Schools and Education

Schools and other Education Services in Furness are provided by Cumbria County Council On the Cumbria C.C. site: View information on Cumbria County Council's Education Service. Admission to…

Schools and other Education Services in Furness are provided by Cumbria County Council

On the Cumbria C.C. site:

Education Services in Furness are provided by Cumbria County Council.

View further information on Cumbria County Council's Schools and Learning pages.

On this page: School Term Dates | Schools in the Borough | Further Education | University Education | School Web sites.

School Term Dates

The standard term dates for Cumbrian schools are set by Cumbria County Council.

There may be minor variations to these dates for each school. Further information may be available on individual school's web sites.

Schools in the Borough



How to make a complaint about a school

The GOV.UK web site contains useful information and advice if you wish to make a complaint about a school.

Further Education

Barrow has two colleges for education at 16+:

Furness College & Barrow 6th Form College

Furness College is a general further education college in Barrow-in-Furness, South Cumbria. The colleges Channelside campus is on an industrial development park and was opened in 1992. This campus has modern buildings for construction, engineering, science, catering, hairdressing and beauty therapy. The college offers a wide range of mainly vocational provision within nine of the programme areas funded by the Further Education Funding Council (FEFC). The provision ranges from foundation to higher level courses.

Barrow Sixth Form College is one of the few purpose-built sixth form colleges in the country and unique within Cumbria. The buildings have been specially designed for students over the age of sixteen and include facilities for physically disabled students. A new wing and extensive alterations including a new library have enhanced the accommodation and help to provide an attractive learning environment. The College is a community of over 800 students and a well-qualified, experienced and capable staff.

16 - 19 Bursaries (EMA replacement)

EMA is no longer available to students in England though some students facing hardship may now qualify for a 16 - 19 bursary.

16 - 19 bursary information on the GOV.UK web site.

University Education

The nearest universities to Barrow are:

University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria was formed on 1st August 2007 formally, from an amalgamation of St Martin’s College, Cumbria Institute of the Arts, and the Cumbrian campuses of the University of Central Lancashire.

The University has campuses in Carlisle, Newton Rigg, Penrith, Ambleside and Lancaster and a specialist teacher-education centre in London. The University also has strong links and close partnership working with the four FE Colleges in Cumbria (Lakes Colleges, Furness College, Carlisle College and Kendal College) to enable HE delivery locally across the county. In addition, the University is the lead institution of Cumbria Higher Learning, a Distributed Learning Network for Cumbria.

University of Cumbria web site:

Lancaster University

In 2008 Lancaster University was ranked as the top institution in the North West in four national league tables. The Sunday Times league table and the Times follow similar success in other national rankings this year, including the Guardian and Independent league tables which place Lancaster in the top 10 and 12th nationally and top in the North West.

University of Central Lancashire

The University of Central Lancashire is one of the largest in the UK and has over 175 years of history.

As a local provider in both Lancashire and Cumbria we have developed an enviable reputation as an institution that innovates, evolving our course portfolio to over 500 undergraduate programmes and 180 postgraduate courses and it doesn't stop there. Our profile as a major player in the regional economy and a contributor to the creation of new knowledge and knowledge transfer, through research and scholarly activity, is also growing at a rapid pace.

Higher Education Funding

Find out about Student Finance on the GOV.UK web site.

University of Cumbria Academic Partnership

The Academic Partnerships team (APT) is responsible for facilitating the University of Cumbria's collaborative working with partner institutions. The team leads and manages the relationship, where an institution works in association, to deliver university validated or franchised programmes.

Find out more about Cumbria Academic Partnership Team.

Studentastic web site

The Studentastic web site focuses on how to survive and have a great time as a student.

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