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Make a change for the better

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Reconsidering your options? Eyeing up that promotion? Looking for redundancy support? Make a change for the better!

Whether you're looking for a short term course to improve your job prospects, need to upgrade your skills to secure that promotion or want to step into Higher Education, we’re here to help get you on the right track. Our adult offering ranges from entry-level all the way through to higher education and is designed to boost your CV as well as your confidence!

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Bounce back with CBC

The pandemic has left many people having to reconsider their future as the economy begins to recover. Many will have found themselves out of work or facing increasing insecurity in their current occupation. For others, long periods of furlough and increasing time stuck at home have led them to re-evaluate their lives.

At Central Bedfordshire College, we have plenty of experience in helping people who need a career change, find themselves considering entering the world of work after a long break, or simply fancy a change.

If it’s been a while since you were last in education, studying at college might seem a big step. You may be surprised to know that the vast majority of students in further education colleges like ours are adults, just like you, who want to enhance their employment prospects. You can take advantage of competitive fees, the opportunity to study locally and a wide range of free courses with the support of Government funding. Of more than a million adults studying in colleges, 137,000 are on university-level courses. Regardless of your current qualifications, we are very likely to have a course to suit your needs.

Take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead with a qualification from CBC.


Ways To Learn At CBC

These are traditional college courses whereby a full-time course is spread over a longer period of time. It's usually tailored for those who want to continue working while studying and usually involves committing an afternoon or an evening each week to attend classes or lectures. You can view our part-time courses at the end of this page. For Higher Education courses, please take a look at our HE Site.

Online Learning
As the name suggests is also delivered fully online however the key here is that you're in charge of your own learning. You'll have modules and assignments that you'll have to stay on top of in order to pass. We offer a number of FREE* online courses too - find out more here.

Distance Learning
This is a traditional course, you'll have a class, a tutor, and assignments, but instead of coming to College, your classes will be delivered online by a tutor and in some cases, you'll require a work placement. Find out more here.

Community Learning
These are courses that are run by us but happen in local community centres. We offer a variety of subjects including Childcare, Health & Social Care and Education. Find out more here.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Work for an employer, earn a salary and achieve qualifications all whilst gaining valuable work skills and experience. Find out more here.



Other Ways Our Team Can Help You

Redundancy support
You may have been furloughed, made redundant or need to reskill. We're pleased to offer a comprehensive range of career re-launching courses - on your doorstep! View our courses.

Careers support
Whether you need a helping hand to ensure the qualification is right for you or you don't even know where to start, our careers team can help guide your journey. 

Boost your CV
Want to take your career to the next level and improve your chances of getting that promotion? Fed up with your job and want to re-train or change direction? Our professional development courses could be the best career investment you make. Browse our courses.

Level up with a degree-level course
If higher education is your gameplan, you can complete a degree-level course with us, without the university price tag. Head on over to our dedicated HE website.

Financial support
We know that cost plays a big role in making the decision to return to education. If you have concerns about paying for your chosen course, please don't hesitate to contact our Welfare team and we can explore your options. Available options include utilising the National Skills Fund and the 19+ Advanced Learner Loan which enables you to pay nothing until you have finished your course and are earning over £25,000 a year. Another 

*Learners must be aged 19+ and have lived in the in the EU for the past 3 years. Please note that a course withdrawal fee of £100 is payable if learners decide to withdraw from the course or do not complete within 12 weeks.Funding is subject to learners meeting set eligibility criteria; this may be discussed prior to the start of any course.


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Courses for Mature Learners

Adult - Access to Higher Education
Business & Accounting
Community Learning

Community Learning

Digital Media
Distance and Online Learning

Distance and Online Learning

English & Maths
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Management and Leadership
Motor Vehicle
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