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BCUC Expansion – Coming Soon

A cutting-edge expansion to Burnley College’s University level learning facilities has been given the green light which will see three new storeys containing everything from laboratories to dedicated employer engagement areas.

Staggeringly the £6.6 million project is scheduled to be completed in 2024 thanks to the culmination of years of planning by the college.

The future was always at the forefront of Burnley College bosses’ minds.

The current Burnley College University Courses building was specifically designed to have foundations suitable add multiple additional floors – massively reducing the cost and time for future expansion exactly like this.

It perfectly matches BCUC’s mission to enable people of all ages to build a soaring, successful career on a solid educational foundation.

The new facilities will expand upon and work in synergy with the wide range of courses in their portfolio – spanning from those for the serious professional looking to take the next step in their career journey to those for the most passionate hobbyist simply in love with learning.

Facilities will include:

  • 1900 square meters of floor space dedicated to teaching
  • Cutting edge science laboratories
  • Expanded Psychology, Counselling and Medical Biology facilities
  • A dedicated Employability Hub
  • Robotics and automation classrooms
  • A Cyber Security Suite
  • An Immersive Technology Igloo
  • A state-of-the-art lecture theatre


Nina Parkin, Dean of BCUC says it’s a monumental day for the faculty:

“To be able to offer these facilities which rival the universities in major cities around the UK right here in the heart of Burnley makes me so proud. The college has a culture of continual development and so as a college we need to develop continually too so we can ensure we offer exceptional teaching and learning.”

“We always work in conjunction with local industry, identifying skills gaps and learning about developing new technologies, so we can ensure we’re helping people achieve qualifications which will allow them to go out into the world ready to step straight into a job alongside industry experts.

“Sustainability was one of the key factors being put at the front of mind at every stage of this development which works in perfect harmony with our learner’s passion for sustainability too.”

Principal of Burnley College Karen Buchanan says it’s about giving our learners and the Burnley community the very best:

“This investment in the future of education in Burnley and will consolidate our position as a leading centre of learning not just in the North West, but in the UK as a whole.

“We are hugely proud of our amazing Campus and are committed to its continued development to offer the ultimate education and training to generations to come – at every level from A Levels, T Levels and GCSEs to Master degrees.

“Our learners deserve the very best. We are providing them with an environment which will give them the very best qualifications to aid their journeys to the most successful careers; it will inspire and motivate them to be the very best they can be and place Burnley firmly on the education map.”