Welcome to Vocational studies at Blackburn College
9 out of 10 students in work or further study*
Vocational studies (also known as a BTEC, NVQ or a diploma) are a great way to gain real experience, skills and knowledge that will prepare you for your chosen career. You'll master your craft on our £65 million campus, complete with state-of-the-art facilities that have been designed in collaboration with our industry links. Vocational studies are ideal for those looking to progress to university, or directly into their chosen career and skills are taught through hands-on practical learning.
*Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education (2014/15), known outcomes.
Each vocational course will have its own unique set of entry requirements - depending on the level of the course and the subject area. Please check a subject's course leaflet for more information.
From 2017 onwards, there is a brand new GCSE grading system being phased in. The current A* to G system will eventually be replaced with a numerical system - ranging from 9 (highest) to 1 (lowest). Learn more about the new GCSE grading system and how this will affect the way your results will look.
View our courses
View our courses We have 17 Vocational subject areas for you to choose from. You'll study that subject area for the duration of your course.
Make an application
Make an application Making an application is easy. Simply find the course you want to study, make sure you meet the entry criteria and then apply. You can apply online, by post or by email.
Scholarships and financial support
Scholarships and financial support We want you to focus on achieving the best possible grades. That's why we offer scholarships and financial support, so you can focus on being the best student you can be.
Employability and enterprise
Employability and enterprise We offer regular employer workshops, seminars and events to help you understand what employers are looking for and how to develop your CV.
Enrichment activities College is not just about lectures, assignments, homework and exams. It is also about making friends, trying new experiences, being active and healthy, enjoying the social life or pursuing an interest or activity.
English and maths development
English and maths development All full-time students aged 16-19 who have not yet achieved an A*-C in GCSE English or Maths will be required to work towards a GCSE Grade C in English and/or Maths as part of their study programme.
Discover Blackburn College
Discover Blackburn College Discover where Blackburn College can take you next when we open our doors. A perfect opportunity to find out what studying with us is really like. Speak to tutors, see what support's available and explore our £65 million campus!