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We offer hundreds of part-time courses

We offer hundreds of part-time courses, both professional and for fun, with class times designed to fit around your life and work. Many of our professional qualifications are accredited by leading industry bodies and perfect for developing yourself within an existing role at work, or preparing to begin a whole new one. Our tutors are experts in their fields with plenty of industry experience, so the skills you develop will fit right into your working day. You can study now and pay later through our range of payment options and financial support, plus we have a money-back guarantee if you don’t pass your course. (T&Cs apply).

If you’re looking for a more relaxed course, there are a variety of options from improving your painting skills to learning how to keep livestock. Our short leisure courses enable you to learn new skills and meet new people at one of our many locations across the region.

Distance Learning courses

Our distance learning courses give you the opportunity to gain skills and a qualification without disrupting your day-to-day life.  Provided you are over 19 and have lived in the UK or EU for the past 3 years, all of our Level 2 courses are free.

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National Skills Fund

The Government National Skills Fund offers help to adults to train and gain skills by studying a fully-funded level 3 qualification.

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Types of courses we offer

Advanced Learning Loans Courses

STUDY NOW, PAY LATER

Don’t let money be a worry! Low-interest loans.

If you’re aged 19 or over on the start date of your chosen course, you can apply for a loan to cover the tuition fees for some Level 3+ qualifications. There’s also nothing to pay back until you’ve completed your course and you’re earning over £25,000 per year!

Use our FIND A COURSE tool (top right of screen) to find the course you’re interested in.

CPD Additional courses

WE’VE INTRODUCED A SUITE OF E-LEARNING MODULES

We appreciate that people want a flexible approach to accessing learning, which is why we have introduced a suite of e-learning modules using some of the best learning technologies available. The modules are self-contained, providing extensive resources and an end of course assessment, leading to a CPD certificate on successful completion of the course. They offer a high quality standalone educational experience for people who want to keep learning and developing independently.

Browse through the wide range of CPD modules below, decide which one meets your needs, and enrol. It is that simple. Why not start now?

Rights and Responsibilities

  • Understanding Equality and Diversity
  • Health and Well-being
  • Explore the Principles of Healthy Eating
  • Principles of Weight Management
  • Understand the Principles of Exercise and Fitness

Care and Education

  • Principles of Internet Safety
  • Safeguarding Adults and Children

Business, Leadership and Management

  • Conflict Management
  • Discipline in the Workplace
  • Induction of New Staff
  • Leading and Motivating a Team
  • Organising and Delegating
  • Performance Management
  • Planning and Allocating Work
  • Solving Problems and Making Decisions
  • Stress Management
  • Understanding Leadership

Health and Safety

  • COSHH Risk Assessment
  • DSE Risk Assessment
  • Fire Safety Principles
  • Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • Manual Handling Safety at Work
  • Prevention and Control of Infection

Health and Social Care

  • Alcohol Awareness
  • Dementia Awareness
  • Safeguarding Adults and Children
  • Sexual Health Awareness
  • Awareness of Substance Misuse
  • Understanding Anxiety
  • Understanding Depression
  • Understanding Eating Disorders
  • Understanding Stress
  • Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Mental Capacity Act

Retail and Hospitality

  • Prepare to Deliver Excellent Customer Service
  • Food Safety Awareness

Personal Development and Employability

  • General Data Protection Regulation GDPR
  • Induction Essentials
  • Introduction to First Aid Programme
  • Introduction to First Aid – Zone 1
  • Introduction to First Aid – Zone 2
  • Introduction to First Aid – Zone 3
  • Introduction to First Aid – Zone 4
  • Personal Money Management
  • Prevent for Students
  • Prevent for Professionals​
Distance Learning Courses

Our distance learning courses give you the opportunity to gain skills and a qualification without disrupting your day-to-day life. All of the Level 2 courses are free courses last up to 16 weeks and you can start them at any time throughout the year, and complete them in your own free time.

You will have access to specialist support from dedicated tutors throughout the programme, to help you complete the course. You can choose to work either through online assessments or using printed workbooks.*

*Please note that to complete the courses online you must have an internet connection.

Use our FIND A COURSE tool (top right of screen) to find the course you’re interested in.

Free courses for the unemployed

You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on one of the following benefits:

  • Employment & Support Allowance (work-related activity group)
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit (subject to income)
  • Income support

Please note: you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.

For more information please ring us on 01234 291000 or email us.

Use our FIND A COURSE tool (top right of screen) to find the course you’re interested in.

Full-time courses for adults

ARE YOU AGED 19 OR OVER? WOULD YOU LIKE TO IMPROVE YOUR LEVEL OF QUALIFICATIONS WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK?

Having a professional qualification will really help your career prospects. And depending on your age and what course you choose to study, you might not have to pay a penny towards your tuition or exam fees!

All full-time Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age.

If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification (equivalent to A-Level), courses are still FREE if you’re aged under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re aged over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee.

Leisure courses

FROM PLAYING THE GUITAR OR LEARNING A NEW LANGUAGE, TO MAKING YOUR OWN FASHION AND JEWELLERY OR LEARNING MORE ABOUT ANIMALS, THERE ARE LOTS OF GREAT OPPORTUNITIES

Get involved in new hobbies and interests, or perhaps pick up on an old pastime you’ve always wanted to revisit.

So whether you’re looking to gain skills, meet new people or get a taste of something different, a part-time leisure course at The Bedford College Group is a fun and friendly way to turn spare time into time well spent…

Use our FIND A COURSE tool (top right of screen) to find the course you’re interested in.

Part-time professional courses

OUR PROFESSIONAL PART-TIME QUALIFICATIONS AIM TO PROVIDE YOU WITH THE SPECIALIST SKILLS YOU NEED TO MOVE ON IN YOUR EXISTING CAREER OR MAKE THE JUMP TO SOMETHING NEW

Because we offer a range of day, evening or weekend classes, the course you choose can live alongside your life, and work around your work.

BACKED BY THE PROFESSIONALS…

Our courses are accredited by the UK’s leading national industry training bodies, including:

  • Association for Accounting Technicians (AAT)
  • Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
  • Cisco Academy
  • ConstructionSkills
  • Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB)
  • Institute of Motor Vehicle Industry (IMI)
  • Lantra
  • Microsoft Professional courses
  • Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)

Use our FIND A COURSE tool (top right of screen) to find the course you’re interested in.

Work-based courses

OUR EMPLOYER TRAINING SERVICES TEAM OFFER A WIDE RANGE OF INDUSTRY SPECIFIC TRAINING

From NVQ courses delivered in the workplace to short courses to develop specialist skills.

They also offer certification and professional training to meet legislation and comply with industry requirements, higher education programmes and a range of bespoke training solutions.

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Why choose us

Discover a fascinating hobby or interest, develop skills to move on at work, or start training for a whole new career – however you’re looking to spend your spare time, turn it into time well spent with part-time study at The Bedford College Group.

  • Boost your career with qualifications across a range of professions
  • Pick up new talents and friends thanks to our short leisure courses
  • Learn on your doorstep at locations throughout the local area
  • Study now and pay later through our range of payment options and financial support
  • Study to fit around your busy lifestyle with day, evening or weekend and workplace courses
  • Develop real-world skills that fit into work, using industry-class kit and facilities
  • Get the professional edge, thanks to expert tutors with industry experience
  • Your success, guaranteed – get your money back if you don’t pass*

* We’re so confident our teaching and support will help you pass your course that if you meet all of the entry requirements for your course, attend at least 90% of your lessons (or 95% for courses less than 23 weeks long), complete all of your coursework and/or exams on time but still do not pass your course, then we will refund your fees in full. 23 weeks long), complete all of your coursework and/or exams on time but still do not pass your course, then we will refund your fees in full.