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, Chartered Management Institute (CMI) courses and Sage Computer Accounts 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.

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.

As well as AAT courses, we also offer specific marketing qualifications in:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Sage Computerised Accounts
  • Using Sage Line 50
  • Finance for Non-Finance People
  • Best Practice for Account Managers

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
  • Sales Account 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

MarketingThe 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.

As well as CIM courses, we also offer specific marketing qualifications in:

  • Marketing: An Introduction
  • Google AdWords
  • Marketing Principles
  • Marketing Planning

Did you know?

We are the only provider in Bedfordshire offering Chartered Institute of Marketing (CMI) 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.

Business & Management courses

Raymond Whyte - Leadership and Management CMI Level 5 Diploma

“One of the best things about my studies is the teaching staff – they’re patient, supportive and they make the classes interactive. They also bring expertise from industry, so they aren’t just technically able but have the practical background to show how what they’re teaching applies to the real world.”

“The skills I’m learning in class are having a direct impact on my job – for example, I’ve developed a marketing plan for the delivery of a nursery education grant programme which covers a range of local communication channels in London, so I’m already seeing benefits in my day-to-day work thanks to the course.”

Raymond White

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