All our courses are validated 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. 85% of higher education provision offered at the College is validated by Lancaster. Lancaster is ranked in the UK Top 10 in both the Guardian and the Complete University Guide. The University is also ranked No.1 in the North West, and is in the Top 1% of universities globally.
The growing reputation of Lancaster is reflected by high rankings year-on-year in each of the UK's major university league tables - the Complete University Guide (9th), the Guardian (10th), The Times/Sunday Times (11th) (collectively ranked 11 in the Times Higher 'table of tables'), and the THE Student Experience Survey (15th). Lancaster also rose to 121st in the QS World University Rankings 2015-16, and 130th in the THE World University Rankings 2015-16.
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 and Health & Personal Training Foundation degree. There are numerous opportunities for students on these courses as you’ll be able to enjoy all the facilities that students studying on the main UCLan campus are entitled to. You’ll be able to join welcome events and get involved with the University of Central Lancashire’s Student Union. For students studying FdA Health & Personal Training, you may also choose to progress on to one of the top-up programmes that are offered by the University of Central Lancashire once you have successfully completed your course at University Centre at Blackburn College.
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.
University of Cumbria
As one of the UK’s newest universities the University of Cumbria also has a long and prestigious history of delivering first-class higher education in and around Cumbria. Formed in 2007, the University of Cumbria was created from three institutions with histories going back to the 19th Century. We work with the University of Cumbria to validate a number of foundation and top up degrees. The University of Cumbria’s experience in producing professional graduates, in-demand from employers means that they are the perfect university for students who wish to study technically-orientated awards up to Honours level.
Blackburn Youth Zone
Blackburn College works in direct partnership with Blackburn Youth Zone – a once-in-a-lifetime project to turn around the opportunities and options available to young people within Blackburn. Blackburn Youth Zone is a state-of-the-art facility offering world class equipment, cutting-edge resources, tailor made sports and arts programmes and extensive mentoring and personal support.
As a registered charity, the Youth Zone relies upon funding from outside sources and works in partnership with the Council, local businesses and other bodies to ensure that it remains at the heart of the town and continues to meet and recognise the needs of the young people of Blackburn with Darwen.
For more information visit: www.blackburnyz.org
European Social Fund
The College offers a range of services and projects which are funded by the European Social Fund. These projects primarily tackle worklessness and workplace skills issues and current projects include:
Future Skills funded by ESF and Skills Funding Agency through the Skills Support for Workforce Programme
Integration, Citizenship and Engaging Communities: This is a collaborative project with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and supported by the British Council and aims to combine the delivery of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Citizenship complimented by a number of enrichment activities. The focus is on promoting integration based modules within the development of language skills. Participants will learn all aspects of UK Citizenship whilst improving their knowledge of language and developing their language skills at Entry One, Two and Three.