Surge in Demand for Subjects Prompts College to Hold Additional Event

undefinedA surge in demand for a number of subjects has prompted Blackburn College to host an additional Open Event on Wednesday 1st May 2019 from 4.30pm-8pm.

Applications for September 2019 are seeing a considerable increase over the previous year in a range of subjects at the College.

  • Catering and Hospitality is seeing a 46% increase in applications year-on-year
  • Early Years is seeing a 38% increase in applications year-on-year
  • Digital is seeing a 30% increase in applications year-on-year
  • Business is seeing a 13% increase in applications year-on-year
  • Science is seeing a 9% increase in applications year-on-year

Similarly – demand for University Centre courses is also seeing an increase, with the number of applications for some subject areas showing a remarkable increase when compared with the previous year.

  • Engineering is seeing a 75% increase in applications year-on-year
  • Public Services and Care is seeing a 30% increase in applications year-on-year
  • Education is seeing a 27% increase in applications year-on-year

Dr Fazal Dad, Principal and Chief Executive at Blackburn College said: “Demand across a range of courses is much higher than last year.

“Holding an extra Open Event will enable prospective students and parents an additional opportunity to find out what makes Blackburn College the number one choice for so many each and every year.”

The impromptu Open Event will see new curriculum take centre stage, with the College having recently launched a variety of new courses starting September 2019.

New curriculum at the College includes a range of Starting Out courses designed to equip students with the social, academic and practical skills to build confidence and develop employability.

Additionally, the University Centre is introducing a HNC and HND in Public Services (Blue Light Services) – providing a unique opportunity for students seeking a career in the police, ambulance or fire and rescue services. It is set to be the only institution in the region to offer this specialism.”

Dr Dad added: “We are seeing a boost across a range of subjects for school leavers including Business, Catering and Hospitality, Digital, Early Years, Health and Social Care, Science and Sport.

“Additionally, our University Centre is seeing a notable increase in demand across Education, Engineering and Public Services and Care.

“Whether you have attended a previous event or not – if you are yet to make an application, we highly recommend you come along to secure your place for September.

“Places are becoming increasingly limited and you may be at risk of losing out.”

The surge in demand closely follows the announcement that 95% of Blackburn College students progress into work or further study within 6 months of course completion. *

Looking to start a course this September? Come along to Blackburn College’s Open Event on Wednesday 1st May 2019 from 4.30pm-8pm to meet tutors, explore world-class facilities and learn about financial support. Book your place at


Editor’s note: Application figures as at 15th April 2019

25 Apr 2019, 08:31 AM