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Adult Learners

It's never too late to achieve your career dream - especially when you study a career-focused course at B&FC. We offer help with funding, lots of ongoing support and timetabling that fits around your life. So what's stopping you?

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Studying at B&FC is easier than you think. With courses that fit around you, help with finance and support with study and IT skills, we've got everything you need to succeed.

Perhaps you think you're too old, you can't afford it, you haven't got the time or you're not sure you can do it - well think again! At B&FC we are a College for the whole community and we've made it easier than ever for you to achieve you ambitions.

Student Support & Wellbeing
At B&FC we offer a comprehensive range of support services aimed at helping you reach your full potential.

It's not too late...

Reasons to study at B&FC


Most of our Adult courses are FREE or have no upfront fees so even if you don't qualify for a free place you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course fees. There's lots of additional financial help you might be entitled to too so it's worth checking out our dedicated page on Financial Support for Adult Learners to find out more.


With our extensive experience of helping adult learners achieve their career goals, we understand that there are times when you need a helping hand to reach your full potential. As well as help with finance, we also offer study support to help you academically and well-being support to ensure you can make the most of your time at college.


With input from over 1,800 employers and industry specialist tutors, our courses are designed to support your progression into your chosen career. Need help planning your future? Our Careers team can provide you expert advice and guidance so you can decide which is the right course for you.

Basic skills in English, Maths and Computing

If you feel your lack of basic skills in English, maths or computing is holding you back at work and in life too, then our beginner courses could be just the helping hand you need to bridge the gap and start climbing the career ladder. You can even study these alongside your chosen course if time allows to achieve your goals as quickly as possible.

Visit our English, Maths and Computing Basic Skills page for more information.

  • Most courses are FREE or have no upfront fees

  • £60 monthly bursary and help with childcare costs for Adult Learners

  • Free or discounted 24/7 Blackpool Transport travel pass

Aim high...

  • Adult Diplomas

    Our Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 adult diplomas allow you to build specialist knowledge in a particular subject area with an emphasis on developing industry-relevant skills, helping you progress in your chosen career.

    Explore our Adult Diplomas
  • Access to Higher Education

    Access to HE programmes are designed to provide a stepping stone to degree-level study and are especially geared up to adult learners who are returning to education after time away from the classroom.

    Learn more about Access to HE
  • Fast Track to Degree

    If you don't have the qualifications to do a degree, it's easy to think that it could take years to get there. In reality, however, it could take just six months or less with a fast track to degree programme at B&FC.

    Learn about Fast Track to Degree

Student case study

After a colleague recommended B&FC, Brittany signed up to study Human Resource Practice - Level 3 (CIPD) and secured a promotion!

"I chose Blackpool and The Fylde College as I had heard nothing but good things. My tutors were amazing, giving me detailed feedback on my written work, allowing me to focus on areas for improvement and take pride in my accomplisments. The college is local to me and the timetable fit in perfectly with my working hours. It was a no brainer!

I've just moved to a new company and I am now an Experience & Wellbeing Advisor, a role that wouldn't have been possible without this qualification."

Brittany Norman, Human Resource Practice - Level 3 (CIPD)

  • Convenient timetabling to fit around your life

  • High level of one-to-one support

  • Award winning careers advice

Progress your career...

  • FREE Courses for Jobs

    If you're aged 19 and over, unemployed or learning a low wage, you could be eligible to enrol on a fully-funded course at B&FC, free of charge!

    Find out how you could benefit today
  • Apprenticeships

    Apprenticeships suit people wanting to get a foot on the career ladder, earning a wage for doing a real full-time job. They also suit people who have already been working for a while, since they provide formal recognition of your knowledge and skills, enabling you to move up the ranks.

    Read more on apprenticeships
  • Online Courses

    Our online courses fit around you. You can study in your own time and learn the skills you need to get ahead.

    About Online Courses

Student case study

Inspired by her daughter, who had just completed a Master's, Shirley decided to start fresh and come back to education at B&FC.

After completing her GCSEs, she enrolled onto an Access to HE course in Social Sciences. Shirley praises her tutors, who were there for her throughout her academic journey and the smaller class sizes, which meat she received more one-to-one support than if she went elsewhere.

Have passed her Access to HE course with flying colours, Shirley went on to complete a BA(Hons) degree in Youth Studies, winning Higher Education Student of the Year 2022 and volunteering with the LGBT community along the way.

Shirley dreams of working with children and young people in minority groups; a career that no longer needs to remain a dream, thanks to her Access to HE course with B&FC which kick-started her passion for learning.

Shirley Khan, Access to HE

  • Industry specialist tutors who keep their expertise up-to-date

  • Multi-million pound industry-standard resources

  • Working with over 1,800 employers

Why B&FC...

Adult Employability and Personal Development Curriculum

To complement our technical training, we offer you the opportunity to acquire additional skills, abilities and behaviours to enrich your life both personally and professionally with a focus on strengthening your notion of citizenship and the contribution you can make to your immediate environment and wider community.
Read more about the Curriculum

  • Specialists in Adult Education for over 125 years

  • Degrees awarded by Lancaster University - a UK top 15 university

  • Largest college provider of degree-level education in England

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How to Apply

Make a start as soon as you can and you'll be one step closer to starting the next stage of your educational journey with us.

International Students

International students do well here and quickly settle into our friendly environment. From visa guidance to financial support, we've got you covered.

What's next?

Discover the right course for you using our Course Search.
Check out our Prospectus page where you can download or view a prospectus online.
Book a place at our next Open Event - a great opportunity to meet the tutors, ask questions and check out our facilities.
Contact our Course Enquiries Team if you have any questions or concerns:
Call: 01253 504343