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website: n enquiry helpline: 0151 231 5090 address: student recruitment team, roscoe court, 4 rodney street, liverpool L1 2TZ fax: 0151 231 3462 n email: chat to LJMU online at:

prospectus 2011

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why not take a closer look at LJMU? We have developed a range of special films and animations about life at LJMU, including interviews with students, staff, employers and our Chancellor, Dr Brian May.

LJMU TV for dates and information about our open days please visit


... if you want to enough you can achieve anything Sir John Moores 1896 - 1993

we encourage you to dream - to be brave enough to imagine what you could be‌

contents we will help you to develop a realistic plan - to map out a clear path‌

we will give you the skills to help you see your plan through and put you on course to achieve your dream

World of Work Programme 2 Chancellor, Dr Brian May CBE 8 Graduate skills 13 LJMU up close 19 Accommodation 26 Graduate development 32 Fees and funding 35 Courses 40 How to apply 214 Location maps 220



degrees with added ÂŽ WoW factor We have developed a globally unique model of higher education - WoW (world of work) - which places work-related learning and graduate skills in every one of our undergraduate courses.




we will help you to stand out from the crowd A good university degree used to be enough to guarantee you a job. But things change. Nowadays, employers complain that graduates are failing to meet their expectations and graduates want more than just a job. That’s why a graduate from LJMU has a better chance of a rewarding career and employers are more willing to look at a CV from an LJMU

graduate because they both know what they are getting from the partnership. We have developed WoW without compromising the academic quality of our degrees. Our teaching, learning and research credentials are second to none. The added extra is an experience of the real world, higher level skills development, verified by employers, and a deeper understanding of the world of work.



Carly Ashworth, one of our first WoW graduates, studied criminology and sociology and is currently working towards a PhD. “WoW has been a big help, I now know how to present myself so that employers can see my full potential”


working with employers Leading employers have identified and verified our higher level WoW skills – they put their name to the WoW initiative because they helped to shape it and they are prepared to sign your certificate if you gain the skills.


NHS siemens GKN aerospace CBI ford global british chambers of commerce

shop direct

ford europe

marks and spencer

ordnance survey RICS united utilities

sony shell international


self awareness




awareness making things


LJMU’s employer advisory group



...the more I heard, the more I was convinced that LJMU was the place to be LJMU Chancellor - Dr Brian May


“They are a great bunch of people at LJMU and before I got involved with the University, I did what I would urge you to do, I did a lot of research, I talked to people and the more I heard, the more I was convinced that LJMU was the place to be. You will be at the same stage now, read everything you can about LJMU, visit the website, view the film clips and above all, visit the University... you won’t be disappointed. “What LJMU have developed in WoW is a perfect example

of what a modern university is about. That extra element of high level skills, the ability to communicate and to interact with the world around you in order to do a job properly is really important and I am very happy to be part of it. “And finally, the LJMU ethos, Dream, Plan, Achieve, is very close to my heart and a very strong message, but I would add one more personal thing – Enjoy. Make sure you enjoy every moment along the way.”



kayleigh and talia baccino LJMU is really forwardthinking and innovative. In most universities you don’t get much support for starting up your own business, but we were given credits towards our degree for our business plan and they helped us get relevant work experience. We got a real head start before we graduated. Kayleigh and Talia Baccino, BA (Hons) Marketing, Media and Cultural Studies and BA (Hons) Marketing and Consumer Studies graduates, and owners of TrendyVend



analysing and solving problems





graduate skills “LJMU is setting a template that will be copied the world over, this is what industry wants from its universities - intelligent graduates with relevant skills” Miles Templeman – Director General, Institute of Directors

Whether you study graphic design or pharmacy, teaching or business studies, you will be encouraged to develop, practise and be assessed in eight graduate skills in tandem with your subject-specific studies. This won’t mean lots more work though, as the majority of these skills have been integrated into your degree curriculum.

information literacy and ICT skills

initiative personal planning and




bright sparks kirsty doyle

“Fashion designer Kirsty Doyle has come a long way since she won Sky One's first Project Catwalk in 2006 during her final year studying fashion and textiles at LJMU. Now specialising in luxury womenswear, Kirsty has produced six sell-out collections, opened her first flagship store and launched her own lingerie label. Truly living the LJMU ethos of Dream, Plan, Achieve, Kirsty began by selling t-shirts on a market stall and is now about to relocate her boutique to Liverpool One: “It’s always been my dream to have my own shop and to launch my first store in Liverpool makes it even more special,” she says.

At LJMU we are here to help you to secure rewarding employment. Often that can mean working for yourself. We have a student enterprise programme running workshops on all aspects of setting up your own business and helping you to gain access to grants. We even invest in business start-ups so that the University will be your partner as you spin out your own company. It only takes one bright idea to kick off a whole new venture.

quality guaranteed

All LJMU degrees are of the highest academic standard and are taught by individuals at the forefront of their subject areas. Our staff are distinguished academics, scientists, business leaders, writers, artists and innovators; they are opinion formers and who make a significant contribution to society through teaching, theory and research. Their academic expertise leads them to work with organisations of all shapes and sizes throughout the world and this intellectual and intelligent interaction with the world of industry and commerce keeps our degrees at the leading edge and secures accreditation with key professional bodies.



rob o'donnell LJMU is renowned for its Sport Science research and teaching and there isn’t any other university which would have the same understanding of my sport. I’m getting to fulfil my dreams on two levels – not only am I getting to play the sport I love but I’m also getting a degree. Rob O’Donnell, BSc (Hons) Sport Science student and prop for Sale Sharks’ first team




up close



different by design

...LJMU is the only university in Europe ever to win a business excellence award under the EFQM framework (UK Excellence Award 2008 British Quality Foundation).

...the North West’s only Skillset Media Academy

...10th largest UK university, with 24,000 students in Liverpool plus 4,500 overseas

...number one in the North West for research impact

...centre for excellence in PE, Dance, Sport and Exercise Sciences

...£180 million

campus investment programme

...awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for excellence in astronomy and public engagement in science

...designed and developed the world’s largest

robotic telescopes ...leading edge research in sports science, engineering, health and astrophysics



first students

We have three main campus areas, IM Marsh, City and Mount Pleasant. Each campus has its own learning resource centre (LRC) which will become your home from home. When you are away from the lecture theatre and tutorials with your academic tutors, you will probably find yourself in the LRC which houses our new student zones and has everything you need to support your academic and student life. It’s your space where you can get access to computers, informal study areas, your virtual learning environment and multimedia resources. It is also the place to access all of the standard administrative services that will support your life at LJMU. And because you will spend so much time in the LRCs we have made them as comfortable and relaxing as possible. The two largest centres are open 24:7 during semester so you can access the University whenever it suits you from first thing in the morning to the middle of the night.




for students The students’ union is run by students, for students. It provides a range of social and support activities to make your life at LJMU even better. And if you want to get more involved, it has a highly professional reps network which gives students a voice on every course, in the halls of residence and even in the local community.



entertainment programme

clubs and give it societies a go advice centre




a place of your own We guarantee all first year students a place in high quality, University-approved student accommodation

somewhere close to where most of your teaching will take place.

Liverpool is a great place to live and learn; during term time there are over 50,000 students in the city and there is no shortage of student accommodation.

The student accommodation on offer consists of private study bedrooms in shared flats alongside other LJMU students. Most rooms have en-suite bathrooms and all are self-catering.

The team in our accommodation office will help you find the right place to live and will make sure that you find

Check the LJMU website for all of the in-depth information about accommodation for LJMU students.



formula student

fashion shows

Engineering students learn about technology by working on real projects – our team is currently creating a formula one racing car – they have designed and built the car, the next stage is racing it round the Silverstone racetrack.

Every year our students present their final year catwalk shows. All of our art students display their work for the public.

student zone We put everything in one place for students - library, computing, coffee bars – these zones belong to the students, they have become a unique social learning space.



From travel planning and recycling to green electricity, we are minimising our environmental impact in every possible way. We have committed to reducing our CO2 emissions by 25% over the next five years.





I’m really proud that I did my degree at LJMU. I’m working in Canary Wharf in London and there are people here with me who have been to Oxford and Cambridge so LJMU might not be a red brick university but we’re all here in the same place and that shows you the standard of the teaching. Greg Sheen, BA (Hons) Business and Finance graduate, Masters in Research graduate and a current PhD student. Now working for the Financial Services Authority.



down to business The Graduate Development Centre is a professional environment where you can find the range of services supporting WoW. This is very different from other university venues. You will meet staff who will help you prepare for the world of work sessions and assessments and we have regular ‘meet the boss’ sessions with top employers - this is your chance to grill the professionals on what they are looking for in graduates.

personal tutors

skills support Ready for Work programmes

CV and job hunting techniques



fees and funding At university there are two main expenses – tuition fees and living costs – at LJMU you can receive help for both in the form of grants, bursaries, scholarships and prizes. How much: Full time undergraduate fees are £3,290 (2010) and will rise in line with inflation for each year of your course. You do not have to pay your fees up front, a tuition fee loan will be paid

direct to LJMU to cover the cost of your fees and will be repayable after you graduate and your income rises above £15,000 per year. You will be eligible for a bursary if your household income is less than £25,000 a year. For ALL of the up-to-date information on fees and funding check out the LJMU website.



tweddle world champion, gymnast Beth Tweddle MBE was one of the first students to join LJMU’s sports scholarship scheme in 2004. She graduated with BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Sciences three years later and has established her own company Total Gymnastics with one of LJMU’s Honorary Fellows, Olympian swimmer Steve Parry. “Winning the 2009 World title in front of a home crowd was absolutely fantastic. When it’s the Olympics, it will be 10 times better.” LJMU’s sports scholarship scheme supports talented athletes as they juggle studying with top flight competition.


raising aspirations and transforming lives We have put in place a range of awards to reward excellence and to help you to be the best you can possibly be thanks to your LJMU experience. Our scholarships reward academic excellence, endeavour and sporting achievement. They are awarded in addition to University bursaries, which support undergraduate students from low income households. Our scholarships are open to undergraduate students of all ages. All you have to do to apply for an LJMU scholarship is complete and return one application form and then our Welfare Funds team will work out which award you are eligible for.

Dream Plan Achieve Scholarships: These scholarships are targeted at outstanding students who achieve a minimum of 360 UCAS points in three subjects. Students who qualify for the scholarship receive £1,000 a year for the duration of their degree.

Vice-Chancellor’s Award: This highly prestigious award is presented to students who are both academically gifted and who have achieved a level of excellence in other areas that sets them apart from their peers. A maximum of six awards are made each year. Successful students receive £10,000 per year for the duration of their course.

Sports Scholarships: These scholarships harness LJMU’s internationally-respected sports science research and combine it with targeted learning support to help students who are also top-level sporting stars achieve both their sporting and academic potential.

Achievers Awards: Scholarships of £1,000 a year are available for students who can show a level of commitment, determination and achievement in areas such as the arts, sports, citizenship or volunteering.

For more details, visit



ian prowse I have always just done one thing – music – and I decided that I wanted to do something else with my life, show another aspect to my personality. I’m really grateful to LJMU for helping me to achieve that goal. You think that there are loads of walls in your way but every one of those walls is climbable if you’ve got the drive and enthusiasm. I spend a lot of time now talking to people and encouraging them to do a degree at LJMU. I’ve toured the country doing gigs and released countless albums worldwide but getting my degree at LJMU is one of the best things I’ve done. Ian Prowse, BA (Hons) History graduate, mature student and lead singer of Amsterdam

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how to apply applications for full-time undergraduate applications To apply to study on a full-time undergraduate course at Liverpool John Moores University you will need to submit an on-line application through UCAS. The ‘Apply’ service at allows you to fill in your application anytime, anywhere (please note there is a nominal application fee for this service). You have the option of choosing five courses on your UCAS form. You can apply for just one course or use all choices; you can also apply for more than one course at any institution. Filling in your UCAS application form When we are considering your UCAS form your ability to achieve the entry criteria is just one area that we take into account. Another important part of the application form is your ‘personal statement’, which is an opportunity for you to tell us about yourself. You should include your skills, relevant interests and hobbies, along with why you want to study the course. Any work experience or voluntary work should be mentioned here, but don’t just state where and when, tell us about what you have learnt and why you enjoyed it. We are looking for motivation, commitment and enthusiasm. This is your opportunity to convince us why you would like to study on the course you choose at LJMU. Occasionally courses listed within this prospectus may change throughout the year; new courses may become available or courses may be changed so please check the UCAS website which is updated regularly. It is important that you quote our institution name and code correctly on your UCAS form: Institution name: LJM Institution code: L51 If you need further help in filling in your UCAS form there are full instructions at or for further help you can contact UCAS direct at: UCAS Customer Service Unit, Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ tel: +44 (0)871 468 0468, open Monday to Friday, 08:30-18:00 (UK time). email: for an automated response with general information and guidance on the UCAS procedures.

when to apply You can apply through UCAS for autumn 2011 entry from 1 September 2010. To ensure equal consideration of your application the closing date for receipt of applications is 15 January 2011. For art and design applications at LJMU the closing date is also 15 January but other institutions may offer a March closing date for these programmes. Universities receive applications throughout the year and applications may be considered outside the formal UCAS deadlines through UCAS Extra. Applying for deferred entry LJMU is pleased to consider applications for most programmes for deferred entry. However, you should check on the course Factfile available at that your application for deferred entry is acceptable prior to submitting your form. Applications for part-time and postgraduate programmes Applications for part-time and postgraduate programmes should be made directly to LJMU and we welcome applications throughout the year. You can obtain programme information and guidance notes on how to apply from: Liverpool John Moores University, Student Recruitment and Widening Access, Roscoe Court, 4 Rodney Street, Liverpool L1 2TZ. tel: 0151 231 5090 email: web:

www ljmu.

It is important that you quote our institution name and code correctly on your UCAS form:

Institution name: LJM Institution code: L51

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entry requirements

Minimum Entry requirements For all our courses there will be a minimum UCAS Tariff score requirement. In addition to this many courses will ask for specific subjects at GCSE and/or A level or equivalent. If a GCSE subject is required you will always need at least a Grade C.

Applicants returning to education

At Liverpool John Moores University we welcome applicants with a wide variety of educational qualifications including: A/AS levels n BTEC/ SCOTVEC qualifications n QAA Approved Access to HE Diploma n Advanced Diplomas n Advanced Apprenticeships n Irish Leaving Certificates (Higher Level) n International Baccalaureate n Open University credits n NVQ Level 3 n Scottish Highers n Welsh Baccalaureate n Equivalent home and overseas qualifications. Most of the entry requirements detailed within this prospectus are listed as a UCAS Tariff score. To help you see how your qualification fits into the UCAS Tariff we have included a tariff table on page 218. If you cannot see your qualification please refer to the UCAS website at, or contact our Course Enquiries team on 0151 231 5090 and they will be happy to advise you. Mature students will be considered on an individual basis for most of our courses.

For students over 21 who have gained substantial knowledge or experience in a particular area, formal qualifications may not be essential. However it will be necessary to provide evidence of your ability to study at degree level through an interview or portfolio of work.

What happens to your application form? Your application form is sent to us by UCAS and we assess your form on its merits as quickly and efficiently as possible. For some programmes decisions are based entirely on your application form, whilst others will require you to undertake an interview, short assessment test, show your portfolio of work or undertake an audition. Details of additional forms of assessment are included in our entry criteria.

The offer process

choice). You must decline all your other choices as you may only hold two offers.

UCAS Extra If you have applied for all your five choices through UCAS but are not successful in gaining a place or you have declined all the offers you received you will be eligible for UCAS Extra. Extra operates from the end of February to the end of June.

Receiving your results You will automatically be accepted if you meet the requirements of your conditional firm (CF) offer with LJMU. If you do not attain the required grades, then we may still accept you on your chosen programme or offer you an alternative programme. If we do reject your application you will then be considered by your ‘insurance’ choice.

Clearing If you do not fulfill the conditions of your conditional or unconditional choices, you can then enter the ‘Clearing’ process. During Clearing you contact universities directly to establish if you may be accepted onto one of their courses. Clearing for September 2011 entry will take place during August 2011.

There are a number of offers that we can make you: n An unconditional offer - this will be made if you already satisfy the entrance criteria (i.e. you may be a mature student or have already had the results of your examinations). n A conditional offer - this will be made if you have yet to sit your examinations, and you will be advised of the grades and other criteria we would like you to fulfil. n A changed course offer - if we have read through your application form and think that you would be best suited to a different course, we will contact you to offer you an alternative unconditional or conditional offer for another course. You do not have to accept this offer should you not wish to do so. n A rejection - if we have read through your application form and we are not able to make you an offer of a place at LJMU we will unfortunately have to reject your application.

Applicant events Once an offer has been made, we will invite you to a faculty-based open day, interview or audition where you will have an opportunity to meet with current staff and students, see the facilities in more detail, and find out about our student accommodation.

Making your firm and insurance choices Once you have received decisions back from all your choices, you will be asked to decide which two offers you wish to accept. You will have to choose which you wish to make ‘firm’ (your first choice) and which you wish to make ‘insurance’ (your second

Applying directly to LJMU Please return your completed LJMU application forms to: Liverpool John Moores University, Student Recruitment and Widening Access, Roscoe Court, 4 Rodney Street, Liverpool L1 2TZ. tel: 0151 231 5090 email: web:

Independent Safeguarding Authority Requirements Where indicated in the prospectus or on the University’s website, specific programmes/courses may involve regular access to children and/or vulnerable adults, also known as regulated activity. Where this is the case, students will be legally required to register with the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) which is administered by the Independent Safeguarding Authority. The Independent Safeguarding Authority has recently been established as a single agency to monitor all individuals who want to work or volunteer with vulnerable people. Registration with the scheme will cost £64, as a one off payment, which will cover both the cost of registration and a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. Following successful registration you will be issued with an ISA Registration Number which will stay with you for the rest of your career. The University will send further instructions on registering with the VBS as part of the admissions process. For further guidance please look at the information shown against the programme/course or contact the University.

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GCE/VCE Qualifications

GCE AS/ GCE AS GCE AS VCE Double A Level/ Award AVCE


OCR Nationals1

BTEC Nationals

GCE/ AVCE Double Award














Irish Leaving Certificate

Extended Diploma




D1 D2/M1 M2 M3


























Higher Ordinary POINTS

360 320 280 240 220 200 180 160 140 120 110 100 90 80 77 72 71 70 64 60 58 52 50 48 45 42 40 39 38 35 33 30 28 26 20 14 7

Scottish Qualifications

Advanced Higher Higher

Int 2

Standard Grade

Advanced Placement Programme2 Group A

Group B


A B A1

4 C

A2 D


B1 B2 B


B3 C1 5 C C2 D C3


A1 Band 1 B


D1 C D2 D3

A2 B1 B2 B3

Band 2

45 44 43 42 41 40 39 38 37 36 35 34 33 32 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24

Points 720 698 676 654 632 611 589 567 545 523 501 479 457 435 413 392 370 348 326 304 282 260

3 The points for the International Baccalaureate (IB) come into effect for entry to higher education in 2008 onwards and are awarded to candidates who achieve the IB Diploma.


Points information for the following qualifications is available on the UCAS website: BTEC Nationals in Early Years; CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education; Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design); Diploma in Fashion Retail; Free Standing Maths; IFS; COPE; Advanced Extension Awards; Core Skills; Key Skills; iPro, British Horse Society; Music Examinations; Speech and Drama Examinations.


Welsh Baccalaureate Core4

1 Further information on OCR grades and Tariff points can be found on the UCAS website. 2 The points shown for the Advanced Placement Programme come into effect for entry to higher education in 2008 onwards. Details of the subjects covered by each group can be found on the UCAS website.

For more details visit

Advanced/Progression Diploma

International Baccalaureate3



4 Points for the Core are awarded only when a candidate achieves the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma.

Progression Diploma5 Grade A B C D E

Tariff Points 300 250 200 150 100

5 *Points for the Progression Diploma come into effect for entry to higher education in 2010. Tariff points have not yet been awarded for Grade A*. Advanced Diploma = Progression Diploma plus Additional and Specialist Learning (ASL). For Tariff score for ASL see the appropriate qualification. ASL has a maximum tariff score of 120.

Extended Project (Stand alone)6 Grade A B C D E

Tariff Points 60 50 40 30 20

6 Points for the Extended Project come into effect for entry into higher education in 2009 onwards

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location maps However you decide to get here, you’ll find that Liverpool is extremely accessible from just about any destination. There are major motorway links to the M62, M57, M58 and M56 and all are within easy reach of the city centre and LJMU itself. Liverpool is well served by public transport too, with a mainline railway station, Liverpool Lime Street, located right in the city centre, a National Express coach station, a ferry terminal and an underground railway. In addition, there are two city centre bus stations, taxis are cheap and plentiful, and, if you need to go over the river, you can always take a ferry ‘cross the Mersey.





Edinburgh M74

Newcastle Belfast A1m





Liverpool Chester

Leeds M62 M18






Manchester M60

M62 M56






Birmingham M1



M40 M25 M4


M4 M4 M3



M2 M20



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LJMU location map




Aldham Robarts Centre Aquinas Building Art and Design Academy Avril Robarts Centre Byrom Street Building/Shop Charlie Robertson Centre Cherie Booth Building Clarence Street Building Dean Walters Building Egerton Court Graduate Development Centre (GDC)

C8 C8 C8 A3 A5 C7 A5 C7 D7 C7 B4

The Haigh Building Henry Cotton Building 68 Hope Street James Parsons Building Joe H Makin Centre John Foster Building Liverpool Science Park Max Perutz Building Peter Jost Centre Rodney House Roscoe Court Tithebarn Street Building/Shop

D7 A4 D8 A5 D7 C8 C8 A5 A5 C7 C7 A3




Student Accommodation Apollo Court Atlantic Point Cambridge Court Capital Gate Grand Central Great Newton Hall Lennon Studios Marybone 1, 2 and 3 North Western Hall Opal Court Prospect Point Victoria Hall

B7 A4 C8 B8 B6 B8 C8 A3 B6 A8 A8 A3

For directions to IM Marsh Campus please see website










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general information index Accommodation


Faculty of Science


Student Profiles

Achievers’ Awards




Faculty of Technology and Environment


The Students’ Union


Campus Centres


Fees and funding


UCAS Tariff


Filling in your UCAS form


Vice-Chancellor’s Award


Foundation Degrees


When to apply


Graduate Development Centre 32

Work Related Learning


Graduate Skills


How to apply


World of Work programme (WoW)


Chancellor - Brian May


Dream Plan Achieve Scholarships


Employer links




Facts about LJMU


Faculty of Business, Law and Languages


Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure


Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences


Faculty of Media, Art and Social Science

Learning Resource Centres


Location maps


LJMU up close




Sports Scholarships

36, 37

4, 10, 14, 16, 30, 36, 38

Standard entry requirements 216 102

open days for dates and information about our open days please visit opendays

Student Enterprise


the university reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify in any way the information contained in this prospectus this prospectus is available in different formats please contact us for more information designed and produced by corporate communications repro and print by mwl print group ltd, pontypool, south wales LJMU © January 2010

LJMU Prospectus 2011  

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