Teaching Assistance and Learning Support
The education sector is rewarding and enriching for those who love helping children to thrive and achieve their potential.
If you're yet to begin working in a school you might consider the role of teaching assistant (or classroom assistant). In this capacity you will work alongside teachers supervising activities and working with children in small groups or as a class.
Other teaching assistants work on a one-to-one basis helping youngsters with special educational needs.
Once you're working in the teaching and learning sector - either in a voluntary or paid capacity - you can continue your studies with us by specialising in learning support.
Our foundation degree in Teaching and Learning Support is a two-year course when you will develop a sound understanding of the principles underpinning the role of professionals within education and learn different approaches to solving problems at work.
The childcare sector supports rewarding careers in nurseries, children’s centres, primary schools, and breakfast and afterschool clubs.
With experience you could specialise in working with children with learning difficulties, physical difficulties or mental health problems.
Most popular career routes:
Educational Support Assistant | Teaching Assistant | Pastoral Manager | Senior Learning Mentor | Third Sector Manager (charity and voluntary organisations)
What our staff and students say
Why choose B&FC?
With our FREE 24/7 Blackpool Transport travel pass, eligible students* get unlimited use of any Blackpool Transport bus or Tram. We also offer help with long-distance travel costs.
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.
We offer a FREE healthy breakfast for everyone. You could also get up to £1200 worth of funding and FREE meals if you're in care or receiving certain benefits.
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.
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 - see blackpool.ac.uk/support/funding for details
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 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.
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 activites and College teams for you to join, facilitated through our all-weather pitch, sports hall and fitness suite-inspirations.
Work experience opportunities
B&FC works with a wide range of leading companies, offering specific industry placements that offer valuable sector experience.
Excellent work placements exist with employers such as Sacred Heart Preschool, Carleton Childcare and Treetops.
How to find us
Squires Gate Lane