Why choose University Centre at Blackburn College?

University Centre at Blackburn College has a growing reputation. Just some of the reasons why students choose us include:

9 out of 10 of our graduates are in work or further study within 6 months.

For 4 years in a row, 9 out of 10 of our graduates are in work or further study just 6 months after graduation. A fantastic achievement! These statistics are derived from annually published data by the Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) survey. They are based on UK graduates who are available for employment and further study and whose destinations are known. (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education (2014/15).

Praised by the Quality Assurance Agency

undefinedOur University Centre has been highly praised for forging strong links with employers by the independent body in charge of standards in universities and colleges.

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), which monitors the quality of education at universities and colleges across the country, praised the College for developing students’ job prospects by placing employers and employment at the heart of the curriculum.

The report commended the College for focusing on “vocationally relevant programmes that meet the needs of students and employers in key areas such as finance, marketing, leadership and management, and in high employment sectors such as teaching, public services, health and social care.” QAA was particularly impressed with the College’s approach to improving student employability, stating: “The development of students' employability in the curriculum and in teaching, learning and assessment, and the opportunities for students to gain real workplace experience, are particular strengths of Blackburn College.” Read our full QAA Report.

An Associate College of Lancaster University


undefinedThe vast majority of the courses that we offer are validated (approved) by Lancaster University who are frequently in the Top 10 of university league tables in the UK. Upon graduation, graduates receive a Lancaster University certificate. We also work with other well-respected institutions such as the University of South Wales, University of Cumbria and University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Our validation/approval process is rigorous. You can be confident of the quality of the qualification you will leave with. Read more about our University Partners 

Fantastic Financial Support

At University Centre at Blackburn College we believe no one should be put off going to University because of the cost, so we’ve put a great financial help package together to help you. This includes:

Outstanding Support

Ask a UCBC student what sets us aside from a traditional University and they will tell you the amount of support we provide you with is second to none. You’ll have high levels of contact with your tutor and benefit from a range of specialist teams.

All Courses lead to Careers

All our courses are designed with your future career in mind. Many of our tutors are industry professionals who will share with you insights from their experience and gear you up for what to expect when you start your graduate career. We work with employers to ensure that what you learn during your degree is actually of benefit to them when you come to search out a graduate level job and we offer a range of work-based learning options to help you get a taste of the job market and what an employer wants.

A degree on your doorstep

The vast majority of our students live within 20 miles of Blackburn. We especially attract students from the areas of Blackburn, Darwen, Accrington, Chorley, Ribble Valley and Clitheroe, Preston, Burnley and Nelson and Colne. Although some students travel from further afield, and we do have accommodation available, these students have chosen us as living at home is the financially sensible option. You may be able to keep your job (many students work full/part-time while studying), study while looking after children or caring for others or fit your study around the commitments you have.