Welcome to Birtenshaw College

Birtenshaw College provides specialist further education for young people aged between 16 and 25 with physical disability, including complex health needs and / or learning disability, including Autism Spectrum Conditions.

The College was established in 2014 in response to the lack of local further education opportunities for young adults with a disability who are over the age of 19 and have difficulty in accessing mainstream college courses because of the level of support they need.

Our specialist further education service is currently provided in collaboration with Bolton College, and is fully supported by the local authority.

We are aiming to achieve independent college status for the start of the academic year 2016-2017 which will enable Birtenshaw College to offer a wider range of courses to a greater range of people, working with local authorities across the North West.

With both full time and sessional courses leading to accredited qualifications the college also offers enrichment day places. Birtenshaw College provides a unique further education opportunity to young adults with a disability, providing a structured programme which works to develop skills for independent living, literacy and numeracy and work-based vocational skills, and which provides therapeutic learning activities.


Our classes are taught by qualified and experienced teachers, specialist in Special Education Needs, and each group is supported by a team of Learning Support Assistants.


Keeping every adult safe is our first priority. All of our staff have an enhanced DBS (previously CRB) clearance and participate in extensive safe-guarding training.

Recognition of Our Achievements

Birtenshaw College was a finalist for the 2018 Autism Professionals Award for Inspirational Education Provision – Higher and Further Education. ‘Personalised learning is at the heart of the College Curriculum and focuses on the Preparing for Adulthood outcomes and desired long term aspirations’ – judging panel.