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Contact us


We welcome students and potential students visiting our head office in Barnsley. You will be able to talk to one of our advisers about course choices and see examples of student work. We are open weekdays. It is helpful if you ring us to let us know you are coming.

Make an enquiry

If you have any questions that need answering before enrolling on an degree programme or individual course, please fill in the form below to enquire about studying with the OCA and one of our advisors will be in touch shortly.

Where we're based

The Open College of the Arts
Michael Young Arts Centre
Redbrook Business Park
Wilthorpe Road
S75 1JN

Office Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 – 17:00
Friday: 9:00 – 16:00


Freephone: 0800 731 2116
From abroad: +44 1226 730 495

Due to the current pandemic, Head Office staff are currently remote working and therefore unable to receive phone calls, but OCA are still here to answer your questions! Please email in and an adviser will get back to you as soon as possible.

The Finance Team can be contacted on 01226 978608 between 10am and 12pm Monday to Friday, alternatively if you call outside of these hours please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Public Transport

Visitors should get a train to Barnsley, which is on the Sheffield – Leeds and the Sheffield-Huddersfield rail lines. Trains run two to three times an hour and the journey times are typically 25 minutes from Sheffield, 30-50 minutes from Leeds and 50 minutes from Huddersfield. Bicycles are carried on all services.

From the railway station the OCA is on the 18, 95, 95A, 443 and 444 bus routes. Services are frequent and the journey takes between five and ten minutes. Ask the driver to let you know when you arrive at Redbrook Business Park.