University of Bedfordshire
- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
- Although a new university, Bedfordshire is an institution with a rich heritage, and academic roots across the county dating back to 1882.
- The University of Bedfordshire has over 22,000 students, from more than 120 countries, at its six campuses.
Location and Transport
- Luton and Bedford are lively, student-friendly towns with thriving social scenes, surrounded by tranquil, rural villages where you can truly embrace country life. Whether you prefer to dance the night away, or kick back and relax in the beautiful countryside, Bedfordshire has something to suit everyone.
- You are never more than one hour away from London at any of Bedfordshire’s campuses.
- There are great transport links to the capital, the midlands and internationally.
- Luton – a town centre based campus which boasts a range of industry-standard facilities as a result of a major investment programme, including the flagship Campus Centre (opened in 2008), a bespoke Postgraduate and CPD Centre (opened in 2013) and a state-of-the-art nine-storey library, due to open in 2016.
- Putteridge Bury – an Elizabethan mansion on the outskirts of Luton is home to many postgraduate students and the university’s Conference Centre. Surrounded by 30-acres of landscaped gardens, it’s the perfect place to study. And with a regular, free shuttle bus operating to and from the main campus in Luton, travel and access couldn’t be easier.
- Butterfield Park – located approximately four miles from the main Luton campus, this purpose-built site is home to our Luton-based nursing and midwifery students. It boasts dedicated state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities, including a skills lab and simulation labs – complete with a fully functional theatre, ward, and clinic environments.
- Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire, and is surrounded by the beautiful Chiltern Hills.
- It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and is just 30 miles from London by train. In addition, London Luton airport is only three miles from the campus, making international travel easy.
- Luton boasts a wide collection of pubs and restaurants, as well as leisure facilities, including the Galaxy Leisure complex, which offers an 11-screen cinema, 16 bowling lanes, a bingo hall, an arcade, and much more.
- Bedford – an enclosed leafy campus which houses the new Gateway teaching and learning building (opened in January 2015), the Campus Centre, which features a professional theatre and dance studios, a refurbished sports hall and discipline-leading sports science laboratories.
- Bedford is an idyllic riverside town, located 40 minutes from central London by train.
- It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK as it sits between the M1 and the A1. The rest of Europe can be easily accessed, as London Luton and Stansted airports are nearby.
- Centrally located between London, Oxford and Cambridge, Bedford is a lively cosmopolitan town with a rich heritage, celebrated in a programme of events and festivals throughout the year.
- The town itself is safe and student friendly, with a lively mix of traditional town pubs, bars and restaurants, modern nightclubs, high street and niche shops, heritage and history, and first-class sports facilities.
- University Campus Milton Keynes (UCMK) opened in 2013, and is the newest addition to the University of Bedfordshire. It is located in the centre of one of the UK’s fastest growing cities.
- Milton Keynes is a modern, bustling metropolitan 'new city,' fusing urban appeal and old country charm.
- It has 230 stores, making it one of the largest undercover shopping centres in Europe, attracting 30 million visitors each year. It is also home to the Xscape Centre which houses a 16-screen cinema, bowling alley, and an indoor ski-slope.
- There are also more than 350 restaurants to choose from, and the fastest growing After Six culture outside of London.
- Based in Aylesbury, with buildings that are fully equipped for nursing and midwifery students.
- Medieval county town, bursting with culture, international cuisine and nightlife.
- Situated 40 miles from London, with both London Luton and Luton Heathrow airports within an hours drive away.
- We offer a wide range of courses which have differing entry requirements, but our standard offer is usually in the range of 80 to 112 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or BTEC QCF.
- For full information on individual entry requirements, you can speak to our admissions team on 0300 3300 073, or visit our individual course pages on our website.
The 15,655 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:
Level of study
- Undergraduate 74%
- Postgraduate 26%
Mode of study
- Full Time 69%
- Part Time 31%
- UK 79%
- EU 4%
- Other 17%
- Male 38%
- Female 62%
- We offer high-quality courses with a range of full-time and part-time study options including day, evening and weekend.
- We also offer a large number of degrees with a foundation year; a four year course for those who are returning to learning, not too sure on their options, or didn’t get the initial grades they need for higher education.
- Designed with an employability focus, our courses provide opportunities for integrated personal, academic and career development.
- We support work placements for all our students, including one year of professional practice embedded into lots of our courses.
- The mode of delivery, course structure and length may vary depending on the course you wish to study.
- From 2016 we will also offer credit-bearing employability units; skills sort after by employers to help our students stand out from other graduates.
- Our research informs our curriculum. And our teaching is rooted in the professional and practice expertise of our staff.
- Within the University of Bedfordshire Business School, students can benefit from Practice Weeks, where students get the opportunity to work alongside businesses on real projects, learning key skills in confidence, negotiation, time management, team work, and planning, to name a few – all key attributes and behaviours that employers wish to see in their graduate recruits. Our law students learn to present cases in our on-campus Moot Court; our nurses hone their skills in simulation labs; and all of our students are encouraged and supported to make their experience of work and of volunteering a key part of their academic experience.
- We place a strong focus on employability, so that we can create the kind of graduates that organisations compete to employ.
- A number of our courses also carry professional accreditations, such as: British Psychological Society, Chartered Institute of Marketing, National Youth Agency, Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, and Institute of Biomedical Science, to name a few.
- But don’t just take our word for it. Our students rated us as a top ten university for improving the student experience, and a leading university for improving career prospects (National Students Survey 2015).
- We are also rated in the National Student Survey as a leading university for personal development, which is a key feature, and a top 30 university for assessment and feedback – critical to student learning.
- The University of Bedfordshire is home to world-leading research with direct societal, economic and cultural impact. This is recognised in the UK-wide 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), which recognises the university’s research success in both quality and quantity.
- Almost half of the university’s research is classified by the REF as world-leading or internationally excellent, the highest ratings possible.
- We have been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, for our pioneering research in social work and social care.
- We have more than doubled our proportion of world-leading research since 2008; three times as many university researchers now produce internationally recognised research compared to the previous assessment in 2008.
- This research excellence extends right across our subject base, in Health; Psychology; Biological Sciences; Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences; Computer Science and Informatics; Business and Management; Law; Social Work and Social Policy; Education; Sport and Exercise Science; Leisure and Tourism; English Language and Literature; Music, Drama and Performing Arts; and Communication, Cultural and Media.
- Business and Management Research Institute (BMRI)
- Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment (CRELLA)
- Institute of Applied Social Research (IASR)
- Institute of Biomedical and Environmental Science and Technology (iBEST)
- Institute for Health Research (IHR)
- Institute for Tourism Research (INTOUR)
- Institute for Research in Applicable Computing (IRAC)
- Institute for Research and Education (IREd)
- Institute for Sport and Physical Activity Research (ISPAR)
- Research Institute for Media, Art and Performance (RIMAP)
The Faculty of Creative Arts, Technologies and Science
- Also known as CATS, this exciting and diverse faculty is home to courses within the following subject areas: Art & Design; Computer Science & Technology; Life Sciences; Journalism & Communication; Media Arts & Production, Performing Arts & English and Psychology. Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies such as IBMS, NCTJ, BCS, IET and BPS.
- Students within this faculty have a vast array of facilities at their fingertips, including an industry-standard TV studio which is frequently used by the BBC, a 280-seat professional theatre and dance studios, in addition to new science labs and a new scene of crime room for those studying Forensic Science.
- Our Computing and Engineering students benefit from new engineering labs, in addition to Linux and robotics labs.
- Our Psychology students benefit from facilities such as a health and biological psychology lab, a cognitive lab, as well as eye-tracking software and driving simulators.
The Faculty of Education and Sport
- This faculty is home to courses based on our long record of academic excellence in the following subject areas: Education Studies; Teacher Education; Language & Communication; and Sport Science & Physical Activity.
- Students within this faculty have access to our state-of-the-art PE and Sport Science Centre (which was used to train athletes for the 2012 London Olympics) in addition to the newly refurbished sports hall.
- Our English students have access to the Language Centre which allows students to conduct recordings of trainee teachers’ training practice to be analysed with ease. This faculty is also home to CRELLA – the Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment – which is a world-leading centre of research into language testing and programme evaluation.
The Faculty of Health and Social Science
- Known as HSS, this faculty is home to professionally accredited courses within a range of subject areas: Nursing, Midwifery & Healthcare; Clinical Education & Leadership; Social Studies; and Sports Therapy.
- Students are able to work in excellent facilities to support their learning. Our Healthcare students can work in our high-tech Simulation Centre at our Butterfield Park site in Luton.
- The faculty is also home to a number of world-leading researchers including Professor Jenny Pearce and her colleagues whose work into child sexual exploitation won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2013.
The University of Bedfordshire Business School
- Our view on business education is international and practice driven. Known as UBBS, the University of Bedfordshire Business School is the largest business school in the region, has been awarded the Small Business Charter, and is home to courses within the following subject areas: Accounting & Finance; Business Management & HRM; Marketing, Tourism & Event Management and Law.
- Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies such as CIPR, CIM, and CIPD. Students are able to work within our award-winning Business Pods which imitate a real-world business environment, as well as gaining access to our on-campus Law Moot Court. Accounting and Finance students, meanwhile, can get to grips with The Thomson Reuters facility which provides trading information for companies all around the world.
More than a degree
- Bedfordshire believes that university life is far more than acquiring new knowledge. Through studying at Bedfordshire, a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you.
- Co-curricular activities give students the opportunity to enhance real-world skills and develop professionally, and complement their studies. Become a course rep, a PAL leader, or take up a work placement.
- Extra-curricular activities – they’re fun and give students the opportunity to demonstrate additional skills that will help in the work place, as well as showing determination and commitment to developing new skills. Volunteer, take on an internship, get involved in the university radio station, or go on a Go Global trip – they’re just some of the activities extra-curricular activities on offer at Bedfordshire.
Type of Qualification:
- The University of Bedfordshire is continually investing in state-of-the-art facilities to provide you with an excellent student experience and the best environment in which to succeed. Regardless of the degree you choose, the teaching and learning facilities will be first class.
- Luton campus – new facilities in the Schools of Computing and Media; refurbished science labs; business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court; psychology, sport & exercise science, biomedical science and forensics laboratories; multi-camera HDTV and radio studios, and a dedicated art & design building, which houses industry-standard studios.
- Bedford campus – a Physical Education and Sports Science Centre, including a recently refurbished and extended sports hall; specialist sports and exercise science laboratories; the new Gateway teaching and learning centre, which opened in January 2015 – a £25-milliom investment; the Campus Centre, which is home to a 280-seat theatre, dance studios, a fair trade café and a large social space.
- University Campus Milton Keynes – this campus houses an array of modern teaching facilities, a student information desk, advice centre, a café and a Learning Resources Centre (LRC). The campus is also home to two special purpose electronics and telecommunications laboratories, as well as a large general purpose computer lab, and labs for our graphic design and journalism students, which are fully kitted out with state-of-the-art MACs.
- Buckinghamshire campus – our healthcare students are based in dedicated facilities at the Buckinghamshire campus in Aylesbury and our award-winning site in Butterfield Park, Bedfordshire, which is fully equipped with contemporary clinical skills labs, a simulation suite and an on-site Learning Resources Centre (LRC).
- Our Luton campus will boast a brand new nine-storey library from 2016. This follows major investment in a new Campus Centre and en-suite on-campus accommodation at our Luton campus. All of this is in addition to our many first-rate resources and industry-standard facilities, as well as our Postgraduate and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Centre which opened in 2013.
- There are multi-faith chaplaincies at the Luton and Bedford campuses. Both campuses have several multi-faith prayer rooms and the teams offer a warm welcome to students of all faiths, as well as those with none.
- All students will have 24/7 access to BREO (Bedfordshire Resources for Education Online) – the University’s online learning environment. All students use BREO to access lecture notes, discussion boards, podcasts, blogs and announcements. It is web-based, allowing access from anywhere with an internet connection, at any time.
- The award-winning Careers and Employment Service provides a number of opportunities and services to help students succeed in the workplace.
- The University of Bedfordshire is committed to supporting applications from students with disabilities. We do all we can to ensure we are accessible and welcoming to all.
- The Health & Well-being Team (Disability Support) is available to discuss any learning support issues you may have and can provide services such as BSL interpreters, note takers, dyslexia screening, tuition and support with mobility on campus.
- The Learning Resources Centre (LRC) offers a range of support services and specialist software and equipment.
- For further information please contact the Health & Well-being Team (Disability Support) on: 01234 793333/01582 489622, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, alternatively, visit our website.
- Responsible for the representation of all students at the University of Bedfordshire.
- Acts as the main voice of students in meetings with the university.
- Provides independent welfare advice to students on anything from academic appeals, housing, finance and health.
- Facilitates volunteering opportunities on campus and in the local community.
- Host to a number of exciting events on campus, including a seven-day entertainment programme during term time.
- Facilitates sports and societies.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- The Luton, Bedford and Milton Keynes campuses are located close to their respective town centres, so part-time work is easily accessible.
- Within our award-winning Careers and Employability Service is a Recruitment Services team, essentially an in-house recruitment consultancy working on behalf of local employers and our students to place them in relevant, paid part-time work.
- The university also aims to provide as many internal, paid part-time opportunities as possible to our students.
- From day one, our students can register with the Recruitment Services team and have access to information on all new part-time job vacancies that become available. Our in-house team will also provide support in application and CV writing too.
- The University's Careers & Employability Service aims to unlock your potential as a student or graduate and enable you to manage your future career by providing a professional, high-quality information, advice and guidance service.
- Our qualified Employability Advisors are linked to our schools in order to provide specialist industry advice within your course. You will have access to them via a daily drop-in service and bookable one-to-one appointments.
- The Careers & Employability Service supports prospective students, current students and graduates to build their employability skills and maximise their work experience opportunities in order to pursue their chosen career after university. In addition to our Employability Advisors, the service offers a dedicated placements team for students on sandwich courses and courses offering a professional practice year, as well as a recruitment services team which manages part-time and full-time job vacancies. They also manage the University of Bedfordshire skills award, The Edge.
- By using the service, students will access expert careers guidance, interview and selection test preparation, advice on developing CVs and invitations to careers fairs and employer events. The service also works proactively with a wide range of employers to develop engagement between employers, students and the university.
- The university's EmployAble programme has been developed to support students in accessing all the initiatives across the university that will support them in building their personal employability skills and portfolio. The Employability Advisors will support you in reflecting on what the EmployAble programme has provided you and how to sell those transferable skills to future employers.
Recent/Prospective New Builds
- There has been valuable investment in developing the university's teaching and learning facilities to enhance the student experience.
- Investment in a Physical Education and Sport Science Centre and student accommodation at the Bedford campus. As well as our new teaching and learning building, Gateway, which houses high-quality teaching spaces, lecture theatres, a student services centre and a café – everything all under one roof!
- Major developments at our Luton campus, include a comtemporary and functional Campus Centre, on-campus en-suite accommodation, our Postgraduate Centre and our new nine-storey library opening in 2016.
- Business facilities including an industry-standard, and recently refurbished, Law Moot Court and the unique and revolutionary Business Pods.
- Investment in laboratories for Psychology, Biomedical and Forensic Science, and Sport Exercise Science.
- New facilities in the Schools of Computing and Media.
- A new award-winning site for healthcare students at Butterfield Park, Luton, home to specialist simulation labs complete with a fully functional theatre, ward, and clinic environment.
- Bedford campus boasts a modern Campus Centre, halls of residence and a National standard PE and Sport Science Centre.
- UCMK has brand new teaching facilities, two special purpose electronics and telecommunications laboratories, a continuing professional development suite, journalism and graphic design labs and a brand new Learning Resources Centre (LRC).
- Our Luton and Bedford campuses also house our on-campus Aspire gyms. Offering a range of flexible membership options, and giving you exclusive use of a convenient, on campus, exercise facility.
- Becky Jago, Media Performance BA Hons 1997 – Television news presenter with ITV Anglia.
- Toby Friedner, Media Production BA Hons 1997 – senior journalist for BBC Three Counties Radio.
- Adrian McDonagh, Sports Studies BA Hons 1998 – MD, Easy Web Recruitment.
- Jonathon Goodman, LLB Law, 1998 – Joint Head of Chambers, 1 Gray’s Inn Square.
- Matt Fisher, Media Performance with Radio BA Hons 2000 – Station Sound Manager at BBC Radio 1.
- Melvin Odoom, Media Performance BA Hons 2001 – comedian, television presenter and radio presenter for KISS 100 Breakfast.
- Wesley Clarke, Media Technology BSc Hons 2001 – record producer, DJ.
- Simon Hall, Product Design BA Hons 2001 – Director of EcoStyle Ltd.
- Dharam Barrett, Media Performance BA Hons 2002 – Director, Film Maker.
- Gemma Hunt, Media performance BA Hons 2003 – TV presenter for CBBC.
- David Balfe, Creative Writing BA Hons 2003 – musician, record producer, writer and director.
- Tom White, Media Performance BA Hons 2005 – TV presenter for Sky Sports News.
- Maggie Alphonsi, Sport and Exercise Science BSc 2006, Sport and Exercise Assessment MSc 2007 – English women's rugby international.
- Ben Hodson, Photography and Video Art BA Hons 2007 – award-winning, professional photographer.
- Ryan Freckleton, Sport and Exercise Science BSc Hons 2007 – Great Britain Bobsleigh Team, Director at Wired For Sport Ltd.
- Chris Butcher, Animation BA Hons 2009 – award-winning stop motion animator.
- Ruth Corden – Social work BSc Hons 2010 – agony aunt on The Joy of Teen Sex, Channel 4.
- Thomas Wiggins-Wilson, Business Management BA Hons 2010 – analyst, Morgan Stanley.
- Thomas Dolby, Computer BSc Hons 2010 – senior programmer and Head Games Development Team, A.i.Solve.
- Jurgita Bareikaite, Media Production BA Hons 2007 – Production Co-ordinator, MTV networks.
- Md Enamul Haque, Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management – Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Public Administration, Government of Bangladesh.
- Dan Prior, Media and Radio production BA Hons 2005 – sound producer, BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra.
- Jodie Lockwood, Television Production BA Hons 2011 – Production Secretary, ITV
- Mario Louis, Television Production BA Hons 2007 – Assistant Producer, BBC
- Sarah Jane Cass, Media Performance and Radio BA Hons 2007 – Founder of TalentSJC and British talent agent and manager, Broadcast now
- Mandy Thandi, Media Performance BA Hons 2014 – Actress on Doctors (BBC 1)
- Joe Flemons, Broadcast Journalism BA Hons 2016 – Radio presenter on Capital FM
- Tamara-Lee Notcutt, Media Performance with Production Management BA Hons 2007 – Senior Casting Director for Walt Disney
- Duayne Boachie, Media Production BA Hons 2016 – Actor on Hollyoaks (Channel 4)
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