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Edge Hill University

UCAS Code: E42

Location: North West England Show on Map

Site: Main campus at Ormskirk, three other centres; partner colleges

A modern university

Student Population

Total Students:22,350
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:14,605
Full Time:65%
Mature on Entry:30%
UK Students:99%
State school entry:99%

Teaching Staff

366 full-time, 68 part-time plus 384 associate tutors.

Broad study areas

Business & management; computing; education; English; geography; health, nursing & midwifery; law; media; performing arts; social & psychological sciences; sport.


Admission Information:AS-levels accepted in combination with 2+ A-levels or equivalent. UCAS tariff used, in addition to course-specific criteria.  
Points on Entry (Mean):246
Drop Out Rate:11%
Accommodation:Many first years housed.


Founded:1885. University status 2006.
Structural features:Partner colleges include Knowsley Community College, Hugh Baird College, Liverpool College, MANCAT and Blackburne House.  
Site:Main campus in Ormskirk (semi-rural); others at Chorley (education), Aintree and Stockport (both health).
How to get there:To Ormskirk by coach or rail (from Liverpool Central); both train and bus stations 10 mins' walk (or university bus service). By road on M6 and M58 or A59. Liverpool, Manchester and Southport 20 minutes away. 

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Finance and welfare rights advisers, counsellors, accommodation officers, health centre, childcare, support for students with disabilities. Majority of buildings adapted for wheelchair access. 
Amenities:SU building with café, restaurant, fast food outlet, bar and shop; bookshop on campus. 
Sporting facilities:Indoor and outdoor sports complex for use by students and local community. 
Accommodation:Many first years in university accommodation (two thirds of those who apply are successful); priority given to those living furthest from campus. 1000 places available (half ensuite): 700 self-catering at £56−£97 per week (including utilities), 300 catered at £90 pw; contracts 38 or 40 weeks (catering contracts 33−35 weeks). Students live in privately rented accommodation for 1−2 years: average £60−£70 pw for self-catering, plus bills. 

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:247,000 books, 10,000 full-text e-books, 9880 journals (980 print, 8900 electronic); 500 study places. 14,000 audio-visual and reference materials; short loan collections. Information provision, £77 pa spent for each student (FTE). IT and library services converged. Ratio PCs to students 1:8, all with access to internet and electronic resources. Resource centre and IT facilities open 12 hours/weekdays (7 hours at weekends). Helpdesks at all sites give library and IT support in person, by phone or email; induction to library and information services (including use of the network, basic IT information); embedded information skills training throughout the year and bookable one-to-one session on eg Word, Excel, use of electronic resources. Dedicated centre provides support for IT, study skills and dyslexia. 
Other learning resources:TV studio, language laboratories, multimedia, satellite and CD-Rom facilities. 
Study abroad:Opportunities for those taking French to study abroad.
Careers:Careers centre and website; volunteering and mentoring programmes linked to degrees.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £5500−£6000 pa (excluding tuition fees) recommended by the university. 
Term-time work:Job club run by careers centre. 
Financial help:Scholarships of £3000 in Year 1 for all English students whose family income is up to £25k pa and who gain 360 points in their A-levels (or equivalent); also scholarships of £1000 in Year 1 for those with high entrance grades, or of £2000 for arts, sports or volunteering; also scholarships (of £500−£1000) awarded during the course. Bursary of £750 pa for care leavers. Additional government funds £1+ million: £700,000 access to learning fund (660 students helped); £607,000 secondary shortage subject scheme (180 students helped).
University tuition fees:Home students pay £9000 pa for first degrees. International students pay £10,500 pa.


Academic features:

Modular BA/BSc scheme.  

Awarding body:

Edge Hill University.

Main undergraduate awards:


Length of courses:

3 years

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Childhood Studies
  • Chinese
  • Computing
  • Costume Design
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Education
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • Film Studies
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Health
  • History
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • Law
  • Leisure Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Media Studies
  • Midwifery
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Music Theatre
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Performance Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Social Science
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Sports Sciences
  • Sports Studies
  • Systems Analysis
  • Teacher Training
  • Theatre Design
  • TV Studies
  • Web Development/Design

Student view

Elliott Hodgeon, Union President (MA Education)


What's it like as a place to live?

Fantastic. It has a beautiful campus and Ormskirk is a very typical small market town. Very difficult to walk through without seeing someone you know etc.

How's the student accommodation?

Again, on campus very good. There is a wide variety of options in the halls of residence right through from single bedrooms with a sink to bedrooms with fridges, computers and flat screens all included. There is also the option of catered or self-catered accommodation. This means that a student can pick the accommodation that is right for them at a price they are comfortable with. Also the halls are very reasonably priced in comparison to many other universities. As for student accommodation in the local area it obviously varies and is far more difficult to assess as a whole. But there is lots of it!

What's the student population like?

Very diverse. We have students studying all-round the country at home, outreach centres, partner colleges and satellite campuses. We also have a high percentage of part-time students and attract many mature students too. Edge Hill also has a reputation for both its nursing and teaching degrees, meaning we have a strong vocational contingent. On the whole people say that the Ormskirk students are a friendly bunch.

How do students and locals get on?

Historically, there has always been tension between the local area and the student population and that is inevitable given the rapid expansion of the university into a small market town. As a result of this expansion the culture and content of Ormskirk has changed dramatically with more businesses catering for the student population now too. Most students have no problem with the locals, and most of the hostility in this area does come from local residents. Their main frustration is the noise that now occurs of an evening with students walking back and from the campus. The Students' Union has done much to combat this over the last year and continues to work closely with those in the local community in order to 'keep the peace'.


What's it like as a place to study?

Obviously much of this depends on the course of study. Generally students are happy with their courses but there are often frustrations over organisation and management such as room bookings and timetables etc. As it is a new(ish) university though, there is very little of the archaic old hallways and classrooms that you may see at other universities, and most buildings are modern and provide excellent learning facilities at the main Ormskirk campus. Those buildings that are older often tend to fit in with the old-meets-new aesthetic of the campus.

What are the teaching staff like?

One aspect students often do make reference to is the personable nature of their tutors and the enthusiasm they bring to their roles. As with anything there are exceptions, but generally students tend to very happy with their lecturers.


What are student societies like?

Fantastic. The Students' Union is responsible for all student societies and we have over 70 now ranging from things like cheerleading and dance companies to things like Disney and medieval reenactment. People often make their lifelong friends in our societies. A list of our current societies can be found here - http://www.edgehillsu.org.uk/getinvolved/societies/

What's a typical night out?

Not sure there is a typical night out. There are events on campus and Wednesday is traditionally clubs and societies night. Then there are bars and clubs in the local area, many of which have 'their own nights' and again many students tend to go to those too. Finally, some students will head into Liverpool quite regularly too.

... And how much does it cost?

Depends which of the above you do (and how much you drink). Nowhere in Ormskirk tends to charge more than £3 entry and drinks are reasonably priced. The added bonus is because it's all on your doorstep, you can walk everywhere, rain-permitting of course. So an average night on campus or in the local area would cost around £20-25. Obviously Liverpool is more expensive as you have to travel in (usually by train) and then get back again (taxi). Plus club entries and drinks tend to cost more too. Average night out in Liverpool, transport included would be around £40-50.

How can you get home safely?

There are two taxi companies in Ormskirk who obviously take bookings from students all the time. That tends to be the usual way people get home safely. But in reality Ormskirk tends to be a pretty quiet, well-intentioned place to live with very little threat of violence.


Is it an expensive place to live?

Not really. There is a Morrisons, Iceland, Aldi and Tesco Express on the doorstep which everyone can use. The campus also has two shops including a McColls. As stated, rent tends to be pretty reasonable in comparison to city centres and bills are often included in rent prices.

Average price of a pint?


And the price of a takeaway?


What's the part-time work situation?

Not the easiest. As more and more national companies move into Ormskirk, this becomes easier but still, with thousands of students and only a small town, the opportunities for part-time work during term times are few. The university does help students to locate part-time work thoug,h and many students get jobs in Liverpool and Aintree amongst others. The University also employs students for temporary work like student guides. Students living in halls aren't allowed to park their car on campus and similarly students living within a certain radius will not be given a parking permit unless either have special circumstances which require it. Obviously this somewhat limits residential students' ability to travel for work.


What's the best feature about the place?

The people, the atmosphere and the campus (Ormskirk).

And the worst?

The university's constant battle to expand its services and facilities to match the huge increase in student numbers. Things like teaching space, size of library and car parking are all issues for students because the University struggles to keep up and cater for its drastically increased student intake.

And to sum it all up?

A beautiful university which is growing faster than virtually any other in the UK. It has an excellent reputation in areas such as teacher training, nursing and performing arts, and provides a very personalised and friendly student experience.

Past Students

Ann McCormack (commercial planner, Metal Box Co), Jonathan Pryce (actor), Russell Slad (football manager), Paul Deacon (Bradford Bulls & England rugby league). 

More info?

Contact students’ union on tel 01695 657301 or visit the website www.edgehillsu.org.uk.



Edge Hill University
St Helens Road
L39 4QP


01695 575171





Student enquiries:

Enquiries Unit (freephone 0800 195 5063). 



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