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BBGU offers undergraduate, postgraduate and work-based foundation degree courses, with an emphasis on enriching the lives of its students, staff and the community it serves. BGU began life in 1862 as an Anglican teacher training college for women. In 1962 it was renamed Bishop Grosseteste College in honour of Robert Grosseteste, the thirteenth century scientist, philosopher, educator, and Bishop of Lincoln. In 2012, following a successful application for taught degree awarding powers we became an official University, Bishop Grosseteste University. The past few years have seen a considerable growth in student numbers, with just over 2,100 students studying here. We have a strong background in teaching but are currently developing our many other courses and launching brand new for 2015/16 degrees including Counselling, Sociology and Health and Social Care.

We’re very proud of our campus and over the years we have made many improvements to ensure it is a pleasant and comfortable place to study, live and work. Many of the original Victorian buildings are still in daily use but they have been extensively renovated and refurbished. Today the attractive I8-acre campus houses many modern developments, including purpose-built learning and teaching accommodation in the Robert Hardy Building, as well as dedicated facilities for Drama, Humanities and Social Sciences, and History. Across campus, there have been many other developments taking place, such as the expansion and modernisation of the Cornerstone Library, the addition of two unique eateries, Curiositea and Refectory, each serving a range of drinks and snacks throughout the day and a newly built en-suite residence block, Wickham Hall.

We have a strong background in teaching, we’ve been doing it for over 150 years after all but we are currently also developing our many other courses and launching brand new for 2015/16 degrees including Counselling, Sociology and Health and Social Care, as well as extending our range of Master’s and Foundation Degrees.

At BGU we’ll support you, we’ll challenge you, we’ll make you feel at home. That’s what we do. It’s what we’ve always done. Our Mission and Vision

Bishop Grosseteste University is committed to being a leader in learning, to inspire excellence, and to enrich the lives of its students and staff and the communities it serves.

Inspired by the University's Church of England foundation our mission is to:

  • Excel at teaching, learning and research
  • Enable all students to achieve in the highest possible standard in their chosen field of study
  • Provide life‑enriching opportunities for our students
  • Recognise aspiration and achievements and provide opportunities for self‑development
  • Foster an ethos in which individuals are valued and diversity is celebrated
  • Develop productive partnerships to extend and deepen our external contribution regionally, nationally and internationally
General Information
1862 (Degree giving status 2006)
Longdales Road, Lincoln. LN1 3DY
01522 527 347
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Lincoln - Our City

Lincoln is a unique multi-cultural city and one of the fastest growing in the UK. Despite this it still retains the same quaintness and charm of smaller cities by managing to blend its historic past with the contemporary seamlessly, making for a dynamic and exciting place to live and work. It's also incredibly student friendly with students making up a significant proportion of the population. You can be sure that when you arrive here, you'll be in good company.

Where is it?

Lincoln is in the heart of England in the East Midlands, ideally placed to give you easy access to Nottingham, Sheffield and the coast. It's got good road and rail connections with the rest of the UK which makes travelling around much easier. If you're the type who likes to regularly jet off to warmer climates there are three international airports close by in Humberside, Doncaster Robin Hood and Nottingham East Midlands.

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The city is really easy to navigate and is essentially split into two halves, linked by the aptly named Steep Hill. Don't be put off by this though - it might be steep but it's well worth the walk, as there are many independent and quirky shops to make the journey easier (and your wallet lighter). In fact, Steep Hill itself is a recent winner of Britain's Best Street Award due to its uniqueness and range of wonderful boutiques. Within the Cathedral Quarter, uphill, lies the more historic side of the city, with it's beautiful cobbled streets, cosy tea rooms, the majestic Cathedral (third largest in the UK), the magnificent hilltop Castle and of course, the BGU Campus.

Downhill is the more modern city centre where you'll find the busy High Street. Here, large international brands sit side by side with local retailers, giving plenty of choice to the discerning shopper. Lincoln's numerous cafes, restaurants and coffee shops will give you the much needed time to sit and relax after a busy day of shopping and exploring. Further south into the city is the Brayford Waterfront standing on the banks of the River Witham. You can take a tour of the city by boat or just sit and watch the world go by in one of the many bars or restaurants overlooking the water.

Lincoln is a city that needs to be explored and experienced. We guarantee that you will fall in love and want to stay.



All through the year, Lincoln holds a number of events, fairs and markets which are popular with the locals and the tourists; there is always something new to do and experience in Lincoln.

City Square in the middle of town, hosts a variety of entertainment and activities throughout the year such as the pop up Ice Rink at Christmas; the Lincoln by the Sea feature, complete with deck chairs, sand and a carousel; and the pop up roller skate arena. There are also mini fairs, book stalls and charity events to look out for.

The local farmers market sets up shop in the Bail every 3rd Saturday of the month with some of the best local food Lincoln has to offer, from meat to cheese, cakes and fruit to savoury preserves and chutneys.

The popular Lincolnshire Show in mid-June is the annual country show which is a huge favourite and sees thousands of people flock to Lincoln each year. There is show jumping, a petting zoo and a feast of local cuisine; we guarantee you will have a very countrified day.

Arguably our biggest and best event is the Christmas Market! It is a grand tradition here in Lincoln and one that shouldn’t be missed. Taking place usually in the first week of December, this Victorian themed market has hundreds of stalls selling crafts, food, festive drinks, gifts, and of course Christmas themed novella and oodles of festive cheer ensuring you can't help but get into the Christmas spirit. Starting in the Castle Square, the market guides you through the impressive castle grounds and back out the other side for more stalls and stands. As with most markets, this one does take place outside so it is essential to wrap up warm as there is so much to see and do, you can waste a few good hours wandering around!

From Tea Rooms to Restaurants

There is plenty of choice when eating out to suit all budgets and appetites. Scattered around Lincoln are lovely cafes serving fresh sandwiches, panini's or a quick slice of cake and a cup of tea. For something a bit bigger head to the Brayford Waterfront where you'll find the popular favourites including Nando's, Wagamamas, Zizzi’s and Ask.

If you're looking for something a bit more unique, the uphill area of the Bailgate is full of locally-run places that will soon become your new favourite from cosy tea shops to independent restaurants. Whatever you fancy, there's something to please everyone.


You don't need to look far for a number of places around the city in which to enjoy live entertainment. For the theatre lover there is the Theatre Royal, The Drill Hall and the LPAC (Lincoln Performing Arts Centre), all of which offer a wide range of performances and events.

Live music your thing? You can catch a big name band at the popular Engine Shed venue in the heart of the city, where recent guests have included Rizzle Kicks, Rudimental, Kasabian, Stereophonics, Plan B and Zane Lowe, to name but a few.

If you fancy a quiet night in with a film, the Odeon cinema is just down the hill and overlooks the Brayford. Or a bit closer to home is The Venue, our very own cinema right here on the BGU campus! Here you can watch the classics, catch the latest blockbuster or feed your soul with live satellite screenings of the best plays, ballet and operas the National Theatre Live or the Royal Shakespeare Company has to offer.


With so many students in the city, there is a fantastic range of nightlife attractions. Whether you prefer comfortable conversation in a traditional real ale pub, live, local bands in the uphill Bailgate area or dancing the night away in some fantastic new clubs and bars - Lincoln is sure to have just what you're looking for.

For a quieter evening, have a friendly competition with your friends at the bowling lanes at Lincoln Bowl or alternatively, release your inner child at Lincoln’s PlayZone during adults only Tuesday evenings. Like a good scary story? Definitely check out Lincoln's spooky Ghost Walk - a popular attraction for residents and tourists alike and one that shouldn't be missed!

For more information on the social scene visit the University's Students' Union website.


Due to Lincoln’s rich historical background just roaming around the city will show you the many examples of its vast history, such as the Stonebow and Newport arch (once entrances into the city), to parts of the old wall remaining outside the Lincoln Hotel.

The Cathedral offers a range of tours from the dizzying heights of a Roof and Tower tour to the intricate detail of a Floor Tour. You can also go in for free and have a wander around by yourself. Just across the square from the Cathedral is Lincoln Castle which is also available for tours and exploration.

If museums and art are your thing, head to the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, The Collection or the Usher Gallery which house many wonderful artifacts, exhibitions, paintings and pottery from around Lincoln and the surrounding area of Lincolnshire.

For more information on things to do around Lincoln, upcoming events and where your friends and family can stay when they come for a visit, have a look at the Visit Lincoln website.




The Library is a truly communal space where students from all programmes come to study, gather information and seek advice & guidance. We are open seven days a week and offer a number of study environments and facilities, generous loan entitlements, high quality support from trained information professionals, plus a wide variety of print and electronic learning resources, including over 138,000 physical materials, 33,000 full-text journals and 11,000 e-books.

We promote library resources, services and facilities through our comprehensive LibGuides site and social media, and actively encourage reading for pleasure through initiatives such as Blind Date with a Book and Rewarding Reads. We maintain close ties with the student body via the Students’ Union, student reps, student shelvers and our PandA (Partner AND Advisor) scheme.

Special Collections

We have three special collections in the Library:

  1. The Teaching Resources Collection (TRC): The TRC is home to around 24,000 resources for primary and secondary trainee teachers, students intending to work (or already working) in educational settings, and students of children's literature
  1. The Lincolnshire Collection: This has over 3,000 items including books on Lincolnshire history, archaeology, flora and fauna, geology, trade and industry, language, heritage and architecture
  1. The Hunt Collection: This comprises three separate sets of materials relating to the First and Second World Wars, including The Honour Roll of the British Civilian War Dead, 1939-45.

Specialist Support and Advice

There are a variety of ways in which students can get help and support from our library team:

  • Booking a one-to-one appointment with a librarian
  • Attending a monthly refresher session
  • Using our LibGuides site (which incorporates guides for all subject taught at BGU)
  • Using our FAQs site, AskUs

We also run monthly TRC (Teaching Resources Collection) training sessions for students wanting to make the most of the collection. To book onto any of the above or for more information and advice, just pop in and see us in the Cornerstone Building, email us at [email protected], or call us on 01522 583790.

Provision for Students with Additional Needs

Our aim is to provide accessible learning environments that are fit for purpose and conducive to study for all our students whilst respecting and reflecting the diversity and inclusiveness of the university community. All students who disclose additional needs are invited to attend a meeting with a librarian to discuss their individual requirements and are encouraged to keep in touch with your named contact at any time for help or advice.

The Library is located in the Cornerstone Building, is spread out over two floors and is fully accessible via a lift. Both floors have accessible toilet facilities. A hearing loop is fitted at the Service Desk and height adjustable computer workstations are located in the 24/7 IT Suite, Social Study Suite and Silent Study Suite. Facilities are provided for individual, group, computer-based and silent study. Please let our Library Team know if you need any more additional help.

IT and computing


Student union

Clubs and societies

Careers service

Part-time jobs

Religious facilities


Accommodation policy

Students will automatically be sent a letter beginning of April to sort out accommodation. Taking to other friends, bishop is definitely the most affordable! The new ensuite building is beautiful and I hope to go there. Any more information can be found on the website. As with most universities, all your electrical items have to be checked by the university for safety reasons, and there is a contract you're thing you have to sign.


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Foundation Degrees: Our Foundation Degrees are designed for people who want to gain a qualification relevant to their career without having to leave work. They allow you to combine workplace learning with academic study and will usually see you spending one afternoon and evening a week at BGU. A Foundation Degree is broadly equivalent to the first two years to a Bachelors degree and many of our Foundation Degree students opt to continue their studies and apply to one of our Progression Routes to gain a full honours degree.

FdA Applied Studies – Children & Youth Work (L590)

FdA Applied Studies – Early Childhood (LX53)

FdA Applied Studies – Learning Support (X900)

FdA Children & Young People Social Care Practitioner (L572)

FdA Heath & Social Care Supervision (L582)

Progression Routes: Our Progression Route courses are for those students who have already studied on a relevant Foundation Degree and wish to progress to a BA (Hons) degree. The Progression Routes are 1 year and this “tops-up” your Foundation Degree to a full degree.

BA (Hons) Applied Studies – Early Childhood (L520)

BA (Hons) Applied Studies – Children & Youth Work (L591)

BA (Hons) Applied Studies in Education (X300)

BA (Hons) Primary Teaching Studies with QTS (Qualified Teaching Status) (X123)

Undergraduate Degrees: Our Undergraduate courses are normally three years long and designed to give you a thorough knowledge of the subject area.


BA (Hons) Archaeology and History (V758)

Business (Team Entrepreneurship)

BA (Hons) Business (Team Entrepreneurship) (N175)


BA (Hons) Drama in the Community (W400)

Early Childhood Studies

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (X311)

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with EYTS (X675)

Education Studies

BA (Hons) Education Studies (X301)

BA (Hons) Education Studies and Applied Drama (X1W4)

BA (Hons) Education Studies and English (X1Q3)

BA (Hons) Education Studies and History (X1V1)

BSc (Hons) Education Studies and Mathematics (X1G1)

BA (Hons) Education Studies and Psychology (C8XH)

BA (Hons) Education Studies and Sociology (XL30)

BA (Hons) Education Studies and Special Education Needs & Inclusion (XX13)

BA (Hons) Education Studies and Sport (CX63)

BA (Hons) Education Studies and Theology & Ethics (XV3P)


BA (Hons) English Literature (Q300)

BA (Hons) English and Applied Drama (QW34)

BA (Hons) English and History (QV31)

BA (Hons) English and Psychology (Q3C8)

Health and Social Care

BA (Hons) Health and Social Care (L748)


BA (Hons) History (V10A)

BA (Hons) History and Theology & Ethics (V2V6)

Primary Education

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS (X120)


BA (Hons) Psychology (C214)

BA (Hons) Psychology and Applied Drama (C8W4)

BA (Hons) Psychology and Counselling (BC98)

BA (Hons) Psychology and Early Childhood Studies (C8X3)

BA (Hons) Psychology and Sociology (LC83)

BA (Hons) Psychology and Special Education Needs & Inclusion (CX83)

BA (Hons) Psychology and Sport (CC86)


BA (Hons) Sociology (L300)

Special Education Needs & Inclusion

BA (Hons) Special Education Needs & Inclusion (X360)

BA (Hons) Special Education Needs & Inclusion and Applied Drama (XW34)

BA (Hons) Special Education Needs & Inclusion and Theology & Ethics (XV3Q)


BSc (Hons) Sport and Mathematics (CG6C)

Theology & Ethics

BA (Hons) Theology & Ethics in Society (VL63)

Postgraduate Teaching Courses Here at BGU, we offer a variety of postgraduate routes to obtain a teaching qualification. The most common are the Postgraduate and Professional Graduate Certificates in Education (PGCE) which offer an integrated academic and professional preparation for teaching, combining academic study at masters level (the first two steps along the road to an MA) with recommendation for EYTS or QTS.

PGCE Primary

PGCE Secondary

PGCE Early Years with EYTS - Graduate Entry Route

PGCE Early Years with EYTS - Graduate Practitioner

School Direct Training Programme

Assessment Only Route to QTS (Primary and Secondary)

Assessment Only Route to EYTS

Masters Awards Our Masters courses at BGU are designed to build upon your undergraduate study and fully enhance your subject knowledge in specific areas. We now have a range of Masters level qualifications available for you to study.

MA in Community Archaeology

MA in Education

MA in Education with TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

MA in English Literature

MA in Health & Social Care Leadership

MA in Heritage Education

MA in Social and Cultural History

MA in Theology & Religious Studies

What Students Say

What Our Students Say About Us


For my first year, I stayed at Constance Stewart Hall and it was a great way to meet friends. This year I am in a house share with people from my first year halls and it is great knowing we have started this journey together. Megan, Second year student

For my first year I stayed in Wickham Hall. It was great to have my own space along with the living space to socialise in. There's plenty of room to get to know each other. Holly, Third year student

I'm staying in Crosstrend House, which is about 5 minutes walk from BGU. The best part about it is that you can become independent and you are so near to both the city centre and uni. Luke, Third year student

I was living in Constance Stewart Hall and I loved how there were so many people down the corridor to talk to. You could always go talk to a friend if you were feeling homesick or just wanted to have a quiet night in. Rebecca, Second year student

Being a BGU Student

Being a student at BGU means feeling part of community that values you for who you are - a unique individual. Arran, Graduate

I'm confident I'll reach my ideal career because there are so many support systems in place to help achieve your goals. Maisie, Graduate

The support I have experienced is excellent. All staff are willing to help whenever it is needed. For example, my tutor will respond to emails almost any time of the day. Jack, Second year student

Prepare for a life-changing experience that will broaden your view and expand your knowledge. Jonathan, PGCE Graduate

The atmosphere is so chilled - it's not a daunting university with big buildings - it's so calm and welcoming. Harriet, Third year student

Thank you for giving a mature student the chance to shine! I turn 40 next year and really feel life can begin at 40. Sharon, Second year student

The support I have received has been fantastic. As a hearing impaired postgraduate student, I was worried about how I would be supported in lectures and on placement. The Student Advice team made sure that everyone was aware and that anything I may need academically or professionally would be available if I needed it. Michaela, PGCE Graduate

The university is so homely and easy to fit into. Everyone is lovely and there are plenty of resources. Holly, Third year student

The support I've received has been really good as I had a tough time in my second year due to family issues and BGU was there for me. Katie, Graduate

The atmosphere and the feel of the place is great - everyone is made to feel welcome regardless of age, studies and interests. Tom, Second year student

BGU Opportunities

There are too many great things I love about BGU. But if I had to pick one, I would have to say it would be being a member of STAMP. You get to help out at different events, everyone is friendly and welcoming and it has built up my confidence. Francesca, Third year student

BGU run an employability and volunteering award, which has inspired me to go and volunteer more. I have volunteered in a local charity shop and hope to do more this year. Amber, Third year student

The trips abroad BGU have on offer inspired me to organise my own for 2015. I will be working in Thailand and Cambodia teaching English at a primary school and orphanage. Harriet, Third year student


The best part of BGU's campus has to be the Students' Union. All the staff there are so welcoming and friendly, will help you with any problems and can give you some good advice. Luke, Third year student

The best thing about being a student at BGU is the social aspect of the halls, the Students' Union, Refectory and Curiositea. Jonah, Second year student

Everyone is so friendly and helpful, from tutors to library staff, catering staff to the gardeners (who do an amazing job). What a beautiful environment for us to work in. Jane, MA in Education student

I like to go to the chaplaincy events. I am not religious but that doesn't matter because the chaplaincy offers a wide range of activities. I like going to tea and toast, where you can get hot drinks and some toast for free. Plus it's a good way to have a catch-up with friends. I also like the chaplaincy day trips. I went on one last year - the transport was free and it was a good day out. Amber, Third year student

Our Courses

The courses here can be tailored somewhat to your own interests and will challenge you and your perceptions on your own learning. It is definitely a good decision to have come to study here and I would encourage any other mature students to do so. Tom, Second year student

The best thing about the teaching staff is their clear passion and knowledge of the subject, their helpful attitude and their ability to open up questions ready for further analysis. Katie, Second year student

The non-stop energy of the tutors and staff is just brilliant - they are always willing to help. Melanie, Graduate

It is great to know that I will come out of BGU with a degree from a well-recongised and respected university. Iain, Third year student

There is such a level of challenge within my studies and I love having the opportunity to have academic conversations with like-minded people. Matthew, Doctorate in Education student


They say the locals can spot Bishops Grosseteste’s students at 50 yards, but that’s probably because they’re the ones in skirts. Before the impossibly high girl to boy ratio gets you clicking and submitting all over your UCAS application though, the atmosphere is a bit more heads down in the library than booties down on the dance floor. Lots of mature and local students can mean people tend to head home rather than to the pub after lectures, so campus can get a bit more ’28 Days Later’ than ’24 Hour Party People’. On the other hand, there’s a comfy, cosy, caring (if not claustrophobic) vibe to the place, where everyone knows everyone else and their business...walk-of-shamers be warned.

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