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Based in the heart of Lincoln on a beautiful green campus, Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) has been educating students for over 150 years.
Set on a single-site campus with an enticing mix of fine Victorian buildings and modern architecture, the University is currently educating over 2,000 students a year.
BGU offers a range of courses in education - reflecting its expertise and original roots as a teacher training college - as well as business, psychology, sociology, sport, theology and health & social care, amongst many others.
A small and friendly campus, BGU has grown in many areas over the years, including developing their portfolio of courses, investing in a modern library and creating state-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces. And with employability at the forefront of their minds, the University also has high rates of graduate employability, and were recently awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.
BGU prides themselves on offering a supportive community, and their students are some of the happiest in the UK. The campus is just a short walk away from Lincoln Cathedral, Castle and the old Roman city. Lincoln is an extremely student-friendly city, with plenty to keep you entertained and help you relax outside of lectures.
BGU have consistently high employability rates for their graduates, with 97% of their students in work or further study within 6 months of graduating. (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2016/17). In fact, across 8 of the last 10 years, BGU have been consistently high nationally for employability and further study after graduation.
Offering as much support as possible from the moment you step foot on campus, BGU students are supported by the Careers, Employability and Enterprise team. This offers a pop-in service as well as one-to-one appointments, throughout your time at BGU and up to two years after graduation.
There’s also advice on hand if you’re thinking of starting up your own business. Students are encouraged to develop a set of “graduate attributes” to help them prepare for future success. These are academic literacies, global citizenship, information literacy, digital fluency, employability and being enterprising.
Students can also take part in BGU’s Employability Award, which is designed to ensure they’re fully prepared for the world of work by the time they graduate. Students earn points by participating in additional work experience, volunteering, part-time and vacation work, attending relevant employability award workshops and lectures, and taking part in on-campus activities.
As well as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, Bishop Grosseteste University also offers foundation degrees and progression routes for those looking for qualifications in the field of education. It also provides a number of short courses.
Their courses are tailored to help prepare students for life after graduation. This could be through placements in settings relevant to their field, or through one-to-one support time offered within the university.
In addition, class sizes are small in order to provide students with a personalised learning experience.
Bishop Grosseteste’s Students’ Union (BGSU) is run by full-time and part-time officers across a range of areas. They support students throughout their time at University, as well as helping to run the variety of clubs and societies and holding regular social events for students.
BGSU is run for students by students, and is an independent registered charity that exists to represent their student members. All BGU students automatically become members of the students’ union when they enrol at the University.
BGU offers a range of accommodation for its students to help make the transition between home to higher education as easy as possible. They offer a range of on and off-campus options, including:
The most modern on-campus accommodation, Wickham Halls is made up contemporary flats. Each flat contains 6 private en-suite rooms and communal kitchen areas.
The largest on-campus accommodation option available at BGU, these halls over 91 individual study bedrooms over four floors. Each floor has a communal kitchen and living area. The ground floor includes a fully accessible study-bedroom and accessible bathroom facilities for disabled students. Students are advised to bring basic cooking utensils for use in the kitchens.
Located a short walk away from the University and city centre, this uphill accommodation offers 73 en-suite rooms and 4 shared facility rooms. Crosstrend has fully furnished contemporary rooms with study areas, studio rooms, communal kitchen/lounge areas, a laundrette, and an electronic key fob system.
For private accommodation, the University can provide a list of locally-accredited landlords.
Bishop Grosseteste University offers a range of modern facilities, both for academic and social purposes.
The library includes over 138,000 physical materials and 33,000 full-text journals, as well as IT facilities available 24 hours a day. There are also three suite areas for collaborative studying, silent studying and 24/7 studying. Other IT facilities include 60 fixed computers, printer-copiers, specialist finishing equipment, and free Wi-Fi access throughout the building.
Further academic resources including The Centre for Enhancement in Learning and Teaching (CELT), which helps to develop teaching and learning across BGU. CELT is comprised of staff working in Learning Development, Digital Learning and Student Engagement. Additionally, BG Futures, the purpose-built business incubation centre, provides office space, facilities and business expertise to students who want to start up their own businesses.
BGU also offers it’s very own on-campus Sport and Fitness Centre, which is open to students, staff and the general public at all fitness levels. The Centre offers a range of facilities including a recently renovated Fitness Suite, a sports hall which can be hired for a variety of sports, and classes which take place in the arena. There are also trained professionals in the Centre to help students, from offering help on the equipment to teaching classes and helping students achieve their own personal exercise goals.
And when students want to relax there are three different areas across campus where you can relax and enjoy a wide range of food and drinks. From the quirky Alice in Wonderland themed cafe Curiositea, and the urban diner Refectory, to the SU bar. There’s also the Venue cinema, which screens the latest films at student-friendly prices.
A unique, multi-cultural and student-friendly city to live in, Lincoln is split into two halves - with the historic Cathedral Quarter and the more modern city centre linked by Steep Hill, which has a wide range of quirky independent shops. In recent years, the city has matured into a thriving cultural hotspot – a heady mixture of old and new, historic and contemporary, traditional and cutting edge.
Students make up a significant proportion of the population of Lincoln, so you certainly won’t be alone either!
Lincoln is also ideally placed to give you easy access to Nottingham, Sheffield and the coast. It’s got good road and rail links with the rest of the UK, which makes travelling around much easier. And if you’re the type who likes to jet off regularly to a warmer climate, it’s got three international airports close by in Humberside, Doncaster Sheffield and Nottingham East Midlands.
Run by the students’ union, at BGU there are many societies to choose from, including several competitive sports teams. These include:
If there’s nothing on offer that catches your eye, you can also set up your own society.
At BGU there’s a Student Advice Team who can help with a wide range of situations. It specialises in money advice and can provide advice with the options available to you if you get into difficulties.
There’s also support for students with disabilities, specific learning difficulties and other access needs. Students also have access to a counselling service.
UK students per year: £9,250
International students per year: £11,500
£550 for BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) students with a household income of £30,000 or less.
Some additional sums are payable for over-21s, student parents or applicants from areas where few people go into higher education. Make sure you allow your information to be shared with your university when you apply for student finance to be considered.
If you are leaving care, you can apply for an enhanced bursary of £3,600. Apply through BGU’s Student Advice service.
Bishop Grosseteste University was founded as a teacher training college and many of its courses reflect that heritage. The university is made up of three schools: Humanities, Social Sciences and Teacher Education.
As well as A Levels, BGU also accepts BTECs, IB Diplomas and Access to Higher Education courses. For more information on specific entry requirements at BGU, check out their website.
Entry requirements for humanities subjects vary depending on which one you take; however, most will require you to have between 96 - 112 UCAS points and for some of those points to come from a relevant subject at A Level.
Entry requirements for social science subjects vary depending on which one you take; however, most will require you to have between 96 - 112 UCAS points and for some of those points to come from a relevant subject at A Level.
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