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Welcome to Blackburn College


I believe that Blackburn College is unique. It is very special in that it has Sixth Form provision, Further Education provision and a University Centre so it is a ‘one stop shop’ supporting student progression, attainment and employability serving the whole community with a full and relevant academic offer in the heartland of Pennine Lancashire.

It is also a grade one Ofsted institution and the University Centre at Blackburn College is the largest provider of Higher Education in a Further Education College in England, with the highest rating from the UK Quality Assurance Agency following its recent HE Review at April 2015.

The College is 127 years old this year, but it is always changing and adapting and moving on. All of our buildings are 21st century with the exception of the original Victorian College building. They provide a truly world class campus coupled with the most up to date technology to support high quality teaching and learning.

The facilities we have here are superb and resources have been invested to ensure we have the right infrastructure to support the application of leading edge pedagogy and provide a truly top class student experience. This is at the heart of what we do at Blackburn College.

We currently have over 16,000 students of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and interests, studying on courses from Entry Level through to Masters degrees and attract students locally, nationally and internationally.

Our staff stay at the forefront of their subject specialism through research and scholarship; and networking externally with peer groups and industry leaders, UK wide. It is this which gives us confidence in the quality and relevance of the courses we offer.

We also work closely with employers from Pennine Lancashire and beyond, helping the economic turnaround; whilst at the same time opening up meaningful employment opportunities for our graduates. This is central to our mission as an Educational Institution driven by vocational and academic excellence, working hard to become an indispensable partner to the business community; and importantly exercise our civic engagement responsibilities.

About us

In January of 2008 Blackburn College was judged by Ofsted Inspectors to be outstanding in every category. This was a remarkable achievement and makes the College one of the best, if not the best, in the country. What it means for you as a student is that you can be confident that you will receive the best education possible delivered to a very high standard. Value added measurements show that Blackburn College is among the top 5% of all LSC funded providers. At Blackburn College you will find everything to help you succeed. You may already have a clear idea of your next step or you may still be making up your mind. Whatever stage you are at, College will provide you with information, guidance and advice. As a student at Blackburn College you will have the support and teaching to assist you to achieve your goals. We are a college on the move with exciting new facilities (and more planned), excellent resources and talented, well qualified teachers. Our courses are designed to create the skilled, qualified young people needed to help this lively, harmonious region of East Lancashire to thrive and develop still further. So take a look at what Blackburn College can offer you. If you are still unsure about what to do next, do not hesitate to contact us, we will do our best to ensure you are on the right course for you.

Facilities available

  • Active chaplaincy and prayer room
  • cafe bars and cafes.
  • Fielden's Fitness Centre - recently refurbished
  • Fully equipped hair and beauty studios for all
  • Fully equipped Library
  • Generous help with transport costs
  • LEARN IT centres providing computer access
  • Restaurants
  • Wireless network throughout the campus

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Blackburn College directly.

Last updated date: 10 February 2016
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