Business, Accounting, Administration & Management

Every business organisation needs people who can set and meet objectives. Roles range from managers who devise policies and make decisions, to clerical workers, who collect, store, interpret and distribute information. In the business sector, you must make sure systems run smoothly and show a flair for organisation and communication.

We offer a variety of courses to enhance your career prospects. As well as Apprenticeships we also offer part-time courses in Marketing, Management and Accountancy.

Why choose us?

High success rates
Our Business department boasts very high student success rates in many subjects – including Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) courses and Chartered Management Institute (CMI) courses – putting you in touch with the most up-to-date thinking on business issues and preparing you for the modern workplace.

Strong links with local businesses
We have forged strong links with local businesses, who provide real work experience, enhancing your employability and giving you the chance to put into practice what you have learned.

Enhance your prospects
Our part-time qualifications will open up more senior roles and enhance your knowledge of related professions.

Student destinations

80% of our Business students continue their studies within further or higher education. Destinations include the University of Birmingham, Nottingham Trent University and the University of Leicester. A further 11% go straight into employment.

Source: Bedford College FE Student Destinations 2012-13

Professional accreditations

Accounting, Management and Marketing qualifications

We work with a number of profession bodies, including the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). This means that you are confident that the skills you are learning have real value in the industry.

» Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualifications

AATStudying for an AAT Accounting qualification at Bedford College gives you practical, internationally recognised finance and accountancy skills that can open doors for you in any industry across the world.

Did you know?

  • Once you're AAT qualified you could earn 15% more than your unqualified colleagues, in the UK or abroad.
  • Companies like the NHS, Morrisons and KPMG prefer recruiting AAT qualified staff because of their expertise and knowledge.

» Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualifications


Making the most of what you’ve got is vital if you’re going to build a better business or get on in your career, especially in the present climate. Bedford College offers numerous CMI accredited and other management courses.

As well as CMI courses, we also offer specific management qualifications in:

  • Management NVQ Level 3
  • Human Resources Management
  • Time Management

After achieving a CMI qualification:

  • You will have better career prospects after gaining a professional qualification plus you’ll likely earn £81,000 more over the course of your career than unqualified managers
  • People will think better of your business and productivity will rise.
  • The Chartered Management Institute is the UK’s only chartered body specialising in management and leadership.

» Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) qualifications

The Chartered Institute of Marketing courses, from the world's largest professional body, will develop all the essential skills you need for a career in marketing. These part-time qualifications provide the knowledge, skills and ‘ability to do’ in relation to marketing planning and will develop you as a marketing professional across a range of areas.


Depending on the level of your chosen qualification, you will study topics including understanding customer relationships, marketing environments, information and research, and how to devise and implement a marketing plan - to name but a few. Wherever you are in your career, a CIM course at Bedford College will help you develop your skills, teach you new and fresh marketing techniques and give you the benefit of a professional qualification that is well-respected and in demand from employers.

Did you know?

We are the only provider in Bedfordshire offering Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) courses and our fees are very competitive, so if you are looking for real career progression or better job prospects then take the opportunity to come along to College to speak to one of our specialist marketing tutors to discuss the right course for you - call us now on 01234 291000.


The Awarding Body at The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) has commended Bedford College for the excellent standard of results achieved for assessments submitted in the March 2014 assessments session for the Assessing the Marketing Environment unit of the CIM Professional Certificate in Marketing.

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