We’re having our first face-to-face open day since 2020!

Potential new students will have the opportunity to find out about the wide range of courses on offer at the Barnsley College, Barnsley Sixth Form College and Barnsley College Higher Education at our face-to-face open day on Thursday 2 December, 4.00pm to 7.00pm.

Rated outstanding by Ofsted, Barnsley College and Barnsley Sixth Form College offer education for everyone, including full and part-time vocational courses, A Levels, T Levels (Technical qualifications) and apprenticeships in a wide range of subjects.

The College offers a range of vocational courses in subject areas from Business to Bricklaying; Hairdressing to Healthcare; and Catering and Hospitality to Computing and Digital Media. Many of our students progress onto further study at some of the country’s top universities including Birmingham, Durham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford and Sheffield.

For those who prefer a more hands-on approach to learning, then an apprenticeship could be the perfect choice. Apprenticeships allow students to earn a wage whilst gaining industry-specific knowledge and skills by working alongside experienced members of staff within their chosen sector. We offer over 75 apprenticeship programmes from Level 2 to 6 in industries such as Beauty Therapy, Leadership and Management, Sport, Childcare and Education Professions and Warehousing and Logistics.

T Levels allow students to gain on-the-job experience whilst gaining qualifications equivalent to three A Levels. Studied 80% in the classroom and 20% in the workplace, students learn common workplace skills and the technical knowledge specific to their chosen industry or occupation. T Level courses are available to study in Childcare and Teacher Training; Construction; Digital; and Health and Social Care. From September 2022, we hope to offer two more T Level courses in Finance and Accounting and Engineering and Manufacturing.

Prospective students who want to study higher-level programmes including foundation and honours degrees, Higher Apprenticeships, HNCs, HNDs and professional business and leadership courses can do so at Barnsley College Higher Education. Whether you have an interest in childcare, sport, fine art or popular music, we offer courses in a wide range of subjects.

Barnsley College Higher Education gets great results! In 2019/20 all our degree students got a 2:2 or above and 82% of our degree students received a first, so whilst you may be staying local, you can certainly go far. Also, it is ranked as the best South Yorkshire Higher Education college for student satisfaction in the 2020/21 National Student Survey, with an overall student satisfaction score of 84%, which is 8% above the national average.

Students who choose to study at Barnsley College Higher Education benefit from smaller class sizes and competitive course fees. Many courses can be studied around your existing work and family commitments too.

Students who attend the College’s first face-to-face Open Day in almost two years will have the opportunity to explore the state-of-the-art facilities including the Old Mill Lane campus, the newly refurbished SciTech Digital Innovation Hub, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) campus; Construction campus, The CUBE; and Honeywell Sports campus. In addition, the dedicated A Level campus, Barnsley Sixth Form College; and the Church Street campus will be open to find out about higher-level programmes.

Prospective students can chat to tutors and find out more about a specific course, career or future job markets and our connections with leading employers.

The event will also provide the opportunity find out more about the support services available at the College including the Students’ Union, the Sports Academy and Additional Learning Support. They can also talk to Student Services about student finance, the Health and Wellbeing Centre, Job Shop and travelling to and from College campuses, including free coach services from a number of local areas. The Information, Advice and Guidance team will also be available to discuss options for those who may not know what the best course for them is.

Contact our friendly team to find out how we can create you a personalised study programme as it’s not too late to build your skills. Whether it’s a mix of art, sport, digital and fashion; or construction, catering, games design and music; or anything in between, you can try the courses you want and build your skills for whatever you want to do in the future!
Yiannis Koursis, Principal and Chief Executive Officer at the College, said: “We are looking forward to opening the doors and welcoming future students and their families and carers the opportunity to see our amazing facilities and find out about studying with us at this open day.

“We know choosing the right college and the right course is an important decision. At Barnsley College, our friendly, professional and experienced staff are here to support you to make the right decision which will allow you to take your first steps towards securing your dream career.

“We offer a wide range of courses across all levels right up to degree level. We offer a variety of courses that are suitable for anyone aged 16 or above to study, regardless of whether they are just leaving school or an adult who’s wanting to study a higher-level qualification. I’m sure we’ll have a course that will enable you to progress, regardless of the career path they choose to take.

“Our connections with employers in all industry sectors allow students the opportunity to participate in guest speaker sessions and complete industry placements, all of which are a great addition to your CV or UCAS application, so when the time comes to apply for higher level study, an apprenticeship or employment you’ve got real experience that you can draw on.

“We are dedicated to transforming lives and we support all our students to achieve their career goals and aspirations. We can’t wait to welcome you as part of our College community.”

Find out more about the Open Day by visiting our Events page or emailing us.

Last updated: 30th November 2021

Originally posted on: 30th November 2021