• 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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    485
  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

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

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    4.05 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

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

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    3.18 / 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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    0.91 / 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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    78.9 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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    13.4
  • 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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    1,490
  • 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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    482
  • 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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    87.0 / 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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    95.9 / 100.0

The University of Bristol was founded in 1876 as University College, Bristol. It was the first higher education institution in England to admit women on an equal basis to men. The university is located in the heart of Bristol, which is one of the UK's five Centres of Cultural Excellence; it was the UK's first Cycling City (in 2008), and is a Fairtrade City (since 2005). Bristol was the first UK city to be named both European Green Capital (2015) and a UNESCO Learning City (2016).

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements vary from course to course.
  • The university will accept the new A level and GCSE qualifications; offers will be made on an equivalent basis to the current qualifications, with most applicants expected to have 3 A levels and 8 GCSEs (or equivalent qualifications), and additional qualifications will not confer any advantage. There are no plans to introduce AS levels into the requirements for entry.
  • The university will not generally require the new core maths qualification, unless programmes specify this in entry requirements.
  • If a science A level is taken, the university will generally require applicants to pass the practical element.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • All undergraduate courses have a modular structure, providing opportunities for student choice. Most single honours courses include the option for students to take units outside their main department.
  • A number of courses may be studied part-time.
  • Many courses offer the opportunity to study or work abroad or spend a year in industry.
  • The university welcomes students from other universities who are looking to intercalate at Bristol.

Student Services and Facilities

  • Computing facilities are available at the libraries, the 24-hour Computer Centre and in academic departments. Students living in the university's houses or halls of residence can connect to the university network and the Internet through the ResNet (Residential Networking) service and there is Wi-Fi access across the university campus.
  • Students are given a Gmail account with an extensive storage quota, providing them with a university email address for life; and the university runs a dedicated student laptop and mobile clinic, the only one of its kind in the UK.
  • Over 350 study places have been created at Senate House and in the recently refurbished Students' Union.
  • Many of the teaching and research library collections are available online.
  • Support services include the Student Counselling Service, Multifaith Chaplaincy, Careers Service, University Nursery and Students' Health Service.

Disability Services

  • Please refer to the university website for further information on Disability Services.

Students' Union

  • Bristol Students' Union supports students in all aspects of their life, representing their views to the university through elected student officers and course reps. Bristol SU also provides quality services such as a lettings agency and an advice service, which are key to improving the lives of Bristol students.
  • There are over 250 sports clubs and societies (covering everything from international relations to Pokemon), volunteering and sustainability programmes, along with student media, including Burst (student radio station) and Epigram (free, fortnightly newspaper).
  • The Students' Union building provides a buzzing social hub, hosting a wide range of activities such as club nights, gigs, debates and conferences.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The university Careers Service is available to assist current students find part-time work.
  • Located at the heart of the campus, JobShop is a part of the Careers service dedicated to advertising term-time and vacation job opportunities for current students at the University of Bristol.

Careers Guidance

  • The Careers Service offers a range of support to all students from first-year undergraduates to final-year research postgraduates.
  • Careers Service staff are available to discuss careers-related topics, such as advice on CVs, applications or interviews, career ideas and options after graduation. Workshops offering practical advice are also availble.
  • Bristol came fourth in a list of the universities that are most targeted by top graduate employers, such as Google, Dyson and the BBC.
  • The Careers Service handles thousands of vacancies for undergraduates and postgraduates, including internships, graduate and term-time opportunities.

Student Mix

21,904 students in 2015–16:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 76%
  • Postgraduate 24%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 93%
  • Part Time 7%

Where students come from

  • UK 78%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 16%

Student gender

  • Male 47%
  • Female 53%

History

  • Founded in 1876 as University College, Bristol, the new University of Bristol opened in October 1909 with 288 undergraduates and some 400 other students. Henry Overton Wills became the first chancellor.
  • 12 Nobel prizes have been awarded to Bristol graduates and members of staff.
  • There are now more than 15,000 undergraduate and 5,000 postgraduate students at the university. 

Notable Alumni

  • Simon Pegg – actor and comedian.
  • David Walliams and Matt Lucas – BAFTA award-winning television duo.
  • Julia Donaldson MBE – children's author.
  • Laura Tomlinson (née Bechtolsheimer) MBE – Olympic equestrian gold medal winner.
  • Paul Hayward – chief sports writer of the Telegraph.
  • Miranda Krestovnikoff – President of the RSPB.
  • Rachel Joyce – author of the international bestseller The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.
  • Derren Brown – illusionist.

Further Details

Address Student Recruitment, Access and Admissions
University of Bristol
Howard House
Queens Avenue
Bristol
BS8 1SN
UCAS Code B78