Bury College University Centre works in collaboration with the University of Bolton, University of Cumbria, University of Huddersfield, The University of Salford and Pearson Education. These agreements allow us to deliver a wide range of courses that are constantly reviewed to reflect the needs of students and the job market.

Courses attract a range of students; from those who have just completed their advanced level courses to those looking to progress in their career. As a student on one of our courses you will benefit from a wide range of services and facilities at both Bury College University Centre and those at the university affiliated with your course. This is dependent on the programme of study and the awarding body/higher education institution agreement.

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University of Salford

University of Bolton

At the University of Bolton, we pride ourselves on our student-focused approach to learning, supporting your career ambitions through quality teaching.

With more than 11,000 full-time and part-time students from across the world, our Teaching-Intensive, Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses are designed to give you the best University experience possible.

With a heritage that stretches back nearly 200 years, we’ve been preparing people for their dream careers for quite some time now.

The University of Bolton traces its history back to the foundation in 1825, of the Bolton Mechanics’ Institute, one of the first to be established in the UK. Throughout its history and in its various incarnations, this institution’s primary purpose has been to provide educational opportunities for those who wish to better their situation and their prospects.

The University of Bolton continues, in 2020, to offer programmes with a strong vocational, professionally focused orientation and it has a strong applied research profile, which informs teaching. You will also receive support from personal tutors, peer-assisted study and online resources. A testament to this is the fact that the University of Bolton has been awarded 5th in the UK for teaching quality.


University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria is fully committed to delivering exceptional and professional higher-level learning to meet the demands of an ever-evolving workforce and emerging markets. They do this by expanding opportunities, deepening connections to industries, while equipping all students with the ability to thrive wherever in the world they choose to live. With a proud history offering arts, business, law, policing, science, conservation, sport, health, social care, rehab and teacher training programmes to people nationwide, the institution ranked 1st in the UK for the quality of its education according to the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020. It enriches people by providing a safe and supportive environment, as well as innovative academic opportunities, such as providing degree apprenticeships, CPD and foundation courses through further education partners, making the impossible possible for more students.


University of Huddersfield

The Education and Training Consortium (ETC) was formally constituted in 2001 as the (then) Consortium for Post-Compulsory Education and Training (CPCET), a pioneering collaborative partnership between FE and the University of Huddersfield focusing on teacher education awards for the ‘Lifelong Learning Sector’. The scale and complexity of the collaboration is unusual (some 21 partners mainly, but not exclusively, situated in the North of England). Geographically, ETC members are dispersed across the north of England from Hull to Liverpool, but there are member institutions as far afield as Northumberland, Norfolk and Essex. They include large urban general FE colleges as well as smaller FE institutions. The open nature of the relationships between partners is a key characteristic. In the field of Lifelong Learning teacher education the rationale for close partnership underpins curriculum design and development, research, and human resource planning. The colleges partners are the key sites of practice and offer a huge store of knowledge and expertise. The University of Huddersfield retains responsibility for academic standards and quality assurance; however, the Consortium arrangement was designed to maximise partner college involvement in managing the development and delivery of provision. The distribution of new knowledge and innovation in teaching and learning constitutes a considerable challenge within the context of large distributed learning networks, but the ETC demonstrates that effective collaboration between HE and FE can be of great benefit financially, strategically, academically, and culturally to both sides of the arrangement. Key beneficiaries are the students who, in this case, are both in-service and pre-service trainee teachers – beyond whom are the thousands of FE learners they teach.

The University of Salford

The University of Salford has always placed employability at the heart of its study experience. We can trace our history back to 1896, when we were founded to meet the needs of the thriving businesses at the heart of Britain’s Industrial Revolution. Today, our commitment to working with employers has not changed: many of our degree programmes are recognised by professional bodies; our courses are often developed in collaboration with, or taught by industry professionals; our research teams partner with leading bodies; and we offer work experience, masterclasses and internships as standard on many of our courses. There are many things that make Salford unique, but it has to be our location that really sets us apart. Our main campus is just 2km from Manchester city centre, and our MediaCityUK campus shares a skyline with the BBC and ITV. Everything you need for an outstanding university experience.


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