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Bradford College

UCAS Code: B60

Location: Bradford, north of England Show on Map

Site: Single site in city centre

Associate college of Leeds Met University.

Student Population

Total Students:3,600
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:2,645
Full Time:70%
Mature on Entry:30%
UK Students:90%

Teaching Staff

570 full-time, 500 part-time.

Broad study areas

Art & design; beauty therapy; business, information technology & finance; education; health & social care; law; ophthalmic dispensing,


Points on Entry (Mean):150
Accommodation:Majority of first years housed


Founded:1982 from the merger of Bradford College (founded in 1832) and Ilkley College.
Site:One main site in Bradford.
How to get there:By bus or train to Bradford Metro Travel Interchange or train to Forster Square Station; College is 10 minutes’ walk from both. By road, exit junction 26 from M62, follow signs to M606 and A641 and city centre and then to college/university.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Student service centre, including counsellors and nursing staff. Learning support (disabilities) tutor and day nurseries.
Amenities:SU building.
Sporting facilities:Gym; many sports facilities in city.
Accommodation:200 self-catering places in halls, rent £65 per week (standard) or £71 pw (ensuite), 42 week contract. Private accommodation available at approximately £50 pw.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:195,000 volumes; 1200 current periodicals, 590 study places. Separate IT service: centres in main teaching buildings, varying opening times. IT skills courses; Specialist collections: Art and design collection of over 65,000 slides.
Other learning resources:Open workshops in English and mathematics.
Careers:Careers advice and planning available throughout the course; good relationships with local businesses, offering access to a range of employment opportunities.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £6535 pa (excluding tuition fees) recommended by the college.
Financial help:All first year degree students have discounted college services (laptops, catering, accommodation and photocopying). Fee reduction of £500 in Year 2 for students who were previously on FE courses at the college. Also 88 bursaries of £3000 for students topping up an HNC to a degree or HND (priority to those studying engineering, construction and computing).
University tuition fees:Home students pay £6700 pa for first degree courses. International students pay £7000 pa.


Academic features:

Open and distance learning facilities available. 150 courses offered - undergraduate, postgraduate, vocational and professional.

Awarding body:

Leeds Metropolitan University.

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BEd, BSc, LLB.

Length of courses:

3 years; others 4 years

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Architectural Design
  • Art
  • Business Administration
  • Business Studies
  • Childhood Studies
  • Computing
  • Construction
  • Contemporary Decorative Arts/Crafts
  • Counselling
  • Criminal Justice
  • E-business
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Embroidery
  • Engineering (General)
  • Fashion
  • Finance
  • Financial Services
  • Graphic Design
  • Health
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Illustration
  • Information Technology
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • Law
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Multimedia
  • Nutrition
  • Ophthalmic Optics
  • Performance Arts
  • Photography
  • Printing/Typography
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Social Work
  • Teacher Training
  • Textiles
  • Tourism
  • Visual Arts
  • Web Development/Design
  • Youth & Community Work

Student view


Non-elitist community college, with high proportion of mature and especially local students. Active and campaigning SU; students represented on all college committees with direct and uncompromising stance. Union now located in principal college building, making it easily accessible for students. Book early for accommodation – new block is expensive but very tasty. Exciting, diverse and very affordable social scene. Local community has friendly and easy-going attitude to strangers but like in any big city, be aware of personal safety.


Housing: Many cheap properties available (but beware of standards). Many students spend 2 years in college accommodation. Eats: Meals good value on campus (including big breakfast). Can get a large meal for £4 locally at eg Walkabout, Revolution, Lunch Box, Love Apple. Drink: Union building has cheap drinks and promos; no question, best in town. Several large student-orientated pubs in easy reach of campus; The Sound Gallery cheap. Tetleys local brew. Nightlife: SU has regular club night and events (eg Comedy Club, DFD at the union); few bands. Bradford Film Theatre and Pictureville for ultimate independent releases, new and old. Queen’s Hall, Chicago’s and The Sound Gallery good student clubs. Sports: Full range of sports facilities, mostly shared with university. Locals: Area is student-friendly (though city centre sometimes not good at weekends). Travel: Cheap buses, trains and taxis. Financial help: Limited funds for the very desperate via college student services. Jobs: Plenty about, if you look, on and off campus. Best features: Union and college student services. And worst: Lack of sports facilities.

Past Students

David Hockney (painter); New Model Army (rock band); Bernard Ingham (journalist); Terry Rooney MP; Michael Jack MP; Terrorvision (rock band); Robbie Paul (rugby player), Bradford Bulls.

More info?

Contact SU President, tel 01274 414314/5.



Bradford College
Great Horton Road
West Yorkshire


01274 433333





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