Introduction to Bedford College Group (BCG)

Bedford College Group is an educational institution located in Bedfordshire, with several campuses, including Bedford College, Central Bedfordshire College, National College of Motorsport, Shuttleworth College, and Tresham College. 

Bedford College Group Case Study | Purlos

 

The Challenge

BCG wanted to improve their understanding of student destinations to ensure their educational programs were aligning with students’ career paths effectively. They needed a comprehensive solution to gather and analyse data on student destinations efficiently.

Additionally, BCG faced a significant challenge with low student numbers and the need to increase enrolments across its campuses. To address this issue, they sought a solution that would streamline the admissions process, enabling them to rebook missed interviews and focus on applicants interested in studying at one of their institutions.

 

Why BCG Chose to Partner with Purlos

Having already experienced the benefits of Purlos Destinations in a project with the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, BCG was impressed with the platform’s capabilities to track student destinations. The success of the previous collaboration led BCG to choose Purlos again for their new challenge: improving admissions through Purlos Engage.

 

“Purlos have already managed to beat our expectations and further departments are now using their services.”

Jamie Hinckley, Centre Manager, Bedford College

 

The team at BCG expressed their satisfaction with Purlos Destinations, stating that it not only increased their data on student destinations but also enhanced the overall student experience. The ease of setup and helpfulness of the Purlos team further reinforced their decision to explore Purlos Engage for addressing their admissions challenges.

 

“The team at Purlos were helpful from the beginning and made the process to set up easy!”

Jamie Hinckley, Centre Manager, Bedford College

 

How Purlos Responded

Upon partnering with Purlos, BCG began using both Purlos Destinations and Purlos Engage to tackle their challenges effectively.

Purlos Destinations continued to be instrumental in gathering data on student destinations, allowing BCG to maintain a positive trajectory with 92.09% of destinations captured across their campuses.

With Purlos Engage, BCG was able to encourage students to rebook their missed interviews, a significant improvement in the admissions process. Additionally, they were able to confirm application withdrawals, allowing the college to allocate resources more efficiently.

 

The Results

Through the implementation of Purlos Engage and Purlos Destinations, BCG achieved outstanding outcomes:

 

  1. Enhanced Student Destinations Tracking:
CollegePositive DestinationsTotal Captured Destinations
Shuttleworth College86%94.30%
Bedford College83%93.52%
National College for Motorsport92%93.43%
The Bedford Sixth Form95%91.38%
Tresham College81%90.38%

 

Using Purlos Destinations, the Bedford College Group were able to capture an average of 92.09% of destinations across all campuses.

 

“Purlos were able to help increase our data for students destinations and managed to gather more data than we had previously been able to. The additional information we managed to gather from their work has already been able to improve the overall student experience.”

Jamie Hinckley, Centre Manager, Bedford College

 

  1. Improved Admissions:
Rebooked InterviewsConfirmation of Application Withdrawal
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Conclusion

By partnering with Purlos and utilising both Purlos Destinations and Purlos Engage, Bedford College Group improved their understanding of student destinations and successfully addressed their admissions challenges. 

The collaboration resulted in increased enrolments, resource optimisation, and enhanced student experiences across their campuses. 

As a trusted partner, Purlos continues to support BCG’s mission of providing quality education and meaningful career pathways for their students. 

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Amber Cousins