Our facilities

Our facilities

Bedford College is situated on the banks of the River Great Ouse right in the heart of Bedford, you will be based close to major train and bus links plus the vibrant shops, cafes and restaurants of Bedford town centre. If you're attending Shuttleworth College, check out the amazing facilities that you could be using.

Learning Resources Centre (LRC)

Learning Resources Centre

The LRC is a great place to study outside of classes and perfect if you need to get a project finished, or meet classmates for some group study.

You will find:

  • Quiet and group study areas
  • Computers
  • Over 30,000 items and plenty of e-resources in the well-stocked library

Industry-class workshops

Engineering

If you are studying a course such as Engineering or Construction, you’ll spend time in our workshops which recreate real working environments. Get your hands on a real aeroplane engine or practice your technique in workshop bays designed for carpentry, electrical work and more. 

Yourspace Common Room

The hub of the College community, this room is your dedicated space to relax between classes. It’s also a great place to meet new friends on different courses, as it is a communal space for all students on campus.

South Bank Arts Centre

South Bank Arts Centre

If you’re taking an Art & Design or Performing Arts, Music Technology & Media course you’ll benefit from industry standard technology including media and music suites, a theatre, TV studios, editing suite and a graphic design studio with Macs. Our £6 million arts centre also hosts a regular programme of exciting events, exhibitions and performances for all students. Check it out online at www.southbankarts.com

Springs Sports & Leisure Centre

Springs

Sport students can explore their studies at our modern £2.5 million sports centre, which is also available for all students – so you can hit the gym at our fully equipped fitness studio, work up a sweat in a dance fitness class, or play some team sports in our full-sized sports hall.

25 Restaurant

25 Restaurant

Our Hospitality & Catering students plan, prepare and serve lunch and dinner to students, staff and members of the public in our working kitchen and restaurant. Find out more and see what’s on the menu at: www.25restaurant.co.uk

Brooks Hair & Beauty Salon

Brooks

Our modern working commercial salon on Bedford High Street is home to our Hair & Beauty students, where they provide treatments to paying customers. There are modern hairdressing facilities, several treatment areas with therapy beds and a nail bar. Visit: www.brooksspa.com to find out more and treat yourself to your own pamper session.

£2 Million Margaret Stansfeld

Margaret Stanfeld Building

This beautiful new building, in keeping with the historic streetscape, opened in 2015 and provides a specialist environment for students aged 16+ with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Gas & Plumbing Technology Centre

Gas and Plumbing

Our City & Guilds and British Plumbing Employers Council (BPEC) approved training centre based in Kempston, will provide you with some of the most advanced equipment in the UK including, solar panels, photovoltaic (PV) panels, rain water harvesting, Dimplex ground source, heat and air pumps, and unvented hot water systems.

Vehicle Technology Centre

Motor Vehicle

Also based in Kempston, our dedicated automotive training facility is the ultimate environment to develop your technical vehicle repair skills. The Centre is kitted out with engine and repair bays, paint mix and spray rooms and a body repair area – the ultimate environment for a budding mechanic.

Munch & Mocha – Restaurant and Coffee Shop

Munch and Mocha

Catch up with friends over a relaxing coffee, savour a delicious lunch or grab a snack when you’re on the go – Munch & Mocha serves a wide range of hot and cold food, including meals, lighter bites and vegetarian options.

Learning Resources Centre (LRC)

Shuttleworth College Learning Resources Centre

The LRC is a great place to study outside of classes and perfect if you need to get a project finished, or meet classmates for some group study.

You will find:

  • Quiet and group study areas
  • Computers
  • A wide range of specialist books, journals and e-resources in the well-stocked library

Information Learning Technology (ILT)

Shuttleworth College ILT

Boost your studies at our ILT suites.

You will find:

  • PCs with the latest software
  • Free WiFi
  • Photocopying, printing and scanning facilities
  • Digital and video cameras to document your animal observations.

Animal Unit

Shuttleworth College Animal Unit

As an Animal Sciences student you'll benefit from practical access to a variety of animals and exotic species at our award-winning animal centre.

You will find:

  • A wide range of species including birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, mammals and exotic animals.
  • Purpose built humidity room and a tropical biospheres for our tropical rainforest species

Kingshill Farm

Kingshill Farm at Shuttleworth College

Shuttleworth College students in a barn

Kingshill Farm is the College's working farm and estate.

Fish farm and lakes

You'll find our reservoirs and lakes stocked with bream, carp, perch, pike, roach, rudd, tench, catfish and trout. 

Equine Centre

Equine Centre

Our British Horse Society (BHS)-accredited equine centre is nearby at Mount Pleasant.

You will find:

  • Purpose built stabling
  • Two indoor arenas
  • Classrooms
  • Student rest room

Sports

Sport 2017 Shuttleworth

No matter what your sport of choice we’ve got excellent facilities for many sports and outdoor activities.

You will find:

  • Sports hall
  • Pool table
  • Squash courts
  • Tennis courts
  • Gym
  • Pitches for outdoor sports

Munch & Mocha - Restaurant and Coffee Shop

Munch & Mocha restaurant and cafe at Shuttleworth College

Catch up with friends over a relaxing coffee, savour a delicious lunch or grab a snack when you’re on the go – Munch & Mocha serves a wide range of hot and cold food, including meals, lighter bites and vegetarian options.

You will find:

  • Coffee shop serving hot and cold drinks, cakes and savoury snacks
  • Restaurant serving hot food all day
  • Plenty of seating 

Accommodation

Shuttleworth College accommodation

If travelling to Shuttleworth College is difficult for you, we may be able to offer you a place in our halls of residence, based on site.

You will get:

  • You own single study bedroom
  • A modern common room with comfy chairs, sofas and a TV
  • Kitchen facilities

Car parking & transport

Shuttleworth College benefits from ample free parking on site if you are travelling by car. We also provide a comprehensive bus service from local towns and villages, depending on demand. Find out where we stop.

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