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Tuesday, 27 September 2022

MERGER LATEST: Consultation Results

Proposed Merger between Central Bedfordshire College and The Bedford College Group

Central Bedfordshire College (CBC) is proposing to merge with The Bedford College Group (TBCG), one of the largest college groups in the country, from 1st February 2023.

Earlier this year, in preparation for this exciting proposed development CBC and TBCG held a public consultation from 15th June 2022 for six weeks and invited responses from the local community and other stakeholders.

CBC serves communities across southern Central Bedfordshire and Luton local authorities, with campuses in Dunstable, Houghton Regis, Leighton Buzzard and Luton, whilst TBCG already serves parts of Central Bedfordshire through its Shuttleworth College campus. 

CBC has chosen to merge with the Group because it will enable the communities of Central Bedfordshire and Luton to access an even broader choice of educational opportunities. Learners will be able to stay and progress with CBC right up to degree-level, whilst businesses will be able to access the technical and vocational training needed for their workforce to meet future skills needs.

To find out more about the responses and analysis of the consultation please download our consultation results brochure.

Friday, 16 September 2022


Central Bedfordshire College will be closed on Monday 19th September 2022 to staff and students for the funeral of Her Majesty the Queen.

College will resume as usual on Tuesday 20th September 2022.

The next step to your future without limits.

We have a limited number of places across a number of our course areas so it's not too late to enrol with us.

Whether you've recently received your GCSE results, are still unsure of your next step or are looking for a change in your career, then our team is on hand to help. 

We're able to accommodate walk ins all this week, so please come along to our Dunstable Kingsway campus where our friendly Student Services team will be happy to help you. You'll have the opportunity to chat to our Careers team if you're not sure which course you'd like to do, or to our curriculum tutors if you've got a particular subject in mind. You can then apply, enrol and get your ID badge right there and then - so no more stressing about what you're going to do this September! And don't worry about starting term late - we're still running induction sessions, so you haven't missed a thing.   


Your options

If you know what course you'd like to study, then simply apply online and our team will be in touch to arrange your enrolment session where you'll be able to get everything sorted including your ID badge and start date (just remember to bring your qualifications). Alternatively, come along to our Dunstable Kingsway campus at a time that suits you.

If you're unsure of your next steps, then our staff are here to help. Our Careers team can provide professional and independent advice to help with your next steps and our teaching staff will be on hand to answer any specific questions. Just pop down to our main Dunstable Kingsway campus today.


Here's a video on how to apply online!



Monday, 01 August 2022


Will a bigger college mean reduced quality? 

The Bedford College Group, even with the addition of Central Bedfordshire College, will not be a monopoly but it will be even more resilient and stronger than before. The Group’s track record shows that quality has not been sacrificed as it has expanded, always remaining at least Grade 2 (Good) in Ofsted inspections. Central Bedfordshire College is extremely healthy financially and The Bedford College Group’s previous mergers have demonstrated that quality is consistently maintained during and after the transition process in each case. 

Wednesday, 27 July 2022

Partnership with Mindful Education

We are working in partnership with Mindful Education to deliver award-winning, blended learning AAT courses in accounting. 

The Online and On Campus courses offer a flexible solution for people with busy lives who wish to study for a professional qualification. 

Learners can choose how, when and where they want to study, accessing high-quality video lectures using any device and at a time to suit them. Students also enjoy the benefits of being part of a class that meets regularly with a college tutor, when their learning is supported through group exercises and classroom-based learning. 

Funding is available for the Level 2 AAT course and the Level 3 AAT course is fully funded (i.e. free of charge) to eligible learners. 

Mindful Education’s courses have won multiple awards. They are specialists in blended learning, and work in partnership with colleges across the UK to deliver courses and apprenticeships in accounting, law, management and human resources. 

For more information out more about our partnership with Mindful Education and the funding available, please click here

Our exciting merger proposal with The Bedford College Group has been covered in Luton's Community Magazine - read it here on pages 4 and 5.

For all the latest news about the merger in one place, please visit our dedicated Merger Updates page.

The survey is now closed. The outcome of the consultation will be shared on our website by 27th September 2022.

Central Bedfordshire College (CBC) is proposing to merge with The Bedford College Group (TBCG), one of the largest college groups in the country, from 1st February 2023.

In preparation for this exciting proposed development CBC and TBCG are launching a public consultation from 15th June 2022 and are inviting comments and responses on their plans from the local community and other stakeholders. The deadline for responses to the consultation is 27th July 2022.

Friday, 10 June 2022

Your exams preparation guide

Exams are an unavoidable part of life. At different stages of our life, we all have to take some form of exams. Exam preparation techniques vary among individuals. In this article on exam preparation, we have put together universally accepted, practiced, and proven tips on preparing for your exams. 

Wednesday, 08 June 2022


We’ll still be here. But bigger

Everyone thinking of studying with us can be assured that there’s no need to change their plans as we work towards our proposed merger with The Bedford College Group.

The College’s income has grown by more than 55% in the last eight years, with significant increases in the number of students aged 16 to 18.

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