Science at B&FC
The science industries are concerned with making discoveries, pushing boundaries and promoting innovation. There are growing career opportunities in both the public and private sector, with excellent rates of pay to reward your passion and expertise. In the North West, scientists earn more than any other professionals.
At B&FC, our science programmes have been co-created with employers to deliver the technical and transferable skills needed to succeed in your chosen field. STEM Assured status demonstrates our commitment to providing a consistently high standard of training aligned with industry requirements. You will access outstanding facilities and experiential learning through first-rate industry placements.
Discover how B&FC can help you begin or advance your career in science. Contact us on T 01253 504 343 or E firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scientists are among the most highly paid professionals in the North West with opportunities available within research organisations, manufacturing and engineering companies, universities, schools, hospitals and government departments.
According to research by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, a surge in R&D investment in Lancashire’s life sciences sector over the next decade will create 3,200 extra skilled jobs and more than £238m of extra growth.
Most popular career routes:
Biological Scientist or Biochemist | Biologist | Biomedical Scientist | Chemist | Food Scientist or Technologist | Forensic Scientist | Laboratory Technician | Research Scientist
What our staff and students say
Why choose B&FC?
With more than 1,000 employer partnerships, our work with employers has earned us the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize.
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.
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.
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.
With our FREE 24/7 Blackpool Transport travel pass, eligible students get unlimited use of any Blackpool Transport bus or tram. From 2019, we’ll also be offering a FREE circular bus service.
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.
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.
Sports are big at B&FC and there are lots of fitness activities and College teams for you to join, facilitated through our all-weather pitch, sports hall and fitness suite.
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.
Work experience opportunities
We can help you secure industry placements with employers such as Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Blackpool Zoo, Sea Life Centre Blackpool, Churchill Archaelogy, Evans Vanodine and the Environment Agency.
Take a virtual tour
Our industry-standard science laboratories enable students to practise advanced practical techniques. We’re the only college in the area to offer educational access to high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) machines.
Our laboratories have seen significant investment with the addition of a wide variety of equipment, including fish tanks to support Marine Biology.
Our facilities play host to various public events – such as a heart dissection - where students can showcase their skills.
First-rate resources enable our students to cut and alter DNA of bacteria to glow under UV light - a marker for gene expression.
Live industry briefs
Students work closely with our partner employers on live projects to prepare them for their industry career. This year they have worked with the Environment Agency to identify and prevent pollution issues on Blackpool’s beaches.
Science students perform outstandingly at a national level. This year student Mica Mullender was crowned BTEC Science Student of the Year 2018, while two of her science colleagues were highly commended in the awards.
Put your heart into it
We hold various public events where our students can showcase and develop their skills. After one of Lancashire’s most respected cardiologists performed a heart dissection demonstration, our students helped visitors to learn the techniques themselves.
How to find us
Squires Gate Lane