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Brooksby Melton College

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Overview
Overview

Overview

At Brooksby Melton College, you won’t be one of thousands, you’ll be one of the family.

BMC is a specialist independent college situated in the heart of Leicestershire, which aims to equip students with everything they need for a successful and rewarding career in their chosen industry.

The college has been a quality provider of specialist higher education for nearly 25 years, and now works in partnership with the University of East Anglia to deliver a range of high-quality degrees in specialist disciplines including Animal Management (Science and Welfare), Equine Performance Science, Film and TV Production, Performing Arts, Sports Science and Teacher Training.

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Being a BMC student is not just about gaining a high-quality degree, you will be taught by industry-expert lecturers in outstanding facilities as well as having access to BMC’s own employment agency; ‘Build My Career’, that helps you to prepare for your dream career.

Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

Employability is at the heart of everything BMC does, and the college is committed to ensuring that you become a highly trained, experienced and confident professional. In fact, 99% of BMC’s students go into work or further study after six months!

BMC is proud of its very talented alumni, with some of their students embarking on successful careers including professional football, professional show-jumping and eventing, zoology and veterinary nursing and international acting.

All of their lecturers have strong industry links and experience, and many are qualified to PhD Level. You will be taught in state-of-the-art facilities and use industry-standard equipment, so you’ll be prepared to progress into industry after you graduate. You will also benefit from work experience and have the opportunity to attend masterclasses and guest lectures to further enhance your academic knowledge. Careers advice is also available from academic staff and the Student Services team.

Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

Brooksby Melton College are proud to be working in partnership with the University of East Anglia and the University of Bolton, and are able to offer a range of high-quality specialist Degree programmes, all taught by industry-expert lecturing staff.

The University of East Anglia validates the specialist range of Foundation Degrees, Top-up Degrees, and 3 year Degrees offered at BMC. These include Animal Management (Science and Welfare), Digital Film Production, Equine Performance Science, Performing Arts, and Sports Science. The University of Bolton validates the Initial Teacher Training programmes offered at BMC.

These staff are committed to ensuring that students have the best learning experience possible, leaving the college as a qualified industry professionals, fully prepared for a rewarding career within their chosen industry. BMC are also able to offer smaller class sizes, meaning students have more contact time with tutors.

Foundation degrees last for two years, and once completed, you can go onto a top-up final year to gain a full degree. Or you can study a full degree programme, which lasts three years.

Degree options include:

Animal Management

Here you will develop in-depth the scientific and analytical skills required to perform at a high level within the animal management sector.

Equine Performance Science

These courses will give you an insight into all aspects of the equine industry. You will gain valuable practical skills in addition to scientific, rehabilitation and business knowledge; which are all vital for a successful career in the equine performance industry.

Digital Film Production

These courses will turn you into a highly skilled, professional, technical practitioner across a range of innovative, creative technologies.

Performing Arts

BMC will provide you with the skills and training in advanced acting, dance and singing techniques with a firm focus on practice-as-research.

Sports Science

These courses have been designed to provide the highest quality education and training for a range of careers in the sport and leisure industry.

Teacher Training

The initial Teacher Education qualifications are aimed at those wishing to teach primarily in the post-16 sector.

 

Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

As a student at BMC you automatically become a member of its students' union, and being a part of it is an important part of life as a student.

BMSU supports the voice of students and is there to engage you in all aspects of life at BMC. You can get involved in all sorts of exciting activities, starting with Fresher’s Week where you can get lots of freebies and sample local produce, as well as enjoy a BBQ, take part in the Brooksby Show, get involved in the Sports Fun Day and much more!

Throughout the year BMSU organises many events, including a Halloween Ghost Walk and party, Christmas Ball, Secret Valentine, Easter Egg Hunt and a trip to Camden Market.

You can also volunteer for a variety of roles to support the BMSU including President, Student Governor, FREP, Sports and Societies Officer or Chair of the Resident’s Association – a great way to enhance your CV.

Accommodation
Accommodation

Accommodation

Living in student accommodation is a great way for you to gain independence, learn how to manage your budget and to get the freedom you need as a young adult.

BMC’s dedicated Accommodation Team will support and guide you through the whole process, from finding your dream digs, to signing up, paying your bills and even making sure you have a fulfilling social life outside of your degree.

About the Accommodation

BMC’s very own halls of residence are located in the grounds of a beautiful 16th century manor house, set on an 850-acre country estate at Brooksby. It offers a mixture of single and bunked rooms.

About the Rooms

Halls have individual rooms with communal lounges, kitchens and shared showers. Every bedroom is furnished with bed, desk, wardrobe, chair and shelves. There are social spaces with darts, table tennis and pool, and a TV room with subscriptions to Sky Sports and Sky Movies. There is also free WiFi.

Price

  • Single room - £5000 per academic year
  • Shared room - £4200 per academic year

This is for a fully catered service (3 meals a day), Monday to Friday, term time only. These charges are payable on a monthly basis in advance.

For any further information please get in touch with the BMC Accommodation team on 01664 850850 or email us.

Cost of living
Living costs This is the average annual cost of living for a student studying in the town where this uni is based.
Source: IDP Connect 2018

£9,600

per annum
Facilities
Facilities

Facilities

BMC have recently completed a huge £27million investment in brand new facilities across both campuses, so students benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and learning environments.

Animal Management

Based at the Brooksby Campus, Animal Management students study in a purpose-built Animal Management Centre.

The Animal Management department has a vast range of species for students to work with including; exotic, reptile, amphibians, nocturnal, rodents, dogs, cats, rabbits, goats. In addition, BMC have specialised fully equipped veterinary practical rooms, a state-of-the-art grooming room (fully equipped with showers/baths as well as driers, clippers and general grooming resources), industry-standard animal accommodation and a canine water treadmill. In addition, the Centre has bespoke science laboratories and a purpose built animal dissection laboratory, which are available for students use for dissertation projects.   

Equine Performance Science

Students on this course will study within the Brooksby Equestrian Centre, which includes stables housing up to 36 horses, a veterinary treatment room, examination stocks, science labs, thermo-graphical and biomechanical diagnostic equipment and a state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Centre complete with aqua treadmill, solarium, equi shower and weighbridge.

Students also have use of two indoor schools and an outdoor school, based on the 850-acre Brooksby estate.

Digital Film Production

Based at the Creative and Service Industries campus in Melton Mowbray, the Digital Film Production department boasts a number of Apple Mac suites, ensuring you have access to the very latest editing software. Past media students have had their work shown at Cannes Film Festival, won international filmmaking competitions, and have also gone on to win a BAFTA and Oscar for their work.

BMC is currently home to one of the largest infinity green screen television studios outside of London, giving students the opportunity to learn a number of techniques, and work on various special effects projects.

Performing Arts

As well as having access to BMC-owned Melton Theatre, performing arts students have also been provided with brand new rehearsal studios, equipped with mirrored walls, sprung flooring and a fully integrated PA system. This gives students the perfect setting to carry out practical sessions in a purpose-built environment to help them get the very most from their rehearsals, led by a team of industry-expert practitioners.

Sports Science

BMC’s Brooksby Campus features a £4million sport complex, which includes a full-size 3G all-weather pitch, a multi-functional sports hall, a sport science lab, a strength and conditioning gym, and IT-equipped teaching spaces. The sport science lab is equipped with the latest technology, allowing students to learn about, and take part in, testing the performance of athletes. The strength and conditioning gym contains five fully equipped Olympic weight lifting platforms, enabling students to improve their own strength and performance as well as learning the skills and techniques needed to train others.

Bakewell Hall

Recently refurbished, Bakewell has been made exclusively for higher education students. It houses a computer suite, which is open to students out of lecture time, classrooms for quiet study, and a common room to help you relax and socialise.

City life
City life

City life

At BMC, students can have the best of both worlds; with halls of residence situated in rural Leicestershire, but only a few minutes’ drive from big cities such as Leicester and Nottingham with excellent transport links.

BMC is situated just 20 minutes away from the centre of Leicester, a large, vibrant city which is home to King Power Stadium, the home ground of Leicester City FC. You can also check out King Richard III’s remains, Leicester Racecourse, the National Space Centre, the Curve Theatre, Highcross shopping centre and much more.

Cost of living
Cost of a pint This is the average cost of a pint.
Source: IDP Connect 2018

£3.10

per pint
Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

All students are automatically members of the Brooksby Melton College Student Union: BMSU. The Student Union has a range of clubs and societies for students to get involved in, including:

  • Environmental Society
  • LGBT Society
  • BMSU Sport
  • Green Room Society
  • BMSU Shop
Student support
Student support

Student support

BMC’s dedicated Student Services Team offer a bespoke service to guide and support you during your time at BMC. You will have access to their friendly team who will provide advice and guidance covering all elements of student life, from domestic issues such as accommodation, to financial advice regarding bills, rent, loans and grants. Their independent service is offered by trained advisors, who take a holistic approach to your time at BMC and will ensure they provide ongoing support for your general health and wellbeing.

You will receive expert assistance regarding career progression, and will have access to personalised support designed to help you with a range of pastoral matters. There will always be a point of contact in the Student Services team if there is anything you wish to discuss.

Careers, employment and work experience

The Careers and Progression Team will seek to support your career development, employability, and progression into further learning or work. They will help you to organise work placements, enabling you to develop your employability skills. They will also support you with applying for employment and/or further study including assisting with CV writing and job applications, and preparing for interviews. BMC are also offering a brand-new Build My Career service, which will support you with finding and securing your dream graduate job.

Health, safety and wellbeing

A dedicated team has been established to provide a safe, secure and healthy learning environment for you. They will provide information, advice and guidance on health and wellbeing through promotional campaigns, tutorials and enrichment programmes. BMC also have a health and wellbeing centre allowing drop-in sessions.

BMC supports and actively promotes the Government’s Prevent agenda. We are committed to equality of opportunity, respect for all individuals, and celebrating cultural diversity and community cohesion.

Welfare support

The welfare team are here to provide an advice and support service to help you with funding, financial and other welfare queries. They will:

  • Provide information, advice and guidance on the types of funding available to you and liaise with relevant funding agencies to make it easier for you
  • Organise and make recommendations for college funding awards
  • Offer guidance to help you with budgeting and money/debt management
  • Provide support with finding alternative accommodation for you if requested
  • Develop a welfare service to provide support for those with disabilities

Student Engagement

BMC support the voice of the student and will engage with you in all aspects of college life. They will:

  • Support activities of a new Student Council and offer guidance to student governors and course-based student reps
  • Develop extra-curricular enrichment activities and support your personal development
  • Organise college-wide student surveys and campus-based student consultation forums
  • Ensure effective arrangements for student consultation and representation in teaching departments, within college-wide guidance standards
  • Co-ordinate the College complaints, compliments and suggestions scheme for you

 

Fees
Fees

Fees

Degrees are a sound investment for your future but the financial commitment can sometimes feel overwhelming, that’s why BMC keep their fees low but their quality high.

UK students per year: Only £7,500 (degrees and foundation degrees).

Full-time students have to start making loan re-payments once they complete their course and are more than £25,000 a year. Part-time students who earn over £25,000 a year have to start paying back their loans after three years, even if their course has not finished. Students do not have to pay back grants, scholarships or bursaries.

Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

BMC HE Bursary

There is financial support available for students from households with an annual income of less than £25,000.

The total fund for 2019/20 will be £6250, which will provide funding for 5 full-time students at £1,250 each during the academic year.

Additional widening participation criteria will be used to prioritise awards, which will include lone parents, carers and students from a care background.

This funding will be given in the form of:

  • Enrichment Bursary
  • Transport Bursary
  • Accommodation discount

BMC HE Access to Learning Fund (ALF) (£5000 Bursary Fund)

There is financial support to students from households with an income less than £30,000 to pay for essential items.

The total fund for 2019/20 will be £5000. Students will be eligible to apply for maximum amount of £500 (or pro-rata for part time students).

The bursaries will be used to pay for essential items based on evidence of need:

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Transport
  • Study resources

Applying for an award

If you wish to apply for Brooksby Melton Bursary or the BMC ALF Fund please fill in and submit the BMC Access to Learning Form (along with any evidence requested). This form is available from Students Services or from the website (he.brooksbymelton.ac.uk). If successful, applicants will only be eligible for one of the BMC Awards.

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

The staff at Brooksby Melton College are committed to ensuring you have the best learning experience possible during your degree, and that you leave BMC as a qualified industry professional, fully prepared for a rewarding career within your chosen industry.

The college offers smaller class sizes than you would experience at a university, meaning you will have more contact time with your lecturers.

BMC lecturers are all industry experts, and students have access to real work experience opportunities and enrichment activities that will support them in their career development. The staff are committed to continually refreshing their own industry knowledge and many of them have achieved or are working towards PhD’s; in addition to being involved in exciting projects and activities to further enhance their industry links.

BMC students get involved in some fantastic research projects, with many winning a range of prestigious awards for their work.

BMC’s specialisms include Animal Management, Equine Performance Science, Sports Science, Performing Arts and Digital Film Production. Many students have gone on to exciting and successful careers, including professional football, professional show jumping and eventing, zoology and veterinary nursing, and international acting. One BMC alumnus has even worked on BAFTA and Oscar winning films as a Visual Effects Artist.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

FdSc Animal Management (Science and Welfare)

  • Year 1 – 72 UCAS points (new tariff) from a vocationally relevant Level 3 or 3 A Levels (preferably 1 in a science subject)
  • Year 2 – 120 Credits at Level 4 in relevant subject (a bridging assignment may be required).

BSc (Hons) Animal Management (Science and Welfare) – Top-up

  • 120 Credits at Level 4, 120 Credits at Level 5 in relevant subject (Merit profile) (a bridging assignment may be required).

FdSc Equine Performance Science

  • Year 1 – 72 UCAS points (new tariff) from a vocationally relevant Level 3 or 3 A Levels (Preferably 1 in a science subject)
  • Year 2 – 120 Credits at Level 4 in relevant subject (a bridging assignment may be required).

BSc (Hons) Equine Performance Science – Top-up

  • 120 Credits at Level 4, 120 Credits at Level 5 in relevant subject (Merit profile) (a bridging assignment may be required).

BA (Hons) Digital Film Production

  • Year 1 – 88 UCAS points (new tariff) from a vocationally relevant Level 3 or 3 A Levels (preferably 1 in a media subject)
  • Year 2 – 120 Credits at Level 4 in relevant subject (a bridging assignment may be required).

BA (Hons) Digital Film Production – Top-up

  • 120 Credits at Level 4, 120 Credits at Level 5 in relevant subject (Merit profile) (a bridging assignment may be required).

BA (Hons) Performing Arts

  • Year 1 – 88 UCAS points (new tariff) from a vocationally relevant Level 3 or 3 A Levels (Preferably 1 in a drama subject)
  • Year 2 – 120 Credits at Level 4 in relevant subject (a bridging assignment may be required).

BA (Hons) Performing Arts – Top-up

  • 120 Credits at Level 4, 120 Credits at Level 5 in relevant subject (Merit profile) (a bridging assignment may be required).

FdSc Sports Science

  • Year 1 – 64 UCAS points (new tariff) from a vocationally relevant Level 3 or 3 A Levels (preferably 1 in a science subject)
  • Year 2 – 120 Credits at Level 4 in relevant subject (a bridging assignment may be required).

BSc (Hons) Sports Science – Top-up

  • 120 Credits at Level 4, 120 Credits at Level 5 in relevant subject (Merit profile) (a bridging assignment may be required).
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Very memorable, happy and fulfilling! I’ve met some amazing people and best friends while studying at Brooksby for 5 years, I stayed for so long because I didn’t want to leave and wanted to carry on studying there. I would 100%...
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Excellent, they have helped me gain some amazing grades which I wouldn't have been able to do without the help and support. It is a lovely place to be as the group size is small so helps you to gain good...

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