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Bolton University

UCAS Code: B44

Location: North-west England Show on Map

Site: Single UK campus in Bolton town centre plus partner colleges; also campus in United Arab Emirates.

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

Student Population

Total Students:8,825
FE Students:4%


Total undergraduates:7,035
Full Time:62%
Mature on Entry:44%
UK Students:92%
State school entry:99%

Teaching Staff

320 (full-time and part-time).

Broad study areas

Arts, media & education; built environment & engineering; business; games, computing & creative technologies; health & social sciences; logistics & information systems; film & media; life sciences; psychology.


Admission Information:AS-levels accepted in combination with full A-levels (or equivalent). Also welcomes applicants with Access or vocational qualifications eg AVCE, National Diplomas or level 3 Advanced Diploma.
Points on Entry (Mean):206
Drop Out Rate:15%
Accommodation:Most first years housed.


Founded:1824 as Bolton Mechanics Institute; following mergers it became Bolton Institute in 1982. University status 2005.
Site:2 campuses: Deane campus in Bolton town centre, and Ras al Khaimah (RAK) campus in the United Arab Emerites.
How to get there:Town easily reached by road and rail (20 mins by train from central Manchester). Campus is a 10 minute walk from bus and train stations.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Specialist staff in counselling, welfare and special needs; also international office and multi-faith service.
Amenities:Students’ union, SU bar and student social learning zone in centre of campus.
Sporting facilities:Sports centre on campus (gym, climbing wall, multi-use sports hall); access to Bolton Arena (20 mins away). New sport and health centre including 25m swimming pool, therapeutic hydrotherapy pool (for people with disabilities), fitness suite, aerobics studio and community gym, test-running track; also new climbing wall and sports centre (for eg 5-a-side football, badminton, table tennis, trampolining, netball and volleyball).
Accommodation:All first-year students who apply usually offered place in one of two halls of residence. 700 single self-catering study bedrooms, on two sites: rent £70 per week, 40-week contract (Sept–July). Private sector rents from £55 pw (plus bills).

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:175,000 books and other materials, including video cassettes, DVDs and audiocassettes, 11,500+ print and electronic journals, 7000 electronic books; online access to electronic resources. Information provision, £101 pa spent for each student (FTE). 672 workstations with access to library and internet; 75 loan laptops for students; ratio 1:10 workstations to students; 24 hours/day open access IT facility; free wireless networks across the whole campus. Library and IT support from computer information officers. 1-hour introduction to library and information services for all new students.
Other learning resources:New (2012) clinical skills laboratory facilities; rehabilitation suite, including rehabilitation clinics; sports injury and exercise and conditioning clinics.
Study abroad:Exchanges abroad for students on some degree courses. Opportunities for students on certain courses to study at the RAK campus for a semester.
Careers:Professional careers advisers offering guidance, counselling and information.


Living expenses budget:Budget of £7000–£7500 pa (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Term-time work:University jobshop helps students find part-time temporary work on and off campus.
Financial help:Various scholarships open to UK/EU students whose family income is up to £25k pa: of £500 pa for those from partner colleges; of £3000 over Year 1 for those studying STEM courses (science, technology, engineering or maths) or who are care leavers. Also fee reductions of £1200 for all students on STEM courses; 3 scholarships of up to £5000 pa open to any student with 360 tariff points.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £6300 pa for first degree courses (classroom-based), £7200 pa (law and studio-based), £8400 (lab-based); no fee in sandwich year). International students pay £8400 pa


Awarding body:

University of Bolton.

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BEng, BSc, FdA, FdSc

Length of courses:

3 years (4−6 years part-time); Fd/FdSc 2 years (3 years part-time).

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Acoustic Engineering
  • Animation
  • Architectural Technology
  • Art
  • Audio
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Biology
  • Building Studies
  • Building Surveying
  • Business Administration
  • Business Studies
  • Cell Biology
  • Childhood Studies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Engineering
  • Community Studies
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Conservation
  • Construction
  • Counselling
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Criminology
  • Digital Microelectronics
  • Drama
  • E-business
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Engineering (General)
  • English
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fashion
  • Film Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • Health
  • History
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Biology
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Illustration
  • Information Studies
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Interactive Games Production
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • Internet Technology
  • Law
  • Leisure Management
  • Leisure Studies
  • Logistics
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Media Technology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Motor Sport Engineering
  • Multimedia
  • Music Technology
  • Performance Arts
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Product Design
  • Psychology
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Recreation Studies
  • Social Studies
  • Software Engineering
  • Sports Sciences
  • Sports Studies
  • Surveying
  • Textile Technology
  • Textiles
  • Tourism
  • Transport Studies
  • Video
  • Visual Arts
  • Web Development/Design
  • Youth & Community Work

Student view


Now on a single campuses, Deane Campus, with over 7000 students; just outside the town centre and about 15 minutes’ walk from one another. Bolton is a large town (about 330,000) just north of Manchester and easily accessible by both train and the M61 (main route from Manchester to Preston). Halls of residence at Orlando Village and the Hollins both modern and comfortable: plenty of car parking space in security-patrolled grounds. Orlando Village better suited for first years and a bit livelier; the Hollins is better suited to PGCE students and anyone wanting a quieter year. Plenty of private accommodation dotted about the town. Students’ union plays a big part in campus life and many students belong to one of its many sports clubs or societies. Union runs bar and catering services: bar has cheap beer and a terrific atmosphere. Its catering services have really good tasty food at low prices. Town caters well for total student experience, with many great events throughout the year – old classics like 3-legged pub-crawl (beat 13 pubs in 28 minutes!), annual sports-persons dinner, comedy nights and new ideas all the time. Relatively easy to change course in first term; just ask the course leader.


Housing: Good, comfortable halls. Plenty of private housing in town; look at university lists, SU noticeboard and in The Bolton News. Eats: Massive array of restaurants, takeaways and cafés. Drink: SU cheapest; many other classy bars. Bolton hosts major beer festival each October. Nightlife: Several big clubs, some nice classy bars and delights of Manchester only 15 minutes by train. Locals: Not bad (many other northern towns worse). Sports: Cracking range of clubs and societies (leads to very good social life). On campus sports hall, squash courts. Local sports centres, gyms, swimming pools. Financial help: Only in exceptional circumstances. Make an appointment with our advice unit by calling reception. Jobs: Work if you want it: SU bar, or bars in town. Best feature: The friendly and close atmosphere. And worst: Typical northern weather!

More info?

Contact SU President (tel 01204 900850, email supres@bolton.ac.uk) or Vice President Finance & Recreation (tel 01204 900850, email suvpfr@bolton.ac.uk); some info on the website, www.bisu.co.uk.



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