Bedford campus

About the Bedford campus


The Bedford campus has lots of green open spaces yet is close to Bedford town centre and local amenities. It boasts our Gateway building, a three-storey building that offers high-quality teaching spaces, informal learning spaces, lecture theatres and a new student services centre.

There’s also a Forest School for trainee teachers, a 280-seat professional theatre and dance studios, a Physical Education and Sport Science Centre, which was used to train athletes in the 2012 Olympics, and a newly refurbished Students' Union social space.

Map of Bedford campus




Bedford location


Bedford is a riverside town with a mixture of lively traditional pubs and restaurants, shops and first-class sports facilities. The Corn Exchange in the town centre shows regular music and comedy gigs, plus there are museums, landscaped parks, and a cinema.

Bedford is well-placed with its main train station linking London and Brighton to the south and Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield to the north.

The surrounding area has a wealth of parks and open spaces including Bedford Park near the Bedford campus which is ideal for walks, cricket, tennis and basketball. Slightly further afield are 206 acres of open country for lake and river walks, angling, wildlife and conservation areas.

Also close by is Woburn Abbey and Safari Park, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) nature reserve at Sandy.



Bedford location

Bedford is a riverside town with a mixture of lively traditional pubs and restaurants, shops and first-class sports facilities. The Corn Exchange in the town centre shows regular music and comedy gigs, plus there are museums, landscaped parks, and a cinema.

Bedford is well-placed with its main train station linking London and Brighton to the south and Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield to the north.

The surrounding area has a wealth of parks and open spaces including Bedford Park near the Bedford campus which is ideal for walks, cricket, tennis and basketball. Slightly further afield are 206 acres of open country for lake and river walks, angling, wildlife and conservation areas.

Also close by is Woburn Abbey and Safari Park, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) nature reserve at Sandy.

 

Undergraduate courses

Clinical Exercise Therapy BSc (Hons)

Sport Rehabilitation and Training BSc (Hons) BSc (Hons)

Acting BA (Hons)

Applied Early Years Studies (Top up) BA (Hons)

Applied Education Studies BA (Hons)

Applied Personal Training and Specialist Exercise Instruction BSc (Hons)

Applied Special Educational Needs and Disability (Top up) BA (Hons)

Applied Sport and Physical Education BSc (Hons)

Applied Sport Development and Management BA (Hons)

Applied Sport Science and Coaching BSc (Hons)

Business Management BSc (Hons)

Business Management with Law BSc (Hons)

Dance and Professional Practice BA (Hons)

Dance with Exercise BA (Hons)

Early Childhood Education BA (Hons)

Early Years Education - BA (Hons)

Early Years Studies FdA

Education and TEFL BA (Hons)

Education Studies BA (Hons)

Education Studies and English BA (Hons)

Education with Psychology BA (Hons)

English and Theatre Studies BA (Hons)

English Language and Linguistics BA (Hons)

English Language and Literature BA (Hons)

English Language and Teaching English as a Foreign Language BA (Hons)

English Language Teaching Certificate in English Language Teaching

English Literature BA (Hons)

Exercise and Physical Activity for Health BSc (Hons)

Football Business BA (Hons)

Football Coaching BA (Hons)

Football Development BA (Hons)

Football Science BSc (Hons)

Football Studies BA (Hons)

Health, Nutrition and Exercise BSc (Hons)

International Business BA (Hons)

International Business BSc (Hons) BA (Hons)

Law LLB (Hons)

Nursing with Registered Nurse Child (September 2017) BSc (Hons)

Performing Arts BA (Hons)

Physical Education (Secondary) (with QTS) BA (Hons)

Primary Education (with QTS) BA (Hons)

Special Educational Needs and Disability FdA

Special Needs and Inclusive Education BA (Hons)

Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)

Sport and Physical Education BA (Hons)

Sport and Physical Education BSc (Hons)

Sport Development and Management BA (Hons)

Sport Science and Coaching BSc (Hons)

Sport Science and Personal Training BSc (Hons)

Sports Studies BA (Hons)

Strength and Conditioning BSc (Hons)

Theatre and Professional Practice BA (Hons)

Postgraduate courses

Education - MA

Applied Linguistics MA

Applied Linguistics (TEFL) MA

Applied Linguistics (TEFL) - MA MA

Clinical Exercise Physiology MSc

Clinical Exercise Physiology PgDip

Dance Performance and Choreography MA

Dance Science MSc

Early Years (Birth to 5) (with EYTS) PGCE

Early Years Teaching (with recommendation for EYTS) PgCert

Education MA

Education - MA MA

Education (Early Years) MA

Education (Early Years) - MA

Education (Early Years) - MA MA

Education (Leadership) MA

Education (Leadership) - MA

Education (Leadership) - MA MA

Education (National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination) PgCert

Education (National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination) - (PgCert) PgCert

Education (Practice) MA

Education (Practice) - MA MA

Education (Social Justice) MA

Education (Social Justice) - MA MA

Education (Special Educational Needs) MA

Education (Special Educational Needs) - MA MA

English Language Teaching (Leadership and Management) MA

English Literature MA

Human Resource Management PgDip

Human Resource Management MSc

Leadership and Management of Sport and Physical Activity MA

Physical Activity, Nutrition and Behaviour Change - MSc

Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy MA

Primary Education - PGCE

Primary with Mathematics PGCE

Primary with Mathematics - PGCE

Secondary Art and Design - PGCE

Secondary Design and Technology - PGCE

Secondary Drama - PGCE

Secondary English - PGCE

Secondary Mathematics PGCE

Secondary History - PGCE

Secondary Mathematics - PGCE

Secondary Modern Languages - PGCE

Secondary Music PGCE

Secondary Physical Education PGCE

Secondary Religious Education - PGCE PGCE

Secondary Science with Biology - PGCE

Secondary Science with Chemistry - PGCE PGCE

Secondary Science with Physics - PGCE PGCE

Sports Performance - MSc

Strength and Conditioning MSc

 

Directions


Full campus address


  • From the north, leave the M1 at Junction 14.
  • Take the A422, following signs for Bedford.
  • From the south leave the M1 at junction 13, then follow the A421 to Bedford.
  • From the A1, south of St Neots, take the A428 to Bedford.

Bedford campus is next to the A428 on the eastern side of Bedford (Polhill Avenue).

 

There are frequent trains, operated by Thameslink from London St Pancras International station - journey time about 50 minutes.

East Midlands Trains also run from London St Pancras International station - journey time about 40 minutes.

There are also direct trains from Leicester, Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield. Services to the West Midlands, Lancashire, and Scotland are via Milton Keynes.

The University runs a free shuttle bus for staff and students from Bedford train station to the campus.

 

At our Bedford campus we offer plenty of on-site parking.

Parking Bedford

 

 

Gateway Building


The University has invested £25m into a 'gateway to learning in Bedford'.

The three-storey building located at the entrance of the Bedford campus opened to students in January 2015.

Part of the University's 'greening of the campus' initiative, the Gateway includes a number of sustainable and low carbon technologies such as rainwater harvesting. The project team are aiming towards a BREEAM sustainability rating of 'excellent'.

Sports Hall


The sports hall is an integral space in the School of Sport Science and Physical Activity, complementing the discipline leading Sport and Exercise Science and muscle cell and molecular biology laboratories, all co-located on the Bedford campus.

It is a major teaching facility for the University's Sport and Physical Education degree courses which have trained physical educators in the UK for over a century.

Bedford gym


The Aspire Gyms offer a range of affordable membership options giving students exclusive use of a convenient, campus-based fitness facility.

The Bedford Gym facilitates state of the art cardiovascular equipment with iPod and iPhone compatibility. The Gym also has an extensive range of fixed resistance machines and a small free weights area.

The Bedford site has changing rooms with showers and lockers for members to use.

Forest School


The Forest School at the Bedford campus provides a resource for the University’s trainee teachers as well as opportunities to the local community for teachers to be trained in outdoor learning and for their classes to experience the educational benefits of outdoor play.

We have a long-established history in teacher training and education with over 500 partnerships with schools, colleges and other organisations. We offer a wide range of opportunities and routes into teaching.

The Bedford campus has lots of green open spaces yet is close to Bedford town centre and local amenities. It boasts our Gateway building, a three-storey building that offers high-quality teaching spaces, informal learning spaces, lecture theatres and a new student services centre.

There’s also a Forest School for trainee teachers, a 280-seat professional theatre and dance studios, a Physical Education and Sport Science Centre, which was used to train athletes in the 2012 Olympics, and a newly refurbished Students' Union social space.

Bedford is a riverside town with a mixture of lively traditional pubs and restaurants, shops and first-class sports facilities. The Corn Exchange in the town centre shows regular music and comedy gigs, plus there are museums, landscaped parks, and a cinema.

Bedford is well-placed with its main train station linking London and Brighton to the south and Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield to the north.

The surrounding area has a wealth of parks and open spaces including Bedford Park near the Bedford campus which is ideal for walks, cricket, tennis and basketball. Slightly further afield are 206 acres of open country for lake and river walks, angling, wildlife and conservation areas.

Also close by is Woburn Abbey and Safari Park, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) nature reserve at Sandy.