First Class degrees in IT

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Photo shows: Lindsey and three of the top performing students who are now employed at the college to share their expertise in learning with future cohorts. Others have gone on to jobs in industry.

No need to go “away” to university to get a First Class degree in Digital Technologies, 13 of 20 students at the Bedford College have achieved that result in their home town.

With 100% pass rate and 13 First Class Grades, we could not have prouder of the world and effort of our students, and the amazing support of the teaching team throughout the year and the lockdown period.

These results are all the more exceptional because this is the first year the course has been delivered at the Bedford College Cauldwell Street campus, and the finale came during the Covid-19 crisis.


Lindsey Francis, Course Manager for Higher Education – Computing said: “It has been a challenging year for both the students and the teaching team with the college closure and the need for remote teaching and support. 

“However, despite these challenges the results are in, and all of the students are thrilled with their grades. 

“With 100% of our 20 students passing the degree and 13 First Class Grades we could not be prouder of the work and effort of our students, and the amazing support of the teaching team throughout the year and the lockdown period.”

The degrees are validated by the University of Northamptonshire. Bedford College works closely with universities to deliver a wide range of degree courses. The Bedford College Group is known as a high performing Further Education for 16 to 18 year olds.

But it delivers so much more now with increasing number of students progressing on to Higher Education, degree level learning.

There are variations with Higher Education courses, including the full three years being studied at the college campus, some titled Top Ups, and some requiring students to complete their third and final year at a validating university campus.

The critical difference in today’s “new normal” is that remote learning means students can gain critical degrees without the cost, or inconvenience, of going away to university campus.

Comment from one student: “Thank you for all you have done for me over the past 5/6 years from Level 3 all the way up to me getting a degree… I really didn’t think I’d ever get a degree after failing most of my GCSEs so now I’m walking away with a 2:1 I’m over the moon.” — Jake Higgs

If you want to learn more about how to start and progress on to Higher Education courses visit  www.bedford.ac.uk

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