The B&FC Partners for Success framework is an integrated and collaborative approach to support students in achieving positive outcomes. The College will ensure that you are provided with the best possible opportunities to engage fully, not only with all learning activities, but with wider College life.

The Students' Union is just one of the Partners, here are the others; 

Careers Team  Placements Team  Progress Coach Team  College Life  LOOP  Student Support and Wellbeing  HELMs 
Student Administration  Safeguarding

Careers Team

The Careers Team Advisers are trained in providing high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) which can help you to:

  • Make the best dicision for your future career
  • Figure out which path to take
  • Plan your next steps and future goals

They can also help you to create and manage your own career plan, based on your personal aspirations.

Contact us for:

  • Career Planning
  • Career Guidance
  • Employability Skills
  • CVs and Interviews
  • Financial Hardship
  • HE Student Finance
  • UCAS and Progression

Come to see us at Bispham Campus or the University Centre

Call us on 01253 504298 / 504474

Email us at careers@blackpool.ac.uk


Placements Team

The Placements Team oversee all placements across the college from HE, extended industry placements and normal placements.  If you require any support with aspects of your placement contact the placement team who are based on the ground floor of the hub in Bispham.  For any other campus please contact the placement team via email of phone.

Contact:

Call us on 01253 504374

Email us at placements@blackpool.ac.uk


Progress Coach Team

The Progress Coach Team comprises of 7 team members, who work across numerous sites including Bispham, University Centre (UC) and Gateway. 

The team work predominately with students on full time Further Education (FE), Traineeship and Apprenticeship programmes. 

You will meet the Progress Coach for your study area either through transition activity or during the indication phases of your course.

During the first 6 weeks of your study with us, the coaches can support you with any pastoral, financial or college related queries or concerns to ensure you positively settle into B&FC college life, we are here to help. 

We also work with a wide range of students with increased pastorals support needs, as we want to ensure all students at B&FC have the same/correct level of information, support and knowledge.  To aid your time with us to be positive, informed, enjoyable and successful throughout your educational journey with us, and enable you to be the best you can possibly be. 

We have an extensive network of colleagues both in and out of College, to support you succeed in your studies, including targeted team support for the following groups of young people: 

  • Looked After Children and Care Leavers
  • Children in Need 
  • Young Carers 
  • Students Estranged from Families 
  • Children from Military Families 

The Progress Coach Team can also receive referrals for support directly from you, or directly from your Progress Tutor, as they recognise that you may need that extra link in College to aid progression and commitment to your studies. 

Call us on 07730 200170 

Email us at ECTeam@blackpool.ac.uk


College Life

The College Life team offer social activities for those who want to get active, have fun or try something new. This includes our sports teams which are open to all students. We also offer a range of recreational sessions not just sport activities, these take place at lunchtime, after College and during the evening, and range from open drop-in sessions to those designed for specific groups.

Contact the College Life team for:

  • Sports team sign up
  • LGBT society
  • Casual sports sessions
  • Coding club
  • Help keeping fit
  • Involvement in eSports
  • Involvement with competitions
  • Film club
  • Play reading society
  • People’s choir
  • How to start your own club or society

LOOP

The Learning Resources service looks after your everyday resource and information needs, with three Learning Resource Centres (LRCs) across our campuses. To help you get ready for employment we also offer support in developing your digital, research and information handling skills which are essential in today’s job market

We can also help you download free software that college supplies such as MS Office and help you connect your devices to the network. Assistive software such as ‘Read and Write Text Help’ is also available on the network to help you with your studies.

Contact us for:

  • Help with finding books and journals
  • Referencing help and support
  • Connecting your devices to the College network
  • Help with the Installation of Microsoft Office onto your own Laptop
  • Topping up your printing credit account
  • Help using the printers and scanners
  • Borrowing a College laptop
  • Help if you forget your Network password
  • Booking group or individual study rooms
  • General IT and software support
  • Help with accessing your course materials

Call: Bispham Loop on 01253 504290

UC Loop on 01253 504414

Fleetwood Loop on 01253 504714

Email us at: lrcs@blackpool.ac.uk


Student Support and Wellbeing

We understand everyone has different needs and some students with disabilities, sensory loss, learning differences, medical or mental health conditions may need additional support to get the most out of College life. We offer a range of support tailored to you to promote independence, enhance your mental health and wellbeing and maximise your potential.

Contact us for:

  • Individual packages of support according to disability study requirements including Education Health and Care Plans, Disabled Students’ Allowance
  • Wellbeing and Counselling Services short term non-emergency support and where appropriate signposting to external services
  • Exam Access Arrangements

Email us at learningsupport@blackpool.ac.uk


Higher Education Learning Mentors (HELMs)

We provide a range of study skills to support degree-level students. 

Contact us for: 

  • One–to-one sessions to support you in areas such as assignment planning, researching and exam preparation
  • Group sessions on topics such as referencing, revision and reflective writing
  • Ongoing guidance to develop key study skills
  • Help if your situation changes and/ or you experience difficulties that impact your studies
  • B&FC ‘Succeed’ package of support for Care-leaver / Young Carers and students who do not have contact with their families.

Student Administration

See the Admin team at main reception if you have any queries about financial support including bursaries, bus passes or free meals.


Safeguarding

We support students in ‘Being Safe and Feeling Safe’. If you are in a crisis speak to your tutor or contact the B&FC Safeguarding phoneline: 01253 504444 9am to 5pm.

Alternatively at any time visit your GP or local Walk in Medical Centre or Accident and Emergency (A&E) unit at the Hospital. 

Contact external support networks: 

  • NHS helpline telephone 111
  • Mental Health Helpline telephone 0800 616171
  • Samaritans 24 hour Freephone 116123
  • Childline for under-19s on 0800 1111
  • Silver Line (for older students) on 0800 4 708090