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Bedfordshire University

UCAS Code: B22

Location: Bedfordshire, north-west of London Show on Map

Site: Two sites in Luton, one in Bedford; partner colleges, hospital sites

A modern university; a member of the million+ group of universities.

Student Population

Total Students:22,275
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:15,410
Full Time:77%
Mature on Entry:24%
UK Students:85%
State school entry:99%

Teaching Staff

415 full-time, 111 part-time

Broad study areas

Advertising, marketing & public relations; art & design; biomedical sciences; business, management, finance & accounting; computing & technology; education and teaching; English; healthcare, nursing & midwifery; human resource management; language & communication; law; leisure, tourism & sport management; media, creative & performing arts; psychology; social sciences & social work; sport & physical education.


Admission Information:Standard entry requirements of 200 tariff points (160 of which from 2 A-levels or equivalent) for most courses (higher requirements for some courses). AS levels, key skills and other equivalent qualifications are also considered. Check course information for specific requirements.
Points on Entry (Mean):186
Drop Out Rate:11%
Accommodation:All first years housed, in halls or the private sector


Founded:1957 as Luton College, with roots back to 1904. University status in 1993. Merged with Bedford Campus of De Montfort University and adopted current name in 2006.
Site:Main campuses in Luton town centre and Bedford both undergoing major redevelopment; also Putteridge Bury (business) and Butterfield Park (healthcare), both 4 miles from Luton town centre; also hospital sites in Aylesbury (23 miles from Luton) and High Wycombe (31 miles away).
How to get there:Luton is 30 mins north of London by train; university is 5 mins from M1, bus and railway stations; 10 mins from Luton Airport. Bedford on coach and mainline train network (40 mins to King’s Cross); on A6 and close to A1 and M1; good local buses and cyclists well catered for.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Student services all provided from a single location. Subject-based academic advisers, personal tutors, chaplaincy, student health centre (doctors, nurses and clinics), counselling service; student services advice on welfare, housing, childcare support, financial support, and for disabled students and international students.
Amenities:Luton has a shopping centre, the Mall Arndale, with a range of high street favourites and smaller specialist shops; 11-screen cinema, 16 cosmic bowling lanes and variety of restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs. Bedford has the river, many bars, pubs and clubs, live music at Esquires and the Corn Exchange (music and comedy acts).
Sporting facilities:At Luton, sports massage clinic; nearby recreation club for tennis, squash, football and hockey, plus a sauna, snooker and pool tables. At Bedford, university sports hall; swimming pools and gyms in the town centre; indoor and outdoor football pitches, netball and badminton courts at sports centre nearby; also Bedford Blues rugby club, and international athletics stadium.
Accommodation:2000+ places in halls at Luton and Bedford campuses, mostly for first years; Rents at Luton £97 per week (£118−£139 pw ensuite), at Bedford £87−£110 pw – all including utilities and personal contents insurance. Most students live in privately-owned accommodation for 2+ years; rents £60−£80 pw self-catering.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:Resources on 5 sites: 315,000 volumes and reference materials, 20,000 journals (including e-journals), audio-visual resources (eg slides, microforms, DVD/videos); 1585 study places. Information provision, £67 pa spent for each student (FTE). Resources on 5 sites: 315,000 volumes and reference materials, 20,000 journals (including e-journals), audio-visual resources (eg slides, microforms, DVD/videos); 1585 study places. Information provision, £83 pa spent for each student (FTE). Library and IT services converged in learning resources centres. 700 PCs in libraries (open 13 hours/day Monday to Thursday at Luton and Bedford; IT suite and social space at Luton open until 2am), others in departments. Guidance via customer service desks, printed guides and internet; information skills embedded in curriculum; IT skills workshops; IT training facilities at 2 sites, educational technology, wireless access at all sites.
Other learning resources:Psychology, sports therapy, biological, simulation, sports science and cognitive labs; centre for media arts. Campus centre with innovative social and learning spaces.
Study abroad:Opportunity to spend an academic year abroad in Europe, Canada, Japan, and USA – open to non-language specialists.
Careers:Advice and guidance services available for 3 years after graduation. Personal & career development programmes integrated across the curriculum. Support for eg cv writing, online applications, interview skills. Subject-focused employer conferences. JobSavvi graduate online job search tool for students and graduates.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £130−£150 per week (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Term-time work:University job shop helps students, recent graduates and local residents find local, part-time, casual and vacation work; aim is to help students gain work experience and enhance transferable skills. Some work available on campus (SU bars, offices, library, recruitment fairs, admissions etc).
Financial help:Awards of £1000−£3000 in Year 1 open to students whose family income is up to £25k pa. Range of other bursaries and scholarships eg for care leavers (£1000 pa), students from partner colleges (£335), various academic scholarships (£1100 in Year 1 to £9000 pa), achievement in sport (£1500 pa); plus a variety of charitable awards. University hardship fund of £300k to help students in severe financial difficulty during their course.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £6000-£9000 pa for first degree courses (except nursing and midwifery); £1680 for sandwich year. International students pay £9600 pa.


Academic features:

Specialises in career-related education.

Awarding body:

University of Bedfordshire.

Main undergraduate awards:

BSc, BA, BEd, BEng, LLB, FdA, FdSc, DipHE.

Length of courses:

3 years; 4 years (BEd, sandwich); 2 years (foundation degrees, DipHE).

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Acting
  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Architectural Design
  • Art
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Biomedical Science
  • Broadcasting
  • Building Studies
  • Building Technology
  • Business Studies
  • Cell Biology
  • Cellular Pathology
  • Ceramics
  • Childhood Studies
  • Choreography
  • Communication Engineering
  • Communication Studies
  • Community Studies
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Construction
  • Contemporary Decorative Arts/Crafts
  • Counselling
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Criminology
  • Dance
  • Decision Theory
  • Directing
  • Drama
  • Drama Training
  • E-business
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • English as a Foreign Language
  • Environmental Health
  • Events Management
  • Fashion
  • Film Music
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Forensic Science
  • Graphic Design
  • Health
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Biology
  • Human Resource Management
  • Illustration
  • Immunology
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Interactive Games Production
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • Internet Technology
  • Interpreting/Translating
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Leisure Management
  • Leisure Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Media Studies
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Midwifery
  • Music Technology
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Osteopathy
  • Painting
  • Palliative Care
  • Pathology
  • Performance Arts
  • Pharmacology
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physiology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Printmaking
  • Product Design
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Recreation Studies
  • Retail Management
  • Social Policy
  • Social Science
  • Social Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Sports Sciences
  • Sports Studies
  • Stage Management
  • Teacher Training
  • Telecommunications Engineering
  • Textiles
  • Theatre Studies
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Tourism
  • Transport Studies
  • TV Studies
  • Video
  • Virtual Design
  • Visual Arts
  • Web Development/Design
  • Wildlife Management
  • Youth & Community Work

Student view


It has 3 campuses: main campus, Park Square, is in centre of Luton about 2 minutes (by taxi) from coach and railway stations, 10 minutes from Luton International Airport and only ½ hour from London by train; Bedford Campus is 3 miles from Bedford train station; and Putteridge Bury campus (mostly postgraduate) is 4 miles from Luton is a magnificent neo-Elizabethan mansion in attractive grounds. Luton has usual shops and a good indoor market. Many first years in self-catering halls of residence; private sector is cheaper but you must shop around to get the best deals. Diverse student population in both Luton and Bedford. Socially SU is centre of all activities. It’s the cheapest place to drink so always packed out. Underground nightclub (Sub-Club) at Luton, and a bar where you can watch television and videos on a large screen plus a fantastic new food menu. Regular discos and live bands plus all the usual happenings in a thriving SU. Bedford has bar and night club – Bar Soviet and Oxygen. Clubs and societies include religious, political and hobbies; excellent opportunities for students to develop portfolio material with a newly launched newspaper, The Blend − articles or design − or work on the website (www.ubsu.co.uk). Luton has new multiplex cinema and arts complex; Luminar Leisure (with 600 nightclubs around the UK) is based there and many clubs put on weekly student nights. All usual fast food joints and pizza places; excellent Chinese and Indian restaurants; odd Italian and French restaurants, usually hidden up some obscure side street. Luton and Bedford are fun places to study. It’s no problem to change courses in first term (usually in first six weeks). Typical students are conscientious and hard-working but when necessary can go through a metamorphic change and become the ultimate party animal.


Housing: University halls; private housing through local letting agency. Eats: Refectories on campus. Vicarage Street, good food incl vegetarian. Plenty of chip shops, kebab, Chinese and Indian (veggie curry).  New canteen at Bedford. Drink: SU bar cheapest (£1.50 a pint). Pubs generally cater for students eg Bar Soviet. Nightlife: SU has band nights with local and national talent, a variety of shows. SU nightclub (Sub-Club) cheapest and safest; student nights at local nightclubs in both towns. Locals: Averagely friendly. Students tend to avoid Bury Park for safety reasons; town centre is well lit but nobody should walk home alone at night. Sports: University uses Vauxhall facilities (½ mile away): gym, playing fields for tennis, rugby, football etc. Many private gyms and leisure complexes; swimming pool 20-minute walk from university at Luton, 5 mins at Bedford. Travel: Local transport good and student discount. Financial help: Very good. Hardship fund and hardship loans available. Jobs: Jobshop has local and national vacancies, in and out of term. Work in SU at Luton allows shifts to work round teaching. Best features: Learning resources suite.

Past Students

Paul Young (pop singer), Sir David Plaistow (Chairman of Vickers).

More info?

Contact SU, tel 01582 743265.



The University of Bedfordshire
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