Bradford College is one of the UK’s biggest higher education providers outside the university sector, with almost 25,000 students to its name. It has provided further and higher education and training for more than 180 years, and is one of the largest FE colleges in the country.
Placing a strong emphasis on career-focused courses, the college aims to equip its students with the necessary skills and qualifications to make a success of the career they choose to pursue once they finish their studies.
The recent state-of-the-art upgrade of its facilities aids this mission. The £50 million David Hockney Building, £20 million Trinity Green campus, and £10 million Advanced Technology Centre gives students access to the most modern, up-to-date equipment and ensures they are learning in a professional, industry-leading environment.
The college has received awards for its performance in several fields in recent years, including the TES FE Award for Outstanding Contribution to a Subject or Vocational Area, as well as being shortlisted for the Employer Engagement accolade on the same night.
A number of prestigious National Beacon Awards have been handed to Bradford by the Association of Colleges, for outstanding contribution to equality and diversity, innovative approach to developing and embedding Functional Skills, and excellence and innovation in health and safety.
As if that wasn’t enough, the college won the coveted Buttle UK Quality Mark for its commitment to young people both in and leaving care, and received the Training Quality Standard, which is the highest grade possible for its work with employers.
A Silver Accreditation was also awarded by the Hospitality Guild, for the college’s high-quality training and skills development in hospitality.
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A number of famous faces have plied their trade at the college over the years, such as cartoonist Donald Rooum, artists David Hockney and Any Goldsworthy, children’s author Mick Manning, and politicians Alice Mahon and Gloria de Piero, both of whom have represented the Labour Party.
They are joined in the notable alumni by the likes of community activist Alex Corina, painter Graham Gransella, artist Trevor Bell, inventor Sir Edmund Elton, racing cyclist Yvonne McGregor, and Major General Dudley Graham Johnson, a British Army officer who received the Victoria Cross in a distinguished career in the armed forces.
Recent further education surveys revealed that 98% of Bradford College students were enjoying their course, 96% would recommend their course to a friend, and 96% liked attending the college. Such satisfaction rates were replicated in the higher education delivery, with the latest National Student Survey (NSS) showing a 4% improvement in the satisfaction of students studying on the college’s Degree-level courses.
The college strives to secure work experience spots and placements for its students. Many have left to forge successful careers in their preferred profession – in higher education, more than 85% of graduates found themselves in work or further study within six months of completing their course.
Of those in employment, over 68% held managerial or professional roles, meaning they were handed significant responsibilities by their employer.