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Welcome to Selby College

Welcome to your local college which has an excellent reputation for student success. We are proud to have some of the best facilities and teaching and support staff at Selby College.

In December 2017, Ofsted graded the college as ‘Good’ across all areas, including quality of teaching, learning and assessment. When you come to college you will enjoy a superb learning experience in a friendly and supportive environment.

Our culture is one of high expectations, helping to ensure all students are focused on achieving their goals, whether it is to go to the university of their choice to find the career they want, a good job, or to progress to other learning options, including Higher Education courses offered here at Selby College or an Apprenticeship.

Every year, students at Selby College gain places at some of Britain’s best universities including Oxford and Cambridge. The College has a very successful Gifted & Talented ‘Horizon’ Programme designed to help learners achieve top university places. We also choose our range of A Levels wisely, to ensure they are in subjects which Russell Group universities want. We have a state-of-the-art campus that is second to none locally, packed full of the latest technology that will help you with your studies, preparing you for university and your eventual career.

Selby College has extensive links with employers. Whilst you are at College you will meet some of them, either when you are on placement as part of your course or when you participate in one of our skills competitions.

You certainly won’t be alone choosing Selby College. Each year we attract students from across the area, so it’s a great opportunity for you to make new friends.

We also have extensive transport links that ensure you can travel easily to college and back home. Learners travel from across the area to attend the College, so you will have the opportunity to make lots of new friends when you join us. Getting here is easy with both Arriva bus services, contract buses and our own fleet of minibuses.

The most important thing for you to do now is to look at which course you would like to study, then come to one of our Open Events. We will have staff and students available to talk to you in more depth about your course choice and how we can progress your application, so you secure your place.

In the meantime, if you need any more information, please call Student Services Tel 01757 211040 or email, send us a message via Facebook or Twitter or see our website for more information on our range of courses. I look forward to welcoming you to Selby College in September.

Phil Sayles, Principal and Chief Executive

About us

In December 2017, Ofsted graded the college as ‘Good’ across all seven areas; Effectiveness of leadership & management; Quality of teaching, learning and assessment; Personal development, behaviour & welfare; Outcomes for learners; 16-19 study programmes;Adult learning programmes and Apprenticeships.

We were the first college in Yorkshire and the Humber, and one of only a handful of colleges in England to achieve a full set of Outstanding grades, following our 2007 inspection by independent Government inspectors. 

Selby College achieved an overall A Level pass rate of 100% in the summer 2018 exams and an excellent Alps score of 3. Our Level 3 Vocational qualifications also delivered an excellent score of 3 in terms of Alps data, with 78% of students gaining a Distinction grade, and of these 64% were triple Distinction.

Facilities available

Doosan Innovation Building (Powerskills UK Centre)
• Skills/General Workshop
• Engineering Workshop
• 7 Engineering Classrooms
• Welding Workshop
• Food & Drink Processing Workshop

Renaissance Building
• Media and Drama Studio
• Individual Media Booths and Media Editing Suite
• Art and Design Classrooms
• Art & Design Higher Education Room
• Photographic Studio
• Specialist Screen Printing Room
• Higher Education Office

Care Skills

• Health and Social Care Classrooms 
• Childcare Classrooms

Sixth Form Academy Building
• Learning Resource Centre including over 60 computer workstations
• Breakout Areas with computer access
• 40 purpose-built classrooms for subjects including: Business Studies, English, Law, History, Geography, Psychology, Sociology, ICT & Computing and many more…
• Specialist Computer Facilities for courses up to and including Degree Level
• Language Labs specialising in French and Spanish

Doosan Aspiration Building
• Music Technology Studio
• Recording Studio
• Editing Suites
• Recording Booths
• Independent Study Centre
• Plumbing and Electrical Installation Workshops
• Joinery Workshop

Jubilee Building
• Main Reception
• College Administration and Management
• Degree Course Classroom
• Work Placement Office
• Multi-Faith Room
• Counsellor Office
• Adult Learning Hub
• Business Services
• Science Labs
• Maths Classrooms
• College Shop
• Aspire Health and Well-Being Centre
• Sports Facilities including Competition Standard Sports Hall and High-Tech Gym
• Refectory – hot and cold food and drinks
• The Coffee Shop – freshly made hot and cold snacks and speciality beverages
• Cash Machine
• Students' Union Office

The Restaurant
Catering & Hospitality Academy
• Chef’s School
• Licensed Bar

Aspire Health & Well-Being Centre
Everything you need to relax, revitalise and re-energise including:
• Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Salons

Bright Start Day Nursery
Provides meals, formula and nappies for up to 53 children aged three months to five years.

Open from 7.30am-6.00pm Monday to Friday, 50 weeks a year.

The Nursery is also OFSTED registered and so qualifies for a Nursery Education Grant.

Construction Building 
• Bricklaying Workshop

Sports Pavilion
• External changing facilities complementing existing facilities in the Jubilee Building

Additional support

Student Services

The Student Services team can answer all your questions about courses and admissions, financial advice, Bursary and Learner Support Fund, transport and bus passes, free meals, attendance, timetables, counselling, careers appointments and a wide range of other issues too. Please contact Student Services for more information on 01757 211040.

Guidance and Support Tutors (GSTs)

All full-time students have a named Guidance and Support Tutor (GST) who will be the first point of contact for both students and parents for help and advice. As well as taking regular group and 1:1 personal development sessions, your GST will monitor your progress and attendance and set targets through action planning. We have a specialised A Level Progress Tutor who provides a key link between GSTs, other support functions and subject staff. They also help with careers advice, CV writing, job and Higher Education applications, as well as any problems, and personal or social issues.

Additional Learning Support

Selby College is committed to working with all students to identify and meet their learning needs and goals. Additional Learning Support helps students at all levels and is provided by the Additional Learning Support Team. If you have a learning difficulty or disability your tutor will work on special strategies and techniques that meet your needs, for example – time management and organisational skills.

This could also include:

• Study Skills
• Exam Preparation
• Revision Technique
• Assignment Skills
• Support for Literacy, Numeracy or English as a Second Language (ESOL)

Selby College Scholarships

Selby College is offering a limited number of merit-based scholarships to support students starting college in September 2019 to provide financial support to enable successful applicants to widen their horizons, raise their career aspirations and stand out from the crowd! Funds can be used to support overseas and national study tours and summer schools for example, as well as a wide range of other services offered through the college such as transport, books and IT. As well as providing financial support, being a successful Selby College Scholar could make a real difference to your UCAS application for university and to your CV when applying for jobs. We are looking for able, well rounded individuals who will benefit most from the experience. The process is competitive, but don’t let that put you off! Please contact Student Services on 01757 211040, email or complete the online form at to register your interest.

Enrichment at Selby College

At Selby College we realise that your education is more than just studying, it’s also about making new friends and having new experiences. That’s why we go to great lengths to combine quality learning and success with a wide variety of enrichment activities.

Football Development Centre (FDC)

The Centre gives a platform to those players who have previously been involved with professional clubs, as well as those who have yet to be given the opportunity to showcase their sporting talents. With links to local professional and semi-professional clubs, students will have the opportunity to play at the highest level. Training is incorporated into the study programme each week, with teams coached by Level 3 coaches. Additionally, Sports Science support is provided alongside the pitch-based sessions. This includes technical, tactical and strength and conditioning coaching for all players. Massage and rehabilitation is also available to those involved in the FDC. We have a new partnership with Hull FC giving our students the opportunity to train and play rugby for the Hull FC college team and unique access to the Hull FC training ground.


Other sport teams and clubs including rugby and netball are available during lunch and to compete in AoC leagues every Wednesday afternoon. You don’t need to be on a Sport course to take part, so come and join in!

Trips and days out

We organise a variety of days out and trips to places such as Alton Towers, The Clothes Show, Flamingo Land, London, Wembley, Edinburgh, Dalby Forest, North York Moors, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the theatre, cinema and many more. Last year students headed out on more than 150 trips and excursions! Students also have the opportunity to take part in a number of trips abroad, with Berlin and Poland, a ski trip, New York, Iceland, Spain and even a Mount Everest Base Camp trip in the pipeline for this year!

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award Scheme

This award is available to those students who wish to participate in the Gold Award.

Students’ Union

We have an active Students’ Union which meets regularly to discuss college issues and represents the student body on a number of committees. The Students’ Union also arranges a number of events and activities as well as trips. All students can purchase the TOTUM card, which will give you a wide range of discounts in shops, restaurants, cinema etc.

Getting Here

We’re easier and cheaper to get to than most other colleges. We offer a comprehensive network of travel routes in partnership with local bus companies and North Yorkshire County Council. Contact Student Services; Tel 01757 211040 for more information.

For those travelling by car, motorbike or bicycle there is plenty of parking available on site.

Higher Education

Selby College also offers a wide range of higher education programmes, so you can continue your studies up to Degree level without leaving home. If you would like to speak to one of our specialist advisers about how a Higher Education course at Selby College can work for you, call 01757 211114 to make an appointment.


Learner success

At Selby College we help our students to have, and to achieve, the highest aspirations possible, whatever their study route. The high-quality of our provision and the achievements of our learners are testament to this. We would like to update you on the College’s academic results for 2017/18, as we have had our most successful year ever.

A Levels

For our A Level curriculum we achieved an excellent Alps score of 3 and a 100% pass rate in all subjects. The College has focused significantly on driving up progress and challenging students to aspire higher.

We continue to focus on A Levels in facilitating subjects to ensure the majority of our A Level students will apply to Russell Group universities. In terms of high grades, over 22% of our A Level results were A* or A, and over 51% were A* - B.

Read the success story of our 2018 A Level students here.

Vocational courses

Our Level 3 Vocational qualifications also delivered an excellent score of 3 in terms of Alps data, with 78% of students gaining a Distinction grade, and of these 64% were triple Distinction.If a student chooses to take one of the applied or technical Level 3 qualifications, they will be stimulated and challenged on this combined academic and practical route. This allows students to choose a range of high-quality destinations, from progression to Russell Group universities, to Apprenticeships with PwC or Higher Apprenticeships with higher education and work combined.

To ensure a well-rounded education we also have a range of College sports, including Football and Rugby, in partnership with Hull FC.

All students will undertake work experience and/or UCAS conventions as well as employability and independent study and management time. This ensures that not only are they high-achieving, but that they have developed the skills and understanding for the next step in their career pathway.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 February 2019
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