|Type||Government funded further education|
|Chair of the Board of Governors||Cyril Brandford|
|DfE URN||130505 Tables|
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.
The College currently has 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; rated "outstanding"  by Ofsted, and holds LSIS Beacon Status. Status for excellence in its delivery of learning skills.
The College offers a range of vocational courses aimed at 16–19 year olds, adults, businesses and Apprenticeship schemes.
In addition to the main campus site on Rochdale Road, the College has a Business Centre – Pennine House, Construction Crafts - Alexandra House, a Green Technology Centre and Salon 7 a professional hair and beauty salon.
- Finance Career Academy
- I.T. Academy
- Law Career Academy
- Peter Jones Enterprise Academy
- Suranne Jones: Actress, Scott & Bailey. 
- Sarah Lancashire: Actress, Coronation Street 
- Jane Horrocks: Actress, Little Voice and Absolutely Fabulous 
- Paul Walsh: CEO Diageo plc.
- Suzanne Shaw: Singer, Hear'Say.
- Dale Longworth: Musician, N-Trance
- Kevin O'Toole: Musician, N-Trance
- Kelly Llorenna: Singer.
- Danielle Nicholls: Television presenter 
- Matt Healy: Actor, Emmerdale
- Steve Diggle: Musician, Buzzcocks 
- Alan Lynch: Author 
- Anthony Flanagan: Actor
- Samantha Power: Actress, Little Britain 
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