Something for Everyone at Blackpool and the Fylde College

Something for Everyone at Blackpool and the Fylde College

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!

Job Vacancies at Blackpool and the Fylde College

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.

You can find the full list of vacancies at B&FC here

Open Days at Blackpool and the Fylde College

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.

More information about Open Days here

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

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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

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 (B&FC)’s new Lancashire Energy HQ has been officially opened by Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry MP.

Opening of Energy College at Blackpool and the Fylde College
Opening of Energy College at Blackpool and the Fylde College

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.

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.

New alliance to drive improvements in health - Blackpool and the Fylde College
New alliance to drive improvements in health – Blackpool and the Fylde College

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.

Education and health and social care industry partners have come together to launch a ground-breaking new career academy, to mark this year’s World Health Day.

Blackpool and Fylde Coast Health and Social Care Career Academy
Blackpool and Fylde Coast Health and Social Care Career Academy

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.

Years of Providing Education in Blackpool

To celebrate #WorldHeritageDay on 18 April 2017, Blackpool and the Fylde College shared this throwback from the 1950s of the Palatine building at the University Centre.

Blackpool and the Fylde College Palatine Building - now and in the 1950's
Blackpool and the Fylde College Palatine Building – now and in the 1950’s

Hair and Beauty Project at Blackpool and the Fylde College

Are you looking for a new place to get your hair cut? Men and women and children over 12? Are you free on a Wednesday?

Blackpool and the Fylde College do a client session on a Wednesday at the Bispham Campus 12:30 till 8pm. Students are looking for people to come along to the hair and beauty salon to help with their experience in cutting, new styles and colouring. Men and women appreciated.

For colouring needs there’s a consultation/patch test at least 48 hours before.

Hair and Beauty project at B&FCHair and Beauty project at B&FC

It Pays to Choose Higher Education at B&FC

HE at Blackpool and the Fylde College

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

Read more about Higher Education at B&FC here

Exams around the Corner?

Exam tips from Blackpool and the Fylde College

Exams around the corner? Any kind of exams?

Check out our 5 top tips to survive exam time.

1. Help Yourself
2. Practice on Past Papers
3. Ask for Help
4. No Night-Before Revision
5. On the Day

Don’t forget – it will all be worth it in the end!

It seems tough now, but keep in mind the better you do in your exams the better your chances in the future. Everyone has to go through it, and when you’re looking at friends and family who aren’t spending their spare time revising, just keep in mind that they were once in your shoes and know how you feel.

If you’ve still not made up your mind what to do when you finish school, why not check out full-time courses and apprenticeships at Blackpool and the Fylde College – which are designed to help you to get a career that you love.

Lancashire Energy HQ students visit Heysham Power Station

Students from Blackpool and The Fylde College’s Lancashire Energy HQ were given the opportunity to see energy in action during a visit to Heysham Nuclear Power Station.

Lancashire Energy HQ students visit Heysham Power Station

The Renewable Energy Engineering students were shown around Heysham 2 to help them understand how the theory they have learnt in the classroom is put into practice.

Representatives from EDF Energy spoke to the students about how electricity is generated using nuclear energy and how various engineering and construction disciplines work together to build, maintain and run a facility as complex as a power station.

The team also highlighted the importance of getting the right qualifications while at college and what sort of jobs and further training opportunities are available.

David Underdown, who is studying Renewable Energy Engineering at the new Lancashire Energy HQ, said: “We really enjoyed the visit and were really impressed with the facility. It certainly gave me a good insight into some of the job options I can pursue once I complete my course.”

During their tour of Heysham 2, the students were shown the nuclear reactor and the massive steam turbines used to generate enough low carbon electricity to power two million homes.

Lancashire Energy HQ students visit Heysham Power Station

Iftikhar Bokhari, Curriculum Leader in Renewable Energy Engineering at B&FC, said: “We are committed to helping students to better understand that what they learn in the classroom has a real application in industry. Visits like these also allow them to explore opportunities for their future development. The College continues to maintain working relationships with industry partners, such as EDF Energy, to offer our students the best options for the future.”

Mandy Pritchard, Head of Lancashire Energy HQ, added: “We firmly believe students should get out of the classroom and see how what they have learnt is put into action. In fact, one of our key targets is ensuring students do meaningful work placements in industry as part of their programmes. I know our students got a lot out of this visit and we’re currently looking at other energy sectors they can spend time in to get a picture of how the theory they are learning works in the real world.”

John Munro, station director at Heysham 2, said he hoped the visit also gave students a better insight into future career opportunities in the industry. He added: “It was great to see the students out on the plant seeing what we do here at the power station. Since opening the Visitor Centre in 2013 we have seen around 20,000 people coming through our doors, many looking at potential career opportunities at the two stations. Hopefully some of those students from Blackpool and The Fylde College will be applying to join our apprenticeship scheme in the autumn.”

The new Blackpool and The Fylde College £10.7m Lancashire Energy HQ opened in September 2017 on the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone.

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.

Students at Blackpool and the Fylde College

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.

Continuous improvement

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
Blackpool and the Fylde College Bispham Campus

Facilities for you to try…

Blackpool and The Fylde College’s 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’s 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.

Inspirations Gym at Blackpool and the Fylde College

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.

Level 6 Restaurant at Blackpool and the Fylde College

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 mention that you saw it on this website)

2017 Event celebrates B&FC’s 125-year history

Blackpool and The Fylde College staff gathered together in 2017 to celebrate 125 years of providing education on the Fylde Coast.

Celebrating 125 years at Blackpool and the Fylde College

During the event, an historic timeline was unveiled in the mezzanine at B&FC’s Bispham Campus by Principal Bev Robinson and the College’s longest serving staff member, David Ogden (below).

Celebrating 125 years at Blackpool and the Fylde College

B&FC is one of the Fylde Coast’s biggest employers with more than 1,000 staff and a photograph taken during the event will feature in a new history book commissioned by the College which will be launched later in the year during one of a number of 125 celebration events which are planned.

Engineering lecturer David, who is this year himself celebrating a 60-year involvement with the College as a student and staff member, said: “I am delighted to be part of the 125 celebrations. I started here as a student in 1957, doing an HNC in Engineering. When I completed the course, the Head of Engineering suggested I apply for a teaching vacancy, which I did.

“I got the job and started work here in 1963 as a lecturer in Electrical Installation then, when the College started working with Lancaster University, I began teaching Advanced Engineering. I haven’t missed a September start either as a student or member of staff since 1957. I now work part-time in Construction, Engineering and at Fleetwood Nautical Campus and have also had the opportunity to work overseas for the College, in places such as Brunei, Egypt, Ethiopia and Thailand.

“My most memorable moment at the College was moving into the Bispham Campus when it was built, the facilities and equipment were wonderful – something which recently continued with the opening of the new Advanced Technology Centre.”

England’s most successful general FE college

Tracing its roots back to the opening of a small School for Fisherman in Fleetwood in 1892, B&FC has gone on to become England’s most successful large general further education college.

The College also offers more than 60 degrees and was last year awarded Foundation Degree Awarding Powers. It specialises in sectors including aerospace, engineering, energy, maritime, digital, health, project management and tourism.

At last review, Blackpool and The Fylde College’s higher education provision received more commendations than any other institution in the UK from the Quality Assurance Agency and the College won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2015 for its work with BAE Systems.

Alyce Wynne, Students’ Union HE President at the College, added: “The 125th anniversary is a great opportunity for students to join with staff to celebrate all that is good about our College.

“I believe students have a real pride in where they study and the Students’ Union tries to help build that feeling of a college community.

“I’m sure all the students will be keen to get involved in the 125th anniversary to help celebrate our history, while also looking forward to the future.”

More than 1,800 businesses – including Ford, BAE Systems, Jaguar Land Rover and the NHS – choose B&FC to deliver education and training programmes and are an important part of the College’s ongoing story.

Prestigious Royal Award Presented to B&FC

Blackpool and The Fylde College received the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education on 25 February 2016.

Queens Anniversary Prize for Blackpool & the Fylde College
His Royal Highness meets the delegation from Blackpool and The Fylde College at Buckingham Palace

The elite award recognises the College’s innovative work in the field of higher technical and professional education in partnership with employers. The College is one of only four general FE college winners and the only one in the North of England.

The Chair of Governors, the Principal and Chief Executive, and students were amongst those invited to Buckingham Palace to receive the award. The prize, a silver gilt medallion and inscribed certificate, was presented by Their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.

Blackpool and The Fylde College joined a distinguished list of universities and colleges to be recognised with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize. The bespoke undergraduate trainee scheme created in 2007 provides a platform for the development and delivery of a graduate training scheme in Project Management for a number of leading businesses both regionally and nationally including Rolls Royce and BAE.

BAE Systems is one of the industry partners that co-created the programme. Bernard Kellett, of BAE Systems Military Air & Information, said the development of its Project Control Foundation Scheme (PCFS) had been the result of a partnership with the College.

The College works in partnership with employers to design and create programmes of technical and professional education and training. If you would like to discuss how this could have an impact in your business please call Neil Smith on 01253 504319.

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