• 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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    3.96 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

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

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    2.67 / 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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    0.24 / 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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    74.4 / 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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    82.6 / 100.0

Glasgow Caledonian University is the University for the Common Good. This means that our mission is to support students to become entrepreneurial, confident, socially-driven and capable of fulfilling leadership roles in a global context meaning. As a GCU graduate you will excel as a professional in your field.

Career–focussed programmes are available in subject areas including business, engineering, health, vision sciences, nursing, life sciences, computing and the environment.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements vary depending on course,  please see the dedicated programme page of the course you are interested in for more information 

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary. Find out more about TEF.

Teaching Methods

  • Degree programmes at GCU focus on developing the practical knowledge and skills essential to modern workplace, the majority include work places in leading businesses. On campus students enjoy learning in facilities including hospital simulation centre, vision clinic, eMotion lab, fashion factory and more.
  • Student are also encouraged to develop their employability through opportunities to take work placements and study abroad.
  • GCU hosts regular Masterclasses by leading representatives from industry, business and health care organisations throughout the year, and students can attend a range of professorial lectures, highlighting the research activities and knowledge of GCU academics.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • There is direct entry to many degree programmes for students completing qualifications at colleges; GCU has articulation agreements with colleges across Scotland.
  • Second year entry to selected programmes for students with the required number of A level/Advanced Higher qualifications.
  • Many students at GCU undertake placements, internships or take a year out to work in industry before completing their degree.

Student Services and Facilities

  • The multi award-winning Saltire Centre is a modern learning environment that is home to the university library.
  • CAMPUS Life is the central hub for student support services while the Arc is GCU’s on campus health and wellbeing centre.
  • IT facilities include 2,135 computer workstations available across the library, study spaces and halls of residence; a 24-hour computer lab; the latest in virtual-learning environments; and free Wi-Fi.

Disability Services

  • GCU’s Disability Team provides advice, information and services to students and prospective students, including a needs assessment service, and pre-entry transitional workshops and programmes for disabled students.
  • The team provides free access to, and training in a range of assistive technologies including text to speech, mind mapping and study apps.
  • Specialist transitional support, mentoring and communication/social skills training is provided for students on the autism spectrum.
  • Please refer to the university website for further details.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Association provides a range of services from advice and representation to entertainment, sports clubs and societies.
  • The purpose-built Students’ Association building has a 24-hour computer lab, radio station, advice centre, social spaces and a bistro. Around 60 societies offer activities throughout the academic year ranging from course-based, cultural and faith groups to social, interest and hobby-based societies. If students don't see a society that suits them, they can start their own.
  • The association also offers volunteering and fundraising opportunities to help students develop their employability skills and meet new people.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • GCU offers a range of part-time jobs on campus for students including working with Student Enquiries and Admissions teams, Student Ambassador roles supporting University events such as Open Days. They are a great way to enhance your CV and be part of the University experience.
  • GCU's Careers Service post a huge range of vacancies, part-time jobs, voluntary opportunities, placements and internships on its online vacancy and events service — it also support students to create CVs and build a network of potential employers through presentations and workshops with a range of businesses. 

Careers Guidance

  • Careers guidance is provided to GCU students and graduates of up to 2 years.
  • Services include consultation to support career choices, developing a job search strategy, weighing up the pros and cons of several possibilities or selecting the right employers to target
  • Interview coaching is available, plus support relating to job application and personal statement, CVs and covering letters.
  • Other areas include guidance on further study, course withdrawal/change and work and study abroad.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 83%
  • Postgraduate 17%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 78%
  • Part Time 22%

Where students come from

  • UK 88%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 8%

Student gender

  • Male 40%
  • Female 60%


  • GCU’s heritage dates back to 1875 through its founding institutions; GCU was established as a university in 1993 and now has campuses in the heart of Glasgow, London and New York.
  • GCU’s London campus is home to the GCU British School of Fashion, attracting postgraduate students from across the world.
  • Known as 'the University for the Common Good' GCU has a distinct and defining mission to deliver social benefit at home and overseas through education, research and social innovation.

Notable Alumni

  • Rhona Martin MBE – Scottish curler, gold-medallist in Olympic Winter Games, 2002.
  • Khalid Abdulrahim – CEO and Chairman of construction company, Cebarco Bahrain which has over 4,500 staff.
  • Laura Bartlett – bronze medallist member of Team GB hockey squad, 2012 Olympics.
  • Gary Lewis – actor in Billy Elliot, My Name is Joe and Gangs of New York among other productions.
  • Professor David Gartry – first to perform laser eye surgery for short-sightedness in the UK.
  • David Sibbald OBE – co-founder of Atlantech Technologies, sold to Cisco systems in 2000 for $180milion; and a Vice-President of UK UNICEF.
  • Professor Ian Deary – internationally renowned for work on human cognitive ageing and cognitive abilities, Professor of Differential Psychology at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Gordon Smith – former Rangers football player, former BBC pundit and former Chief Executive of the Scottish Football Association.
  • Phyllida Law – acclaimed actress and writer.
  • Henry Simmons – Chief Executive, Alzheimer’s Scotland.

Further Details

Address Glasgow Caledonian University
Cowcaddens Road
G4 0BA
UCAS Code G42