Northern College for Residential and Non-Residential Adult Education

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Northern College
Motto Begin, Discover, Succeed!
Established 1978
Type Residential and Community Adult Education
Principal Jill Westerman
Location Wentworth Castle
Stainborough

Barnsley
South Yorkshire
S75 3ET
England Coordinates: 53°31′30″N 1°31′14″W / 53.52513°N 1.52048°W / 53.52513; -1.52048
Website www.northern.ac.uk

Northern College is a residential and adult education college at Wentworth Castle near Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England.

The college is one of the four long-term residential adult education colleges in the United Kingdom. It was established in 1978 and by 2006 was the largest of these colleges.citation needed It is set in the only Grade I listed landscape in South Yorkshire.

The college was one of the Beacon Colleges under the FEFC and has Beacon Status under the LSC, one of only two institutions to hold this status in South Yorkshire.citation needed It has helped develop adult education in the UK with outreach community learning, trade union education and education for community regeneration.citation needed

The college runs outreach programmes throughout West and South Yorkshire, and a Foundation Programme with short residential, literacy and numeracy courses at levels 1 and 2. A 'Workforce Development Programme' includes provision for trade unionists in conjunction with the TUC, AMICUS, the GFTU, UNISON and the GMB. The College Diploma Programmes provide access to higher education and employment opportunities for full-time and part-time adult students.citation needed

Northern College provides facilities for conferences, workshops and seminars, a facility for 80-100 participants in the refurbished St James Church, and additional residential and teaching facilities in the 18th-century Home Farm complex.citation needed

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