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CONTENTS EXPLORE THIS PROSPECTUS TO FIND OUT ALL ABOUT THE COURSES WE OFFER, WHERE YOU'LL STUDY, AND WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE BEDFORD COLLEGE TO REALISE YOUR POTENTIAL... INFORMATION

COURSES

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Welcome to Bedford College

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Why choose us

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Course options explained

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Facilities – our campuses

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Student support

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Fees and funding

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Getting you there

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Higher Education at Bedford College

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The Bedford Sixth Form

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Course listings

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How to apply

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How to find us

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Access to University

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Land & The Environment

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Public Services

Art & Design

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Motor Vehicle

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Sport & Outdoor Adventure 36

Animal Sciences

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Business

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Performing Arts, Music Technology & Media 35

Care, Childcare & Teaching 28 Computing

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Construction

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Electrical Installation

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Engineering

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English as a Foreign Language

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Floristry

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Foundation Education

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Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies

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Hospitality & Catering

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Disclaimer: While every effort is made to ensure the information within this guide is correct at the time of printing, some details may be subject to change. Bedford College reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if student numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course, we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

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YOUR POTENTIAL DOWNLOAD THE BEDFORD COLLEGE APP TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOUR COURSE AND SEE OUR STUDENT PROFILES COME TO LIFE! HAS A COURSE CAUGHT YOUR EYE?

HOW DO I GET THE APP?

Find out full details about what you'll study – just launch the app and type in the course code that appears in the course listing (from page 24) – you'll be able to find out more about what you’ll study, see information on assignments and discover any trips or placements that are part of your course.

Downloading our app is easy, just search 'Bedford College' on the App Store (iPhone users) or Google Play (Android users) or alternatively you can scan the QR code above with you smartphone...

NO SMART PHONE? NO WORRIES To find out more information about your course online, just visit www.bedford.ac.uk/mypotential To watch our student profile videos, you can check them out online at www.bedford.ac.uk/mypotential or by going to the web address found next to each profile.

Please note: to download and use the Bedford College app you'll need an Apple iPhone or smartphone running Android.

WATCH OUR STUDENTS COME TO LIFE – RIGHT IN PALM OF YOUR HANDS When you see this icon: SCAN ME hover your smartphone over the image of the student and watch them come to life – a video of what our students think about their Bedford College experience will appear.

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PICKING UP THIS GUIDE MEANS YOU'RE ALREADY THINKING ABOUT WHERE YOUR POTENTIAL COULD TAKE YOU – READ ON TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN REALISE YOUR POTENTIAL AT BEDFORD COLLEGE... This guide includes details of all the full-time courses and apprenticeships we offer at Bedford College, with over 100 courses and apprenticeships in 20 different subject areas available at a level that’s right for you. Inside you’ll find out what it’s like to study with us – from the award-winning student support you’ll receive in everything from money matters to personal wellbeing, to the modern study spaces and industry-standard facilities that will boost your potential. Join Bedford College and get the skills you need for the career you want – take a look at what we offer…

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READY FOR YOUR DEBUT? Interested in hearing more about what our students are doing, as well as finding out the latest news at the College and getting the chance to enter free prize draws? For all this and more, sign up to Debut – our FREE e-newsletter for those thinking of joining Bedford College.

Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/debut to register your details now!

BECAUSE PARENTS MATTER TOO... Keep up-to-date with the latest news, events and new initiatives with our FREE parents e-newsletter, designed especially for those parents whose son or daughter is planning on coming to our College.

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WHY CHOOSE US? DECIDING WHERE TO STUDY CAN HAVE A HUGE IMPACT ON YOUR FUTURE – HERE ARE JUST A FEW GREAT REASONS WHY BEDFORD COLLEGE IS THE PLACE TO REALISE YOUR POTENTIAL... GREAT RESULTS, AGAIN AND AGAIN Our students have consistently achieved fantastic results: in 2011/12 our 16-18 student success rate was 84%, above the national average (82%) for the third year in a row – which means you'll be joining a College with a proven track record for helping young people succeed. RATED ‘OUTSTANDING’ BY OFSTED We’re one of only a handful of schools and colleges in the county to be awarded Ofsted’s highest overall grade, including ‘outstanding’ in four out of five inspection categories – so you can be sure that at Bedford College you’ll receive the highest quality education.

CAREER-FOCUSED COURSES

GUARANTEE YOUR SUCCESS

AWARD-WINNING SUPPORT

Our qualifications are all about one thing – giving you the skills you need for the job you want to do. Developed in partnership with employers, our courses aim to provide real insight and work experience in your chosen industry. Plus you'll also get to study employability skills and industry-recognised qualifications to give you the edge you need to start a career.

We’re so confident our expert teaching and fantastic student support will help you reach your potential that if you don’t achieve your qualification we’ll give you £100 (or refund any fees paid)2.

As a student here you'll get all the help and support you need – on an individual level. With your own, designated personal tutor available whenever you need support, you can be sure that whatever problem or issue you might have, you're not on your own.

LIFE AFTER COLLEGE We know that your time with us is only part of your journey – but at Bedford College, the future’s bright: in 2012 almost 8 out of 10 students expected to continue into work or further study1. So you can expect to achieve even greater things after your course.

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TUTORS WITH EXPERIENCE

MODERN STUDY SPACES

At Bedford College you’ll be learning from the experts – many of our course tutors are former or current working professionals in their industry, meaning you’ll benefit from their first-hand knowledge and experience.

In the past five years we’ve invested over £15 million in brand new or fully refurbished buildings and facilities, providing great leisure spaces and realistic work environments that will give your studies the edge.

AIMING HIGH? GET THERE

WE’RE NOT LIKE SCHOOL

Progress as high as you want to, right here at Bedford College – many of our courses are offered across several different levels all the way to university-level. And if you successfully complete your course, we’ll even guarantee your place on the next level of your programme2.

At our College, you’ll experience a completely different environment – full of new friends and experiences, where you’ll be treated as an adult and enjoy more freedom and independence to learn in the way that suits you. And with a huge 91% of students saying they enjoyed their experience at Bedford College, it's the perfect place to study3.

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RAISING THE PARTICIPATION AGE (RPA)

WHAT DOES IT MEAN

FOR ME? The Governmen t is raising the pa rticipation age to 18, which mea ns that by 2015 all young people must stay in education or tra ining until this age. The new changes are com ing into effect in stages, so if yo u are a Year 11 st udent at the moment you will be required to sta y in education or training until the age of 17. DO I HAVE TO ST AY IN SCHOOL? No – there are a number of differe nt options you can take when yo u reach the end of Year 11, including full-tim e education at co llege, workbased learning (su ch as an apprentic eship), and even full-time w ork or volunteerin g – as long as you are combini ng this with parttime training that leads to an accredited qualific ation. CAN I COME TO BEDFORD COLLEG E? Yes – we offer all of these options . In this guide and online you’ll find details of ou r full-time courses and appr enticeship progra mmes. We also offer many cour ses on a part-tim e basis – just visit www.bedford.a c.uk/parttime to find out more or download ou r Part-Time Cour se Guide.

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COURSE OPTIONS EXPLAINED...

FIND YOUR LEVEL BEDFORD COLLEGE OFFERS A RANGE OF QUALIFICATION TYPES ACROSS DIFFERENT LEVELS – HERE’S YOUR GUIDE TO WHAT THEY MEAN, WHAT THEY’RE WORTH, AND WHAT YOU CAN TAKE. ENTRY LEVEL

LEVEL 1

LEVEL 2

LEVEL 3

What you’ll need:

What you’ll need:

What you’ll need:

What you’ll need:

No formal qualifications

No formal qualifications

What we offer:

What we offer:

3 GCSEs at A*-D or a Level 1 qualification

4-5 GCSEs at A*-C or a Level 2 qualification

• Entry to Independence programme

• BTEC Certificate/Diploma

What we offer:

What we offer:

• AAT Certificate

• AAT Diploma

• BTEC Diploma

• Access to University courses

• ConstructionSkills Diploma

• CACHE Certificate/Diploma

• IMI Diploma

• City & Guilds Diploma

• NVQ Certificate/Diploma

• ConstructionSkills Diploma

• BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ Diploma/Extended Diploma

• Functional Skills programme • IMI Diploma

• City & Guilds Certificate/Diploma

• IMI Diploma

• CACHE Extended Diploma • City & Guilds Diploma

• NVQ Certificate/Diploma

• ConstructionSkills Diploma • IMI Diploma

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QUALIFICATION TYPES ENTRY LEVEL CERTIFICATES These are nationally recognised qualifications with no entry requirements that aim to build your skills and increase your confidence in a subject.

BTEC DIPLOMAS BTECs are work-related qualifications designed to link closely with industry, allowing you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills through practical work. Assessment of your progress is on a continuing basis through coursework only – there are no written exams. BTEC Level 3 qualifications are recognised by universities and employers as an alternative to studying A-Levels.

GCSE/A-Level equivalent

Designed to develop your knowledge and skills in a specific job, NVQs cover the vast majority of business sectors and don’t involve exams – you’ll be assessed through your practical work in the College’s realistic working environments (see our facilities on page 10).

EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS

WHAT ARE BTECS EQUIVALENT TO? BTEC qualification

NATIONAL VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS (NVQS)

UCAS points

Level 2 Diploma

4 GCSEs

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Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

1 A-Level

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Level 3 Diploma

2 A-Levels

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Level 3 Extended Diploma

3 A-Levels

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BTECS – THE LOWDOWN Over half a million BTECs (at Level 2 and 3) were awarded in 2010/11, with the number continuing to rise. Nationally almost a quarter of BTEC Level 3 students surveyed in 2011 had a job offer confirmed following their course, with two-thirds progressing onto further study at university or college.

Your education at Bedford College is focused on helping you get the job you want – as part of your course you’ll also receive training in the extra skills employers look for to help make you more employable, from written and verbal communication skills to team working skills. Find out more on page 20.

ACCESS COURSES These courses provide a route to degree-level study if you do not have the right qualifications or experience to take a higher education course. Access courses aim to introduce you to your chosen subject, developing your study skills and increasing your confidence and ability with degree-level study. Access courses are recognised by universities across the UK and allow entry on to their degree programmes. Depending on the subject area you choose, assessment of your work can include written exams or practical tests as well as coursework.

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APPRENTICESHIPS Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to combine earning a wage with part-time study at Bedford College to gain a recognised qualification in your chosen career. Apprenticeships are open to anyone living in England and not taking part in fulltime education, although you must be employed in the sector of your apprenticeship choice. Apprenticeships give you the practical skills that employers want, so when you have finished your programme you can carry on working, maybe get promoted or go on to higher education at Bedford College or at university. Visit our dedicated apprenticeships website at www.bedford.ac.uk/apprenticeships for more information.

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A GREAT ENVIRONMENT NEEDS

GREAT FACILITIES BEDFORD COLLEGE CAMPUS

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Situated on the banks of the River Great Ouse right in the heart of Bedford, our Cauldwell Street site is close to major train and bus links plus the vibrant shops, cafes and restaurants of Bedford town centre.

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LEARNING RESOURCES CENTRE (LRC)

SOUTH BANK ARTS CENTRE

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Our modern LRC is the place for you to spend time studying outside of classes, with study spaces and over 30,000 resource items including books, journals, DVDs and e-resources to support your learning. You can also access our 90 computers including PCs, Macs and netbooks, or make use of our free WiFi during opening hours.

If you’re taking an Art & Design or Performing Arts, Music Technology & Media course you’ll benefit from industry standard technology including media and music suites, a theatre, TV studios, editing suite and a graphic design studio with Macs. Our £6 million arts centre also hosts a regular programme of exciting events, exhibitions and performances for all students. Check it out online at www.southbankarts.com

As a Hospitality & Catering student you’ll get the chance to work and develop your skills in our real-life, working restaurant, which is also open to everyone at the College and beyond when you fancy something a little different. Discover more online at www.25restaurant.co.uk

SPRINGS SPORTS & LEISURE CENTRE Sport students can explore their studies at our modern £2.5 million sports centre, which is also available for all students – so you can hit the gym at our fully equipped fitness studio, work up a sweat in a dance fitness class, or play some team sports in our full-sized sports hall.

THE MEZZ RESTAURANT & COFFEE SHOP Catch up with friends over a relaxing coffee, savour a delicious lunch or grab a snack when you’re on the go – the Mezz serves a wide range of hot and cold food, including meals, lighter bites and vegetarian options.

CAR PARKING The Cauldwell Street Campus charges £1 per day during term time with a permit (available from the College). Please note: parking is limited and not guaranteed.

INDUSTRY-STANDARD WORKSHOPS If you choose an Engineering or Construction course at the College, you'll be honing your skills in real-life working environments, getting your hands on a real aeroplane engine or practising your technique in workshop bays catering for carpentry, electrical work and more.

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BROOKS HAIR & BEAUTY SALON, BEDFORD If you choose to study one of our Hair and Beauty courses you’ll get the chance to learn through work at our commercial salon situated on Bedford High Street. The £1.2 million facility includes state-ofthe-art industry equipment with modern hairdressing facilities, treatment areas with therapy beds and a nail bar. Plus, as a working salon, BROOKS is also open to the public – so no matter what course you’ve chosen you can experience a great health or beauty treatment too. Visit www.brooksspa.com to find out more.

GAS & PLUMBING TECHNOLOGY CENTRE KEMPSTON If you’re taking a Plumbing course, our City & Guilds and British Plumbing Employers Council (BPEC)-approved centre is where you’ll get hands-on with some of the most advanced equipment in the UK including modern renewable technologies and traditional domestic gas appliances.

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VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY CENTRE KEMPSTON For those interested in Motor Vehicle courses, our Vehicle Technology Centre is the ultimate environment to learn technical vehicle repair skills. Kitted out with an excellent mix of real vehicle models and makes, you’ll be learning the trade in fully-equipped repair areas with up-to-date technology and equipment. CAR PARKING Ample free parking is available at both of our Technology Centres.


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SHUTTLEWORTH COLLEGE CAMPUS OLD WARDEN, BIGGLESWADE

Set in over 500 acres of beautiful, protected parkland, Shuttleworth is a self-contained, leafy college providing you with all the facilities you need to succeed on our Animal Sciences, Floristry, Land & The Environment and our Outdoor Adventure Sports courses. LEARNING RESOURCE CENTRE (LRC)

KINGS HILL FARM

The LRC has a wide range of specialist books, journals and e-resources to support your studies, with quiet areas for individual study equipped with PCs, plus areas for group study – facilities you’ll find useful for researching and preparing for your assignments.

As a Land & The Environment student you’ll benefit from our Kings Hill Farm site and estate – a working arable and livestock farm including over 150 hectares of arable land, plus a range of livestock including pigs, sheep and cattle. Plus you can get to grips with farm machinery at our Mechanisation Centre.

INFORMATION LEARNING TECHNOLOGY (ILT)

ACCESS TO ANIMALS

Boost your studies at our ILT suites where you can access up-to-date PCs loaded with the latest software, or bring your own laptop and make use of our free WiFi. Photocopying, printing and scanning facilities are also available for you, along with digital and video cameras to take out on loan.

Interested in Animal Sciences or our Fisheries courses? Get up close and personal with fascinating species at our dedicated animal unit and fisheries centre, providing access to a wide range of exotic animals including birds, reptiles, fish and mammals.

NATURAL RESOURCES

RUSSELL HALL

Shuttleworth College is set in 500 acres of parkland estate – which means we’ve got a lot of space. You’ll have access to our walled garden, lakes, as well as formal parklands with many specimen trees alongside almost every kind of habitat including grassland, wetland, farmland, heathland and woodland – providing the perfect environment to develop your skills and knowledge.

Our tiered lecture theatre and conference hall are great spaces for get-togethers – hosting student functions or presentation events for your course as well as social gatherings where you can relax and have fun.

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MOUNT PLEASANT EQUINE CENTRE Develop your horse management skills at our separate British Horse Society (BHS)accredited equine centre – covered stables and two indoor arenas give you the practical access to horses you’ll need to move into a successful equine career.

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SPORTS

GARDEN RESTAURANT

We have excellent facilities for many sports and outdoor activities available to all students including a sports hall, outdoor pitches, tennis courts and a gym. The Shuttleworth Activity Centre, which runs during the summer term, also provides Outdoor Adventure students with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience assisting and delivering archery, kayaking and other outdoor activities.

The popular Garden Restaurant, based right on site, serves you healthy, tasty food at great value prices. Hot and cold food is available every day along with a variety of drinks and snacks. CAR PARKING Shuttleworth College benefits from ample free parking on site.

ACCOMMODATION For those who find it difficult to travel to Shuttleworth College we can offer you a place in our Halls of Residence, based on site. You’ll get your own single study bedroom and the Halls also include a modern common room with kitchen facilities, comfy chairs, sofas and TV. In 2012/13 our accommodation cost was £3,850 per year including full board during the week, and help with Halls costs may be available through our residential bursary – see page 18. Please note: early application is recommended and conditions apply. For more information on living in halls at Shuttleworth, please visit www.shuttleworth.ac.uk/accommodation

TAKING PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO COLLEGE? Travel bursary available - see page 18.

TRANSPORT TO SHUTTLEWORTH If getting to Shuttleworth College is difficult for you we also provide a comprehensive bus service to local towns and villages, depending on demand. Find out where we stop at www.shuttleworth.ac.uk/travel Where we stop... Ampthill Arlesey Baldock Barton Beeston Bedford Biggleswade Brampton Buckden Caddington Clifton Clophill Dunstable Eaton Bray

Eaton Socon Flitwick Great Barford Harlington Hatch Haynes Houghton Regis Hitchin Huntingdon Kensworth Langford Leighton Buzzard Letchworth Little Paxton Lower Stondon

Luton Maulden Meppershall Potton Sandy Shefford Shillington Streatley Stevenage St Ippolyts St Neots Stotfold Toddington Westoning Wilstead

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EVERY STEP OF THE WAY WE’RE...

THERE FOR YOU FROM CAREERS ADVICE TO PERSONAL TUTORING OUR STUDENT SUPPORT TEAM ARE HERE TO HELP YOU... Our student support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the advice and information you need to make the most of your journey with us. Alongside gaining the national Matrix Standard for our professional, high-quality guidance and support, we’ve also been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in this area. Take a look at the services we offer…

PERSONAL TUTOR

FINANCIAL GUIDANCE

CAREERS ADVICE

As a full-time student you’ll be assigned a professionally trained personal tutor as soon as you enrol with us – they’ll give you continual, one-to-one support throughout your time at our College.

If the cost of studying is worrying you, relax – our student finance team can give you help and advice on fees, travel costs, funding and more. For more detailed information on the financial help available at our College turn to page 16.

At Bedford College the focus is firmly on your career, and our expert careers advisers are available from before you join us, right up until the end of your journey here. They can provide you with impartial guidance to help you make choices about your course and future career path.

WELLBEING We know that your wellbeing can affect your learning – should you ever need to talk to someone confidentially about issues in your private or College life we have a dedicated counselling service where our trained staff are here to help.

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT We have a great additional support team who are on hand to ensure that your individual learning needs are met – they can help you with everything from developing assignment skills and providing specialist equipment, to access to specialist support staff for those with dyslexia, hearing or visual impairments.

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WANT A TASTE OF COLLEGE? Try our Student Experience Days.. Student Experience Days at Bedford and Shuttleworth College are the perfect opportunity to find out what life is really like as a student with us, and to help you make the right decision about the course you want to apply for, or have already applied for. You’ll spend a full or half a day alongside a current student, taking part in a lesson and getting the chance to ask current students and tutors the questions that matter to you. Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/ tryitout to find out more or contact Ellen Punter, our Schools and Community Liaison Manager, on 01234 291303.

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GET INVOLVED... We want you to enjoy life at our College, taking an active role in creating our student community – our support extends to making sure you get the chance to take part and enjoy the time you spend here. You can get involved with… STUDENT CHAMPIONS

ENRICHMENT PROGRAMME

Becoming a Student Champion helps you get more involved in College life through a range of activities and events that you can choose to take part in around your studies. For example, as a Student Champion you can get involved with…

College life should be a balance between work and fun – that’s why we offer you free activities, events and clubs alongside your studies. From our football academy to British Sign Language workshops, band sessions to fitness workouts, there’s always something interesting or fun going on to add to your studies, giving you the chance to break away from work and meet students from across the College.

· Joining the Student Voice group · Becoming a Student Rep for your course · Becoming a Student Governor · Writing for the student magazine · Giving us feedback through surveys, opinion polls and focus groups

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MONEY TALKS...

FEES & FUNDING FIND OUT ABOUT ANY FEES YOU MAY HAVE TO PAY FOR YOUR COURSE, AND THE FINANCIAL HELP AVAILABLE TOWARDS THE COST OF COMING TO COLLEGE.

WHAT WILL IT COST? COURSE FEES

AGED 19+?

ADDITIONAL COSTS

If you are aged 16-18, a British or European Union resident and looking to study at Entry Level to Level 3, your course tuition and exam registration fees are FREE.

UNEMPLOYED AND SEEKING EMPLOYMENT? Then your course could be FREE! If you receive a means-tested benefit (such as jobseekers allowance, council tax benefit, housing benefit, income support, working tax credit, pension credit or contribution-based employment and support allowance) then you could be eligible to study for free1.

Depending on your chosen course, there may be costs you have to pay in addition to any course fees, which could include money for books, trips, equipment or specialist clothing required by your course. For more information just check your chosen course using our fantastic app (see page 4) or online at www.bedford.ac.uk/courses – and remember, financial support may be available to help with these costs (see the next few pages).

If you're aged 19 or over on 31 August 2013 you will normally have to pay a fee, unless you are... · looking to study a Level 1 qualification OR · looking to study your first full Level 2 or 3 qualification OR · in receipt of certain meanstested benefits (see the box to the right). To find out the latest course fees call 01234 291000.

Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/ concessions for more information. 1 Includes SFA funded courses only. You must be 19 or over on 31 August 2013. You must produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you enrol. Excludes all higher education courses.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS Please call 01234 291000 as different fees may apply.

PRICE CHECKER Fees and the financial help we can offer is subject to change – the information and prices quoted on these pages are based on what we offered in 2012/13. Please check www.bedford.ac.uk/support or contact us on 01234 291000 for the latest information.


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WHAT FUNDING IS AVAILABLE? TYPE OF FINANCE

AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS AGED 16-18 19+ 24+

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24+ Advanced Learning Loan

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No

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A low-interest loan for those aged 24 or over studying a Level 3 or 4 qualification.

Army FE Bursary Scheme (FEBS)

Yes

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Extra money for students aged 16-32 considering a career in the Army.

Bursary for Educational Excellence (BEE)

Yes

No

No

For students aged 16-18 who expect to achieve six or more GCSEs at grades A*-B.

Childcare Support

Yes

Yes

Yes

Help towards childcare costs as part of the government's Care to Learn scheme (students aged 16-19) or our Adult Support Fund (students aged 20+).

Course Costs Bursary

Yes

Yes

Yes

To help students with books, clothing or other essential course costs through our 16-18 Bursaries (students aged 16-18) or our Adult Support Fund (students aged 19+).

Discretionary Hardship Bursary

Yes

No

No

Extra support for students aged 16-18 experiencing financial difficulty.

Shuttleworth Residential Bursary

Yes2

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To help towards accommodation costs at Shuttleworth through our 16-18 Bursaries (students aged 16-18) or our Adult Support Fund (students aged 19+).

Travel Bursary

Yes

Yes

Yes

Providing help with the costs of travelling to College through our 16-18 Bursaries (students aged 16-18) or our Adult Support Fund (students aged 19+).

Vulnerable Learner Bursary

Yes

No

No

To help those aged 16-18 who are in care or in receipt of certain benefits.

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16-18 STUDENTS WHAT HELP IS AVAILABLE? If you are aged 16-18, Bedford College offers a range of means-tested financial support packages to help overcome any barriers that could prevent you from coming to our College. Funding is provided by the government to help those students who are having the greatest difficulty meeting some of the costs of learning on a further education course. THE TRAVEL BURSARY

THE VULNERABLE LEARNER BURSARY

This is a bursary to help with the costs of travelling to College. If you are aged under 19, intending to study a full-time course with us and you live more than three miles away from the College we may be able to offer you our new travel bursary. More details to follow – check www.bedford.ac.uk/support for the latest information.

Young people in care, care leavers, young people receiving income support and disabled young people receiving both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance are eligible to receive a guaranteed bursary of up to £1,200 a year.

THE COURSE COSTS BURSARY Some courses have essential costs for books, materials, equipment or clothing. If these costs could cause you financial difficulty we offer discretionary bursaries to help with these costs, subject to your household income.

AGED UNDER 19? Travel to college by public transport? Then check out our brand new travel bursary!

THE DISCRETIONARY HARDSHIP BURSARY In cases of exceptional financial hardship we may also be able to provide support in the form of a discretionary bursary.

SHUTTLEWORTH RESIDENTIAL BURSARY This bursary is offered for students on courses at Shuttleworth College – if you need help with accommodation costs for our Halls of Residence, you may qualify for financial support. Please note: priority is given to students who live the furthest away and/or those with poor or no transport links. Call 01234 291276 to find out more or visit www.shuttleworth.ac.uk/ accommodation BURSARY FOR EDUCATION EXCELLENCE This is non-means-tested bursary worth £1,000 provided by the College to promote excellence in education. If you are in year 11 at school, expect to achieve at least six GCSEs at grades A* to B and intend to study on a Level 3 course, you could be eligible for our Bursary for Educational Excellence (BEE). If you qualify you will receive £500 spread over three instalments each year for two years.

CHILDCARE SUPPORT

ARMY’S FE BURSARY SCHEME (FEBS)

If you are a parent aged 16 to 19, the government's Care to Learn scheme could pay up to £160 per child per week towards your childcare and travel costs while you're learning. Find out more at www.bedford.ac.uk/support

If you’re considering a career in the Army you could qualify for a £1,000 bursary while you study at college. Once your course is complete you’ll also receive another £1,000 after completing initial training with the Army. For more information visit www.bedford.ac.uk/support

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19+ STUDENTS WHAT HELP IS AVAILABLE? If you are aged 19 years or older, we can offer you financial help towards the costs of coming to College through our Adult Support Fund. You can get support to cover: • Fees

Travel costs

• Childcare costs (20+ aged learners only – if you are aged 19, see page 18)

Residential costs (Shuttleworth students only) Essential course costs

Please note: the level of support you receive will depend on your household income.

NEW FOR 2013 STUDENT LOANS

If you’re aged 24 or older, a residen t of the UK and looking to stu dy a qualification at Level 3 or 4, you will be able to apply for a lowinterest 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover your tuition fees. You will only start to repay this once you’ve completed your co urse and you’re ea rning over £21,000. Informat ion on 24+ Advanc ed Learning Loans is subject to change – for the latest information, plea se check our webs ite at www.bedford.ac.u k/ support or call our Student Services team on 01234 29 1934.

PROGRESSING FR OM ACCESS? GET YOU R LOAN WRITTEN

OFF If you take one of our Access course s using a 24+ Advanced Le arning Loan and then progress on to a hi gher education co urse, your loan will be written off when you complete your hi gher education qu alification.

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If you’d like more information or wa nt to discuss any of the financial help we offer please visit www .bedford.ac.uk/su pport or call our Studen t Services team on 01234 291934 or email studentservices@ bedford.ac.uk

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OUR COURSES ARE ALL ABOUT...

GETTING YOU THERE BEDFORD COLLEGE OFFERS WORK-FOCUSED COURSES THAT AIM TO HELP YOU MAKE IT WHERE YOU WANT TO GO NEXT From our BTEC qualifications to our apprenticeship programmes, the focus of your education at Bedford College is skills for work – providing you with practical experience in learning environments that mirror realistic, working facilities to improve your knowledge and ability in the career that you want to pursue.

required to increase your chances of gaining and keeping work. In other words, making you more employable.

STUDYING AT COLLEGE WITHIN THE UK • 40% of all 16 to 18 year olds are studying at a college

WHAT SKILLS WILL I GAIN?

• Every year colleges educate and train over 3.3 million people • 56,000 16 to 18 year olds study an apprenticeship through their local college

WHAT IS EMPLOYABILITY?

Our employability qualification will provide you with the extra skills employers look for – including skills in written and verbal communication so you are able to express yourself clearly and confidently in interview and future work situations, as well as other technical skills including numeracy, computing and more. You’ll also gain personal work skills – enhancing your ability to work as part of a team and behave professionally.

The tough economic situation means that having a qualification in the job sector you want to work in does not guarantee you a job – a range of extra skills and abilities are

Combined with your main qualification from Bedford College, employability skills will increase your chances of securing a job after you complete your studies with us.

IMPROVING EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS As part of your course with us, you will complete an employability qualification to help improve your skills to gain work.

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• 89% of students are fairly, very or extremely satisfied with the quality of teaching in Colleges Source: Association of Colleges (AoC) Key Facts report, 2011

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HERE’S SOME WE MADE EARLIER

SUCCESS STORIES READ ABOUT SOME OF OUR FORMER STUDENTS WHO HAVE GONE ON TO SECURE JOBS IN THE SECTOR THEY TRAINED IN WHILE AT THE COLLEGE... SCAN ME

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MARC

JAVERIA

CHRIS

COURSE: IMI LEVEL 1 DIPLOMA IN MOTOR VEHICLE BODY REPAIR

COURSE: BTEC LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS & FINANCE

COURSE: BTEC LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA IN IT

FORMER SCHOOL: REDBORNE UPPER SCHOOL

FORMER SCHOOL: QUARRENDON UPPER SCHOOL

FORMER SCHOOL: SAMUEL WHITBREAD UPPER SCHOOL & COMMUNITY COLLEGE

“Thanks to my course I’m now working as a mechanic at a local garage – my first job since leaving College. It’s a really good first step for me and I couldn’t have got here without the course”.

“I really enjoyed my course at the College, and it’s helped me in getting my job as an assistant manager at UK-wide charity Shelter, where I use the knowledge and skills I gained on the course every day”.

“Following my course I’m now working as a field engineer at an IT support company in London. I’d recommend the course and the College to anyone – without it I wouldn't be where I am today”.

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Higher Education at Bedford College Degree-level learning with a difference... DID YOU KNOW?

STUDENT SATISFACTION

Did you know we offer university-level qualifications (that's courses at Level 4/5) in a range of subjects right here at Bedford College?

97% of our students would recommend higher education at Bedford College*

Plus, studying at College also offers many benefits compared to the university route – a higher education qualification with us means you can: • Save money – our higher education courses offer the same level of learning at a much cheaper price • Stay local – no expensive moves, travel or accommodation keeps your costs down even more • Get skills for work – our employerdesigned degrees develop the specific skills your industry demands • Be flexible – part-time study options mean it's easy to balance work or family life with your course.

*Bedford College higher education

student survey 2010/11.

FIND A COURSE THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU... We offer Foundation degrees and HNC/Ds in the following subjects: Animal Sciences Art & Design

STUDY NOW, PAY LATER

Business

Low-interest loans for tuition fees are available for both full-time and part-time courses, making higher education study affordable for everyone.

Childcare Computing & IT Construction Education & Training

A WORKING PARTNERSHIP We have strong links with the University of Bedfordshire, who accredit many of our higher education qualifications and boast an impressive 90% of graduates in work, further study or both within six months of graduating1. 1

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) report 2011

Engineering Hospitality Performing Arts, Music Technology & Media Psychology & Crime Public Services Sport Travel & Tourism

THE FACTS HE AT COLLEGE • Colleges in England provide over a third of all entrants to higher education • In 2010/11, 171,000 students were studying higher education at a college

Interested ? Get the full story...

• Half of all Foundation Degree students are taught in colleges

Find out more at www.bedford.ac.uk for full details of all the higher education courses on offer at Bedford College.

Source: Association of Colleges (AoC) Key Facts report, 2011

You can also download your own personalised 2013/14 Higher Education Prospectus – choose the subjects that matter to you!


Looking to study A-Levels? Study at The Bedford Sixth Form... where you can achieve great things. If you want to study A-Levels and have your sights firmly set on university, The Bedford Sixth Form could be the place for you. As part of the Ofsted ‘outstanding’-rated Bedford College, we offer a new sixth form experience that will make you stand out from the crowd. MORE CHOICE, MORE OPPORTUNITIES With A-Levels offered in over 30 subjects, plus a range of BTEC Diplomas (equivalent to three A-Levels) and GCSEs, you can choose the subjects you are really interested in.

EXCELLENT PASS RATES In 2012 our A-Level students achieved a 97% pass rate, and our BTEC Level 3 Diploma students achieved a 91% pass rate. FANTASTIC FACILITIES Our Sixth Form provides unique study spaces that support your learning, plus a relaxing common room where our students can sit back and socialise. PERSONAL SUPPORT Get your very own personal tutor, plus one-to-one advice and guidance on everything from your studies, to personal wellbeing, to your next steps in university or work.

LIFE BEYOND THE CLASSROOM Life at The Bedford Sixth Form doesn’t stop at the end of class – our enrichment programme gives you the chance to get involved, challenge yourself and have fun. EXPERIENCED TEACHERS Our courses are taught by specialists in their subject area, including examiners with first-hand knowledge of how to achieve great exam results. A PLATFORM FOR SUCCESS Last year almost 90% of our sixth form students went on to study at degree-level at universities across the UK.

Source: Bedford College-UCAS destinations report 2011

DOWNLOAD Download a copy of our prospectus www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/prospectus LEARN MORE Find out more about The Bedford Sixth Form and our courses – visit us online at www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk, email info@bedfordsixthform.ac.uk or call on 01234 291291. COME AND SEE US The Bedford Sixth Form is located on the former Bedford High School site on Bromham Road, so why not visit one of our Open Events throughout the year - find out dates online at www.bedfordsixthform.ac.uk/events


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COURSE LISTINGS EXPLORE THE FANTASTIC RANGE OF COURSES ON OFFER AT BEDFORD COLLEGE IN 2013/14...

THE KEY

WHICH LEVEL

TO OUR LOCATIONS

IS RIGHT FOR ME?

BKS

BROOKS Hair & Beauty Salon

CS

Cauldwell Street

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Gas & Plumbing Technology Centre

MP

Mount Pleasant Equine Centre

KR

AFC Kempston Rovers

SC

Shuttleworth College

VTC

Vehicle Technology Centre

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ACCESS TO UNIVERSITY If you don’t have the qualifications to go on to higher education study, our university access courses can give you the skills and confidence you need to get there, with several subject pathways available to suit many interests. Course Title Access to Higher Education (Combined Studies)

Course Length

LEVEL Location

1 year

CS

E1803

Entry

1

2

3

Access to Higher Education (Midwifery)

1 year

CS

E1677

Access to Higher Education (Nursing)

1 year

CS

E1244

Access to Higher Education (Science)

1 year

CS

E1246

Access to Higher Education (Social Sciences)

1 year

CS

E1248

Access to Higher Education (Teacher Education)

1 year

CS

E1240

Pathway to Advanced Access to Higher Education

1 year

CS

E1133

ART & DESIGN Based in our modern South Bank Arts Centre at Bedford College these courses will help you explore and develop your creative side if you want to pursue a career in the exciting, dynamic art and design sector. 3D Design Crafts BTEC Extended Diploma

2 years

CS

L055

Animation BTEC Extended Diploma

2 years

CS

L055

Art & Design BTEC Diploma

1 year

CS

Art & Design BTEC Foundation Diploma (Pre-Degree)

1 year

CS

L500

Fashion & Textiles BTEC Extended Diploma

2 years

CS

L055

Fine Art BTEC Extended Diploma

2 years

CS

L055

Graphic Design BTEC Extended Diploma

2 years

CS

L055

Photography BTEC Extended Diploma

2 years

CS

L055

L637

L498

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ANIMAL SCIENCES If you have your sights set on a career working with animals, get up close and personal with a wide variety of creatures both great and small on one of these exciting courses based at Shuttleworth College. Course Title

Course Length

LEVEL Location

Animal Care BTEC Diploma

1 year

SC

Animal Management BTEC Diploma

2 years

SC

Horse Care BTEC Diploma

1 year

MP

Horse Management BTEC Diploma

2 years

MP

Entry

1

2

B332

B336 B348 B383 B388

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HANNAH COURSE: BTEC LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA IN ANIMAL CARE FORMER SCHOOL: STRATTON UPPER SCHOOL “The range of animals in the Animal Unit at Shuttleworth is brilliant – it prepares you for working in lots of different places, like zoos, farms or vet practices.” Hannah now works as a technician in an animal unit. View online – www.bedford.ac.uk/hannah

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BUSINESS Develop the skills you need to enter the business world – our courses cover everything from number crunching and finance to marketing, management and administration to prepare you for life working in a modern business organisation. Course Title

Course Length

Location

LEVEL

Accountancy AAT Certificate

1 year

CS

Accountancy AAT Diploma

1 year

CS

E1013

Business & Finance BTEC Diploma

2 years

CS

E1053

Business Administration City & Guilds Diploma

1 year

CS

Business BTEC Diploma

Up to 2 years

Accountancy

Entry

1

2

3

E1012

E018

E020

E022

CS

E1010

E1011

1 year

CS

E1958

E1799

Business Administration

1 year

CS

E1603

E1795

Customer Service

2 years

CS

W210

Marketing

1 year

CS

APPRENTICESHIPS

E2207

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JAVERIA COURSE: BTEC LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS & FINANCE FORMER SCHOOL: QUARRENDON UPPER SCHOOL “The tutors on my course were great, they made everything really easy to understand, and I loved the trips and visits we went on to see how real businesses are run.” Javeria now works as an assistant manager at a UK-wide charity. View online – www.bedford.ac.uk/javeria

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CARE, CHILDCARE & TEACHING If you want to start a career in this rewarding industry our care and childcare courses allow you to explore and discover the area you would like to specialise in, whether that’s nursing, youth work, or working with children or the elderly. Course Title

Course Length

Location

LEVEL

Childcare BTEC Diploma

1 year

CS

Childcare CACHE Certificate/Diploma

1 year

CS

Children & Young People's Workforce CACHE Extended Diploma 2 years

CS

Health & Social Care BTEC Diploma

CS

Up to 2 years

Entry

1

2

3

K1124 K1128 K1341 K1124

K639

K1005

APPRENTICESHIPS Childcare, Learning & Development

Up to 2 years

CS

K1073

Clinical Healthcare

2 years

CS

K1369

K1374

Health & Social Care

Up to 2 years

CS

K1311

K1323

Teaching Assistant

2 years

CS

K1351

K1297

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Interested in working in a fast-paced, constantly changing industry? Our computing courses develop your skills in software, networking, the web and more providing the platform for an exciting career in IT. IT BTEC Diploma

1 year

CS

F1052

F1045

IT BTEC Extended Diploma

2 years

CS

IT Application Specialist

Up to 3 years

CS

F1622

F1618

IT Professional

Up to 3 years

CS

F1587

F1582

F1046

APPRENTICESHIPS

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CONSTRUCTION Whether you see yourself as a bricklayer, a carpenter or other craft trade, to more of a technical role such as building/ quantity surveyor, planning officer or project manager, our courses provide strong foundations for whichever construction career you choose. Course Title

Course Length

LEVEL Location

1

2

3

Bench Joinery ConstructionSkills Diploma

1 year

CS

C451

C1200

C1211

Brickwork ConstructionSkills Diploma

1 year

CS

C449

C452

C796

Carpentry ConstructionSkills Diploma

1 year

CS

C451

C869

C460

Construction BTEC Diploma

Up to 2 years

CS

C898

C899

Painting & Decorating ConstructionSkills Diploma

1 year

CS

C453

C459

Bench Joinery

2 years

CS

C1133

C1144

Brickwork

2 years

CS

C598

C983

Carpentry

2 years

CS

C721

C554

Construction Maintenance Operations

2 years

CS

C1695

Painting & Decorating

2 years

CS

C601

Technical & Professional Construction

2 years

CS

Entry

C450

APPRENTICESHIPS

C1158 C1708

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CHRIS COURSE: BTEC LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA IN IT FORMER SCHOOL: SAMUEL WHITBREAD UPPER SCHOOL & COMMUNITY COLLEGE “The computer facilities were great and the tutors were so knowledgeable – no matter what I asked they literally always had the answer for me!” Chris now works as a field engineer at a London-based IT support company. View online – www.bedford.ac.uk/chris

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ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION Does working in the electrical technology field spark your interest? Our comprehensive courses offer practical learning in the College’s workshops that will prepare you for success in this hands-on career. Course Title

Course Length

Location

LEVEL

Electrical Installation City & Guilds Certificate

1 year

CS

Electrical Installation City & Guilds Diploma

1 year

CS

4 years

CS

Entry

1

2

3

D1067 C469

APPRENTICESHIP Electrotechnical Installation

C805

ENGINEERING From electrical, mechanical or aeronautical engineering, you’ll get hands-on with real equipment and technology whichever engineering specialism you want to focus on, preparing you for a career in this exciting field. Engineering (Technical) BTEC Diploma

1 year

CS

D565

Engineering BTEC Diploma

1 year

CS

D1426

Engineering BTEC Extended Diploma

2 years

CS

D1426

(general engineering - electrical and electronic bias OR general engineering – mechanical bias OR aeronautical engineering)

APPRENTICESHIPS Aeronautical Engineering

4 years

CS

D1466

Electrical/Electronic Engineering

4 years

CS

D1466

General Engineering

Up to 4 years

CS

Mechanical Engineering

4 years

CS

D923

D1466 D1466

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ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE Open up opportunities in life and work by learning the world’s second most-spoken language through our long-established English as a Foreign Language (EFL) course – taught at Bedford College for over 40 years. English as a Foreign Language

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FLORISTRY Love working with flowers? Got creative flair? Thrive on one of our fantastic floristry courses, combining creative design with the beauty of nature to develop your floral arrangement skills and move into a successful career as a florist. Course Title Floristry City & Guilds Diploma

Course Length

Location

LEVEL

1 year

SC

Entry

1

2

3

B434

B535

FOUNDATION EDUCATION If you have a disability or learning difficulty then our Foundation Skills programme will give you the flexibility and support that you need to develop and progress to a Level 1 course. Entry to Independence

1 year

CS

X444

Foundation Skills programme

Up to 3 years

CS

X380

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HAIR, BEAUTY & HOLISTIC THERAPIES Combine creativity and fashion with a career in hair and beauty – you’ll learn the latest techniques and knowledge you need to become a skilled hairdresser, make-up artist, nail technician, beauty therapist and more with our fantastic courses. Course Title

Course Length

LEVEL Location

Beauty Consultancy City & Guilds Diploma

1 year

BKS

Beauty Therapy NVQ Diploma

1 year

BKS

Creative Hair & Beauty Studies City & Guilds Diploma

1 year

BKS

J367

Hairdressing (Industry Focus) City & Guilds Diploma

1 year

BKS

J365

Hairdressing City & Guilds Diploma

1 year

BKS

J444

Hairdressing NVQ Diploma

1 year

BKS

Holistic & Body Therapies Techniques City & Guilds Diploma 1 year

BKS

Nail Technology City & Guilds Diploma

1 year

BKS

Beauty Therapy

2 years

BKS

Hairdressing

2 years

BKS

Entry

1

2

3

J961 J513

J366

J363

J362

J368 J875 J876

J877

APPRENTICESHIPS J869 J476

J802

HOSPITALITY & CATERING From creating amazing food to delivering a fantastic restaurant service, the exciting world of hospitality gives you the opportunity to be creative, travel and meet new people – take a look at the courses we offer… Hospitality Supervision & Leadership City & Guilds Diploma 1 year

CS

Professional Cookery City & Guilds Diploma

1 year

CS

2 years

CS

H663 H657

H658

H664

H1085

H1086

APPRENTICESHIPS Hospitality & Catering

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LAND & THE ENVIRONMENT Surrounded by acres of stunning parkland, woodland and lakes, Shuttleworth College provides the perfect environment to develop your skills no matter which land-based specialism catches your eye… Course Title Agriculture BTEC Diploma

Course Length

LEVEL Location

Up to 2 years

SC

Countryside BTEC Diploma

Up to 2 years

SC

Fisheries BTEC Diploma

Up to 2 years

SC

Horticulture BTEC Diploma

Up to 2 years

SC

Land-Based Studies BTEC Diploma

1 year

SC

Agriculture

2 years

Conservation & Environment

Entry

1

2

B662

3 B323

B355

B367 B377

B393

B399

SC

B1043

B1181

2 years

SC

B1150

Horticulture

2 years

SC

B880

Trees & Timber

2 years

SC

B1155

B662

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MOTOR VEHICLE Based at the College’s Vehicle Technology Centre, a dedicated technical facility in Kempston, our motor vehicle courses cover vehicle maintenance and repair, body repair and spraying and paint work. Course Title

Course Length

LEVEL Location

Motor Vehicle Body Repair & Paint IMI Diploma

1 year

VTC

Motor Vehicle Maintenance IMI Diploma

1 year

VTC

Motor Vehicle Body Repair & Paint

Up to 2 years

VTC

D933

Motor Vehicle Maintenance

Up to 2 years

VTC

D820

Entry

D1164

1

D589

2

3

D850

D1451

D596

D1181

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MARC COURSE: IMI LEVEL 1 DIPLOMA IN MOTOR VEHICLE BODY REPAIR FORMER SCHOOL: REDBORNE UPPER SCHOOL “My tutors had all worked in garages so had experience of what they were teaching. The facilities in Kempston were just like a real working garage.” Marc now works as a mechanic at a car repair garage. View online – www.bedford.ac.uk/marc

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PERFORMING ARTS, MUSIC TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA Develop your creative talents in performance or production across acting, music, dance, film, events and more at our modern South Bank Arts Centre, providing the dynamic study spaces and equipment you need to shine. Course Title

Course Length

LEVEL Location

Media BTEC Diploma

1 year

CS

Media Production BTEC Extended Diploma

2 years

CS

Music Technology BTEC Diploma

1 year

CS

Entry

1

2

3

L499 L501 L523

Music Technology (Performance) BTEC Extended Diploma 2 years

CS

L1381

Music Technology (Production) BTEC Extended Diploma 2 years

CS

L518

Performing Arts BTEC Diploma

1 year

CS

Performing Arts (Performance) BTEC Diploma

1 year

CS

Performing Arts (Acting) BTEC Extended Diploma

2 years

CS

L521

Performing Arts (Dance) BTEC Extended Diploma

2 years

CS

L520

Performing Arts (Make-up) BTEC Extended Diploma

2 years

CS

L1531

Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) BTEC Extended Diploma 2 years

CS

L1291

Production Arts BTEC Extended Diploma

CS

L522

2 years

L601 L524

LOOKING FOR HIGHER EDUCATION/UNIVERSITY - LEVEL COURSES? We offer Level 4/5 courses in a range of subjects – check out page 22 to find out more.

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ASHLEY COURSE: BTEC LEVEL 2 DIPLOMA IN MUSIC TECHNOLOGY FORMER SCHOOL: MARK RUFFORD UPPER SCHOOL “The course gave my career a kick-start and I’d recommend it to anyone looking to find their way into the industry.” Ashley is now the owner of an events management company. View online – www.bedford.ac.uk/ashley

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PLUMBING Be at the cutting-edge of the plumbing industry at our Gas & Plumbing Technology Centre, offering comprehensive courses covering the latest plumbing technology to give you the practical skills you need to move into employment as a plumber. Course Title

Course Length

Location

LEVEL

Plumbing City & Guilds Certificate

1 year

GPC

Plumbing City & Guilds Diploma

1 year

Up to 3 years

Entry

1

2

3

C557

C464

C696

GPC

C464

C696

GPC

C707

C705

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PUBLIC SERVICES Looking to pursue a career in the emergency services, prison service, armed forces or other public service? These challenging but essential roles support society and require great communication – develop the skills you need with our fantastic public services courses… Uniformed Public Services BTEC Diploma

Up to 2 years

CS

Uniformed Public Services BTEC Extended Diploma

2 years

CS

K1379

K645 K646

LOOKING FOR HIGHER EDUCATION/UNIVERSITY-LEVEL COURSES? We offer Higher Education courses in a range of subjects – check out page 22 to find out more.

SPORT & OUTDOOR ADVENTURE If you’re the active and adventurous type or fascinated by fitness and how the body works, our sport and outdoor adventure courses will help develop your knowledge through both theory and practice at our modern SPRINGS Sports Centre. Outdoor Adventure Sports BTEC Diploma

1 year

SC

Outdoor Adventure Sports BTEC Extended Diploma

2 years

SC

Sport BTEC Diploma

1 year

CS

Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness) BTEC Extended Diploma

2 years

CS

H649

Sport (Football Excellence Scheme) BTEC Extended Diploma

2 years

KR

H1658

Sport (Outdoor Adventure) BTEC Extended Diploma

2 years

CS

H1569

LOOKING FOR HIGHER EDUCATION/UNIVERSITY-LEVEL COURSES? We offer Higher Education courses in a range of subjects check out page 22 to find out more.

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TRAVEL & TOURISM Covering a wide range of roles including holiday representatives, cabin crew, as well as event and venue staff at attractions, a career in the travel and tourism industry gives you the chance to meet new people and travel the world. Course Title

Course Length

LEVEL Location

Travel & Tourism City & Guilds Diploma

1 year

CS

Travel & Tourism BTEC Diploma

2 years

CS

H653

Travel & Tourism BTEC Extended Diploma

2 years

CS

H655

Entry

1

2

H651

H652

3

LOOKING FOR HIGHER EDUCATION/UNIVERSITY-LEVEL COURSES? We offer Higher Education courses in a range of subjects – check out page 22 to find out more.

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READY TO APPLY? FOLLOW THESE 5 EASY STEPS TO APPLY FOR YOUR COURSE AT BEDFORD COLLEGE… STEP ONE

STEP TWO

STEP THREE

STEP FOUR

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APPLY FOR YOUR COURSE ONLINE

ATTENDING YOUR INTERVIEW

Discover more about the courses you’re interested in using the amazing Bedford College app – just type in your course code to find out exactly what you’ll study, plus any specific qualifications you’ll need in order to start.

Our open days are held throughout the year and are a great way to see for yourself what the College can offer you – check out this year’s dates on page 2. We also offer Student Experience Days where you can spend time at College learning more about your course as a student – turn to page 15 for more information.

Applying online is easy – just click the ‘Apply Online’ button next to the course you’re interested in. After registering (or logging in if you’ve already registered), all you have to do is complete a short form and press ‘submit’.

After receiving your application we’ll invite you to attend an interview with a tutor who will be able to answer any questions you may have. We’ll then let you know if you have been successful and offer you a place on your course.

You can also find out more online – enter your course code at www.bedford.ac.uk/ courses

You can also complete a paper application form and post it to us for free – download a copy at www.bedford.ac.uk/ downloads or request one by calling us.

WHY DELAY? APPLY TODAY Don’t miss out! Closing date for applications is 31 May 2013. Apply early as many of our courses fill up quickly!

STEP FIVE GET A TASTE OF THE ACTION When you’ve accepted your place, you’ll also be invited to attend our summer Taste of the Action event on Tuesday 2 July 2013. This programme aims to introduce you to your course and life at College before starting your studies in September.

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HOW TO FIND US

COME ON OVER 1

2

BEDFORD COLLEGE CAULDWELL STREET

3

TRAIN STATION

5

7

4

BROOKS HAIR & BEAUTY SALON

GAS & PLUMBING TECHNOLOGY CENTRE

SHUTTLEWORTH COLLEGE

6

VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY CENTRE

8

MOUNT PLEASANT EQUINE CENTRE

BUS STATION

A1

RUSHDEN A6

 PETERBOROUGH & CAMBRIDGE

A421

B660

BEDFORD

MILTON KEYNES

A428 A428

3

4

2 1

SANDY

A603

KEMPSTON 6

A1

5

A421

A4280 Bromham Road

3

8

4 A6 High Street

2 A6

OLD WARDEN

B658

BIGGLESWADE

7 A600

1 B531 B530 Kempston Road

8

A5134 Mile Road

7

A507

5

 LUTON & DUNSTABLE

BE DF OR D

RD

A421 A421

A6001

B658 HILL LANE

Elstow Road 6

WARDEN RD

London Road

ON ND LO

A6 Ampthill Road

B531 Bedford Road

A5134

A1

Cardington Road

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