Bradford College is a Further Education College and University Centre offering Higher Education. The College has provided quality education and training in the City since 1832.

Parents and Guardian Information

Further Education (often shortened to 'FE') refers to qualifications taken post-16 and usually pre-university education, for example A Level or BTEC qualifications. Higher Education (often shortened to 'HE') covers undergraduate and postgraduate study, and includes Higher Apprenticeships and some professional qualifications too.

Information is available separately for parents or guardians of school-aged learners.

Choosing and applying to Bradford College

Why should we choose Bradford College?

Bradford College is one of the largest Further Education colleges in the country, with an award winning city centre campus. We have been offering Further Education courses here in Bradford for over 180 years, and whilst our courses may have changed and evolved, our student-centred focus remains the same and they will always be more than a face in the crowd.

Bradford College University Centre has also offered a substantial range of quality Higher Education courses for many years. With approximately 3000 students studying on over 200 full and part-time undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses, we are one of the largest providers of Higher Education in England outside of the university sector. 

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What will my child progress to following their study at Bradford College?

On completion of a Level 3 Further Education course, your child will be in a position to progress to the College's University Centre.

By studying at the University Centre you will:

Parents and Guardian Information

  • Have access to a wide range of career-focussed courses
  • Receive excellent tutor support throughout your study as our classes are smaller in size and more frequent than those at most universities
  • UK Higher Education qualifications are recognised and respected by employers and academics worldwide giving you the opportunity to spread your wings and travel the world
  • Our degrees are developed in partnership with employers and professional bodies, and are currently validated by the University of Bolton.
  • Visit our website for further details and contact information.

Individuals already studying in Higher Education may be thinking about postgraduate study, Bradford College's University Centre offers courses to help you transform your future. Our range of Masters Courses can be studied on a full or part-time basis.

For full details, information and advice, contact 01274 088088 or text 'transform' to 88802.

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Do you offer additional support for those that need it?

Bradford College wants every student to succeed, and that's why it has a specialist team of well qualified staff who are committed to supporting the individual needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing or have other conditions. More information is available on our dedicated Learning Support section.

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Fees and financial support

Will I have to pay any tuition fees?

If your child is under 19 on the 31st August before their course starts they will not have to pay tuition fees for most courses.

If your child is 19 or over, they may be required to pay for tuition fees for their courses. More information is available on our website regarding 19+ students.

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What financial help is available to assist with study?

Need help with the cost of coming to College? There are several bursary schemes that can help you with the costs of attending College.

Parents and Guardian InformationThey can help with:

  • Books, materials, kit and uniforms
  • Travel costs
  • Childcare costs
  • Meals whilst at College
  • Course fees where applicable

16 to 18 year olds only

To find out more about the schemes available either call or see us in Student Services on the ground floor of The David Hockney Building or visit 

Students aged 19 and over

Please see our page at

University Centre Students

Please see our page at

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Travel and accommodation

How will my child travel to college?

View our map showing how to reach the College (PDF)

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Is any accommodation provided?

We offer a number of accommodation options for College students through the student accommodation service from living in halls to homestay accommodation. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

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