Blackpool and the Fylde College - APM academic accreditation case study
Posted by APM on 15th Aug 2012
Blackpool and the Fylde College is one of the UKs elite colleges awarded Beacon status in recognition of excellence, innovation and outstanding delivery. It is one of the largest general further education colleges in the North West, with a national reputation for the diverse range of further and higher education learning opportunities it provides.
The achievements of this award-winning college are the result of the effort and commitment of staff and students, working with local and regional partners to ensure that the regional economic priorities are addressed and that regeneration of the area is based on improving skills and education.
Blackpool and the Fylde College is committed to providing high quality, flexible and easily accessible learning opportunities for individuals, organisations and the local community. Some 40 per cent of students are mature entrants looking to change their career or progress within their current employment.
Over the past 20 years it has developed a vibrant higher education curriculum focused on addressing business development needs and the aspirations of employers and employees. A major milestone in this strategy was the opening in 2009 of a 10 million university centre with degrees validated by Lancaster University.
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