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About the Main Centre

The campus at Myerscough’s main centre in Preston is quite simply amazing. Set in 600 hectares of open, green surroundings, Myerscough College offers all the facilities you could need for a great time - a great social life, state-of-the-art sports facilities and comfortable, easy-going accommodation. What’s more, you’re in easy reach of all the shopping and nightlife that nearby Preston, Lancaster and Blackpool have to offer. If its fresh air you’re after, the surrounding countryside (plus the Lake District, just up the M6) offers unlimited mountain-biking and outdoor sports opportunities.

Excellent Library

The user-friendly College library is housed on the ground floor of the modern Learning Resource Centre, and delivers a dynamic information service through a stock of around 45,000 books and journals along with a comprehensive range of electronic media. A number of local and national newspapers are available. The College library is known to be one of the best specialist libraries in the country, and library staff are always available to provide expert advice and guidance.

Open seven days a week during term time, and weekdays during holidays, the library has a number of silent study rooms and 100 study places arranged to provide a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. It also contains 40 networked computers for quiet use anytime. Printing and photocopying facilities are also available.

The College library has access to VALNOW, the Virtual Academic Library of the North West - part of the UCLan network. This enables tutors and library staff to search around 500,000 items from the University library - from books and photocopies of journal articles to numerous online services - many of which can be delivered to Myerscough for study use. The Library  has its own section on the College website which provides remote access to many of our library services.

Computer centre

The College’s computer centre is housed on the first floor of the Learning Resource Centre and on the first floor of the £2.5 million Hutton building. Networked PCs, software and associated printing facilities are continuously updated and enhanced to provide the best service possible. There is access to a range of word processing, spreadsheet, database and graphics packages (on Microsoft Office Professional 2010), additional Microsoft Office 365 cloud based applications along with specialist software related to your chosen subject. Every student has their own College email address (also accessible from home), network file space and comprehensive internet access. IT training is provided for all students at College, with a range of supplementary self-study handbooks available to further improve your skills. A wireless network provides internet access for laptop and tablet users in all College buildings and student social areas. 

Amazing practical facilities

Regardless of which course you choose you can be certain that you’ll have access to some of the best teaching facilities available for your subject. From the Animal Academy and International Equestrian Arena to the National Centre for Arboriculture and the Sportsturf Technology Unit, students benefit from using highquality industry-standard equipment.

Superb laboratories

The College laboratories provide an essential and dynamic service at the centre of the College. They are used to support scientific teaching and learning as well as research in the land-based industries. This ranges from agriculture and horticulture to animal care and veterinary nursing. We are also an official Met. Office Weather Station. A team of friendly, well qualified and experienced technicians and assistants support all teaching and research activities and are always happy to help and advise students who use the facilities.

Academic research

Myerscough College is proud of its commitment to original research. We believe that our teaching and learning should be underpinned by strong research activity. This is undertaken by both lecturing staff and students. The College’s research specialisms are, ‘Sport and Human Performance’, 'Plant Stress', 'Sustainability' and 'Equine Science’, and commercially sponsored trials and investigations. 17 research projects are currently being funded by the college. The College is becoming well known in both government and academic circles for the research work it undertakes, hosting a popular annual research conference to highlight our work. Much of this work is also undertaken in collaboration with other Higher Education Institutions including the University of Central Lancashire, Lancaster University, the University of Manchester and the University of Liverpool.

There are also a range of support services for you from counselling to Connexions advisors and careers guidance, chaplain, health care as well as an on campus childcare nursery. What’s more, you are within easy reach of all the shopping and nightlife that nearby Preston, Lancaster and Blackpool have to offer.

Sports Centre

If sport is your way of relaxing after a hard day’s study, we’ve got a great range of facilities for you. Myerscough’s sports facilities include football pitches, an Astroturf pitch and a four-court indoor sports hall with facilities for basketball, five-a-side football, volleyball, tennis and badminton. The Gymnasium is a fully equipped state of the art facility which includes a wide range of cardio-vascular and resistance machines and free weights. The Golf Studio has a Golf Simulator which includes golf courses from around the world, an outdoor practice range and a purpose built indoor chipping green. The College also boasts a 9 hole golf course. Both the Gymnasium and the Golf Course operate on a membership basis. Students are entitled to a reduced rate for an academic year.

Getting to Myerscough College Preston Campus

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Myerscough College Main Campus, St Michaels Road, Bilsborrow, Preston PR3 0RY
Tel: 01995 642222, email: enquiries@myerscough.ac.uk

Myerscough College has a fantastic countryside location, seven miles north of Preston, within easy reach of Blackpool, Manchester and Liverpool.Travelling by road from the South: Leave the M6 at Junction 32 (Broughton, Preston), the junction incorporates the M6 and M55 motorways and the A6 trunk road. Care should be taken to filter left following the 'A6 Garstang' lane indicators. On joining the A6 , follow the 'Garstang' signs for 3¾ miles to a large sign on the left hand side of the road naming 'Myerscough College', and turn left along St Michaels Road. The College is ¾ mile along this road and involves a right turn half way through an S bend.

Travelling by road from the North: Leave the M6 at Junction 33 (Hampson Green). On joining the A6 travel south following 'Preston' signs for about 9 miles to a large sign on the left hand side of the road, naming 'Myerscough College', and turn right into St Michaels Road. The college is ¾ miles along this road on the right, just after a sharp left turn.

The nearest bus stop is the Roebuck at Bilsborrow on the Lancaster to Preston bus route (service no. 40 and 41). There are approximately two buses per hour during the week. For further information on the bus services in Lancashire contact Travelwise Transport Information on 0870 608 2608

Myerscough College provides direct student bus services to the College from:

  • Preston Bus Station
  • Fleetwood, Blackpool and Poulton
  • Blackburn
  • Burnley
  • Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley
  • St Annes, Warton, Freckleton and Kirkham
  • Preston Railway Station

Bus passes are now available to students at a discounted rate.

eg singles: Preston Bus Station-Myerscough: £2.00, Blackpool-Myerscough: £2.50, Burnley-Myerscough £2.50. Annual bus pass costs are also discounted. For further details of timetables, fares and the bus pass application form see the pdf linked below.

Annual passes are also available for Stagecoach service 125 (from Bolton, Horwich, Chorley and Bamber Bridge) to connect with the College service from Preston Bus Station and service 40/41 (from Lancaster and Morecambe) to Bilsborrow village.

Free bus passes may be available

Students should follow this link for information and apply for the Bursary Fund – FE Finance and fees.