From Meet the Experts to treatments with the Hair and Beauty Project to help with fees and student enrolment. Whether you’re a student, using it for business or a member of the public, there’s something for everyone at Blackpool and the Fylde College. AND it’s also the best large college in England for student success – 3 years on the trot!
January Starts at B&FC
Did you know you can still apply and start a new course NOW at Blackpool and the Fylde College?
There’s still time to enrol for a place on a January course. Due to popular demand, enrolment is extended to 31 January 2019. If you earn less than £15,736.50 a year then your level 1 or 2 course might be completely free!
Call the hotline on 01253 504343 (9am-5pm) or find the programme you want here and click the ‘apply’ button.
Open Days at Blackpool and the Fylde College
B&FCs open days are the ideal time to find out how we can help you begin your future career. Speak to tutors about the different courses and career paths and get advice about funding and other sources of support. Hands on taster sessions in all subject areas are ideal for adult learners and school leavers.
At our Meet the Experts events, you can get advice from a subject specialist about the best route to making your career goals a reality. We look forward to seeing you there.
- Meet the Experts at University Centre
Wednesday 6 February 2019 from 4.30 to 7pm at University Centre
- Meet the Experts at Bispham Campus
Wednesday 6 February 2019 from 4.30 to 7pm at Bispham Campus
- Open Event at Bispham Campus
Wednesday 6 March 2019 from 4.30 to 7pm at Bispham Campus
- Open Event at University Centre
Wednesday 6 March 2019 from 4.30 to 7pm at University Centre
- Meet the Experts at University Centre
Wednesday 1 May 2019 from 4.30 to 7pm at University Centre
- Meet the Experts at Bispham Campus
Wednesday 1 May 2019 from 4.30 to 7pm at Bispham Campus
- Open Event at Bispham Campus
Saturday 22 June 2019 from 10am to 2pm at Bispham Campus
- Open Event at University Centre
Saturday 22 June 2019 from 10am to 2pm at University Centre
If you go along to an open event, please mention that you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!
Apprenticeships at Blackpool and the Fylde College
B&FC has 81 live apprenticeship vacancies waiting for you. Apprenticeships are available in over 60 different career areas so there is bound to be something for you.
Discover how to move your career forward with an apprenticeship at B&FC
Job Vacancies at Blackpool and the Fylde College
Blackpool and the Fylde College are recruiting. They are on the lookout for academic staff (mostly teaching posts) and support workers (which is everything else, from cleaners and catering to all the many different admin roles).
The vacancies page gets updated regularly, so if you don’t see anything that you fancy right now, keep checking back to see what’s added next.
Start your New Career
Are you ready to start your dream career? To enrol on any of the courses at Blackpool and the Fylde College, please come along to the first class
Details of how to enrol at B&FC here If you do go along, please mention that you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast, thanks!
B&FC offers programmes which are co-created with employers and delivered by expert tutors in industry-standard facilities, providing you with the skills and knowledge needed to secure rewarding and fulfilling career opportunities.
- For school leavers looking for a direct route to employment, full-time level 2 and 3 courses will get you ready for your chosen career area and show employers you have reached a nationally-recognised standard.
- If university is for you, B&FC’s level 3 extended diplomas provide the same amount of UCAS points as A-levels. If you successfully complete one of these courses, B&FC will guarantee you a place on one of its relevant degree programmes.
- B&FC degrees are available to college leavers and mature students and are awarded by Lancaster University, a top 10 UK university.
B&FC offers competitive tuition fees, first class facilities and one-to-one support. Studying for your dream career just got more affordable with our bursary and scholarship scheme. You could get up to £500 towards the cost of study.
Don’t let anything stop you from improving your opportunities. Contact our helpline on 01253 504343 for advice and guidance or come along to a Sign Up event.
Blackpool and the Fylde College is one of a few colleges which has been asked to work with the Department for Education on their new industry placement project.
The aim is to design and pilot a new student placement scheme, which the government will roll out nationally. From 2020 it will be mandatory for all technical and professional education students to carry out an industry placement as part of the new T-levels.
All college students enrolled on the new T-levels will complete a 45 day block industry placement. That is, students who are on a level 3 course (equivalent to 3 A levels) in their second year of study.
For students it’s a brilliant chance to get a taste of the world of work. For businesses and employers it’s a great opportunity for you too. The students will have lots of skills and a fresh eye that could help your business. If you’re looking for an apprentice it’s a good chance to get to know someone before employment.
The curriculum areas involved with this trial stage of extended block placements are:
- IT and computing
- Travel and Tourism
- Child care
B&FC’s Lancashire Energy HQ Officially Opened
Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC)’s new Lancashire Energy HQ has been officially opened by Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry MP.
Lancashire Energy HQ is a £10.7m dedicated education and training facility and is the flagship development on Blackpool Airport’s Enterprise Zone. It offers a wide range of energy-related training for future employment in the industry as well as opportunities for those already working in the sector to renew their industry accreditation and licences. Industry partners also have the opportunity to utilise the facility to further develop their workforce.
Fittingly, the launch event for Lancashire Energy HQ was held during National Apprenticeship Week and the National Year of Engineering.
New Alliance to Drive Improvements in Health
Education and local authority leaders have come together in Blackpool to create a bold partnership to explore new innovations to increase and improve skills in the health and social care sector and thus enhance the wellbeing of local residents.
Representatives from Lancaster University, Blackpool Council and Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) came together at the College’s University Centre in Blackpool this week to sign a formal Memorandum of Understanding to drive the alliance forward.
The alliance brings together the expertise and knowledge of the three organisations to create innovative solutions and improve skills in the health and social care sector and thus will enhance the health of the local population, reducing health inequities among population groups, while driving economic growth.
By combining research, training and education and service delivery the new partnership will act as a catalyst for improved health outcomes.
New Blackpool and Fylde Coast Health and Social Care Career Academy
Education and health and social care industry partners have come together to launch a ground-breaking new career academy, to mark 2018’s World Health Day.
The strategic partnership brings together extensive industry expertise, led by NHS Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, Blackpool Council and Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC).
Programmes have been co-created by health and social care providers and educationalists to deliver the exact skills needed for new professionals or current staff wishing to advance their career.
The academy offers learning opportunities from short professional development courses and career taster sessions through to degrees and Master’s degrees. Apprenticeship opportunities are also available with employers.
As an employer-led academy, programmes will also provide students with unparalleled work placements as part of their education.
It Pays to Choose Higher Education at B&FC
Competitive fees, low living costs and plenty of affordable accommodation are all reasons why it pays to study higher education at B&FC
Our flexible timetables and part-time options allow you to fit your course around other commitments
More Information about Programmes at Blackpool and the Fylde College
Whether you’re seeking employment, promotion, a career change, progression to university or just wanting a new challenge, our vast range of programmes ensures there’s something for everyone.
We offer full and part-time vocational courses in everything from Advanced Engineering to Fashion and Costume along with Apprenticeships and higher education courses. We also offer courses for industry, courses for leisure and access courses for people looking for a new start in life.
Accolades – why we’re good
- We became the third general Further Education College in the UK to receive Ofsted Grade 1 Outstanding across each of the main areas since a new framework was put into place in September 2012
- We’ve been designated a National Beacon of Excellence by the government
- We’ve been judged by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) as fully meeting UK standards, with 2 out of the possible 3 additional areas judged as ‘commended’ and 11 areas of good practice being cited.
- We’re an Associate College of Lancaster University – ranked among the top 1% of universities worldwide*
- National Training Award winner two years running
- We’re a National Beacon Award winner – our latest win in 2010 was for working with a group of colleges to make more than £200,000 savings through smarter procurement
- We’ve been awarded the government standard for Customer Service Excellence
Achievement – helping students realise their potential
Whatever your circumstances and learning goals we’re committed to helping you achieve the best you can. Tutors offer ongoing support while our experienced student advisors can help with everything from money worries to choosing a career. We’ll encourage you to push the boundaries of your own potential by getting involved in enrichment activities and competitions, like WorldSkills UK.
Facilities – where you’ll be studying
As one of the UK’s largest colleges, we have excellent facilities for students. They include 4 main campuses located across the Fylde Coast, all of which have recently undergone or are currently undergoing major redevelopment to deliver state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources. They are complemented by a host of cultural, sporting and recreational facilities.
Blackpool – a town on the up
Blackpool is already Europe’s most visited tourist resort. Thanks to a multi-million pound programme of regeneration, its fortunes are set to rise even higher.
Exciting projects such as the contemporary new seafront and stunning town-centre piazza have re-injected the town with a dose of ‘urban chic’ not experienced since its Victorian hey-day. Even so, it’s still one of the most affordable places to live and work in the UK.
We’re committed to raising educational standards and aspirations not just locally but throughout the whole of the FE sector. We do this through initiatives such as the National Challenge Trust (where we contribute to quality improvement at local high schools) and the 157 Group (sharing best practice nationally to raise the quality of further education). We constantly review and update our curriculum and resource research projects designed to improve the student experience.
We’re looking forward to playing a key part in your journey towards success
Open to Everyone
Many of the fantastic training facilities at Blackpool and the Fylde College are open to the public. By taking advantage of these facilities, you’ll be supporting local students as they train for their careers.
Many short courses are designed with the local community in mind. Whether you want to take up a new hobby, learn how to perfectly ice that cake or make some home improvements, there are community courses throughout the year to appeal to all interests.
Blackpool and the Fylde College Bispham Campus
Facilities for you to try…
Blackpool and The Fylde College training facilities are competitively priced but offer the same high standards of service you would expect. Look out for special offers, events and promotions throughout the year.
Why not try something new today?
- The new Level 6 Restaurant, offering brasserie style dining and stunning views of the Fylde Coast, has just opened at the Bispham Campus
- There’s a salon, The Hair and Beauty Project, boasting the latest treatments and technology including IPL hair removal and Crystal Clear facials in addition to traditional pampering treatments, hair and nail services
- You can work out in Inspirations Gym which features cardio machines and a free weights area
- ‘Grab and Go’ offers freshly baked bread and cakes as well as daily dinner specials which can be heated and enjoyed at home
- The National Gaming Academy holds party nights and you can hire it privately, or they’ll bring a fun casino experience to your event
- You can hire the brand new 4D all-weather pitch
- At the University Centre, in central Blackpool, enjoy quality musicals and student productions at the Theatre or browse the latest exhibition at the Gallery
- And of course there’s a whole range of short community courses
Start Something New
Blackpool and The Fylde College community courses can be a great way to learn something new, meet like-minded people or even turn a hobby into a career.
For the active there’s Ballroom Dancing, Keeping Fit or Introduction to Golf, while the creative can choose from Jewellery and Silver Smithing, Sewing or Dressmaking.
Prepare for your holiday with Spanish or Italian classes or rejuvenate your rooms with Soft Furnishings for the Home.
Whatever your passion, make this the year you turn your ambition into reality with Blackpool and The Fylde College. Community courses start in September and take place at various venues on the Fylde Coast.
Inspirations Gym at Blackpool College
The state-of-the-art fitness suite at Blackpool and the Fylde College is open to members of the public along with college students and staff.
It features a range of cardiovascular and resistance machines, including the ARC TRAINER, the most up to date cross trainer on the market, a SMITH machine and a free weights area, TVs and audio entertainment equipment plus air conditioning also installed.
All new members receive an induction on how to work out effectively and safely. Fitness suite staff will also design you a personal fitness programme upon request. It’s a friendly environment, where we welcome all ages and fitness levels.
- The gym is open from 7.30am-9.30pm Monday-Friday and from 9.00am-2.00pm on Saturday. Closed Sunday.
- Fitness classes and activities are included as part of your membership. Enjoy free entry to the following classes with exception to the Pilates class. Non members are welcome but must pay £3 per class.
- For more information about any of our facilities and activities and/or to make a booking, please call the Sports Centre staff on 01253 590829. (Please mention this website)
- More details here
First Class Food at Level 6
Why don’t you try Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) restaurant, Level 6. The restaurant will help shape the future of food as it works with industry to train the next generation of chefs, sous chefs, hospitality staff and restaurant managers and owners.
The aptly named training restaurant, situated on the sixth floor of the College’s Bispham campus, has undergone a major transformation and now features a modern, sleek interior, fresh design and industry standard facilities as B&FC strives to ensure its students leave with the technical and employability skills required by industry.
What’s great about the restaurant is that it’s aspirational. Students may enrol with us on a Level 1 course with no previous experience and start out in the training kitchens but ultimately they want to progress and work in Level 6 – the look, the name, the ambience is all centred around inspiring our students to succeed and reach the top.
Open to Everyone – come and give it a try!
To book, call 01253 504187 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (please mention that you saw it on this website)
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