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National Gaming Academy

Train for a career in the gaming industry and travel to some of the world’s most exotic destinations.

In just five weeks, we’ll teach you the specialist skills needed to start a successful career as a croupier. You’ll learn how to deal American Roulette, Blackjack and one of the many varieties of poker as well as develop high quality customer service skills. 

Alternatively, you could gain the specialist skills needed to start a successful career as a gaming machine attendant. You’ll learn all about gaming machine maintenance and fault diagnosis as well as develop high quality customer service skills.

All of the training takes place in our simulated casino environment, with expert tutors and guest speakers from industry providing a real-life learning experience that will adequately equip you for your future career.

Discover how the National Gaming Academy at B&FC can help you begin or advance your career in the gaming industry. Contact us on T 01253 504 343 or E gaming@blackpool.ac.uk

Casino Operations and Gaming Technology programmes

Careers

Gaming is one of the UK’s fastest growing industries, with a rising number of opportunities opening up for professionally qualified gaming staff. A career in gaming can be hugely exciting since casinos have a real buzz as well as presenting the chance to travel to some of the world’s most exotic destinations.

Employment opportunities:

Casino Croupier

The North West has a thriving gaming industry with more than 20 casinos, four of which are located in Blackpool. Through our excellent relations with the industry, students enjoy a high graduate to employment rate, many of whom we have helped to secure interviews and eventual employment with casinos locally. If you are over 21, there’s the opportunity to access exciting opportunities on board cruise ships with our long-term partner Carnival.

Gaming Machine Maintenance

With 5,000 gaming machines requiring regular servicing and maintenance, Blackpool offers excellent career opportunities in this area. 

£14,000 to £18,000
Average starter salary per year
£20,000 to £25,000
Average experienced salary per year
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What our staff and students say

Why choose B&FC?

Why Choose B&FC?

Getting Here

With our FREE 24/7 Blackpool Transport travel pass, eligible students* get unlimited use of any Blackpool Transport bus or Tram. We also offer help with long-distance travel costs.

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Personalised Learning

Your own personal progress tutor will help you to settle in, keep you informed about upcoming events and provide ongoing support and guidance. We also offer confidential counselling.

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Money Matters

We offer a FREE healthy breakfast for everyone. You could also get up to £1200 worth of funding and FREE meals if you're in care or receiving certain benefits.

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Learning Support

If you have a disability (including a specific learning or mental health difficulty) we will help you to access the support needed to manage your studies as independently as possible.

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Food and Drink

From smoothies to sub rolls, we offer a wide range of low-cost food and drink plus a FREE healthy breakfast for everyone and FREE meals for eligible students*.

*Eligibility applies - see blackpool.ac.uk/support/funding for details

Why Choose B&FC

Career Planning

Our free careers service includes expert advice and resources to help with making career choices, applying to university and coaching to get you ready for employment.

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Expert Tutors

Our tutors are specialists in their subjects and help you develop the skills you need to be successful. They regularly spend time in industry to keep their knowledge and experience up-to-date.

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Students' Union

Our Students' Union runs a variety of clubs, societies and events, all aimed at giving you the best student experience possible. You could also get involved as a rep or elected officer.

Why Choose B&FC

Sports

Sports are big at B&FC and there are lots of fitness activites and College teams for you to join, facilitated through our all-weather pitch, sports hall and fitness suite-inspirations.

Work experience opportunities

We can help you secure a job with employers such as Carnival Corporation, Genting Casinos, Grosvenor Casino, Aspers Casino and Coral Island Casino and Arcade.

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Industry-standard facilities

All training takes place in our simulated casino environment.

Blackjack table with croupier and customer

Learn how to deal American Roulette, Blackjack and one of the many varieties of poker on our spectacular gaming tables.

Gaming machine and attendant

Our gaming machine workshop is superbly equipped to ensure you develop your machine maintenance skills to the required industry standard.

Roulette table and trainee croupiers

Fun casino events provide an opportunity to practise your skills as well as discover how to deliver high quality customer service.

Apply for a place!

It's easy to apply - you just need to click on your chosen programme then click on the 'apply' or 'enquire' button. Some workplace programmes even have an 'enrol' button so you can sign up there and then.

Complete the quick and easy application form then wait for our professional and friendly Admissions Team to get in touch.

How to Apply

How to find us

University Centre
Park Road
Blackpool
FY1 4ES
United Kingdom
Bispham Campus
Ashfield Road
Bispham
Blackpool
FY2 0HB
United Kingdom

Lancashire Energy HQ
Squires Gate Lane
Blackpool
FY4 2QS
United Kingdom