitchens, music recording studios and much more!

The Construction Centre on the Honeywell campus ccommodates students studying a range of construction trades, including brickwork, wall and floor tiling, plumbing, plastering, joinery, painting and decorating and technician studies, and the new  Barnsley Sixth Form College campus on St Mary's Place in the town centre opened in January 2016.

Barnsley College construction students can also access the Think Low Carbon (TLC) Centre, which aims to create an internationally recognised centre of excellence in low carbon innovation. The project facilitates research and development skills for environmental technologies, enabling businesses to exploit emerging markets in this sector.

Sports stars and fitness fanatics could join Barnsley Sports Academy or Honeywell Sports Village?

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students; talented sports performers can gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally in their chosen sport and we also have a contemporary fitness village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for a discounted rate.

You don’t have to be studying sport to be part of the Sports Academy and bursaries are available for elite athletes who meet specific criteria.
Contact the team on Tel: +44 (0) 1226 216347 for more information.

Additional support

Do you feel you need extra support?

Are you thinking of joining a course, but are worried about what support you may get? We are able to offer a range of additional support services to meet a variety of individual learning requirements which may include:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Autism or Asperger Syndrome
  • Learning difficulties/disabilities
  • Mental health conditions
  • Sensory impairments
  • Physical difficulties
  • Medical conditions
  • Temporary disabilities

The Additional Learning Support Department holds regular Forums to ask learners their views on support and to welcome any suggestions to improve the service to learners.  If you are interested in helping the department to become an outstanding service please contact us so that we can formally invite you.

You can download a copy of our Local Offer leaflet here.

For more information, contact the Additional Learning Support Team.
Tel: +44 (0) 1226 216 311 or 216 769

Learner success

So why should you choose to come to Barnsley College?

Our study programmes have been developed to allow students to find their perfect learning path. Whatever your starting point there are a number of ways to progress in your chosen field and we pride ourselves on providing support with numeracy and literacy, work experience and enrichment alongside studies. We believe this makes the journey through Further Education (FE) on to Higher Education (HE) and then into work a well-rounded experience.

The delivery of Higher Education at University Campus Barnsley (UCB) has been part of our provision for a couple of years now and it has been a great success. The coming years will give us the opportunity to focus on growing HE, providing new courses and establishing innovative programmes for the future to cater for demand, particularly for progression from Barnsley College.

If you would like to see more about UCB visit the website and have a look at our video.

Whatever your goals and aspirations, we hope that you choose to come and join us at Barnsley College on the next step of your journey.

How to apply

You can apply for courses at Barnsley College through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.

Last updated date: 23 October 2017
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