Harry Aldred

Studied Network Engineering Security and System Administration B.Sc. (Hons.) at B&FC • Graduated in 2018

My Story

I started B&FC after finishing my A-levels at the Blackpool Sixth Form College where I did Computing & Applied ICT. The NESSA course stood out to me primarily because of the added CCNA qualifications you acquire during the course which have been a valuable addition to my CV and a talking point at interviews. Having the degree awarded by Lancaster but with the ability to study for it just down the road from home was a huge plus – particularly as I signed up at a time when student fees were increasing. There was a lot of flexibility in the timetable which was a great opportunity to work alongside my studies. 

My Most Recent Role...

IT Support Assistant – Fylde Borough Council

How B&FC Helped Me

The academic staff at B&FC were very supportive. Traditionally you think of university as large lecture halls of hundreds of students where it’d be easy to get lost in the crowd, but I found at the college the smaller class sizes meant there was plenty of opportunity to ask questions, get some extra support and even extra sessions which were sometimes 1 to 1 tutorials or just with a handful of students. That kind of support definitely helps and having a tutor who is approachable and will make time to explain something you’re stuck on is very motivating. There was lots of support not just from the Computing & Engineering tutors but also help with academic writing and research skills which really helped when getting started and structuring my assignments.

There was always something going on at the college so plenty to get involved with. It was a lot easier to get to know people at B&FC – everyone on the course knew each other.  

Why B&FC?

The work placement module in the second year – I had my placement arranged for me by the College. It’s a good opportunity, particularly if you’re not in work at the time, to find out what it is you’re interested in and where you want to be. Networking and IT is a broad subject with plenty of choice on what you want to specialise in so the work placement is valuable in terms of giving you an idea of where or where you don’t want to be once you have your degree. 

If you decide to go onto the 3rd year the dissertation will most likely be the biggest piece of work you’ve done so far. I managed to secure an extra work placement as part of my dissertation, supported by my supervisor at the college which continued after I graduated. 


Dedication to student achievement and excellence is continuously demonstrated by my tutor with meaningful and heartfelt interactions that ensure every student has a fulfilling and worthwhile experience.