University of Bedfordshire Entry Requirements & Scholarships | Student Connect

University of Bedfordshire

Established in 2006, the University of Bedfordshire is a modern university committed to nurturing students to become educated, employable, and entrepreneurial global citizens. The university’s vision lies in building and developing a culture based on collaborating through the sharing of ideas, supported by the appropriate professional and personal development opportunities.

The university is home to a vibrant and cosmopolitan student population of around 25,000 students from over 120 countries and offers over 250 undergraduate programs and 176 Postgraduate programs.  A favorite amongst the international student community, over 18% of the total student population of the university comprises of international students.

University of Bedfordshire is spread across four campus at Luton, Bedford, Putteridge Bury and Milton Keynes.

The four faculties at the University of Bedfordshire are, namely, University of Bedfordshire Business School, Faculty of Creative Arts, Technologies and Science, Faculty of Education and Sport, and Faculty of Health and Social Sciences.

Research is at the heart of University of Bedfordshire and its pioneering work into child sexual exploitation was named as one of the UK’s 100 best breakthroughs for its significant impact. Other notable research conducted includes Home Office funding to undertake work on modern slavery, the policing of cyber-harassment, and developing the world’s first culturally aware robots amongst others.

The university also significantly contributes to the financial and social-economic growth, both regionally and nationally. Apart from pumping over £370m to the economy, partnership with local business to boost skills and productivity through knowledge exchange, skills provision, expertise in research and consultancy are some of the ways by which it actively engages in community development activities.

Distinguished alumni of the university include English former professional footballer Zema Abbey, British radio DJ and television presenter Rickie Haywood-Williams, British Labour Party politician Rachel Louise Hopkins, Novelist Stephen Kelman amongst others.

Why study at University of Bedfordshire?

  • One of the top 300 universities in the world under 50 years old in the Young University rankings (Times Higher Education 2021).
  • According to the Destination of Leaver’s Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 92% of graduating students have secured employment or are engaged in further study.
  • Over £200 million has been invested in developing modern facilities and state of the art technology. This includes over £46 million investment for a new library and over £40m investment in a brand-new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) transformative building developed at Luton campus in 2019.
  • Students pursuing degree in the field of Public Sector, Engineering, Human Resources are offered 12-week work placements as a part of their degree.
  • The university offers scholarships of over 2,400 GBP to undergraduate studies.
  • Committed to maintaining sustainability, the university is ranked 8th in the UK in the University Green League by the People and Planet (2019)
  • Proud recipient of the Eco Campus Platinum award (2020).
  • One of 21 Business Schools awarded the Bronze Award for start-up and business growth advice (Small Business Charter)
  • Apart from being the largest employer and educator of the region, the university has contributed to over 25% increase in income over the past five years through regeneration and development funding.
  • Careers and Employability Service provides employment enhancement opportunities for students through career counselling, networking events, workshops, internship, and work experience opportunities.
  • Received a prestigious Silver Award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in June 2017.
  • Several academic teams are awarded National Teaching Fellowship Awards for commitment to high quality teaching.

Entry Requirements

Undergraduate Degrees (BA/BSc/BEng)

To apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) you need to have completed your high school education (12 years) and have a pass equivalent to two UK A level passes, and have the required English language qualification.

Postgraduate Taught Courses

The normal entry requirements for postgraduate degrees (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) are a good honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution. We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications and individuals with appropriate work experience.

English Language Requirements

The University accepts the following qualification as satisfying the English Language requirements for entry to a Bachelor or Master's degree

  • IELTS overall score of 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each element
Please note: some courses may require higher levels of English – the exact criteria will be specified in the course descriptions

Pre-sessional English Courses

Students who do not meet the English language entry requirements can take a pre-sessional course to develop their language skills before starting a degree. 


Students may be exempt from the University's requirement to have a formal English language qualification if they have studied for a first degree in the English language medium in a majority English-speaking country, or they have passed one of the following:

  • GCSE or O Level English language grade C or above validated in the UK
  • IGCSE English as a First Language grade C and the following individual scores: Reading Grade E, Writing Grade E, Speaking and Listening: Speaking Grade D (0522) or 2 (0500), Listening Grade D (0522) or 2 (0500)
  • IGCSE English as a Second Language Grade C and the following individual scores: Reading and Writing: Reading Grade D, Writing Grade D, Oral (Speaking) Grade C (0511) or 2 (0510), Listening Grade A
  • Scottish Certificate of Education Standard Grade English, minimum grade C
  • Scottish Certificate of Education Higher Grade English, minimum grade D
  • Irish Leaving Certificate – Ordinary Level English, minimum grade C
  • Irish Leaving Certificate – Higher Level English, minimum grade D
  • Indian Class XII - English minimum 70%
  • West African Examinations Council School Certificate (WAEC SSCE): Minimum Grade C/6
  • TOEFL iBT - Listening: 17, Reading: 18, Speaking: 20, Writing: 17
  • Pearson PTE - Listening: 59, Reading: 59, Speaking: 59, Writing: 59


UG Bursary and Scholarship 

This scholarship is for undergraduates with an entry qualification score of 112 UCAS tariff points or more, or equivalent, the scholarship is worth £2,400 over 3 academic years.

'The Bursary'

This bursary is for all undergraduates with an entry qualification score of fewer than 112 UCAS tariff points, or equivalent, the bursary is worth £1,500 over 3 academic years.

Postgraduate Taught Degree Tuition Fee Alumni Discount (UK/EU Students) 2021/22 

The University of Bedfordshire is proud of its alumni and is delighted to offer a tuition fee discount for those who choose to continue or return to the University for on campus Postgraduate level studies.

They offer a 20% discount on full and part-time Masters courses to those who were successful in completing an Honours Degree with the University of Bedfordshire, DMU’s Bedford campus or the University of Luton.

International Scholarships 

In the first year only on either undergraduate, or postgraduate degree courses, international students will receive a £1,000 VC Scholarship. An international student progressing to a higher level degree* will receive, in the first year only of the new course, both a £1,000 VC Scholarship and a £500 alumni discount. Additional discounts of £500 are available for prompt payment of the first year fees in full, before or at registration (undergraduate and postgraduate).

* Including undergraduate to postgraduate, and postgraduate to MBA.

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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