Associate College of Lancaster University


Blackburn College is an ‘Outstanding’ College, rated as “Grade 1 Outstanding” across all areas by Ofsted. It is a large general further education (GFE) college situated in the centre of Blackburn. Blackburn College aims to be a centre of excellence for demand led education, to be the provider of choice for employers and to work with learners and stakeholders to enhance employability and social cohesion.

At Blackburn College you will find everything to help you succeed. The College has been providing education for over 125 years and is one of the largest and most successful colleges in the North West. You can feel confident that you will receive the best education possible delivered to a very high standard. We currently have over 16,000 students of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and interests, studying on courses from Entry Level through to Masters degrees. We attract students from many miles away and we work closely with employers from Pennine Lancashire and beyond, helping the economy to thrive and grow. As a student at Blackburn College you will have the support and teaching to assist you to achieve your goals. We are a college on the move with exciting facilities such as our University Centre, excellent resources and talented, well qualified teachers. 

Our £65 million pound campus is within close proximity to the major UK cities of Manchester and Liverpool and their International Airports. Our free Airport transfers will help make your journey stress free.

You will benefit from small class sizes and outstanding support including additional English tuition as part of every course. We will do our utmost to make sure you settle into life at Blackburn College.

Blackburn College is an Associate College of Lancaster University. 85% of higher education provision offered at the College is validated by Lancaster University. Lancaster University is ranked Top 10 in the UK and 63 in the world (QS by Subject 2016 - Art & Design).

Contact us now to know about the most up-to-date entry requirements and admission policy of the school. We will guide you step by step throughout the whole application process; we will help you make an interview appointment with the school, providing useful interview advice and insightful suggestions in portfolio preparation for your students.


As a Blackburn College student you will:

Be taught in a “Ofsted Outstanding” College

Gain an recognised academic qualification from Lancaster University

Get the support you need to help you achieve your potential

Live in the £65 million towncentre campus

Enjoy three Starbucks Cafés at Blackburn College

University Destinations

As part of the UAL agreement, Blackburn College tutors will also meet and share good practice with the other 9 UAL approved colleges around the country, to make sure our students are receiving the best learning experience possible. This Foundation Diploma is extremely well regarded across design education in the United Kingdom and abroad. We have a first class record in placing talented students on the best degree course at institutions.

  • Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • University of Cambridge
  • Camberwell School of Art, UAL
  • UCL
  • London College of Communication, UAL
  • Leeds College of Art
  • Chelsea College of Art, UAL
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • London College of Fashion, UAL
  • Ravensbourne
  • Wimbledon College of Art, UAL
  • Lancaster University
  • Plymouth University
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Falmouth College of Art
  • Scottish Film Academy at Edinburgh
  • University of Salford
  • University of Edinburgh

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