York College (York)

York College is a further and higher education college in York, England, established in 1999.

York College
Sim Balk Lane, Bishopthorpe

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YO23 2BB

Coordinates53.929645°N 1.112730°W / 53.929645; -1.112730
Typefurther education/higher education college
Established1999 (1999)
Department for Education URN130594 Tables
PrincipalLee Probert
9,000 Part-time[1]


The York Mechanics' Institute was founded in 1827 and taught art and science classes. By 1877, the institute had a library that contained over 10,000 volumes. In 1891, a technical school was founded by the City of York Council and this took over teaching from the Mechanics' Institute which was dissolved in 1892 with its library and many of the books being handed over to the council.[2][3][4]

The college was established in its present form in 1999 by a merger of York Sixth Form College and York College of Further and Higher Education,[5] which had been known as York College of Arts and Technology.[6] A £60 million redevelopment of the former sixth form college site began in 2005, and the present campus opened in September 2007.[7] During the development, concerns were raised about the impact on traffic.[8] The site would cater for 13,000 students based across North Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire. The Learning and Skills Council contributed £21 million funding to the project, with the rest of the costs being met through the sale of the former site on Tadcaster Road.[9] The buildings had replaced what was formerly the Ashfield Secondary Modern School, before the sixth form opened on the site in 1985.[10] During the redevelopment all the students were based on the further and higher education site at Tadcaster Road, which was afterwards demolished to make way for housing.[7][11]

A December 2013 Ofsted inspection report rated the college 'outstanding' in terms of its overall effectiveness.[12]

In September 2015, York College opened a building dedicated to construction and skills as part of its main campus. The site was officially opened by Nick Boles on 14 March 2016.[13]


York College offers A-Levels, vocational courses, apprenticeships, higher education and adult learning courses. It is an associate college of the University of York. The college has approximately 8,400 students, including 4,350 who study full-time. Around 400 students study at university level.[14]

In April 2012, York College and York St. John University formed a partnership in an attempt to 'maximise opportunities' for students and provide a clear progression route, starting from pre-degree through to postgraduate level.[15]

In June 2017, the college was rated as 'silver' by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) according to its standard of undergraduate teaching.[16]

Notable former pupils


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  2. "York Mechanics' Institution; 1827-1892 (GB0192-458)". Explore York archives and libraries. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  3. Tilott, P. M., ed. (1961). "Schools and colleges: Technical College". A History of the County of York: the City of York. London: Victoria County House. pp. 440–460. Retrieved 21 December 2016 via British History Online.
  4. "Publication looks back at the history of York College". The Press. 2 May 2008. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  5. "Higher Education Review of York College: April 2014" (PDF). The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  6. "York College of Arts and Technology". The National Archives. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  7. "£60 million rebuild of York College passes the half way mark". The Press. 19 October 2006. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  8. "New £50m college given go-ahead". BBC News. 25 June 2004. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  9. "New £60m college opens it doors". BBC News. 12 September 2007. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  10. "New term: York Sixth Form College, 1985". York Stories. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  11. "Former York College coming down". The Press. 16 November 2007. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  12. "York College: Learning and skills inspection report" (PDF). Ofsted. 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  13. "Minister for Skills Opens York College Construction & Skills Centre". The Press. March 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  14. "York College". The Independent. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  15. "University and college sign agreement to provide clear path from basics to degrees". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  16. Sellgren, Katherine (22 June 2017). "Leading universities rated 'bronze'". BBC News. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
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