Pioneers in education since 1832
Over 185 years' experience in delivering education, enterprise, and employment.
Study a degree on your doorstep
We welcome thousands of Higher Education students each year to degree-level, teacher training courses, and postgraduate courses, making Bradford College one of the largest providers of Higher Education outside the university sector in England; and one of the biggest College-based University Centres in our region.
Our courses are ideal for people of all ages
Including school leavers, adults, education returners and mature students, as well as people seeking degree level study to support a progression opportunity, a new career or promotion, or to facilitate a career change. We have courses from Level 4 through to Postgraduate studies, including Masters. We also provide continued professional development (CPD) opportunities for practitioners, professionals and teachers.
We offer a range of vocational and academic courses that lead to employment, with many courses benefitting from professional accreditation. Our roots in the Arts, Teaching and Education, Community Practice and Social Work provide a core curriculum alongside popular professional and vocational courses including Ophthalmic Dispensing, Computing, Law, Business and Sport, and Construction to name only a few.
Teacher Training - Rated Ofsted 'Good'
We’re one of only a few providers nationally to provide Initial Teacher Training in a college environment. We cover the full range of teacher training options, with options to qualify in Primary teaching (3-11), Secondary teaching (11-16) and Post-Secondary teaching (14 to adult). We offer a range of courses from degree-level study through to PGCE, in addition to specialised courses for those looking to change careers and get into teaching. The latest Ofsted inspection report for the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Partnership at the college has rated our provision as Good. The report found that we provide good outcomes for trainees, good quality training across the partnership and also assessed the leadership and management to be good.
Supporting you all the way
Many of our graduates praise the College for the pastoral support available, including our range of information, advice, and guidance (IAG), careers/progression and financial support. We pride ourselves in offering a friendly and supportive environment where our students are names, not numbers. You will benefit from smaller class sizes, open-door tutor access and on-going feedback compared to larger universities. Along with our friendly and relaxed campus environment, you will receive an intimate learning experience and lots of opportunities for open discussion, one-to-one learning and support.
It's good to talk, and the Student Base team are here to listen. The Student Base provides a safe space for conversations you might find difficult. We also offer a counselling service run in partnership with Bradford University. It is a free service available to all Bradford College students and staff. The service is friendly and supportive.
Bradford College is a secular institution, therefore we offer unity spaces and prayer rooms for students to take time for quiet reflection, meditation, or prayer.
A range of closely connected and integrated services benefit our learners, including those with dyslexia. A Higher Education Disability and Inclusion Advisor, and a HE Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisor are part of our team of 120 highly qualified and experienced specialist staff: 11 Learning Support Tutors each with a disability area specialism provide support for learners with disabilities and/or learning difficulties from pre-entry to Higher Education. We also offer an Assistive Technology Service.
Visit our innovative multi-million-pound campus estate in the heart of Bradford, including newly invested in dedicated University Centre buildings that provide both academic and vocational training facilities to aid learning, enterprise and the development of employment skills. Our University Centre sites include the Lister Building and The Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) that offer impressive facilities, including the School of Art, Dye House Gallery (sponsored by Hallmark) and the Textile Archive, alongside performance spaces and workshops for media makeup and special effects and photography to name a few! The historic Lister Building is packed full of character and provides a friendly, welcoming space to study, socialise and seek support.
Our fabulous state-of-the-art Advanced Technology Centre houses facilities for computing, business, accounting and law courses – including a Moot Court, computer suites and enterprise spaces alongside study areas and comfortable rooms for socialising with classmates and working in groups. You can also explore our Trinity Green Campus just a short walk from the main campus sites, which houses our sports, construction and engineering facilities in a modern environment packed full with workshops, technical spaces and tool shops alongside our sports hall, boxing gym and gym.
In recent years we have invested heavily in our buildings and facilities for Higher Education - to ensure our students benefit from spaces conducive to learning and working.
Our friendly learning resource and IT teams provide a well-stocked library and mobile library service alongside a raft of learning resources, including online and e-learning resources as well as dedicated learning spaces, private study areas, and computer suites. Our Library services team provide Skills4study, an interactive e-learning resource that will help you gain the necessary skills for degree study.
£500 Progression Incentive
If you're a full-time Further Education student at Bradford College and you go onto study a Higher Education course (HNC, HND, Foundation Degree, Degree) at our University Centre, you may be eligible for a £500 loyalty bursary. This amazing, cash in your hand incentive gives you the opportunity to use the money on anything - books, IT, music, travel, food & drink, cinema, gigs, clothes ... Once enrolled on your HE course you will receive your £500 incentive. This is your money, in cash, and is yours to spend. You don't need to pay it back.
Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that University Centre Bradford College delivers teaching, learning and outcomes for its students that meet rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.