Shipley College - Part-time course guide for adults 2024-25

Browse our range of qualification-based training courses and lifestyle & leisure courses, for adults aged 19+.

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A one-stop shop

for adult students

looking to enhance

or change careers





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Part-time course

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Studying with us

Welcome 04-05

Message from the Principal 06-07

How this guide works 08

What our part-time students think 09

Qualification courses 10

Why do we offer what we offer? 11

What we can do for your business 12-17

Remarkable HAL! 18-19

Help & support 22

The Saltaire Institute 23

Funding your studies 62-63

Student life & Saltaire 64-65

Getting here 66

The Saltaire Collection 67

Lifestyle & Leisure courses 68

Saltaire Saturdays 77

Qualification courses

Apprenticeships 26-27

Access to Higher Education 30-31

Health & Social Care 32-33

Digital & Creative Skills 34-35

Business & Retail 36-37

Customer Service 38-39

Leadership & Management 40-41

Working in Education 42-47

Floristry 48-49

Horticulture & Gardening 50-51

Careers in Rail 52-53

English, Maths & ESOL 54-55

First Aid 56

Food Safety 56

Online learning 57

Free courses 58-61

Gift cards 78

Become a Governor 79


Lifestyle & Leisure courses

Guitar 70

Learn to Sing 70

Photography 71

Join us at an

Open Event:

Pilates 72

Hatha Yoga 72

Health & Wellbeing for Women 72

Ceramics 73

Art 73

Life Drawing 73

Sewing 73

Printmaking 73

Creative Taster Sessions 73

Cake Decoration 74

Floristry 75

Gardening 75

Languages 76

Saltaire Saturdays Tasters 77

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your place!



to Shipley College

Steeped in the

visionary spirit

of Sir Titus

Salt, Shipley

College has

a rich legacy

of providing



Located within the UNESCO

World Heritage site of Saltaire,

we continue that tradition

by equipping individuals

with the skills that today’s

employers demand.


Partnering with Businesses

for Success

Our course offer adapts to meet

the ever-changing needs of the

Bradford region’s businesses -

local employers help us co-design

our curriculum, and our part-time

qualifications directly align with

the Local Skills Improvement

Plan (LSIP).

We are therefore confident we

deliver precisely what employers

require (See “Why Do We Offer

What We Offer?” on page 9

for details).

Investing in Your Workforce

Shipley College is your partner

in workforce development. We

offer a variety of adult learning

programs designed to equip your

employees with the latest skills

and knowledge. This translates

to a more skilled, productive

workforce and increased

employee satisfaction.

Do Something For Yourself

We also understand that learning

extends beyond work, so Shipley

College also offers a range of lifestyle

and leisure courses under our “Do

Something for Yourself” banner. These

courses allow individuals to explore

new interests, pursue a passion for

creativity, learn a language, or simply

enjoy social learning experiences

Join Our Community

Shipley College fosters a supportive and

friendly environment where individuals

of all backgrounds can achieve their

goals. Whether you’re seeking to upskill

your workforce or empower yourself

with new knowledge, we offer the

perfect platform for success.

Come join our thriving community!



from the Principal

Reignite your passions and take

charge of your future at Shipley


Have you been thinking about

taking your career to the next

level, starting your own business,

going for that promotion or

changing careers? Perhaps you're

looking to reignite an old passion

or maybe even discovering a new

talent? Whatever your goals are,

trust Shipley College to help

you achieve them.

Shipley College isn't just for

teenagers. We're a thriving hub

for adults like you, seeking to

upskill, reskill, or simply explore

new interests. We understand

that you have busy lives, and

that's why we offer flexible

schedules, including daytime,

evening, weekend, and even

online options.

Let me tell you why Shipley College

is the perfect place for you. Are

you dreaming of a new career?

We offer a variety of courses

designed to equip you with the

essential skills employers seek,

from core areas like English, maths

and digital skills to industry-specific

qualifications tailored to our local

job market. Our tutors are experts

in their fields, many with real-world

industry experience, so you'll gain

valuable insights and practical

knowledge to excel in your

chosen path.

But Shipley College is more than

just about qualifications. We

have strong relationships with

leading companies in the region,

and these partnerships ensure

our curriculum reflects the latest

industry needs and opens doors

to exciting opportunities for you.

We also understand that cost can

be a concern. Did you know that

Shipley College offers a range of

free courses? We have options

fully funded for eligible students,

and the government's Free Courses

for Jobs scheme can help you gain

valuable qualifications in highdemand

sectors. Our team can

assess your eligibility and help

you find the perfect free course

to fit your goals.

At Shipley College, you'll be

surrounded by a supportive

learning environment. We offer

financial guidance to help you

find the perfect funding solution,

career support to map out your

dream career path, and learning

support to ensure you succeed in

your studies. Our vibrant learning

environment fosters friendships

and a strong sense of community,

giving you the confidence and

connections to thrive.

Our historic campus in Saltaire

is a UNESCO World Heritage Site,

providing a beautiful and inspiring

backdrop for your learning journey.

Imagine relaxing in the surrounding

parks, exploring art galleries, or

grabbing a bite with friends at local

cafes and restaurants after class.

With the launch of our Saltaire

Institute this September, there’s

never been a better time to put

your plans into action. Browse

our course guide and discover

the perfect course to launch your

success. We're here to support you

every step of the way. Contact us

today and unlock your full potential

at Shipley College!

Diana Bird

Principal and CEO





In our 2024/25 Part-Time

Course Guide you’ll discover

a wide range of courses tailored

for adults, neatly divided into

two categories: ‘Qualification

Courses’ and ‘Lifestyle and

Leisure Courses.’

Our Qualification Courses are

perfect for employers looking to

upskill their workforce, individuals

aiming to advance their careers,

those seeking new skills or a

fresh start in a new field. We

use the most up to date labour

market intelligence, to ensure

our qualifications have genuine

currency and value.

On the other hand, our Lifestyle

and Leisure Courses are all about

indulging in personal interests

and hobbies. Whether it’s art,

yoga, music, cake decorating, or

learning a new language, there’s

something for everyone to enjoy.

Once you’ve located the course

that’s just what you’re looking

for, you can find full details, enrol

or make further enquiries by:

Exploring our website

- www.shipley.ac.uk

Calling our friendly Enrolments

team on 01274 327327

Emailing any questions to


QR codes


This guide is full of QR (or Quick

Response) codes - scanning the

grid with your smartphone camera

will link you straight to the correct

page of our new website, or to a

useful video, making it quicker

and easier to find inspiration for

your learning, and then how to ask

questions or enrol for a course.

Scan here to

give it a try!


What our part-time

students think:


of students feel safe

at the college


felt they were

kept interested

in all classes


feel welcomed

at the college



learning new

skills that will help

in future life and work


feel they are making good

progress on their course


would recommend

the college to others

Source: Part Time student satisfaction

ratings from 2024 college survey.




“Businesses have

been struggling to

find the best talent

to drive their firms

forward. This has

kept productivity

low and hampered

growth. With

LSIPs, we can

change all of this.”

James Mason, Chief Executive,

West & North Yorkshire

Chamber of Commerce


Courses for employers,

employees and those

looking to boost their

earning potential!

Why do we offer what we offer?

At Shipley College, we tailor our

adult qualification courses to meet

the specific skill requirements of

the Bradford region, and we do

this by being a key contributor to

the Local Skills Improvement Plan

(LSIP) for West Yorkshire.

To develop the skills plan,

we worked collaboratively

with the West & North Yorkshire

Chamber of Commerce, Bradford

University, Bradford Council,

the West Yorkshire Combined

Authority and hundreds of

micro, small and medium-sized

businesses across the Bradford

City Region. By listening to our

stakeholders and responding to

what they tell us, we are able to

align our education and training

offer with the precise needs of

Bradford’s business community.

Key regional sectors were identified,

in terms of growth potential and

skills needs - including Health &

Social Care, Digital & Technology

and Leadership & Management. Our

courses focus on enhancing existing

skills and launching future careers

in these sectors, and we provide the

flexibility to enable you to access

these essential skills.

With availability for classes to

be held on-campus, directly on

employer premises or hosted online

- and often at no cost - we can help

ensure a well-equipped future

workforce for Bradford.

Get in touch with Shipley

College today and join us in

shaping the future of our region.



a local employer?

Develop your current staff

Your business - is OUR business.

A talented workforce is key to

success, and we want to be your

first port of call when it comes

to developing your current staff.

We can help you train your

promising staff into your next

managers, upskill whole teams

or enhance your staff induction

programme with short courses

on everything from first aid

to cybersecurity, or food

hygiene to EDI.

This can be done via face-to-face

teaching or online. We have short

courses for skills and refreshers,

and longer-term vocational

training, all of which can be

tailored specifically to meet

your needs.

We offer sector specific training

such as Safeguarding and Childcare;

general business support such

as Leadership & Management,

Customer Service and Cyber

Security; and bespoke courses

that are designed with you to deliver

the strategic goals of your business.


Here at Shipley College we know

how important it is to work closely

with local businesses to support

personal and economic growth.



“We collaborate closely with Shipley College

to provide T Level students with hands-on

experience and exposure to real-world IT

scenarios through work placements in

our award-winning organisation.”

At Exa Networks we offer a dynamic and

innovative work environment where our

employees are encouraged to grow and

excel in their roles, supported by

a collaborative team culture.

The IT & digital sector offers endless

opportunities for professional growth

and development, as it is constantly

evolving and driving innovation. It

provides individuals with the chance

to work on cutting-edge technologies

and solutions.

Our collaboration with Shipley College helps

new entrants to the sector to prepare for

successful careers in the tech industry.

There are loads of roles open to them - network

engineers, software developers, cybersecurity

analysts, IT support specialists, and project

managers. This can be a benefit to us too of

course - we have offered permanent roles

here after successful placements!

The best thing about working with Shipley

College is witnessing the enthusiasm and

eagerness of the students to learn and

apply their knowledge in practical settings.

It’s rewarding to see them grow and develop

their skills throughout their time with us.

There are numerous career opportunities

available in the IT sector for local people

- our goal is to provide individuals with

pathways and support to pursue these

careers locally.”



Lewis Aird, Customer Operations

Manager, Exa Networks


Help create your future staff

In addition to providing tailored,

high-quality training for your

current staff, Shipley College

can also connect you with

your future workforce.

Over the years, we’ve fostered

strong partnerships with

businesses in our community,

creating links between employers

and students, positioning our

students as ideal future employees.

This collaboration can take

various forms, such as work

placements, employer visits,

or masterclasses, allowing you

to showcase your sector or your

company to potential recruits,

while concurrently allowing our

students to demonstrate their

learning and the fresh energy

they could inject into your business.

We offer opportunities for students

to contribute to the success of your

business through apprenticeships,

T-Level programs, or supported

internships. The success stories

are plentiful, with placements

frequently leading to permanent

roles, benefitting all parties involved!

Visit the Employers section of our

website, or take the direct approach

by contacting us on:



Employer endorsement scheme

If you are an employer, we’d love to

hear from you about which courses

we should run and how these

programmes should be delivered.

The order in which we teach certain

components, based on the most

pressing industry skills needs,

can help prepare our advanced

technical students to contribute

to the workplace more quickly and

helps our staff and students focus

on the most important elements of

the curriculum.

We are keen to extend our

Employer Endorsement Scheme

to a wider range of employers of

all sizes and specialisms. If you

would like to lead the way for your

sector, and influence the skills and

knowledge our students are taught,

then please contact Vice-Principal

(Curriculum & Quality) Greg O’Shea

at goshea@shipley.ac.uk for more

information on how to get involved.

Scan to find

out more



Leading the way on AI and

robotics healthcare training


In 2023, West Yorkshire

Consortium of Colleges

secured £6.9 million

from the Department for

Education to support the

delivery of the Local Skills

Improvement Plan across

our key sectors, and

specifically to develop

digital innovation in

teaching and learning.

As the lead in the Health project,

Shipley College has invested

in cutting-edge resources that

hugely enhance our existing health

and care teaching environments

- investment that is crucial for

the future professional readiness

of healthcare and social care

practitioners in West Yorkshire.

We’re proud to be the first college

in the UK to procure the latest

HAL Simulator, the world’s most

advanced multidisciplinary adult

simulator, and to break new ground

by combining our HAL simulators

with AI-driven patient interaction

software. This will allow our

students to encounter extremely

authentic engagements with our

in-house AI patients.

The lifelike experiences facilitated

by these interactions, especially

when enhanced by our immersive

4D rooms, offer safe yet realistic

training solutions for high-stakes,

real-world scenarios. This

comprehensive preparation

equips our students to excel

as the next generation of the

NHS and social care workforce,

and supports our employers by

providing training in a world

class facility.



“Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS

Foundation Trust is a special place

to work - we are known not only for

our clinical excellence but also for

our friendly and inclusive culture.”

“Our staff all share the same aim; to provide

the highest quality healthcare at all times

to the community we serve.

The NHS Foundation Trust is a great place to

work where you can be part of a team making

a difference to people’s lives whether you are

patient facing or not. And ‘We are Bradford’

– we value diversity & champion inclusion

making sure ALL our staff feel listened

to, involved and engaged. We welcome all,

fostering a culture of belonging and trust.

And once you are part of the team

at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS

Foundation Trust, we will work with you to

develop your career, and fulfil your potential.

We work in collaboration with Shipley College

to provide a specific training route to be able

to begin a career with us. We offer a route

via T Level Health to become T Level cadets

in Bradford Royal Infirmary - many students

are successful on this pathway and are then

offered permanent roles.“

We offer a variety of routes into

employment. You could work directly

with patients, in office-based roles

and roles that support the operations

and development of the building and

grounds, to name a few.


Georgi Dyson, Assistant Director of HR,

Bradford Teaching Hospitals




at Shipley College

What we can offer you

At Shipley College, we provide

a diverse range of accredited

courses to enable you to attain

recognised qualifications,

acquire the essential skills

demanded by the region,

and advance your career.

Help and support

If you have questions about

any course, its content, whether

you qualify for a fee reduction,

or whether - as in many cases -

the course is free to you, get in

touch with our friendly and helpful

Enrolments team, who are very

knowledgeable and will make

sure you get all the information

you need.


01274 327327


The Saltaire Institute, hosted in our historic

Exhibition Building, is a one-stop shop for adult

students looking to enhance or change careers.

For generations, ‘traditional nightschool’

has been a successful

route for people looking to change

direction, learn in-demand skills,

make new friends and balance

their study time with their work


Whether you choose to study

Business with Marketing,

Pre-Access to HE or Games

Design Technology, you’ll join

us for early evening classes,

with like minded learners.

You will benefit from

masterclasses from regional

employers, learning from current

industry experts. You’ll work with

inspirational and highly qualified

teachers that will support you

every step of the way, and you’ll

have access to all of the careers

advice, pastoral support and

work experience services that

our daytime students do.

We know that after a hard day’s

work, you need a chance to refuel

- which is why our onsite catering

facilities serving hot and cold

food and drinks stay open into the

evening to make sure you get the

right start to your class. At break

times, you will be able to come

together with your new learning

community, meet new people,

make professional connections

and take part in our adult

enrichment offer.

If you feel that it is time for a

change and that it’s time that

you put yourself first - then please

consider the Saltaire Institute as

your next step on your journey to

a new career!


Our Qualification

courses for Adults

The majority of adult students will be able to study

for free – subject to eligibility criteria.

Look out for any course fees highlighted with an * to see

which qualifications you may be able to gain for FREE!

In this section:

• Apprenticeships

• Access to Higher

Education (Health

& Social Care)

• Pre-access (English,

Maths, Biology)

• Health & Social Care

• Digital & Creative


• Working with

Children & Young


• Teacher Training

• Business & Retail

• Leadership &


• Floristry, Horticulture

& Gardening

• Customer Service

• Other Courses

• English, Maths


• Online Learning

• Free Courses

for Jobs

• Other opportunities

for those on low

income or seeking






• Business Administrator Level 3 Apprenticeship

• Team Leader Level 3 Apprenticeship

• Operations or Departmental Manager Level 5 Apprenticeship

Customer Service

• Customer Service Practitioner Level 2 Apprenticeship

• Customer Service Specialist Level 3 Apprenticeship

Digital Marketing

• Digital Marketer Level 3 Apprenticeship

Early Years

• Early Years Practitioner Level 2 Apprenticeship

• Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship

Health & Social Care

• Adult Care Worker Level 2 Apprenticeship

• Lead Adult Care Worker Level 3 Apprenticeship

• Leadership & Management for Adult Care Level 5 Diploma


• Countryside Worker Level 2 Apprenticeship

• Golf Greenkeeper Level 2 Diploma Apprenticeship

• Horticulture Operative Level 2 Diploma Apprenticeship

• Sports Turf Operative Level 2 Diploma Apprenticeship

Teaching Assistant

• Teaching Assistant Level 3 Apprenticeship

Use the QR code link to ‘Meet an

Apprentice’ - in this case Josh,

a golf greenkeeping apprentice

at West End Golf Club, Halifax


• Shipley College is number one in

West Yorkshire Colleges for 16-18

apprentice achievement

• Shipley College is number one in

West Yorkshire Colleges for adult

(24+) apprentice achievement

• Shipley College is number one

in West Yorkshire for Early Years

Educator Apprenticeships

Source: National Achievement Rate Tables, Department for Education, (available at GOV.UK)

Apprenticeships are a great way for

employers to address skills gaps in

their business and for apprentices

to earn while they learn.

An apprenticeship means

an employer can recruit new

staff and train them within their

organisation, usually for four days

a week, while the apprentice learns

the core skills required to work in

that sector as part of a one-day

-a-week qualification with

Shipley College.

The apprentice earns a salary

throughout, and Apprenticeships

are not just for school leavers

- because anyone over 16 can

take on a new adventure as

an apprentice!

Shipley College has over 30

years’ experience delivering

apprenticeships. We can

help both employee and

employer succeed.

We offer:

• Contacts with a variety of

companies across the

Bradford region

• A database of potential

apprentices to match with

the opportunity

• Knowledgeable, experienced


• Dedicated support

• Regular progress reviews

We offer apprenticeships in

Local Skills Improvement Plan

(LSIP) priority areas like Health,

Professional Services and Digital

Technologies - see the whole

list to the left, and contact


to start the ball rolling - whether you

would like to find an apprentice or

would like to become an apprentice!



“ACS is an award-winning IT & Business

Services organisation based in Baildon,

where we pride ourselves on nurturing a

supportive, inclusive, and forward-thinking

work culture. We want our employees

to thrive professionally while making

a positive impact on their community

and the environment.”

"We put our employees’ wellbeing at the

heart of our business - offering regular

feedback sessions, fitness breaks and

team-building activities - to ensure our

colleagues feel valued and motivated and

that our people have access to continuous

learning and professional development


Our longstanding partnership with Shipley

College exemplifies this commitment to

fostering talent. Working in collaboration,

we created our IT Technical Sales

Apprenticeship and recruited local young

people onto this innovative programme,

and we ensure our existing staff are

equipped with essential skills for success

with ongoing development initiatives, such

as leadership training and the World Host

Customer Service programme.

Furthermore, we play an active role in

shaping the future workforce by engaging

in guest speaking opportunities, sharing

industry insights, and offering guidance

on interview techniques and CV writing

to students at Shipley College.

We have an amazing relationship with our

local college and will continue to supply

opportunities for local people across all of

our business functions - Sales, Business

Admin, Marketing, IT, Customer Services

and Purchasing.”


Leon Oakley, People Manager.





If you want to go to university but

don’t meet the entry qualifications,

you can take the Access to Higher

Education Diploma and qualify for

university in just one year!

You will study 9.30am-4pm on

Mondays and Tuesdays, for a year.

We have an increasing demand

for health and care services in our

region, so we offer Access routes

into Health & Social Care careers

across the whole sector. Entry

requirements vary depending on

your chosen pathway and University.

Access to Health & Social Care

Health Professions Pathway:

Modules in Human Physiology, Psychology & Professional Health

Care Practice, to prepare you for university study for a wide range

of professions such as Nursing (Adult, Children or Mental Health),

Midwifery, Paramedic Science, Radiography and Occupational Therapy.

Social Sciences Pathway:

Modules in Social Issues in Health, Psychology and Professional Healthcare

Practice, to prepare you for university study in areas like Social Work,

Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Youth & Community Development,

Welfare, Counselling, Childhood & Youth Studies, and Primary Education.

Pre-Access evening course

If you don’t have the entry requirements to enrol onto the Access course

you might consider our pre-Access evening course which focuses on

addressing your skills in Health Science, English and maths. It may take a little

longer but this way you will be prepared with all the qualifications you need to

progress to Access, University and ultimately, into a job in the Health sector.

Free access courses!

Most people get an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for their Access

course, so you will not need to find the money up front. The even better

news is that if you do go on to University, and complete your University

course, then Student Finance England will ‘write off’ the money you

borrowed for your Access course, so you will not need to repay it!*

Find out more

about Advanced

Learner Loans here

Please contact enrolments@shipley.ac.uk who can help you with

your application.

*Conditions apply



Classroom-based courses

Level Course title Time Duration Fees

Level 5

Online courses

Leadership & Management for Adult

Care Diploma

Daytime 18 months £4670*

Level 3 Leading Care for Adults Daytime 18 months £2880*

Level 2 Award in Suicide Awareness Daytime 2 days FREE*

Level 2 Caring for Adults Daytime 1 year £1100*

Level 2 Dementia Care Principles Daytime 14 weeks FREE*

Level 2 Pathway to Access to HE - Social Science Evening 31 weeks FREE*

Level 2 PCAS Daytime 1 day £56

Level 2 Preparing to work in Adult Social Care Daytime 22 days £350*

Safer People Moving & Handling Daytime 1 day £50

Level Course title Time Duration Fees

Level 3 Counselling Skills Daytime 15 weeks £2225*

Level 3 Principles of End of Life Care Daytime 10 weeks £810*

Level 3 Understanding Autism Daytime 18 weeks £810*

Level 3 Understanding Mental Health Daytime 10 weeks £810*

Level 3 Award in Steps Towards Suicide Prevention Daytime 1 day £75

Level 2 Awareness of Mental Health Problems Daytime 14 weeks FREE*

Level 2 Behaviour that Challenges Daytime 8 weeks FREE*

Level 2 Cancer Support Daytime 8 weeks FREE*

Level 2 Care Certificate Daytime 10 weeks £200*

Level 2 Common Health Conditions Daytime 12 weeks FREE*

Level 2 Counselling Skills Daytime 8 weeks FREE*

Level 2

Level 2

Customer Service for Health & Social

Care Settings

Dignity & Safeguarding in Adult Health

& Social Care

Daytime 8 weeks FREE*

Daytime 8 weeks FREE*

Level 2 Domestic Abuse Daytime 8 weeks FREE*

Level 2 End of Life Care Principles Daytime 12 weeks FREE*

Level 2

Level 2

Level 2

Mental Health First Aid & Mental Health

Advocacy in the Workplace

Principles of the Prevention & Control

of Infection in Health Care Settings

Safe Handling of Medication in Health

& Social Care

Daytime 6 weeks FREE*

Daytime 8 weeks FREE*

Daytime 8 weeks FREE*

Level 2 Specific Learning Difficulties Daytime 10 weeks FREE*

Level 2 Technology Enabled Care Daytime 8 weeks FREE*

Level 2 Tenant Support in Social Housing Daytime 10 weeks FREE*

Level 2 Understanding Autism Daytime 12 weeks FREE*


Level 2

Working with People with Mental

Health Needs

Daytime 10 weeks FREE*

A career in Health & Social Care

isn't just a job, it's a chance to make

a real difference in people's lives

every day.

Our extensive course selection

is designed to equip you with the

knowledge and skills you need

to succeed in your chosen path,

preparing you to confidently enter

this dynamic and rewarding field.

As Bradford's largest employment

sector, Health & Social Care offers a

multitude of exciting opportunities.

With a constant demand for staff

with up-to-date qualifications,

there's a clear path for career

progression. We understand the

importance of staying at the forefront

of the industry, which is why we've

forged strong partnerships with

key organisations like Bradford

Royal Infirmary, Bradford Teaching

Hospitals, Bradford Council, and

many local care providers.

This collaborative approach ensures

our courses reflect the latest best

practice and prepare you for the

realities of the workplace.

We're also proud to be the lead

health provider in the cutting-edge

LSIF Digital Innovation project. This

initiative allows us to equip future

healthcare professionals with the

latest technologies, giving them a

significant advantage as they embark

on their careers [more information

on page 16]. Come and experience

this innovative approach firsthand

at one of our regular Open Events,

where you'll have the chance to meet

our experienced tutors and discuss

your career goals.

Our diverse course offerings open

doors to a wide range of health and

social care professions, including

nursing, allied health professions,

counselling, occupational therapy,

and health psychology. We also

recognise the ongoing need for

community support and education.

That's why we offer a wealth of

courses focused on mental health

awareness, suicide prevention,

understanding others, navigating

family dynamics, and much more.

We also offer courses on clinical

supervision and reflective practice

in the care sector. Our online course

offer is constantly expanding,

so you're sure to find the perfect

program to meet your specific needs.

NEW COURSE - Community Interpreting

Families can learn together about interpretation, family members can

educate each other on how interpretation can help access vital resources

and raise awareness about the importance of being another person's voice.

By learning about interpretation, families can ensure everyone has access to

the support they need and build a more understanding environment, this may

be the first step to becoming an interpreter for others in your community.

*The majority of adult students will be able to study for free – subject to eligibility criteria.

Please speak to our helpful Enrolments team to find the best funding solution for you.



Classroom-based courses

Level Course title Time Duration Fees

Level 3 Certificate in Games Technologies Evening 30 weeks £1645*

Level 3

Social Media & Content Marketing


Evening 25 weeks £1764*

Level 2 Digital Promotion Evening 7 weeks £175*

Level 2 Certificate in Fashion & Textiles Evening 28 weeks £500*

Level 2 Pre-Foundation in Art & Design Daytime 24 weeks £500*

Level 2 Award in Cybersecurity Evening 7 weeks £170*

Level 2 Certificate in Digital & IT Skills Evening 34 weeks £550*

Level 2 Graphic Design Daytime 37 weeks £550*

Level 2 Digital Marketing Award Evening 6 weeks £150*

Level 2 Award in Games Design & Development Evening 7 weeks £170*

Level 1 Website Design Award Evening 12 weeks £300*



Essential Digital Skills Qualfication Evening 17 weeks FREE*

Microsoft Office Specialist -

Word for Business

Daytime 1 day £75

*The majority of adult students will be able to study for free

– subject to eligibility criteria. Please speak to our helpful

Enrolments team to find the best funding solution for you.


With West Yorkshire boasting

the fastest-growing digital sector

in the country, there's never been

a more opportune moment to

pursue a qualification in Digital

& Creative Skills.

Both Digital & Technology and

Creative Industries are priority

areas outlined in the West

Yorkshire LSIP (Local Skills

Improvement Plan), so the

demand for these skills

remains high in our region.

For adults who wish to build their

confidence with IT and make

themselves more employable

we have Essential Digital Skills

courses to get you started.

For those who are more

experienced, we have excellent

options to build on existing skills

that will help you succeed in the

workplace, in valuable knowledge

areas like spreadsheet software,

presentation software, data

management and analytics.

For those with an interest in

protecting the devices we all use,

and learning how to reduce the risk

of attack, we offer a stand-alone

course in Cybersecurity, and local

employers can take advantage

of our varied offer to upskill

whole teams - we can even

tailor a course to your

specific requirements.

If you are excited about design and

creativity, and the all-important skills

required to build a brand on the back

of those, our Creative Industries

courses can prepare you for working

in exciting fields like Games Design,

Graphic Design, Art & Design or

Fashion and Textiles.

You will develop your portfolio across

all of these options, then depending

on your choice you can get to grips

with design software, including

vector and pixel-based tools,

experiment with 2D and 3D games,

and develop your understanding

of branding.

This presents exciting career

opportunities for those with

a creative streak!



Classroom-based courses

Level Course title Time Duration Fees

Level 3

Online courses

Social Media & Content Marketing


Evening 25 weeks £1764*

Level 2 Business & Enterprise Evening 28 weeks £1440*

Level 2 Certificate in Digital Business Solutions Evening 25 weeks £1645*

Level 2 Certificate in Business Evening 28 weeks £315*

Level 2 Diploma in Business Daytime 35 weeks £634*

Level 2 Award in Digital Marketing Evening 6 weeks £150*

Level 2 Certificate in Digital & IT Skills Evening 34 weeks £550*

Level 1 Website Design Award Evening 12 weeks £300*



Essential Digital Skills Evening 17 weeks FREE*

Microsoft Office Specialist - Word

for Business

Daytime 1 day £75

Level Course title Time Duration Fees

Level 2 Business Improvement Techniques Daytime 12 weeks FREE*

Level 2

Lean Organisation Management


Daytime 6 weeks FREE*

*The majority of adult students will be able to study for free

– subject to eligibility criteria. Please speak to our helpful

Enrolments team to find the best funding solution for you.


Our range of part-time Business and Retail

courses are designed to equip you with

practical employability skills that can help

you to enter the job markets in these sectors

or progress further in your current career.

These courses will provide you

with essential knowledge and

understanding of the industry,

including the communication

skills that employers seek in

candidates. By becoming skilled

in these areas,you can contribute

to the growing demand for skilled

workers in the wholesale & retail

and support services sectors in

our region.

You could start with a short course

in essential skills such as Microsoft

Office - Word, Powerpoint, Excel,

or Outlook for business.

We offer a range of evening

courses, covering all aspects

of modern business, including

digital promotion and digital

marketing, website design and

social media for e-commerce.

We offer a range of qualifications

to help you start your own

business, including our new

diplomas in Business,

Marketing or Business

& Enterprise.

If you are looking to improve your

prospects but can only commit

to an online course, then Business

Improvement Techniques might

be the perfect fit.



We are very proud that Shipley College’s

Customer Service provision is so highly

thought of that it was the subject of a

video by City & Guilds, the course's

awarding body.

Great customer service is a valuable

asset for any business, helping to

retain current customers and attract

new ones.

This fully funded course will give the

necessary skills and knowledge to

deliver excellent customer service,

so is ideal for those who interact

with customers on a daily basis

and want to enhance their career

prospects by gaining a qualification.

It will also reinforce important

wider employability skills such as

communication, teamwork and

problem solving.

We can deliver to groups on employer

premises, and also have set courses

that individuals can join.

Either way please contact our

Business Development Team -


to see what we can do for you!

View the Customer

Service video here!


*The majority of adult students will be able to study for free – subject to eligibility criteria.

Please speak to our helpful Enrolments team to find the best funding solution for you.



Classroom-based courses

Level Course title Time Duration Fees

Level 3

CIPD Foundation Certificate

in People Practice

Evening 14 weeks £724*

Level 3 ILM Leadership & Management Evening 4 weeks £500

Level 3 Leadership & Management Diploma Evening 11 weeks £500*

*The majority of adult students will be able to study for free

– subject to eligibility criteria. Please speak to our helpful

Enrolments team to find the best funding solution for you.


Even if you have been in a leadership role for

years, there are still always new techniques

you can learn to improve your management

style, which you can do with our highlevel

Leadership, Management and HR

Management courses.

Being a good leader comes with

experience. However, there are

certain skills that you can cultivate

to effectively manage a team of

any size and lead them to success.

Many local employers face

challenges in recruiting people

with the right managerial

skills, therefore, having these

qualifications can open up many

opportunities. Understanding how

to manage and motivate your staff

is always crucial to creating a

positive work environment.

Whether you are trying to improve

team engagement and morale, or

leading through organisational

change, we offer courses that

can help you become a confident

leader, such as our Diploma in

Leadership & Management, and

our CIPD Foundation Certificate

in People Practice.



Classroom-based courses

Level Course title Time Duration Fees

Level 3


Becoming a Teacher in Further Education,

Adult and Community Learning

Certificate in Education for the

Lifelong Learning Sector

Learning in the workplace

Evening 13 weeks £375



2 years £3775

Level Course title Time Duration Fees

Level 4

Level 3

Understanding the Internal Quality

Assurance of Assessment Processes

& Practice Award

Assessing Vocational Achievement


Various 6 months £475

Various 6 months £815*

*The majority of adult students will be able to study for free

– subject to eligibility criteria. Please speak to our helpful

Enrolments team to find the best funding solution for you.


Teacher Training

Education is one of the five sectors that

employs the most Bradford residents and

we offer great opportunities for you to

qualify as a teacher.

Take your first steps into a

career in teaching with the

Award in Education & Training,

or progress onto a Cert Ed or

PGCE with our professional

qualifications, delivered in

association with the University

of Huddersfield.

There are routes available to

those who already have degree

qualifications, including PGCE,

and routes like Cert Ed open

to those who have vocational

experience and would like to

apply that experience to making

the move into becoming a teacher.

Our courses run on 12 Saturdays

across the year allowing you to

teach during the week and study

on the weekend. In two years

you will be a qualified teacher

in lifelong learning.



Our PGCE & Cert Ed courses are a great

way to get into teaching and some of our

own staff have qualified through this route.

Steph, one of our Health and Social Care

lecturers, spoke to us about her experience

on the Cert Ed course and moving from

working in industry to teaching in College.

"Before working in FE I was the managing

director of a care company. I was MD for

4 years and manager for 5 years before

that. I had worked in Healthcare since I

left school. As managing director I had

various responsibilities including meetings

with directors of NHS trusts, working

on compliance, interviewing staff and


After years of working in an environment

where I was hiring and managing healthcare

staff I wanted to move into a field where I

could help teach and mould the healthcare

staff of the future! I knew what was expected

and what the reality of working in healthcare

was so I knew I would be able to provide

valuable insights and real world experience

to the students.

Starting the Cert Ed course and teaching

was a culture shock, I'd gone from being in

charge to being told what to do! However,

the tutors were amazing and whilst it

can seem daunting to be going back into

education, it's definitely worth it and the

tutors and support I received made the

experience easier.

I finished my Cert Ed in June 2023 - it was

a great experience and I am really glad I

did it. I learnt a lot about myself and proved

that I could do things I didn't think I could.

I am now the course coordinator for T

Level Health and I really enjoy teaching.

I’d definitely recommend moving into

teaching and doing it through the PGCE

or Cert Ed course depending on your

previous qualifications."

Moving into teaching was a complete change

in career and direction. I applied to be a

student teacher at Shipley College despite

having no teaching qualifications because

it was a way for me to earn and learn on

the job, I would be able to gain my teaching

qualification whilst working at the college. I

didn't have a degree, only a Level 5 Diploma

in Leadership and Management in Adult Care

so I went through the Cert Ed route as you

only need a Level 3 qualification to start. It

was a great way to get into teaching without

going to university.

Scan to learn

more about

our Teacher



Steph Walker, former Cert Ed student

& current Shipley College lecturer



Classroom-based courses

Level Course title Time Duration Fees

Level 5

Level 3

Online courses

Leadership and Management

for Residential Childcare

Certificate in the Principles of Special

Educational Needs

Daytime 1 year £2882*

Evening 36 weeks £450*

Level 3 Early Years Practitioner Daytime 18 months £2850*

Level 3 Residential Childcare Daytime 1 year £2880*

Level 3

Level 2

Teaching Assistant in Schools

& Colleges

Support Work in Schools

& Colleges Award

Various 38 weeks £2225*

Evening 22 weeks £455*

Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Daytime 1 year £1100*

Level 1

Level 1

Level 1

Step into Childcare - Preparing

to work in childcare

Step into Teaching Assistant - Preparing

to Work in Schools

Preparation for Adulthood

- Parent Support

Daytime 7 days FREE*

Daytime 7 days FREE*

Evening 4 weeks FREE*

Level 1 Preparation for Adulthood - Digital Evening 4 weeks FREE*

Level Course title Time Duration Fees

Level 2 Adverse Childhood Experiences Daytime 6 weeks FREE*

Level 2 Children & Young People's Mental Health Daytime 10 weeks FREE*

Level 2 Common Childhood Illnesses Daytime 6 weeks FREE*

Level 2 Safeguarding & Prevent Daytime 6 weeks FREE*

*The majority of adult students will be able to study for free

– subject to eligibility criteria. Please speak to our helpful

Enrolments team to find the best funding solution for you.


Working with

Children & Young People

If you're passionate about working

with children and young people, we

have a variety of courses designed to

help you launch or advance your career.

Whether you're interested in

youth work, residential childcare,

working in schools as a teaching

assistant or in Early Years settings,

we have options to fit your goals.

We offer nationally recognised

qualifications to equip you with

the skills needed for success.

These include diplomas and

apprenticeships that prepare

you to work in the community,

residential childcare homes,

nurseries and primary schools,

aligning with the requirements

of employers in our region.

Upon completion, you could pursue

diverse paths like establishing a

home-based childcare setting,

joining the Early Years workforce

as a qualified professional, or

becoming a Teaching Assistant.

Previous learners have also moved

into managerial positions.

We provide internationally

recognised qualifications to help

you progress towards more senior

roles. Our flexible schedules

allow you to balance your studies

with your existing commitments.

Additionally, some courses are

offered as apprenticeships,

combining on-the-job training

with classroom learning.

NEW COURSE - L3 Certificate in Principles of Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Have you ever thought about a career supporting young people with

special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and making a real

difference in young people’s lives? Our new Level 3 course is perfect

to help you switch to this most fulfilling of careers, working with SEN.



Classroom-based courses

Level Course title Time Duration Fees

Level 3 Floristry Daytime 18 months £4425*

Level 2 Floristry Technical Certificate Daytime 18 months £1000*

Level 1 Floristry Daytime 10 weeks £200*

*The majority of adult students will be able to study for free

– subject to eligibility criteria. Please speak to our helpful

Enrolments team to find the best funding solution for you.


Unleash your creativity and watch it bloom

with our Floristry courses. Our industryexperienced

tutors will provide you with

the skills and knowledge you need to excel

in this vibrant field, so you can make your

dreams a reality.

Our part-time Floristry students

have regularly had the opportunity

to exhibit at the famous Harrogate

Flower Show, taking Gold and ‘best

in show’ in 2024 - an amazing career


Floristry is a dynamic and thrilling

career path that requires a keen

eye for colour and design, as well

as precision and artistry. Whether

you're looking to start your own

business or travel the UK creating

breathtaking floral installations for

weddings and events, our highlyregarded

Floristry qualifications

will open doors for you.

We host annual masterclasses

from internationally-renowned

floral artists, such as youngestever

Master Florist and Dutch

TV star Hanneke Frankema, and

Americas Cup-winning Master

Florist Leopoldo Gomez, so you

can be exposed to world class


With our guidance, you'll have

the opportunity to explore your

floristry passion and develop

your skills to the fullest.

An evening with Leopoldo Gomez

at Shipley College

Wednesday 25th Septemer 2024

Scan here to book your ticket now!



Classroom-based courses

Level Course title Time Duration Fees

Level 3 Horticulture Daytime 2 years £7172*

Level 2

Certificate in Social &

Therapeutic Horticulture

Daytime 16 weeks £150*

Level 2 Garden Design Certificate Daytime 26 weeks £525*

Level 2 Horticulture Diploma Daytime 26 weeks £525*

Level 2 Horticulture Certificate (Short Course) Daytime 12 weeks £220*

Level 2

City & Guilds Safe Use of Pesticides

NPTC Award

Daytime 2 days £440

Level 1 Horticulture Diploma: Gardening Basics Daytime 34 weeks £440*

Level 1 Horticulture Certificate: Gardening Basics Daytime 17 weeks £220*

Level 1 Garden Design Certificate Daytime 13 weeks £220*

*The majority of adult students will be able to study for free

– subject to eligibility criteria. Please speak to our helpful

Enrolments team to find the best funding solution for you.


As one of the few providers of Horticultural

courses in Yorkshire, we take pride in offering

a wide range of Horticulture and Gardening

qualifications that are taught in our purpose-built

greenhouses and local community allotments.

Our Horticulture students exhibit

at the Harrogate Flower Show

annually, taking not one, but two

5-star awards in Creative Borders

in 2024, and a Silver Gilt award for

their show garden, ‘A Saltaire Story’.

Our team of tutors is composed

of experienced professionals

with a wealth of knowledge

and expertise in the industry,

so whether you think you want

to learn garden design, or the

social and therapeutic benefits

of horticulture, you will be

expertly guided.

Most of them are still actively

engaged in their own green

businesses outside of their

teaching commitments. So, if you

have a passion and want to turn it

into a career, we are here to help

you achieve your goals.

The West Yorkshire Local Skills

Improvement Plans (LSIP) has

identified sustainability and

the transition to net zero as

key themes. This highlights

the region's commitment to

a sustainable future and

creating green jobs.

Scan to watch the video about

our students' amazing success

at Harrogate Flower Show!



Get into Rail Support Services Roles

This pathway provides many customer-facing

job opportunities across Bradford and Leeds.

You will be trained for 3 weeks, readying

you for support service roles within the

Rail industry. The programme includes

work experience at Northern Rail, Network

Rail and Carlisle Support Services, two

qualifications and a guaranteed interview

upon successful completion of the course.

Rail Engineering Track Maintenance

This 5-week training programme prepares

you to become a part of the UK’s vital network

of track maintenance operatives.

You will be introduced to the rail industry, learn

how to restore tracks, correct faults and deal

with incidents, and after successfully completing

the course you are guaranteed an interview

with a reputable rail company.

Job roles include:

• Train Presentation Operative

• Customer Service Advisor

• Gateline Assistant

• Revenue Officer

"After completing the Level 2 Rail course

at Shipley College, I never imagined how

much it would impact my career in the

rail industry.”

"The knowledge and skills I gained from the course opened up so many opportunities

for me, and I am incredibly grateful for the chance to pursue my passion in this field.

The work is truly satisfying, and I take great pride in knowing that I am contributing

to the safe and efficient functioning of our rail systems."

Syed Darbar Ali Shah, Points Installer


The UK railway industry recognises

that it needs new staff with the right

skills to deal with ever-increasing

demands for commuting, leisure

and business travel, as well

as freight services.

The Transpennine route upgrade

(TRU) forms part of a £3.9 billion

investment to deliver faster, more

reliable rail journeys between

Manchester, Huddersfield, Leeds

and York, and includes a new

maintenance depot in Shipley.

We work in partnership with

YFL, Crown Group, Northern Rail,

Network Rail and Carlisle Support

Services to offer two pathways into

the rail industry; one in Railway

Track Maintenance and the other

in rail support roles.

Interested in a career

in Rail?

Visit our website to

find full information

on how to get involved

*The majority of adult students will be able to study for free – subject to eligibility criteria.

Please speak to our helpful Enrolments team to find the best funding solution for you.



Classroom-based courses

Level Course title Time Duration Fees

Level 1 ESOL Evening 17 weeks £175*

Entry Level ESOL Daytime 16 weeks £165*

Entry Level ESOL Evening 18 weeks £165*

GCSE English GCSE Daytime 32 weeks FREE*

Various English Functional Skills Daytime 34 weeks FREE*

GCSE Maths GCSE Daytime 32 weeks FREE*

Various Maths Functional Skills Daytime 34 weeks FREE*

Community-based courses

Level Course title Time Duration Fees

Entry Level ESOL (Brackenhill) Daytime 16 weeks £135*

Level 1 ESOL (Community Works) Daytime 17 weeks £165*

Entry Level ESOL (Community Works) Daytime 16 weeks £165*

Pre-entry ESOL (Community Works) Daytime 17 weeks £110*

Level 1 ESOL (Meridian Centre) Daytime 17 weeks £245*

Entry Level ESOL (Meridian Centre) Daytime 17 weeks £245*

Beginners ESOL (Meridian Centre) Daytime 17 weeks £220*

Entry Level ESOL (Safety First) Daytime 17 weeks £165*

Level 1 ESOL (West Bowling) Daytime 17 weeks £165*

Entry Level ESOL (West Bowling) Daytime 17 weeks £165*

Online courses

Level Course title Time Duration Fees

Level 1 ESOL Daytime 18 weeks £245*

Entry Level ESOL Daytime 18 weeks £245*

*The majority of adult students will be able to study for free

– subject to eligibility criteria. Please speak to our helpful

Enrolments team to find the best funding solution for you.

Interested in our

English, Maths and

ESOL courses?

Scan here to find

out more!


Our friendly tutors will work with you at

your own pace, to help get you the English,

Maths or ESOL (English for Speakers of

Other Languages) qualifications that can

grow your confidence, help you get a job,

allow you to support your children with

homework, or whatever other challenges

you want to take on!

There are over 40,000 adults in

Bradford who do not have basic

qualifications, which is higher than

the national average, and so our

Functional Skills, GCSE and ESOL

courses provide key employability

skills to help ensure more of our local

population can access meaningful

work and enjoy social mobility.

Our courses are flexible, with

classes running at various times

throughout the day at college

and in community outreach

centres, and for most people

they are free!



First Aid

First Aid training can be very beneficial for those working in Health or Care

roles, for individuals, or for those who wish to volunteer or give valuable

knowledge to parents and carers.

Our courses cover everything you need to know to give the level of support

required to provide aid, from non-life-threatening injuries to medical

emergencies, ensuring the best possible outcome is achieved.

Food Safety

Food safety and hygiene are crucial aspects of running a successful business

in the hospitality sector. Whether you are an employer seeking to improve

your staff expertise, a hospitality worker who wants to enhance their skills,

or are organising an event, our courses can assist you in providing a safe

and hygienic service confidently. Our course can help you gain

comprehensive knowledge of food safety procedures.

Classroom-based courses

Level Course title Time Duration Fees

Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work Daytime 1 day £75

Level 3 Emergency Paediatric First Aid Daytime 1 day £75

Level 3 First Aid at Work Daytime 3 days £200

Level 2 Food Safety Daytime 1 day £75*

*The majority of adult students will be able to study for free

– subject to eligibility criteria. Please speak to our helpful

Enrolments team to find the best funding solution for you.


Online courses can be a great option

to get started on the career path that

interests you the most, as they allow

you to study at your own pace and

convenience, from the comfort of

your own home, but with the support

and guidance of a personal tutor.

They are also great for employers

who are looking for flexible ways

of investing in and developing

their staff.

You will find online courses listed

under the relevant course section,

but if you know you want to start

with an online course - which are

very often FREE, depending on

your postcode.

You can explore our extensive

selection of Online Learning

courses together, including

course information, enrolment

and enquiry links, by visiting:





Free courses for jobs

The Government’s Free Courses for Jobs Offer enables adults (classified

as those aged 19+) to do FREE courses in order to gain valuable skills that

employers are looking for, in sectors where they are needed. These are

courses that the Department for Education have judged to be important

to the region, so they will fund eligible people to undertake these courses.

That means improved job prospects and potentially higher wages, whatever

your stage of adult life.

Qualifications (Level 3, which is the

equivalent of A-levels) are available

with us in sectors such as:

• Business Management

• Childcare & Early Years

• Digital

• Health & Social Care

• Horticulture

• Hospitality

We also offer a suite of courses

designed to help you get into work,

such as employability, resilience

and volunteering - many of which

can be studied online

Whether you qualify is down

to your age, current earnings or

employment status, and current

qualifications, and the easiest

way to work out if you are eligible

is to get in touch with our

Enrolments team who can

assist you in finding out.

Contact our Enrolments team:


01274 327327


Other opportunities

for those on low income

or seeking work

If you are not working at the moment, or are on

a low income and are looking for your next role,

there are lots of free training opportunities to

help improve your chances of success.


Sector-based Work Academy

Programmes (SWAPs) are courses

for unemployed people which

are delivered in partnership

with employers who have real job

vacancies they are wanting to fill.

You will learn new skills, gain

qualifications and learn about

the work that the employer does.

At the end of the course, if you

have successfully completed the

training, you are guaranteed an

interview and have a real chance of

securing a job in your chosen field.

Students on SWAPs at Shipley

College have gone on to secure

roles with local businesses

including Marks & Spencer,

Bradford Metropolitan District

Council, GXO, Servo Rail &


“I really enjoyed the training,

especially the parts on shrub

planting and choosing seedlings.

We also got machine training

on everything we will be using

– strimmers, hedge cutters

and blowers”

"The college helped me with my CV, which was a big plus to be honest.

It’s great to have been successful on the programme – Incommunities

is a large company and once you’ve worked for a season you have

a great chance when full-time vacancies come up.”

Gary, former SWAP student


“I’ve done lots of other jobs in

things like retail and security, but

I prefer to be outdoors. I also liked

that you got a guaranteed interview

at the end of the course.”

"The best things about the job are working in a team and making a positive

difference to each place – the older generation especially appreciated

what we do. Also, the pay is good!”

James, former SWAP student

“I haven’t done anything like this

before – I have been doing it a

month now and it is going brilliant.

I’m really enjoying it, just being

outside, travelling to different

places every day."

"I found out about the opportunity through the Jobcentre and liked the

sound of it. The 5 weeks of training was fun, and the plan now is to be

taken back on after September.

Shipley College were brilliant – the whole thing is a big stepping stone!”

Mitchell, former SWAP student

Interested in our Sector Based Work Academy

Programme? Contact our Business Development

Team for more information:


01274 327238


'Step Into'

These are courses to get you

started in a new career, get a

qualification and the experience

to be able to move into a new role.

Designed with employers, our

‘Step Into’ programmes enable

people who are not currently

working for whatever reason

to get back into work and start

a new career.

You can choose to ‘step into’

becoming a Teaching Assistant,

for example - you will learn skills

for supporting students in the

classroom, but in every course

we will also equip you with the

broader skills that local employers

have told us are so important

to them such as communication

and teamwork.

The ‘Step Into’ courses last

between 6 and 12 weeks and by

the end of the programme you will

not only have skills and knowledge

from the sector you are interested

in, but all the core skills that will

help you to gain and keep your

dream job.

If you would like to find out more

about how we can help, please

start your journey by contacting


or calling our friendly team

on 01274 327327

Courses include:

• Step Into Health & Social Care

• Step Into Childcare

• Step Into Teaching Assistant

• Step Into Digital

Interested in our Step

Into programmes?

Visit our website

to find out more!





Many of the courses we offer

are fully or partially funded by

the government which means

they are either free to all, or

free to students who meet certain

criteria, depending on the course.

Contact us to find out

more about funding:


01274 327327

Many students are eligible for a full

or partial fee reduction depending

on personal circumstances, such as

your current salary, postcode, what

previous qualifications you have, if

you currently claim certain benefits

or are unemployed.

You can find detailed information

about this by visiting the funding

page of our website, but if

you contact our friendly and

knowledgeable Enrolments team

we can check all of the details and

advise on what funding is available

towards the cost of your course.

To check what funding you

are eligible for we will ask for

information about you, and

may need to see evidence.

The Government’s Free

Courses For Jobs funding

means that more people

than ever can qualify for

free courses!

See page 56 for more information.

Childcare, travel and equipment

costs don’t need to be barriers to

learning. There is support available

through the Learner Support Fund

for eligible students aged 19 or

over. You may even be eligible for

help with the costs of course fees.


Advanced Learner Loan

If you’re aged 19+ and studying an

approved course at Level 3, 4, 5 or

6, you can apply for an Advanced

Learner Loan.

Eligibility for the loan doesn’t

depend on your income and

there are no credit checks.


01274 327327

You don’t start paying back your

loan until you have finished your

course and your income is over

£25,000 per year. Even then, you

only pay back the loan on any

earnings over £25,000 - so it’s an

affordable way to access education

as an adult.

If you take out a loan to cover the

costs of an Access to HE course,

and then progress to university,

then the loan does not need to be


*Conditions apply and all funding

information is subject to change.

For the latest information please

contact us.





Glorious Saltaire

The college is located in the UNESCO

World Heritage site of Saltaire. It'

an extraordinary place where Sir

Titus Salt, a Victorian mill owner

and entrepreneur, built an Italianate

style village for his mill workers to

reside. Salt had a dream that his

village would provide vocational

education to its residents. Today,

we take pride in preserving some

of the historic buildings that were

part of that vision.

Our buildings are close to several

other popular tourist attractions

such as Salts Mill and Roberts Park

and just a short walk away from a

wide range of independent shops,

bars, and restaurants that Saltaire

is renowned for. You will have plenty

of options to meet up with your

friends before your class or

to unwind after it.


Student life

Great People, Great Place...

Studying with Shipley College

means you become part of

our happy family.

You will get to know our amazing

tutors, learn in our beautiful historic

buildings, and you’ll always be within

a stone’s throw of all of Saltaire’s

appealing attractions. The College

has plenty of communal spaces to

relax or to find your perfect place

to get some extra work done, plus

those independent cafes, bars

and restaurants on our doorstep

in which to socialise with your

new classmates.

We want our students to be fit,

healthy, and happy. Our Fitness

Centre, located in Victoria Hall,

is available for all students to

improve their physical wellbeing.

To assist with your studies, the

Learning Resource Centre (LRC)

provides Shipley College students

with a wide range of resources

and technology that you can

access and hire.

As a part-time student at Shipley

College, you are eligible to buy an

NUS TOTUM card for £14.99 per

year. With the card, you will be

able to take advantage of student

discounts in supermarkets,

restaurants, high street stores

and UK attractions. For more

information on how to join,

please visit totum.com


You can catch a bus from Bradford, Baildon, Keighley,

Bingley, Shipley, Guiseley and Idle. There are bus

stops situated closely to the College, along both

main roads through the village.

You can get a train to our campus from Bradford

Forster Square, Shipley, Bingley, Keighley, Skipton and

Leeds. Our campus buildings are between 30 seconds

and 3 minutes walk from Saltaire railway station.

We encourage you to visit by bus or train, but there

is also affordable parking at the Exhibition Road

car park, which has accessible disabled spaces

and electric charging points.

Getting here

We are easily accessible by train or

bus from Shipley, Bradford, Leeds,

Ilkley, Keighley Bingley & Skipton.

For up-to-date bus and rail travel

information, visit wymetro.com

Find out more about Saltaire

and our facilities here:


The Saltaire Collection

The Saltaire Collection

was initiated by the people of

Saltaire to tell the unique story

of the World Heritage Site and

is managed by the Charity, The

Saltaire World Heritage Education

Association on behalf of

Shipley College.

The Collection has a wealth

of information for researchers,

schools, adult learners and visitors

to the World Heritage site of

Saltaire. The time period covered

is from the origins of Saltaire in

the 1850s, with plans for building

the village, to the present, with

a strong focus on social history.

The Collection covers all aspects

of work and life in the village and

the surrounding area, and its

international connections, told

through a variety of documents,

maps, plans, oral histories,

images, and objects some

of which belonged to the

founding Salt family.

There are over 6000 items in

the collection, and the online

catalogue has been improved.

In April 2024, a new website was

launched to make the collection

more accessible.

If you want to see the collection

in person, you can make an

appointment by emailing


The intention is for the

collection to be relocated

to a publicly accessible

space in 2025.

Scan to

learn more

about The





Unleash your

creativity and

perhaps discover

new passions

within the unique

ambiance of our

historic buildings

in Saltaire.

Our selection of ‘do something

for yourself’ Lifestyle & Leisure

courses at Shipley College can

be journeys of self-care or of selfdiscovery.

Learn a new language,

take up an artistic discipline, join

a class that gets you active

- or all of the above!

Lots of our Lifestyle & Leisure

students will come back time

after time - to join ‘improvers’

courses, to choose something

new, or for the social aspects.

Unlike our qualification courses,

these courses do not qualify for any

funding so we need to charge fees,

but the costs for Lifestyle & Leisure

courses are kept as affordable as

possible, to be accessible to as

many people as possible.


Please scan the QR

code to visit our

Lifestyle & Leisure

course page

Taster sessions:

Saltaire Saturdays

‘Saltaire Saturdays’ run three

times a year (Autumn, Spring

and Summer) where you can

come along to a taster session,

and see if of one of our Lifestyle

& Leisure courses is for you

(and, of course, go home with

a floral planter, or a life drawing,

or whatever you have created!)

See page 75 for more details.




Looking to explore your musical

interests? Whether you're a

beginner or an experienced

musician, Salt School of Music

is the perfect place for you.

Our courses are designed to make

you feel comfortable and welcome,

with experienced tutors who

are focused on helping you build

your confidence. If you've always

wanted to learn how to play an

instrument or discover your own

voice, there's no better time to

start than now. Don't let anything

hold you back from pursuing your

passion for music. Join us and

let's find your sound together!

Our courses

Level Course title Time Duration Fees

Beginners Guitar Evening 10 weeks £150

All abilities Learn to sing Evening 10 weeks £150




We offer various ways to help

you capture those special

moments in your life.

You can enrol on our Digital

Photography courses to learn

how to create professional and

innovative imagery, and enhance

your photo manipulation skills

using Adobe Photoshop. You can

then take your skills to the next

level by joining our intermediate


We can also help you explore the

world of creative writing. You can

develop your storytelling skills in

our Creative Writing course or work

on building your self-expression

and confidence through journaling,

which promotes relaxation and

positive mental health.

Our courses

Level Course title Time Duration Fees

Beginners DSLR Photography & Photo Manipulation Evening 10 weeks £150

Intermediate DSLR Photography & Photo Manipulation Evening 10 weeks £150

*If you are interested in Creative Writing or Journaling, please contact enrolments@shipley.ac.uk




Looking to enhance your overall

health? Join our diverse range

of fitness classes and stretch,

dance, and move your way

to a healthier lifestyle.

We understand that everyone's

fitness levels and abilities are

different, so we offer classes

suitable for all ages and fitness

levels, led by skilled professionals.

Our 10-week courses are designed

to help you see real progress each

week, and our tutors will work

closely with you to ensure you

get the most out of every session.

Join us today and take the first step

towards a healthier and happier you!

Our courses

Level Course title Time Duration Fees

Beginners Pilates Daytime 10 weeks £70

Intermediate Pilates Daytime 10 weeks £70

Advanced Pilates Progression Daytime 10 weeks £70

All abilities Hatha Yoga for Everyone Evening 10 weeks £95

All abilities Health & Well-being for Women Evening 6 weeks £70




Filled with inspiration that can

help get your creativity flowing,

our art department is located in

the beautiful Mill Building, which

used to be a dining hall for the

Salt Mill workers.

Engaging in creative activities

is an excellent way to relieve stress

from your daily routine and delve

into your own world. Learning

a new skill through art can also

exercise different parts of your

brain. The best part of it all is that

you'll have something to show for

your hard work and efforts at the

end of the day!

Our courses

Level Course title Time Duration Fees

Beginners Ceramics Evening 10 weeks £170

Beginners Hockney Art Course Daytime 10 weeks £150

Beginners Life Drawing Evening 10 weeks £150

Beginners Learn How to Sew Evening 10 weeks £150

Intermediate Learn How to Sew Evening 10 weeks £150

Beginners Printmaking Evening 10 weeks £160

All abilities Life Drawing Taster Daytime 1 day` £30

All abilities Mosaic Tiles Taster Daytime 1 day £60

All abilities Printmaking Taster Daytime 1 day £30

All abilities Screen Printing Taster Daytime 1 day £30

All abilities

Sewing with Conductive Thread

(E-Textiles) Taster

Daytime 1 day £30




Our cake decorating courses

run several times a year and

vary by season.

This means if you are on a

course in the run up to Christmas

you might find yourself making

a chocolate sledge, or perhaps

learning how to create sugarpaste

wildflowers in the Spring as

Saltaire blossoms.

Whatever the project, you will

learn visually stunning techniques

and some of the latest trends - and

once you have mastered them you

can wow your friends and family!

Our courses

Level Course title Time Duration Fees

Beginners Cake Decoration Evening 10 weeks £135




If you have a passion for gardening

and want to explore your creativity,

we offer a range of short courses

in Gardening and Flower Arranging

that will arouse your senses.

Our relaxed weekly Gardening

courses can help you prepare

your garden for every season and

teach you how to keep everything

in bloom. You'll get to meet likeminded

individuals and discover

the green-fingered world of

Horticulture and Gardening.

We also have courses that can

teach you how to craft stunning

bouquets for any occasion using

the latest techniques. Whether

it's wreath making for the festive

season or getting creative with

your florals, we have courses that

can help you cultivate a new hobby!

Our courses

Level Course title Time Duration Fees

All abilities Christmas Wreaths Evening 1 day £45

All abilities Creative Flowers on a Budget Evening 4 weeks £155

All abilities Introduction to Wedding Flowers Evening 4 weeks £180

All abilities Sustainable Autumn Floral Designs Evening 4 weeks £180

All abilities Sustainable Spring & Summer Floral Designs Evening 4 weeks £180

All abilities Gardening for Pleasure Evening 8 weeks £270




Learning a new language

can be an exciting hobby that

opens up doors to new cultures,

experiences and friendships.

It can also be a great way to

plan trips abroad and expand

your horizons. We offer a range

of classes in French, Italian, and

Spanish to cater to everyone's

level of proficiency.

Join us on a linguistic adventure

and discover new places and


Our courses

Level Course title Time Duration Fees

Beginners French Evening 10 weeks £95

Intermediate French Evening 10 weeks £95

Advanced French Daytime 24 weeks £234

Beginners Italian Evening 10 weeks £95

Intermediate Italian Evening 10 weeks £95

Beginners Spanish Evening 10 weeks £95

Intermediate Spanish Evening 10 weeks £95


Have you ever thought of joining one of our ‘do

something for yourself’ lifestyle & leisure courses?

Not quite sure which one, or whether it will be the

right fit for you? Or perhaps you simply want a

new excuse to spend time in our historic buildings

in wonderful Saltaire..?

Our Saltaire Saturdays could be just the thing for you!

How to join

Join us on a Saturday morning

to explore your creativity and try

your hand at floral planting, lino

printing, life drawing, and more.

We hold three Saltaire Saturdays

- one each during Autumn, Spring,

and Summer, and each with a

unique selection of taster sessions

depending on the season.

You could discover a new hobby,

make new friends, or unlock a

hidden talent that could lead you

on a new adventure! We charge

a small fee for the taster sessions

to cover costs, and we also provide

free refreshments and other

giveaways on the day. At the end

of your session, you can sign up

for a longer course, stay informed

about future Saltaire Saturdays,

or take your creation home to show

off or discuss your experience at

one of Saltaire's cafes or bars.

If the sound of Saltaire Saturdays

appeals to you, scan the QR code

below to view the full list of taster

sessions running on each date.

Or speak to our friendly

Enrolments team:


01274 327327

Saltaire Saturdays dates:

• 16th November 2024

• 8th March 2025

• 14th June 2025




Gift Cards

You can now gift any of our

part-time courses via our Shipley

College Gift Cards - the creative

inspirations are endless!

• Excited by Bake Off and want to create your own show-stopper? We have

Cake Decorating courses running through the year to different themes

• A short spring or summer gardening course makes a fantastic Mother’s

or Father’s Day present for the green-fingered ones in your world

• Imagine signing up for Photography and Photo Manipulation - and

getting your best friend a place too so you can learn Photoshop together

Our new gift cards look

fantastic, and allow you to

give the gift of learning. You

can give any amount of money,

so you can pay the whole course

fee or just a contribution.

Get in touch with our

friendly Enrolments team

on 01274 327327 or at


to arrange a gift card or

for more information!

Scan to find out more

about our gift cards!




at Shipley College

Do you have a set of skills or professional

experience you can share? A desire to

positively affect local education, or to

give something back to the community?

Our board of Governors bring their

expertise to help Shipley College

achieve our goals, contribute

to business planning and be a

sounding board on important

issues, so if you are interested

in making a contribution and

serving as a Governor please

contact Danielle Carter,

Director of Governance:

Danielle Carter, Director of

Governance, Shipley College,Salt

Building, Victoria Road, Saltaire,

Shipley BD18 3LQ


Learn more about

becoming a Governor


Join us at an

Open Event:

Scan to book

your place!

Shipley College Salt Building

Victoria Road, Saltaire, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 3LQ

01274 327222




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