Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) is one of the country’s leading colleges and it’s right here on your doorstep. Whether you’re an individual or a business, the College’s employer-focused education and training will help you to be more successful and achieve your goals. You can also access a great range of amenities there, such as competitive hair and beauty treatments, a fitness centre and a restaurant with one of the best views of the Fylde Coast!
New – Level 2 Welding Skills Course
Are you looking to develop your skills in the engineering or energy sector?
The FREE Level 2 Welding Skills course at Blackpool and the Fylde College could help you to advance in your career. It’s only two evenings per week, you just need to be earning less than £17,500 a year.
To find out more ring 01253 504 343.
Blackpool and the Fylde College open events are the ideal time to find out how we can help you to begin your future career.
You can tour the facilities, speak to tutors about the different courses and career paths, and get advice about funding and other sources of support. At their Meet the Experts events you can get one-to-one advice from a subject specialist about the best route to making your career goals a reality.
September 2019 Applications Now Open
Applications for September courses at Blackpool and the Fylde College are now open!
Blackpool and the Fylde College is England’s number 1 large college for school leaver success
They’ve got it all! Great lessons, friendly tutors, hands-on sessions, help with learning, and an amazing industry placement. There’s even a Starbucks!
It’s a grown-up environment where you’ll make new friends, enjoy good times and gain confidence to achieve your future career goals.
And it’s Ofsted Grade 1 Outstanding…
Why choose B&FC?
- An Ofsted Grade 1 Outstanding college
- The highest possible gold rating in the government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
- Degrees awarded by Lancaster University – ranked in the UK’s top ten institutions1
- Multi-million pound industry-standard resources
- Industry specialist tutors who keep their expertise up-to-date
- Working with over 1,000 employers
- Small class sizes
- High levels of one-to-one support
- Convenient timetabling to fit around work and other commitments
- FREE circular bus service
- No upfront fees2
- £60 monthly bursary and help with childcare costs for adult students3
- £500 Advantage Bursary and £1,000 a year Access Scholarship for degree-level students3
Start your dream career
Are you ready to start your dream career? B&FC offers courses that are co-created with employers to support progression into and within your chosen career.
Choose from courses for 16-18 year-olds, career-focused courses for adults, degree-level courses, apprenticeships, English and maths courses, and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).
Our short community courses are a great way to develop new interests and skills. They might even spark a new career direction or set you on a path towards further study.
The College also offers a range of bespoke and off-the-shelf training solutions for businesses, through its highly successful employer training arm – B&FC for Business.
Find out more about any of B&FC’s courses by contacting T 01253 504 343 or E firstname.lastname@example.org or you can apply/enquire online at blackpool.ac.uk
It pays to choose a degree-level course at B&FC University Centre
Did you know that 9 out of 10 B&FC graduates are in work within 6 months of graduating4, earning an average starting salary of £25,500 (around 25% higher than the national average of £20,500)5?
Competitive fees, funding you don’t need to pay back and low-cost loans along with Blackpool’s low living costs and affordable accommodation are all additional reasons why it pays to study a degree-level course at B&FC University Centre.
Many of B&FC’s degrees are awarded by Lancaster University, allowing you to graduate with a UK top 10 university degree.1
With timetabling to fit around work, family and other commitments, experience counting as well as formal qualifications and lots of support from industry specialists, there’s nothing to stop you from achieving your dream career.
A prestigious undergraduate research conference awards top marks to Blackpool and The Fylde College students.
Research work carried out by students studying for degrees at Blackpool and The Fylde College resulted in 11 of them from Computing and Digital Technologies being selected to take part in the prestigious British Conference of Undergraduate Research.
This highly-regarded annual event took place recently at the University of South Wales in Cardiff. It aims to raise awareness of the importance of research as part of an undergraduate’s learning experience and personal development.
As well as showcasing individual research work and achievements, it also offered an opportunity for over 600 conference delegates to learn from each other through the sharing of ideas and best practice in research techniques and methods. Almost 70 leading learning institutions from around the UK took part in the event.
The B&FC students are all studying towards a BSc degree in various areas of Computing and Digital Technology. Following peer review of an abstract in which each set out the aims of their research, the methodology used, the background to each project, and a summary of the conclusions they reached, the top marks awarded led to their selection to make a presentation at the conference.
The 11 chosen presented their projects to the 600 delegates in a variety of forms. Some made a 15-minute oral presentation that ended with a question and answer session with the audience. Others explained their project in poster form or through an exhibition staged at the two-day event.
Topics covered ranged from the development of cyber security systems to software engineering in computer games, plus research into web technologies and digital media.
Sophie Maxwell, 21, from Blackpool, who is studying for a BSc Hons in Software Engineering Game Development, described her attendance at the conference as “an amazing opportunity.”
“There was knowledge from a wide range of subject areas being presented and it was exciting to be able to share and learn about a variety of things from people from all around the UK” she said. It was inspiring to see all the other projects being conducted in both similar and in different areas of research and I learned about a huge range of topics, from performing arts to physics as well as ways to improve my own work and future projects.”
Fellow student Carl Green, 31, from Thornton-Cleveleys and who is studying for a BSc Hons in Web Technologies and Digital Media, said that he had gained confidence and experience in presenting to an audience that will be beneficial for his future career aim of becoming a computing lecturer. “It was also very interesting to be able to view the research projects of other undergraduate students and gain an insight into the projects they were undertaking,” he added.
Colette Mazzola, Senior Tutor in Computing & Digital Technologies at B&FC, spoke of her pride in the students who presented at the conference. “They have stepped out of their comfort zones and had a great experience, meeting people from all over the world and building their portfolios that will help them in their future careers,” she said.
B&FC offers more than 60 degrees accredited by long-standing partner Lancaster University, which is ranked in the top 10 universities in the UK.
(Sophie Maxwell, 21, from Blackpool, who is studying for a BSc Hons in Software Engineering Game Development)
An apprenticeship gives you the best of both worlds: the chance to work towards a nationally-recognised qualification and develop your career at the same time. With more than 100 apprenticeships across 18 different career areas, there’s bound to be a route that’s right for you.
Placement opportunities for students and employers
The vast majority of B&FC’s study programmes include an industry placement, which allows learners to apply their chosen subject to a work-based setting and gain valuable experience for their future career.
The College is also one of the few colleges which have been asked to work with the Department for Education on piloting a new student placement scheme, due to be rolled out in 2020 as part of the new T-levels.
The scheme will see all future T-level students complete a 45-day block industry placement during their second year of study.
For students, this presents a brilliant chance to get a taste of the world of work. But it’s also a great opportunity for businesses and employers, as you gain access to an additional resource with a fresh eye that could really impact your bottom line. The scheme is also a good way to trial someone before taking them on as an apprentice.
The subject areas involved with this trial stage of extended block placements are:
- IT and Computing
- Travel and Tourism
B&FC’s Lancashire Energy HQ
Lancashire Energy HQ is a £12 million dedicated education and training facility and the flagship development on Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone.
Opened by Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry MP, in 2018, the facility offers a wide range of energy and welding training for people new to the industry as well as existing employees looking to renew their industry accreditation and licences.
Driving improvements in healthcare
New Strategic Alliance:
In 2018, the College teamed up with Lancaster University and Blackpool Council to explore ways in which to increase and improve skills in the local health and social care sector. The alliance brings together the expertise and knowledge of the three organisations, with the combination of research, training and education, and service delivery acting as a catalyst for the improved health and wellbeing of local residents.
The Health and Social Care Career Academy (HSCCA):
Another College partnership, this time with the NHS and Blackpool Council, has led to the creation of the Health and Social Care Career Academy (HSCCA) at Blackpool’s Bickerstaffe House. The Academy’s vision is to facilitate the education, training and development needs of Fylde Coast health and care providers, with a range of courses being offered to support career advancement in the sector.
Blackpool and The Fylde College is one of the region’s top employers, offering competitive salaries and a range of benefits to employees.
Roles range from academic staff to support workers across a range of subject and service areas. The vacancies page gets updated regularly, so if you don’t see anything relevant right now, keep coming back to it.
Facilities Open to Everyone
Did you know that many of B&FC’s training facilities are open to the public? This means you can access high quality, competitively priced services at the same time as supporting students to train for their future careers.
B&FC’s services include:
Top-notch dining at Level 6:
At B&FC’s training restaurant – Level 6 – you can enjoy brasserie-style dining prepared and served by the next generation of chefs, hospitality staff and restauranteurs.
Relax in contemporary surroundings and enjoy panoramic views of the Fylde Coast from the top floor of the Bispham Campus.
Hair and Beauty Treatments
At The Hair and Beauty Project you can access the latest treatments and technology, including IPL hair removal and Crystal Clear facials, all at highly competitive rates. For details of treatments and to make an appointment, please contact T 01253 504187 (please mention this website). More about Hair and Beauty treatments here.
B&FC’s superbly equipped fitness suite – Inspirations – offers a range of cardiovascular and resistance equipment, with fitness staff able to customise a fitness programme for you. Fitness classes are included free as part of your membership. Opening times are 7.30am-9.30pm Monday-Friday and 9am-2pm Saturdays.
To find out more, please contact the Sports Centre staff on T 01253 504184 (please mention this website). More about sports facilities here.
Sports hall and pitch hire:
The College’s 3G all-weather pitch and sports hall are both available for private hire. For rates and availability, please contact the Sports Centre staff on T 01253 504184 (please mention this website). More about sports facilities here.
Holiday sports camps:
Our action-packed and fun programme of sports, games and creative arts is the perfect way to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays. For children aged 5-14. For details and to book a place, please contact the Sports Centre staff on T 01253 504184 (please mention this website). More about sports camps here.
At the University Centre in Blackpool, you can enjoy a range of high quality student theatre productions or browse the Gallery’s latest exhibition.
Look out for special offers, events and promotions throughout the year.
- 1The Complete University Guide League Tables 2019
- 2Eligibility applies
- 3Eligibility applies
- 49/10 B&FC students in work or continuing education within 6 months of graduating (2016-17 DLHE Survey)
- 52016-17 DLHE Survey and graduate-jobs.com, which estimates the average starting salary for graduates in £19,000-£22,000
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