As a BCA Cheltenham student, you will study alongside English students at the University of Gloucestershire, which offers a wide variety of courses in a large number of disciplines. This page will help you understand course offerings, requirements, academic system, and the course registration process in Cheltenham.

Required Courses

In addition to your courses at the University, all BCA students take the BCA Signature Course: British Life and Culture.

Course Listing

The link below will take you to the course listings for the University of Gloucestershire. Please keep in mind that these courses may not be offered when you are planning to study as course offerings frequently change at the University of Gloucestershire. As you prepare for your semester abroad, your resident director will help you to understand the courses that will be available and the course registration process.

Navigating to find courses can be a bit tricky. The steps below will help you find courses on the site.

  1. Select undergraduate studies and your desired subject area
  2. You will be provided with a list of majors within that subject area
  3. If you click on a major, you can then select course map on the right-hand navigation bar
  4. This will provide you with a list of courses
  5. If you click on a course, you can view the class summary

Popular Departments

  • Arts & Humanities: Animation, Creative Writing, English Language & Literature, Fashion Design, Film Studies, Fine Art, Games Design, Graphic Design, History, Illustration, Media Production, Music, Photography, Religion, Philosophy & Ethics
  • Business & Communications: Accounting, Business Management, Computing, Economics, Information Technology, International Business, Law, Marketing, Marketing Management
  • Pre-Professional Studies: Education, Events/Tourism Management, Hotel & Resort Management, Social Work, Exercise & Sports Sciences, Television/Radio Production
  • Sciences: Biology, Environmental, Geography
  • Science Social Sciences: Psychology, Sociology

This may not be a comprehensive list. Please view the course listing link above.


At the University of Gloucestershire, a discipline or major is called a “course.” The courses are made up of individual study units called modules.

Additionally, the UK education system normally has 3-year university programs, unlike the United State’s standard 4-year bachelor’s degree.The first year of  university undergraduate programmes is known as Level 4, and the final year, the third, is Level 6.  Levels 1-3 are taken prior to university, in preparation for it. If you are an upperclassman, BCA requires you to enroll in at least one level 4 class, since you are above beginner level.


Some courses do require pre-requisites but these tend to be noted as specific modules within the university; they are not available to be seen by external viewers.  However, the resident director can work with you and with the course leader to identify if the pre-requisites might be fulfilled by US courses already taken and thus waived.

Teaching Style

The University of Gloucestershire has a reputation for innovative teaching and learning styles.  Most courses meet once a week for two or three-hour sessions; sometimes lectures and seminars are divided, in which case you may have a lecture on one day, and the relevant seminar on another.  US students are notable for their willingness to speak up in class – much to the delight and satisfaction of UK tutors!  UK students can be seen by US visitors as rather reticent and reserved.  UK tutors uses strategies such as group or individual presentations, workshops and ‘flipped learning’ precisely to encourage more student engagement.


Your work is assessed through essays, examinations, project work, group presentations, as well as field and laboratory reports, depending upon your area of study.

Credits/Number of Courses

15-credit courses at the University of Gloucestershire are worth 4 US credit hours. Some UK courses are 30 credit modules, running either in one semester (therefore equivalent to 2 modules), or across two semesters.  Where necessary, and by negotiation to amend assessment patterns appropriately, some year-long 30-credit modules can be modified to be equivalent to 15-credits. BCA students take the equivalent of four 15-credit courses at the University and the BCA Signature Course, BCA 101 British Life and Culture, for a total of 17 US credits for the semester.

Course Registration

When you apply to the program, you will be asked to list courses that you are hoping to take while in Cheltenham. This list is for advising purposes only as it helps BCA understand your course needs and make sure that our program is a good fit for you. Checks will also need to be made in consultation with the resident director to avoid any clashes or problems concerning timetables, semester offerings and pre-requisites.  However, you will only officially register for your courses once you arrive on site. That means that you will need to remain somewhat flexible about your courses until you arrive and officially register; it also means that you have the opportunity to review your choices on-site and with face-to-face local advice. You should plan to have a list of approved courses and approved alternate courses choices with you. You will also want to have contact information for you study abroad advisor, academic advisor, registrar or any other person who can approve courses at your home school. That way, you will be prepared in case you want or need to take a course that had not already been approved.