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Selby College

Abbot's Road, Selby, YO8 8AT

Contact: Student Services

Email: info@selby.ac.uk

Telephone: 01757 211000

Website: www.selby.ac.uk

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About us

Welcome to top-performing Selby College, the No.1 local Sixth Form

With A Level results placing Selby College consistently in the top 10% of colleges in England, your local Sixth Form has an excellent reputation for student success.

Every year, students at Selby College gain places at some of Britain’s best universities including Oxford and Cambridge. Our success is based on four key factors, we have a very successful Gifted & Talented programme designed to help learners strive for top university places. We also choose our range of A Levels wisely, to ensure they are in subjects Russell Group universities want. We have a state-of-the-art campus that is second to none locally, packed full of the latest technology that will help you with your studies, preparing you for university and your eventual career. We also have Ofsted-rated Outstanding teaching and support staff.

Our culture is one of high expectations, helping to ensure all students are focused on achieving their goals, whether it is to go to the university of their choice to find the career they want, or to progress to other learning options, including Higher Education courses offered here at Selby College.

You certainly won’t be alone choosing Selby College Sixth Form. Each year we attract more students from across the area, so it’s a great opportunity for you to make new friends. We also have extensive transport links that ensure you can travel easily to college and back home.

If you need any further help or assistance, we provide excellent Careers and Next Steps support. We have a team of qualified Careers Advice and Guidance staff who are trained to talk you through the different ideas you might have about what you want to study and to help you decide which courses to take. We also have great links with universities and employers, so can plan out your progression routes beyond college.

The most important thing for you to do now is to look at which course you would like to study at Selby College, then come to one of our Open Events. We have a special A Level Open Morning on Saturday 21st October 2017 and a specific Vocational and Apprenticeships Open Evening on Monday 23rd October 2017 with staff and students available to talk to you in more depth about your course choice and how we can progress your application, so you secure your place at one of England’s top-performing colleges. If you cannot attend this event, please come to any of our Open Events, as there will be staff available to advise you further.

In the meantime, if you need any more information, please call Student Services Tel 01757 211040 or email info@selby.ac.uk, send us a message via Facebook or Twitter or see our website selby.ac.uk for more information on our range of courses.

I look forward to welcoming you at Selby College in September.


Allan Stewart OBE

Principal and Chief Executive


  • What Makes Us Different

    In December 2017, Ofsted graded the college as ‘Good’ across all seven areas; Effectiveness of leadership & management; Quality of teaching, learning and assessment; Personal development, behaviour & welfare; Outcomes for learners; 16-19 study programmes;Adult learning programmes and Apprenticeships.

    We were the first college in Yorkshire and the Humber, and one of only a handful of colleges in England to achieve a full set of Outstanding grades, following our 2007 inspection by independent Government inspectors. 

    In November 2016, the college was revealed to be the highest-performing college in Yorkshire and the joint second highest-performing college in England after an FE Week survey ranked colleges on Apprenticeships, helping learners find work and both learner and employer satisfaction.

    This year’s students achieved a 98.4% ‘A’ Level pass rate overall, with 49% passing high grades. Students scored a 100% ‘A’ Level pass rate in 17 out of 21 subjects.

    This year the organisation was also named one of England’s top-performing colleges, after the Education & Skills Funding Agency published the National Achievement Rate Tables for 2015/16.

    The college gained an impressive overall 20th position nationally for 16-18 qualifications and 12th position nationally for Apprenticeships (all ages) in the tables, firmly putting it again in the top ten percent of colleges in England.

    Selby College also recently learned that it achieved another milestone, a Silver Award, following publication of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for its expanding and highly regarded Higher Education course provision.

  • Learner Support

    At Selby College we want to ensure that you have the opportunity to achieve your true potential, so we’ve developed a specialist team of staff to support you and help you take responsibility for your own learning.

    Guidance and Support Tutors (GSTs)

    You will be allocated a GST who will oversee your progress and attendance at college. This is the first person you should turn to if you have a problem.

    Tutor groups meet weekly and cover a range of topics surrounding career planning, job and university applications and personal development. You will also meet individually with your GST to discuss your progress.

    Student Services

    Fully qualified, highly-skilled staff that are able to offer free impartial advice on everything from career options and financial assistance to transport.

    Please note:

    There are no tuition fees for anyone enrolling on a Full-Time Course between the ages of 16 and 18. Students aged 19+ who begin a Full-Time Course in 2018/19 will be required to pay course fees, details of which can be obtained from Student Services.

    Additional Support

    Selby College is committed to ensuring that all students, including those with disabilities and learning difficulties, are treated fairly so that they are able to make the most of their time at college.

    Our Skills Team (a specialist group of advisors) will work with your Lecturers and GSTs to help you develop the skills you need to successfully complete all parts of your college programme.

    The majority of our classrooms are accessible and we also have designated disabled car parking spaces, ramp access and toilets with access for wheelchairs.


    We realise that sometimes you might want to talk to someone independently and the college Counsellor gives you the opportunity to talk openly about your concerns safe in the knowledge that what you say will remain private.

  • Applying for Courses


    Entry Requirements

    Level E: 

    No formal qualifications required but subject to interview and assessment of individual needs. As the offer is made subsequent to these it would be unconditional.

    Level 1:

    Completed an educational programme with GCSEs to Grade 2, and/or pass grades in alternative relevant qualifications.

    Level 2:

    4 GCSE passes at Grade 3, one of which will be in English or Maths. Neither English nor Maths will be below Grade 2. At least 2 GCSE subjects at Grade 3 are required alongside alternative GCSE equivalent qualifications.

    Level 3:


    5 GCSEs at Grade 4. At least one of Maths or English Language must be at Grade 4 and neither lower than Grade 3. At least 3 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 are required alongside alternative GCSE equivalent qualifications. If the subject applied for has been taken previously then at least a Grade 4 at GCSE or Merit at BTEC or OCR Level 2 is required.

    ‘A’ Level/ BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate

    The minimum requirement is for at least six GCSEs at grade 5, including Maths and English. Students must gain a minimum of a Grade 5 in any GCSE taken which is directly related to the subject, unless specified as follows.

    Chemistry, Physics, Biology: Maths at 6, and 6 in the relevant single science or 6 in combined science GCSEs.

    Note that to study ‘A’ Level Physics you should also be taking ‘A’ Level Maths. If taking Chemistry or Biology you should be taking Maths, or Core Maths as an additional subject.

    Maths: Grade 6 in Maths
    Further Maths Grade 7 in Maths
    Languages: Grade 6 in the language taken


    Application Process Timetable:

    October 2017

    Schools’ Liaison Team Visits

    A team of specialist Selby College staff will visit local schools to give a presentation on Selby College and hand out information.

    Autumn Open Events 2017

    A Level Open Morning

    Saturday 21st October 2017, 9.30am-12noon.


    Vocational Courses/Apprenticeships Open Evening

    Monday 23rd October 2017, 5.30pm-8pm.


    All Subjects Open Evening (inluding Higher Education)

    Monday 6th November 2017, 5.30pm-8pm


    All course applications to be sent to Selby College before Friday 15th December 2017 using either the Selby College online course application form (visit selby.ac.uk), via the UCAS online application or Log On Move On.


    January 2018

    Student Services text to confirm receipt and we will write to you to offer a conditional place. Please note: conditional places are offered subject to supporting information received. Once you have confirmed your acceptance, you will be invited to a Taster Event on Tuesday 30th January for Vocational/Apprenticeship courses or Wednesday 31st January for A Level courses. You will also be invited to an interview either at your school or at college, where you will talk about your choice of courses over the period January-March 2018. References will also be sought by the college from your school at this time.


    Spring 2018 Open Events – All Subjects (including Higher Education)

    Saturday 3rd February 2018, 9.30am-12noon

    Monday 5th February 2018, 5.30pm-7.30pm


    August 2018 – GCSE Results Day

    On the day your GCSE Results are published, the college will attend schools to offer advice to students about their courses. Just look out for the Selby College sign.


    If you need help or advice about your results, it is advisable to make an appointment with Student Services Tel 01757 211040.

    September 2018


    Before starting your course, you will need to sign up to confirm that you want to take up your place at Selby College.  The process should take no longer than two and a half hours, but remember to bring your GCSE results slips with you.

    Starting College

    You’ll start a day earlier than the current students to give you time to get to know the staff, make new friends and find your way around the campus. There will also be a Freshers’ Fair for college information, university and employer information, student advice, fun activities, freebies and handouts during your first week here.

    If you want to discuss your application at any stage, or you have any worries, please contact Student Services Tel 01757 211040 or email info@selby.ac.uk. We’re here to help you.

  • Additional Information

    Thinking about Higher Education after Selby College?

    University isn’t your only choice…

    Students at Selby College have the opportunity to progress to and study for a Higher Education course here after their Level 3 course, without the added complication or costs of having to move away from home.

    We offer a range of Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, Foundation degrees and full degrees in the following subject areas: Art & Design, Business, Computing, Early Childhood Studies, Engineering, Hair & Beauty, In-service Certificate in Education/PGCE for (Lifelong Learning), Learning Support, Social Sciences and Sports. As awards of the University of Hull, the University of Huddersfield or Pearson, they can take your learning to the next level and help you gain qualifications highly valued by employers.

    You will also benefit from:

    • Highly qualified specialist teachers

    • Excellent success rates

    • Close links to industry

    • Access to a full range of up-to-date learning resources

    • A modern campus with plentiful car parking and excellent transport links

    • Excellent value for money – learning locally so you save on your living costs whilst still being close to friends and family

    • A highly supportive learning environment with smaller class sizes

    Whether you are looking for further study after finishing your vocational course, or if you are working and want to take your career to the next level, Selby College’s range of Higher Education courses will help you achieve your goals.

    If you would like to speak to one of our specialist advisers about how a Higher Education course at Selby College can work for you, call 01757 211114 to make an appointment. The Higher Education team are also available to offer help and advice with UCAS applications.
    A more detailed description of the course range is also available on our website selby.ac.uk/higher-education or email highereducation@selby.ac.uk for more information.


  • Activities

    At Selby College we realise that education is more than just studying, it's also about making new friends, the place and the social life. That's why we go to great lengths to combine quality learning and success with a variety of amazing enrichment activities.

    Trips in the UK

    We organise a variety of trips including Alton Towers, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lightwater Valley, The Clothes Show, London, the theatre, cinema and many more.

    Trips Abroad

    Each year students also take part in a number of trips abroad, these have included visits to Barcelona, Munich, Krakow, Berlin, Torremolinos and Disneyland Paris.

    The Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award Scheme

    This award is available to those students who wish to participate in the Gold Award.

    Selby College Football Development Centre (FDC)

    Selby College Football Development Centre (FDC) gives a platform to those players who have previously been involved with professional clubs, as well as those who have yet to be given the opportunity to showcase their sporting talents. With links to local professional and semi-professional clubs, students will have the opportunity to play at the highest level.

    Training is incorporated into the study programme each week, with teams coached by Level 3 coaches. Additionally, Sports Science support is provided alongside the pitch-based sessions. This includes technical, tactical and strength and conditioning coaching for all players. Massage and rehabilitation is also available to those involved in the FDC.

    The men’s First Team are the current Yorkshire and Humberside champions and represented the area at the National Championships in April. They currently play in the ECFA Category 2 League. Whilst the second team play in the Category 3 League.

    The women’s team play weekly fixtures in the ECFA Yorkshire and Humber league (West League) and are currently challenging for promotion. The squad are seeking new players to drive the team forward.

    Meet the coaches

    Carla Cantrell

    Carla has played football for Doncaster Belles FC, Leeds Carnegie Ladies FC and Lincoln Ladies FC in the Women’s Super League. She has also represented England at U19, U21 and U23 level.

    Carla began coaching for The Leeds United Foundation whilst studying at University, where she did a degree in BA (Hons) Physical Education and an MSc in Sport and Exercise Sciences. Whilst at University, Carla was a scholar and captained the Women’s Football team who became British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) champions. Carla also did an internship in Strength and Conditioning at Leeds Beckett University where she worked with sports teams and students from across the University.

    Ed Grady

    Ed’s role at the college is Sports Development Officer and First Team coach, delivering sessions for the men’s sides and overseeing the FDC. After leaving university Ed began a career in coaching with Chelsea FC as well as co-ordinating and delivering sessions as an assistant Football Development Officer, supporting the East Riding's County Plan. Ed has significant experience of coaching football having worked at Chelsea FC and Academy Level for both Leeds United FC and Hull City FC.

    He is a Level 2 qualified coach and has completed the FA Youth Award Modules 1, 2 & 3.

    For more information please contact Ed Grady 01757 211025 gradye@selby.ac.uk


    The netball team train once a week and play in the AoC Yorkshire and Humberside West B League finishing second last season narrowly missing out on promotion. The team are seeking new players to help push for promotion.

    Additional teams and clubs

    Other teams and clubs are available during lunch and to compete in AoC leagues every Wednesday afternoon. Please contact Ed Grady Sports Development Officer in J116 (Sports Office).

    Students' Union

    Selby College values your opinions. We have an active Students' Union which meets regularly to discuss college issues and represents the student body on a number of committees including the Board of Governors, the Equality and Diversity committee and the Health and Safety committee.

    The Students' Union also arranges a number of events and activities as well as trips. Plus, you can make your voice heard through the Student Council.

    All students can purchase the NUS Extra card, this will give you a wide range of discounts in shops, restaurants, cinema etc. If you're not sure whether your favourite shop offers student discount - just ask!

    Please contact the Selby College Students' Union via email at SCSU@selby.ac.uk.

  • Features

    Selby College provides a diverse range of learning opportunities in some of the most up-to-date facilities of any education provider in England.

    Doosan Innovation Building (Powerskills UK Centre)
    • Skills/General Workshop
    • Engineering Workshop
    • 7 Engineering Classrooms
    • Welding Workshop
    • Automation Room 

    Renaissance Building
    • Media and Drama Studio
    • Individual Media Booths and Media Editing Suite
    • Art and Design Classrooms (inlcuding HND studio)
    • Fashion Studio
    • Photographic Studio
    • Specialist Screen Printing and Textile Rooms
    • HE Office

    Care Skills

    • Health and Social Care Classrooms
    • Childcare Classrooms

    Sixth Form Academy Building
    • Learning Resource Centre including over 60 computer workstations
    • Breakout Areas with computer access
    • 40 purpose-built classrooms for subjects including: Business Studies, English, Law, History, Geography, Psychology, Sociology, ICT & Computing and many more…
    • Specialist Computer Facilities for courses up to and including Degree Level
    • Language Labs specialising in French and Spanish

    Doosan Aspiration Building

    • Music Technology Studio
    • Recording Studio
    • Editing Suites
    • Recording Booths
    • Independent Study Centre
    • Plumbing and Electrical Installation Workshops
    • Joinery Workshop

    Jubilee Building
    • Main Reception
    • College Administration and Management
    • Degree Course Classroom
    • Work Placement Office
    • Multi-Faith Room
    • Business Services
    • Science Labs
    • Maths Classrooms
    • College Shop
    • Aspire Health and Well-Being Centre
    • Sports Facilities including Competition Standard Sports Hall and High-Tech Gym
    • Refectory – hot and cold food and drinks
    • The Coffee Shop – freshly made hot and cold snacks and speciality beverages
    • Cash Machine
    • Students' Union Office

    The Restaurant
    Catering & Hospitality Academy
    • Chef’s School
    • Licensed Bar

    Aspire Health & Well-Being Centre
    Everything you need to relax, revitalise and re-energise including:
    • Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Salons and Spa

    Bright Start Day Nursery
    Provides meals, formula and nappies for up to 53 children aged three months to five years.

    Open from 7.30am-6.00pm Monday to Friday, 50 weeks a year.

    The Nursery is also OFSTED registered and so qualifies for a Nursery Education Grant.

    Construction Building
    • Bricklaying Workshop

    Sports Pavilion
    • External changing facilities complementing existing facilities in the Jubilee Building

How to find us

Getting Here

We’re easier and cheaper to get to than most other colleges. We offer a comprehensive network of travel routes in partnership with local bus companies and North Yorkshire County Council. Contact Student Services; Tel 01757 211040 for more information.

For those travelling by car, motorbike or bicycle there is plenty of parking available on site.


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