How to Get Into BPP University

‘There’s so little information about how to get into BPP, I don’t know where to start!’ is a frustration I hear from students time and time again. Luckily, I know exactly how to help. Here at The Profs, 95% of our students receive offers from their first and second-choice universities.

BPP is a unique university compared to mainstream higher education institutions in the UK, and applying there can seem confusing without the help of UCAS. Its admission criteria is very specific and you should ensure that you are familiar with it. Don’t fear though! This article will tell you all about BPP, walk you through the application process, and provide you with some insider knowledge from ex-admissions officers on how to make your BPP application stand out.

Here at The Profs, we work with you to get you an offer from your dream university, and to continue to aim high in your academic ambitions. We offer the right support and preparation to aid you in submitting a BPP application that stands out and maximises your chances of an offer. 

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What is BPP University?

BPP University is a private university in the UK which predominantly specialises in Law, Healthcare, Accountancy, and Management. Most of its students (83%) are studying at postgraduate level, however, the university does offer some undergraduate courses too. Providing solid education alongside first-hand practical experience, BPP has a unique and strong reputation among employers from around the world. 

It’s also worth noting that BPP is the education partner for leading organisations in legal, healthcare, and business sectors, including: Mazars, Ministry of Justice, Natwest, Santander, Grant Thornton, Allen and Overy, Hogan Lovells, and the NHS. Needless to say, if you want a first-rate career in any of these sectors then BPP is the university to consider!

What are BPP’s entry requirements?

BPP University consists of four schools: Law, Business, Nursing, and Technology. Each of these schools offers a range of short courses, apprenticeships, and standard university degree courses. The table below shows what degree courses BPP offers at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and the entry requirements for each. If the degree you’re interested in is not listed below then see the university’s full course list for a more extensive look at what BPP can offer.

Subject areaCourseEntry requirements
LawMaster of Laws (LLM)Minimum 2:2 Law degree (including Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies)

Or

Minimum 2:2 degree with some legal/regulatory content and relevance to the programme

Or

Minimum 2:2 non-law degree and a pass in the GDL/PDGL or CPE

Or

Minimum 2:2 non-law degree and appropriate/relevant professional

experience.

Barrister Training Course (BTC)Minimum 2:2 in a qualifying Law degree or non-law degree

And

BPP’s Law Foundations Course or a CPE/GDL/PGDL (minimum 2:1)

And

Membership of an Inn of Court.

Law Conversion Course (PGDL)Minimum 2:2 degree in any subject (or equivalent).
Legal Practice Course (LPC)Minimum 2:2 qualifying Law degree (or equivalent)

Or

Minimum 2:2 non-law degree and a PGDL, GDL, CPE, or similar qualification (such as CILEx).*

*If you wish to study the fast-track LPC, you will be required to have a 2:1 degree.

Solicitor’s Qualifying Examination (SQE)2:2 Law degree (or equivalent)

Or 

2:2 degree (or equivalent) in a non-law subject and a minimum of a pass in a GDL or CPE that covers the foundational areas of legal knowledge

Or

2:2 degree (or equivalent) in a non-law subject and have obtained a mark of 50% or more in BPP’s admissions test on the foundational areas of legal knowledge

Or

Equivalent qualifications (such as ILEx/CILEx).

Leadership and ManagementMSc ManagementMinimum 2:2 degree (or equivalent) or equivalent qualification such as the CMI, ILM, CIM, CIMA at Level 6 or above.
MSc Management with Data AnalyticsMinimum 2:2 degree in a related subject (e.g. Science, Technology, Economics, Maths, etc.) (or equivalent)

Or

Minimum 2:1 degree in a non-related subject (or equivalent).

MSc Management with Digital MarketingMinimum 2:2 degree (or equivalent) or equivalent qualification such as the CMI, ILM, CIM, CIMA at Level 6 or above.
MSc Management with Project ManagementMinimum 2:2 degree (or equivalent) or equivalent qualification such as the CMI, ILM, CIM, CIMA at Level 6 or above.
Accountancy and TaxBSc Accounting and FinancePass in the Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Finance (ACCA) or BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance with BPP University

Or

Passes or exemptions from ACCA Knowledge and Skills papers.

BSc Accounting and Finance (Advanced Diploma Route)BBB or equivalent at A level (120 UCAS tariff points)

And

Passes/exemptions in the first three ACCA papers (BT, MA, FA) or a Foundations In Accountancy qualification.

BSc Accounting and Finance with Digital BusinessBBB or equivalent at A level or equivalent (120 UCAS tariff points).
Advanced Diploma in Accounting and FinanceBBB or equivalent at A level (120 UCAS tariff points)

And

Passes/exemptions in the first three ACCA papers (BT, MA, FA) or a Foundations In Accountancy qualification.

MSc Accounting and FinanceBBB or equivalent at A level (120 UCAS tariff points)

And

Passes/exemptions in the first three ACCA papers (BT, MA, FA) or a Foundations In Accountancy qualification.

MSc Accounting and Finance (Advanced Diploma Route)BBB or equivalent at A level (120 UCAS tariff points)

And

Passes/exemptions in the first three ACCA papers (BT, MA, FA) or a Foundations In Accountancy qualification.

Nursing and HealthcareBSc Nursing (Adult)BBB or equivalent at A level (120 UCAS tariff points)

Or

A Nursing Associate Qualification

Or

A Higher Education Certificate in Health and Social Care

Or

Experience as a Health Care Assistant Practitioner.

BSc Nursing (Mental Health)BBB or equivalent at A level (120 UCAS tariff points)

Or

A Nursing Associate Qualification

Or

A Higher Education Certificate in Health and Social Care

Or

Experience as a Health Care Assistant Practitioner.

MSc Healthcare LeadershipMinimum 2:2 degree in a health or science-related subject (or equivalent)

Or

A postgraduate degree that demonstrates your ability to successfully complete academic Level 7 study

Or

Completion of a first professional qualification with a portfolio of CPD evidence.

PsychologyMSc Psychology (Conversion)Minimum 2:2 degree (or equivalent) in any subject

Or

A third-class British Psychological society accredited Psychology degree.

 

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How do I apply for BPP University?

As a private university, BPP’s application process is different from other UK universities, most notably in that it doesn’t use UCAS. As such the BPP application window is considerably longer than other universities. Instead of using UCAS, you will need to apply to BPP directly. Below is a simple 10-step process of what applying to BPP will look like:

Step 1: Check the entry requirements

When applying to any university, you should check the specific entry requirements of your chosen course at BPP. Each degree course has its own requirements, including academic, professional, and/or language requirements, so it’s important to find these on the individual course page. 

Step 2: Your application

Once you know the entry requirements for your course, you should prepare your supporting documents (these include academic transcripts and a copy of your transcript) and submit your application via the specific course page. For international students who don’t have English as a first language then there are specific grades required in IELTS / TOEFL / PTE English language certificates depending on your study area. 

As BPP specialises in postgraduate study, it may be that they require academic references from your undergraduate studies. If this is the case then try and organise these as soon as possible by keeping your proposed referee in the loop – the worst thing is waiting for a tutor or professor to submit their reference only for them to do so late!

Step 3: BPP University interview

After you have submitted your written application, some courses at BPP may require an interview. If this is the case, BPP will invite you to an interview with its admissions team – this will probably take place over the phone/online. During this interview, you will discuss your application, and the admissions team will assess your suitability for your chosen course. To have the best chance of success in your interview preparation and practice is key – here at The Profs we can offer you a range of resources including coaching sessions with interview and admissions specialists to help you perform your best!

For international students you may be required to attend a Credibility Interview with the UK Visas and Immigration Office (UKVI). If this is the case then you should contact BPP regarding the outcome of your interview. Further information on visas can be found on the UK government website. During the Credibility Interview your English language and grammar skills will be assessed. Mock interviews can be found on Youtube and these can prove helpful to show the conversational tone and structure of the interviews. Questions typically asked include:

  • Have you ever travelled to the UK before? And why do you want to study here?
  • What is your previous immigration history?
  • What is your education history?
  • What are your study plans? Why have you chosen this university? And can you describe your course’s content?
  • What do you plan on doing after study?
  • What are your personal finances like? How are you paying for your study, are you being sponsored?
  • Where will you be living during study? With who? And are you easily able to travel to your university?

Step 4: Receiving your offer

Once your application has been reviewed and you have attended an interview (if necessary), and you have been successful then BPP will send you a conditional offer via email.  

Step 5: Acceptance and payment

In order to accept an offer you will need to submit the acceptance documents along with your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) request form to the admissions team. After this, you will then make the payment of your course fees to BPP.

Step 6: CAS

Once BPP University has received confirmation of your payment and acceptance documents, it will issue a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) number, which you will need in order to apply for your student visa.

Step 7: Visa application

Depending on which country you live in and from where you are applying, you may need to attend an appointment at a visa application centre as a part of your application. In some countries, it can take up to six weeks to get an appointment, so make sure you leave enough time for this stage before your course start date. Remember that course start dates and course lengths will vary based on whether your course is undergraduate or postgraduate and full-time or part-time. You may be required to attend a credibility interview with the UK Visas and Immigration office – if this happens, you will need to contact BPP University. Once you receive a decision on your visa application, you should also let the University know as soon as possible. Essentially, if you require a visa to study at BPP then apply for your degree course as early as possible! 

Step 8: Moving to the UK and Accommodation at BPP

You will then need to make the move to the UK. Which campus you will be studying at will change which airport is most local and which travel route is most optimal, so get in touch with BPP for more information on this. BPP does not offer accommodation itself but it has partnered up with various companies and housing services across the UK to help facilitate your move.

Step 9: Registration

Before starting your course, you will need to register with BPP. Closer to the time you will receive an email that will explain how and when to register and the documents needed to do so.

Step 10: Final preparation

The final step before actually beginning your course is receiving information about your timetable, location, the name of your personal tutor, and induction information. Starting university can be a daunting and difficult transition – the team at The Profs is here to make this move happen as easily and successfully as possible! Our admissions tutors are here to help you with any step of the journey to university you’re at – so what are you waiting for, get in touch!

5 tips for getting into BPP

Applying to BPP can be a lot more confusing than applying to a mainstream university through UCAS. There are a lot of elements to consider in your application. Here are some things to think about and some insider tips which can help increase your chances of success in your application. This is just a selection of the advice which admissions tutors at The Profs can provide, there’s a lot more we can do for you with consultation.

1. Do you actually know your specific requirements?

BPP’s courses are very industry-specific and have a range of entry requirements, including both academic requirements (i.e. A level or degree qualifications or equivalent) and professional requirements (e.g. work experience or professional qualifications). Due to the variety of applicants applying for BPP courses, you will also see many different combinations of qualifications in the listed entry requirements. For example, for its LPC course, you will either need a minimum of a 2:2 qualifying Law degree (or equivalent) or a minimum 2:2 non-law degree plus a PGDL, GDL, CPE, or similar qualification (such as CILEx). It’s important that you double check these entry requirements before you submit your application to ensure you are eligible.

For a competitive application, ensure that your grades are as high as possible. You want to have a better academic track record than your peers. Also invest in gaining substantial work experience as BPP values this and it could boos your application, especially if your grades are not ideal.

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Insider tip: BPP’s application dates and deadlines vary a lot from course to course – so it’s important to make sure you know your own timeline! Many of their courses work with rolling admissions across the year but BPP do recommend that you apply early – especially if you’re wanting to apply for a scholarship. If you’re applying to BPP’s postgraduate law programmes as a full-time student then this will be done through LawCAB (a similar system to UCAS used for postgraduate law courses) which has its own internal deadlines.

2. You’ve mentioned a solid 5-year plan, right?

BPP University is very closely tied to industries and specific companies, and prides itself on offering both an academic education and practical skills and experience. Therefore, you should properly consider your career path before applying to a degree course at BPP, ensuring that you are committed to that specific career and understand what is necessary in order to pursue it. BPP will be impressed if you can explain in your application how their specific degree pathway will help you with your future career.

Insider tip:Try not to be too general when it comes to narrowing down what you want to do in your career. For instance, if you are applying to study a Master in Laws (LLM), think about which area of Law in particular interests you and why, and what your goals are in that particular area of Law. Then, consider how BPP’s LLM course specifically would help you to achieve those goals (for example, they may have links to a law firm that specialises in a particular area of Law that you want to work for in the future). As BPP works closely with professional sectors it is worthwhile saying in your application why this particular route will be helpful and give you an advantage that perhaps other universities cannot offer.

3. How to actually go beyond your undergraduate syllabus

Show that your understanding of your chosen BPP course is beyond comprehensive by talking about very specific and complex concepts. The best way to do this is to do your research and go beyond the undergraduate understanding. If you take the time to read a large breadth of quality literature around your subject, you can reference academic texts or textbooks and analyse them to demonstrate that you have self-studied a lot of your degree already.

Go beyond your undergraduate syllabus, and refrain from mentioning cliche texts that most of your peers will. Find something unknown, underrated, obscure, and/or peculiar to talk about. Go deep and go niche. When you refer to a text, engage with it and analyse it. It’s important to demonstrate passion and knowledge for sub-subjects within your main subject.

Better yet, research your specific department, and discuss how you would contribute to their existing published research or accomplishments. If you really want to impress BPP, you could study the first 2-3 weeks of a couple of modules for your chosen course and talk about this in your application to show that you are ahead of the competition.

Insider tip: Keep up to date with national and international current affairs relevant to your course. It can boost your application to link the outside world to your discipline. 

If you have any queries about how to master this step, or any other steps, just reach out to our expert university admissions team who can guide you through the process. 

4. Lay the groundwork for acceptance

As BPP is a private university with its own admissions system you have the opportunity to really tailor your application to them. By making a specific application which draws on the assets and advantages of BPP which you want to make the most of, BPP will undoubtedly be impressed with your enthusiasm for the course and university. 

Make it personal

Make your application specific by constantly discussing your course. This should be the consistent topic of your personal statement. You should also research your department at BPP and BPP itself. What have the professors accomplished? What partnerships do they have? What research is your department undertaking? Discuss these factors and demonstrate alignment with them. Why are you the perfect candidate for this course at BPP?

Gain experiences

Don’t underestimate the importance of extracurricular activities and work experience to your application. If you held a leadership position in a society during your undergraduate degree, highlight this. Anything relevant to your chosen course or that helped you develop transferable skills is worth mentioning. Similarly, BPP values students who are ambitious and have a specific career plan. So, talk about your goals and demonstrate the steps you have taken to get started. Any relevant work experience will really boost your application. Explain why this course at BPP is necessary for your future career.

Insider tip: It is also a good idea to play to BPP’s unique strengths and link them to your own. For instance, as BPP’s courses mix education with professional experience it is worthwhile highlighting your own extra-curricular, voluntary, and professional experiences. Tutors at The Profs can definitely help you with this part of the application with our experienced team of admissions specialists. 

5. Do you know how to interview well?

You may be invited for an interview with BPP University as part of the application process. It is important that you prepare for this interview as you would for any other interview. 

We suggest that you look back over your application and familiarise yourself with your key skills, experiences and education so that you can talk about each effortlessly in the interview. Revise your CV and personal statement in case you are asked about anything on there, or they might serve as inspiration for what you could mention. Remind yourself of any wider reading you completed as you might want to use these sources to develop your answers. Practice common interview questions and think about the intention behind them – what kind of information would BPP be seeking? 

We have lots of helpful resources, such as an articles on how to prepare for university interviews, online interviews and Oxbridge interviews. We also have expert interview coaches who can help you to smash the process.

Insider tip:You should also put significant time and effort into researching your chosen career and wider industry, as BPP will want to see that you have a deep understanding of what your future job will entail, that you are committed to achieving your goals, and that you know what you need to do to get there. The more prepared you are the more passionate, committed, and strong you’re going to sound as an applicant. 

For further support with preparing for your BPP interview, reach out to our team of interview training experts. There are many experts here at The Profs who can help guide you on what questions you may be asked and which areas to focus on in your preparation. It’s absolutely worth putting the effort in now to help you succeed and achieve your best later!

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Applying to any university can be an unfamiliar and overwhelming experience. As BPP is a private university and therefore doesn’t operate via UCAS, it can be particularly difficult to find advice and guidance on applying to study there. Many schools and tutoring services do not have experience with BPP applications and might give you generic advice that does not apply to BPP. 

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FAQs

What is BPP’s acceptance rate and is it easy to get into?

BPP University does not actually provide data on acceptance rates and UCAS data is unavailable due to the university accepting primarily direct applications. However, for other universities, looking at acceptance rates for specific courses is a good way of assessing your likelihood of receiving an offer. You can find all the requirements which BPP offers for its specific courses here.

If you need support improving your grades or gaining certain qualifications to meet BPP’s entry requirements or making your application stand out, then reach out to The Profs’ admissions consultants today. We’ll offer a free discovery call to determine your likelihood of achieving a place at BPP and set up any additional support you may need.

Is BPP a Russell Group university?

BPP University is not a Russell Group university. It is a private university that works closely with organisations, specifically in industries such as Law, Banking, Management, and Healthcare.

Is BPP University good?

BPP University is not included in most university league tables because it only provides a specialised selection of subjects at degree level. However, it is ranked fourth in the UK for highly skilled graduates; 98% of its graduates in employment 15 months after graduating were in highly skilled occupations. It is also trusted by major global organisations, including law firms Allen and Overy and Hogan Lovells, banks Natwest and Santander, and UK organisations the NHS and Ministry of Justice, to provide educational training to employees.

What does BPP (University) stand for?

BPP University takes its name from its founders: Alan Brierley (B), Richard Price (P) and Charles Prior (P).

Where is BPP University located?

BPP University does not have central campuses. Instead, it has study centres that are based in some of the UK’s key business locations, including several in London (e.g., Holborn, King’s Cross, Waterloo), and in other major UK cities like Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, and Cambridge. In being based in these locations it allows BPP to offer its students first-hand, real-world experience in professional sectors alongside their degree courses. Some courses at BPP can also be taught remotely online.   

Is BPP a private university?

Yes, BPP is a private university. It began as a publicly owned company before being granted degree-awarding powers in September 2007 (the first publicly owned company to do so), which became indefinite in 2020.

How much does BPP University cost?

The fees for BPP University are not capped at £9,250 per year for UK students because it is a private university. BPP course fees are therefore set by the university itself and can vary; for example, the fees for BSc Nursing (Adult) are £22,500 for UK and EU students, and £33,000 for international students.

UK students are also not entitled to the full £9,250 government-granted tuition fee loan. Instead, students can apply for up to £6,000 of funding from the government and are required to cover the remainder of the fees themselves. If you are studying via a company (such as a law firm or bank), your fees will typically be paid by that organisation.

BPP also offers various scholarships to help ease financial costs. For instance, the University has a dedicated fund of £1.25 million for postgraduate law programmes. These awards range from £1000 to full-fee scholarships.

Is BPP better than University of Law?

Both BPP and the University of Law are highly rated institutions for Law Studies and have strong reputations when it comes to postgraduate legal conversion courses. They are equally competitive in the job market, however, some law firms may favour BPP University slightly due to the high proportion of teaching staff that are international scholars and Magic Circle solicitors. BPP also ranks higher than The University of Law when it comes to the percentage of its graduates in highly skilled employment.