Join thousands of Higher Education students who choose to study degree level courses at our University Centre each year, making us one of the largest providers of Higher Education outside the university sector in England.
Great student experience
Bradford is a great, student-friendly city with heritage, culture and natural history in abundance. We’re a UNESCO City of Film, supported by the presence of the vast National Science and Media Museum just around the corner from our city-centre campus. Our award-winning, multi-million pound campus offers state-of-the-art facilities including thousands of learning resources, creative arts spaces and world-class sports facilities.With industry links to local and regional employers, you can put your studies into practice and benefit from work experience opportunities while studying. Being just 15 minutes from Leeds and 45 minutes from Manchester and Harrogate by train, we’re highly accessible from many nearby towns and cities.
Learning and teaching
We pride ourselves on delivering quality education for all of our learners. University Centre Bradford College has recorded a 4 per cent improvement in satisfaction from students on its degree-level courses, as revealed by the 2017 National Student Survey. In the majority of measures covered by the annual survey, Bradford College exceeded national averages.
Our classroom atmosphere is more relaxed and intimate than many universities with smaller class sizes allowing more opportunity for open discussion, one-to-one learning and support.
Many graduates praise the College for our information, advice, and guidance (IAG), careers/progression and financial support. We pride ourselves in offering a friendly and supportive environment - 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.
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.
Excellent teaching staff
Our staff are active practitioners in their fields. For example:
- Beverley Edwards, former nurse and Lecturer in Early Years, Health and Care, School of Health & Social Care.
- Paul Triner, former Secondary headteacher and School Partnerships Manager, School of Teacher Education.
- Tom Aldersley, performing arts lecturer at the Northern School of Creative Industries, and actor (Emmerdale, Coronation Street and Hollyoaks).
- Hannah Lamb, exhibited textile artist and lecturer on our BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design course. Hannah exhibits nationally and internationally and is a member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists.
- Darran Chapple, Programme Manager (Head of School) Law, Barrister at the Inns of Court School of Law in London and member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.
- Paul Garside, former student at Bradford College and now course tutor on our Higher Education Computing courses.
Bradford has been named among the top ten places to work in the UK by jobs site Glassdoor and the median base salary for the region is £28K+ (2015/16). The district has over 17,000 businesses, including more FTSE 100 companies than any other city in the north of England.
Our University Centre courses provides diverse work placement opportunities on many of our degree courses, helping you to develop your practical skills, build your knowledge and start your journey to employment.
For those looking for work after graduation, the Bradford region is home to large employers such as Morrisons, M&S, JCT600, Seabrooks, Broadway Bradford (Westfield) and JET2.
Six months after finishing their studies at Bradford College, 85.6% of leavers were in employment or went in to further study; and of those in employment, over 68% were in managerial or professional jobs (DLHE survey, 2015/16).