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My university is absolutely shocking, I was told the media school is the best in the country but my course has been so bad over half the students have left or switched courses. Despite this being the first year for my particular course - Media Production - we are still paying £9000 a year, we do not have a separate room for editing or printing etc, and despite high levels of complaints the university refuses to do anything about it.
The grade boundaries for this course were originally 360 ucas points, which was then brought down to 340, which translates roughly as ABB, despite working ridiculously hard throughout my sixth form and A Level years to get in to this university, students who received grades as low as BCC were allowed on the course. I, and many others, were forced to work with people who not only are extremely below our grade boundaries but also do no work and leach off other people's grades, also bringing down ours. The course is 100% coursework, however none of it is externally marked and I personally have found marking is biased in the way of attendance rather than the actual quality of people's work.
As well as this the accommodation for this university is shocking. They guarantee accommodation for all first years, however what they don't tell you is that if you are unlucky you are placed in accommodation such as in Corfe House (or Unilet), about 200-300 pupils in their first year end up here. Buses come once an hour to get into university that is half an hour away, whereas buses for other accommodations come every five minutes despite it only being a five minute walk for them to get home. As well as this the buses into Bournemouth to the other halls take an hour and a taxi costs £20 to get home.
Furthermore the student union are basically non-existent, if it wasn't for all the advertising of them and elections I wouldn't even know they exist. There are extremely limited societies and clubs, all with various locations, which are inaccessible for many.
The lecturers take no interest other than for attendance and seem extremely biased with favouritism to certain students particularly in marking, they claim you are expected to check your email three times a day yet don't check theirs, or reply for up to three weeks at a time. Many people at different universities talk about discussions with their tutors. Sorry, what is this mythical creature? There are no tutors at Bournemouth or at least none that I have heard of, again meaning it is extremely difficult to get feedback or help.
There are almost never any free computers at the uni in the library or places to sit, meaning working there is nearly impossible, plus unless you go to the silent areas of the library, where no noise AT ALL is allowed it is almost impossible to work, it's quieter in the dining hall then the library which can prove problematic when doing groupwork.
Furthermore the accommodation management is poor, there is almost never anyone available in the reception for up to half an hour at a time, rather problematic when someone gets stuck in the lift.
Furthermore the cost of living is ridiculous, paying £1,900 for accommodation that is nowhere near the university or other halls with no parking and limited buses, costing over £120 a week. Overall the cost of living for food etc is reasonable, average in the way of prices.
The nightlife is poor, despite there being a variety of clubs, there is a night every week for each particular nightclub which is overpriced and packed full, whereas all the other clubs will be empty - either way it's a recipe for a poor night.
Written by awood12829 on 5th May 2014