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At our 2019 Higher Education Awards Ceremony – held at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens – more than 1,100 graduates received their degrees. They were watched by several thousand proud family members, friends and College staff.
Some 140 graduates passed with first-class honours. Among this year’s graduates was the first cohort to complete a Blackpool and The Fylde College awarded programme – the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching and Performance Science – following B&FC being granted Foundation Degree awarding powers in 2016.
The degrees were conferred by Prof Dame Sue Black, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education) at Lancaster University.
The Guest of Honour for the ceremonies was Dawn Childs, Group Engineering Director, Merlin Entertainment Group PLC. Dawn was the first female head of engineering at a major international airport and has been instrumental in developing women in engineering as well as attracting more women into the sector.
"My wife and I studied at the same time, and even though our routes and courses at university took two different paths , they both resulted in the same thing; an aptitude an unbeknown love of learning and wanting to know how far we could go."
Philip Bickerton, Automotive Engineering and Technology
"The classes are quite small which allows plenty of contact with tutors, and the smaller campus means you can reach people easily, even on your non-contact days."
Helen Kay, B.A (Hons.) Photography
"If you work hard, you are rewarded, and no matter what you think, you can do it at any age."
Alicja Luberda, B.A (Hons.) Management
"I would say the tutors are the college’s best asset. They are always there to help, with their broad knowledge and experience."
Nick Steel, B.A (Hons.) Fine Art and Professional Practice
"The tutors would always involve me in all the lessons which made me feel more comfortable . I especially enjoyed the experienced examples they used to use, because it helped me put theory into context."
Niki McIntosh, B.A (Hons.) Project Management
“I can’t choose a single highlight or favourite part of the course; I loved every single moment of it!"
Steph Blears McCann, B.A (Hons) Business and Financial Management
Did you know that 9 out of 10 B&FC graduates are in work within 6 months of graduating?1 Or that they earn an average starting salary of £25,000 (c25% higher than the national average of £20,500)?2
Whether you’re looking to start a completely new career or you want to advance in the one you already have, our courses are delivered by industry specialists to give you the skills, knowledge and experience needed to ensure your success. We offer smaller classes, timetabling to fit round your life, a £500 Advantage Bursary and the chance to graduate with a UK top 10 Lancaster University degree3. There’s nothing to pay upfront and government funding you don’t need to pay back.
If you want to create your own graduate success story, why not get started this September? With places still available on no less than 55 degree courses you could be starting the journey to your dream career sooner than you think. Apply now or call us on T 01253 504 343.
19/10 B&FC students in work or continuing education within 6 months of graduating (2016-17 DLHE Survey)
22016-17 DLHE Survey and graduate-jobs.com, which estimates the average starting salary for graduates is £19,000-£22,000
3The Complete University Guide League Tables 2021