University of Westminster

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

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

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    315
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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    19.8
  • Research Quality Research Quality

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

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    2.74 / 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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    1,256
  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

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

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    3.96 / 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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    298
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

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

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    54.9 / 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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    81.5 / 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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    68.6 / 100.0

History

We have a distinguished 175-year history and are known as a university of firsts including:

  • First polytechnic in the UK.
  • Home to the 1st public moving picture show in the UK and the birthplace of British cinema. Now restored as the iconic Regent Street Cinema.
  • First photographic studio in Europe, and first polytechnic to offer degrees in both film and photography.
  • First modern university to win the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
  • First UN Habitat Partner University.
  • Our university was the original blueprint for the sought after model of collaboration with industry and practice.

Location and Transport

  • We have four campuses in London, which are home to our five faculties. Three of our campuses are in central London and one is in Harrow, north west London.
  • Our central London campuses comprise Cavendish Campus, Marylebone Campus and Regent Campus. Our Regent Campus is made up of three sites: our headquarters at 309 Regent Street, our Little Titchfield Street site and our Wells Street site.
  • All our central London campuses are within walking distance of each other and enjoy enviable locations in the heart of London.
  • Harrow campus is a short tube ride away from our central London campuses and is home to our vibrant Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design.
  • All four campuses have been extensively redeveloped to create fresh and inspiring places to learn and socialise, creating a unique university community.

Entry Requirements

  • There are standard minimum entry requirements for all undergraduate courses. However, for each course you will find the typical offer given to applicants who started their undergraduate degree this academic year.
  • For many courses, these will remain the same for entry this year, but up-to-date information can be found on our website or on the UCAS website via the course entry profile.

You will need to meet one of the following sets of standard entry requirements:

  • Two GCE A level passes plus three GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language and Mathematics.
  • Three GCE A level passes plus two GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language and Mathematics.
  • Five passes in the Scottish Certificate of Education, of which three are at Higher grade including English Language and Mathematics.
  • Four passes in the Scottish or Irish Certificate of Education, all at Higher grade including English Language and Mathematics.
  • A pass in Edexcel BTEC National Certificate/Diploma or HNC/HND (the distinction/merit/pass profile will be stipulated in the conditions of our offer).
  • A pass in Foundation course.
  • An International or Welsh Baccalaureate.
  • Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum number of Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction.

These should be seen as benchmarks only. You can find out more in the University of Westminster Admissions Policy on our website.

Student Mix

The 20,465 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 79%
  • Postgraduate 21%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 75%
  • Part Time 25%

Domicile

  • UK 70%
  • EU 10%
  • Other 19%

Student gender

  • Male 43%
  • Female 57%

Course Flexibility

  • The University of Westminster offers full and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses, short and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and foundation degrees.
  • Over 300 of our undergraduate courses start in September, and over a third of our taught masters courses have both a September and January start date to cater for our students’ needs.

Teaching Standards

  • We understand the importance of critical thinking, discipline and responsibility, and we expect the very highest standards of our staff and our students.
  • The University of Westminster has over 950 full-time teaching staff, supported by over 700 visiting subject specialists. Our academics are experts in their field and professionals in their own right, bringing current knowledge and new ways of thinking to the courses they teach. Together with our students, our staff make us what we are – an inclusive and diverse University with a passion for learning that makes a difference in the real world.

Research Standards

  • The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed our world leading positions in Art and Design, and Media and Communications, and internationally excellent research in English, Architecture and Built Environment, and Allied Health. Additionally, Psychology and Neuroscience, Politics, Area Studies, and Law are acknowledged for their excellence.
  • Research outputs in 11 of the 13 subject areas submitted for review in the REF have been assessed as 'world leading'. The proportion of research outputs judged as world leading was double that achieved in the 2008 review.

Academic Strengths

  • The university’s National Student Survey Satisfaction (NSS) scores are steadily increasing year on year, including the categories of learning and teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources and personal development.
  • The University of Westminster also offers the largest range of languages of any university in the UK.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • From the £20m investment in new facilities at our Marylebone Campus, to the new learning spaces at our Regent Campus, as well as the fully-equipped sports facilities at Regent and Chiswick and our specialist resources, such as the purpose-built Financial Markets Suite, our world-class facilities are there to support your professional and personal development.
  • The new Fabrication Laboratory Westminster, launched April 2015, provides an innovative learning environment, inspiring and preparing students for digital fabrication in the 21st century.
  • Over 2,000 second and third year undergraduate students at the University of Westminster’s Faculty of Science and Technology have been provided with iPads at the start of the academic year this September for use until graduation.
  • Our architecture studios at Marylebone Campus have undergone a £5.2m refurbishment programme, providing unrivalled facilities for study and collaborative learning.
  • The Harrow Campus features music and television studios, radio production facilities, photographic studios, and multimedia newsrooms. Our Cavendish Campus offers extensive computer suites and laboratories.
  • Life Sciences students will be able to use the latest hi-tech laboratories and equipment at our Cavendish Campus.
  • When you join the university you will have access to all four of our libraries – all of which have 24-hour opening throughout the academic year. You will have access to the university's library collection online via Library Search which allows you to find information in both print and electronic formats, reserve items, extend loans and more. Our collection includes over 30,000 e-journals, 20,000 e-books, and 230 databases.
  • As well as getting help and advice from library counter staff in person or over the phone, you will also be able to use the online 'Ask-a-Librarian' service.
  • IT services – there are more than 3,000 Microsoft PCs, Sun workstations and Apple Macs across the university for students' use. We provide general applications and word processing packages as well as a wide range of specialist software for your area of study.
  • You will be given a university email account, which is delivered by Google. You can use the PCs in the university's computer suites for supervised training sessions, research, completing assignments, group work, online learning as well as general internet access. You can also borrow a laptop from the library counter. Wireless access is available everywhere on all campuses. Information on your course is available as an app for your phone.
  • Blackboard is our virtual learning environment which provides you with resources and information to support your course modules. You can also access Blackboard with your mobile device.
  • The university has a chaplaincy and prayer rooms.
  • You get can help and support with IT issues face-to-face at our drop-in centres, which are located at each campus, or over the phone, or online through our FixIT Centre.
  • Our Marylebone Campus is home to our exclusive Bloomberg Suite – offering business students first-hand experience of the world's financial markets.

Disability Services

The University’s Disability Learning Support team provides a range of services for students with disabilities. Our disabled facilities include:

  • Ramped entrance
  • Lifts
  • Disabled access rooms
  • Spacious reception with reduced-level reception desk
  • Induction loop
  • Disabled parking bays
  • Car park lift

Students' Union

  • The University of Westminster Students’ Union (UWSU) is a Student led organisation independent from the university.
  • UWSU is here to represent your needs, protect your rights and to ensure the student voice when important decisions are made. When you enrol at the university, you automatically become a member of the UWSU.

The objects of the union are the advancement of education of students at the University of Westminster for the public benefit by:

  • Promoting the interests and welfare of students at the University of Westminster during their course of study.
  • Representing, supporting and advising students.
  • Being the recognised representative channel between students and the University of Westminster and any other external bodies; and
  • Providing social, cultural, sporting and recreational activities and forums for discussion and debate for the personal development of its students.

The Union is also home to a range of sports clubs and societies, as well as Smoke Media (Smoke magazine, Smoke Radio and Smoke TV). Recently Smoke Radio was crowned Best Student Radio Station at the 2015 Student Radio Awards.

  • The UWSU also boasts a bar (the Undercroft) and nightclub (Area 51) in Harrow, and has two shops that stock various student essentials - one at our Harrow Campus and the other at our Cavendish Campus.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The university is embedding internationalisation, employability and sustainability into all areas of work. Together these characteristics will position Westminster as the leading practice-focused and global University.

We put employability in the centre of university life. Students have opportunities to enhance their practical experience through internships, professional placements, study abroad and volunteering or mentoring programmes.

  • 556 students placed/due to be placed in Media, Arts and Design roles
  • 205 students placed through the Business Experience Team programmes
  • 183 students registered on the Santander Internship Programme portal
  • 88 international students placed in an internship as part of the Undergraduate Internship Programme for International Students.
  • Around 1,500 students and over 50 exhibitors attended that Annual Careers Fair
  • 164 internal opportunities and 50 external opportunities were filled by students through our dedicated recruitment agency Talent Bank.
  • 91 more part time paid opportunities for students on campus and with external employers were created through Talent Bank
  • 1061 new students registered to volunteer
  • 283 students matched to business mentors across three schemes designed to widen the aspirations and enhance the personal effectiveness of students.
  • 89 students placed in 40 schools as part of the Associates in Schools programme.

Careers Guidance

  • The University of Westminster’s Career Development Centre is committed to increasing the employability of our students and graduates, and to enhancing the reputation of the university in the wider business community in line with the Westminster 2020 vision.
  • The University of Westminster has dedicated career service – the Career Development Centre. Here, a team of career professionals are able to give students advice on finding a job.

The Career Development Centre offers a wide variety of services:

  • One-to-one careers coaching
  • CV and application advice
  • Workshops
  • Presentations
  • Careers information (in person and online)
  • Help finding work
  • Online vacancy listings
  • Employer events
  • Volunteering
  • Talent Bank
  • Mentoring

The Career Development Centre is available to all students, as well as graduates for the three years after the graduation.

  • Each faculty at all of the campuses has their own work placement team, too. These teams can help assist students in finding work experience whilst on the course, as well as CV advice and practice interviews.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The university’s estate spreads across 170,000m2 – equivalent to 8,100 double-decker buses.
  • £125m refurbishment of the university buildings and facilities finished recently, including the redevelopment of our Harrow and Marylebone campuses, the Marylebone halls of residence, the Regent Street Gym and social learning spaces.
  • Our Regent Campus, located in central London off Oxford Circus, is the headquarters of the University of Westminster and is on the National Heritage List for England. A short walk away is our Little Titchfield Street campus that has just undergone a £3.5m transformation, including new library and lecture and social spaces.
  • The newly restored Regent Street Cinema is where the Lumière brothers screened the first performance of a moving film to a UK paying audience in 1896.
  • Our Marylebone campus is home to the Bloomberg Financial Markets Suite, providing first-hand exposure to technology widely adopted in all the leading global investment banks in the major financial centres of the world.
  • The Fabrication Laboratory Westminster offers a wide selection of digital equipment providing facilities ranging from desktop 3D printing and CNC knife cutting, to large scale CNC routing, CNC metal milling and robot fabrication.
  • As part of the university’s £5.2m redevelopment plan, new architecture studios have been unveiled at the Marylebone Campus.
  • Ambika P3 is a 14,000 sq ft space for contemporary art and architecture, developed from the vast former concrete construction hall at the University of Westminster. It presents a public programme of curated exhibitions, catwalk shows, education projects, talks and events in central London.
  • Our Cavendish Street campus offers a diverse and vibrant learning environment in central London. The laboratories at Cavendish Street were recently completely refurbished as part of a £30m modernisation plan. The campus is home to the Faculty of Science and Technology.
  • Harrow campus features some of the best educational film, television and music studios, computer technology and broadcast equipment in Europe. It is home to the Faculty of Media, Arts and Design.

Notable Alumni

Our alumni continue to make a difference and have achieved great successes in many fields of professional life. The Westminster graduate community proudly includes the likes of:
  • Sir Alexander Fleming (Nobel prize in medicine)
  • Christopher Bailey (CEO, Burberry)
  • Vivienne Westwood (fashion designer)
  • Katalin Bogyay (Hungarian Ambassador to UNESCO)
  • Frank Turner (3x Olympics gymnast)
  • Michael Manser CBE (architect and ex-president of the Royal Institute of British Architects)
  • ArthurMax (Oscar nominated and BAFTA winning art director)
  • Brian Whitaker (former Middle East editor at the Guardian newspaper)

Further Details

Address University of Westminster Course Enquiries Office 101 New Cavendish Street London W1W 6XH
UCAS Code W50
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