As you heard in the video clip not all universities are the same. The higher education sector has grown over the last hundred years or so and presents you with a wide and varied choice of institutions to study at. Let’s look a little more closely at the different types of higher educational institutions you might come across in your research.
|Type of Institution
|Have their origins stretching back to the Middle Ages.
|Cambridge, Oxford, St Andrews
|'Red Brick' Universities
|Founded in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in major English cities.
|Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester
|'Plate Glass' Universities
|Developed in the 1960s. Characterised by being “Campus” universities.
|Brunel, Sussex, Warwick
|Prior to 1992 these institutions were Polytechnics and Teacher Training Colleges specialising in mainly vocational degrees.
|Bournemouth, Kingston, London South Bank
|Traditional Specialist Institutions
|Offering study in and related to a particular subject area particularly in the creative and performing arts but also in areas like agriculture.
|Harper Adams, Royal Academy of Music, University of the Arts London
|Private Sector Universities
|Often offering 2 year degrees in areas such as Business and Financial and related subjects.
|BPP University, Buckingham, Pearson College
|Further Education Colleges
|You will find that your local college will often offer the opportunity to study for a degree.