Special college
Openshaw Campus, Whitworth Street, Openshaw, Manchester, M11 2GR


From 16 to 25 years old


Bridge College is a non-residential specialist FE college. We meet the needs of students up to the age of 25 years with learning difficulties and disabilities, complex needs, communication disorders and autism.

With our new state of the art campus, we have access to a wide range of leisure and community facilities in Manchester as well as parks and open spaces. This means our students can learn in lots of different settings and develop the skills needed for life as an active and valued young adult in your community.

Students can experience our hydrotherapy pool, our sensory rooms and our rebound room within a wide programme of activities. The effective multi-disciplinary assessment informs the young person's learning programme and identifies the appropriate learning environment and support strategies.

This actively enables the young person to engage in a range of challenging and fun sessions. Schools. Parents/carers and other agencies are invited to path planning meetings to support transition and consistency from college to home environments.

Our belief is that everyone should have the chance to achieve their potential, there are no exceptions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmVAJ-jusQM  Our college is part of the Together Trust, a charity that is approaching its 150 year anniversary of working with young people with learning disability and autism. Phone now on 0161 487 4293 to arrange a visit. We look forward to meeting you.

Students benefit from a comprehensive range of sessions tailored to meet individual needs and the college has particular expertise in supporting students with communication difficulties.
Offers a wide range of high quality services to support students' learning including full time physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and educational psychologists.
The College also has its own nursing team, dedicated to supporting students with complex health needs.
The purpose built college offers high quality facilities including a hydrotherapy pool, rebound room and a sensory room.

Bridge College has been a Makaton Centre of Excellence since 2001.
The Together Trust has achieved PQASSO Level 1 and has the Investors in People and the 'Positive About Disabled People' quality marks. These standards apply to the entire organisation, including education services.

Contact phone

0161 487 4293 or 0161 283 4848

Venue notes

Bridge College is based at Openshaw, Manchester and is part of the Together Trust charity, a leading specialist education, community and care provider. Whether you want to attend college full-time, part-time or on a blended programme, our purpose built, state of the art campus has access to a wide range of leisure and community facilities in Manchester as well asparks and open spaces.

Opening times

College term times- Monday to Friday 9am - 3:30pm

Needs a referral?


Referral details

Parents, carers, students and professionals are welcome to contact Bridge College directly or through the Together Trust's main reception. Most students think about applying in their last year of school, however it can take time to decide whether Bridge College is right for you and to have a full assessment of your needs, so it is a good idea to arrange to visit us well before this. Our advice is to apply in plenty of time. Places are usually funded by the EFA and the local authority for students with a Learning Disability Assessment or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), although individualised budgets can be used for specific services. Sometimes applying for a place at a specialist college can be hard because lots of questions are asked and you will be asked to consider alternatives – even if you don't think they are right for you and are not your first choice. Don't let that put you off – ask for help from your Connexions Advisor – and of course you can contact us at Bridge College too. To get in touch or ask for an application, you can call, email or send us a message. You are welcome to visit us, just phone 0161 487 4293 or email admin@bridgecollege.ac.uk or send us a message via our website at http://www.togethertrust.org.uk/applying-bridge to arrange an appointment. We will send you further information and invite you to tour Bridge College. We advise you apply in good time because it can take a while to fully assess your needs, process your application and secure funding.
Ofsted URN: 134143

Ofsted rating

Updated: 07/01/2019