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Full-Time Courses & Apprenticeships Guide 2016-2017


TERM DATES Find out your study and holiday times for the academic year ahead...

AUTUMN TERM 2016

Monday 12 September 2016 – Friday 16 December 2016 Half-term Monday 24 October 2016 – Friday 28 October 2016

SPRING TERM 2017

Monday 9 January 2017 – Friday 31 March 2017 Half-term Monday 13 February 2017 – Friday 17 February 2017

SUMMER TERM 2017

Tuesday 18 April 2017 – Friday 23 June 2017 Half-term Monday 29 May 2017 – Friday 2 June 2017

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WELCOME TO BEDFORD COLLEGE At Bedford College we’re dedicated to getting you where you want to be in life. By providing you with a great education in environments that mirror the working world, we will help you to achieve your career aspirations. If you know where you want your career to take you, you can spend all of your time channelling your energy into what you love. If you’re still looking, we’ll help you find what you love. With effect from 2015, the government has raised the participation age to 18. This means that all young people must stay in education or training until this age, but it doesn’t mean having to stay in school.

At Bedford College, our education and training options are vast. We offer a wide range of full-time study programmes and Apprenticeships for you to choose from. Choosing to study at Bedford College brings with it a host of unique benefits that you won’t find at any other local school including: our own Job Shop,

a guarantee for our full-time students to progress on to the next level of study with us and a success guarantee that they will achieve the qualification they set out to gain (terms and conditions apply – see www.bedford.ac.uk). You can find more information on all of what we can offer you in this prospectus.

we’re dedicated to getting you to where you want to be in life

Our Student Services team has held the Matrix quality standard since 2004, which is awarded in recognition of the professionalism and quality of the support and guidance that we give our students. This means that whenever you need someone to talk to, we’ll be able to help. Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/studentsupport Call 01234 291000

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CONTENTS 2 3 5 6 8 10 12 14

Term dates Welcome Open Days Welcome to Bedford Welcome to Shuttleworth Parents’ FAQs Onwards and upwards: Progression Beginning your career

Full-time study programmes 16 Explaining study programmes 18 QualiďŹ cations guide 20 Fees and Funding 22 Full-time study programmes A-Z Apprenticeship programmes 70 Introducing Apprenticeships 72 Funding 74 Apprenticeship programmes A-Z 85 86 87

Higher Education A-Levels Index

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OPEN DAYS Our Open Days are the best way to see a tour if Bedford College is for you: •• Take Talk to tutors • ‘Have a go’ with our interactive activities • Ask our Student Services advisers all of your questions

Bedford & Kempston Campus including Cauldwell Street Campus, BROOKS Hair & Beauty Salon, Gas & Plumbing Technology Centre and Vehicle Technology Centre Tuesday 3 November 2015 5.00pm-8.00pm Thursday 21 January 2016 5.00pm-8.00pm Tuesday 1 March 2016 5.00pm-8.00pm Tuesday 17 May 2016 5.00pm-8.00pm

Shuttleworth College Campus Saturday 7 November 2015 9.30am-12.30pm Saturday 23 January 2016 9.30am-12.30pm Saturday 5 March 2016 9.30am-12.30pm Thursday 19 May 2016 5.00pm-8.00pm

BEAT THE QUEUES

Pre-register your place online now at www.bedford.ac.uk/events

TRY IT OUT!

Would you like to experience what it feels like to be a student at Bedford College and Shuttleworth College, on any course at any level? If so, then apply online at: www.bedford.ac.uk/tryitout for a ‘taster’ visit. This can be for an individual or for small groups, and can be arranged for a half day or a full day on the course you are thinking of taking at any of our campuses. You will join current students, maybe have an assigned ‘buddy’ and take part in, and/or observe, what is being delivered. So, if you want to get a real feel for what it is like to be a Bedford College or Shuttleworth College student, come along and have a ‘taste’! Available between January and May 2016. For more information contact our Schools & Community Liaison Manager, Ellen Punter, on 01234 291303 or email epunter@bedford.ac.uk

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WELCOME TO BEDFORD Situated at the heart of the town on the banks of the River Great Ouse, our £15 million refurbishment has resulted in a campus to be proud of with everything you need in one place, including: • Learning Resources Centre • Industry-class workshops

• YourSpace Common Room • Munch & Mocha Restaurant and Coffee Shop • 25 Restaurant • SPRINGS Sport & Leisure Centre • South Bank Arts Centre • BROOKS Hair & Beauty Salon • Student Services Centre • IT suites • Job Shop

BUS AND TRAIN STATION LOCATIONS FOR BEDFORD CAMPUS:

TRAVEL BY TRAIN Bedford’s mainline station is just over a 10 minute walk from both our Cauldwell Street Campus and BROOKS Hair & Beauty Salon, with the smaller Bedford St Johns station only five minutes from Cauldwell Street. Trains run to Bedford from: • Aspley Guise • Bletchley • Bow Brickhill • Fenny Stratford • Flitwick • Harlington • Kempston Hardwick • Leagrave • Lidlington • Luton • Millbrook • Ridgmont • Stewartby • Woburn Sands Visit National Rail at www.nationalrail.co.uk for full information on train times and ticket prices.

TRAVEL BY CAR There is limited student parking at our Cauldwell Street Campus. You will need a student permit to park and pay £1 per day. Please note, having a permit does not guarantee you a parking space.

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TRAVEL BY BUS Buses run frequently from all over the local area and stop less than a 10 minute walk away from our Cauldwell Street Campus and BROOKS Hair & Beauty Salon:

Route Destination number

Frequency

KEMPSTON CAMPUS Our Kempston Campus features: • Industry-class workshops • Spacious classrooms • Student common room with refreshment facilities

TRAVEL BY BUS

1

Kempston (via Bedford Road) Every 12 minutes

2

Elstow Park & Ride site

Every 12 minutes

3

Fenlake

Every 20 minutes

4

Goldington

Every 20 minutes

5

Elms Farm

Every 12 minutes

6

Woodlands Park

Every 12 minutes

7

Woodside

Every 20 minutes

8

Great Denham

Every 20 minutes

9

Shortstown

Every 12 minutes

TRAVEL BY CAR

10

Goldington

Every 20 minutes

40

Milton Keynes

Every 60 minutes

41

Northampton

Every 60 minutes

Free on-road parking is available at both of our Technology Centres, with easy access to Woburn Road Industrial Estate just off the major A421 road.

42

Ampthill & Flitwick

Every 60 minutes

50

Rushden & Kettering

Up to every 60 minutes

51

Clapham & Oakley

Every 30 minutes

52

Cranfield

Every 60 minutes

53

Wootton

Every 20 minutes

71/72

Shefford & Hitchin

Every 30 minutes

73

Sandy & Biggleswade

Every 30 minutes

74

Biggleswade

Every 60 minutes

81

Clophill & Luton

Every 60 minutes

X5

Cambridge-Oxford

Every 30 minutes

These College locations are served by bus route numbers 52 and 53, stopping just outside the Woburn Road Industrial Estate and running between Bedford town centre and the villages of Marston Moretaine (52), Cranfield (52) and Wootton (53).

TRAVEL BY TRAIN The nearest station to our Technology Centres is Kempston Hardwick, which is served hourly by the Marston Vale Line between Bletchley and Bedford.

TRAVEL BURSARY

A travel bursary worth £450 a year may be available to students studying a full-time course (Advanced Level or below). In 2015/16 students had to… • be aged 16-18 on 31 August 2016 • live more than three miles (driving distance) from the campus they will be studying at • have a household income of £30,000 or less • not be eligible for financial support for travel from their Local Authority. Find out more including current eligibility requirements at www.bedford.ac.uk/travel

Please note: routes and timings correct as of May 2015. Visit www.stagecoachbus.com for the most up-to-date information.

Why not walk or cycle to college?

There are bike racks at our Cauldwell Street Campus and you can download a copy of Bedford Borough Council’s Cycle Map on our website at www.bedford.ac.uk/travel Call 01234 291000

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WELCOME TO SHUTTLEWORTH The 500 acre Shuttleworth College Campus is not just a beautiful place to study, its unique working environments will provide you with everything you need to succeed on our Animal Sciences, Land & The Environment and Outdoor Adventure courses. You will have access to: • Learning Resources Centre • Information Learning Technology suites • Munch & Mocha Restaurant and Coffee Shop

• Job Shop ‘pop-up’ shop • Walled garden, lakes and parklands • Blue Cross award-winning Animal Unit • Kingshill Farm (livestock and arable land) • Mechanisation Centre of agricultural machinery • Mount Pleasant Equine Centre • Indoor and outdoor sports facilities, pitches and courts • Fish farm and lakes • Woodland and conservation area

SHUTTLEWORTH COLLEGE:

TRAVEL BY BUS We provide a comprehensive College-run bus service to local towns and villages in the surrounding area depending on demand, including: • Caddington • Ampthill • Clifton • Arlesey • Clophill • Baldock • Dunstable • Barton • Eaton Bray • Beeston • Eaton Socon • Bedford • Biggleswade • Flitwick • Great Barford • Bletchley • Harlington • Brampton • Hatch • Buckden

• Haynes • Houghton Regis • Hitchin • Huntingdon • Kensworth • Langford • Leighton Buzzard • Letchworth • Little Paxton • Lower Stondon • Luton • Maulden • Meppershall • Milton Keynes • Potton • Sandy • Shefford • Shillington • Streatley • Stevenage • St Ippolyts • St Neots • Stotfold • Toddington • Westoning • Wilstead • Woburn Sands Find out the latest information on where our bus service stops at www.shuttleworth.ac.uk/travel

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SUBSIDISED BUS TRAVEL

The College-run bus service is subsidised depending on your household income. In 2015/16 the cost was £150 per term if you have an income of £30,000 or less and £225 per term for an income over that. It is cheaper if you pay for the whole year at £405 or £640 respectively.

TRAVEL BURSARY

If you travel to Shuttleworth other than by College bus and you are studying a full-time course (Advanced Level or below), you may qualify for a travel bursary as long as you: • are aged 16-18 on 31 August 2016 • live more than three miles (driving distance) from the campus you will be studying at • have a household income of £30,000 or less • are not eligible for financial support for travel from your Local Authority. Find out more at www.shuttleworth.ac.uk/travelbursary

TRAVEL BY TRAIN The nearest mainline railway station is Biggleswade, which is served twice-hourly by the Peterborough to London Kings Cross line, stopping at nearby towns. Our Campus is just a 10 minute bus journey (see left) or trip by taxi from Biggleswade station.

TRAVEL BY CAR Our Campus benefits from ample free parking on site and is a short distance from the nearby towns of Bedford and Biggleswade with access to the major A421 and A1 roads.

ACCOMMODATION

If travelling to our Shuttleworth College Campus is difficult for you, we may be able to offer you a place in our halls of residence. You’ll get your own single study bedroom plus access to a modern common room complete with kitchen facilities, comfy chairs, sofas and TV. In 2015/2016 our accommodation cost was £3,960 per year including full board during the week (subject to change, check online for latest information). Help with costs for our halls may be available to you through our residential bursary – visit www.shuttleworth.ac.uk/accommodation

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PARENTS’ FAQs We realise that deciding what and where to study after school is just as big a decision for you, the parents and guardians, as it is for your son or daughter. From understanding the content of the course your son or daughter is considering, to knowing how we’ll look after them, we understand that it’s important for you to be in the know.

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We recommend you come along to an Open Day with your son or daughter to find out everything you both need to know – see the latest dates on page 5.

What does Ofsted think of Bedford College? The College was last inspected by Ofsted in March 2014 and graded ‘Good’. Features that were mentioned in the report included: • An excellent learning environment with very good resources. • Teachers have excellent links with industry, which helps students gain industry-related skills to prepare them skilfully for the world of work. • Many students progress well on to employment or Apprenticeships.   How many students progress on to work or continue in education? An impressive 94% of our students continue in further study or go on to paid employment after College. We live outside of Bedfordshire. Can my son/daughter still come to Bedford College? Yes. Unlike the school application process, college places are not based on where you live. Are the term dates similar to school and how long is a typical day? College terms are slightly shorter than school terms; typically starting in the middle of

September and ending in the middle of June. See page 2 for 2016-2017 term dates. The College day typically runs from 9.00am until 4.30pm. Apprenticeships can start at different times of the year, but apprentices will still only study in College during term time. My son/daughter required extra support with their studies at school. Will they be able to access similar support at College? Yes. We have a fantastic additional support team for those students and apprentices with particular needs, such as dyslexia, hearing or visual impairment. We can also provide access to specialist equipment or help in developing assignment skills, for example. My son/daughter has always received free school meals. Will they have to pay for their lunches at College? Your son/daughter may be able to continue to receive free meals in the campus restaurants. You can apply for this through the Bursary scheme. See www.bedford.ac.uk/support Who can my son/daughter turn to when they need help with their studies? All full-time students at our College benefit from their own Call 01234 291000

personal 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. Apprentices will be visited regularly by their training adviser. If at any time during their programme your son or daughter has any concerns or questions, their training adviser will be contactable by phone as advised at the start of the Apprenticeship programme. How can I keep up to date with my son/daughter’s progress? We know you want to take an active role in their education, so the College sends out regular e-newsletters to parents, holds parents’ consultation evenings  and issues student progress reports twice a year. For apprentices, tutors will give feedback in College and reviews will be organised by the training adviser to take place in the workplace. The adviser will confirm details of targets set and provide feedback to the apprentice and the employer. The adviser will also notify the employer regarding attendance and progress on the course. A copy of the progress review document will be given to the apprentice and the employer.

What costs are involved in coming to College? If your son or daughter is aged 16-18 our full-time courses and Apprenticeship programmes are free to study, but coming to College can involve other costs, such as equipment. See www.bedford.ac.uk/support for full-time course cost information. Will my son/daughter be safe at College? We are committed to meeting our duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. Our teaching and support staff understand what to do in the event of any such concerns, and we have a safeguarding team who are fully-trained in dealing with issues of safety and security involving our students.

HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION? Just ask! Call us on 01234 291000

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ONWARDS AND UPWARDS FROM ENTRY TO ADVANCED LEVEL STARTING OUT AT BEDFORD COLLEGE Prospective students can access a careers interview with our professional careers advisers. We will offer completely impartial advice based on your circumstances because we want to make sure that what and where you study is exactly right for you.

We are committed to ensuring everyone in our community can develop their education and skills to the highest level. Our progression guarantee states that if you study a full-time programme from Entry Level to Intermediate Level with us, you will be guaranteed progression on to any programme at the next level, so long as you meet certain criteria (see www.bedford.ac.uk for terms and conditions).

DID YOU KNOW?

96%

of our Intermediate Level students went on to further study or paid employment in 2014.

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ON TO HIGHER EDUCATION OR A HIGHER APPRENTICESHIP

DID YOU KNOW?

We have high expectations for our students. Over half of our Advanced Level students went on to study a degree after studying with us last year. 364 of our students went on to study subjects at over 80 universities across the UK in 2014, including:

90%

of our full-time students feel that they gained skills on their course that can be used in a future job.

• King’s College London (University of London) • The University of Birmingham • University of Bristol • University of Exeter • University of Glasgow • University of Leeds • The University of Liverpool

WHAT DID ALL OF OUR FULL-TIME STUDENTS GO ON TO DO LAST YEAR?

• The University of Manchester • The University of Nottingham • The University of Warwick Most of our Advanced Level full-time study and Apprenticeship programmes have a UCAS points value. If your chosen course does not, you can still progress on to a related higher education course where the university accepts the qualification’s worth and content. Work experience is also taken into account.

93% Studying full-time (degree level or below) or in paid employment (full-time, part-time or as an apprentice) 1% Unpaid employment (internships or volunteering) 1% Taking a gap year

DID YOU KNOW?

93%

4% Unemployed and seeking work 1% Other

of our Advanced Level students went on to further study or paid employment in 2014. Half of these went to University.

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BEGINNING YOUR CAREER

THE JOB SHOP

At the Bedford College Job Shop, we understand how competitive the job market has become and aim to support you to reach your career goals. As part of our promise to you, we are committed to getting you into full-time employment or an Apprenticeship when you finish College, if you decide that higher education is not for you. It is a free service and also offers help and advice on CV writing and interview technique from our team of careers advisers.

The Job Shop is here to assist you with the following during your time at College and beyond: • CVs and application forms • Letters • Local labour market information • Interviews • Apprenticeships • Voluntary work • Job hunting • Essential employment skills Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/jobshop to find out more.

As a student, all you need to do to access this service is register your details and career aspirations with the Job Shop. We then look at your skills and experience and match you up with suitable vacancies on our database of hundreds of local employers.

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Careers advice from our award-winning Student Services team

We are as focused on your dream career as you, and will offer you as much help as we can to get you there. This includes help with applications and information on your options in work, training and higher education. Our expert careers advisers from Student Services will provide impartial guidance to help you make the right course and career choices, from now until you finish your time here.

HOW WE IMPROVE YOUR ‘EMPLOYABILITY’ As part of your study programme, you’ll also gain skills that will help to improve your employability – in other words, skills required to increase your chances of gaining and keeping work. These include 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. For more information visit www.bedford.ac.uk/studentsupport

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FULL-TIME STUDY PROGRAMMES

Explaining study programmes In today’s competitive market employers and universities are looking for much more than just a qualification. At Bedford College, alongside your industry-recognised qualification, you’ll also study English and maths and improve your personal and employability skills. You will either study at Intermediate Level and progress on to Advanced Level, or start at Advanced Level. See page 19 for our qualifications guide.

Your study programme will provide you with: • A nationally-recognised qualification • English and maths skills If you have a grade D in GCSE English and maths you will be required to re-sit these qualifications. Those with a Grade E or below will be required to study funtional skills maths and English to work towards resitting GCSE English and maths. • Work experience • Personal development skills • Study skills • Employability skills • And possibly additional vocational learning and qualifications, depending on the course you choose.

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WHY STUDY ENGLISH AND MATHS? English and maths are essential to your employment and further or higher education prospects. Many employers state that too many young people lack the literacy and numeracy skills needed for work – these are

the skills they demand above all others. If you want to continue in education, you’ll find that entry on to higher level courses also requires A*-C GCSE qualifications in English and maths.

The requirement to continue studying English and maths is not about resitting exams, but increasing your skills and widening your opportunities.

BUILDING YOUR SUCCESS

This is what your full-time study programme will consist of:

Nationally-recognised qualification English and maths Employability skills

Personal development Communication

Selfesteem

Willingness to learn

Personal responsibility and resilience

Selfmotivation

Study skills

Work ethic

Personal presentation

Teamwork

Problem solving

Work and/or voluntary experience

Additional vocational learning

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Adaptability

Time How to selfmanagement manage

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FULL-TIME STUDY PROGRAMMES

Your guide to qualifications The study programmes you can take at our College are made up of several different qualifications. Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/courses for details of the qualification you will be working towards. Many of our qualifications are accredited by leading national industry training bodies – so the career skills you develop are exactly what your chosen industry demands.

DID YOU KNOW?

95%

of our full-time students agree their teachers have up-to-date subject knowledge.

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Looking for A-Levels or Higher Education? Turn to page 84 to find out more.


QUALIFICATION LEVELS Qualifications are split by different levels that relate to how advanced the course subject is – to take a course at a particular level, you may need to already have certain qualifications at lower levels…

BTECs These are qualifications designed to link closely with industry that are recognised by universities and employers as an alternative to studying A-Levels, but still attract UCAS points. They allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills through practical work, which is assessed through coursework only – there are no written exams.

You have…

You can study at…

No formal qualifications, but you can demonstrate a commitment to, and interest in, your chosen subject

Entry Level

Generally no formal qualifications, but some courses may require an Entry Level qualification in your chosen subject

Introductory Level (Level 1)

Introductory Level (Level 1) qualifications, for example GCSEs at grades D-E, a BTEC Level 1 Diploma or NVQ Level 1

Intermediate Level (Level 2)

Intermediate Level (Level 2) qualifications, for example GCSEs at grades A*-C, a BTEC Level 2 Diploma or NVQ Level 2

Advanced Level (Level 3)

BTEC qualification

GCSE/A-Level equivalent

UCAS points

Level 1 Award/Certificate/Diploma

Level 2 Award/Certificate/Diploma

4 GCSEs

Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

1 A-Level

140

Level 3 Diploma

2 A-Levels

280

Level 3 Extended Diploma

3 A-Levels

420

Where will your qualification lead you? Examples of future career opportunities after your study programme (as shown from page 25 under ‘You could pursue a career as...’) are taken from www.nationalcareersservice.gov.uk

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FULL-TIME STUDY PROGRAMMES

Fees and Funding We don’t believe that money worries should ever be a barrier for people coming to our College. That’s why we offer a range of financial support packages, some of which could be available to you. These include help with essential costs, childcare, travel or meals. Further details on all of the financial support that we offer are available online at www.bedford.ac.uk/finance or by contacting our Student Services team – call 01234 291934 or email studentservices@bedford.ac.uk

WILL I HAVE TO PAY ANYTHING FOR MY COURSE? There are two types of costs associated with full-time courses at our College – tuition and exam fees, and additional costs.

TUITION AND EXAM FEES

ADDITIONAL COSTS

If you’re a school leaver aged 16-18 years old on 31 August 2016, the tuition fees and any exam registration fees for all of the courses in this prospectus are FREE, except for Access to Higher Education courses where a fee may be charged. If you’re aged 19 or above, you may have to pay a fee – please check online at www.bedford.ac.uk/finance for further information.

For some of our courses, you may have to pay for certain things you need in order to successfully study your subject. These can include specialist textbooks, uniforms or equipment, as well as trips and visits that boost your understanding of your subject. You can find out if there are any additional costs for your course online at www.bedford.ac.uk/courses

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International students

If you have not been living in the UK for the last three years, or if you are on a student visa, different fees may apply to you – contact us on 01234 291000 (+44 1234 291000 from overseas) to find out more.


How to apply STEP 1

STEP 2

STEP 3

STEP 4

Find the courses you’re interested in using this prospectus and our course information online.

Come to an Open Day

Check the course entry requirements online at www.bedford.ac.uk /courses

Apply online for your course at www.bedford.ac.uk/courses

STEP 9

STEP 10

Post-GCSE advice day

Start your course

If your GCSE results aren’t what you expected, don’t worry – we have a dedicated event on results day where you can receive advice and discuss your options with our expert tutors and Student Services staff.

For full-time courses, term begins at Bedford College on Monday 12 September 2016 – we look forward to seeing you then and welcoming you to our College.

STEP 8

See page 5 for the latest dates.

STEP 5 Attend an interview

DID YOU KNOW?

When the time comes for you to apply, remember that you can hold more than one offer and do not need to confirm which one you will accept until you receive your GCSE results – this leaves your options open and ensures you make the right decision.

Receive your induction letter Before you start at College, we’ll send you a letter with all the information you need to know about starting College.

Find your course on our website and click the ‘Apply Online’ button to send us your application. We strongly recommend applying before you receive your GCSE results. The earlier you apply, the more chance you will secure a place on your first choice course.

After we receive your application we want to make sure that the course you’ve chosen is the right match for your skills and experience. You will hear from us within five working days, inviting you to attend an interview with your course tutor who’ll be able to answer any questions you may have.

STEP 7

STEP 6

Welcome Day

Receive your offer

After accepting your offer you’ll be invited to attend our special welcome event on Tuesday 28 June 2016 where you’ll get a real insight into life and your course at Bedford College.

Within a couple of weeks of your interview we’ll write to you and let you know if you’ve been successful to start with us in September 2016.

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ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/access for full course information and entry requirements

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR STUDY PROGRAMME

Nursing & Healthcare Professions (including Midwifery)

Higher Education study at Bedford College

Combined Sciences

Social Sciences

Some Access students decide to continue studying here at Bedford College on one of our higher education courses.

Computing

Teacher Education

Business Studies

Nursing & Healthcare Professions

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities 90% of Access students went on to degree-level study in 2014 at universities including Warwick, King’s College London, Sussex and Nottingham.

Employment

These courses are particularly popular with those aged 24 or over who take out an Advanced Learning Loan. See www.bedford.ac.uk/loans for more information.

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BUSINESS STUDIES: • Business Communications • Business Environment • Introduction to Finance • Introduction to Marketing • Introduction to Psychology • Management Accounting • People in Organisations COMBINED SCIENCES • Cells • Chemistry • Circulation & Gaseous Exchange • Defence & Immunity • Ecology • Further Physical & Organic Chemistry • Homeostasis • Introduction to Chemical Reactions • Microbiology • Nervous System • Nutrition & Digestion • Practical Science Skills • Reproduction & Genetics • The Periodic Table COMPUTING • Computers & Society • Current Systems • Database Design & Construction • Designing & Authoring a Website • Hardware & Software • Introduction to Programming • Networks NURSING & HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONS (INCLUDING MIDWIFERY) • Cells • Circulation & Gaseous Exchange • Defence & Immunity (Nursing & Healthcare Professions only) • Foundation Midwifery (Nursing & Healthcare Professions (Including Midwifery) only) • Health Studies • Homeostasis • Microbiology • Nutrition & Digestion

SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS • Psychology • Reproduction & Genetics • Sociology SOCIAL SCIENCES • Crime & Deviance • Mental Illness and Society • Psychology • Social Policy • Social Welfare in Britain • Sociology TEACHER EDUCATION • Chemistry • English • English Literature • Human Biology • Mathematics • Practical Science • Research Skills • School Based Experience; Education, Curriculum and Early Learning • Science for Teachers

This is a one year intensive course aimed at mature students without the standard qualifications to enter higher education. They aim to build the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to progress on to higher education in the subject area you’re interested in. Our Access courses are recognised by universities across the UK and allow entry on to higher education courses in your chosen specialist area.

ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION

COURSE INSIGHTS

You will gain a good introduction to your chosen subject, develop your study skills and increase your confidence and ability with this level of study. The course takes one year and, on completion, you will gain an Access to Higher Education Diploma. All pathways will include compulsory English and maths, as well as research skills units. Every one of our Access students in 2014 agreed that tutors have up-to-date subject knowledge and make lessons interesting and enjoyable. Our Business Studies students were recently visited by parliamentary candidates from each party ahead of the 2015 general election and heard the debate between all five political parties, in one room and in one go, at the parliamentary hustings. The students also had a visit from the Editor of the Bedfordshire on Sunday newspaper, to discuss media bias, the challenge of writing good investigative journalism and then getting approval to publish it.

case study RITA STUDYING ACCESS SCIENCE

I work part-time as an agency carer but I’ve always wanted to go to university to study pharmacy, which would enable me to give patients better treatment and make their lives more comfortable. I really enjoyed chemistry, mathematics and the science practical exercises, and conducting experiments was very interesting. For example in biology we checked the catalyst reaction on human tissue from the heart, lungs and kidneys and in chemistry we did experiments which assessed the synthesis of aspirin. I also think the research work we did is going to be invaluable when I get to university. Now I know how to research and reference correctly, which is very important at university and not something that is always taught at A-Level.

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ANIMAL SCIENCES Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/animalsciences for full course information and entry requirements

INTRODUCTORY (LEVEL 1)

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR STUDY PROGRAMME Higher Education study at Bedford College Animal Management Foundation Degree (FdSc) Animal Science BSc (top-up from FdSc) Validated by, and leads to an award of, the University of Bedfordshire

Animal Care

Animal Care

Animal Management Higher Education study at other colleges and universities 49% of Animal Sciences students went on to degree-level study in 2014 at universities including Glasgow, Chester, Hull, Bournemouth and Harper Adams.

Employment 33% of students went straight into paid employment or an Apprenticeship programme in 2014. Other students in 2014 moved on to different destinations, such as taking a gap year, volunteering or becoming a full-time carer.

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ANIMAL SCIENCES

SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS Wherever you see your future, our Animal Care programmes at our Shuttleworth College Campus offer the practical, hands-on experience you’ll need to pursue a successful career. We enjoy strong industry links, which ensures our students are always ahead of important changes and developments in the sector. Here on campus, our Animal Unit won the Blue Cross Animals in Education Award in 2013, so you’ll be learning in first class facilities. The Animal Unit strongly supports and encourages the use of innovative learning technologies such as QR codes and augmented reality in helping you make the most of your learning experience whilst at the centre. Depending on your course, you will have the opportunity to go on local and overseas field trips. Our second year Advanced Level students go on an exciting study tour. Most recently, this was to Holland with visits to the internationally-renowned Burgers’ Zoo, Apeldoorn Primate Park and Harderwijk Dolfinarium. All students undertake a four week work placement as part of the course, which  in some cases leads to employment. Many also volunteer outside of College to help progression on to degree-level studies or employment.

you could pursue a career as… ZOOKEEPER

ANIMAL WELFARE OFFICER

Zookeepers not only work in zoos, but in aquariums and animal safari parks with all types of different animals.

Investigating low level complaints, collecting and rescuing animals and supporting inspectors in their work.

SALARY Starting salaries are up to £16,000. Senior zookeepers can earn between £17,000 and £24,000 a year.

SALARY Around £19,000 a year. If you train to be an inspector, you could earn between £24,000 and £27,000 once qualified.

DID YOU KNOW?

91%

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ART & DESIGN Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/art for full course information and entry requirements

INTRODUCTORY (LEVEL 1)

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR STUDY PROGRAMME Higher Education study at Bedford College

3D Applied Design 3D Design BTEC HNC/HND Animation, Illustration & Games Design

Fashion & Textiles Art & Design

Fine Art BTEC HNC/HND Graphic Design BTEC HNC/HND

Art & Design Fine Art

Graphic Design

Photography

Art & Design BTEC Foundation Diploma Pre-degree

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Fashion & Textiles BTEC HNC/HND

Interactive Media BTEC HNC/HND Photography BTEC HNC/HND

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities 77% of Art & Design students went on to further study in 2014 including degree-level study at universities such as Brighton, Loughborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Coventry.

Employment 18% of students went on to exciting careers with national and international companies including the BBC, Ted Baker and Creative Graphics International in 2014.


Our Art & Design students not only produce great work, it’s award-winning work. Year on year our HND Graphic Design students beat UK universities in industry-set challenges for creative solutions in advertising and marketing. This year we have topped all records by taking six awards in the European YCN awards where international companies like Santander, Syfy, Save the Children and Topdeck Travel sought solutions to business challenges. As a student, you too will have the opportunity to exhibit your work to the public in the College’s spectacular Art & Design End of Year Show, as well as have plenty of opportunities to enter competitions to showcase your talents, enabling you to network with professionals from the industry. Our students often have the chance to work with external businesses. The Art & Design BTEC Foundation Diploma Pre-Degree team, for instance, recently worked with the Selection Manager designer and photographer at John Lewis as part of an inspirational speaker programme. You’ll study in our £6 million South Bank Arts Centre, complete with industry standard 3D model making and animation equipment, screen and silk screen printing, dark rooms, drawing studios, graphic design studios with the latest Apple Macs, specialist workshops and art gallery.

you could pursue a career as… ART EDITOR/GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Communicating information through imagery and lettering on anything from adverts and posters to packaging. They work on creating effective design concepts that will catch people’s eye. SALARY Starting salaries can be around £18,000 a year. With experience, earnings can rise to between £25,000 and £32,000.

ART & DESIGN

SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS

PHOTOGRAPHER

A professional photographer will usually focus on a particular sector, such as social (weddings/portraits), advertising, press and photojournalism, fashion, corporate and scientific. SALARY Assistant photographers can start on around £12,000 – £17,000 a year, while an experienced full-time photographer can earn anything between £18,000 and £50,000 a year.

case study HOLLY

Previous School: Sandy Upper School

STUDYING GRAPHIC DESIGN ADVANCED LEVEL I’ve really enjoyed learning a wide range of new skills. When you start the course, you don’t need any graphic design skills, the tutors teach you everything you need to know. I always felt comfortable asking for help if I needed to go over something again. I’ve now become an expert in using important design software such as Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. We’ve got all the facilities we need here, Mac computers and some photography equipment; again you don’t need to know how to use these before you start College as they teach you everything here. I’ve found that I’ve become a much more independent thinker and worker since I’ve been at Bedford College which is great and will definitely help me when I move into the workplace.

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BUSINESS

Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/business for full course information and entry requirements

INTRODUCTORY (LEVEL 1)

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR STUDY PROGRAMME

Higher Education study at Bedford College Accountancy AAT Level 4 Diploma Accountancy

Accountancy

Business BTEC HNC/HND

Business

Business

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities

Business

76% of Business students went on to further study including degree-level study in 2014 at universities such as Reading, Surrey and Aston.

Employment 7% of students went straight into paid employment or started an Apprenticeship in 2014. Other students in 2014 moved on to different destinations, such as taking a gap year, volunteering or becoming a full-time carer.

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BUSINESS

SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS Our Business department is accredited by professional bodies, including the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). This means that you can be confident that the skills you are learning have real value in industry. You will undertake a work placement as part of your course, giving you valuable experience within the industry, alongside various trips to see how companies work. Our students have recently visited Woburn Safari Park, Luton Magistrates Court, Westfield and British Airways to aid the units of the courses including Customer Services and Law. The students took part in activities and simulations that enabled them to develop the skills required to deliver outstanding customer service and gained an understanding of its impact on the reputation and performance of the airline.

you could pursue a career as… FINANCIAL SERVICES CUSTOMER ADVISER

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Dealing with customers’ financial enquiries in contact centres for high street and online banks, or for credit, insurance and investment companies.

Making sure that the day to day running of an office goes smoothly by carrying out a range of tasks, such as organising calendars and ensuring supplies are in stock.

SALARY Starting between £12,000 and £18,000 a year, plus commission. This could rise to £30,000 a year with experience and managerial duties.

SALARY Between £12,000 and £20,000 a year, depending on what your job entails and where you work.

DID YOU KNOW?

90%

of Business students agree that their tutors have up-to-date subject knowledge.

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CARE & CHILDCARE Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/care for full course information and entry requirements

INTRODUCTORY (LEVEL 1)

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR STUDY PROGRAMME Higher Education study at Bedford College Child & Family Studies Foundation Degree (FdA) Disability Studies Foundation Degree (FdA) Early Years Studies Foundation Degree (FdA)

Childcare

Childcare

Health & Social Care

Health & Social Care

Care & Childcare

Educational Practice Foundation Degree (FdA) Psychology & Crime Foundation Degree (FdSc) Validated by, and leads to an award of, the University of Bedfordshire

Health & Social Care HNC/HND

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities 37% of Care & Childcare students went on to study in 2014 at universities including Greenwich, Derby and Anglia Ruskin.

Employment We also offer Apprenticeship programmes in this area. To find out more see page 70 or visit www.bedford.ac.uk/apprenticeships

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44% of Care & Childcare students went straight into paid employment in 2014. Other students in 2014 moved on to different destinations, such as taking a gap year, volunteering or becoming a full-time carer.


As a Care & Childcare student, you will benefit from tutors who have previously enjoyed careers as nurses, health visitors, social workers, early years specialists, primary school teachers and care assistants, so you can draw on a huge range of real vocational experience. 94% of our Care & Childcare students feel that they gain skills on their course that can be directly applied to their future career and we hold a care and childcare progression event for our Introductory Level to higher education students where we introduce them to local employers and help them identify employment opportunities within the professions. You will be involved in a range of charity and fundraising events as a Care & Childcare student, as well as practical and voluntary placement experience. Each year we organise a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Africa, which is open to all students. In 2015, we went to Keta in Ghana for 10 days to work in two local schools. Our students excelled in teaching English, maths and science to up to 50 children aged 5-15 and 28 aged 6-11 at any one time and also gained plenty of cultural experiences that will be treasured for a lifetime.

you could pursue a career as… NURSERY MANAGER/ DEPUTY MANAGER

You would be in charge of the day to day running of a nursery or other childcare setting. This would involve managing staff and making sure the environment is safe and secure for children. You will typically need a childcare qualification at least at Advanced Level and two years’ experience of working with children. SALARY Between £22,000 and £30,000 a year for managers and £18,000 to £22,000 a year for deputy managers.

CARE & CHILDCARE

SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS

SOCIAL WORKER

A social worker helps people of all ages and backgrounds with various issues. To pursue this role, you will need to study a three-year undergraduate degree in social work that is approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). SALARY Starting salaries range from £19,500 to £25,000 a year and can rise to £26,000 and £40,000 with more experience and responsibility.

case study

SHANE STUDYING CHILDCARE ADVANCED LEVEL I’ve progressed through all the levels of childcare, initially starting with Foundations Skills as I didn’t have any qualifications when I left school. I’ve spent much of my life looking after my brothers who have special needs, so I know a lot about children and studying this course seemed to make sense. I’m on a placement now at Pilgrims Pre-Preparatory School working as a nursery nurse assistant. I’m involved in planning play activities, observing the children and understanding how we can help each child develop further or if they need help with a specific problem. Now I’m progressing on to the second year of my Childcare Advanced Level qualification there are a lot of options open to me, including getting a job in the sector or going on to higher education.

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COMPUTING

Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/computing for full course information and entry requirements

INTRODUCTORY (LEVEL 1)

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR STUDY PROGRAMME

Higher Education study at Bedford College Computing & Systems Development BTEC HNC/HND Information Technology Information Technology

Information Technology

IT: Software Development IT: Networking & Systems Support

IT, Networking & Security Foundation Degree (FdSc) Validated by, and leads to an award of, the University of Bedfordshire

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities 72% of Computing students went on to study in 2014 at universities including King’s College London, Birmingham and Greenwich.

Employment 15% of students went straight into paid employment or started an Apprenticeship in 2014. Other students in 2014 moved on to different destinations, such as taking a gap year, volunteering or becoming a full-time carer.

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We ensure that you are at the cutting edge of this exciting subject by teaching you the latest skills and techniques accredited by the world’s leading IT organisations, including Microsoft, CompTIA and Cisco. Our tutors have worked in the IT industry in a wide range of roles including networking, programming, PC maintenance, website development and helpdesk support, so you will benefit greatly from their expertise and industry knowledge. Outside of the classroom, educational visits are organised to give you the opportunity to see how IT is used in a real life setting. Last year, a number of visits were arranged including to the Thinktank Science Museum in Birmingham, the Science Museum in London, CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Thorpe Park and Vauxhall. We also host the prestigious regional Worldskills competitions each year. Our Cisco lab was praised as ‘one of the best’ in the UK by the WorldSkills organisers and recently used to host a warm-up for the WorldSkills IT Networking final to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For the past two years one of our students has got through to the UK finals at the NEC in Birmingham where they had to work under pressure to produce high quality websites and networks, last year scooping a bronze medal.

you could pursue a career as… The ICT industry is growing at a fast rate and there is an increasing demand for ICT specialists. It is also an area of work with a multitude of job options, including roles in all aspects of business. Possible career paths include technical support, software development, systems analysis, web design and development, games design and development, software testing, technical authoring and network engineering.

COMPUTING

SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS

IT SUPPORT TECHNICIAN Discovering and correcting software and hardware problems for computer users. If you have a good working knowledge of computer systems, you could begin as a trainee Technician. SALARY Starting salaries are between £18,000 and £22,000 a year, which can rise to £30,000 a year with experience.

case study

HENRY IT SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT ADVANCED LEVEL I wanted to get into IT and saw software development as a good route in. I chose Bedford College because my partner was enjoying studying there. I was a mature student, so I was balancing studying with work and bringing up a family. I would often work a night shift, then go into College, then go home and only have a couple of hours sleep before starting work again. It was full on, but worth it. I even managed to gain an Outstanding Achievement Award in IT. The teachers were amazing and really, really supportive. They would always try to go the extra mile for you. I developed new skills such as programming languages and networking, all practical experience that you can directly apply to the workplace. I went on to Anglia Ruskin University to study Information Security & Forensic Computing. I got a first in year one, I’m sure as a result of the high standard of teaching I received at the College. The course was really fantastic; I recommend it if you want to get into IT. You really need to have qualifications to compete with everyone else, even for the most basic of IT roles.

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CONSTRUCTION Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/construction for full course information and entry requirements

INTRODUCTORY (LEVEL 1)

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR STUDY PROGRAMME Higher Education study at Bedford College

Bench Joinery

Bench Joinery

Site Carpentry

Site Carpentry

Bench Joinery & Site Carpentry

Brickwork

Brickwork

Brickwork

Construction

Construction

Construction

Painting & Decorating

Painting & Decorating

Painting & Decorating

Construction BTEC HNC/HND

Sustainable Construction Foundation Degree (FdSc) Validated by, and leads to an award of, the University of Bedfordshire

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities 45% of Construction students went on to further study in 2014 at universities including Liverpool, Northampton and Nottingham Trent.

Employment 55% of Construction students went straight into paid work or an Apprenticeship programme in 2014.

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CONSTRUCTION

SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS We’re at the cutting-edge of construction with industry-class workshops and equipment. Our tutors have all enjoyed successful careers in the industry and now take the lead in shaping the UK’s construction and building services training sector, talking at high profile industry events such as Ecobuild, the leading event for sustainable design, construction, energy and the built environment. This means they have direct input into what you, as a student, will learn to ensure that you stand out from the crowd when it comes to looking for a job. We also have strong links with local employers. During your course you will work on and produce real life working projects. You will also be taken on trips, experience educational visits and have guest speakers from the industry come into College to help to progress your knowledge and understanding of the construction industry. For instance, Advanced Level Construction students were invited to view the first phases of construction at the new Flitwick Leisure Centre, in order to use the Central Bedfordshire Council development as a live case study in site management. Painting & Decorating students have recently been to the Dulux Decorating Centres and Brickwork students to Hampton Court to see the period brickwork first hand.

you could pursue a career as… BUILDING SURVEYOR

PAINTER & DECORATOR

Advising clients about the design and construction of new buildings, as well as the repair and maintenance of existing buildings. This includes homes and commercial buildings. To qualify, you will need to complete a degree course accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

You will need good practical and creative skills to work in various buildings and on different surfaces including plaster, metal and wood.

SALARY Newly-qualified graduates earn between £18,000 and £22,000 a year. With experience this can rise to between £23,000 and £38,000 a year.

SALARY Starting salaries can be between £14,500 and £17,000 a year. Once qualified, you could earn between £17,500 and £30,000 a year.

DID YOU KNOW?

96%

of Construction students agree that tutors have up-to-date subject knowledge.

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ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/electrical for full course information and entry requirements

INTRODUCTORY (LEVEL 1)

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR STUDY PROGRAMME

Higher Education study at Bedford College Building Services & Sustainability Foundation Degree (FdSc) Validated by, and leads to an award of, the University of Bedfordshire

Electrical Installation

Electrical Installation

Electrical Installation

Electrical & Electronic Engineering HNC/HND Higher Education study at other colleges and universities 62% went on to further study in 2014 after the Intermediate study programme.

Employment 38% of Electrical Installation students went straight into paid work or an Apprenticeship programme after the Intermediate study programme in 2014.

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ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION

SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS Our Electrical Installation courses will enable you to access a range of electrical jobs and careers, following in the footsteps of past students. Our students have gone on to work for major electrical contractors, working on some very exciting and major projects including The Shard, Crossrail and Heathrow Airport. Others have joined Apprenticeship programmes working for the Red Bull Formula One team. Our students have been on trips to look at how power stations operate, as well as Alton Towers to see how the rides work. They also take part in both internal and external competitions with other colleges throughout the year with great prizes on offer. Every year we have local employers contact us to recruit our best students, give talks on what they look for in an individual and give away prizes for the best and most improved student.

you could pursue a career as… ELECTRICIAN Fitting and repairing electrical circuits and wiring in people’s homes or businesses. To qualify, you will need industry-recognised training and qualifications. SALARY Newly-qualified electricians can earn between £17,000 and £20,000 a year. The average wage for an approved electrician is £30,500.

DID YOU KNOW?

97%

of Electrical Installation students agree they gained skills during their course that they could use in their career and would recommend Bedford College.

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ENGINEERING

Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/engineering for full course information and entry requirements

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR STUDY PROGRAMME Higher Education study at Bedford College Electrical & Electronic Engineering BTEC HNC/HND

Engineering

Aerospace Engineering

Mechanical Engineering BTEC HNC/HND

Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Engineering BSc (Hons)

Mechanical Engineering

Validated by, and leads to an award of, the University of Northampton

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities 48% of Engineering students progressed on to university in 2014 including Leeds, Aston and Hertfordshire.

Employment 43% of Engineering students went straight into paid work or an Apprenticeship programme in 2014.

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Our Engineering courses enable you to choose an area to specialise in and you will gain transferable skills, such as problem solving and project management, making you particularly attractive to potential employers. We have excellent links with industry, working with high technology companies such as Vauxhall, Lockheed Martin and Millbrook Proving Ground, so you will always be up to date with industry changes and developments – something that employers will be looking for. Advanced Level students recently linked with Cranfield-based Hybrid Air Vehicles and Airlander to take part in a mini project. They were set tasks and judged by some of the team from Hybrid Air Vehicles. The winners got to visit Airlander in Cardington and the student of the year was presented by a representative from Mercedes AMG. They won a week’s work experience in the summer and a guaranteed interview for Mercedes’ Apprenticeship scheme. Our students also attended The Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham for a week in November at an exhibition of Aerospace Engineering. They even got to meet Dragon’s Den star Theo Paphitis who visited the stand!

you could pursue a career as… ELECTRICAL ENGINEER

ENGINEERING OPERATIVE

Designing and developing machine and equipment systems used in all industries from telecommunications to aerospace.

Carrying out work on machinery in various industries, from car production lines to maintaining wind turbines.

SALARY Starting between £21,000 and £25,000 a year, experienced electronic engineers may earn up to £40,000 and this can rise to £45,000 for chartered engineers.

SALARY Starting between £12,500 and £15,000 a year, rising to between £16,000 and £24,000 with experience.

ENGINEERING

SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS

case study MARK

Previous School: Hastingsbury Business & Enterprise College

STUDYING AEROSPACE ENGINEERING ADVANCED LEVEL

Engineers are at the forefront of almost every aspect of modern society, designing, building and shaping the world around us and this is what I want to be a part of. Bedford College has excellent engineering facilities including equipment used in industry and actual aircraft parts such as flight instruments and gas turbine engines, which aids our learning and understanding. We even have an aircraft in College. Many of the tutors have industry experience, from being in the RAF to flying their own aircraft, which means that lessons are taught to industry standard rather than just out of a book. Combined with the facilities available, the tutors are able to share their knowledge, experience and practical skills, which definitely helps us when we’re applying for jobs and Apprenticeships. There’s no doubt that my time at College has been worthwhile and I have really enjoyed it. My next steps are going to the University of Leeds to study aeronautical & aerospace engineering.

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Focus on‌ ENGINEERING STUDY PROGRAMMES AT OUR BEDFORD COLLEGE CAULDWELL STREET CAMPUS

Engineering at Intermediate Level

What will I learn? At Intermediate Level (Level 2) you will study general Engineering to give you a good level of knowledge and understanding of the basic engineering techniques used within the sector. Areas you will study include: engineering materials; electronic circuit construction; working practices in engineering; using and interpreting engineering information; and engineering mathematics.

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ENGINEERING

Engineering at Advanced Level

What will I learn? At Advanced Level (Level 3) you will study general Engineering in your first year before specialising in Mechanical, Electrical & Electronic or Aeronautical Engineering in your second year. First year units will include: health and safety in the engineering workplace; mechanical principles and applications; properties and application of engineering materials; and engineering drawing for technicians.

Aerospace Engineering

What will I learn? Studying in our purpose built engineering workshops complete with our very own aeroplane, you will focus on an area of engineering with very exciting prospects. Whether you would like to become an aerospace engineer, design engineer or take up a role in aircraft maintenance, this programme is a great starting point. Units of study include: theory of flight; principles and applications of aircraft mechanical science; aircraft maintenance practices; and aircraft engineering. You will also learn about technologies that can be transferred to other industries, mostly automobile, but also increasingly in the low carbon sector.

Electrical & Electronic Engineering

What will I learn? This area of engineering is currently experiencing demand both in the UK and overseas. You will study communications and mathematics for engineering technicians, and electrical and electronic principles. Additional units that could be on offer to you include: electronic fault-finding; engineering drawing for technicians; and electronic circuit design and manufacture.

Mechanical Engineering

What will I learn? Mechanical engineering is all about how things are made. In the words of one of our students: “when you know the theory behind what you’re doing everyday it makes you more efficient”. You will study mathematics for technicians, mechanical principles and applications, electrical and electronic principles, and properties and applications of engineering materials. Additional units that could be on offer to you include: applications of mechanical systems in engineering; electro, pneumatic and hydraulic systems and devices; and computer aided drafting in engineering. Call 01234 291000

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FLORISTRY

Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/floristry for full course information and entry requirements

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR STUDY PROGRAMME

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities

Floristry

Floristry

50% of Floristry students went on to further study in 2014 after the Intermediate study programme.

Employment Our Floristry students have gone into paid work in Floristry shops or for events. Other students in 2014 moved on to different destinations, such as taking a gap year, volunteering or becoming a full-time carer.

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As a Floristry student at our Shuttleworth College Campus, you will have everything you need to create beautiful floral designs in our inspiring workshops and refrigerated storage rooms. Our Floristry tutors pride themselves on keeping up to date with new trends, including the use of European and modern design methods, and often demonstrate their own creative flair in national competitions and events. Past students have also gone on to various successes, including one who scooped a Gold medal and title of Chelsea Young Florist of the Year at the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show having created a fantasy dress crafted from floral blooms. This year, two of our Intermediate Level Floristry students won the Zwetsloots Florist of the Year 2015 Trophy.

you could pursue a career as… FLORIST

Designing and assembling flower arrangements, bouquets, wreaths and centre pieces for all sorts of different occasions.

FLORISTRY

SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS

SALARY Junior florists are usually paid the National Minimum Wage. With experience, florists can earn between £16,000 and £25,000 a year.

There will be lots going on outside of the classroom as well. Our current students have recently visited the newly restored Swiss Gardens at Shuttleworth where they had a talk from the head gardener and they have also enjoyed numerous workshops and talks with local floristry businesses.

case study HARRIET

Previous School: Highfield School

STUDYING FLORISTRY INTERMEDIATE LEVEL I have a part-time job in a florist and I really enjoy making people happy by doing something that makes me happy. One of the people I work with had already completed a floristry course at Shuttleworth and she highly recommended it. Although I live in Hertfordshire, it hasn’t been a problem getting there as I catch the College bus which stops in Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth and Baldock. We have a ‘Floristry Shop’ at the College, which is a big, walk-in, cold room which helps to keep the flowers alive for longer. The local wholesaler delivers weekly, first thing on a Monday morning, and we can make suggestions about colour themes and the types of flowers we would like on a Friday, when our tutor places the order. I’m so pleased that I decided to do the course and I’m definitely a better florist now. I’ve been offered more work from the shop so I’m now working four days a week. Eventually I’d like to do an Advanced Level course and I’d definitely consider doing it at Shuttleworth.

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FOUNDATION EDUCATION Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/foundation for full course information and entry requirements

Foundation Skills Programme SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS

We offer a Foundation Skills programme aimed at young people with identified learning difficulties and/or disabilities. The course will support you to develop your study and personal skills for progressions on to higher level courses at the College and beyond. Our supportive tutors will work with you to build flexible learning programmes that suit your individual goals and needs, and, on successful completion of the programme, you’ll have gained a range of new skills that will help you towards living independently, and significantly increase your study and employment options.

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The programme aims to develop your independence skills and help you to progress within a supported environment. You will take part in a range of subjects, which will include independent living skills, work preparation, community skills, English and maths. Alongside this you will undertake a supported work experience placement and a vocational option of your choice from a wide range of subjects, which include motor vehicle, art and media, catering and business, animal care etc.

A number of our students have progressed into mainstream education, including Introductory Level courses in: • Animal Care • Childcare • Hair & Beauty • Health & Social Care • Motor Vehicle • Sport


FOUNDATION EDUCATION

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HAIR & BEAUTY Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/hair for full course information and entry requirements

INTRODUCTORY (LEVEL 1)

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR STUDY PROGRAMME

Higher Education study at Bedford College Barbering Performance Production (Specialist Media Make-Up) BTEC HNC/HND Beauty Therapy

Beauty Therapy

Hair & Media Make-Up

Hair & Media Make-Up

Hairdressing

Hairdressing

Nail Technology

Beauty Therapy Higher Education study at other colleges and universities 28% of Hair & Beauty students went on to further study in 2014 including the University of the Arts, London.

Hairdressing

Nail Technology

Employment 55% of Hair & Beauty students went straight into paid work or an Apprenticeship programme after their study programme, including with companies such as Champneys and Steiner Cruise Ships, in 2014. Other students in 2014 moved on to different destinations, such as taking a gap year, volunteering or becoming a full-time carer.

We also offer Apprenticeship programmes in this area. To find out more see page 70 or visit www.bedford.ac.uk/apprenticeships

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HAIR & BEAUTY

SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS We are renowned for producing award-winning students who consistently perform at their best. In the last few years alone, students have won the Pantene Pro-V Awards and the Hairdressing Council’s ‘Student of the Year’ award four times, as well as being placed first runner-up in the finals of the national Jane Iredale make-up competition out of over 200 colleges who entered. Just some of the secrets to this success are the industry knowledge that staff provide our students with, which keeps them up to date with the latest techniques and trends, and the expert teaching of specific technical treatment skills. BROOKS Hair & Beauty Salon in Bedford town centre is our working salon, which is open to the public, and where, as a student, you will gain experience working with clients to meet their needs with full support from tutors. Our students also keep busy outside of the salon. Recently they have visited the Dermalogica headquarters for support and training in providing treatments with their products. They also get involved in the local community and recently offered mini treatments such as head massages and nail shaping for visitors to the Bedford Blues Rugby Charity Day.

you could pursue a career as… NAIL TECHNICIAN

HAIRDRESSER

Improving the appearance of the hands, nails and cuticles through manicures, nail extensions and painting techniques.

Cutting, colouring and shaping hair to the desired look of the client.

SALARY Starting between £12,000 and £16,000 a year, an experienced nail technician can earn £25,000 a year.

SALARY Between £14,000 and £20,000 a year once fully trained. Top professional hairdressers can earn £30,000 a year or more.

DID YOU KNOW?

91%

of Hair & Beauty students agree they gained skills during their course that they could use in their career.

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HORSE MANAGEMENT Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/horsecare for full course information and entry requirements

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR STUDY PROGRAMME

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities 50% of students went on to degree-level study in 2014 with courses such as Equine Sports Science and Equine Business Management.

Horse Care

Horse Management Employment 50% of Horse Management students went straight into paid work in 2014 including working for the Mounted Branch of the Police, as a nutritionist for a well-known feed company and competition grooms.

We also offer Apprenticeship programmes in this area. To find out more see page 70 or visit www.bedford.ac.uk/apprenticeships

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Our fantastic equine facilities in Mount Pleasant, just down the road from our Shuttleworth College Campus, are equipped with covered stabling, two indoor arenas, classrooms and a student rest room. Here you can take advantage of tuition in riding, as well as all aspects of horse care and management. Guest speakers visit the centre to give lectures and demonstrations, which complement the shows and events held by the College. These regular onsite dressage and show jumping shows enable our students to gain experience in all aspects of organising equestrian events. You will also have the opportunity to develop your skills through work experience in settings such as competition yards, veterinary centres and riding schools. There may also be the chance to compete in intercollege competitions across the country.  Out of class, you will have the opportunity to go on numerous visits to places of interest, including studs, veterinary centres, horse sales and competitive events. Recent trips have included the National Stud and Racing Museum in Newmarket.

you could pursue a career as… GROOM

A groom is responsible for the care and management of horses in a variety of settings, including riding schools and competition yards. They look after horses on a daily basis to make sure they are healthy and in good condition. SALARY Once qualified you can earn around £12,000. Experienced grooms can earn £16,000.

case study

HORSE MANAGEMENT

SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS

YARD MANAGER An equestrian business may employ a yard manager to ensure that the day-to-day running of a yard goes smoothly, from managing staff and the care of the horses, to overseeing health and safety, organising events and being the point of contact for clients and owners. On larger yards, the role is mostly office based. SALARY An Assistant Yard Manager will earn around £12,000 a year and a Yard Manager around £24,000 a year.

ZOE

Previous School: Ely College

HORSE MANAGEMENT ADVANCED LEVEL I wanted to do something that I really enjoyed and I love riding and working with horses – I’ve been doing it since I was eight years old. The course covered everything from preparing you for working in a yard, to all the fun stuff like riding, the presentation of horses, dressage and jumping. We’ve learned about the day-to-day care of the horses and general animal health – not just for horses, but for small animals too. We’ve also covered biology, including anatomy and fitness and I’ve completed my British Horse Society (BHS) qualifications, which are important for getting a job with horses. We had two hours a week of riding and I was given the opportunity to ride the horses outside of timetabled sessions as I didn’t have access to my own horse like some other people. We were also able to use College horses to compete and our class organised a big inter-college event at Shuttleworth.

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HOSPITALITY & CATERING Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/hospitality for full course information and entry requirements

BEGINNER (ENTRY LEVEL)

INTRODUCTORY (LEVEL 1)

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR STUDY PROGRAMME

Higher Education study at Bedford College Hospitality Management BTEC HNC/HND

Hospitality & Catering

Hospitality & Catering

Hospitality & Catering (Front of House)

Hospitality, Supervision & Leadership (Front of House)

Professional Cookery

Professional Cookery

Professional Cookery

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities 67% of Hospitality & Catering students went on to degree level study in 2014 after their study programme including the University of West London.

Employment 33% of Hospitality & Catering students went straight into paid work after their study programme including with companies such as Hilton Hotels & Resorts, The Savoy, The Ritz and Park Inn Hotels in 2014.

We also offer Apprenticeship programmes in this area. To find out more see page 70 or visit www.bedford.ac.uk/apprenticeships

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HOSPITALITY & CATERING

SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS Hospitality and Catering is a hugely varied industry that enables you to be creative, travel and meet new people. From hotels, bars, restaurants, hospitals and the armed services, if you have the drive and enthusiasm, there are many exciting opportunities for you to develop and succeed. Our training department, including our commercial 25 Restaurant, is the perfect place to hone your culinary talent or service skills. The restaurant is open to the public during term time, which means as a student you will be creating or serving delicious dishes to real paying customers under the watchful eye of our supportive tutors. Our students also benefit from participation in national and international competitions. We recently hosted one of six regional finals of Futurechef 2015, which involved exhibitors including Babcock International and Baxterstorey who were on hand to give careers advice to our students for prospective jobs and further training within the industry. One of our students also progressed on to the national final. A number of groups of Advanced Level students also entered a national cooking competition, again held here on Campus, in conjunction with Terinex, who produce oven bags for the catering industry.

you could pursue a career as… CATERING MANAGER

CHEF

Planning and organising the food and drink service of an organisation or business, making sure the food is of a high quality and meets financial budgets.

Preparing food using a variety of cooking methods. In larger kitchens, you may specialise in one area, such as pastry.

SALARY Starting between £20,000 and £25,000 a year, rising to £45,000 with experience.

SALARY Salaries vary depending on the type of role. Trainee Chefs start from around £13,000 a year and this can rise to £30,000 a year for Head Chefs.

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100%

of Hospitality & Catering students agree they gained skills during their course that they could use in their career.

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LAND & THE ENVIRONMENT Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/land for full course information and entry requirements

INTRODUCTORY (LEVEL 1)

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR STUDY PROGRAMME

Agriculture

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities

Countryside Land-Based Studies

A quarter of Land & The Environment students went on to degree-level study in 2014 including at Manchester, Northampton, Harper Adams and Writtle.

Land-Based Studies

We also offer Apprenticeship programmes in this area. To find out more see page 70 or visit www.bedford.ac.uk/apprenticeships

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Fisheries

Employment

Horticulture

Nearly two thirds of Land & The Environment students went straight into paid work or an Apprenticeship programme in 2014.


LAND & THE ENVIRONMENT

SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS We are very privileged that our Shuttleworth College Campus is situated in a large conservation area containing grassland, woodland, wetland, a working farm, lakes and fisheries centre. Our students spend lots of time out and about, speaking to people and seeing how things work in industry, as well as winning awards! In 2015, our Horticulture students won a silver medal for their garden design at the Ideal Home Show in London. They also had a visit from TV gardener David Domoney to give them advice about their design before the show. Horticulture students have also visited Stevenage Town Football Club to gain a more practical view of the work done by the groundsmen there. Our Agriculture students work closely with the local farmers and start early in the year with a crop walk with local agronomists to plan for the coming season. They also recently took a trip to the sugar beet factory in Bury St Edmunds to see what happens after the crop leaves the field. There are residential trips to look forward to: our Countryside students have enjoyed a week in the New Forest and Fisheries students spent a few days netting at the Lac de Villedon in France.

you could pursue a career as… LANDSCAPER

FARM MANAGER

Building and maintaining private and public gardens and parks, as well as working on landscaping projects indoors, such as in a shopping centre.

You might be working in crop production, livestock or both. Responsibilities include creating targets for production and managing staff to ensure they are met, as well as marketing your produce.

SALARY Between £15,000 and £20,000 a year. More senior staff can earn between £22,000 and £30,000.

SALARY £30,000 to £35,000 a year to begin with, which could rise to £35,000 to £50,000 with experience.

DID YOU KNOW?

92%

of Land & The Environment students agree they gained skills during their course that they could use in their career.

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Focus on‌ LAND & THE ENVIRONMENT STUDY PROGRAMMES AT OUR SHUTTLEWORTH COLLEGE CAMPUS

Land-Based Studies

What will I learn? You will gain a basic knowledge of estate maintenance, machinery maintenance, conservation, animal and plant husbandry, as well as business management and preparation for work. The programme is a good starting point to move on to a more speciďŹ c area of study here at our Shuttleworth College Campus and will also ensure that you develop the foundation skills and vocational knowledge required for employment in land-based industries.

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LAND & THE ENVIRONMENT

Countryside

What will I learn? You will study a range of units to enable you to progress on to a career in the countryside industry in sectors as diverse as habitat conservation, game management, conservation and environmental assessment, and estate management. This will include tree felling, estate skills, countryside tourism and recreation, machinery operations and habitat management including grassland, heathland and wetland.

Horticulture

What will I learn? Horticulture is a diverse sector that includes nursery work, landscape design, plant propagation and production, tree maintenance and surgery, contract management, sports turf and groundsmanship, science and education. During your study programme you will be able to focus on more specialist units to suit your future career plans including arboriculture or general horticulture, greenkeeping and design. You will also study units such as principles of tree felling, soil science, tree and shrub pruning and machinery operations.

Agriculture

What will I learn? This programme is ideal if you want to be involved with agricultural work (from smallholdings to modern farms) or if you are interested in allied industries, such as machinery sales, animal nutrition, seed, fertiliser and agrochemical supply. You will study areas such as crop production, livestock production, grassland management, livestock breeding and nutrition, and principles of plant and soil science.

Fisheries

What will I learn? You will study areas to enable you to pursue a career in sectors such as fish production, sport fishing, recreational fisheries management, and aquatic and ornamental fisheries management, as well as equipment sales, fish nutrition and breeding, coaching and conservation. Units of study will include fish biology and behaviour, aquatic plant biology and husbandry, ornamental pool design, installation and management, and freshwater and wetland management.

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MOTOR VEHICLE Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/motor for full course information and entry requirements

BEGINNER (ENTRY LEVEL)

INTRODUCTORY (LEVEL 1)

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR STUDY PROGRAMME

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities

Motor Vehicle Maintenance

Motor Vehicle Maintenance

Motor Vehicle Body Repair & Paint

Motor Vehicle Body Repair & Paint

Motor Vehicle Maintenance

Motor Vehicle Maintenance

25% of Motor Vehicle students went on to further study in 2014 including courses such as Performance & Automotive Technology at Oxford Brookes.

Employment 50% of Motor Vehicle students went straight into paid work after their study programme in 2014. Other students in 2014 moved on to different destinations, such as taking a gap year, volunteering or becoming a full-time carer.

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MOTOR VEHICLE

SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS Our Vehicle Technology Centre in Kempston is fully kitted out with engine and repair bays, paint mix and spray rooms and a body repair area. All of our tutors have worked in garages in their careers and every one of our students agrees that they have up-to-date subject knowledge. This means we will teach you techniques that are likely to become compulsory in the future, such as working on electric cars. Our students also benefit from professional links with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) as well as major employers in the area to keep abreast of industry changes: just one example is Vauxhall Motors, who have donated a number of ex-trial vehicles to us to help students test their diagnostic skills on the very latest technology. Some of our students move on to Apprenticeships after their course; some with Vauxhall where they have had great experiences, from being a member of a pit crew on the annual VXR Power Event, to servicing and preparing an ambulance for a 10,000 mile charity drive to Mongolia.

you could pursue a career as… MOTOR VEHICLE TECHNICIAN

MOTOR VEHICLE BODY REPAIRER

Repairing and servicing different vehicles, working on all areas from electrics to suspension, air-conditioning and engines.

Fixing or replacing damaged body parts on all types of vehicles.

SALARY Starting between £15,000 and £20,000 a year, rising to £25,000 with experience.

SALARY Between £13,000 to £18,000 a year. This can rise to between £20,000 and £28,000 with experience.

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100%

of Motor Vehicle students say their tutors have up-to-date subject knowledge and make the subject interesting and enjoyable.

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OUTDOOR ADVENTURE Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/outdoor for full course information and entry requirements

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR STUDY PROGRAMME

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities 33% of students went on to degree-level study in 2014 after their study programme including at Liverpool John Moores University.

Outdoor Adventure

Outdoor Adventure Employment 67% of Outdoor Adventure students went straight into paid work or started an Apprenticeship after their study programme in 2014.

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OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS Our Shuttleworth College Campus has beautiful, spacious surroundings where you will develop your outdoor education skills, as well as at other venues including Grafham Water Centre and Big Rock in Milton Keynes. You will be involved in a rotation of practical activities on a weekly basis, which will include kayaking, canoeing, orienteering, climbing, archery and sailing, and study a wide range of units associated with coaching, leadership and skills development. You will have the opportunity to undertake a group expedition, be required to attend residential trips to locations such as the Brecon Beacons and the Isle of Wight, and complete an extended work placement in an outdoor centre or related organisation. There will also be various day trips, practical days away and the opportunity to take additional qualifications in sailing, power boating, kayaking, canoeing, climbing and first aid. At Advanced Level there are two distinct pathways of study to choose from. The extended diploma is for those who are considering studying for a degree at university and includes core units such as anatomy & physiology and training & fitness. The specialist diploma focuses more on practical skills and will help you work towards the coaching and instructor qualifications required to work in the industry. Some of our Outdoor Adventure students compete for the South East region for the GB elite slalom canoe squad (training at the 2012 Olympic venue, Lee Valley White Water Centre). One is aiming for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and has found that the College location and timetable has enabled him to keep up his training while studying for a professional qualification. Another student, who lived on Campus in our halls of residence at Shuttleworth, is a downhill mountain biker who has competed at international level and is hoping to take part in the World Cup events in Scotland, Austria and Italy in 2015.

you could pursue a career as… OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES INSTRUCTOR Leading trips and teaching skills in various outdoor activities, such as sailing, climbing, canoeing and snow sports. You’ll need excellent communication skills and the ability to lead and motivate people. SALARY Earnings start around £12,000 a year and, with experience, this can rise to £18,000 a year. Senior instructors and managers can earn £25,000 a year or more with experience.

DID YOU KNOW?

100%

of Outdoor Adventure students would recommend the College to others.

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PERFORMING ARTS, MUSIC & MEDIA

Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/performingarts for full course information and entry requirements

INTRODUCTORY (LEVEL 1)

Music

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR STUDY PROGRAMME

Creative Digital Media Production

Media Production

Higher Education study at Bedford College

Music: Music Technology

Media Production Foundation Degree (FdA)

Music Music: Music Performance Performing Arts: Acting Performing Arts: Dance Performing Arts: Performance or Production

Performing Arts: Musical Theatre Production Arts: Theatrical Make-Up Production Arts: Technical Theatre & Stage Management

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Music Technology Foundation Degree (FdA) Validated by, and leads to an award of, the University of Bedfordshire

Performance Production (Specialist Media Make-Up) BTEC HNC/HND Higher Education study at other colleges and universities 72% of students went on to degree-level study in 2014 including at universities such as Coventry, Bangor and De Montfort.

Employment 21% of students went straight into paid work after their study programme in 2014.


Our multimillion pound South Bank Arts Centre provides the perfect creative spaces and equipment to help you develop the skills and work required to break in to these competitive sectors, complete with a theatre and performance areas, recording studios and video production facilities. As a student, you will benefit from the expertise and contacts of our tutors who have had successful careers in the industries, including appearing in professional shows or broadcasting. You will also have plenty of opportunities to showcase your talents in competitions, learning tips from practising professionals and displaying your work and talent, such as at the renowned Performing Arts Showcase. One of our Media students recently got to interview and film TV presenter Jonathan Ross and a Music student was placed second in a prestigious national piano competition. Our Music Performance students have represented the College at a ‘battle of the bands’ in Milton Keynes and visited Marshall Amps PLC headquarters in the town. Previous student trips have included visiting Broadway in New York to experience the home of American Musical Theatre, attending the Music Live exhibition, back stage tours of theatres in the West End and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

you could pursue a career as… PERFORMER

VIDEO EDITOR

MAKE-UP ARTIST

There are many environments to work in as a performer, including on stage for live audiences, tours and community arts. Pathways include acting, dance and musical theatre, for all of which you’ll need enthusiasm and commitment to achieve your goals.

A video editor will create a piece of film ready to be shown on screen, making sure it flows well and gets the main point across. You’ll need technical skills and the ability to work to tight deadlines.

Applying make-up and perhaps styling hair for film, television, theatre, concerts, photographic sessions or fashion shows.

SALARY As a freelancer, you would be paid per contract or performance. It is recommended by The Independent Theatre Council (ITC) that performers are paid a minimum of £400 a week.

SALARY Around £18,000 a year. This could rise to between £20,000 and £35,000 with experience.

PERFORMING ARTS, MUSIC & MEDIA

SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS

SALARY Make-up artists usually work on a freelance basis and rates will vary depending on the contract. A 10-hour day on a TV drama set could earn around £210.

case study JOEL

Previous School: Rushmoor School

STUDYING MUSIC TECHNOLOGY ADVANCED LEVEL After my GCSEs I considered A-Levels but I knew I wanted to specialise in music, so this course at Bedford College was perfect for me. This course is great for people who are self-motivated, ready to work hard and have a passion to get into the music business. I’ve really enjoyed being able to work with professional software such as Logic Pro which is one of the main industry programmes for writing music and creating audio effects. I didn’t originally see myself as a producer but now I feel that I have the skills to be able to go into the studio and produce my own work. I’ve also learned how to use all the technical equipment and gain a deeper understanding of how the music business works, including publishing rights. I’ve found the music facilities and equipment at Bedford College absolutely amazing – they have everything we need including a top notch recording studio and some great technicians who are always ready to help us.

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PLUMBING

Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/plumbing for full course information and entry requirements

INTRODUCTORY (LEVEL 1)

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR STUDY PROGRAMME Higher Education study at Bedford College Nearly a third of Plumbing students moved on to higher education here at the College.

Building Services & Sustainability Foundation Degree (FdSc) Sustainable Construction Foundation Degree (FdSc) Plumbing

Plumbing

Plumbing

Validated by, and leads to an award of, the University of Bedfordshire

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities

Employment 42% of Plumbing students went straight into paid work or an Apprenticeship programme after their study programme in 2014.

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PLUMBING

SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS You’ll learn the technical skills you need for this demanding trade in our dedicated Gas & Plumbing Technology Centre based in Kempston, with a range of specialist facilities that recreate the real working environments you’ll encounter when pursuing your plumbing career. Approved by industry bodies including City & Guilds and the British Plumbing Employers Council (BPEC), our facilities and study programmes provide the very latest knowledge of traditional gas and plumbing techniques and state of the art renewable technologies. We have excellent links with local employers, many of whom have direct input into the design of our courses and will provide you with work experience. Opportunities like this not only improve your practical skills but demonstrate to future employers that you are enthusiastic, motivated and willing to learn on the job. We have a good relationship with Stuart Turner Pumps, Smith Brothers Stores Ltd, Danfoss, Speedfit and Salamander Pumps. These manufacturers and suppliers come into College to deliver presentations to students and demonstrations on products. You’ll also be encouraged to take your future career as far as you can. One of our students recently made the last stages of the prestigious UK Plumbskills Final gaining a highly commended grade.

you could pursue a career as… PLUMBER Fitting, servicing and repairing water pipes and heating systems, within homes and also in various sorts of businesses. These full-time study programmes will prepare you to progress on to further training to become a qualified plumber. SALARY When first qualified, you can earn between £16,500 and £21,000 a year. With experience, this can rise to between £21,000 and £35,000 a year.

DID YOU KNOW?

100%

of Plumbing students agree that tutors have up-to-date subject knowledge and that they themselves were more confident on finishing their course than when they started.

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PUBLIC SERVICES Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/publicservices for full course information and entry requirements

INTRODUCTORY (LEVEL 1)

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR STUDY PROGRAMME

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities 29% of Public Services students went on to degree-level study in 2014.

Public Services

Public Services

Public Services Employment 29% of Public Services students went straight into paid work after their study programme in 2014. Other students in 2014 moved on to different destinations, such as taking a gap year, volunteering or becoming a full-time carer.

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Studying Public Services will help you to develop the skills, fitness and determination to put yourself ahead of the rest, with career paths that include the armed forces, emergency services, paramedical services or the prison service. All of our lecturers have worked in public service roles such as police officers and soldiers, which give an extra dimension to lessons and will enable you to draw on their vocational experience. As a student, you will have opportunities to visit and train with the RAF, army and fire service. As well as this, you will be able to go on trips. Recent visits included wild camping in Snowdonia National Park and work experience with the British Army, participating in fieldcraft and military exercises. You’ll also have access to a wide range of excellent facilities here on Campus. Springs is our multi-million pound sports centre, home to our highly-esteemed Sport Academy. We are also situated next to the river and various parks, which means access to kayaking, orienteering, raft building and other activities.

you could pursue a career as… POLICE OFFICER

ARMY SOLDIER

Working to maintain order, you would help prevent crime and investigate incidents. You will need to have lived in the UK for three years, be over 18 and pass background and security checks.

You will work around the world fighting in combat zones, providing humanitarian services, or working in operations or logistics. You will need self-discipline, confidence and the ability to think and react quickly. You must be aged between 16 and 33 and meet the Army’s eligibility criteria.

SALARY Earnings start between £19,000 and £22,000 a year, which, after several years’ experience, can rise to around £36,500 a year.

case study

PUBLIC SERVICES

SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS

SALARY New recruits in training start on around £14,300 a year and when training is complete, this rises to around £17,700 a year, depending on the role.

COURTNEY

Previous School: Harlington Upper School

STUDYING PUBLIC SERVICES ADVANCED LEVEL I completed my first year at sixth form but, because I’ve always been interested in a career in the armed forces or the emergency services, I decided that this specialist course at Bedford College would give me far more insight and practical experience to achieve my goal. In fact, everything that we have done on the course has been directly related to my future career, which is fantastic. Even my tutor is ex-military so he’s got direct experience, which is one of the best things about the course. One of the things that I really wanted to develop before I started the course was my leadership skills and I’m glad to say that they have improved dramatically. Specific leadership units on the course have given me a good understanding of what’s needed to become a good leader and how I can take those skills further when I go to Exeter University to study a Flexible Combined Honours (FCH) in Criminology and International Relations.

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SPORT

Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/sport for full course information and entry requirements

INTRODUCTORY (LEVEL 1)

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR STUDY PROGRAMME

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities Sport: Development, Coaching & Fitness Sport

Sport Sport: Football Excellence Scheme

45% went on to degree-level study in 2014 after their study programme including at the University of Bedfordshire, Nottingham Trent University and Sheffield Hallam University.

Employment 45% of Sport students went straight into paid work after their study programme in 2014.

We also offer Apprenticeship programmes in this area. To find out more see page 70 or visit www.bedford.ac.uk/apprenticeships

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SPORT

SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS Our Sport students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities. Springs is our  multi-million pound Sports Centre, home to the College’s highly-esteemed Sport Academy. It features a full sized sports hall, dance studio and fitness studio with cardiovascular equipment and weights. We also have access to fitness laboratories for sport science testing and to Kempston Football Club for outdoor sports.  Our Sport Academy provides fantastic opportunities to develop your skills in football, rugby, female football and basketball, compete on behalf of the  College and even lead to a career as a professional sports person. One of our past students represented Great Britain in the under 23’s 100m while another signed a deal with London Wasps Rugby Club, so we have a good track record. Work experience will include sports development work with children in local schools, fitness testing, coaching and personal training with local community groups.  All of our students enjoy a number of trips including a five day multi-activity trip to Barcelona as well as local trips to sporting establishments such as Bounce, The National Football Museum and many more. Studying with us also gives you opportunities to gain coaching badges, a first aid qualification and gym instructor and personal training certificates.

you could pursue a career as… FITNESS INSTRUCTOR Helping people to improve their general health and fitness, by devising and implementing tailored training. SALARY Starting at around £13,000 a year, your salary could rise to between £14,000 and £20,000 a year.

SPORTS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER Organising sports-based projects and training to encourage people to take part in sport and to have a healthier lifestyle. SALARY Most sports development officers can expect to earn between £23,000 and £35,000 a year.

DID YOU KNOW?

96%

of Sport students agree that their tutors have up-to-date subject knowledge.

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TRAVEL & TOURISM Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/tourism for full course information and entry requirements

INTRODUCTORY (LEVEL 1)

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR STUDY PROGRAMME

Higher Education study at Bedford College Travel & Tourism Management BTEC HNC/HND Higher Education study at other colleges and universities Travel & Tourism

Travel & Tourism

Travel & Tourism

A third of Travel & Tourism students went on to degree-level study in 2014 after their study programme including at Northampton, Sheffield Hallam and Manchester Metropolitan.

Employment Over half of Travel & Tourism students went straight into paid work after their study programme with companies including Virgin Atlantic, Thomas Cook, EasyJet, Monarch and Premier Inn in 2014. Other students in 2014 moved on to different destinations, such as taking a gap year, volunteering or becoming a full-time carer.

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Our Travel & Tourism students have a strong track record of finding fantastic employment after their course. Some have become cabin crew for Thomson, Monarch, easyJet and Ryanair; as a holiday rep for Thomas Cook, Thomson and Kuoni; ground staff for Virgin Atlantic; check-in staff for Menzies Aviation; and customer service staff for Signature Aviation.

you could pursue a career as…

To maintain this momentum, a former student who has enjoyed success with Kuoni in the Maldives, and is now flying all over the world with Thomson Airways, recently visited our current students to tell her stories.

CABIN CREW

We have excellent links with local employers who regularly come in as guest speakers and assessors. For example, Thomas Cook attended one of our recruitment and selection events, where they interviewed students wanting to become children’s representatives at their overseas resorts.

SALARY Starting between £12,000 and £14,000 a year. This rises to between £15,000 and £21,000 a year with experience. Senior crew can earn up to £25,000 a year.

Our students also enjoy a number of trips, which have included a three day visit to Amsterdam and Bruges with city tours, a residential trip to Edinburgh, a river cruise and a traditional Dutch pancake dinner, as well as day trips to London, St Albans and Woburn Safari Park.

Assisting airline passengers before, during and after a flight to ensure they are safe and comfortable.

TRAVEL & TOURISM

SUBJECT AREA HIGHLIGHTS

HOTEL MANAGER Overseeing all aspects of running a hotel on a daily basis. SALARY Starting at around £19,000 a year during training, and rising to £20,000 to £35,000 for a manager and £60,000 plus for a senior manager.

case study DOMINIKA STUDYING TRAVEL & TOURISM ADVANCED LEVEL

My journey at Bedford College started five years ago when I studied an Entry Level English Language course. I’ve now progressed through three levels of Travel & Tourism and I’d like to go even further and study at higher education level. I chose Travel & Tourism because I had always wanted to work as a member of cabin crew. In fact, I’ve already completed my cabin crew certificate, which was part of my course last year. The College also arranged some work experience for me at the Park Inn by Radisson Bedford Hotel. I was there for two weeks and worked on reception, behind the bar and in the restaurant. They offered me a job at the end of the two weeks, but I’ve decided to focus on my higher education studies instead.

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APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMMES

Introducing Apprenticeships WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP? An Apprenticeship is a programme of work-based learning, which means that, to be enrolled as an apprentice, you will need to be employed under a contract of employment, by an employer who will pay you a wage and support your training. Your job role must include a range of work relevant to the Apprenticeship qualifications you wish to undertake.

As an apprentice, you’ll get all the benefits of studying with Bedford College for a formal qualification, while working in your chosen industry. We are the largest Apprenticeship provider in the county, which means we offer a wide range of Apprenticeships for you to choose from. The Apprenticeship programmes we offer are listed in the course pages from page 74.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

THE BENEFITS

Apprenticeships take between 12-42 months to complete depending on the type and level undertaken.

You’ll need enthusiasm and commitment to study and work in a particular industry, but the rewards will be significant: • Get the best of both worlds by earning as you learn • Choose from a wide range of practical trades and jobs • Gain industry-recognised qualifications, Functional Skills and specialist techniques that could see you progress to high-level jobs in your chosen trade • Learn from valuable job experience and time spent developing your skills on a day-to-day basis

HOW WILL I SPEND MY TIME? For most Apprenticeship programmes, you will need to attend College one day per week, or on block release of two weeks each half term. College attendance varies from programme to programme and is also based on individual training needs.

• You could find yourself pursuing a career with the very same employer you trained with, as is the case with 64% of newly-qualified apprentices1 • Employers believe that apprentices are 15% more employable than graduates with other qualifications 2

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APPRENTICESHIP VACANCIES at www.bedford.ac.uk /apprenticeships

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Qualifications guide Apprenticeships are training programmes that combine paid employment with study at Bedford College to gain both work experience and recognised qualifications in your chosen career. To start an Apprenticeship, you must already be employed within the industry you wish to train in. If you don’t have an employer, browse our current vacancies at www.bedford.ac.uk/apprenticeships

Apprenticeship

Equivalent level

Intermediate – Level 2 Most (but not all) Apprenticeships start at Intermediate Level

5 GCSEs A*-C

Advanced – Level 3 Advanced Level is usually a progression route from the Intermediate Level, although Electrical Apprenticeships start at Advanced Level but include Intermediate Level qualifications at the start of the programme

2 A-Levels

Higher – Levels 4-7

Foundation Degree level and above

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APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMMES

Funding If you are aged between 16 and 18 years old your Apprenticeship will be fully funded by the government. For those aged 19 and over at the start of their programme, there is partial funding from the government, which is supplemented by a contribution made by the apprentice’s employer. As an apprentice, you will be paid the 'apprentice National Minimum Wage' – which is currently £3.30 3 per hour – as a minimum. As apprentices become more experienced and develop their skills, some employers do tend to increase wages; the National Apprenticeship Service found that apprentices earn an average of £200 net pay per week (after tax and National Insurance deductions).4 The National Apprenticeship wage applies to all 16 to 18 year olds and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. If, when you reach 19, you have already completed your first year, you will be paid the National Minimum Wage for those aged 18 to 20, which is

currently £5.30 per hour.5 Again, your employer may choose to pay more than this. The information on this page changes regularly, so please visit www.bedford.ac.uk/finance for the latest. 3 4 5

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How to apply

To apply for an Apprenticeship you must be 16 or over and working, or have an offer of work with an employer in a job role relating to the type of Apprenticeship you would like to undertake. If you are not already employed, you can browse and apply for Apprenticeship vacancies on the College website and should register with the National Apprenticeship Service at www.gov.uk/further-education-skills/apprenticeships

STEP 1

STEP 2

Have a good read through this prospectus to explore what we offer and to get an idea of which Apprenticeship programmes interest you. For in depth programme information, visit our course search at www.bedford.ac.uk/courses

Come and see us at one of our many Open Days throughout the year (find the latest dates on page 5) so that we can answer your questions and provide more information about the Apprenticeships we offer.

Find the Apprenticeships you’re interested in

Discover Bedford College for yourself

STEP 6

STEP 7

STEP 3

Attend an interview

Feedback and getting started

We will give you an appointment for an initial assessment, which will involve some testing and an interview. This is so that we can ensure that your application is progressed to enable you to enrol on the correct type and level of Apprenticeship course.

The Apprenticeships team will explain the process for starting your Apprenticeship at your interview and also explain how your test results will be used to support you once you begin your Apprenticeship.

Before you can begin an Apprenticeship programme, you must be employed. Check the Bedford College website regularly for details of Apprenticeship vacancies and contact potential employers to ask about Apprenticeship opportunities within their organisations. When you select vacancies, do remember to check the location and employment details. If you need any extra support or advice, contact the Bedford College Apprenticeships team on 01234 291000.

Find an employer

DID YOU KNOW?

Many of our Apprenticeships can be started at any time of year.

STEP 5

STEP 4

Once you have chosen your preferred programme, it is important to check the entry requirements to see which level you should start at. The entry requirements vary depending on the type and level of Apprenticeship applied for. See the individual programme listings from page 75 to find the entry requirements for those that interest you.

We will ask for details of the business where you will be working as an apprentice. Your employer will need to contact our Business Development Team on 01234 291747 so that we can make arrangements to visit the company to explain the scheme and what your employer should do to support you.

Check course entry requirements

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APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMMES We offer the following Apprenticeship programmes offered at various levels from Intermediate (Level 2) to Higher (Level 4-5). To find out more visit www.bedford.ac.uk/apprenticeships

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Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/apprenticeship-programmes for full programme information and entry requirements

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME

Decorative Finishing

Decorative Finishing

Plumbing

Plumbing

Trowel Occupations Bricklaying

Trowel Occupations Bricklaying

Wood Occupations Bench Joinery

Wood Occupations Bench Joinery

Wood Occupations Site Carpentry

Wood Occupations Site Carpentry

Higher Education study at Bedford College

BUILDING SERVICES

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMMES

BUILDING SERVICES

Construction BTEC HNC

Electro technical

Sustainable Construction Foundation Degree (FdSc) Validated by, and leads to an award of, the University of Bedfordshire

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities

Career progression

Technical & Professional Technical & Professional (Civil Engineering)

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BUSINESS, RETAIL & WAREHOUSING

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INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

HIGHER (LEVEL 4)

Accountancy

Accountancy

Accountancy

Business Administration

Business Administration

Business Administration

Contact Centre Operations

Contact Centre Operations

Business BTEC HNC/HND

Customer Service

Customer Service

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities

Team Leading

Management

Career progression

Warehousing & Storage

Warehousing & Storage

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OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME

Higher Education study at Bedford College


Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/apprenticeship-programmes for full programme information and entry requirements

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

HIGHER (LEVEL 4/5)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME

Child & Family Studies Foundation Degree (FdA) Disability Studies Foundation Degree (FdA) Childcare Learning & Development

Childcare Learning & Development

Health & Social Care

Teaching Assistants

Teaching Assistants

Care Leadership & Management

Educational Practice Foundation Degree (FdA) Validated by, and leads to an award of, the University of Bedfordshire

Health & Social Care HNC/HND

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities

Career progression

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CARE, CHILDCARE & TEACHING ASSISTANTS

Health & Social Care (Adult)

Early Years Studies Foundation Degree (FdA)

BUSINESS, RETAIL & WAREHOUSING

Higher Education study at Bedford College

APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMMES

CARE, CHILDCARE & TEACHING ASSISTANTS

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COMPUTING

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INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

HIGHER (LEVEL 4)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME

Higher Education study at Bedford College Computing & Systems Development BTEC HNC/HND IT Application Specialist

IT Application Specialist

IT Software & Web Professionals

IT Software & Web Professionals

IT, Networking & Security Foundation Degree (FdSc) IT Software & Web Professionals

Validated by, and leads to an award of, the University of Bedfordshire

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities

Career progression

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Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/apprenticeship-programmes for full programme information and entry requirements

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME

Electrical & Electronic Engineering Fabrication and Welding

Mechanical Engineering BTEC HNC/HND

Maintenance Engineering

Engineering BSc (Hons)

Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering Technical Support

ENGINEERING

Engineering

Electrical & Electronic Engineering BTEC HNC/HND

COMPUTING

Higher Education study at Bedford College

APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMMES

ENGINEERING

Validated by, and leads to an award of, the University of Northampton

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities

Career progression

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HAIR & BEAUTY

Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/apprenticeship-programmes for full programme information and entry requirements

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME

Higher Education study at Bedford College

Beauty Therapy

Hairdressing

Beauty Therapy

Hairdressing

Specialist Make-Up HNC/HND

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities

Career progression You could work towards becoming an advanced stylist or beauty therapist.

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INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME

APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMMES

HOSPITALITY & CATERING

HAIR & BEAUTY

Higher Education study at Bedford College

Front of House Services

Professional Cookery

Professional Cookery

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities

HOSPITALITY & CATERING

Hospitality Management BTEC HNC/HND

Career progression You could work towards supervision and leadership roles such as a sous chef and senior chef.

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LAND & THE ENVIRONMENT Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/apprenticeship-programmes for full programme information and entry requirements

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

Agriculture

Agriculture

Environmental Conservation

Environmental Conservation

Horse Care

Horse Management

Horticulture

Trees & Timber

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Horticulture

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities

Career progression You could progress in the industry within a related area.


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INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME

APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMMES

MOTOR VEHICLE

LAND & THE ENVIRONMENT

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities

Body & Paint Operations

Vehicle Maintenance & Repair (Light Vehicle)

Vehicle Maintenance & Repair (Light Vehicle)

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Career progression You could further your career into a range of jobs such as service manager or workshop/body shop controller.

MOTOR VEHICLE

Body & Paint Operations

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SPORT

Visit www.bedford.ac.uk/apprenticeship-programmes for full programme information and entry requirements

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)

ADVANCED (LEVEL 3)

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER YOUR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME

Higher Education study at other colleges and universities Exercise & Fitness

Exercise & Fitness Career progression You could progress on to various roles including becoming a fitness instructor or personal trainer.

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HIGHER EDUCATION as individual as you are If you’re thinking about taking a higher education qualification, university isn’t your only option – studying locally at Bedford College offers a higher education experience all about you.

SAVE MONEY

FIT AROUND WORK

It’s simple – our courses can save you up to one third compared to university, so you can study higher education qualifications without the university price tag.

Boost your career without skipping a beat – our different study routes mean higher education can live alongside your life, and work around your work.

FOCUS ON YOU

AVOID UPFRONT FEES

Enjoy smaller class sizes and benefit from more face-to-face contact time with our expert tutors compared to university*.

For all of our higher education courses, low-interest loans are available to pay for tuition fees and more – so no matter how you want to study, it’s affordable for everyone.

WHAT’S ON OFFER... • BSc Degree • Foundation Degrees (FdA/FdSc) • Higher National Certificates & Diplomas (HNC & HND) • Teaching Qualifications • University Access Courses

Take it higher

Find out more at www.bedford.ac.uk/highereducation and download a copy of our new Higher Education prospectus.

*Source: Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) Research Paper Number 69: Understanding Higher Education in Further Education Colleges, June 2012.

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Looking for A-Levels? 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. We offer a sixth form experience that will make you stand out from the crowd. More choice, more opportunities With the chance to study unique combinations of A-Levels in over 30 subjects alongside a range of Level 3 Certificates and Diplomas. Excellent pass rates In 2015 our A-Level students achieved a 98% pass rate. Fantastic facilities A captivating mix of modern learning spaces and stunning period buildings, our amazing campus provides the perfect environment to achieve academic success.

Personal support Your own personal tutor and a dedicated support team are on hand to provide one-to-one guidance on everything from finance and careers, to academic performance and personal wellbeing. Life beyond the classroom Life at The Bedford Sixth Form doesn’t stop at the end of lessons – an extensive 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 firsthand knowledge of how to achieve great results. A platform for success We’re fully focused on helping you to achieve the academic success that secures your place at university – in 2014 92% of our students progressed on to further study including university.

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A-Z COURSE INDEX A

22 76 28 38 82 52 24 24 26

Access to Higher Education Accountancy Apprenticeships Accountancy full-time Aerospace Engineering full-time Agriculture Apprenticeships Agriculture full-time Animal Care full-time Animal Management full-time Art & Design full-time

B

46 80 46 75 34 75

Barbering full-time Beauty Therapy Apprenticeships Beauty Therapy full-time Bench Joinery Apprenticeships Bench Joinery & Site Carpentry full-time Bricklaying: Trowel Occupations Apprenticeships Brickwork full-time Business Administration Apprenticeships Business full-time

34 76 28

C Care & Childcare full-time Carpentry Apprenticeships Carpentry full-time Childcare full-time Childcare, Learning & Development Apprenticeships Civil Engineering Apprenticeship Contact Centre Operations Apprenticeship Construction full-time Construction Technical & Professional Apprenticeship Countryside full-time Customer Service Apprenticeships

D Decorative Finishing Apprenticeships

30 75 34 30 77 75 76 34 75 52 76

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E Electrical Installation full-time Electrical & Electronic Engineering Apprenticeship Electrical & Electronic Engineering full-time Engineering full-time Environmental Conservation Apprenticeships Exercise & Fitness Apprenticeships

F Fabrication & Welding Apprenticeship Fisheries full-time Floristry full-time Foundation Skills full-time Front of House Services Apprenticeship

H Hair & Media Make-Up full-time Hairdressing full-time Hairdressing Apprenticeships Health & Social Care Apprenticeships Health & Social Care full-time Horse Care Apprenticeship Horse Care full-time Horse Management Apprenticeship Horse Management full-time Horticulture Apprenticeships Horticulture full-time Hospitality & Catering full-time Hospitality Supervision & Leadership full-time

I IT Application Specialist Apprenticeships IT full-time IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professionals Apprenticeships

L Land-Based Studies full-time

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M

38 38 82 84 79 52 42 44 81 46 46 80 77 30 82 48 82 48 82 52 50 50 78 32 78

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N Nail Technology full-time

O Outdoor Adventure full-time

P Painting & Decorating full-time Performing Arts full-time Performing Engineering Operations Apprenticeship Plumbing Apprenticeships Plumbing full-time Production Arts full-time Professional Cookery Apprenticeships Professional Cookery full-time Public Services full-time

S Sport full-time

T Teaching Assistant Apprenticeships Team Leading Apprenticeship Technical Support Apprenticeship Travel & Tourism full-time Trees & Timber Apprenticeship

W Warehousing & Storage Apprenticeship

Maintenance Engineering Apprenticeship

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Management Apprenticeship Mechanical Engineering full-time Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering Apprenticeship Media Production full-time Motor Vehicle Body Repair & Paint Apprenticeships Motor Vehicle Body Repair & Paint full-time Motor Vehicle Maintenance Apprenticeships Motor Vehicle Maintenance full-time Music full-time

76 38 79 60 83 56 83 56 60 46 58 34 60 79 75 62 60 81 50 64 66 77 76 79 68 82 76

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