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Academic Progression

We understand that learners have their own individual academic goals. Our specialist advisors can help you understand and select your next academic steps and make sure you are in the best possible position to stand out from the crowd when applying for places at university or further training.

School Leavers

Our friendly and approachable Schools Liaison Team visit secondary schools across Lancashire, Greater Manchster and West Yorkshire to help pupils understand their options after GCSEs.

Working with pupils from Years 7 to 11, they offer group and individual support to identify career options; make subject choices that align with their ultimate goals; identify the best study or training options after GCSEs and help them prepare for College and employer interviews.

Using a range of interactive and exciting materials, our Schools Liaison Team can also provide potential students with a tour of College and help to lead Taster Week activities to give pupils an insight into College life.

Sixth Form

Throughout your studies at Sixth Form, your Tutor will be monitoring your progress, helping you to improve your study skills and overcome any barriers you may be facing to learning to ensure you can progress to the next appropriate level.

You will also have the opportunity to visit universities across the UK to sample university life and discover more about how your favourite subject is taught at degree level, as well as enjoying residential stays to take part in specialist courses and contests.

Within College, we stage events to help you develop the skills which are sought by universities when recruiting to popular courses for which there is always great demand. Our termly Student Development Days provide a plethora of diverse and exciting activities to help increase your self-confidence, team-working and innovation skills, as well as enhancing your communication and problem-solving skills.

Our annual Careers Week also includes vital information on the university application process; boosting your university application; preparing for life at university and potential gap year activities.

Universities are invited into College for an annual advice event – which is also open to parents – to give you an introduction to the UCAS process; give you a flavour of the different university-level institutions available and the subjects you could study and offer insights into the qualification levels needed to progress academically.

Specialist UCAS advisors are on hand to guide you through the university application process and ensure that your application stands out from the crowd, with specific guidance for those students applying for Oxbridge places.

Parents/guardians will be kept informed of your academic progress throughout the year via regular parents’ evenings and will be contacted immediately in the event of concerns over your progress.

For Themis Apprentices, we offer specialist advice and guidance on gaining the university-level qualifications or industry-specific additional qualifications which can help to fast-track your career and become a #futureboss.

University-level students

As a university-level student, we offer specialist UCAS support to help you identify progressional routes through your degree-level studies – whether that is at BCUC or another university-level establishment which offers a suitable course.

Our advisors are in the ideal position to highlight your options following your Foundation Entry or Foundation Degree studies to help you achieve your individual career goals.

You can access impartial advice and guidance on appropriate degree courses and qualifications to achieve your career goals. Student Services advisors can also provide information on suitable courses offered at BCUC (Burnley College University Courses).

Adult Learners

Planning your academic journey is an important start in your journey to success. Our friendly, expert advisors can support you to plan your route according to your individual needs and timescale.

From vital Mathematics and English qualifications to allow you to progress to university-level study or an Access to Higher Education course, to building a portfolio of professional qualifications to help you change career or earn promotion – we’re here to help you.

Our Student Services team will work with you on an individual basis and liaise with Tutors to ensure you are studying on a course which will help you reach your goals and is suited to your current ability levels. They will help you create a Personal Development Plan.

Our specially-trained UCAS advisors can support you with your plans to study at university-level, showcasing the options open to you to help you achieve your career goals and supporting you through the application process for a university place.

Our expert staff – who are independent and offer impartial advice – are also on hand in College to help you ascertain the qualifications, skills and experience you will need to reach your career goal as you make progress on your academic journey.