Oldham College

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Coordinates: 53°32′35″N 2°07′12″W / 53.543°N 2.120°W / 53.543; -2.120

Oldham College
Oldham College Main Entrance.JPG
Established 1893
Type Government funded further education
Religion Secular
Principal Alun Francis
Chair of the Board of Governors Cyril Brandford
Location Rochdale Road
Greater Manchester
Local authority Oldham
DfE URN 130505 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Co-educational
Ages 14+
Website www.oldham.ac.uk

Oldham College, is a further education college based in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England.


Oldham College was founded in 1893 when a donation from the Platt Brothers led to the establishment of the school of art and science in the town. This majestic building on Union Street still survives to this day.

In the post war years it became increasingly apparent that the college needed to expand to support the growing textile and engineering industries which dominated the local economy. In 1954 the new Oldham Technical College opened on Rochdale Road.

In 1987 The College dropped the word "Technical" from its name to reflect the much broader range of courses it offered. Today the College continues to offer a wide range of vocational courses, both full and part-time.

Oldham College is part of a larger ‘family’ offering education from primary to university level; from entry level to degrees. It sponsors Waterhead Academy and Stoneleigh Academy as well as managing University Campus Oldham.[1][2]

Present Day[edit]

Currently, the College welcomes over 10,000 students studying over 900 courses, making it the largest centre of further education in Oldham It is in the top 10% of colleges in the country, is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted [3] by Ofsted, and holds LSIS Beacon Status.[4] for excellence in its delivery of learning skills. It has an excellent reputation for developing students’ skills, with a success rate far higher than average.

For 120 years, Oldham College, has been responding to industrial developments and student needs and is now in a phase of major redevelopment. It is modernising its facilities and curriculum in line with growth sectors in the economy,

Students joining in 2014 will be part of a radically new Oldham College with four major buildings opening, including:

April 2014 - a new £7M [5] with 28 light and airy classrooms, a community space and Student Support services. Early Years, Childcare and Business courses will all be based here.

September 2014 - The GM (the Greater Manchester Sustainable Engineering University Technical College),[6] a £9M development, opens to provide students with the best preparation for a career in engineering and technical disciplines. Oldham College is the FE partner of The GM which is sponsored by Equity Solutions & Partners Limited and the University of Bolton.

January 2015 - the £9M Digital Career College opens,[7] the first of its kind in the country. Dedicated to innovation and digital technology, it will be home to a high tech Fab Lab offering digital printing and will host enterprise, media, coding, visual art and content creation, bringing together the creative and technical skills the digital economy demands.

April 2015 - ‘Building C’ opens. This building will be home to Hair & Beauty courses and a commercial salon plus classroom based learning for Travel and Tourism, Sport and Uniformed Public Services learning.

Oldham College is set to significantly strengthen its 14-19 education offer with both the UK’s first ever Career College as well as a University Technical College.


The College offers an extensive range of qualifications in a variety of areas including business services, creative arts, care and early years, construction and engineering, creative service industries and skills for life.

Apprenticeships and traineeships are also offered. The College is proud to have strong links with businesses and organisations in the region who offer the community meaningful and essential work, education and training opportunities.

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ "It’s first class: Doors open at Waterhead Academy - Manchester Evening News". Menmedia.co.uk. 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  3. ^ The Oldham College: Inspection Report (PDF), Ofsted, 2008, p. 5, retrieved 23 November 2010 
  4. ^ Minister hails college as a beacon, Oldham Evening Chronicle, 9 July 2008, retrieved 23 November 2010 
  5. ^ [Learning Hub http://www.oldham-chronicle.co.uk/news-features/8/news/75485/happy-campus-at-college Happy campus at College], Oldham Evening Chronicle, 22 November 2012, retrieved 12 March 2014 
  6. ^ [Learning Hub http://www.oldham-chronicle.co.uk/news-features/8/news-headlines/80869/groundbreaking-utc-given-green-light HGroundbreaking UTC given green light], Oldham Evening Chronicle, 13 June 2013, retrieved 12 March 2014 
  7. ^ [Learning Hub http://careercolleges.org.uk/case-studies/proposed-digital-and-creative-career-college-oldham/ Case Studies of potential Careers Colleges], CareerColleges.org.uk , 12 March 2014, retrieved 12 March 2014 
  8. ^ Katie Shimmon (26 October 2004). "College days". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  9. ^ "Home town honour for Oldham’s Sarah". Oldham-chronicle.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
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