Proud to be rated "GOOD" in all areas by Ofsted.

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Blackburn College is a GOOD provider

We are delighted to inform you that Blackburn College has recently undergone an Ofsted inspection in January 2022.

Inspectors confirmed that Blackburn College is a GOOD provider in ALL areas of the inspection.

You can find our full report here.

Full Blackburn College Ofsted Report.

Blackburn College's Ofsted Inspection Summary

Overall effectiveness - Good

  • Education programmes for young people - Good
  • Apprenticeships - Good
  • The quality of education - Good
  • Behaviour and attitudes - Good
  • Personal development - Good
  • Leadership and management - Good
  • Adult learning programmes - Good
  • Provision for learners with high needs – Good

Read the full story.

Blackburn College Ofsted Good

Our Outstanding Results

In September 2021, Blackburn College celebrated a 100% A-Level Pass Rate in popular A-Level subjects including: Law, Accounting and Psychology and Science subjects including Maths, Biology and Physics.

Our vocational learners enjoyed a 99.7% overall BTEC pass rate which places us firmly alongside some of the top performing colleges in the country.

We’re also delighted that this year’s cohort of students are set to progress to some of the UK’s top universities including the University of Oxford, Lancaster University, University of Leeds and many more.

You can be sure if you’re considering A-Levels, Apprenticeships or a Vocational Course you are making an outstanding choice for your future study

We are incredibly proud of this achievement which pays testimony to the hard work and determination of our College community.

What Ofsted Had to Say About Blackburn College

Blackburn College Ofsted Good

"Students and apprentices find the College an enjoyable and welcoming place to learn. Classrooms and workshops are calm and inviting. As a result, students and apprentices display positive attitudes to their learning. They settle into College life quickly and are highly motivated to achieve."

"Leaders and managers ensure that the curriculum prepares students and apprentices successfully for their next steps into further learning and employment and to be active citizens in their local communities."

"Approximately a fifth of students on education programmes for young people are successful at gaining a place at prestigious universities including Oxford and Cambridge."

"Approximately half of the A-Level tutors are external examiners. They use this knowledge and experience to prepare students for their examinations and to help them achieve higher grades."

"Staff have high expectations of students’ and apprentices’ behaviour. They monitor behaviour rigorously and do not tolerate any bullying or harassment."

"Students and apprentices receive additional, individual support from academic skills coaches to help them to structure assignments correctly and to obtain help with revision and examination techniques."

"Tutors develop students’ and apprentices’ English and mathematical skills effectively."

"Students and apprentices benefit from a range of professional student support services such as qualified careers, finance and work placement advisors and pastoral support officers."

"Leaders ensure that staff are well qualified and, where appropriate, have relevant industry knowledge. Substantial numbers of vocational staff are industry practitioners, for example in construction, hairdressing and nursing."

"Leaders and managers design a curriculum that effectively reflects local, regional and national skills needs. They consult with employers frequently to ensure that the curriculum content meets the most up-to-date industry practices and standards."

"Since the previous inspection, the Principal, senior leaders and governors have successfully changed the culture of the College. They have developed an ethos of high expectations, tolerance and respect."

"Leaders and managers ensure that the safeguarding and wellbeing of students and apprentices are a high priority."