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University of Worcester

2015 League Table Ranking 104
2015 Overall Score 518
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Entry Standards 297 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 21.1 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 1.54 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 667 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 4.00 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 295 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 62.9 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 85.3 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 58.5 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 57.5 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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  • Originally founded in 1946 as a Teacher Training College.
  • Degree-awarding powers held since 1996.
  • Granted full university status in 2005.

Location and Transport

  • Worcester is 51.5 km (32 miles) south west of Birmingham and is easily accessible by air, rail and the M5 motorway network.
  • The University is located centrally, just a short walk from the train and bus stations. The St John's Campus is a 15 minute walk/5 minute drive/10 minute bus journey from Worcester city centre, while the City campus is right in the heart of the city, close to both train and bus stations.
  • Worcester has two train stations – Foregate Street and Shrub Hill. National Express operate eight buses a day to Worcester.

Entry Standards

  • Find out about entry requirements at Worcester online.

Student Mix

The 10,295 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Joint and major minor degree courses are widely available.
  • All single honours students have opportunities to take free choice modules in other subjects.
  • There are opportunities to mix full-time and part-time study.
  • A change to the curriculum in 2013 allows more opportunity for course-related employability skills training and activities.

Teaching Standards

  • The university's mission is to provide high quality, inclusive, education.
  • Student satisfaction levels are high.
  • The university performs well in all external quality assessments.

Research Standards

  • All academic staff are expected to engage in advanced scholarship and research.
  • The University has a number of well-regarded research centres, including the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Centre, and the Association for Dementia Studies.
  • Other particularly strong subjects include health sciences, including Psychology, Biological Sciences, English, and History.

Academic Strengths

  • Teacher Education, Early Years, Sport and Exercise Science, including disability sport, Psychology, Nursing and Midwifery, Biology, History, Heritage and Archaeology Studies, and Management and Leadership

Student Facilities

  • The University has invested significantly in a new library – the Hive was opened by HM The Queen in July 2012. It is the first joint university and public library in Britain, housing more than 275,000 books and over 12 miles of history records.
  • A new study and guidance centre at the St John’s Campus contains 400 study spaces, PCs, Macs and access to a complete range of student services.
  • All halls of residence have internet access and on-campus media services offer students a wide range of multi-media support.

Disability Services

  • Extensive support and advice for students with a range of disabilities. The University has one of the highest proportions of disabled students of any university.
  • Visit the website for more information – www.worcester.ac.uk/your-home/disability-and-dyslexia-support.

Students' Union

  • Runs over 50 clubs and societies, ranging from American football and archaeology to volleyball and urban music.
  • The union runs a Student Advice Bureau, offering a range of welfare support and financial advice to students.
  • The Pear Tree is a venue for students to socialise during the day or in the evenings, with a café and bar. There is also a campus shop for all essentials within the Students’ Union building.


  • The state-of-the-art University of Worcester Arena opened in 2013. The 2,000 seat arena, with a 12-court sports hall, strength and conditioning rooms and teaching space is one of the iconic facilities, part funded by Sport England as part of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy. The arena is the first in Britain designed specifically for both disabled and able-bodied athletes, and has hosted top flight basketball, international netball and elite disabled sports since opening. It will host the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships in 2015.
  • In addition, at the St John’s Campus is a £3-million sports centre with a 6-court sports hall and air conditioned fitness centre with cardio resistance and free weights.
  • Full-sized, 3rdgeneration synthetic sports pitch, along with a further full-sized, sand-based pitch. Off-campus sports fields (cricket, rugby, football) 10 minutes drive from campus. The Rowing Club use a boat house on the River Severn, which is less than 10 minutes walk from any University campus.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The state-of-the-art University of Worcester Arena opened in 2013.
  • The £60-m joint university and public library, the Hive, was opened by HM The Queen in July 2012, as the first of its kind in Britain. The Hive has won 46 awards since opening including, Best University contribution to the Community and Best University Library Team.
  • A new study and guidance centre at the St John’s Campus opened in 2013 containing 400 study spaces, PCs, Macs, a radio studio and access to a complete range of student services.
  • The University opened its City Campus in 2010 in the refurbished buildings of the former Worcester Royal Infirmary in the city centre, housing its business school, a health and wellbeing centre along with spacious teaching and learning spaces.
  • The University is creating a new Science, Enterprise and Health park, a mile from its St John’s Campus, which will enhance links between the University and the local business and scientific community. A new health centre opened in 2014 and care homes will open in 2015. Both will offer research and student project opportunities.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The University has a strong earn-while-you-learn programme, with a range of part-time work available within the University itself, in Worcester and the surrounding area, including jobs with local sports clubs, schools, charities and performance companies.
  • The university has a 'Job Pod' and a free phone line on campus, which directly links students to part-time vacancies on JobCentre Plus.

For further information

  • www.worcester.ac.uk
  • admissions@worc.ac.uk
  • +44 (0) 1905 855000
  • University of Worcester
    Henwick Grove
    WR2 6AJ
UCAS Code W80
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