Bishop Grosseteste University



Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) is one of two public universities in the city of Lincoln, England (the other being the University of Lincoln). BGU was established as a teacher training college for the Diocese of Lincoln in 1862. It gained taught degree awarding powers in 2012 and was granted full university status on 3 December 2012. It has around 2,300 full-time students enrolled on a variety of programmes and courses.

Bishop Grosseteste University offers foundation and honours degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level. This includes multiple routes into teaching such as BA, BSc and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). As well as joint honours options, many subjects can be studied as major/minor combinations. Teaching is through lectures, seminars, workshops, practicals and work-related placements. The university awards foundation degrees in education, childhood and youthwork, BA degrees in 17 subjects, including primary education, SEN and early childhood studies, and BSc degrees in 4 subjects. As well as degrees with QTS, the university awards PGCEs, MA degrees in 8 subjects and doctorates. Doctoral study (conducted in partnership with the University of Leicester) leads to either a PhD or a EdD.

The university is engaged with an Initial Teacher Education partnership with New College Stamford and Lincoln College, in which students are trained to teach whilst teaching in the maintained sector. The provision was branded Good by Ofsted in all four judgements (Overall effectiveness; Outcomes for trainees; Quality of training; Quality of leadership and management.)

As part of its five-year growth plan, BGU set out a number of interrelated ambitions in 2014. These include expanding its student base to around 4,500 students; developing its portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes (including the introduction of archaeology, business (team entrepreneurship), counselling, health and social care, psychology and sociology BA or BSc degrees), and widening access to its courses locally, nationally and internationally.

129 in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver rating
Type University Public
Year Founded 1862
Size Small
5,000 Students


3 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Recreation, Sports and Fitness Studies
  • Theology
  • Visual and Performing Arts


How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS
Other Applications Accepted Institution's own application

For International Students

6.0 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
PTE, ISE Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)

Cost and Scholarships

£ 9,710
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available



International Office Scholarships
Total Worth tuition fee waiver up to a maximum of 30% of the international tuition fee for the programme
Eligibility and Requirements applicants who can demonstrate outstanding academic achievement in their prior studies.
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline May 31
Care Leavers Bursary
Total Worth £3,600
Eligibility and Requirements Students who can provide evidence of care leaver status
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
Stand Alone Bursary
Total Worth £1,000
Eligibility and Requirements Students who are irreconcilably estranged from their parents
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --