Henry Cotterill

Studied Levels 2 and 3 Motor Vehicle, then Foundation Degree and BEng (Hons) Automotive and Motorsport Engineering Technology (Henry was awarded a First). at B&FC • Graduated in 2020


Henry Cotterill

My Story

When I was at school I did Level 1 Automotive as an extra curricular programme, and I really enjoyed it. So at College I chose Level 2 Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair and carried on with the Extended Diploma (level 3). I enjoyed both these courses, which was why I decided to stay on and do the degree.

When I first decided to go to uni it didn’t really bother me where I went. I stayed in Blackpool because it was affordable and convenient but now, three years down the line, with all of the graduate job opportunities I’m coming across, they seem to really care where you studied. Being able to say you have a Lancaster University qualification looks good on your CV.

The Foundation Degree (years 1 and 2) was pretty easy – it was obviously harder than college but it was manageable so I didn’t struggle with it. But the honours year was on a whole other level – just the amount of assignment work and writing to do. I just made sure that when I was at College I really put in the hours to stay ahead of the game. I made sure I got everything done in advance too – it’s just about learning to manage your time well. 

My Most Recent Role...

Starting career

How B&FC Helped Me

The main reason I’ve done so well is because of the support. The teaching groups are smaller and you get more one-on-one sessions, which helps a lot.

Studying and learning at B&FC is very different - in a good way. Having the small groups – 20 not 200 people – means you can talk to your fellow class mates and understand what you’re doing. It’s much easier to learn in that type of environment rather than being sat in a lecture theatre and being thrown a load of information to make sense of yourself.

Why B&FC?

I moved up here from Macclesfield straight after leaving school.

They’d just made it compulsory to stay on in education till you were 18 so I started looking around at different colleges and courses.

The College’s Advanced Technology Centre had just been completed and I just really liked it – it seemed a good fit for me.

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I stayed in Blackpool because it was affordable and convenient but now, three years down the line, with all of the graduate job opportunities I’m coming across, they seem to really care where you studied.

Being able to say you have a Lancaster University qualification looks good on your CV.