Why choose us?

Why choose us?

Gaining a higher education qualification is all about setting you apart and furthering your career – find out why Bedford College is where you can make it happen…

Stay local and save money

Save thousands of pounds by studying locally and living at home. According to the NUS, student living costs, such as accommodation, now average £12,000 per year.

Strong links with employers

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) commended our strong links with employers. We work with 1,000 organisations across the region to ensure you are more employable. These include: Avon; Cancer Research Cambridge; General Motors – Vauxhall and Millbrook Proving Ground; HMGCC; John Lewis Partnership; Lockheed Martin; Marshall Aerospace; Network Rail and Nissan.

Why choose us?

Flexible study options

A variety of flexible study options from as little as six hours per week to fit around your work and other life commitments.

More support

Smaller class sizes and more face-to-face contact time with tutors when compared to university.

Honours top-up

Our close partnerships with regional universities give you the option to top-up to a full honours degree.

Dedicated higher education spaces

We offer dedicated higher education spaces for students.

Careers advice

Providing you with professional careers advice and the latest job opportunities.

Industry experts

Many of our tutors are industry professionals, with the first-hand knowledge, experience and contacts to give your studies the edge.

Stepping stone

Don’t let a break from education or a lack of qualifications get in the way of your higher education journey – our Access courses are designed as a stepping stone to get you there. If you are aged 19 or over, you can get a low cost loan to cover the cost of your Access course, which is completely written off when you progress on to a higher education course.


Successfully completing your higher education course is a huge achievement, and each year at Bedford Corn Exchange we invite all our degree level students to our annual Graduation Ceremony.

We have strong partnerships with the following universities...

The University of Northampton

Our partnership with The University of Northampton gives engineering students the opportunity to complete a full BSc (Hons) in Engineering.

University of Northampton

Come to the University of Northampton and you will see we do things a bit differently… 

That’s because we believe change is the most powerful force for good in the world. Without it, we can’t move forward. Why do things the same as everyone else when a new and better way is just waiting to be found?

 We know that sharing knowledge, supporting creativity and always looking for ways to make a positive difference will change the future. To help people make the changes that will transform their lives is what motivates us – people like you. 

We are one of the youngest universities in the UK but already leading the way in doing good things that help society – which we call “social impact”. We have won awards for our work in this area, but what really matters to us is making sure our students and graduates have the opportunity to make their mark in the world too. That’s why we were the first university in the UK to be named as a “Changemaker Campus”. 

We want to break the mould of what higher education can be, and that’s why we decided to build a whole new university from the ground up. Join us and you will be in an exclusive number as one of the first through the doors of the Waterside campus, which opens in 2018, a campus which you will quickly find has been built around the way you actually learn rather than the way you are expected to. 

Perhaps you want to study for a degree to kick-start your career - or take it to the next level? Maybe you’re passionate about a subject that has grabbed your interest and won’t let go, and want to learn every detail you can? Maybe you simply want to change the world? Whatever has led you to us, we’re glad you’re finding out more about the University of Northampton.

Find out more about The University of Northamptonshire at www.northampton.ac.uk

Graduate at Bedford College

University of Bedfordshire

Many of our Foundation Degrees and teaching qualifications are backed by the award-winning University of Bedfordshire, and thanks to our strong partnership you’ll have the option to progress on to the final year of a full Bachelor’s degree following the completion of your HND or Foundation Degree course.

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About the University

At the University of Bedfordshire we believe that your university experience is about far more than just your course, which is why we offer you more than a great degree. Our partnership with Bedford College allows you to gain support from both institutions and gives you a wealth of facilities to utilise during your studies, including our new seven-story library in Luton. 

With campuses in Bedford (situated within walking distance of the College), Luton, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury, we’re a modern, vibrant institution offering high quality, career-focused teaching, excellent student support and a great global student experience, all within state-of-the-art facilities. 

We’ve also won awards, including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2011 and the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher & Further Education in 2013, for our ground breaking research, making us a leading university for career prospects and career choices.

Find out more about the University of Bedfordshire at www.beds.ac.uk