Bournemouth University to charge up to £9,000 in fees

Bournemouth University has announced plans to charge the maximum fee of £9,000 for its most popular courses.

It said 90% of honours degree courses would cost £8,200, while students on some foundation degrees would be charged the lower rate of £6,000.

A "a small number of flagship degree courses" in areas such as tourism, computer animation, TV and journalism would attract the maximum fee.

This was to "recognise the global reputation of those courses", it said.

A spokesman said the cost of delivering those courses and the competitive demand for student places had contributed to the decision.

The fees plan decided by the university's board of governors.

Not 'exceptional'

So far, at least two thirds of England's universities want to charge the maximum fees for some or all of their courses from 2012, a BBC survey suggests.

The survey of 71 institutions suggests maximum fees will not be "exceptional" as the government had claimed.

Bournemouth University said its lower fee of £6,000 for foundation degrees showed it was committed to providing "flexible entry routes into higher education".

Professor John Vinney, vice chancellor, said: "As a university, we pride ourselves on our links to the professions, and our new fees structure will ensure that we can continue to offer our students high quality teaching by professionally qualified and internationally recognised academics engaged in globally-relevant research."

Toby Horner, president of the students' union, said the organisation would "ensure that it represents the voice of its students to Bournemouth University in order to guarantee that they receive the educational quality, student experience and value for money that they deserve".

Universities have to submit their plans for fees for 2012 to the Office for Fair Access.

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