• 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

The Research Excellence Framework 2014 placed Glasgow Caledonian in the UK top 20 for allied health research at world-leading and internationally excellent standards, and in the UK top 20 for world-leading and internationally excellent research impact in the built environment. Programme subject areas include business, engineering, health, vision sciences, nursing, life sciences, computing and the environment.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements vary depending on course.
  • Flexible entry points included.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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

Teaching Methods

  • Methods include a focus on the internationalisation of the student experience through opportunities to study abroad and, for those remaining in Scotland, drawing on projects and case studies with an international focus.
  • 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.
  • STV Glasgow, the television channel for Glasgow delivered through a partnership between Glasgow Caledonian University and STV, launched in June 2014. It offers MA Multimedia Journalism students access to work-experience opportunities for prime-time broadcasts.

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-winningSaltire Centre is a modern learning environment that is the hub of campus and home to the university library.
  • CAMPUS Life provides 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.
  • Specialist facilities include an eMotion lab, fashion factory for the design and production of fashion items, HD TV and radio studios, Vision Centre eye clinic, nutrition and dietetics laboratory, simulated surgical theatre and Scotland’s first ever interprofessional simulation centre, for use by nursing students.

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's careers service posts a huge range of vacancies, part-time jobs, voluntary opportunities, placements and internships on its online vacancy and events service.
  • Students can register and log-in to: search for job vacancies, get daily notification of new vacancies matching saved preferences, view all forthcoming employer presentations, and reserve a place at careers service events.

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