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 info@blackpool.ac.uk

Science programmes


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

Average annual wage in this sector
Number of jobs in the North West
Bioscientist injecting a tomato

What our staff and students say

Why choose B&FC?

Employability First

Employability First

Our courses are co-created with more than 1,800 local, regional and national employers to support your future success.

Expert Tutors

Expert Tutors

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.

Personalised Learning

Personalised Learning

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.

Learning Support

Learning Support

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.

Getting Here

Getting Here

With our FREE or discounted Blackpool Transport travel pass, eligible students get unlimited use of any Blackpool Transport bus or tram. Our FREE shuttle bus links Poulton-le-Fylde with Bispham Campus.

Career Planning

Career Planning

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.

Students' Union

Students' Union

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

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.
Eligibility applies

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.

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Industry-standard facilities

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.

Science students looking at fish

Our laboratories have seen significant investment with the addition of a wide variety of equipment, including fish tanks to support Marine Biology.

Science students in a lab

Our facilities play host to various public events – such as a heart dissection - where students can showcase their skills.

Science students in a lab

First-rate resources enable our students to cut and alter DNA of bacteria to glow under UV light - a marker for gene expression.

Student experience

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.  

National success 

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.

Scientist dissecting a heart

Upcoming Events

Latest News

Strong recovery growth is predicted with expectations construction will return to pre-Covid levels in 2022. The amount of construction work in the North West is set to grow by 4.5% by the end of 2025, with private housing being the fastest growth area.
Today, in a fitting end to English Tourism week, Blackpool and The Fylde College welcomed employers as part of B&FC’s sector-based work academy programmes (SWAP).
The Blackpool Pride of Place Partnership has brought together a group of leaders from business, the public sector and the local community to create a ‘Digital Vision’ for Blackpool.

Apply for a place!

It's easy to apply - you just need to click on your chosen programme then click on the 'apply' or 'enquire' button. Some workplace programmes even have an 'enrol' button so you can sign up there and then.

Complete the quick and easy application form then wait for our professional and friendly Admissions Team to get in touch.

How to Apply

How to find us

University Centre
Park Road
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Bispham Campus
Ashfield Road
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Lancashire Energy HQ
Squires Gate Lane
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