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The university was crowned University of the Year in Greater Manchester, as well as being awarded a silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Students are also very happy there, proved by their number one ranking for Greater Manchester ranking in the Complete University Guide 2019 for student satisfaction.
University of Bolton is a modern, town-centre campus, which offers a wide range of taught and research degrees at postgraduate level. The university has a long history (190 years to be exact) of delivering vocational and traditional degrees alongside access, foundation and postgraduate options, with 11,000 students learning in relatively small class sizes with state-of-the-art facilities.
Their nine faculties are:
Bolton has strong links to industry experts, and so many courses are professionally accredited by organisations like Chartered Institutes, the British Psychological Society and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Notable alumni include award-winning author Sam Stone, British comedian Bilal Zafar and Paralympian Josie Cichockyj.
“Fairly good, most lecturers very supportive and made lots of friends”
“Been good, an amazing course. Met some really good people”
“Course is interesting and tutors are helpful”
Many courses are recognised or accredited by international companies.
The on-campus JobShop offers help to those looking for part-time work. The Careers Service provides practical guidance on the skills and tools needed to find the right role after uni as well as internships and placements during your studies. They can be accessed in person, via email or by social media. 86% of students are in work or further study six months after graduating.
“Good careers help”
“It helped me to improve my skills”
“Providing the right information”
The quality of teaching at Bolton consistently gets top marks from the Government’s quality control agency and over 25 teaching programmes have professional accreditation, reflecting the employer-led approach to learning.
Out of the 192 academic staff, 130 hold PhDs, far higher than normal. Class sizes are small thanks to the small student intake. Reviews regularly mention and praise the small class sizes as they feel they get good teaching and can always ask for help.
“By far the best course I have ever done and staff are amazing”
The students' union arranges a variety of social nights, from comedy to poker to UV parties. The SU bar, the Loft, provides a space for students to unwind.
Reviews are positive about the work of the SU team, in particular the variety of events they arrange and opportunities it presents for students.
“Great place to socialise”
There are two halls of residence housing 700 students: Orlando Village and The Hollins.
Both are close to the town centre and have free parking. Bedrooms are in flats that house six to ten people with shared bathrooms and kitchens. Rooms are furnished with single beds, wardrobes, desks, bookshelves, easy chair as well as a washbasin and mirror. Orlando village also has a common room for students to use.
Rent covers bills and internet, and costs £3,061.50 a year. This covers students for 39 weeks and you don’t need to vacate the rooms during the Christmas or Easter holidays.
First years who apply before August are guaranteed a place. Halls have staff on site plus round the clock security.
Reviews are particularly positive about the price and the location of Bolton’s student accommodation.
“First year was good for socialising”
“Halls was okay and private house is similar standard”
“University halls are great”
Uni facilities include:
Although the academic facilities get good comments from students, some reviews say they wish there were more car parking and sporting facilities.
“Sport-specific facilities are outstanding”
“They are really good”
The uni is placed within the town centre which has a range of high street and independent shops, bars, restaurants and pubs. The town’s football club, Bolton Wanderers, have a passionate local following that go to watch them play at the Reebok stadium. Bolton is also 20 minutes by train from Manchester. Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and York are all within easy reach too, something which our reviewers seem to take advantage of, with many of them describing Bolton’s city life as “quiet”.
“Been out with friends, it’s really good”
"Everything is on your doorstep"
“Good cities close by”
Clubs and societies are run by the SU. The most popular society is International Society, which has around 300 members and reflects the diverse makeup of Bolton’s population. There is a good range of clubs and societies to get involved with including bucket list society, hockey club and quidditch society.
“Sports = one big family”
“Plenty on offer"
Student Services advisers provide help and advice on issues including accommodation, hardship, disability, immigration and welfare. They can make appointments to see specialist staff such as counsellors. Private spaces are available for appointments or you can contact them via email or phone.
Bolton has a higher than average number of disabled students and is one of the leading universities for supporting students with additional needs.
“Good - have facilities if required”
“Very supportive professors and friendly system”
UK Students per Year: £9,250.
International Students per Year: Fees range from £3,750 to 12,715 depending on the course.
Bolton Brilliance Bursary
Worth up to £3,000 over three years, this bursary is available to students with 320 UCAS points at A-Level.
Bolton Sport Bursary
Worth up to £3,000 over three years, this bursary is available to students who display sporting talent and are competing at international, county or professional club level.
Care Leavers Bursary
£1,000 is given to students who are under the age of 25 who have been in care for at least a year within the last 5 years.
Progression to University Fund
Aimed at students of Bolton College who want to study at University of Bolton, this bursary is worth £2,000 a year and is given to three students.
Ten scholarships worth £3,000 (£1,000 a year) will be given to students who want to study at the University of Bolton, are being funded by the Student Loans Company and live within the Oldham area.
The Bolton Brilliance Bursary
For 2017/18 year of entry students the UCAS points system has changed, meaning the requirement for the bursary of 320 UCAS points will no longer exist. With the new tariff, 128 UCAS points will need to be attained either from A-levels (ABB) or BTEC NQF qualifications (DDM) yet is acceptable to have a mixture of both.
The Bolton Business School re-launched in 2013 with brand new facilities and partnerships with local firms to ensure employability is central to course content.
Art, Design and Media
Graduates have above average starting salaries and report 92% student satisfaction rates. Students study in the £10 million purpose-built facilities with work experience opportunities in creative businesses. There have been recent study visits to New York and Tokyo.
BSc (Hons) Business Management requires 260 UCAS points and five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English.
BA (Hons) Art and Design requires 240 UCAS points and five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English.UCAS TARIFF CALCULATOR
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