Bolton College
Privacy Statement & Cookies

Bolton College is committed to protecting your privacy and safeguarding any personal details supplied to us by you.

This page tells you how our website collects information about you and how we use that information. If you are looking for information on the College's general Data Protection Policy, it can be found on our Key Policies page.

We do not share, sell or disclose your information to third parties, except where this is necessary in order to provide you with a service. (E.g. Student details are shared with University of Bolton where a course is delivered in partnership with the University.)

What information do we collect?

We may need to process information in order to supply you with details or information you’ve requested – for example if you ask us to send you a prospectus, we’ll need personal information such as your name, address and which prospectus you’d like us to send. If you are under 18, you should ask permission from your parent or guardian before supplying personal information. 

We also gather statistics about visitors to our website. This information isn’t personal and we are unable to identify individuals. We will collect demographic data about visitor age, gender and interests where this is available. We will use this data to help us understand how visitors use our site and how we can improve their online experience. This information is processed in Hotjar and Google Analytics.  


Another way our website collects information is through cookies. Cookies are small pieces of data that tell our website about your preferences. For example, if you set some of the accessibility options such as making the text larger, this will be remembered with a cookie so that you don’t have to set it on each page. 

Cookies are used to send data to Google Analytics. 

The cookies we collect are anonymous – we don’t link the data to anything that identifies you such as your name and contact details. 

Advertising Cookies

We use cookies on our advertising so that we can monitor the success of our advertising campaigns. This also helps us to make our advertising more relevant to you. We may also use this information to show you advertisements for courses which you have previously shown some interest in - either by submitting a form or by clicking on an advertisement. The data collected when you submit a form on our website is used for the sole purpose of servicing your enquiry, and we will not use any personal data for any other reason. By submitting your data you give us permission to use your personal information in this way. Your information is never passed on to third parties.  

Can I Disable Cookies?

If you do not wish websites to collect cookie data, you can control cookies with your web browser. To find out how to do this, please see cookie information on the ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) site.

How do we use the information?

Your details will only be used for the purpose for which they were submitted, and will be stored only as long as necessary.

We may sometimes ask you if you would like to receive other information from us, such as course or event information. We will always seek your permission before sending you such information, unless you are a current student, in which case we may contact you with information which we think may be of interest to you. If you wish to withdraw your permission for us to contact you for marketing purposes, please email

How do we protect your information?

Any personal details supplied to us are only shared with staff at Bolton College authorized to access this information, or with partner organisations where this is necessary for us to provide our services (e.g. if you apply for an Apprenticeship post, your details will be passed to the employer advertising the vacancy).

Your permission

By using this website you are giving your consent to the collection and use of this information.

You can set your cookie settings in your browser to refuse to store any cookies, although this may affect the performance of the website. You can also install software which will allow you to opt out of data collected by Google Analytics. One of the ways we use this data is to look at how users navigate the site and make changes which benefit them. Opting out will have an affect our ability to improve the usability of the site, which will have a direct impact on your user experience.

UK Data Protection law gives you the right to request details of the personal information we hold about you. If you wish to exercise this right you can contact An administration fee of £10 will be charged for this.

Links to other sites

Where this site links to external websites, these third parties will have their own privacy policy. Bolton College accepts no responsibility or liability for third party data collection.

Policy updates

If this policy changes, updates will be made to this page to keep you informed about the information we collect and how it is used.