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VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

Welcome to our Virtual Experience. We are delighted that you are curious about Burnley College.

This Virtual Experience will provide you with a wide range of useful and exciting information to support you in your next steps after Secondary School. There are a number of elements to investigate, from a tour of our £100million campus, an introduction to our curriculum areas and the opportunities available, as well as an insight into our exciting and engaging extra-curricular activities and our new campus developments.

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Ofsted is the Government body that inspects Schools and Colleges across the UK and has ranked Burnley College Sixth Form Centre as ‘Outstanding’, placing it among the top Colleges in the country.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

That means we have a proven record of delivering:

Outstanding Results | Outstanding Teaching | Outstanding Individualised Support | Outstanding Extra-Curricular Activities | Outstanding Opportunities for Progression

NUMBER 1 COLLEGE IN ENGLAND

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Students went on to University-level study in 2020

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A Level and Advanced Vocational course pass rates in 2020

90%

National Student Survey 2020 satisfaction rating

Virtual Tour

Take a look around our £100 million Campus in the heart of Burnley. It has been designed with the learner experience at its heart, with state-of-the-art, industry standard facilities and bright, airy social spaces.

Take your knowledge to the next level

Whether you’re studying A Levels, a Vocational course, T Levels or an Apprenticeship at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre or Themis at Burnley College, you are guaranteed an outstanding learning experience. Our Tutors and Trainers are highly-qualified experts and passionate about sharing their love of their subject with you.

Our choice of subjects is one of the largest in Lancashire: 39 A Levels, 16 Vocational areas, 2 T Levels new for 2021 and over 35 Apprenticeships.

Take your knowledge to the next level in a subject you already enjoy or discover something new – the choice is yours!  Whatever course you take, you’ll be inspired, motivated and supported every step of the way.

We have created a suite of videos and important information from our outstanding tutors to guide you through your choices. Simply click on the links.

Choices after School

Did you know?

We offer one of the largest range of subject options in Lancashire. Choose from 39 fascinating A Level subjects; 16 exciting Vocational study areas; 2 science-inspired T Levels and Themis Apprenticeship training in 12 key industry areas. There’s something for you, whether it’s a subject that already fascinates you; you have your sights set on a career in the sector or want to study something completely new.

 

Interested in studying a course at Burnley College?
Click here to view all our courses

 

In Year 10 or 11?  Our popular Burnley College programmes are the ideal way for you to immerse yourself in your chosen subject or to discover if a subject is really for you before enrolling.
Click here to register your interest

 

Student Experience

Bus Passes

Bus passes for your preferred route (valid seven days a week) can be purchased in advance via College each term. If you achieve 100% attendance in a term, we will reimburse you the full cost of your bus pass (which works out at under £3 a week). You may also be eligible for free travel, depending on your household income (subject to conditions).

 

Want to find out more about travel?
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Q. What is a Tutorial?

A tutorial is timetabled in to your week and there will be half an hour group tutorial sessions, where yourself and your fellow tutees will spend time with your tutor. This could consist of a variety of things including planning for the future, study skills and topical sessions such as cyber-security, hate crime, health and wellbeing and many more. Tutorial in your second year will be very much geared towards university applications and support with other pathways such as degree apprenticeships and careers. Furthermore, you will have at the very least, one 1:1 tutorial session with your tutor every half-term (twice in the first HT). This will consist of individualised progress support and give you an opportunity to take a holistic look at how you’re doing on A-levels.

A Levels

Q. Entry Requirements?

Whatever your ambition, work placements and volunteering can seriously improve your chances of making it a reality. They’ll give you a chance to apply what you’ve learnt at College to a real work situation. Not only that, but they’ll build your confidence and you might even make friends along the way. At Burnley College we offer a number of different enrichment activities such as: Behind bars, Debating Society, STEM Club, Film Club, Honours Society, Raspberry Pi club and many more.

 

Q. Progression after A Levels?

Many of our students go onto university studying a wide range of courses (for example: Medicine, Dentistry, Biology, Law and English Literature). Some students go onto a degree Apprenticeships or even into employment. Whatever route you take, we offer advice and guidance along the way.

 

Interested in studying A Levels?
Click here to view our A Level Courses

 

In Year 10 or 11?  Our popular Burnley College programmes are the ideal way for you to immerse yourself in your chosen subject or to discover if a subject is really for you before enrolling.
Click here to register your interest

 

Applied Science

Did you know?

This course is based on practical activities, and is very industry focussed.

 

Interested in studying Vocational Applied Science?
Click here to view our Applied Science Courses

 

Interested in an Apprenticeship in Science?
Click here to view our Science Apprenticeship

 

New for 2021 – T Level in Science?
Click here to view our T Level programmes

 

In Year 10 or 11?  Our popular Burnley College programmes are the ideal way for you to immerse yourself in your chosen subject or to discover if a subject is really for you before enrolling.
Click here to register your interest

 

Business

Q. Does it matter that I haven’t studied this before?

No! You don’t need to have studied business to be successful on a higher level course.

 

Q. What do you do in business?

Business is an interesting subject which allows you to look at the ins and outs of how entrepreneurs run successful enterprises. You’re either going to work for a business, or you will run your own so studying on our business courses will set you up for success!

 

Q. Do I need to be good at maths? I didn’t do well at maths GCSE.

All of our business courses will ultimately involve some level of maths. You will need to look at revenues and profits of companies as well as work out percentages. You will have the opportunity to resit your maths with us alongside your business studies.

 

Q. Will there be any trips to business?

Absolutely! There are lots of opportunities for us to visit local, national and international businesses. The department is looking at running trips to Turf Moor, Cadbury World, Alton Towers, Poland, Belgium, Paris, New York and SanFrancisco.

 

Q. What can I do after this course?

This course is designed for you to move into the workplace, join an apprenticeship or to go onto further study at university.

 

Interested in studying Vocational Business?
Click here to view our Business Courses

 

Interested in an Apprenticeship in Business?
Click here to view our Business Apprenticeships

 

In Year 10 or 11?  Our popular Burnley College programmes are the ideal way for you to immerse yourself in your chosen subject or to discover if a subject is really for you before enrolling.
Click here to register your interest

 

Computer Science

Q. Are there any jobs in the media industry?

Media is the fastest growing industry in the country and it’s crying out for young creative people. The media sector covers,  TV, film, photography, publishing, gaming, websites, digital marketing and social media. Just think about how many TV channels are there and all the staff are required to produce each other’s individual programs, never mind all the adverts that go between them.

 

Q. What skills will I learn on the course?

You will learn filming techniques, photography, graphic design, advertising, journalism, animation, game design, publishing and marketing, Photo editing with Photoshop and Lightroom, Video editing with Adobe Premiere and Davinci resolve.

 

Q. I didn’t study media at  School, can I still do the course?

Yes, we will train you and all skills you need to know for the course.

 

Q. What types of things will I be doing on the course?

During the course, you will create multiple short films, music videos, digital magazines & posters as well as video & photographic adverts.

 

Q. I’m not sure if I should do this or A Levels?

If Media is a sector you wish to work in then a BTEC is the best course to be on. it is extremely practical and we’ll build up your skills to not only knowing the subject will also be able to do it in practice. these are the skills that you would then build on at university or in industry. During the BTEC course you would spend much more time I’m producing content and you would in an A Level Media class.

 

Q. Is the course equivalent to A Level?

The BTEC Level 3 creative media course is equivalent to 3 A Levels. It also has a level 4 optional units in the second year that also helps with university applications.

 

Q. Are there any exams?

No, the course is 100% coursework.

 

Interested in studying Vocational Computer Science?
Click here to view our Computer Science Courses

 

Interested in an Apprenticeship in Information Technology?
Click here to view our Information Technology Apprenticeships

 

In Year 10 or 11?  Our popular Burnley College programmes are the ideal way for you to immerse yourself in your chosen subject or to discover if a subject is really for you before enrolling.
Click here to register your interest

 

Construction and Furniture

Did you know?

We have state of the art workshops, which include CNC Machines and fully operational woodworking machine area. The students learn from trainers that have real life knowledge of the construction industry and future technologies

 

Interested in studying Vocational Construction & Furniture?
Click here to view our Construction & Furniture Courses

 

Interested in an Apprenticeship in Construction?
Click here to view our Construction Apprenticeships

 

In Year 10 or 11?  Our popular Burnley College programmes are the ideal way for you to immerse yourself in your chosen subject or to discover if a subject is really for you before enrolling.
Click here to register your interest

 

Countryside and Environmental Studies

Did you know?

We partner with a number of external community organisations.

 

Interested in studying Vocational Countryside and Environmental Studies?
Click here to view our Countryside and Environmental Studies Courses

 

Interested in an Apprenticeship in Horticulture?
Click here to view our Horticulture Apprenticeships

 

In Year 10 or 11?  Our popular Burnley College programmes are the ideal way for you to immerse yourself in your chosen subject or to discover if a subject is really for you before enrolling.
Click here to register your interest

 

Creative Arts

Q. I’m a vocalist and don’t play any instruments – is this course right for me?

It is preferred to have some instrumental skills alongside vocals as this will make you a far more adaptable performer and also broaden the range of performance opportunities throughout the course. You may wish to consider the A level music tech course – instrumental skills aren’t essential but preferred.

 

Q. I haven’t done GCSE music  or music at school – is this course right for me?

Yes. The nature of Vocational and A level music/tech is that they are far more rock/pop/modern as opposed to GCSE music. You just need the right level of instrumental skills (approx grade 4 or 5 level – you don’t need to have achieved your grades though) and an enthusiasm for the subject.

 

Q. I have not studied Art at GCSE?

You need to have an Art or Creative related subject at GCSE level to study on BTEC Level 3 Art / Fashion or A Level creative courses, at grade 5 or above

 

Q. What course can I do if  I have not studied Art at  GCSE?

We offer a Level 2 Art and Design Skills. You will need to be interviewed with a portfolio of work and meet the entry requirements for the course

 

Q. I have not studied Performing Arts or Dance at GCSE?

This is fine however, you need to have some experience in performing arts whether that be extra curricular clubs, dance school classes or youth theatre / musical theatre group experience.

 

Q. I have not studied Dance at GCSE?

You must have at least 3 years experience of dance in any style. Preferably if you do not study Ballet / Contemporary at this time we strongly advise you start attending at least one of these.

 

Interested in studying Vocational Creative Arts?
Click here to view our Creative Arts Courses

 

In Year 10 or 11?  Our popular Burnley College programmes are the ideal way for you to immerse yourself in your chosen subject or to discover if a subject is really for you before enrolling.
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Early Years and Education

Interested in studying Vocational Early Years and Education?
Click here to view our Early Years and Education Courses

 

Interested in an Apprenticeship in Childcare & Teaching?
Click here to view our Childcare & Teaching Apprenticeships

 

In Year 10 or 11?  Our popular Burnley College programmes are the ideal way for you to immerse yourself in your chosen subject or to discover if a subject is really for you before enrolling.
Click here to register your interest

 

Engineering

Did you Know

  • The Engineering Division partners with BAE for their technical delivery
  • We are the only college in the North of England to have an autoclave
  • The engineering Division work with over 160 employers for apprenticeships, work based learning and Higher Education opportunities
  • We are the largest apprenticeship provider in the North West
  • The most advanced welding facility in the North West
  • We have an Advisory Board made up of 26 employers who shape the curriculum to meet the needs of the industry
  • We are an advanced manufacturing learning centre with state of the art facilities and resources

 

Interested in studying Vocational Engineering?
Click here to view our Engineering Courses

 

Interested in an Apprenticeship in Childcare & Teaching?
Click here to view our Engineering Apprenticeships

 

In Year 10 or 11?  Our popular Burnley College programmes are the ideal way for you to immerse yourself in your chosen subject or to discover if a subject is really for you before enrolling.
Click here to register your interest

 

Health and Social Care

Interested in studying Vocational Health and Social Care?
Click here to view our Health and Social Care Courses

 

In Year 10 or 11?  Our popular Burnley College programmes are the ideal way for you to immerse yourself in your chosen subject or to discover if a subject is really for you before enrolling.
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Public Services

Did you know?

  • Our Nurse Cadets continued to work on the NHS frontline throughout COVID pandemic
  • We work with over 100 employers to support our sixth form, adult, apprenticeships, and university students
  • We offer 6 schools programmes – including a programme focusing on conservationism
  • As part of the Public Services study programme you can achieve your duke of Edinburgh (Bronze, Silver and Gold). Last year 20 students achieved the Gold Award and will attend Buckingham Palace when it is safe to do so.

 

Interested in studying Public Services?
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In Year 10 or 11?  Our popular Burnley College programmes are the ideal way for you to immerse yourself in your chosen subject or to discover if a subject is really for you before enrolling.
Click here to register your interest

 

Sport and Fitness

Did you know?

Our Sport and Fitness establishment has:

  • Industry leading award winning trainers
  • State of art facilities
  • Olympic gold medallist and x professional coaches
  • TASS accredited centre
  • Award winning tutors.

 

Interested in studying Vocational Sport and Fitness?
Click here to view our Sport and Fitness Courses

 

Interested in an Apprenticeship in Sport & Fitness?
Click here to view our Sport & Fitness Apprenticeships

 

In Year 10 or 11?  Our popular Burnley College programmes are the ideal way for you to immerse yourself in your chosen subject or to discover if a subject is really for you before enrolling.
Click here to register your interest

 

Travel and Tourism

Q. What units will I study?

We touch upon a range of industry aspects which includes cabin crew, events, holiday reps, airports, customer service and much more.

 

Q. Do I have to wear a uniform?

You will be expected to wear a professional uniform for all formal practical assessments and some trips and visits. All other times, you’re free to wear your own clothes.

 

Q. What can I do after this course?

This course is designed for you to move into the workplace, join an apprenticeship or to go onto further study at university.

 

Q. What can I do after this course?

This course is designed for you to move into the workplace, join an apprenticeship or to go onto further study at university.

 

Q. Will there be any trips?

Absolutely! There are lots of opportunities for us to visit local, national and international businesses. The department is looking at running trips to Local airports, Christmas markets, luxury hotel visits, numerous visitor attractions, Poland, Belgium, Paris, New York and SanFrancisco.

 

Interested in studying Vocational Travel and Tourism?
Click here to view our Travel and Tourism Courses

 

In Year 10 or 11?  Our popular Burnley College programmes are the ideal way for you to immerse yourself in your chosen subject or to discover if a subject is really for you before enrolling.
Click here to register your interest

 

Now’s your time to taste your future with one of our Burnley College Programmes.

Our popular programmes are the ideal way for Year 10 and Year 11 pupils to immerse yourself in your chosen subject or to discover if a subject is really for you before enrolling.

Discover our programmes

INDUSTRY EXPERT TUTORS WITH THE PASSION AND EXPERIENCE TO GET THE VERY BEST OUT OF YOU

Our Tutors share your vision. They see your potential. They are focussed on your success.

Our Tutors are intent on giving you every opportunity to be the very best you can. Our Tutors are all passionate about their subjects and research the latest teaching methods to bring you an exciting and innovative learning experience, using the latest technology. They are with you on every step of your academic journey, offering you the individual support you need to succeed and celebrating with you when your dreams come true.

Outstanding Opportunities

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Extra Curricular

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Delve Deeper into our Subjects

To help you make that important transition to becoming a Burnley College student, we’re offering you the exciting opportunity to delve deeper into the subjects you love through our programme packs, designed to further ignite your ambition.

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Coming soon to our amazing Campus

We’re proud of our £100 million Campus in the heart of Burnley

All teaching and learning is delivered on one purpose-built, modern site which is within easy reach of all transport networks and just a couple of minutes’ walk from everything Burnley’s vibrant town centre has to offer.

However, we never stand still. We’re always striving to provide the very latest facilities to enhance the student experience and provide a learning environment that inspires you to be the very best.  We are constantly investing in creating new learning spaces; extending, developing and redesigning our existing spaces to meet your needs and providing the latest high-tech equipment on which you can produce your best work.

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An extension to our award-winning fitness centre

A new four-storey teaching block in our grounds

A rooftop garden and stunning views of Burnley’s iconic viaduct

Artist Impression of new teaching block, on course to open in October 2021.

An extension to our award-winning fitness centre

Artist Impression of new teaching block, on course to open in October 2021.

Keep your eyes peeled for news on just some of our latest Campus developments – which all have our sustainability ethos at their heart – which include:

Our amazing Campus is constantly growing and developing to provide the ultimate learning environment for all students and apprentices, with the majority of works completed during holiday periods and outside College hours to minimise disruption to teaching and learning.

New four-storey teaching block

A new four-storey teaching block in our grounds, providing 19 additional classrooms and specialist spaces to deliver industry-standard, real-world teaching in health subjects; bespoke social and study spaces; a rooftop garden and stunning views of Burnley’s iconic viaduct.

Extension to our fitness centre

An extension to our award-winning fitness centre, Fitness Evolution, to provide additional bespoke learning spaces for sports and fitness students; an additional dance and fitness studio; a sports therapy suite; specialist gym for Elite Athletes; a 25m sprint track.

Creative Industries developments

Continued development of an inspirational Creative Industries wing with bright and open workshops and spaces to produce art in a range of modern and traditional mediums; a darkroom to process photography; fashion and textiles hubs; classrooms and collaborative learning spaces.

New A Level Science Hub

A new A Level Science Hub, with university-standard laboratories equipped with the very latest technologies and modern teaching spaces.

Robotics and Mechatronics

Continued development of our Engineering workshops to provide additional technology in the field of robotics and mechatronics.

Biodiversity

The ‘rewilding’ or our Campus to attract wildlife and promote biodiversity, while providing natural areas in which students can relax and enjoy the great outdoors.

Industry Leading Partnerships

Partnerships with leading suppliers within the Construction Industry to provide industry-standard tools and equipment with which students and apprentices can learn.