• 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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    4.00 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

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

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    2.84 / 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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    0.21 / 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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    71.2 / 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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    70.5 / 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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    82.1 / 100.0

The University of Brighton is a thriving multi-campus university on the south coast of England. The university has a longstanding focus on practice-based and professional education; all undergraduate courses provide opportunities for work-related learning with many offering additional professional accreditation and extended work placements.

Entry Requirements

  • The minimum qualifications required are 2 A levels and at least 3 GCSEs, which must include mathematics and English, at a minimum grade C.
  • The university also accepts students with BTEC qualifications and those who have passed QAA-approved Access courses.
  • The university accepts UCAS Tariff point equivalents to grades, enabling students with a wide range of post-16 qualifications, vocational achievements and international qualifications to be considered for admission.
  • The university assesses applications on merit and a wide range of individual achievements are considered. This means that when assessing students’ potential, exam grades are considered alongside other factors such as family background, work experience and personal circumstances.

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

  • The university’s focus is on enabling students to apply what they learn to real-life situations and challenges, developing the knowledge, skills and experience they need to make a positive difference to society and their chosen field when they graduate.
  • There is a focus on enquiry and research-led learning to support the building of practical skills, confidence and independence.
  • Equipment and facilities replicate industry and professional environments, enabling students to develop specialist skills that will benefit them long after they graduate.
  • University of Brighton teaching staff combine teaching, practice and research.
  • Please refer to the university website for details of the assessment methods for each course.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • All of Brighton’s 140 undergraduate courses offer flexibility through optional modules, placements and opportunities to specialise, allowing students to tailor their learning to their individual career aspirations, and pursue their interests.
  • Many courses in the same subject area share 1st year modules, enabling students to explore different areas of the subject before deciding on a final degree path.
  • All undergraduate courses include opportunities for work-related learning. Depending on the course this could be through 1 or more short placement opportunities, volunteering in the community or a salaried placement year.
  • There are opportunities to study abroad in EU cities and further afield.

Student Services and Facilities

  • Students have access to libraries, media centres, computer rooms, campus-wide Wi-Fi and StudentCentral, the university’s online learning environment.
  • The university is committed to continuously investing in equipment, facilities and buildings. More than £100 million has been invested in the past 10 years including a new advanced engineering building, a podiatry hospital, flight simulators, human movement labs, a dispensing pharmacy, prototyping facilities, and clinical skills facilities including ambulance and midwifery suite simulations. There are also studios, exhibition spaces and specialist equipment for architecture, design, fine art, fashion, textiles photography and media courses.
  • Student welfare is supported by dedicated teams across areas including accommodation, finances, careers advice and wellbeing.

Career Focus

  • 100% of Brighton’s undergraduates are able to do assessed work-related learning as part of their course.
  • 93% of graduates are working, studying or training within six months of completing their course (DLHE survey 2015–16).
  • Work placement companies include American Express, British Airways, Channel 4, IBM, the NHS, Nike and Rolls Royce. 
  • Many of our courses are accredited by professional organisations. This may mean that students are licensed to practise (eg as a nurse), are eligible to apply for membership of a professional body, or are exempt from professional exams.
  • Partnerships with business, employers and professional bodies contribute to course development and teaching.
  • Students can develop their employability skills through career forums, mentoring, entrepreneurship and volunteering schemes.

Disability Services

  • Support is available for all disabled students, whether they have dyslexia, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues, hearing impairment, visual impairment, mobility impairment or any other long-term medical condition.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Students' Union

  • Brighton Students' Union offers over 100 student-run societies, around 60 sports clubs and a range of other activities where students can make friends, visit new places and build a wealth of experiences.
  • There are also opportunities to gain experience by volunteering to become a course rep or get involved in student campaigns.
  • The Students' Union creates a diverse events programme every year, from cinema and club nights to black-tie balls, as well as helping societies to hold cultural and religious events for festivals such as Eid, Diwali, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year and Christmas.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Many full-time students work part-time while they are studying at the University of Brighton.
  • The university's Vacancies Service is an online jobs database which advertises part-time and holiday work, including university-based roles.
  • There are careers centres on each university campus which can help students find a job and provide career guidance.

Careers Guidance

  • Career Development Advisors are available to give practical help with CVs, job applications and preparing for interviews. They can also help arrange professional mentoring.
  • Practical careers guidance is complemented by the university's career-focused approach to learning. Students benefit from opportunities throughout their course to build real-world experience and transferable skills through project work, volunteering and placements.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 81%
  • Postgraduate 19%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 76%
  • Part Time 24%

Where students come from

  • UK 86%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 8%

Student gender

  • Male 40%
  • Female 60%


  • The origins of the university can be traced back to 1859 with the founding of the School of Art in the Brighton Royal Pavilion.
  • Since being granted university status in 1992 the University of Brighton has grown steadily. Today the university is a community of more than 20,000 students, offering over 140 practice-based and professional undergraduate courses.
  • In 2014, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked Brighton in the top 25% of UK universities for its world-leading research impact.

Notable Alumni

  • Dr Gary Brickley – British Paralympic cycling team coach.
  • Mandy Chessell CBE – computer scientist, Master Inventor and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
  • Paddy Considine – actor, screenwriter and director.
  • Norman Cook - DJ, musician and produce.
  • Emily Gravett – children's book illustrator and author.
  • Dr Steve Ingham – Head of Physiology at the English Institute of Sport (IES).
  • Jill McDonald – Chief Executive of Halfords.
  • Julien Macdonald OBE – designer.
  • Orlando Weeks – musician, The Maccabees.
  • Rachel Whiteread CBE – artist and Turner Prize winner 1993.

Further Details

Address University of Brighton
Student Admissions Office
Watts Building
Lewes Road
UCAS Code B72