BPP University



History: Part of BPP Professional Education which was founded in 1976 as a premium trainer for accountancy qualifications, and was listed on the UK Stock Exchange. In 1991, BPP opened its first regional study centre – breaking London’s monopoly on top-quality professional training – and founded its own law school. Underscoring its degree-awarding powers, BPP was bestowed University status by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in 2010.

Address: Six state-of-the-art undergraduate study centres in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, London, Manchester and Swindon.

Ambience: Professional, dynamic and supportive. All study centres have the latest high-tech teaching aids, and the intake is among the most international of any UK institution. BPP degree courses are strongly career focused, tutors combining academic expertise with authentic industry experience. There’s a wide range of student-managed societies to join, and the university supports undergraduates who want to start their own.

Who’s the boss? Carl Lygo, CEO of BPP Holdings Ltd, is the Vice-Chancellor.

Prospectus: 020 8740 2222 (head office); alternatively download the undergrad prospectus here.

UCAS code: B54


Vital statistics: Impressive. BPP University educates more than 11,932 business and legal students a year.

Added value: BPP offer two-year degrees, three-year degrees – so undergraduates can qualify quicker, start work sooner and save on tuition fees – and the option to study part-time for up to seven years via distance learning. The BPP Business School has recently added new programmes to its portfolio: Bachelor of Business Administration, MSc Financial Leadership, and the MSc Accounting and Finance.

During the past year, BPP University’s School of Health has entered into a collaborative agreement with the City of London Dental School to offer six postgraduate Masters in Clinical Dentistry programmes. Also within the last year, BPP University’s Business School has launched two new Masters programmes – MSc Accounting and Finance, and MSc Financial Leadership. BPP University’s School of Health now offers a validated award for those involved in the operational, tactical and strategic command of major incidents in the health service.  The course has been developed in collaboration with North West Ambulance Service, and is offered to those working in the myriad of health care settings in the NHS.

BPP University School of Health also now offers a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Service Leadership to Doctors, Pharmacist, Allied Health Professionals, Nursing and Midwifery Registrants and non-clinical staff who are postgraduate and have responsibility for the leadership and management in a range of health service settings or wish to advance into a leadership role. BPP are now the only university to offer a chiropractic programme in the North of England. The School of Health centre in Abingdon has now expanded to include a chiropractic facility in Manchester.

Teaching: Winner of Education Investor Awards 2010, post 16 education provider

Any accommodation? BPP University owns no properties of its own but has negotiated special discounts on selected accommodation around certain study centres. See here for more details.

Cheap to live there? Rents and living costs vary from location to location.

Transport links: Excellent. All BPP study centres are ideally located close to transport hubs.

Fees: Tuition fees for September 2014 entry are £6,000 per year for three year BSc and LLB programmes, and £7,000 per year on the two year accelerated programmes. Tuition fees vary for distance learning/online programmes.

Bursaries: To support its policy of inclusion, BPP University offers a number of scholarship and bursary programmes. Details of how to apply can be found online.


Nightlife: BPP study centres are located at the heart of their host cities, close to bars, clubs and other entertainment venues.

Sporting reputation: Not so much to speak of, however, there are plenty of local clubs and gyms near the different campuses if you absolutely feel the need to work out.

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