Student services and learning support

At B&FC, we offer a great variety of services aimed at helping you reach your full potential.

These are available to all students and include everything from careers advice and study support to specialist support across a whole range of areas.

Our experienced advisers do everything they can to make sure you succeed. Throughout your time here, they will support you to achieve your learning goals and develop the all-round skills needed to prepare for further study and employment.

What is the Local Offer?

It is a requirement of every local authority to publish information about their services for young people up to the age of 25 who have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND), and also about services outside this area which they anticipate young people may need access to.

This is collectively known as the Local Offer.

The Local Offer is a way of letting families know what services are available locally and how they can access them. The Local Offer pulls together all the information about education, health, care, training, employment, independent living, leisure activities and support.

To speak to a B&FC adviser, please call 01253 504356 or email

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Careers service

Whether you know what you want to do or not, our experienced careers advisers will support you to plan a route to your dream career. They will help you identify suitable careers, advise you about relevant opportunities, support you in becoming work ready and guide you through the recruitment process.

Financial support

Don’t let finances stand between you and your dream career. The B&FC Bonus covers a range of incentives to help you stretch your budget further. Low-cost loans (with nothing to pay upfront*) are available for many courses and some courses are FREE. Studying your chosen course really is affordable. *Eligibility applies.

Progress coaches

Our progress coaches work to ensure all students have the best chance of success in the future. They provide help and support with aspects of study as well as with personal issues. They help you stay on track towards your goals so you can move on to further study and employment.


Broaden your horizons and develop valuable employment skills at the same time. Our exciting enrichment activities cover areas such as sport, the arts, enterprise and volunteering to give you the all-round skills needed to succeed in life and work.

Learning resource centre

With a cutting edge learning resource centre at every campus, you can access all the physical and online resources you need to support your studies. Our helpful learning advisers will show you how and where to find everything you need. They also provide one-to-one coaching in digital and research skills.

Students’ Union

The Students’ Union (SU) represents your views on everything from equality to education. It runs clubs, societies and events, and offers the chance to become a student rep or an elected officer. The SU also provides automatic membership of the NUS, with access to great benefits and discounts.

Further education support

Support and guidance is available to students with support needs who are making the move into and through further education, to higher education, employment and other positive destinations. We are committed to contributing to Blackpool and Lancashire’s SEND local offer.

Higher education support

A range of services are available to support students progressing from further to higher education, with specialist support available for students with disabilities. We can support you with the Disabled Students’ Allowance and with academic, study skills and personal development through our higher education learning mentors.

Apprenticeship and traineeship support

Support is available to students on work-based learning programmes with an assessment score below level 2 for English or mathematics.

Looked After Children and Care Leavers

We work closely with these students and external organisations to support such people to overcome potential barriers to learning before they start College and throughout their course.

Examination access arrangements

Access arrangements enable students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities to take exams and assessments.


We are fully committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all students, staff and visitors. Students will be introduced to our ways of safeguarding and keeping everyone safe, including online safety, during induction.


Support and guidance is available to students dealing with personal or emotional concerns to help encourage positive feelings of wellbeing. We can offer short-term counselling and many other strategies along with signposting to other services.


Support sessions are available to help students with autism. Our team are highly qualified and experienced and we are The North West Autism Education Trust’s Regional Training Hub, supported by the Department for Education.

Specific learning difficulty (SpLD)

Our well qualified and experienced team supports students to develop strategies to overcome any specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.

Physical disabilities

We are dedicated to providing tailored support that meets the accessibility and care needs of each student with a physical disability. We offer an accessible toilet and showering provision.

Sensory loss

Our dedicated Sensory Support Team is experienced and well qualified and provides advice, support and guidance to students with a sensory loss.

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