Introduction from Dr. Thomas Moore – Principal and Chief Executive

Welcome to Blackburn College

Dr Thomas Moore

The College is 129 years old this year and is one of the biggest Further and Higher Education Providers in the College Sector in England.  We are located in the heart of Blackburn, in a truly world class campus designed around the needs of students and providing a rich and diverse learning environment.  We offer a high quality range of courses designed to meet the needs of employers and hopefully offer intellectual challenge to those who come to study here; and indeed to gain additional and valuable skills to advance their job and career prospects.

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Over the past four consecutive years nine out of 10 students who come to Blackburn College leave to go into employment or further study.  This is testimony to what we do as being relevant and fit for purpose in the job market.  We couldn’t achieve this without the dedication of our high quality staff and the employers we work with to make sure the courses provided deliver the skills needed for the workplace.

The vast majority of our provision is geared towards Further Education. In our University Centre we have over 3000 students undertaking Degrees, awarded mostly by Lancaster University; amongst the Top 10 in the UK and with a worldwide reputation for excellence.  These cover Foundation Degrees; Honours Degrees and Masters Degrees – quite unique for a Further Education Institution.  Most of our courses have been carefully mapped across the various levels to ensure that students can progress their chosen academic routes, without having to leave Blackburn College.  Of those who do leave, several go onto nationally respected universities and institutions to undertake further study e.g. Cambridge, University of the Arts London and Central Saint Martins.

We work very closely with employers across Pennine Lancashire and beyond, supporting them in developing a world class workforce and being competitive in a global marketplace.  This is central to our mission as an Educational Institution driven by technical and academic excellence, working hard to become an indispensable partner to business; and importantly to exercise our civic engagement responsibilities.

Welcome to Blackburn College – I hope you will enjoy and benefit from your time with us.

Dr Thomas Moore
Principal and Chief Executive