Setting them up for life

We deliver an excellent education to our students to help them reach their goals and move on to wherever they want to take their future – whether it’s university, training or employment. Our students consistently achieve fantastic results – last year our course success rate was 86%, compared to the national success rate of 84.7%. 

» The best choice of courses

We offer a much wider range of subjects and qualifications than other local schools in Bedfordshire. Perhaps your son or daughter’s current school doesn't teach the subjects that they like, or maybe they are looking for the different kind of education experience that a hands-on, vocational qualification provides – at Bedford College, our broader course offering means that your son or daughter can study exactly what they want.

With hundreds of practical academic courses available, students at Bedford College can really benefit from the extra possibilities provided by our huge range of options. With courses offered from entry level right through to degree-level in many subjects your son or daughter can choose the level that suits their qualifications and experience, before progressing through our courses and beyond. And it’s all within a fantastic environment that will expand your son or daughter’s horizons, as a student and as a person.

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» Facilities and resources

To help your son or daughter reach their true potential, fantastic teaching and courses need support from fantastic study spaces and resources. Thanks to our investment of over £15 million in buildings and facilities over the last five years, that’s exactly what Bedford College students can expect.

Your son or daughter can enjoy a range of new equipment and buildings, with state-of-the-art recording studios, a host of PCs and Macs and a comprehensive Learning Resource Centre brimming with all of the books and electronic resources they’ll need for their studies. No fighting over computers, no waiting for that crucial course textbook, and no dull study spaces.

Our Cauldwell Street Campus boasts an attractive riverside location at the heart of Bedford, with easy access to the vibrant town centre and its excellent transport links, as well as fantastic buildings and spaces such as BROOKS Hair & Beauty Salon and the South Banks Arts Centre.

Our range of courses is based across five unique sites, from the beauty of rural Shuttleworth College, to our Gas & Plumbing Technology Centre and Motor Vehicle Technology Centre, to the urban bustle of our Cauldwell Street Campus. Each centre has the feel of its own individual community – places your son or daughter will settle right in.

» Life beyond College

At Bedford College we work hard to make sure all our students are given everything they need to progress further after they finish their studies with us. Last year 93% of students went into employment or stayed in education after completing their full-time course. Half of these went to university.

If your son or daughter is thinking of studying locally, thanks to the College’s strong partnership with the University of Bedfordshire our students can progress on to the final year of a degree once they have completed their Foundation Degree or HNC/HND studies with us.