Higher level of debate

Monday 15 December 2014

Students taking a step towards professional degrees on the “Access to University” courses at Bedford College are putting politicians through their paces.

The students, who have opted for career-related courses leading to Higher Education qualifications, have invited in a full range of candidates who are standing as Parliamentary candidates in the May 2015 elections.

First up was LibDem candidate Mahmud Henry Rogers who tackled a range of questions from Trident missiles to the Right to Buy policies, from the well-informed group.

The following week was former Bedford MP and now Labour Party candidate Patrick Hall who was able to give the inside view of life in Westminster.

Tutor Tim Howell said: “It’s a great opportunity for our students to talk to politicians about what their parties stand for and see how they can get involved or even influence the debate and decision making processes.

“For many people 2015 will be the first time they have been able to vote and we want them to be able to cut through the spin and talk to real live politicians.”

Talking next to the student group will be representatives of all other major political parties.

*Students progressing from Access courses using a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan who then progress on the HE have that loan written off when they complete their HE qualification.


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