Adult residential college Barnsley, Yorkshire • Northern College

Build your confidence

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Improve your Skills

Boost your career

What will you study?

May June July

It’s time for change

We are the only residential College for adults aged 19+ in the North. We will prepare you to re-enter education, gain employment or make a career change through immersive residential learning and specialist support.

Our students benefit from:

  • Studying alongside other adults.
  • Residential accommodation so you can focus on your studies.
  • Acres of National Trust gardens and parkland free for you to explore.
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Ofsted Good Provider

Rated by Ofsted as a Good Provider


student pass rate for 2021-22


of students rated the College as good or outstanding in supporting them to improve their confidence to learn

What do you want to study?

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Trade Union Studies

SIA Training

Access to University

Business and Management

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Community & Social Action

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Digital and IT

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English and maths

Health Sciences

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Mental Health Education

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Outdoor Learning

Skills for Life and Work

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Social Studies

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Teacher Training

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The support at College has been brilliant - they have really helped me overcome fears I had about education.Close quote

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Kelly in the library
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The best thing about this place is that it has given me the direction and skills to go for it - even later in life.Close quote

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Samantha in the library
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I started with a couple of short courses to build my confidence and now I have finished my Pre-access in social studies.Close quote

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The best thing about Northern College is being able to stay residential.Close quote

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Why choose Northern College?


Where to start

If doesn’t matter where you are in your learning journey – we can help you find the best place to start.

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Student support especially for you

We have a whole team to support you through your studies to make sure you do well.

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Your home from home

Fully focus on your studies by staying residentially with us.

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Did you know you may be able to study for free?

We can offer you all the advice you need about course fees, funding support and Advanced Learner Loans.

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Find out for yourself

Find out when are next Open Day is and join us on campus.

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Life at Northern College

Our students tell it best – find out more about their own journeys.

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Working together to create a place for everyone.

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