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About the College

Welcome to the Askham Bryan College website, which we hope will provide you with all the information you need to make the best choice about your education and training.

We are a specialist land based college and offer a large range of courses which will set you up for a career doing what you feel passionate about. Whether you are leaving school, interested in degree-level courses, want an apprenticeship or would like to take up a new activity or learn new skills to help you do your job and improve your job prospects, Askham Bryan College is such a great place to study.

As one of the top colleges in the UK, graded as ’good’ for our teaching and ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for our care provision and accommodation, we pride ourselves on making all of our students feel welcome and providing a great learning experience. You can find details of our most recent Ofsted report here.

In addition, the Department for Education publishes performance data about all schools and colleges in England.  You can view the performance tables here.

If you are an employer responsible for staff training or apprenticeships again we can assist, to find out more about the training and support we can offer please contact the College at

Any questions, please do get in touch as we would love to hear from you.

Catherine Dixon, Chief Executive Officer


Our Mission

To be the college of choice for land-based and land-related learning across the North of England.


Our Values

1. We are passionate about animals, plants and the great outdoors

2. Quality education underpins everything we do

3. We are inclusive

4. We respect the individual

5. We keep our promises

6. We protect financial security

Editors Notes:

Catherine joined Askham Bryan College in 2017 having been Chief Executive of The Law Society. A solicitor by profession, Catherine has also held roles as the Chief Executive of the NHS Litigation Authority, General Counsel and Company Secretary at the NSPCC and the Commercial Director at BUPA Care Services. Originally from Hull, Catherine spent four years in Canada where she took time out of the office to work as an Outward Bound Instructor. Catherine is a trustee of a number of charities including the animal charity, the PDSA.

With a passion for the outdoors, Catherine is an ex-army officer, a mountain leader, a qualified sea kayak guide and instructor, canoe and cross country ski instructor.

Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277