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The Sheffield College is a general Further Education College in the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, providing high quality academic, technical and vocational training to enhance qualifications, skills and employability across the region.

Adopting a 'one college approach', we operate from a number of sites across the city with fantastic facilities at each.

13,771 students and Apprentices studied with the college during 2021/22 - of those learners, 2,097 were Apprentices.


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Our mission is to transform your life through learning. Our vision for 2025 is to be leaders in technical and academic education, creating exceptional opportunities for the communities that we serve to realise their aspirations.

Key Facts and Figures

Our students get the qualifications and skills they need to go further in employment, careers, Apprenticeships, further training and university level courses.

Students and qualifications

  • Approximately 13,771 students and apprentices studied at The Sheffield College during the last academic year 2021/22.
  • More than 5,000 of those learners were aged 16 to 18 and more than 7,000 were adults.
  • Of those learners, 2,097 were apprentices: 816 were aged 16 to 18 and 1,281 were adults.
  • The number of degree level students during 2021/22 was 403 and they comprised 338 full-time and 65 part-time learners.
  • The total number of access to university level course students during 2021/22 was 347.
  • Approximately 417 externally awarded qualifications are offered by the College.
  • The College offers approximately 115 apprenticeship programmes as well as vocational diplomas, A Levels, access to higher education courses, and university level courses such as foundation and honours degrees.


  • The College has approximately 1,300 staff.


  • The College works with approximately 2,458 employers.
  • Of those, 808 employers are involved in apprenticeship programmes.
  • Around 1,650 employers provide experience of work, industry placements or other work-related activity to students.

Economic impact

  • The total economic impact of the College was £282.5 million according to research completed by EMSI in 2019 and based on data from 2017/18.
  • Of that sum, £239.7 million is the amount that former College students contributed to the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority - equivalent to supporting 10,700 average wage jobs.
  • On average, students who achieve a Level 3 qualification will earn £6,888 a year more than someone with no formal qualifications in the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority. This equates to approximately £261,000 in higher earnings over a working lifetime.
  • For every £1 that learners invest in their education at the College (in the form of out-of-pocket expenses and forgone time and money) they receive £5.20 in higher future earnings.
  • For every £1 that learners forgo whilst undertaking an Apprenticeship, they receive £6.20 in higher future wages.
  • In 2017/18, former College Apprentices employed in the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority workforce contributed £9.2 million in added income.
  • Employers will receive £1.30 in return for every £1 invested in the College’s Apprentices, as those Apprentices become more competent, skilled and productive.
  • For every £1 of public money invested in The Sheffield College, taxpayers will gain £2.20 over the course of the learners’ working lives in added taxes and public sector savings.

Source: EMSI Economic Impact Study 2019

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