Key Information 

If you want to play a vital role in developing the nation’s young people, then a course in Childcare is for you. Work with, or for the benefit of children, by studying the issues affecting them, including health, play, social influences and rights.

Why Blackburn College?

  • 750 hours of guaranteed work experience at nurseries, schools, children centres, disability units and pupil referral units.
  • Opportunity to gain an additional qualification in paediatric first aid. 
  • Get involved with the Forest School experience - a type of outdoor education in which children visit forests and learn personal, social and technical skills.
  • Brilliant industry links with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Lancashire County Council and East Lancashire Hospitals Trust (NHS).
  • Purpose-built Childcare facilities located in our £18.3 million Beacon Centre.


Graduates can expect a starting salary of approximately £15,000 - which can rise significantly as your career progresses.

Career Opportunities 

Here are just a few of the careers and job roles our students have gone on to do:

  • Child Minding
  • Family Support Worker
  • Hospital Play Worker
  • Nursery Manager
  • Child Psychologist
  • Residential Care
  • Social Worker
  • Special Needs Support Assistant
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Youth Worker