Blackpool and The Fylde College Wiki
Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) is a further and higher education college in Blackpool, Lancashire, England.
Facilities include four main campuses located across the Fylde Coast, all of which have recently undergone or are currently undergoing major redevelopment.
The college is an Associate College of Lancaster University and offers full and part-time further education, higher education and vocational courses along with apprenticeships. From September 2016 the college also holds its own foundation degree awarding powers.
The sites in Fleetwood form a specialised Nautical campus, which teaches courses for merchant seafarers and offshore workers. The maritime courses are taught in association with Liverpool John Moores University rather than Lancaster University.
The history of B&FC dates back to 1892’s opening of Fleetwood’s School for Fishermen, which later developed into the Nautical campus. Blackpool Technical College (B&FC’s Palatine Road site, later expanded into Blackpool Technical College and School of Art) opened in 1937, and expanded again to include the Bispham site c.1970 (Hall, A Hundred Years of Blackpool Education, Blackpool Education Committee, 1970). The Fleetwood and Blackpool colleges combined into B&FC in 1987. The college’s Lytham site has most recently been converted to provide sixth form facilities, in conjunction with Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College.