Our Partners

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.

Lancaster University

Blackburn College is an Associate College of Lancaster University. 85% of higher education provision offered at the College is validated by Lancaster University. 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.

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.


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. You may also travel to the University of South Wales in your induction.


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 Students’ 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.

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 vocationally-orientated awards up to Honours level.