Northern College, Residential Adult Education


Northern College, Wentworth Castle, Stainborough, S75 3ET and Online

Who we are

Northern College is the only residential college in Yorkshire specifically designed for Adults.

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Northern College, based in Wentworth Castle in Barnsley, is the only adult residential college in the North supporting adults to re-enter education to upskill, progress, gain employment or retrain for a new career. The ultimate goal is to transform lives through adult education.  The college specialises in providing educational opportunities for all adults aged 19+ from across the South Yorkshire region.  

Not sure where to begin? Our Future Ambition Days are designed to support you to develop a plan of action to develop your skills and knowledge. For more information follow this link:

We also offer a range of courses including residential courses:

  • Business and enterprise
  • Policing and Criminology
  • Health Science Professions
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • English, Maths and Digital 
  • Teaching
  • Community and Social Action.

If you would like any further information, advice or guidance contact the collage via phone or email and our Student Services team would be delighted to help or visit

Email: or ring 01226 776000 

Opening Times

Reception opening times:

Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5.30pm

Sat 8.30am - 1.30pm

Sun 8.30am - 1.00pm



Contact Details

Contact name: Northern College

Email address:

Phone number: 01226 776000

Mobile number:


Address details:

Northern College, Wentworth Castle, Stainborough, S75 3ET and Online

Other Details

Cost: *Some courses are free for eligible students. Short courses fees £50 Accommodation if residential £25 ( bed, breakfast, evening meal) Accredited courses costs on course information links *People on UC and work based benefits may be entitled to fee remission on the production of benefit evidence. *People on low income (Below £17,004 annual gross salary) may be entitled to fee remission on production of wage slips confirming amount earned.

Eligibility: The College is open to adults over the age of 19. - Prospective students/referrals apply online for a course - Students offered a place on the course will receive an email 6 weeks before the start of the course - Course offers are emailed out to the student whether it is in college or online - Students register in college from 9.30am on the first day of the course - Students complete an online registration form if studying online before the start of the course and another email is sent to the student with joining instructions.

Published: 09 August 2019