University of the West of England

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.70 / 4.00
  • Academic Services Spend 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 Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.03 / 5.00
  • Facilities Spend 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 Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    70.4 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

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

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    83.0 / 100.0
  • Good Honours 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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    73.3 / 100.0


  • In 1595 the Bristol Society of Merchant Venturers' Navigation School is founded.
  • In 1969 Bristol Polytechnic is founded.
  • In 1992 Bristol Polytechnic gains university status and, becomes the University of the West of England (UWE).
  • Today UWE Bristol is the largest provider of higher education in the south west of England.

Location and Transport

  • UWE Bristol has three campuses (Frenchay, Glenside and City Campus) in Bristol, plus the Gloucester Campus and Hartpury College further afield.
  • The university is easy to reach from most areas of the country, situated close to the M4 and M5 motorways. There are also excellent train and coach connections.
  • Filton Abbey Wood and Bristol Parkway train stations are walking distance to Frenchay campus; whilst Bristol Temple Meads station, in the city centre,  is in easy reach of the City Campus.
  • UWE students benefit from subsidised bus rates in Bristol.

Entry Requirements

  • For queries about how to apply and entry requirements please visit the UWE Bristol website.
  • UWE Bristol makes offers based on the UCAS Tariff and will be using the new tariff from 2017.
  • All tariff bearing qualifications will be considered, provided applicants have met the minimum requirement of 2 A level passes (or equivalent).
  • Plus five GCSEs (A*–C, or comparable numeric score under newly reformed GCSE grading), normally to include English Language and Mathematics.

Student Mix

The 26,670 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 78%
  • Postgraduate 22%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 76%
  • Part Time 24%


  • UK 87%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 10%

Student gender

  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%

Course Flexibility

  • You can choose from more than 600 courses including over 260 undergraduate courses.
  • The majority of their courses offer a module structure allowing students to tailor their learning to their interests.
  • Many courses offer foundation year entry, allowing students an additional year to gain the required subject knowledge to complete a degree.
  • Students often have the opportunity to take part in placements, internships and other work-based projects.  
  • UWE Bristol arranged more than 8,000 work placements and 230 internships for their students in 2015–16. 
  • Student can also take advantage of a wide range of global opportunities including work placements, study and volunteering abroad.

Teaching Standards

  • UWE Bristol has consistently scored 'excellent' in the teaching assessments carried out by the Quality Assurance Agency.
  • Over 70 of their courses come with professional accreditation from industry bodies.

Research Standards

  • UWE Bristol has an outstanding reputation for its user-led research applicable to real world problems.
  • The volume of their world-leading research has gone up by 170%, according to the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
  • The REF 2014 results showed that 75% of the research conducted by UWE Bristol is highly rated in terms of its impact.
  • UWE Bristol has been granted the European Commission's HR Excellence in Research Award, which recognises the University's outstanding work in developing and supporting its research staff.

Academic Strengths

  • 96% of UWE Bristol graduates are in work or further study three and a half years after graduating (DLHE 2016).
  • UWE Bristol was praised for the breadth and strength of partnership with industry and the embedding of employability skills across the university’s activities in the 2015 QAA review.
  • Many lecturers are world-renowned academics, leading the way in their chosen subject areas and actively contributing to new research in their particular fields.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • UWE Bristol is investing £220m in infrastructure and facilities by 2020 to improve students’ experiences. This will include a new Business School building, new student accommodation, central plaza and transport hub, and refurbished teaching and learning spaces.
  • Learning facilities include 24-hour computer lab, libraries on each campus, a mock courtroom, forensic crime scene house, wind tunnel, flight simulator, financial trading room, and a host of specialist labs and studios.
  • Social facilities include a high-quality Centre for Sport, an on-campus cinema, a Centre for Performing Arts, a NatWest Bank, several bars, numerous shops and cafés.

Disability Services

  • Information about disability services can be found on the UWE Bristol website.

Students' Union

  • A brand-new £10m Students’ Union building opened in summer 2015.
  • Students can join over 180 different sports clubs, societies, community networks and volunteer activities.
  • Every UWE Bristol campus has a Students’ Union run bar.
  • The Students’ Union won four awards at the South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2015, amongst which was Gold for Best Fairtrade Retailer. Last year the shop won the highly contested ‘Best in Category’.
  • The Students’ Union Bars at UWE Bristol have been awarded gold in the Best Bar None scheme 2015, a national award supported by the Home Office and aimed at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Students’ Union Job Shop helps students find the right job to fit around their studies. Around 4,000 part-time jobs are advertised through their JobShop every year.
  • The JobShop also offer tips on specific job hunting and advice on employment rights, tax, and national insurance.
  • More than 200 students undertake internships funded by UWE Bristol every year.

Careers Guidance

  • UWE Bristol Careers offer a wide range of services, resources, advice and support to students and graduates.
  • Careers events including recruitment fairs, employer presentations and careers skills workshops take place throughout the year.
  • It offers a wide range of online tools and resources including CV and covering letter builders, job search, interview simulator, psychometric tests, personality tests, literacy and numeracy tests, e-learning tools, written advice and videos from employers.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • UWE Bristol £250m infrastructure investment programme has so far delivered a Students’ Union building, over 400 high-quality student rooms, significant enhancement of learning and social spaces across our estates, and work has started for the innovative £50m building for their Faculty of Business and Law to be completed in 2017.
  • Recent developments on the City Campus included a new Media Hub with industry-standard radio and television broadcasting suites, new specialist Drama facilities, a new student learning zone and extended catering, library and Students’ Union facilities
  • A new football stadium for Bristol Rovers Football Club (BRFC) is planned on the land adjacent to Frenchay Campus.

Further Details

Address University of the West England, Bristol Frenchay Campus Coldharbour Lane Bristol BS16 1QY
UCAS Code B80
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