Why choose B&FC?

  • An Ofsted Grade 1 Outstanding college
  • The highest possible gold rating in the government's new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • Commendations from The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)
  • Degrees awarded by Lancaster University – ranked in the UK’s top ten institutions¹
  • Number 1 large college in England for school leaver success2
  • One of just six general further education colleges to be granted Foundation Degree Awarding Powers
  • The third largest college provider of higher education
  • The prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize Award for Higher and Further Education Excellence regarding our partnership work with employers
  • A founding member of the Chartered Institute for Further Education (CIFE)
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Assured Status in recognition of our industry-led skills training
  • Platinum Status awarded by the RAF for engagement and recruitment
  • Driving up education standards through membership of the 157 Group
  • Four main campuses, all with cutting edge teaching and learning resources
  • A wealth of cultural, sporting and recreational facilities
  • A richly diverse student body
  • Highly qualified tutors with lots of industry experience
  • Lots of individual support and personal development opportunities
  • Making better use of our resources through the 'Green Colleges Declaration'


¹Source: The Complete University Guide League Tables 2018  
2Source: Education and Skills Funding Agency National Achievement Rate Tables (NARTs)
 of general further education colleges published April 2018