Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) ranked one of the highest performing colleges in England five years running

Published on 29/03/2019 by jrober

Five consecutive years of excellence have led Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) to achieve the number three position amongst England’s 180 Further Education colleges, according to Government statistics released this week.

Published by the Department for Education, the National Achievement Rate tables rank colleges by the percentage of qualifications attained by students in the 16 to 18 age group and also adult learners of 19 and over.

The newly-released figures cover the 2017-18 academic year and show that B&FC has performed in the top 1.6% of colleges in England for 16-18 year olds.

Simon Hughes, Vice-Principal, Quality and Curriculum at B&FC is delighted with the results. “As an Ofsted Outstanding college we are very pleased with these results, which show that for the past five years we have consistently performed at an exceptionally high level,” he says.

“This success is down to our hardworking students and the professionalism and dedication of our first-class team of tutors backed by significant investment in modern and advanced facilities. 

“Their efforts have supported our students to gain high-calibre qualifications that are enabling them to achieve their ambitions in their chosen careers or to move on to even higher levels of qualification and I congratulate every one of them.”

B&FC offers over 270 further education courses across a range of technical and professional skills from animal science and aeronautical engineering to motorsport and business management. The college is particularly strong in the field of health and social care and works closely with both the NHS and the private sector to train young people for careers in paramedic practice, nursing and midwifery.

All B&FC students receive a well-rounded experience supported by the strong partnerships that the college has with over 1,800 businesses and public sector organisations across the region. As part of their study programme every 16-18year old student undertakes an industry placement which develops valuable skills for employment and university. 

Next year B&FC becomes the only Further Education college in the North West approved to deliver all three of the Government’s new ‘T level Pathways’ training programme. These new two-year, technical study programmes will become one of the three major options available to students aged 16 – 19, alongside apprenticeships and A levels.

The college will start T Level courses in September 2020 covering the first three T Level Pathways to be rolled out and which are in Construction (Design, surveying and planning); Digital (Digital Production, Design and Development), and Education and Childcare.