What Do Private Institutions Offer?
We explore why now more than ever could be the right time to study at a private institution.
Private institutions in the UK are now giving public universities a real run for their money, with most providing very high quality teaching standards and offering a much lower cost for tuition. Forget any preconceptions you may have about private institutions offering a lower level of education, being poorly staffed or merely acting as a route to quick visas; in the UK this now couldn’t be further from the truth. Recently introduced laws have now stopped the phenomenon of private colleges allowing students a quick route to obtaining a visa and this, coupled with the rise in tuition fees, has meant that UK-based students are now also increasingly taking a serious look at what private universities have to offer. The major private institutions offer postgraduate courses with all of the benefits of studying in many locations throughout the British Isles.
Major players in the world of higher education such as Amity, Hult, BPP and Buckingham all offer fantastic options for any potential postgraduate student in the UK.
Each of these universities and colleges has gained a relatively high level of prestige, but is able to offer international students the chance to study in the UK for a fraction of the cost of the major public universities. For example, Amity’s MBA degrees in the UK are validated by Anglia Ruskin University which is a public institution also offering the MBA. Students at both universities study exactly the same course but the major difference between them is the price. An international student at Anglia Ruskin could expect to pay approximately £11,000 a year while at Amity the same student would pay £7,800. So why would an organization such as Anglia Ruskin still validate the MBA at Amity even though they are offering it at a reduced rate? They believe that the university experience is significantly different and worth the extra £3000.
Another example of the high quality at low cost courses being offered by private institutions is BPP’s ACCA qualification. BPP’s performance with this qualification consistently exceeds ACCA's Platinum targets and offers great resources for students.
These respected private colleges and universities have gained greater recognition by being awarded ‘Highly Trusted Sponsor’ status with the UK Border Agency. HTS accreditation came about as part of the UK’s new coalition government’s attempt to create legislation that removes private colleges and universities operating to facilitate visa applications in the UK. This has wiped away most of the worst offenders leaving only the most reputable establishments able to operate, therefore helping international students to make the right choices. The HTS status acts as a stamp of approval concerning the standards of teaching and resources. Students at a HTS-accredited institution are also allowed to work part-time while completing their studies.
The rise in fees for students from the UK has also led to the growth of private institutions as well as their appeal to both international and domestic students. As a result, some of the best private international universities with bases in the UK are now viable options. Names with a worldwide reputation are now providing fantastic postgraduate study options; Limkokwing, the American InterContinental University and Amity all represent great choices with firmly established reputations.
Furthermore, private universities have very firmly established multicultural and international environments which may be very appealing. These universities and colleges understand how to cater to the needs of international students not least because international students take up the overwhelming majority of places. At many public universities you may find that the overseas students are in some respects sectioned off and separate to the ones from the UK.
Amity Global Business School London
Amity Global Business School London is part of a leading worldwide education group and has over two decades of experience in the field of education with over 60,000 students currently studying with them.
The Amity Global Business School London offers Industry Oriented Management Programmes designed by leading academics and members of the corporate world. These programs meet the benchmarks of the latest content and teaching methodologies used across the world.
Backed by professionals with decades of experience in the corporate world and in the education field, Amity Global Business School London provides the best mix of practice and theory to ensure the success of its students. It is accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Colleges (ASIC), a reputed organization that is well known for providing genuine independent information to the student population through its accreditation service of well defined and objective benchmarking of International Institutions in terms of quality, resources, student support and ethics.
Amity Global Business School London is located in a beautiful Grade 1 listed heritage building which represents true British culture and beauty. In the heart of Bloomsbury, the cultural and academic heart of London, Amity's London campus is located just next to the British Museum and the University of London's Senate House.
Find out more: www.amity.edu
BPP University College
BPP specialises in career-focused undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in accountancy, business, finance, law and health. This provider can draw on over 35 years of experience in providing expertise and practical knowledge.
In 2007, BPP became the first private company to be granted degree awarding powers, and have been awarded both Highly Trusted Sponsor and University College status.
BPP’s degrees are focused on employability and career progression, and are designed in conjunction with leading organizations and businesses to ensure they are industry-driven and application-oriented.
BPP University College has nine state-of-the-art study centres based throughout London and in city locations across the UK, including Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Manchester, McTimoney College, Abingdon and New College, Swindon.
BPP’s School of Health is based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, and the Law School and Business School can be found in the heart of the City of London, ensuring students are close to the opportunities that the real world has to offer.
Find out more: www.bpp.com
Buckingham is unique amongst British universities, receiving no state funding and using its independence to pioneer a distinctive approach to higher education. The university offers traditional three-year degrees in just two years in which there are four ten-week terms, providing small-group Oxbridge-style teaching. Buckingham has come top in the UK National Student Survey (NSS) every year from 2006–2011.
Buckinghamshire prides itself on providing a high degree of personal attention to its students, both academic and personal, reflected in more contact hours and small group tutorials
Buckingham University is set in the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside within a small market town midway between Milton Keynes and Oxford with good transport links to London.
Find out more: www.buckingham.ac.uk
Hult Business School
Hult offers students a unique opportunity to see the world while they study. A Master’s student can start any Hult’s and end their course at any one of the university’s locations. On Global Campus Rotation, students can pick your home campus and then choose to spend up to three months studying at two others. Hult has 5 sites around the world in; London, Dubai, Boston, Shanghai and San Francisco.
Hult currently ranks in the top 1% of all business schools. It is also ranked as number 1 for International Experience and number 3 for International Business by the Financial Times as well as being named the 17th best business school in the US and 27th in the world by The Economist.
Unlike other business schools that are research-oriented, 80% of Hult’s faculty have real-world experience. Many tutors have worked for companies such as P&G, Motorola, and Credit Suisse while others have run their own businesses or created their own patents.
Hult immediately takes your network to a global level. Your classmates will hail from over 120 nations and speak 105 languages.
Find out more at: www.hult.edu