Childhood Studies

In Summer 2021 we opened our brand new facilities at our Openshaw campus.

These new facilities are the home of our T Level and Industry Excellence Academy for Childhood Studies.

Industry-standard facilities that have been developed specifically for your course, include:

  • a fully equipped mock-nursery/early years setting with outdoor play area
  • a fully equipped baby room
  • a state-of-the art sensory room.  

These amazing new facilities will provide you with access to everything you will see once you enter the workforce, giving you the best possible chance to prepare for a future career.

Child development is such a core part of our future, especially in a post-pandemic world. These facilities will help our students to explore and develop their skills to influence and support the development of many generations to come.

Julian Smith, Assistant Principal

Our Openshaw campus is located on Ashton Old Road. It is easy to get to via public transport, with many bus routes stopping directly outside the campus, including the 219 bus running regularly from Manchester Piccadilly Station. Ashbury’s train station and the Etihad Campus Metrolink station are only a 10 minute walk away.  You can find out how to get there from your home address using the Transport for Greater Manchester route planner: Plan a journey | Transport for Greater Manchester (

We also have secure bike storage facilities on site so, with showers on campus, you also have the option to cycle to College.

Additionally, if you are aged 16-18 and live in Greater Manchester, you are entitled to free bus travel across the region seven days a week with ‘Our Pass’ (click the link to find out more and apply). Eligible adult students can also get support with travel costs (click the link to find out more and apply).

See where we are located and get directions below.