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
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Vital statistics: Impressive. BPP University educates just under 12,000 accounting professionals and law students each 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.
Within the last year BPP University’s Business School has become the first education provider in the UK to gain official accreditation for its MSc International Marketing degree course from the International Institute of Marketing Professionals. They have also began a new postgraduate dentistry programme at BPP University School of Health - six masters in clinical dentistry programmes or MClinDent that are unique in their clinical approach to training and placements in the Uk and Europe.
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 2015 entry are £6,000 per year for three year BSc and LLB programmes, and £9,000 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.
THE FUN STUFF
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.