Learning and teaching from September: 1 June 2020 newsletter

We want to provide you with reassurance around how we are planning to deliver vibrant learning and teaching experiences from the start of the new academic year in September 2020.

However, we acknowledge that these are unprecedented times and there remains much uncertainty in what the future holds.

While none of us know how the global health emergency will evolve over the summer, we can assure you we have a robust learning and teaching strategy in place to provide you with all the support you need to achieve the study success you deserve.

Our Delivery

From September we will welcome new and returning students for a mixture of face-to-face campus-based and online teaching, with provision adjusted to be in-line with the latest Government advice. Lectures and assessments will predominantly be delivered online, alongside some socially distanced small-group teaching, laboratory work, access to arts studios, performance spaces, specialist teaching facilities and libraries. 

Your safety and success are our absolute priorities. We will follow all government advice for your wellbeing, and deliver vibrant online learning experiences to help you achieve the career you deserve.

Online teaching and learning is already part of our DNA. Our Canvas learning platform will be open 24-7 and provides the most intuitive and engaging student experience, with mobile apps for iOS and Android giving great access whenever and wherever you are. 

There are very many benefits of online learning. Some we knew from the start, others have surprised us. There is a strong sense of camaraderie among our students who from the comfort of their home are spending more time working together and finding smart solutions using technology to enhance the learning experience.

Many of our programmes offer a flipped learning approach providing an active, engaging and inspiring study experience combining live lectures and lots of opportunities to discuss and interact with tutors and fellow students. 

For Maritime students, due to the complex nature of delivery for education and training programmes, please await further specific instruction with regards to your programme.

Our Support

While we provide all the assistance you need to get the most from online learning, we want to make sure you have all the support you need to help you study.
You will be provided with a dedicated progress tutor to help navigate your programme. And you will have access to a range of specialist support services including Higher Education Learning Mentors to support academic studies, and wellbeing, disability, financial and careers support. 

We know how important it is to give yourself plenty of time to unwind during your studies. Enrichment is a crucial part of the B&FC experience and our Directorate of Students is working closely with the Students’ Union to provide you with innovative ways to focus on your wellbeing.

Our Contact

For those planning to join our community this September, tutors will begin to get to know you over the summer and help you transition to Higher Education. We’ll be organising inductions where possible for students to meet – strictly following social distancing guidelines – before starting studies online.

To find out much more about B&FC, including what it’s like to learn with us and how we will support your study success, join us for one of our virtual open events.

Starting in June, these sessions will provide you with a great introduction to programmes, student support, and much more.

We’re in unprecedented times. We don’t have all the answers. But you can be sure we’ll keep you updated on all things B&FC as the world around us changes.

Our Applicant and Student FAQ pages at blackpool.ac.uk are regularly updated with information to help with your application and studies.

If you have any questions about studying at B&FC, we’re here to help.

Thanks for being part of the B&FC community.

We look forward to seeing you soon.