Blackpool and The Fylde College

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Ofsted outstanding college offering a vast range of programmes including full- and part-time courses, apprenticeships, higher education and training for industry.

High Quality Places to Eat

  Member of the 157 Group of large Further Education Colleges
  Double Commendation from the QAA (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education)
  Ofsted Grade 1 Outstanding


Programmes – what we offer

Whether you’re seeking employment, promotion, a career change, progression to university or just wanting a new challenge, our vast range of programmes ensures there’s something for everyone.

We offer full and part-time vocational courses in everything from Advanced Engineering to Fashion and Costume along with Apprenticeships and higher education courses. We also offer courses for industry, courses for leisure and access courses for people looking for a new start in life.

Students at Blackpool and the Fylde College

Accolades – why we’re good

• We recently became the third general Further Education College in the UK to receive Ofsted Grade 1 Outstanding across each of the main areas since a  new framework was put into place in September 2012

• We’ve been designated a National Beacon of Excellence by the government

• We've been judged by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) as fully meeting UK standards, with 2 out of the possible 3 additional areas judged as 'commended' and 11 areas of good practice being cited.

• We’re an Associate College of Lancaster University – ranked among the top 1% of universities worldwide*

National Training Award winner two years running

• We’re a National Beacon Award winner – our latest win in 2010 was for working with a group of colleges to make more than £200,000 savings through smarter procurement

• We’ve been awarded the government standard for Customer Service Excellence

Achievement – helping students realise their potential

Whatever your circumstances and learning goals we’re committed to helping you achieve the best you can. Tutors offer ongoing support while our experienced student advisors can help with everything from money worries to choosing a career. We’ll encourage you to push the boundaries of your own potential by getting involved in enrichment activities and competitions, like WorldSkills UK.

Facilities – where you’ll be studying

As one of the UK’s largest colleges, we have excellent facilities for students. They include 4 main campuses located across the Fylde Coast, all of which have recently undergone or are currently undergoing major redevelopment to deliver state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources. They are complemented by a host of cultural, sporting and recreational facilities.

Blackpool – a town on the up

Blackpool is already Europe’s most visited tourist resort, yet thanks to a multi-million pound programme of regeneration, its fortunes are set to rise even higher.

Exciting projects such as the contemporary new seafront and stunning town-centre piazza have re-injected the town with a dose of ‘urban chic’ not experienced since its Victorian hey-day. Even so, it’s still one of the most affordable places to live and work in the UK.

Continuous improvement

We’re committed to raising educational standards and aspirations not just locally but throughout the whole of the FE sector. We do this through initiatives such as the National Challenge Trust (where we contribute to quality improvement at local high schools) and the 157 Group (sharing best practice nationally to raise the quality of further education). We constantly review and update our curriculum and resource research projects designed to improve the student experience.

We’re looking forward to playing a key part in your journey towards success


Open to Everyone

Many of the fantastic training facilities at Blackpool and the Fylde College are open to the public. By taking advantage of these facilities, you’ll be supporting local students as they train for their careers.

Many short courses are designed with the local community in mind. Whether you want to take up a new hobby, learn how to perfectly ice that cake or make some home improvements, there are community courses throughout the year to appeal to all interests.

Blackpool and the Fylde College Bispham Campus
Blackpool and the Fylde College Bispham Campus

Facilities for you to try...

Blackpool and The Fylde College’s training facilities are competitively priced but offer the same high standards of service you would expect. Look out for special offers, events and promotions throughout the year.

Why not try something new today?

  • The new Level 6 Restaurant, offering brasserie style dining and stunning views of the Fylde Coast, has just opened at the Bispham Campus
  • There’s a salon, The Hair and Beauty Project, boasting the latest treatments and technology including IPL hair removal and Crystal Clear facials in addition to traditional pampering treatments, hair and nail services
  • You can work out in Inspirations Gym which features cardio machines and a free weights area
  • 'Grab and Go' offers freshly baked bread and cakes as well as daily dinner specials which can be heated and enjoyed at home
  • The National Gaming Academy holds party nights and you can hire it privately, or they’ll bring a fun casino experience to your event
  • You can hire the brand new 4D all-weather pitch
  • At the University Centre, in central Blackpool, enjoy quality musicals and student productions at the Theatre or browse the latest exhibition at the Gallery
  • And of course there's a whole range of short community courses


Start Something New

Blackpool and The Fylde College’s community courses can be a great way to learn something new, meet like-minded people or even turn a hobby into a career.

For the active there’s Ballroom Dancing, Keeping Fit or Introduction to Golf, while the creative can choose from Jewellery and Silver Smithing, Sewing or Dressmaking.

Prepare for your holiday with Spanish or Italian classes or rejuvenate your rooms with Soft Furnishings for the Home.

Whatever your passion, make this the year you turn your ambition into reality with Blackpool and The Fylde College.

Community courses start in September and take place at various venues on the Fylde Coast. 


Inspirations Gym at Blackpool College

The state-of-the-art fitness suite at Blackpool and the Fylde College is open to members of the public along with college students and staff.

Inspirations Gym at Blackpool and the Fylde College

It features a range of cardiovascular and resistance machines, including the ARC TRAINER, the most up to date cross trainer on the market, a SMITH machine and a free weights area, TVs and audio entertainment equipment plus air conditioning also installed.

All new members receive an induction on how to work out effectively and safely. Fitness suite staff will also design you a personal fitness programme upon request. It's a friendly environment, where we welcome all ages and fitness levels.


All new members pay a £15 introduction fee, which covers your membership for the first two months. After that, the costs are as follows:

members of the public – £15 per month
staff – £12.50 per month
students and senior citizens – £10 per month
all members - £3 per session
There is no contract involved and fees are paid on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Opening times:

The gym is open from 7.30am-9.30pm Monday-Friday and from 9.00am-2.00pm on Saturday. Closed Sunday.

Fitness classes and activities are included as part of your membership. Enjoy free entry to the following classes with exception to the Pilates class. Non members are welcome but must pay £3 per class.

FIGHT KLUB - Everybody is talking about it, this is a new combat phenomenon involving punching and kicking a free-standing punch bag to motivational, highly energetic music. Easy to follow suitable for all levels of fitness. Tuesday 4.30 to 5.30pm WARNING: Fight Klub is highly addictive
Spinning – This ultimate cycle workout will get you fit in no time – Just turn up, Mondays 5.00pm-6.00pm.
Pilates – Wednesdays 5.00pm-6.00pm, cost £4.50 or £20 for five sessions

Gymnastics – Saturday 10.00am-12 noon for 5 - 10 year old

For more information about any of our facilities and activities and/or to make a booking, please call the Sports Centre staff on 01253 590829. (Please mention this website) More details here


First Class Food at Level 6

Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) has launched its new restaurant, Level 6, marking a new era for food on the Fylde Coast. The restaurant will help shape the future of food as it works with industry to train the next generation of chefs, sous chefs, hospitality staff and restaurant managers and owners.

Level 6 Restaurant at Blackpool and the Fylde College

The aptly named training restaurant, situated on the sixth floor of the College’s Bispham campus, has undergone a major transformation and now features a modern, sleek interior, fresh design and industry standard facilities as B&FC strives to ensure its students leave with the technical and employability skills required by industry.

Joanne Kershaw, Head of School for Hospitality, Tourism and Sport has overseen the changes. She said: “What’s great about the restaurant is that it’s aspirational. Students may enrol with us on a Level 1 course with no previous experience and start out in the training kitchens but ultimately they want to progress and work in Level 6 – the look, the name, the ambience is all centred around inspiring our students to succeed and reach the top.”

Open to Everyone - come and give it a try!

Level 6 is open Tuesday-Thursday from 10.30am for morning coffee.

Lunch orders are taken between 10.30am-1.00pm Tuesday-Thursday and dinner orders taken 5.45-7.15pm on Wednesdays.

To book, call 01253 504187 or email level6@blackpool.ac.uk(please mention that you saw it on this website)

More information about the Level 6 Restaurant here


Event celebrates B&FC’s 125-year history

Blackpool and The Fylde College staff gathered together to celebrate 125 years of providing education on the Fylde Coast.

Celebrating 125 years at Blackpool and the Fylde College

During the event, an historic timeline was unveiled in the mezzanine at B&FC’s Bispham Campus by Principal Bev Robinson and the College’s longest serving staff member, David Ogden (below).

Celebrating 125 years at Blackpool and the Fylde College

B&FC is one of the Fylde Coast’s biggest employers with more than 1,000 staff and a photograph taken during the event will feature in a new history book commissioned by the College which will be launched later in the year during one of a number of 125 celebration events which are planned.

Engineering lecturer David, who is this year himself celebrating a 60-year involvement with the College as a student and staff member, said: “I am delighted to be part of the 125 celebrations.

“I started here as a student in 1957, doing an HNC in Engineering. When I completed the course, the Head of Engineering suggested I apply for a teaching vacancy, which I did. 

“I got the job and started work here in 1963 as a lecturer in Electrical Installation then, when the College started working with Lancaster University, I began teaching Advanced Engineering. I haven’t missed a September start either as a student or member of staff since 1957.

“I now work part-time in Construction, Engineering and at Fleetwood Nautical Campus and have also had the opportunity to work overseas for the College, in places such as Brunei, Egypt, Ethiopia and Thailand.

“My most memorable moment at the College was moving into the Bispham Campus when it was built, the facilities and equipment were wonderful – something which recently continued with the opening of the new Advanced Technology Centre.”

England's most successful general FE college

Tracing its roots back to the opening of a small School for Fisherman in Fleetwood in 1892, B&FC has gone on to become England’s most successful large general further education college.

The College also offers more than 60 degrees and was last year awarded Foundation Degree Awarding Powers. It specialises in sectors including aerospace, engineering, energy, maritime, digital, health, project management and tourism. 

At last review, Blackpool and The Fylde College’s higher education provision received more commendations than any other institution in the UK from the Quality Assurance Agency and the College won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2015 for its work with BAE Systems.

Alyce Wynne, Students’ Union HE President at the College, added: “The 125th anniversary is a great opportunity for students to join with staff to celebrate all that is good about our College.

“I believe students have a real pride in where they study and the Students’ Union tries to help build that feeling of a college community.

“I’m sure all the students will be keen to get involved in the 125th anniversary to help celebrate our history, while also looking forward to the future.”

More than 1,800 businesses – including Ford, BAE Systems, Jaguar Land Rover and the NHS – choose B&FC to deliver education and training programmes and are an important part of the College’s ongoing story.


Prestigious Royal Award Presented to B&FC

Blackpool and The Fylde College received the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education on 25 February 2016.

Queens Anniversary Prize for Blackpool & the Fylde College
His Royal Highness meets the delegation from Blackpool and The Fylde College at Buckingham Palace

The elite award recognises the College’s innovative work in the field of higher technical and professional education in partnership with employers.

The College is one of only four general FE college winners and the only one in the North of England.

The Chair of Governors, the Principal and Chief Executive, and students were amongst those invited to Buckingham Palace to receive the award.

The prize, a silver gilt medallion and inscribed certificate, was presented by Their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.

Blackpool and The Fylde College joined a distinguished list of universities and colleges to be recognised with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize. The bespoke undergraduate trainee scheme created in 2007 provides a platform for the development and delivery of a graduate training scheme in Project Management for a number of leading businesses both regionally and nationally including Rolls Royce and BAE.

BAE Systems is one of the industry partners that co-created the programme. Bernard Kellett, of BAE Systems Military Air & Information, said the development of its Project Control Foundation Scheme (PCFS) had been the result of a partnership with the College.

The College works in partnership with employers to design and create programmes of technical and professional education and training. If you would like to discuss how this could have an impact in your business please call Neil Smith on 01253 504319.


Blackpool Engineering Centre among the Best in the North West

The striking new Advanced Technology Centre at Blackpool and The Fylde College has been named as one of the best building projects in the northwest.

Advanced Technology Centre at Blackpool and the Fylde College

Having already secured a Blackpool Civic Trust award earlier this year, the cutting-edge centre made it to the final of the prestigious Local Authority Building Control (LABC) regional awards.

Innovative design and construction techniques, energy efficient materials and sound project teamwork were just a few of the criteria needed to be shortlisted for the Best Educational Building, and although the category was won by the University of Liverpool, the centre was awarded a highly commended certificate ahead of the other shortlisted projects.

The College has also learned that it will receive an International Green Apple Award for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage later this year.

Built by the John Turner Construction Group and opened in September 2015, the ATC is a pioneering learning environment created to produce highly skilled engineers.

Facilities include industry-standard technology, automotive workshops designed in line with the likes of AUDI, BMW and Porsche, a dyno facility, engine test cells for aerospace and engineering programmes, plus the latest computer aided design studio.

The building itself has been designed to be distinctive and yet reflect its campus surroundings, the ATC has strong geometrical elevations that appear to be cut from a template, resulting in a precision-engineered façade.

This is also a highly energy-efficient building with renewable technologies such as solar panels to help reduce the College’s carbon footprint, while sustainable materials were used throughout the construction.

John Pye, Director of Capital Projects at B&FC, said: “We knew the ATC was something special, both inside and out, but to have that recognised at regional level is a great achievement.

“We are determined to create a centre of excellence for advanced engineering, technology and energy solutions, so it’s fitting that we also have a building that reflects such high standards.”

John Clarke, Managing Director of John Turner Construction Group Ltd, added: “We are delighted that the ATC has made it to the finals of the LABC awards and won a Green Apple Award after having secured a Blackpool Civic Trust award earlier this year. We are very proud to have constructed this high profile building and to have closely involved many of the College students throughout the build period.’’


Civic Trust Award for Flagship Engineering Centre

Blackpool and The Fylde College can now boast of an award-winning Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) – less than six months after opening its doors.

Blackpool College Advanced Technology Centre Civic Trust Award

This cutting-edge learning environment, created to produce highly-skilled and job-ready engineers, has been named Best New Build in this year’s Blackpool Civic Trust Awards.

The industry-standard facilities inside have been well documented since the official opening in October 2015, but it was the building itself that caught the eye of the Civic Trust judges.

Their criteria was a structure that improved the civic environment of Blackpool, taking into account design, aesthetic appeal, respect for the street scene, accessibility and landscaping.

Designed to be distinctive and yet reflect its campus surroundings, the ATC has strong geometrical elevations that appear to be cut from a template, resulting in a precision engineered façade.

The curved roof and frontage provide interest, complemented by high quality hard and soft landscaping which draw you towards the focal entrance.

This is a highly energy efficient building with renewable technologies such as solar panels to help reduce the College’s carbon footprint, while sustainable materials were used throughout the construction.

A wildflower area was also created to increase biodiversity in the area.


Handover completed of Fleetwood’s Marine Engineering Centre

Seafarers Awareness Week was brought to a poignant close at Fleetwood Nautical Campus with the official handover of the Marine Engineering Centre (MEC).

Marine Engineering Centre at Blackpool and Fylde College Nautical Campus, Fleetwood
Marine Engineering Centre at Blackpool and Fylde College Nautical Campus, Fleetwood

The £1.2m build project, which will provide a first-class training and highly realistic working environment for cadets training as officers at sea, has taken just six months to construct by Pinington Construction.

The building was formally handed over to Blackpool and The Fylde College on 24 June. Work can now start on fitting out the centre with advanced equipment that mirrors life on board, ready for the first students in September.

Curriculum Manager Brady Hogg receives the keys from Tom Rennie, Project Manager with Pinington Construction
Curriculum Manager Brady Hogg receives the keys from Tom Rennie, Project Manager with Pinington Construction

Neil Atkinson, Head of Fleetwood Nautical Campus, said: “A big thank you to everyone involved in making this project a reality and how significant that we were able to take ownership during Seafarers Awareness Week (read more about Seafarers Week below).

“The country is crying out for qualified marine engineers and our cutting-edge MEC represents a strong commitment from B&FC to provide the industry with job-ready and highly-skilled officers.

“It will also help Fleetwood and Lancashire stay at the forefront of the UK and global maritime industry for many years to come.”

The Marine Engineering Centre has been part-funded by a Growth Deal grant via the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.


Lancashire Energy HQ moves a Step Closer

Blackpool and The Fylde College has appointed the main contractor for the construction of Lancashire Energy HQ. The move means the project moves a step closer following handover of the land.

Lancashire Energy HQ

Manchester-based Bardsley Construction will oversee construction of the £9.8million project, due to be completed in the autumn of 2107.

Lancashire Energy HQ will provide a cutting edge training centre, delivering the specialist technical and professional skills required by industry. The centre will focus on all types of energy production including offshore, renewable and low carbon, with courses and training aligned to future industry needs and labour requirements. It will be sited at the newly formed Blackpool Enterprise Zone and it is hoped the flagship development will be a catalyst for further investment in the area.

Daryl Platt, Executive Director of Commercial Development at Blackpool and The Fylde College, welcomed the announcement: “The project represents significant investment in the region by the College and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, who are providing £6.2 million of Growth Deal funding towards the cost. I’m pleased that we are now in a position where work can begin imminently and we can continue to drive investment.

“We are looking forward to working with Bardsley Construction, who will bring a great deal of experience and technical expertise to the project.”

Ged Rooney, procurement director at Bardsley Construction, said: “We are immensely proud to be involved in the delivery of the new Lancashire Energy HQ, and our experience over many years in the provision of new facilities for FE colleges throughout the North West, the Midlands and Yorkshire will be invaluable as we work closely with the College to deliver this complex project.

“The winning of this contract is further evidence of Bardsley continuing to benefit from its hard-earned reputation for working effectively with the public sector via partnerships with education bodies, local authorities, housing associations and health authorities.”

The College has now officially purchased the land within the Enterprise Zone from Blackpool Airport, after planning permission for Lancashire Energy HQ was granted last month. Chris Formby, Blackpool Airport Manager said:

“We are delighted the land is being put to such good use to help create the next generation of expert energy engineers. We hope this new development will act as a catalyst for further investment within the new Enterprise Zone which will both sustain the airport into the future and drive further investment in the area to support local communities.”


Quality mark for B&FC computing degrees

Blackpool and The Fylde College has become the first FE college in the country to receive accreditation from the British Computer Society (BCS) for its computing honours degrees.

This prestigious status, usually only secured by universities, is a mark of assurance that industry employers are increasingly looking for when recruiting to IT posts.

Recognised at international level, the accreditation underlines the high academic standard of the degree programme itself, while for the graduate it also means automatic professional membership of BCS, an important part of the criteria for becoming a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

B&FC offers four computing degrees at foundation and honours level, all awarded by Lancaster University. BCS accreditation has been granted to Network Engineering (System Administration), Network Engineering (Cyber Security), plus Software Engineering and Game Development. The College is also in the process of applying for accreditation for Interactive Media Development.

Jaqui Scott, Head of the School of Computing at B&FC, said: “To become the first college to receive BCS accreditation at this level is an incredible achievement. The journey has taken two years of applications and inspections, but we now have official recognition that our computing degrees are among the best in the country.

“Most importantly accreditation will really make our graduates stand out when they enter the world of work.

“We’ve proved that we can provide higher education on a par with top universities and offer the best opportunities for our students to progress in their careers.”

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Hair and Beauty Project at B&FC

Are you looking for a new place to get your hair cut? Men and women and children over 12? Are you free on a Wednesday?

Blackpool and the Fylde College do a client session on a Wednesday at the Bispham Campus 12:30 till 8pm. Students are looking for people to come along to the hair and beauty salon to help with their experience in cutting, new styles and colouring. Men and women appreciated.

If you need any more information please feel free to inbox me. For colouring needs there's a consultation/patch test at least 48 hours before.
Price list below

Hair and Beauty project at B&FCHair and Beauty project at B&FC


Open Days at Blackpool and the Fylde College

Open Event
Wednesday 7 March - from 4.30-7pm at Bispham Campus and University Centre

Open Days at Blackpool and the Fylde College

B&FC’s open days are the ideal time to find out how we can help you begin your future career. Speak to tutors about the different courses and career paths, tour the campus where you’ll be based and get advice about funding and other sources of support.

At our Meet the Experts events, you can get advice from a subject specialist about the best route to making your career goals a reality.

We look forward to seeing you there.

B&FC’s open days are the ideal time to find out how we can help you begin your future career. Speak to tutors about the different courses and career paths and get advice about funding and other sources of support.

Hands on taster sessions in all subject areas, ideal for adult learners and school leavers.

More information about Open Days at this link 

Open Days at Blackpool & the Fylde College

Meet the Experts
Wednesday 2 May - from 5-7pm at Bispham Campus and University Centre


Fashion Design and Sewing - Short Courses at B&FC

The School of Creative Arts and Digital Industries are offering a range of short courses for the academic year 2017/18 focusing on fashion design and production.

Fashion design and sewing short courses at B&FC

They will be taught in our industry standard studios and introduce you to a range of new skills, from pattern making to couture sewing techniques. Delivered by tutors and industry specialists, the courses will take place on Wednesday evenings in seven week blocks.

Short course 4 – Couture Sewing Techniques. 11th April – 23rd May

An advanced course focusing on a range of quality sewing skills as used in the fashion industry. This couture sewing course will introduce you to a range of specialist skills for constructing high quality garments. You will learn the step by step stages of a couture garment using superior fabrics and build an extensive reference file of technical samples.

All courses are held on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm– 8.30pm in the Fashion Studio at Palatine Campus, Room PB017
The fee for each 7-week short course is £105.00 payable at enrolment.
To book your place contact angy.young@blackpool.ac.uk and please mention you saw it here!


Start your New Career

Are you ready to start your dream career? 

To enrol on any of the courses at Blackpool and the Fylde College, please come along to the first class

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If you do go along, please mention that you saw it here, thanks!

B&FC offers programmes which are co-created with employers and delivered by expert tutors in industry-standard facilities, providing you with the skills and knowledge needed to secure rewarding and fulfilling career opportunities.

For school leavers looking for a direct route to employment, full-time level 2 and 3 courses will get you ready for your chosen career area and show employers you have reached a nationally-recognised standard.

Or if university is for you, B&FC’s level 3 extended diplomas provide the same amount of UCAS points as A-levels. If you successfully complete one of these courses, B&FC will guarantee you a place on one of its relevant degree programmes.

B&FC degrees are available to college leavers and mature students and are awarded by Lancaster University, a top 10 UK university.

The College offers small study groups and lots of individual support along with competitive tuition fees, value-for-money facilities and up to £500 towards the cost of study.

Don’t let anything stop you from improving your opportunities. Contact our helpline on 01253 504343 for advice and guidance or come along to a Sign Up event.

For more details go to www.blackpool.ac.uk/enrol


Job Vacancies at Blackpool and the Fylde College

Job vacancies at Blackpool and the Fylde College

Blackpool and the Fylde College are recruiting. They are on the look out for adacdemic staff (mostly teaching posts) and support workers (which is everything else, from cleaners and catering to all the many different admin roles).

The vacancies page gets updated regularly, so if you don't see anything that you fancy right now, keep checking back to see what's added next.

You can find the full list of vacancies and information about what it's like to work at Blackpool and the Fylde College here


It Pays to Choose Higher Education at B&FC

HE at Blackpool and the Fylde College

Competitive fees, low living costs and plenty of affordable accommodation are all reasons why it pays to study higher education at B&FC 

Our flexible timetables and part-time options allow you to fit your course around other commitments

Read more about Higher Education at B&FC here


Exams around the Corner?

Exam tips from Blackpool and the Fylde College

Exams around the corner? Any kind of exams?

Check out our 5 top tips to survive exam time. http://www.blackpool.ac.uk/5-top-tips

1. Help Yourself
2. Practice on Past Papers
3. Ask for Help
4. No Night-Before Revision
5. On the Day

Don't forget - it will all be worth it in the end!

It seems tough now, but keep in mind the better you do in your exams the better your chances in the future. Everyone has to go through it, and when you're looking at friends and family who aren't spending their spare time revising, just keep in mind that they were once in your shoes and know how you feel.

If you’ve still not made up your mind what to do when you finish school, why not check out full-time courses and apprenticeships at Blackpool and the Fylde College - which are designed to help you to get a career that you love.

Read the full guide to exam tips here


Students appear on national radio for Strictly Come Dancing follow-up show

A group of students from Lytham Sixth Form College were given the chance to strut their stuff in Blackpool Tower’s world-famous ballroom for a BBC Radio 5 live show on reluctant dancers.

Blackpool and the Fylde College students at the Tower Ballroom

The programme came about after the Afternoon Edition show presenters spoke to Strictly Come Dancing’s Neil Jones earlier this year about many men being too embarrassed to dance - and received a large number of responses from listeners.

The students were invited along to get some tips from professionals about how to feel more comfortable in social scenarios where dancing is taking place.

Blackpool and the Fylde College students at the Tower Ballroom

Student Ben Wilkinson, from Blackpool, also sat on a discussion panel with presenters Nihal Arthanayake and Sarah Brett, as well as Dr Peter Lovatt and Taekwondo Olympian Lutalo Muhammad, who won Strictly Come Dancing for Children in Need.

The 18-year-old said: “They were talking about why men don’t feel comfortable dancing and that it’s not just one thing but multiple things which stop them doing it. For me, it’s a personal thing where you’re putting yourself out there to be judged when you don’t have to.”

During the show, the group of students were given advice on overcoming their shyness by Dr Peter Lovatt – aka Dr Dance – an academic psychologist who studies the effect of dancing on human wellbeing.

They then put the theory to the test with a series of practice sessions on the famous dancefloor – which had played host to Strictly Come Dancing just the week before.

Matthew Barr, Associate Head at Lytham Sixth Form College, said: “It was fantastic for our students to get the opportunity to appear on national radio and see what goes into creating a production like that.

“The producers specifically wanted students who aren’t keen on dancing and I think many people can empathise with that feeling. As a College which teaches performing arts – and last year had a student named national Performing Arts Student of the Year – we know how difficult it can be to put yourself out there in front of an audience. So it was an interesting debate and I think the students involved really enjoyed setting aside those awkward feelings and learning techniques which might help them feel more comfortable dancing in the future.”


Lancashire Energy HQ students visit Heysham Power Station

Students from Blackpool and The Fylde College’s Lancashire Energy HQ were given the opportunity to see energy in action during a visit to Heysham Nuclear Power Station.

Lancashire Energy HQ students visit Heysham Power Station

The Renewable Energy Engineering students were shown around Heysham 2 to help them understand how the theory they have learnt in the classroom is put into practice.

Representatives from EDF Energy spoke to the students about how electricity is generated using nuclear energy and how various engineering and construction disciplines work together to build, maintain and run a facility as complex as a power station.

The team also highlighted the importance of getting the right qualifications while at college and what sort of jobs and further training opportunities are available.

David Underdown, who is studying Renewable Energy Engineering at the new Lancashire Energy HQ, said: “We really enjoyed the visit and were really impressed with the facility. It certainly gave me a good insight into some of the job options I can pursue once I complete my course.”

During their tour of Heysham 2, the students were shown the nuclear reactor and the massive steam turbines used to generate enough low carbon electricity to power two million homes.

Lancashire Energy HQ students visit Heysham Power Station

Iftikhar Bokhari, Curriculum Leader in Renewable Energy Engineering at B&FC, said: “We are committed to helping students to better understand that what they learn in the classroom has a real application in industry.

“Visits like these also allow them to explore opportunities for their future development. The College continues to maintain working relationships with industry partners, such as EDF Energy, to offer our students the best options for the future.”

Mandy Pritchard, Head of Lancashire Energy HQ, added: “We firmly believe students should get out of the classroom and see how what they have learnt is put into action. In fact, one of our key targets is ensuring students do meaningful work placements in industry as part of their programmes.

“I know our students got a lot out of this visit and we’re currently looking at other energy sectors they can spend time in to get a picture of how the theory they are learning works in the real world.”

John Munro, station director at Heysham 2, said he hoped the visit also gave students a better insight into future career opportunities in the industry.

He added: “It was great to see the students out on the plant seeing what we do here at the power station.

“Since opening the Visitor Centre in 2013 we have seen around 20,000 people coming through our doors, many looking at potential career opportunities at the two stations.

“Hopefully some of those students from Blackpool and The Fylde College will be applying to join our apprenticeship scheme in the autumn.”

The new Blackpool and The Fylde College £10.7m Lancashire Energy HQ opened in September on the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone.


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