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Everything you need to know about college if you’re leaving school this summer

Engineering students and tutor with robotic arm Bedford College

There are many things that separate college from school but we understand that if you’ve never been, you wouldn’t really know what college really has to offer so we’re going to walk you through it. Here are some things that make college different to school:

More subjects, more choice: From Applied Sciences to Floristry and Engineering to Outdoor Adventure, college offers a wider variety of subjects compared to school. Our facilities and equipment are industry-standard too so you’ll get real life experience during your course.

An independent environment: College is a more mature environment compared to school which is guaranteed to help you become more independent. If you’d like to go to university in a few years’ time, going to college will also result in a smooth transition as both learning environments are similar if not the same.

Meet new friends in a new place: It may be a little worrying if none of your other friends are going to college too but one of the best things about coming to college is making new friends in a new place. You are guaranteed to meet people who have similar interests to you both in the classroom and outside and depending on where you live, you may even have a whole new place to explore.

A stepping stone towards your dream career: Studying at college provides you with a stepping stone into your chosen industry. You’ll get given opportunities to undertake a work placement as part of your study programme and work on live projects set by industry professionals.

You’re probably wondering what makes us different, so here are five reasons why you should join us:

  1. Personalised Support: All of us here at Bedford College and Shuttleworth College are dedicated to helping you find what you love and give you opportunities and experiences that will help you achieve your dream career. You will receive all the support you need to meet your needs so you can achieve the best without anything getting in the way. You will be assigned a Personal Achievement Tutor who will provide expert guidance with your learning and help you to always perform at your best. What’s more, our award-winning Student Services Team are always available for careers advice, financial support, wellbeing and more.
  2. Learn from the experts: Nothing’s better than learning from people who have experienced the real working world. Many of our tutors work, or have worked, in the industry that they teach in which means you will be learning from the experts themselves.
  3. Fantastic facilities: When studying with us, you will have the opportunity to train in industry-standard environments including workshops, hair salons and theatres. We also have a wide range of study spaces available for both independent study and group work.
  4. Strong future prospects: You will be able to take part in the perfect work placement thanks to our links with over 1,500 employers. This real life experience will help to enhance your CV and prepare you for the industry. Around 83% of our students move on to further study or employment.*
  5. Progression opportunities: Here at Bedford College and Shuttleworth College we are dedicated to help you excel in your career. If you’re unsure about moving away to university, you can study on a higher education course with us and even get a degree!

Did you know we also offer apprenticeships at the College? Find out more about what apprenticeships we offer and the vacancies we have available here.

Got a question about college? No problem! Email with your query and we’ll be happy to help.

*Source: 2018-19 Student Destination Report