Heart of Yorkshire Education Group
Heart of Yorkshire Education Group

The Heart of Yorkshire Education Group serves the education and skills needs of the Yorkshire region from its campuses in Castleford, Selby and Wakefield. As a new, combined institution, the Group was formed following the merger of Selby College and Wakefield College on 1st March 2022.

The Group offers an expansive range of post-16 provision, apprenticeships, higher education, adult qualifications and distance learning, through its wide variety of full and part-time courses. It also works closely with employers locally, regionally and nationally to deliver work-based training programmes to meet existing and future skills shortages.

Across its three campuses, the Group serves approximately 10,000+ full-time students, with more than 2,000 Higher Education students and Apprentices. With a combined turnover of £36 million, the Group currently employs more than 890 teaching and support staff.

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Selby College logo
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Facts & Figures

Look at the numbers


Total number of students in 2020 - 2021.


Three campuses in three locations across the region.


Total number of higher education students taught in 2020 - 2021.


Total number of apprentices taught in 2020 - 2021.


Total number of staff across the group.


Total combined turnover.

What’s New

Latest News

Heart of Yorkshire Education Group expands Adult provision

Thursday, 15 December, 2022

At the height of the cost of living crisis, the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group is providing adult learners with the opportunity to enhance their prospects…

Student Survey Success for the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group

Friday, 22 July, 2022

The Heart of Yorkshire Education Group has placed in the top three Higher Education organisations in Yorkshire for Overall Student Satisfaction, according…

Heart of Yorkshire Education Group accredited matrix Standard

Thursday, 23 June, 2022

The Heart of Yorkshire Education Group is pleased to announce it has been accredited to the matrix Standard, demonstrating the high-quality Information,…

Selby College and Wakefield College shortlisted in education awards

Thursday, 24 March, 2022

Both Heart of Yorkshire Education Group Colleges have been named finalists for awards at the prestigious event.

Selby College & Wakefield College Merge

Tuesday, 1 March, 2022

The launch of the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group today marks a new era of education in Yorkshire.

Photo Gallery: Merger Day

Tuesday, 1 March, 2022

Photos from the Selby College and Wakefield College merger day, staff celebrating the coming together of the two colleges.


Right at the heart of Yorkshire

Castleford Campus

Castleford Campus

Selby Campus

Selby College

Wakefield City Campus, Harrison Building

Wakefield College


The merger of Wakefield College and Selby College, and the creation of the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group brings many new benefits to learners across the region and beyond.

Wakefield College student


We will offer a wider range of courses and apprenticeships at all levels, including additional higher education pathways, increased support for our students and extended services for employers.

Wakefield College student


We will take the very best practice from colleagues at both Colleges and combine it to enhance students’ experiences inside the classroom and outside. We believe this will result in better results for our students, improved progression opportunities and career enhancement.

Wakefield College student


The merger creates a much larger College entity, which will mean more funding and the ability to invest in developing our offer to benefit students and apprentices across a wide geographical area.

Wakefield College student


As separate organisations, both colleges have invested heavily in creating real-world learning environments and teaching spaces in recent years. As a Group, this investment will continue at pace to ensure our learners have access to the highest quality facilities.

Wakefield College student


As a new, combined institution, we will continue to share proven expertise in quality improvement, ensuring that students across our communities can access a high-quality learning experience with excellent standards of support.

Wakefield College student


Both Selby and Wakefield Colleges already work effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders and partners and are integral hubs within their local communities. We will continue to play a key role in addressing social exclusion and raising aspirations by providing inclusive opportunities.

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