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Getting ahead in employment

Open-door tutor access, small class sizes and great learner support are key parts of our student experience. 

Work experience and placements

We pride ourselves on delivering quality education, enterprise and employment skills for all of our learners:

• Work placements form a key part of many courses, helping you develop your practical skills build your knowledge and start your journey to employment. We offer students a wide variety of work-based/work-related learning opportunities and also offer our graduates access to a wide range of high quality internships through Graduates Yorkshire.
• Six months after finishing their studies at Bradford College, 85.6% of leavers were in employment or went in to further study. (DLHE survey, 2015/16).
• Of those in employment, 68.8% of our former students were in managerial or professional jobs. (DLHE survey, 2015/16).

Professionally accredited and endorsed courses

Vocational relevance is at the heart of our curriculum. Nearly all of our courses are developed in conjunction with employers and we meet the accreditation procedures required by the wide range of professional bodies and Sector Skills Councils that we work with. This ensures that the skills and qualifications you achieve are relevant to the world of work.

QAA checks how UK universities and colleges maintain the standard of their higher education provision. Click here to read this institution's latest review report. The QAA diamond logo and 'QAA' are registered trademarks of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.QAA checks how UK universities & colleges maintain the standard of their Higher Education provision. Click here to read this institution's latest review report. The QAA diamond logo & 'QAA' are registered trademarks of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. A recent Integrated Quality and Enhancement Review of our HE provision by the QAA praised our “efforts to establish effective working relationships with employers to inform the curriculum and provide work-related learning experiences for students.”

Developing employability skills within courses

The development of key employability skills including working with others and presentation skills is included as standard within our HE programmes. Live projects, employer guest lecturers and mentoring are features of a number of our courses and professional qualifications are an integral part of many of our programmes.

Career planning

Careers advice is available throughout your course from an experienced team of advisers, and we can assist you with CV writing and provide guidance on the interview process.

Employment opportunities

Through our relationship with local businesses, we can offer students access to a number of employment opportunities.

Promoting enterprise and entrepreneurship

In collaboration with Bradford Kickstart, we have developed the Bradford Enterprise Academy which delivers exciting enterprise programmes across the curriculum.

The Bradford Enterprise Academy aims to stimulate interest in enterprise, enhance students’ entrepreneurial skills and increase opportunities for start-up businesses and students going into self employment.

You will have access to a range of enterprise services including training and advice from our business counsellor, access to incubation units, seminars, workshops, networking opportunities and competitions.

Personal development planning and recording achievements

Personal development planning is an integral part of all our courses. We will work with you to identify the skills you need to achieve your career aspiration and develop a tailored plan to help you acquire these skills. E-portfolios are a key element of assessment and provide a record of achievements.

Developing employability skills outside the curriculum

Through the Students’ Union, there is a range of volunteering opportunities open to students including campaign and events organisation on campus and in the local community. In addition, student representation is active, with a network of over 450 course representatives and students participating in College meetings, including those of the Corporation, Equality and Diversity, Central Services and Academic Board.