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. 

Strong links with employers

We work with over 1,000 organisations across the region who can recruit directly from us.​

Why choose us?

Flexible study options

A variety of flexible study options from as little as six hours per week so you can fit your studies 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 in many subjects.

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

The University of Northampton is proud to be working in partnership with The Bedford College Group. What motivates us is the drive to help people make the changes that will transform their lives – people like you. We look for this dedication in the partner institutions we choose to work with, and The Bedford College Group embodies this quality.

University of Northampton

Working with The Bedford College Group, we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability. Input from academic research, current practitioners and industry ensures that your course curriculum will be up-to-date and industry relevant.

We wish you the best of luck with your studies and look forward to welcoming you to the growing number of University of Northampton alumni across the globe. About the University of Northampton The University of Northampton has been awarded Gold – the highest possible mark – in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

One of the youngest universities in the UK, we are leading the way in adding value to society, which we call social impact. We have won multiple awards for our work in this area, among others, but what matters the most to us is ensuring that you at partner institutions have the opportunity to make their mark on the world too.

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

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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 The Bedford College Group allows you to gain support from both institutions and gives you a wealth of facilities to utilise during your studies, including our new seven-storey library in Luton.

We’re a modern, vibrant University with campuses in Bedford (situated within walking distance of the College), Luton, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury, offering high quality, career-focused teaching, excellent student support and a great global student experience.

We’re an internationally recognised award-winning institution with an excellent academic and teaching reputation; we’ve achieved a Silver award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), appear in the Times Undergraduate World University rankings and we’re sixth in the UK in the People Planet University Green League. We also have high levels of student satisfaction and good graduate employment levels, rising 16 places in the last National Student Satisfaction (NSS) survey.

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