All our University Centre courses are awarded by well-respected institutions such as Lancaster University, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), the University of South Wales and University of Cumbria. Our validation/approval process is rigorous and we frequently review our courses to ensure that we’re constantly offering courses that meet your needs.
Blackburn College is an Associate College of Lancaster University. Over 85% of higher education provision offered at the College is validated by Lancaster. The growing reputation of Lancaster is reflected by The Times and Sunday Times award for University of the Year 2018. High rankings year-on-year in each of the UK's major university league tables - The Times/Sunday Times (6th), the Complete University Guide (9th), and the Guardian (9th). Lancaster is ranked 135th in the QS World University Rankings 2018, and 150th in THE World University Rankings 2018.
On successful completion, students on Lancaster University courses receive a Lancaster University award and certificate. The University is represented on the Boards of Examiners for the individual subjects and on the Assessment Boards which are responsible for making recommendations to the University Senate for the awarding or withholding of the University’s qualifications.
Students are registered with Blackburn College and are subject to its rules and regulations. The College will be primarily responsible for academic appeals/student discipline and student complaints. Students wishing to make a formal complaint about any matter which cannot be resolved by informal means will use the complaints procedure for Blackburn College.
University of Central Lancashire
Some of our courses are approved by the University of Central Lancashire. These include our Teacher Training courses. There are numerous opportunities for students on these courses as you’ll be able to enjoy many of the facilities that students studying on the main UCLan campus are also entitled to. You’ll be able to join welcome events and get involved with the University of Central Lancashire’s Student Union.
University of South Wales
University Centre at Blackburn College is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales. Our Law and two of our Sports courses are validated by the University and we have an extremely mature relationship. Staff from the different departments at the University of South Wales work closely with colleagues from University Centre at Blackburn College. You’ll find that staff from the University of South Wales contribute to programmes and may conduct some lectures/classes with you.
European Social Fund
The College offers a range of services and projects which are funded by the European Social Fund. These projects primarily tackle issues such as:
- Worklessness - Training, development and qualifications to support people to enter/return to the Labour Market
- Workforce Development (upskilling and reskilling)
- Business Support (for Lancashire-based Small and Medium Enterprises)
- Supporting young people into education, employment and training