B&FC's Festival of Learning for higher education students

After a year like no other, we're running lots of summer events to celebrate learning and help prepare you for your next steps of study. We know you've missed your friends and tutors, so we're excited to announce that we're running as many sessions as we can on campus.

Our Festival of Learning is taking place throughout July and August, and there's something for all levels of higher education study. See below for more detailed information on what we're offering and why you should join us.

New to higher education? 

At B&FC, you'll be joining lots of other students with a range of backgrounds. Some will be returning to study after a break or as part of a career change. Some will be moving to higher education straight from a Level 3 course. Whatever you've been up to, we're ready to help you prepare. 

You'll work with your curriculum area team for part of the day, so you'll be able to speak to your industry-experienced tutors and other students on your course. You'll also meet our Careers, Wellbeing, Student Union, Digital, Learning Resources and Higher Education Learning Mentor teams to find out about all the personalised support we have in place. We'll help you to get started with developing the academic skills you'll need in September and one-to-ones with many of the services will be available too.

Check out dates, times and what each area is offering below and click on the links to book a place. They're limited, so be quick!

Blackpool School of Arts

When: Monday 5 July, 10am-3pm
Where: The Gallery, University Centre, Blackpool and off campus activity (beach or Stanley Park)

You'll meet the team and the other students on your course, and you'll work collaboratively on an open brief. We'll also give you information on course content and timetables.

Computing

When: Friday 2 July, 9am-3.30pm
Where: University Centre, Blackpool

You'll meet our team and be given an overview on the modules you'll be studying. You'll then take part in our taskmaster: a range of activities to promote critical thinking and encourage team working.

Construction

When: Wednesday 7 July, 10am-2.30pm
Where: Bispham campus

You'll be provided with an overview of the HNC Construction course content, the types of assessment we use and the support on hand to help with writing skills. We'll also focus on progression and discuss industry involvement and career opportunities. Tutors will also be able to provide advice and guidance.

Engineering 

When: Friday 9 July, 9am-3.30pm and Friday 20 August 10am-12pm
Where: Bispham Advanced Technology Centre

In July, you'll be given an insight into higher education life in the Engineering department, with interactive subject-specific taster sessions for example flight simulator, drones or programming and a chance to see our facilities. We'll also tell you about all the links we have between our degree course and industry. You'll be able to meet other students, including current higher education students, and take part in fun, team-based engineering activities with them.

In our August session, you'll be given an introduction to all the software needed for your engineering course. You'll also be able to review how you've done with our summer tasks. You'll also take part in an engineering design group activity to help you get to know other people on your course.

Engineering (Automotive)

When: Monday 5 July, 10.30am-2.30pm
Where: Bispham Advanced Technology Centre

You'll gain an overview of each module and tutors will give you information about progressing onto higher education, such as good studentship, work placements and time management. There will be a question and answer session and a focus on the career pathways available to you once you've graduated, and you'll also get the chance to have a full tour of our facilities.

Leadership, Management and Lifestyle (Business)

When: Monday 5 July, 10am-2.30pm OR Tuesday 6 July, 10am-2.30pm and Monday 23 August, 10am-12pm OR Tuesday 24 August, 10am-12pm
Where: University Centre, Blackpool

You'll meet our business team and join them in a question and answer session and a staff ‘Guess Who?’ activity. There will also be a subject-based activity on ‘Leadership Styles according to Hollywood’, so join us and find out what leadership qualities you share with your favourite Hollywood stars!

The sessions will be followed up with some online content to help you continue to develop your skills over the summer, including: Getting your numbers wrong on Dragon's Den; How Kevin the Carrot saved Christmas and Burgernomics: why the price of a Big Mac affects the economy. We'll give you all the information you'll need to access these and you'll be invited to come back in August to discuss how you've done.

Leadership, Management and Lifestyle (Criminology/ Police)

When: Thursday 8 July 10am-2.30pm and Monday 23 August, 10am-12pm OR Tuesday 24 August, 10am-12pm
Where: University Centre, Blackpool

You'll meet our Criminology and Police teams, who will give an overview of the course, including a question and answer session and some activities to help you get to know other students. There will be lots of subject-specific activity focusing on the future of the industry and potential careers.

Leadership, Management and Lifestyle (Hospitality/ Tourism/ Public Services)

When: Wednesday 7 July, 10am-2.30pm and Monday 23 August, 10am-12pm OR Tuesday 24 August, 10am-12pm
Where: University Centre, Blackpool

You'll meet our Hospitality, Tourism and Public Services teams, who will give an overview of your chosen course, including a question and answer session and some activities to help you get to know other students. There will be lots of subject-specific activity focusing on the future of the industry and potential careers.

Leadership, Management and Lifestyle (Sport)

When: Thursday 8 July, 10am-2.30pm and Monday 23 August, 10am-12pm OR Tuesday 24 August, 10am-12pm 
Where: University Centre, Blackpool

You'll meet our Sports team, who will give an overview of your chosen course, including a question and answer session and some activities to help you get to know other students. There will be lots of subject-specific activity focusing on the future of sports-related industries and potential careers.

Science (Human Biology)

When: Monday 5 July, 10am-2.30pm
Where: University Centre, Blackpool
You'll meet your tutors and will carry out and analyse the COVID testing process in the labs.

Science (Marine Biology)

When: Monday 5 July, 10am-2.30pm
Where: University Centre, Blackpool

You'll spend some time getting into fish and taking part in dissections and water tests. Have you got the guts?

Society, Health and Childhood

When: Tuesday 6 July, 10am-2.30pm
Where: University Centre, Blackpool

Our Society, Health and Childhood teams will give an overview of your chosen course. You'll be able to take part in a question and answer session and some subject-specific activities to help you get to know other students. We'll also focus on industry and current areas of interest and debate within your sector.

Already on a B&FC course?

Continuing from Level 4 to Level 5

We want to do all we can to make the move to the second year of study a smooth one.  If you attend our Flying Start sessions you'll get a head start, as the units you complete will be part of your Level 5 progress meeting content in September.

When: Wednesday 18 August, Thursday 19 August, Friday 20 August (choose one): all 10am-1pm and 4pm-7pm.
Where: University Centre, Blackpool

The HELMs, LRC, Digital team and Student Support and Wellbeing will run Flying Start sessions to help you to reflect on how you overcame challenges last year and plan for success in September. You'll be able to polish your digital skills, learn how to be more critical and get tips on editing and proofreading your work. You'll also be able to book one-to-one sessions with Careers and Student Support and Wellbeing.

Don't forget to check out My HE Study Hub on Student Life for tips and resources too!

Moving from Level 5 to Level 6

We want to give you a positive start your final year of study at B&FC. If you attend our Flying Start sessions you'll get a head start, as the units you complete will be part of your Level 6 progress meeting content in September.

When: Wednesday 18 August, Thursday 19 August, Friday 20 August (choose one): all 10am-1pm and 4pm-7pm.
Where: University Centre, Blackpool

The HELMs, LRC, Digital team and Student Support and Wellbeing will run Flying Start sessions to help you to reflect on how you overcame challenges in the first two years of study and plan for success in September. We'll focus on dissertation research and choosing a topic, and help you to learn how to be critical when researching. You'll also be able to book one-to-one sessions with Careers and Student Support and Wellbeing.

If you're a current higher education Computing, Engineering, Society, Health and Childhood student, you can book a place on curriculum sessions to find out what's involved at the next stage of study.

If you are considering a PGCE at B&FC, then you can book a place on our session to find out more and develop the academic skills needed for study and teaching.

If you're returning from an Interruption of Study, please contact us so that we can book your place and start supporting your return to College straight away.

Don't forget to check out My HE Study Hub on Student Life for tips and resources too!

FAQs

What if I can't make it or need to cancel my booking?

If you can no longer attend, just drop us an email.  We're working on lots of digital resources to make sure that you don't miss out if you can't make our summer sessions. To register for online content, please click here.

What do I need to bring?

It would be useful to bring a laptop or smartphone if you're able to. 

Will refreshments be provided?

Yes, we will provide refreshments and/ or lunch, depending on the length of your session.

What if I have additional requirements?

Please indicate these on the booking form.

Are there any costs involved?

No, our Festival of Learning is completely free!

Will COVID-19 restrictions be in place?

We will be following the latest government guidance. For updates, please see our coronavirus faq page.

Why do I need to attend the Festival of Learning? 

The activities will help you to build your confidence and prepare for study at the next level. You'll get a chance to see where you'll study, meet other students and chat to the teams you'll work with during your time at B&FC.


We can't wait to see you!