School leavers - Your choices

School leaver choices

B&FC is an Ofsted Grade 1 college and in the top 3% of all colleges in England for student success. We recently celebrated outstanding results among our further education students, which saw them progress to degree level study and rewarding careers.

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  • 100% pass rate across 12 subject areas
  • Guaranteed place on one of our degree courses for students successfully completing Level 3 qualifications
  • Our partnerships with more than 1,800 employers help students access relevant industry placements
  • Learning your trade in high-tech, industry-standard facilities
  • Free bus from and to Poulton-le-Fylde
  • Free breakfast
  • And Starbucks at Bispham Campus and University Centre.

These are just some of the reasons our students choose B&FC.

At B&FC, our focus is giving you the knowledge, skills and experience to prepare for higher education and highly skilled employment. Here you will access industry specialist tutors, cutting edge facilities and an extended industry placement to provide you with a valuable head start on your chosen future career. 

We offer a rich and rewarding learning experience, supported by a wide range of resources, events and activities to help you develop not just as a student but as a person. Throughout your time at B&FC, we will work closely with you to achieve your goals and progress towards a bright, rewarding future. 

Most importantly, we want you to enjoy the journey.

What can I study?

Here at B&FC, school leavers have more choice than ever.

But we've made those choices easy...

Level 3 Triple Diplomas

Our Level 3 Triple Diplomas are the equivalent to studying three A Levels: they carry the maximum 168 UCAS points, but unlike A Levels they are more assignment-based with significant emphasis on industry experience.

Combined Diploma programme

Our Combined Diploma programme allows students to keep their options open by developing skills in two subjects (one as a Double Diploma 2 days a week and one as a Single Diploma 1 day a week).

Read more about Combined Diplomas


These are two year courses featuring a 20-hour industry placement. If you have a strong interest in a specific subject, these courses could be for you. You'll need 4 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above - and be assessed during the course through exams and practical skills tests.

T levels

B&FC is the only college in the North West to be chosen by the government to deliver all three T Levels in 2020.

Read more about T Levels


As an apprentice, you will be employed while working towards a nationally-recognised qualification. You will develop your skills mostly through on-the-job training, with around 20% of your time spent doing ‘off-the-job’ training, usually at College. Ideally you will need to have a suitable position before you start but we can support you to find your ideal role.

Read more about apprenticeships

* Applies to successful level 3 students who meet the entry criteria.

10 reasons to choose B&FC

If you're still weighing up your choices on where to study, find out why you should make B&FC your number one choice.

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See what you could be studying in September at B&FC.