• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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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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    4.14 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

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

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    2.04 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the University.

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    0.20 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects
    Graduate Prospects

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

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    58.7 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio
    Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    58.7 / 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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    68.4 / 100.0

Bolton is one of the largest towns in the UK, and has excellent motorway and rail links to major cities such as Liverpool. Manchester is just a 20-minute train journey. The Lake District, West Pennine Moors and Yorkshire Dales are within easy reach, and the bright lights of Blackpool are just an hour away.

Entry Requirements

  • The UCAS tariffs for 3 year honours degrees range from 96–112 points. The exact qualifications and grades needed vary between courses.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Teaching Methods

  • All of our staff are highly qualified and experienced. Many are active in research and have books and papers published regularly. 
  • Our staff are the key to our students' successful careers. They help their students build a base of industry contacts, preparing them for graduation. 
  • Recently, the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) awarded a judgment of 'confidence' in academic standards and quality of learning opportunities at the University of Bolton.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • The university offers a variety of pathways to and within higher education.
  • These include pre-degrees, access courses, foundation years and semesters, through to undergraduate, research and taught postgraduate, CPD and PhD degrees.
  • Most on-campus 3-year degree courses can be studied on a part-time basis, with some courses available by distance learning.

Student Services and Facilities

  • The library on campus is open 24/7, and offers full printing and photocopying facilities along with a range of self-service facilities; regional and national schemes allow students to join other university libraries within the UK.
  • The Social Learning Zone (SLZ) includes the Tech Zone, with 8 iMacs and 26 Dell touch-screen PCs which can be used for study or recreation. There is IT support available from staff.
  • The Student Services department provides information, advice and guidance on a wide range of issues, including accommodation, counselling, support for disabled students, student health and wellbeing, immigration, student finance and university procedures.

Disability Services

  • The university is committed to equality and diversity, and provides support to students with physical and sensory impairments, mental health issues, medical conditions and specific learning difficulties.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union is part of the Social Learning Zone, with the mission statement 'To enhance the student experience', representing students and providing social, commercial and welfare services without discrimination.
  • There is a wide and diverse range of clubs and societies at the university, ranging from the Geek Culture Society to the Law Society. Most clubs and societies are organised and run by students; the Students’ Union is always keen to help students create and promote any new clubs.
  • The students' union bar provides a vibrant space for students to meet for a coffee, for something to eat or for drinks. Entertainment evenings include poker nights, quiz nights and comedy evenings with regular drinks promotions. Other events includes Freshers week, and events such as a UV party and trips to Go Ape! and Alton Towers.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The university's JobShop is designed to help students who would like to find part-time work in and around Bolton; students can join the site to receive regular email alerts on job, internship or volunteering opportunities.
  • The careers team advises students on the minimum wage, tax and National Insurance, becoming self-employed, and gaining additional skills like communication or organisational skills which are in great demand by employers.

Careers Guidance

  • The university offers a range of careers and employability support tailored to student's needs, whether they are studying full-time or part-time, at undergraduate or postgraduate level.
  • Careers advisers offer 1-to-1 appointments throughout the week, providing practical advice on career plans, help with applications and portfolios, and support with job hunting and skills development.
  • The team works with employers and agencies involved in student and graduate recruitment, hosting an annual careers fair with more than 70 companies and organisations represented.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 82%
  • Postgraduate 18%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 69%
  • Part Time 31%

Where students come from

  • UK 92%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 6%

Student gender

  • Male 44%
  • Female 56%


  • Opened in 1824 as the Bolton Mechanics Institute which in 1982, having gone through a number of changes, became Bolton Institute of Higher Education.
  • Bolton Institute was awarded the right to award taught degrees in 1992, and research degrees in 1995.
  • In 2005 it was given the title University of Bolton; and in 2008 opened a campus in the United Arab Emirates. On the UK campus, new additions include Bolton One, the health leisure and research centre; Bolton Business School; and in 2017, the new Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering, run in conjunction with RLR motorsports.

Notable Alumni

  • Anthony Keating – entrepreneur and supercar designer.
  • Josie Cichockyj – was a British wheelchair athlete, competing in 2 Paralympics and breaking 28 British track records in all distances from 100m to 5000m, including 5,000m World Track record.
  • Jason Stockwood – CEO at Simply Business insurance brokers, named in 2016 as overall Best Leader at the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For awards.
  • Graeme Hawksley – Managing Director of the award-winning Hybrid Marine based in the Isle of Man.
  • Adam Dean – award-winning photographer named in the prestigious 2011 list of '30 new and emerging photographers to watch'.
  • Dr Ann Johnston MBE – awarded an MBE for her outstanding contribution to healthcare for her work with the Alzheimer’s Society following her own early diagnosis with the condition.

Further Details

Address University of Bolton
Deane Road
UCAS Code B44