My Full-time application


Application timeline


  • Once you have chosen your perfect course and applied online you will receive confirmation that we have received your application.

  • If your application is successful you will be invited to attend an interview to discuss your course further and have your questions answered by the tutor of your prospective course.

  • If your interview is successful you will receive a formal offer of a place on your course (subject to any conditions you were informed of at the interview stage, such as obtaining certain grades in your GCSEs). If you wish to accept your offer it is important that you do so within two weeks.

  • If you accept your offer you will be invited to attend our welcome event on Monday 4 July 2017 – this is a great opportunity to discover more about life at the College and get a taste of what to expect when you begin your course.

  • By the end of July you will receive a letter informing you of the details of your enrolment in August/September. It is very important that you attend this and bring your GCSE results, as this is essential for collecting your ID card and becoming a college student.

  • At this stage you should be informed about everything you need to know prior to beginning your course on Monday 11 September 2017 and your college journey can truly begin.

Your interview

Once your application has been processed and accepted you will be invited to attend an interview at the College – this is a chance for us to get to know you a little better and assess your suitability for the course you’ve applied for. It’s also a valuable opportunity to chat to the tutor of your prospective course, who can answer any questions you may have about life at the College. Some courses also require an additional assessment or activity as part of the interview process to help us decide whether you have all the skills you’ll need to start.

Top tips to ensure your interview is a success...

Make a good impression
As with everything, first impressions go a long way, so politeness, enthusiasm and being well presented can be invaluable for a successful interview.

Arrive on time (and in the right place)
When you receive your invitation we will let you know when your interview will take place, so make sure you arrive in plenty of time – don’t be late! It’s also a good idea to familiarise yourself with the location of your interview – you will be asked to report to our main reception unless you are told otherwise. Take a look at our site maps to help you find the right place.

Read your invitation letter carefully
As well as the time and location of your interview your invitation letter will also contain information about what you may need to bring along with you, such as your record of achievement and, if necessary, stationery and other equipment for carrying out a skills assessment.

Know your stuff
Nothing impresses an interviewer more than an enthusiastic and knowledgeable candidate, so before your interview have a think about what interests you about your chosen subject area and how the course will help you achieve your goals.

Relax!
If you are well prepared for you interview you have nothing to worry about. Interviews aren’t as scary as you may think – it’s just a way to get to know you a little better, but also a chance for you to find out more about us, so don’t be nervous and just be yourself!

Interview FAQs

How long will I have to wait for an interview?
Interviews do not start until January and the wait time may vary depending on the course you have applied for; some departments interview on a weekly basis, while others interview monthly, in which case you may have to wait a little longer. This is nothing to be concerned about and does not jeopardise a place at College, so don’t worry if your friends have earlier dates than you.

What is the purpose of the interview?
Interviews give us the opportunity to meet with you and find out more about you. For example, what your interests are and why you want to do the course. Most importantly, an interview is a time for you to find out all about us and what is required from you on the course, as well as the entry requirements. We will sometimes assess your skills and abilities using different methods.

What is the format of the interview, for instance, is it one-to-one or in a group?
Interview formats vary for each course, but you will always have a one-to-one interview included within it. The format most commonly used is the group style, where there is a group presentation followed by one-to-one interviews

What should I wear?
Smart/casual is preferred. If it is any different, we will tell you in your letter.

What should I bring with me?
Please bring your mock results if possible and your latest school report.

How long will the interview take?
Interviews can last anywhere from 20 minutes to three hours depending on the format used.

Can my parent/guardian accompany me?
Your interview letter will say if your parents should come. If they drop you off at College, they are welcome to wait in the coffee shop or reception for you. They would not be allowed to sit in on your one-to-one interview.  Where there is significant cost and/or time commitment involved with the course – for instance, Hospitality or Hair & Beauty courses – parents are invited along for a special presentation.

How long do I have to wait to find out if I will be offered a place?
If you haven’t heard from us within five working days, please let us know by calling Admissions on 01234 291202 or email admissions@bedford.ac.uk

What happens after my interview?
At your interview you will be given a copy of the interview guidance checklist, which will provide you with information such as the entry requirements for your course, as well as an applicant information booklet. Please try and go through this, as it will give you lots of useful information about the College.  You will also get your offer letter with a link to accept your place. It is very important to do this to secure your place.  In May, you will receive an invitation to our Welcome Day (excluding Public Services students) on Tuesday 28 June 2016, which you must attend. Soon after you will receive your welcome pack for your course, which will tell you everything you need to know about starting College, for example, when to enrol, cost of trips and books etc. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE OPEN THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER.  WE ARE HERE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS YOU MAY HAVE, SO PLEASE CONTACT US IN GOOD TIME RATHER THAN WAIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER.

Welcome Day

In May, you will receive an invitation to our Welcome Day on Monday 4 July 2017, which you must attend. Soon after you will receive your welcome pack for your course, which will tell you everything you need to know about starting College, for example, when to enrol, cost of trips and books etc.

The Welcome Day will be a great opportunity to get a head start on your time at college – you’ll be able to find out more about your course, get a feel for life at the College and meet your new classmates.

Applying for financial support

During your time at College we want you to be able to concentrate on your course without any extra stress – especially when it comes to worrying about financing your studies. That’s why we offer a range of financial support packages to help ease the strain of paying for your course.

Courses are free if you’re aged 16-18 on 31 August 2017 but there are additional costs associated with some courses (for extra equipment, stationery etc), so if you need any financial assistance – whether it’s the cost of travelling to College, living costs or anything else – we may be able to help. Visit our finance page for more information about the range of financial support packages we offer.

You can apply for our financial support packages from the first working day of June, so once you’ve been accepted on to a course make sure to find out what packages are available to you and make an application as soon as you can.

Results day

No matter what results you get in your GCSEs, there’s no need to worry! If you get the results you need you don’t need to do anything except celebrate – but even if you don’t get the results you hoped for there’s still plenty of options available to you. Get in touch with us as soon as you can or come along to our Open Day the day you get your results and we’ll be sure to help you make the most of your grades.

Ready to start: induction week

This year term starts the week commencing Monday 11 September 2017, and in your first week you’ll spend some time familiarising yourself with the College, meeting your new classmates and making sure everything is in place to start your studies.

There will be number of things you’ll need to complete during induction week, such having an induction for the Learning Resources Centre and setting up your IT account. Depending on your course, you’ll also have the chance to take part in teambuilding exercises and fun activities to help get to know your classmates. After the week is finished you’ll have everything you need to start your course and get on with your learning.