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Blackpool & The Fylde College

B&FC academic standards are judged to be amongst the best in the sector.


Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) has served the Fylde coast for 125 years and is today renowned for providing technical education for students who go on to have rewarding careers in a wide range of industries.

Tracing its roots back to a School for Fishermen in Fleetwood which opened in 1892, the College retains a focus on education and training needed to drive the economy, deliver a skilled workforce for industry and secure sustainable employment for students.

Currently, around 18,000 students annually choose to study at B&FC, while hundreds of businesses - locally, regionally and nationally - choose B&FC to deliver education and training programmes for their staff.

In 2013, B&FC was judged as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted while the same year the College's higher education provision received more commendations than any other institution in the UK from the Quality Assurance Agency for higher education.

In 2015, the College received the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2015 for technical and professional work in partnership with employers.

B&FC’s national standing was confirmed when it was awarded Chartered Institute for Further Education status in July 2016.

In September the same year, B&FC received Foundation Degree Awarding Powers from the Privy Council, following on from a 22-year partnership with Lancaster University to award degrees from one of the top 10 universities in the UK.

In 2017, B&FC was identified as the highest performing large further education college in England for student success for the third consecutive year and was awarded the highest possible gold status in the government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework for higher education.

Throughout its distinguished history, B&FC has maintained close ties with the community and built relationships with employers, with many qualifications co-created with industry to best meet their needs.

September 2017 saw the opening of the new Lancashire Energy HQ, the College’s newest campus and a fitting achievement in its 125th year. The start of 2018 has seen the College launch B&FC for business, its new dedicated employer engagement arm.

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