About us

The Group

The Bedford College Group was formed in 2017 following the merger of Bedford College and Tresham College and is now the largest provider of education in the South East Midlands, with over 18,000 students passing through our doors each year.

Today, the Group is made up of a family of colleges across Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.

Our colleges

  • Bedford College, Central Bedfordshire College and  Tresham College in the towns of Bedford, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough; 
  • Shuttleworth College, a specialist land-based college;
  • The Bedford Sixth Form, (the only dedicated sixth form in Bedford);
  • The Corby Sixth Form, (opened in September 2023);
  • The National College for Motorsport alongside Silverstone race circuit.

To widen accessibility to education and training, the Group also has community-based Learning Centres in Bedford, Corby and Kettering which offer IT training.

Our Offer

Our offer encompasses further, technical and higher education, as well as apprenticeships and workforce training.  Whilst each college has its own unique environment they are all united by a common purpose: 

To help individuals, communities and society flourish through education by raising aspirations and reducing inequality to create a sustainable future.

Facts and Figures

The Bedford College Group is now the seventh largest college group in the country, following Central Bedfordshire College coming into the Group on 1st March 2023.  With an income of just under £80 million, students numbers in excess of 18,000 and a workforce of nearly 2,000, we are proud to be able to support the communities we serve and the wider region through providing education to help individuals, employers and wider society flourish.