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Four 1sts in degree year

Higher Education Success The Bedford College Group

Launching a new degree “top up” course in the middle of a pandemic has proven the professional mettle of Bedford College’s teaching team.

Of the 14 students who embarked on the brand new Media Technology and Music Production BAs (Level 6) ‘top up’ to a degree, all passed, and four gained 1st Class degrees.

Course Manager Sean Doyle MA, said:

“We are so proud of all our students who are now well-placed to seek careers in the fast-moving fields of movies and music.”

The students themselves are a great mix of people proving how “progressing” from entry level courses to a full degree is made possible at The Bedford College Group. This applies across a range of subject areas where people can study at a degree level

Higher Education Success The Bedford College Group

Patrick Taylor, Music Technology graduate, of Milton Keynes travelled to the specialist South Bank Centre for Arts at Bedford College because: “There is nothing else like this in the area. The lecturers here know how the industry works and offer great insights.”

Patrick progressed from a Foundation Degree to the Top-Up Degree at Bedford College. In addition to being a guitarist, Patrick, is working on ‘mastering’ engineering in the industry, and as a technician at Milton Keynes Theatre.

Fellow Music Technology success story,  Ryan Shackleton, 23, of Clapham, Bedford joined the college as a Level 3 student and worked his way towards his degree. He has made contacts in South Korea and plans to work there alongside his new musical friends.

“It’s very welcoming and comfortable here at Bedford College, but also inspiring.”

Media production graduate Charlotte Afflick from Wootton came to college at the age of 16 to take a Level 3 BTEC in Media, TV and Film. She stayed on to progress through her higher education journey via a Foundation Degree and now has a First Class Honours in Music Production. “It’s brilliant at Bedford College. Covid could have put a spanner in the works, but the staff made it all fit and now I am looking to head towards a career in production management.”

John Harrison, aged 42, decided to pursue his interest in movies as a profession, signing up as a mature student. Living in Bedford, the location of the campus and the flexibility of hours meant he could keep his job while writing scripts and planning his first film with a fellow 2021 graduate Matthew Jolaosho, who has a film in the Toronto Film Festival.

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Alex Mortby Director of Higher Education at The Bedford College Group said: “Our degree courses are well recognised by a wide range of major employers in engineering, technology, health and care services, and our links with the arts and creative industries offer vital in-roads for students. The Bedford College Group is a great place to be an undergraduate, all the quality of teaching and contacts, without the living away costs of going to university.”

*August 10th for those thinking of applying to study at university through clearing to find a degree course – look at The Bedford College Group campuses in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. No need to ramp up accommodation costs, or give up local jobs. Final date for applications October 19th 2021.

For those wanting to consider their first steps towards a degree without staying on at school, register for The Bedford College Group’s Virtual GCSE Advice Day Thursday 12th and Friday 13th August by visiting

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