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Undergraduate Prospectus containing information about Bournemouth University 2013

Bournemouth University

We offer over 100 undergraduate courses covering a wide range of industry-relevant subject areas. A key feature of our courses is that they all provide you with the opportunity of work placement as part of your course. Academic Schools at BU Undergraduate courses are delivered by six Academic Schools: the School of Applied Sciences, The Business School, the School of Design, Engineering & Computing, the School of Health & Social Care, The Media School and the School of Tourism. The structure of an undergraduate degree Each BU undergraduate degree course is divided into levels which students progressively complete to obtain their award: • Level C (Certificate) is equivalent to the first year • Level I (Intermediate) is equivalent to the second year • Level H (Honours) is equivalent to the final year. Types of undergraduate courses Bachelor’s degree Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Engineering (BEng), Bachelor of Law (LLB). All of these types of degree are equal in terms of their status. These courses last for either three years, or four years if the course includes a ‘sandwich’ work placement year. Four-year ‘sandwich’ degree with work placement If you enrol on a ‘sandwich’ degree, you will spend your third year on professional placement ‘sandwiched’ between your second and final year of study. Placements challenge you to test the skills you learn during the course in a ‘real world’ environment. Joint Honours degree BU will be offering Joint Honours degrees for 2013. Studying for a Joint Honours degree gives you an excellent chance to study two subjects in depth. For more information see page 160. Foundation degree (FdA/FdSc) Taught primarily at our Partner Colleges, these two-year courses can lead to a BA or BSc course following a further year of study. Some Foundation degrees allow students who successfully complete the first year of study to exit with a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE). See page 162 for more information. Undergraduate ‘Top-up’ degree Final-year Level H courses designed for students who have completed, with the required grades, either a Higher National Diploma (HND), Foundation degree or overseas qualification at the equivalent level. If you complete a Top-up course, then you will graduate with a UK Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in one year. See page 162 for more information. What subjects can I study? Our course directory (on page 62) lists full- and part-time undergraduate courses by subject area. When do courses start? All undergraduate degree courses begin in the autumn term of each academic year. A range of our courses can be studied on a part-time basis. However, students from outside the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) who enter the UK on a student visa are not permitted to undertake part-time study in the UK. If you are unsure whether you are entitled to study on a part-time course, please contact our International Student Support Team at: askBUstudents@bournemouth.ac.uk Pre-University level study (International students) Are you an international student who needs an additional year of study before you begin your undergraduate degree? The BU International Foundation Certificate (BU IFC) BU also offers the opportunity to study for a pre-university level course, the BU IFC, at one of our local partner institutions. Further details can be found on page 33. We also formally recognise some other International Foundation courses offered in the UK. For further details please contact us at: internationalrecruitment@bournemouth.ac.uk


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