Bournemouth University



Overall ranking: Came 65th out of 123 in the Complete University Guide for 2015.

History: It started in the early 1900s as Bournemouth Municipal College but its modern history began in the early seventies with the creation of Bournemouth College of Technology. It became the Dorset Institute of Higher Education and then Bournemouth Polytechnic. In 1992 it was finally given university status.

Address: Two campuses that lie between the New Forest and Jurassic Coast- one in Poole on the site of a former farm and the other in Bournemouth town centre.

Ambience: A sizeable student community in a stylish seaside town. The university has a clean modern campus with a well resourced media school, home to the country's leading Centre of Excellence in Media Practice and the first university-based HD media studio in the UK.

Who's the boss? Professor John Vinney, a chartered engineer, took over as vice chancellor in September 2010.

Prospectus: 01202 961916 or order one here.

UCAS code: B50

What you need to know

Easy to get into? Increasingly competitive. Courses ask for between 240 and 360 UCAS tariff points, but entry requirements vary depending on the subject. Five applications per place, on average. Well-regarded courses in tourism, sports science, media production, the environment and forensic science.

Vital statistics: More than 18,000 students across all courses enrolled at Bournemouth University and their partner colleges. Over 900 EU, 1,770 non-EU and over 16,000 UK home students. Specialises in finding gaps in the higher education market and filling them with professionally-oriented courses. The university claims to have launched the first undergraduate programmes in financial services, taxation and revenue law, heritage conservation, marine archaeology and public relations.

Added value: Professional placements feature prominently for undergraduate students, and they now offer every new student the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement as part of their course, including opportunities for studying or working abroad. A state-of-the-art centre will open in spring 2015 that will be home to the Students' Union and provide a social learning space for students. In addition, work has commenced on a new academic building, due to open in 2016, which will host academic and support facilities, including seminar rooms, lecture theatres, break-out spaces and catering facilities.

Teaching: 112th out of 123 for student satisfaction with teaching in the Complete University Guide.

Graduate prospects: 60th out of 123 with 63.4 per cent finding graduate level employment after completing their degrees.

Any accommodation? Bournemouth offers lots of different accommodation options. Prices range between £91.86 for a standard room in a shared house, to £149.42 per week for a large studio.

Cheap to live there? Private accommodation averages around £100, including bills.

Transport links: Rail and road links to most big cities in the United Kingdom, plus ferry services to France and the Channel Islands. Don't forget Bournemouth International Airport, where you can catch planes to the Continent and Dublin. Accommodation costs include a 12-month unlimited bus pass for certain university and city buses.

Fees: Charges the maximum £9,000 for a full-time undergrad course for home, EU and Channel Island students. Sandwich placement years cost £750 for UK and EU students. Non-EU applicants can expect fees of £12,500 per year for a full degree.

Bursaries: There are a number of non-repayable bursaries for students who fulfil certain eligibility criteria, for example, low income households and care leavers. There are also a range of scholarships for students who have achieved academically or in sports or music. Scholarships range from £1,000 to £9,000.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: Unique, following conversion of the city's old fire station into an entertainment building and student nightclub. A wide range of music tastes are catered for, with plenty of live gigs on offer throughout the year. Bournemouth itself is vibrant and fun, with plenty of bars and several good nightclubs. Thriving gay scene.

Price of a pint: Plenty of chain bars like Wetherspoons to find a fairly priced lager.

Sporting reputation: Not too shabby. 30th in the current BUCS league, out of 145 universities and colleges.

Notable societies: Ever wanted to jump out of a plane? Now's your chance with Free Fall Society. If you appreciate "the finer things in life" then perhaps the Slippers & Cigars group will be for you.

Glittering alumni: Lee Uren, computer animator (Attack of the Clones, Star Trek); Kevan Shorey, computer animator (Madagascar, Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third); Edwina Dunn, founder of marketing company Dunnhumby; Franziska Conrad, creator of the QuickPitch pop-up tent; Rachel Jones, BBC Radio 1 producer; Dan O'Hagan, BBC sports commentator; and Reza Dehghani, founder of Criminal clothing.

Alternative prospectus: Have a skim through Bournemouth's forum on The Student Room and put any queries to current and recent students.

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