Runshaw College – Our Purpose

Runshaw College is proud to be a truly comprehensive tertiary college, expertly serving the diverse needs of its local communities since 1974. The majority of young people in the area choose to continue their post-16 studies at Runshaw, and the sixth-form college has a long-standing local and national reputation for excellence. In addition, we offer high-quality education and training for apprentices and adult learners.

As a genuinely comprehensive and inclusive college, we are particularly proud of our high standards which result in exceptional student achievements. Runshaw College is one of the largest providers of A Level courses in the country, offering an extensive range of over 40 different subject options. A Level students have consistently achieved an average of a Grade B in their qualifications every year for more than 10 years, and there were more than 1000 A*-A grades awarded to Runshaw students in 2022. The sixth-form curriculum also includes a very broad range of vocational courses, from Entry Level to Level 3. Over 96% of our Vocational students progressed to their chosen university course, and we are particularly proud to be recognised by the Department for Education (DfE) as among the top 5 colleges in the country for positive Level 3 progression.

We continue to invest heavily in our facilities, so that our learning environments are sector-leading. We have a well-developed estates strategy, which includes plans for significant investment in the Leyland Campus, following the sale of our second campus on Euxton Lane. Our new Buttermere building, opened in January 2023, is the first major phase of these developments. Our new Health Science facilities are in development and will open in August 2023.

As we approach our 50th birthday, what has never changed at Runshaw is our enduring focus on teaching, learning and the needs of our students, which is always at the centre of everything we do. As a result, we have developed a national reputation for educational excellence and continue to build on this all the time.

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