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University of Gloucestershire

2016 League Table Ranking 80
2016 Overall Score 595
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Entry Standards 312 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 19.9 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.38 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,244 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.06 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 403 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 57.9 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 86.3 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 72.4 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 69.6 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Granted university status in 2001. Predecessor colleges have been delivering quality education in Gloucestershire since 1834.
  • International reputation for achievements in sustainability and is the only university in the UK to have been ranked in the top five of the People and Planet Green League each year since it began.
  • Leading the way at elite sporting level, are the University of Gloucestershire All Golds, the only university owned professional rugby league club in the world.

Location and Transport

  • Regency Cheltenham is home to two of campuses, the Park and Francis Close Hall, with Oxstalls campus situated just minutes from the heart of historic Gloucester.
  • Equidistant from Birmingham and Bristol, Gloucestershire offers bustling towns and stunning scenery within two hours reach of London.
  • Bus links are provided between campuses in Cheltenham and Gloucester at a subsidised flat rate fee of £1.20. This also applies to all Stagecoach bus services in and around Cheltenham and Gloucester.

Entry Standards

  • Entry ranges from between 260 and 320 UCAS points.
  • Visit the website for more information on entry standards at the University of Gloucestershire.

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

  • The university welcomes applications from students who are taking, or who have taken, A Levels, AS Levels, BTEC National Diploma/Certificates, NVQ Level 3, International Baccalaureate Diplomas and Access courses.
  • We accept all qualifications that are part of the UCAS tariff.
  • For all degree courses, applicants must have a minimum of two A-Levels or equivalent qualifications in order to be considered, and each course has a guideline UCAS tariff entry requirement.
  • To view the university’s full admission policy, please visit:

Student Mix

The 7,965 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time

Course Flexibility

  • Flexible modular scheme means that students can map their own path through their degrees.
  • Part-time and full-time options on many courses.
  • 17% of students are part-time (based on HESA 2013–14 data).

Teaching Standards

  • The 2010 Quality Assurance Agency audit of the university recorded a judgement of full confidence in the institution’s management of academic standards and of the quality of learning opportunities available to students.
  • A wide range of awards carry recognition by external professional bodies such as the British Psychological Society, the Law Society and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
  • The University of Gloucestershire is a Skillset Media Academy.
  • Eight staff have been designated National Teaching Fellows by the Higher Education Academy.

Research Standards

  • A thriving postgraduate research community with traditional and taught doctorates across all areas of our portfolio, including a highly successful Doctorate in Business Administration.
  • A thriving postgraduate research community with traditional and taught doctorates, including a highly successful DBA.
  • The government's 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) results for Higher Education institutions shows that the University has work of 'world-leading' quality in five of its research areas.
  • The government's 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) results for Higher Education institutions shows that the University has work of 'world-leading' quality in all of its submitted research areas.
  • Recognised excellence in Sport and Physical Activity, Geography and English, History and Theology.

Academic Strengths

  • Health and Social Care, Sports Science, Media, Art and Communications, Education, Humanities, Environmental Science, Social Science, Business.
  • Placements are a key aspect of many of our undergraduate programmes. The university offers reliable and practical knowledge to students and there is a dedicated placement team on each campus. More than 3,000 students each year go on placement.

Student Facilities

  • Recent £5-m investment to improve facilities and student experience (see Recent new builds below).
  • More than 500 open access computers and full Wi-Fi coverage.
  • Oxstalls offers a heavily discounted gym and a free-to-use sports hall.
  • Each campus is home to a refectory selling various dishes at competitive prices.

Disability Services

  • The disability, dyslexia and learning support service offers confidential, one to one support to support to students with disabilities, learning difficulties and medical conditions. They can help with a wide range of advice including advisory visits to the university before students submit their application and advising on diagnosing specific learning difficulties.
  • For information on disability services at the University of Gloucestershire, telephone 01242 714541, email or visit the

Students' Union

  • With more than 70 sports & Societies there is plenty to get involved in, and if you can’t find what you are looking for, the SU will help you set one up.
  • The Union provides many opportunities for students from Sports and Societies to Volunteering and a Jobshop.
  • The SU Summer Ball has seen acts like Professor Green and Lily Allen. It is held at the prestigious Cheltenham Racecourse, famous for its Gold Cup week.
  • The Green Team runs our social enterprise companies with students including the own Cheltenham Chilli Company, alongside students. We are also starting our very own Core Blimey Juice and Cider Company and Oh Beehive.


  • Over 30 different sports clubs with support available for new.
  • Teams in the BUCS Premier League include men's and women's football; men's and women's futsal; women's hockey, netball and rugby league.
  • The Rugby League 1sts are in BUCS Super Eight League (national top 8 university rugby league teams).
  • UNIversal sport programme also offers a range of opportunities for students to get involved in sport, from taster sessions in alternative sports such as dodgeball and ultimate frisbee to more traditional sport drop in sessions including badminton, tennis, volleyball and 5-a-side football, a series of exercise to music sessions including running groups, zumba and body conditioning classes.
  • The recreational UNIversal League programme offers students the opportunity to enter teams into our formalised UNIversal Leagues in a range of sports.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • New fashion, product design, science and media facilities opened 2014.
  • Refurbished refectory and Students' Union bar.
  • Following months of preparation between the university and the GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), businesses around the county can access support from the Growth Hub at Oxstalls Campus, which has been allocated around £10 million of Government investment.
  • A new Performing Arts and Events Centre will open at Oxstalls Campus in September 2015.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Students' Union provides a JobShop to help students looking for work in and around the local area where there are a good variety of jobs. In 2013/2014, they advertised nearly 850 vacancies, resulting in more than 1,000 students finding work in the area.
  • The JobShop runs an internal recruitment agency placing students in jobs on campus.
  • Degreeplus is our innovative initiative that will enable students to gain skills and experience through internships, volunteering and development workshops – visit for further information.

Careers Guidance

  • Students are supported to develop a personal career plan, and the university offers support with placements, internships, volunteering, paid work and career development advice and workshops.
  • Whatever our students’ future plans may be, the university ensures that they have opportunities to gain work experience, develop skills and manage their careers.
  • The careers service is available to alumni, offering networking opportunities, careers advice, and work or volunteering opportunities.

Notable Alumni

  • PJ Crook – artist and painter.
  • Chris Beardshaw – gardener and broadcaster.
  • Paul Day – sculptor famous for 'The Meeting Place' located at St Pancras Station.
  • Cornelia Parker OBE – Turner-prize nominated artist.
  • Zoe Derham – Commonwealth hammer thrower athlete.
  • Paul Wickens – keyboard player with Paul McCartney’s band.
  • Adam Buxton – TV presenter.
  • Graham Brookhouse – Olympic bronze medallist (Modern Pentathalon, 1988 Seoul).
  • Sarah Potter – former England international cricketer.
  • Lizzy Yarnold – Great Britain Olympian and gold medallist at Sochi 2014, skeleton.


For further information

  • +44 (0)844 801 0001
  • Enquiries: 03330 141414
  • University of Gloucestershire
    The Park
    GL50 2RH
UCAS Code G50

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