Elective Home Education

Courses for international students

We are here to help

At Bedford College, we believe it’s important for all young people and adults in our community to be given equal opportunities to develop and use their skills and talents.

We are delighted to be working with a growing number of families who electively home educate and this leaflet provides an introduction to some of the support services available to your son or daughter at Bedford College, Shuttleworth College and The Bedford Sixth Form.

Student Services

The Student Services team offers impartial information, advice and guidance in everything from personal wellbeing to future careers. Whatever the query, a member of Student Services staff will always be happy to help. For more information call 01234 291934 or email studentservices@bedford.ac.uk

Careers Advice

Expert careers advisers are on hand with a range of support from help with UCAS applications to impartial guidance on career options, training and higher education.

They are also available to help your son or daughter now, to make the right decision before applying for a course. To book an appointment and speak to a careers adviser call 01234 291446.

Personal Tutors

Personal tutors provide one-to-one support throughout a student’s time with us. Your son or daughter’s personal tutor will be able to discuss course work, help with personal development and produce individual learning plans that are tailored to their future aspirations.

Safeguarding and Counselling

Help is at hand at all times in different forms for different needs. We have a well-established counselling team to support students in dealing with the transition to College, difficulties at home, anxiety or friendship problems.

For further information please contact Saima Nasir 01234 291915 or email counselling@bedford.ac.uk

Financial Advice

Our Student Finance Team can provide advice on course costs, travel expenses and the financial support packages that we offer. To speak to a member of the Student Finance Team call 01234 291934 or email studentservices@bedford.ac.uk


There are lots of enrichment activities to sign up for each term. The focus is on having fun, enhancing personal, social and employ ability skills and gaining new interests and hobbies.

Additional Support

Specialist staff provide support to meet the needs of students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, in order to improve underlying skills and enable the students to be successful on their courses.

Deaf and hearing impaired students can benefit from one to one support and British Sign Language communicators provided by our specialist ‘Deaf Team’. Students with Autism, Aspergers and Dyslexia are also catered for ensuring advice, guidance and support are provided for the student and the people supporting them. Call Nina Sharp 01234 291622 or email additionalsupport@bedford.ac.uk

Taster Days

Not sure about which course might be the best one to apply for? Prospective students are welcome to come and sit in on lessons with current students for a morning or afternoon, ask questions, examine the work of current students as well as see the facilities and meet our teaching staff.

» Apply online for a Taster Day

Photos from our Home Education Event