How We Work with Bedford College to Provide Excellence for All Learners

Bedford College aims to deliver world class skills and vocational education to its communities and be one of the best further education colleges in the country.

The college has been working with ABC Awards for over 10 years, offering high quality provision in hospitality and catering qualifications, including cake decoration and wired sugar flowers.

The Hospitality and Catering Department at Bedford College has an excellent reputation both locally and nationally, demonstrated by success in competitions, most recently including three Merits and four Bronze awards at the International Salon Culinaire at Hotelympia, held at Excel London. In the last few years, students have won an additional 35 awards in competitions, including the Future Chef competition, the UK Skills Challenge, Restaurant Magazine’s “College of the Year”, and the South of England Championships.

Bedford College’s tutors have also had successful careers in the industry and have proven their worth by winning awards for Education Chef of the Year.

One of the main reasons the college has worked so closely with ABC Awards for the past decade is because the qualifications offer flexibility for all kinds of learners, helping lower level learners to achieve their educational goals by gaining practical skills that allow them to progress to higher levels and on to employment.

In particular, the Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications in Cake Decoration have become so popular at Bedford College they are now offered on four separate sessions for part-time students.

Mark Lewis, Assistant Director for Hospitality at Bedford College said:

“We have seen continuing growth over the years in this sector of qualifications particularly in cake decoration and the successful reintroduction of the wired sugar flowers qualifications.

“Establishments that require a workforce with qualifications in cake decoration know the ABC Awards qualifications and the outstanding reputation it carries.

“We have also started offering the Level 1 Award in Introduction to the Hospitality Industry and the projected growth of this qualification for the forthcoming academic year is a really exciting prospect for the department and college as a whole.

“We are really proud to work with and represent ABC Awards in this sector.”

Bedford College is an ABC Awards Showcase Centre for Catering.