Principal’s Welcome

Welcome to Furness College: The learning destination of choice

I am delighted that you are considering Furness College for the next step in your education. By choosing Furness College, you are choosing a college that places you at the centre of everything we do. Together we move lives and transform futures.

Furness College takes pride in the role it plays here in Barrow-in-Furness and the wider region. By providing access to relevant skills, outstanding training, state-of-the-art facilities and an excellent network of support services, we seek to have a positive impact on both your future and the wider region.

As the peninsula’s anchor organisation for skills, we nurture the symbiotic relationship we have with employers – their success means opportunities for our students. The impact you will have on your future employers starts here, at Furness College, and that is why we work closely with the business community and organisations throughout the Furness Peninsula and beyond to ensure the skills we deliver are not just what industries need now but also what they need in the future.

But we also realise that success relies on producing skilled, confident, healthy and resilient workers, which is why health and wellbeing is as important as skills. We want you to enjoy your experience with us and we will offer support and guidance to help you achieve your full potential.  At Furness College, students can expect an outstanding level of commitment and support from tutors and staff and we expect the same in return from our students.

Our wide ranging provision means that you will always be able to find the right route for you. We offer excellent qualifications in professional and technical vocational diplomas at all levels, a huge range of A levels, T Levels and university-level courses, apprenticeships, English and maths support, part time adult qualifications and bespoke professional training.

We have two main campus sites – at Channelside and the Sixth Form Centre. Once your choices are made you will find that our facilities will provide you with the best foundation upon which you can build your future. Whether you need to learn new skills in industry-standard environments, which mirror the world of work accurately or access the right academic grounding at A level and then onto Higher Education, you will be well provided for at Furness College.

We take great pride in the success of our students, and I speak from experience when I say that our tutors and lecturers find no greater satisfaction than seeing our students go on to achieve great and remarkable things, which happens year after year. We’re proud of our results, but we’re prouder still of the students and staff who make them happen.

So, please feel free to visit our campuses by attending one of our open events to meet our excellent tutors and lecturers, to find out what Furness College will do for you and to see everything that we have to offer. Thank you for considering us as the people to help you achieve your goals, and making us your learning destination of choice, whoever you are and whoever you might want to be.

I look forward to welcoming you to Furness College in the near future.

Nicola Cove 
Principal and Chief Executive



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Contact Us Tel: 01229 825 017 (Channelside Campus)
Tel: 01229 828 377 (Barrow Sixth Form College)
Email: info@furness.ac.uk
Business Support Tel: 01229 844 836
Email: businesssupport@furness.ac.uk
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