University of Bedfordshire
Welcome to University of Bedfordshire
The University of Bedfordshire has a student body of 24,000 spread over several campuses in the south east of England, with most of the courses on offer based at their main Bedford and Luton campuses.
The current university was founded in 2006 when the University of Luton merged with De Montfort University's Bedford campus, however both campuses have histories that date back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
A variety of courses are on offer at the university, with sports courses taking place at Bedford, business courses in Milton Keynes, and the majority of the other courses on offer taking place in Luton. From Business, Law and Life Sciences to Media, Sport and Social Sciences, there's plenty of options at the University of Bedfordshire
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Courses and fees
The University of Bedfordshire has a wide range of qualifications on offer in a variety of subjects. As well as undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications, foundation degrees, diplomas and short courses are all on offer here.
The UCAS points system is primarily used for entry requirements, with a minimum of 200 points required for most courses. For more information on the courses on offer, visit the university's website.
There are four faculties at the University of Bedfordshire: The Faculty of Creative Arts, Technologies and Sciences; the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences; The Faculty of Education and Sport; and the University of Bedfordshire Business School.
The Faculty of Creative Arts covers subjects in areas like computer science, media, art, design, performing arts and English. It's based on the Luton campus. The faculty has a vast array of facilities including an industry-standard TV Studio which is frequently used by the BBC, and a 280-seat professional theatre and dance studios. In addition to this, there are science labs and a new scene of crime room for those studying Forensic Science. The Computing and Engineering students benefit from new engineering labs, and Linux and robotics labs.
The Faculty of Health and Social Sciences is also based at Luton and offers courses in social studies, education, healthcare, psychology and sports therapy. Students have a wide range of facilities on offer including a high-tech Simulation Centre, data analysis labs and cognitive biological psychology labs.
The Faculty of Education and Sport is based at Bedford, making use of the Alexander Sports Hall. As well as sports science, the department teaches education, English Language and offers qualified teacher programmes. Students within this Faculty have access to a state-of-the-art PE and Sport Science Centre which was used to train athletes in the 2012 Olympics, in addition to the newly refurbished Sports Hall. English students have access to the Language Centre and the Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment which is led by Professor Cyril Weir, a world-famous expert in language testing and programme evaluation.Finally, the University of Bedfordshire Business School offers courses in law, business studies, marketing, tourism, and accounting. Students are able to work in the university's unique Business Pods which imitate a real-world business environment, and also have access to the professional Law Moot Court. Accounting and Finance students can also use the Thomson Reuters facility which provides trading information for companies all around the world.
The University of Bedfordshire is a truly international university, offering education and support to students from more than 100 countries around the world. There are also opportunities for home students to study abroad in an exchange, with partnerships in China, Europe, Canada and Japan. For more information, see Bedfordshire's Go Global programme
China is one of the university’s key educational partners and gives students the opportunity to study at a number of Chinese universities and cities, ranging from Beijing and Guangzhou to Nanjing and Shanghai.
You can also get involved in the Global Leadership Awards which is a non-academic award that formally recognises the achievements of students who have enhanced their experience and employability by undertaking study trips, exchanges, internships or voluntary work overseas.
For undergraduate students from the UK or EU, the tuition fees are set at £9,000 per year for those starting in 2014. For international students, it costs £9,750 per year.
Postgraduate taught courses are £9,000 per year for UK and EU students and £9,900 for international students: more information on fees can be found on the university's website.
The University of Bedfordshire has plenty of new and modern facilities spread across all of its campuses. Unique facilities include a practice law court, business pods, modern scientific laboratories, and specialist labs with a fully functioning ward, theatre and clinic at the healthcare department at Butterfield Park.
By 2015, the Bedford campus will boast a brand-new, three-storey building called The Gateway which will offer a number of high-quality teaching spaces, as well as informal learning spaces, lecture theatres and a new student services centre.
In addition to this, the Luton campus will boast a brand new seven-storey library which follows major investment in a new Campus Centre.
The main campus at Luton is based right in the heart of the town, right next to the shopping centre. The train station is a short walk away, and Luton Airport is also a short drive away. Transport links to the rest of the UK - and Europe - are strong and Luton is just 50km north of London. There are plenty of pubs, restaurants and clubs in Luton, as well as the Galaxy Leisure complex - which houses, among other things, 16 bowling lanes, an arcade, a bingo hall and an 11-screen cinema.
The Bedford campus is based about a mile away from the town centre, while a third smaller campus is based at Putteridge Bury, which is approximately three miles north of Luton. Bedford is located 40 minutes from Central London by train and has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK. The town has a vibrant mix of pubs, bars and restaurants and is student-friendly.
The university also has centres and partnerships in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. Milton Keynes is a modern city, metropolitan and home to one of the largest undercover shopping centres in Europe, and the Xscape Centre which has a 16-screen cinema, bowling alley, and an indoor ski-slope, within its domain.
Library and study facilities
Each campus has its own library which is open 24/7 and has its own unique resources and study spaces. In total, there are approximately 280,000 books on offer across Bedford and Luton campuses and both libraries have open access PCs and areas for group and solo study. An online library gives you access to various e-books and journals - over 4,000 combined - as well as some dissertations from previous students.
The Study Hub also brings together three teams of specialists to support your studies, offering a wide range of learning opportunities which will help develop your academic skills and improve your assignment writing techniques.
This video offers a glimpse of what the new, three-storey building 'The Gateway' will look like; it's currently on schedule for completion for early 2015.
Wifi and computer access is available across all campuses, and there are specialist learning hubs at both Bedford and Luton that have interactive whiteboards, digital projectors, and laptop areas. Printing facilities are also available in the computer labs.
The flagship Campus Centre has been developed to gather all student services together in one place; social and learning spaces are there, as well as a 240-seat lecture theatre.
In 2013, a brand-new IT suite at the Luton campus opened which boasts a PC zone offering an additional 166 PCs as well as a social study area which is ideal for group work. IT training workshops are available throughout the academic year.
A dedicated careers team is on hand to help you plan out your progression after you graduate. They are fully qualified and can offer you help with job hunting, securing internships, part time work or volunteering opportunities. They also arrange regular employment events and careers fairs and award students for developing their skills.
If you are a prospective student, current student or a graduate, you can benefit from a range of services on offer, from help with securing internships and paid placements, to providing CV writing and interview technique guidance.
The various campuses have their own unique amenities. Luton has a great nightlife, with many clubs in the town centre, while Bedford has a huge array of restaurants, pubs, shops and bars to visit in your downtime. On site, each campus has places where you can grab a bite to eat and a student union bar.
There are also on-site cash machines, as well as a number of food and drink outlets, including a Costa Coffee and on-campus restaurants offering a range of delectable dishes and global cuisine.
Located just off campus, and in the Luton Mall, is the University’s bookstore, the John Smith Bookshop, which stocks all of the essential reads and study materials to support your studies.
The University of Bedfordshire Students' Union is a registered charity, so every penny it makes goes back into it to improve its services, facilities and resources. It has a presence on both main campuses and it offers easy access to countless clubs, societies and sports teams; great value entertainment, student services and advice; and proactive representation of student interests.
Whether you want to take up a hobby, or pursue something entirely new, the variety of activities, clubs and societies on offer are a great way to meet new people and make new friends, and is an opportunity to do something fun at the same time as enhancing your CV.
The union also organises Freshers’ Week, which is packed full of exciting events and get-togethers to make your student experience memorable. The union is also on hand to provide welfare advice and support related to accommodation, finance, safety or ways to be social.
There are extensive sporting facilities at both the Bedford and Luton campuses. At Luton, the Vauxhall Recreation Club is just a five minute walk from the main campus, and offers students gym membership and exercise classes at a discounted rate. At Bedford there's an £8 million Physical Education and Sports Science centre, with state-of-the-art facilities, plus the Alexander Sports Hall, which has playing fields, multi-purpose sports halls and more.
Medical and welfare services
The Health and Wellbeing team at the University of Bedfordshire are on hand to provide health advice, disability and dyslexia support, counselling, and mental health advice. A spiritual service, The Tree House, is also available to those of all faiths and cultures.
The Student Engagement team can advise on problems including academic, personal and health issues, while the Disability Support team offers help to students whose learning may be affected by a disability or medical condition.
All of student support services can be accessed via Student Information Desks, which are located on every campus, and problems or questions can also be logged online 24/7.
The university has set aside £5 million in scholarships and bursaries to new students. In 2013, nearly 2,000 students were awarded a scholarship and the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) claim that Bedfordshire offer some of the most generous bursaries in the country.
A variety of support is available: £350 in credit is awarded to brand new undergraduate UK/EU students, while the National Scholarship is available for those students coming from a low-income background. There is also a selection of scholarships available for students who have excelled academically. A popular scholarship is the Postgraduate Jubilee Scholarship which gives final year UK/EU students the opportunity to study their Master’s degree for free, if they obtain a first in their Undergraduate course. More information on the finance available can be found on the university's website.
The Student Money Advice team is also on hand and offers confidential advice and support from experience advisers. If you have money worries, the advisers are able to give you general advice on budgeting, and will point you towards alternative sources of funding that may be available.
The University of Bedfordshire has a wide variety of accommodation on offer, from studio apartments, to large flats shared between seven students. Both en suite and shared bathroom facilities are available, and most of the accommodation has recently been upgraded, with Luton benefitting from new halls in 2012.
Both campuses have 24-hour security, rent includes bills and contents insurance, and all accommodation has free internet access.
More information on the accommodation available at the University of Bedfordshire can be found on its website.
There are two halls at the Bedford campus: Student Village and Liberty Park. Student Village has 168 rooms with a mix of en suite and shared bathroom accommodation. Rent starts from £96 per week for a study room and rises to £106 per week for an en suite room.
Liberty Park is a brand new residence, with more than 500 rooms. There are single and double rooms on offer as well as four studio flats. Each room has an en suite shower, and it costs between £96 and £164 per week to live here.
There are more than 1,800 rooms on offer at Luton. The brand new en-suite accommodation, Fitzroy and Wenlock Court, offers fully furnished en-suite flats which have a spacious kitchen and lounge area, in addition to fantastic communal areas and a gym at no extra charge.
The Student Village also offers a range of en suite, single and studio flats, with something to suit all budgets. Rent starts from £96 per week rising to £155 for a studio flat.
There’s also dedicated accommodation for postgraduate and students over 25 for a quieter life at the heart of the town centre.
Milton Keynes campus
Accommodation for the UCMK campus, Milton Keynes is based in Bedford with the university's accommodation partners. As accommodation is a little further away, transport provisions are in place for all students with academic classes at the UCMK, Milton Keynes campus. There are also a number of private-rented accommodation options available.
There are a number of ways you can visit the University of Bedfordshire, through open days, campus tours and more. An open day is the ideal way to find out more about the university and whether it's right for you.
Take friends or family with you and get to know the university better. Meet with staff and current students and find out what you will learn about on your course of choice. Tour the campus and take a look at the accommodation on offer, and find out more about finances and other administrative details.
The university year is divided into three terms, with the 2015/16 dates as follows:
- Term 1: 5 October - 11 December 2015
- Term 2: 4 January - 18 March 2016
- Term 3: 11 April - 3 June 2016
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