Why choose B&FC

  • An Ofsted Grade 1 Outstanding college
  • Ranked in the top 3% of further education colleges in England six years running¹
  • The highest possible gold rating in the government's Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • Commendations from The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)
  • Degrees awarded by Lancaster University – ranked in the UK’s top ten institutions2
  • Only North West provider approved to deliver all 3 T-level pathways
  • One of just seven general further education colleges to be granted Foundation Degree Awarding powers as at March 2019
  • The largest college provider of degree-level education in England3
  • Working with over 1,800 partner employers locally, regionally and nationally
  • 97% of students progress into employment or further study4
  • Student satisfaction is consistently over 90%
  • Guaranteed meaningful industry placements for all students5
  • A founding member of the Chartered Institute for Further Education (CIFE)
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Assured Status in recognition of our industry-led skills training
  • Highly qualified tutors with lots of industry experience
  • Three campuses and 7 specialist centres, with £85 million investment in learning infrastructure in the last 10 years
  • The best ‘matrix accredited’ impartial careers advice and guidance



1National Achievement Rate Tables (NARTs) from the Department for Education and Education and Skills Funding Agency 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 & 2018/19
2The Complete University Guide League Tables 2021 
3Number of HEFCE learners from published ESFA Financial Management: College Accounts March 2019
4Internal destination data
5Full-time, eligible students