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Welcome to Central Bedfordshire College

We pride ourselves on the diversity of our student body and with the ever-improving connections we are making in our community, with parents, teachers, learners and students. We look for a mature approach and you can expect a mature approach from us.

We are developing all the time and we aim to help you develop – wherever you may be now, and wherever you want to get to.

If you are joining us as a 16-18 year-old, you will notice we are very different to school.

Just like school, we will expect you to work because we want you to get off to a really good start as you prepare for life and work after you have finished with us.

At college, we will do everything we can do treat you as a young adult. You won't wear a uniform for a start and you won't have to call your lecturers "miss" or "sir".

In addition, you will make new friends among people in your age group who share similar career interests.

If you have any questions about life at college, feel free to get in touch with us or even book an event with us through the website and we'll have a chat with you and show you round.

About us

  • Central Bedfordshire College was established in 1961 in Dunstable.
  • On 14 January 2010, the college was renamed Central Bedfordshire College – reflecting the College's commitment to Central Bedfordshire as a whole and the ambition to be recognised as the premier post sixteen institution in the area.
  • Recognised by Ofsted as a "good college with exemplary features" Central Bedfordshire College has recently invested in the Kingsway Project which has created new facilities public and student facilities at its Dunstable campus.
  • Across the region Central Bedfordshire College is seen as the “friendly college” where a more mature environment is appreciated.
  • The college makes excellent provision for students with learning difficulties and this reflects the culture of the college which is to find solutions
  • Central Bedfordshire College enjoys strong partnerships with The University of Bedfordshire and The University of Northampton.
  • Curriculum is heavily based around the needs of the region, the learners in the region and regional employers
  • We are here to make sure students achieve their maximum potential with strong support, integrity and love of learning

Facilities available

Based across three campuses – 

  • Dunstable (Main Campus)
  • Dunstable (Luton Road)
  • Luton

We have all the benefits of a large town with

  • The Grove Theatre
  • BBC Three Counties Radio
  • Go Bowling
  • a major leisure centre
  • shops in Dunstable High Street
  • our own conference and training facility at The Incuba
  • sports facilities at Creasey Park.


Additional support

Additional Learning Support

We have specialist staff who understand the needs of students with medical conditions, dyslexia,
dyspraxia, dyscalculia, autistic spectrum disorders, mental health issues, learning difficulties or those who are deaf or hard of hearing or have English as a second language.

The ALS team can offer you:

  • Study support one-to-one with an individual programme tailored to suit you
  • Dyslexia screening
  • Small group support
  • Learning Support Assistant in class
  • Specialist equipment, resources and materials
  • One-to-one tutorials
  • Special exam arrangements
  • A flexible service to meet your needs.

The ALS team can help you:

  • Improve your written skills
  • Improve your written and spoken English
  • Improve your maths skills
  • Improve and develop your IT skills
  • Improve study skills
  • Achieve better grades.

We strongly advise you to disclose any disability, mental health or additional support need so that we can make any reasonable adjustment necessary and you can get the most out of your time at the college.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Central Bedfordshire College directly.

Last updated date: 03 August 2017
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