Accreditations And Awards


The body that safeguards the public interest in sound standards of Higher Education qualifications is the QAA (the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education). They do this by working with Universities and Higher Education Institutions to define academic standards and quality, and by carrying out and publishing reviews against these standards. University Centre at Blackburn College was last reviewed in 2015. You can read our review and also see the areas of good practice online.


TES National Award Winners



Blackburn College won the Marketing and Communications Campaign of the year award at the 2013/14 TES FE Awards. After encountering increasing competition for 16-18 students from neighbouring schools that had opened their own sixth forms, Blackburn College had to develop new ways of targeting students from outside their traditional recruitment area
In response, and with no increase in marketing budget, it tried to devise a way to encourage more applications by increasing engagement with schools in the Ribble Valley, Chorley and Preston.

The idea it came up with was Education Rocks, an awards ceremony at the college for school teachers, with the nominations supplied by the schools’ own students – Blackburn’s potential learners of the future.
The college teamed up with local radio station Rock FM to create a campaign promoting the awards, and also carried out school visits to raise awareness among students and build relationships with school staff. Social media, e-marketing and direct mail strategies were used to drive up public awareness.

More than 400 nominations were received and 180 guests from the schools attended the glittering awards ceremony.

The college set itself a challenging recruitment goal: a 10 per cent increase in enrolments from its target areas. Staff needn’t have worried. The college smashed its target, recording a 30 per cent increase, easily exceeding its ambitions.

Judges thought Blackburn College had struck on a “genius” idea.

“On one level, it’s all about the schools; on another level, it’s all about the college.”

 Their victory was witnessed by over 500 people gathered to celebrate the sector’s achievements at the prestigious awards ceremony held at the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, on Friday 28 February.

Other awards at the glittering black-tie event, hosted by Jo Brand, included prizes for the Most Innovative Teacher of the Year, FE Provider of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community.
Now in their third year, the TES FE Awards recognise and reward the achievements of the wide range of providers working in learning and skills. Hundreds of FE providers submitted entries for the 13 categories to recognise achievement in employer engagement, innovation in teaching, leadership and entrepreneurship.


University Centre at Blackburn College has become an Apple Authorised Centre for Education (AATCe). Blackburn College is only one of a few colleges across the North West to be awarded this prestigious accreditation.



Blackburn College is a Disability Confident Employer. This means we have completed the Disability Confident self-assessment and are actively engaged in all of the core actions to be a Disability Confident employer.


We are proactively:

• challenging attitudes towards recruitment of disabled people
• increasing understanding of disability in the workplace
• removing barriers to disabled people and those with long term health conditions in employment
• ensuring that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfill their potential and realise their aspirations