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Welcome to Calderdale College

Mission Statement: "Inspiring learners to succeed in life & in work"

Principal's Welcome

Thank you for considering Calderdale College as the place to continue your education. Deciding what and where to study is an important decision for you, a decision that will shape your future.

This is a great time to come and study at Calderdale College. With high student success rates, links with over 300 employers and a campus with £15 million of new investment to provide the best local facilities for vocational subjects; it is no surprise that over 40% of 16-18 year olds studying in Calderdale choose to study at the College.

We are also the most popular provider in Calderdale of Apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds and for adult students of all ages. We were delighted with our recent Ofsted report which commended positively on the professional atmosphere, the good behaviour of students and the teaching of skills tha students need for work. We offer a wide choice of vocational course, opportunities to develop Maths and English skills, and support to progress into jobs or further. We have high expectations of our students regarding attendance and completion of work, and give them all the support they need in return. We provide high quality advice and guidance to help you make your career choices, and give you opportunities to broaden your skills through practical projects, enterprise schemes, work placements and volunteering activities, as well as a vibrant Duke of Edinburgh programme and great sports facilities.

Most importantly, our experienced, skilled and dedicated teaching staff are there to help you develop your skills and knowledge in order to achieve your ambitions. Our students consistently tell us that the enjoy and value their experience with us.

Chris Jones

Calderdale College


About us

Calderdale College is the largest provider of further education (post-16) courses and work-based learning (Apprenticeships) and the sole provider of higher education awards in Calderdale, a Metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire.

See for yourself

We offer a wide range of full and part time courses in addition to work-based learning opportunities. Our history, tradition and expertise is in serving the needs of the local area. We do so by providing learning that helps students move into a career, progress in their existing career or completely change direction! Many students have used qualifications gained at the College as a springboard to successful careers.

Our main campus on Francis Street has a new £15million sport, dance and learning facilities (The Inspire Centre) and Plumbing, Electrical and Engineering Technology Centre.

The College has recently invested in Motivate a newly opened Engineering, Motor Vehicle & Body Work training centre.

Calderdale College is currently undertaking a multi-million pound building programme to transform three floors of the main campus into state-of-the-art learning facilities.

Where we Teach

Facilities available

Sport at Calderdale College

Sport is a very important part of Calderdale College. We have state of the art facilities including 3G pitch, new gym & new sports hall and our partnerships with Halifax RLFC (who use our facilities for their training base) and local sports clubs. However is is the opportunity for our learners to combine playing sport alongside studying any course at the College which is most important.

Inspire Centre Gym and Fitness Centre

Our fully equipped gym opened in September 2011 and is open all year round, including weekends and is available for students to use. An instructor is always on duty to help you work out a fitness programme too. Classes in yoga, aerobics and circuit training are run regularly as well as women only sessions. Students studying a Sports and Leisure course can learn how to instruct and supervisory experience can be gained here. Students on any provision have access to the gym for a full academic year for just £30! 

Opened in September 2011, our dance studio is fully equipped with a sprung floor, ballet bars and mirrors.

Empty Space Theatre

Performing arts at Calderdale College has been established for more than 20 years with the range of courses having constantly expanded during that time to include all areas of the Performing Arts. In addition to our Further Education courses we offer Higher Education provision, meaning progression can be done continuously with Calderdale College. The department has a fully equipped studio theatre with linked rehearsal spaces, sound studio with up-to-date facilities and resources. Our dance provision is supported by our new sprung floor dance studio.

Recording Studio

We are equipped with industry standard hardware and software ranging from the latest Apple iMacs running Pro Tools , Reason and Ableton Live, as well as an extensive suite of plugin instruments and effects, to our recording studio equipped with a Pro Tools HD2 system, C24 control surface and Genelec 5.1 surround sound system, Yamaha NS10s, Soundcraft 6000 and 16 track analogue recorder.

The Full Works: Hair and Beauty Salons

When you feel like a break and a little TLC, you can always have your hair cut, nails painted, legs waxed and back massaged in the Hair and Beauty Full Works Salons staffed by the students who are studying Hair and Beauty courses. We also offer facial, Indian Head Massage and alternative therapies. Our commercial salons are open 5 days a week and treatments are offered at very reasonable rates with extra discounts for students on any provision. OFSTED identified the facilities as “Well equipped, refurbished hairdressing salons meet high commercial standards.” 

Learning Resources Centre

The Learning Resources Centres are a great place to do research, to write up an assignment, create a presentation or just chill out with a good book. We have over 150 computers in our zones, all with internet access and Microsoft Office software. We also have specialist software such as Photoshop, Read and Write Gold and Dragon Naturally Speaking on some computers. The Library has a great selection of books, magazines and DVDs to support all courses. Also we provide electronic books, articles and films delivered to you via the internet and available 24/7. You can work on your own in our quiet areas or with others. Our staff are very friendly, welcoming and are here to help you succeed at College.

Café & Shop

Our refectory offers a wide range of cooked breakfasts, lunches snacks and drinks. Our shop is open until early evening selling food, drinks and stationary. You can enjoy your beaks and relax between classes with plenty of seating areas.

Student Union

All learners are automatically members of Calderdale College Student Union unless they choose to opt out. The Union is affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS).

Additional support

Calderdale College engages with over 5,000 learners from sites across Calderdale. Our main campus is at Francis Street, Halifax but we also deliver building, construction skills, hairdressing and beauty at our North Halifax Skills Centre. Recent highlights and successes include:

  • Ofsted Report on Calderdale College April 2014 "Good".
  • QAA Report on Calderdale College March 2014 "Meets Expectations".
  • The New £15million Inspire Centre and Technological Centre
  • Calderdale Training, the College's services to business arm, works with over 750 companies across the region.
  • Education partner with Halifax RLFC and Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
  • Calderdale College is fund holder for the £68m Enhancement Fund for skills and workforce development across Yorkshire and Humber.
  • In 2011 the College was awarded the Calderdale & Kirklees Quality Standard in Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance for providing excellent careers support to its learners.
Study Support

Many students who attend Further Education may find they need support with Maths and English skills or other support due to physical or sensory impairment. We have a proven track record of providing outstanding additional learning support to enable success. We can offer support such as:

  • Learning Link tutors who work on a 1:1 basis to assist with Maths and English skills required for your course.
  • Access Workers to assist with all aspects of Personal Care
  • Dyslexia tutors who offer specialist tuition and a range of diagnostic assessments.
  • Communicators and need specific services such as signers, braille service and scribers.


  • If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the Study Support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.


Learner success

VQ Awards.

Every June the College takes part in National Vocational Qualifications Week, the highlight of which is the annual student awards ceremony held at Victoria Theatre.

Award nominations are selected not only in recognition of their success and achievement in their chosen field but also for their commitment and for the positive impact that their learning experience has had on their lives, including how their success has impacted on the wider community.

Students can be nominated in the following categories:

• Most Improved Young Learner of the Year
• Most Improved Adult Learner of the Year
• Young Apprentice of the Year
• Adult Apprentice of the Year
• Significant Contribution to College & Community (Under 18)
• Significant Contribution to College & Community (18+)
• Most Enterprising Young Learner
• Most Enterprising Adult Learner
• Young Learner of the Year (VQ Hero)
• Adult Learner of the Year (VQ Hero)


Each year Calderdale College’s Higher Education and Professional qualifications students celebrate the successful completion of their course with a graduation ceremony held in Halifax town centre.

The celebration event starts with graduands and staff being gowned in preparation for the ceremony. VIPs, Graduands and College staff then proceed from The Town Hall, led by a brass band, to the Victoria Theatre. Roads are closed to traffic during the parade and many watch the parade and support the graduating students.

During the celebrations, the College presents three Inspire Awards to members of the local community who through their business or voluntary activities are an inspiration to others. After the ceremony there is the chance to relax with friends, family, other students and staff, as well as have official graduation photographs taken. Calderdale College has numerous students graduating from a Higher Education or professional qualification each academic year.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 August 2016
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