Looking after them

Studying at Bedford College is about more than just the course – we provide our students with comprehensive support on all matters, from the academic to the personal. With our students’ help we’ve created a fantastic learning environment for everyone.

We know how important it is to parents that nothing stands in the way of your son or daughter’s studies. That’s why we make sure we’re always here to help, whether it’s a personal issue such as stress or depression, practical concerns about careers or course options, or health issues like eating problems or substance addiction. When they can’t come to you, we will offer as much help and advice to resolve our students’ problems as they need, because the wellbeing of all our students is paramount.

It’s all part of our Every Student Matters initiative, which states that while at the College your son or daughter can expect to:

  • Be healthy
  • Stay safe
  • Enjoy and achieve
  • Make a positive contribution
  • Achieve economic wellbeing.

» Award-winning support

Our Student Services team is proud to have held the Matrix quality standard, awarded in recognition of the professionalism and quality of our support and guidance, since 2004.

Find out more about Student Services

» Personal Achievement Tutor and student wellbeing

All full-time students at our College benefit from their own Personal Achievement Tutor, who will be there to provide continual, one-to-one support, so your son or daughter will get the help they need to perform at their very best and plan their next steps.

At Bedford College, we don’t want our students’ personal wellbeing to get in the way of achieving success, so should your son or daughter ever need to talk to someone about College or private life, our dedicated counselling service will be on hand to help.

Find out more about the personal support we offer

» Additional support

We have a fantastic additional support team to provide help in developing assignment skills, access to specialist equipment and support staff for those with dyslexia, hearing or visual impairment. Whatever your son or daughter’s individual learning needs may be, we aim to ensure that the Bedford College experience is accessible to all.

Find out more about Additional Learning Support

» Financial guidance

If your son or daughter is aged 16-18 our full-time courses are free to study, but coming to college can involve other costs. Thankfully, our student finance team are on hand to provide advice on any fees, course costs or travel expenses, and help with the range of financial support packages we offer.

Find out more about the financial support we offer

» Careers advice

At Bedford College our focus is firmly on our students’ future, and we provide all the help they need to make the right choices about the course they study and their future career path. From help with applications to information about options for work, training and higher education, our expert careers advisers are available from before your son or daughter joins us right up until the end of their journey here.

Find out more about our careers services

» Equality and diversity

The College is committed, through our Equality and Diversity Policy, to providing a learning environment that welcomes and values all individuals equally, and aims to provide the support to enable all students to succeed, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, learning difficulty or disability.

» A safe place to study

Bedford College aims to maintain a safe and welcoming environment on all of its campuses for staff, students and visitors.

We are committed to meeting our duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and where we identify cases of suspected abuse we will make referrals to the appropriate investigating agency.

Our teaching and support staff are fully-trained in dealing with issues of safety and security involving our students, and are prepared to take action to prevent any harm from occurring. We also strive to make students fully aware of what to do, and who they can turn to, if they have any issues surrounding safeguarding.

Read more about our Safeguarding Policy

We don’t tolerate any form of bullying including on the basis of people’s age, disability, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Read our Anti Bullying Policy

Domestic Abuse Notification Scheme

Bedford College is committed to keeping our students safe and offering a source of support when students are facing any difficulties. As part of this commitment, the College has been participating in the RELAY scheme in partnership with Bedford Borough Council and Bedfordshire Police since September 2015. The scheme is changing name and is now called the Domestic Abuse Notification Scheme (D.A.N.S) and acts as a school/College notification service where incidents of domestic abuse have been reported in the previous 24 hours to Bedfordshire Police from households where children reside and are enrolled at the College. Find out more information about the scheme here