University of Gloucestershire

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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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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    4.06 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

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

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    2.38 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.18 / 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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    55.2 / 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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    69.0 / 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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    86.5 / 100.0


  • The university was granted university status in 2001. Predecessor colleges have been delivering quality education in Gloucestershire since 1834.
  • Alumni include Turner Prize nominee Cornelia Parker and Winter Olympic Gold Medallist Lizzy Yarnold.
  • The University of Gloucestershire's roots lie in teacher training and more than 150 years later is still outstanding in its field, with Ofsted inspectors judging our Primary and Secondary teacher education programmes as Outstanding in 2015.
  • Leading the way at elite sporting level, are the University of Gloucestershire All Golds, the only university owned professional rugby league club in the world.

Location and Transport

  • Regency Cheltenham is home to two campuses, the Park and Francis Close Hall, with Oxstalls just minutes from the heart of historic Gloucester.
  • Close to Birmingham and Bristol, Gloucestershire offers bustling towns and stunning scenery within two hours reach of London.
  • Bus links are provided between campuses in Cheltenham and Gloucester. This also applies to all Stagecoach bus services in and around Cheltenham and Gloucester.

Entry Requirements

  • The university welcomes applications from students who are taking, or who have taken, A levels, AS levels, BTEC National Diploma/Certificates, NVQ Level 3, International Baccalaureate Diplomas and Access courses.
  • Visit our website for more information on entry standards at the University of Gloucestershire.

Student Mix

The 7,855 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 83%
  • Postgraduate 17%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 82%
  • Part Time 18%


  • UK 95%
  • EU 1%
  • Other 4%

Student gender

  • Male 41%
  • Female 59%

Course Flexibility

  • Part-time and full-time options on many courses.
  • 17% of students are part-time (based on HESA 2013–14 data).
  • Foundation degrees include Sports Coaching and Development, Education and Learning, Mental Health Practice, Exercise Fitness and Health, Health and Social Care Practice, Children and Young People's Practice.

Teaching Standards

  • In 2015 the University of Gloucestershire received 'commended' for its enhancement of student learning opportunities, and had its quality and standards for academic provision confirmed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
  • The review identified a number of examples of good practice. 
  • The Degreeplus scheme provides students with a range of extra curricular opportunities and awards to support high participation in placements and internships.
  • A wide range of effective initiatives which integrate employability and sustainability into the curriculum.
  • The School representative system which strengthens student engagement in quality assurance and decision-making at senior levels.
  • The review also highlighted the strategic engagement with colleges, employers and the Local Enterprise Partnership to widen participation and support student learning opportunities and development.
  • Over the 16 years since the scheme was introduced, 16 staff have been designated National Teaching Fellows by the Higher Education Academy. This places it as one of the top in the country.
  • A wide range of awards carry accrediations by external professional bodies. You can find more details on our website.

Research Standards

  • Each of our 10 academic schools contribute to our learning-led, research-informed environment. We embed research in all our activities, ensuring students and staff benefit from and contribute to vibrant subject communities, engaged in fundamental and applied research.
  • Research has been rated as world-leading in all of our submitted research areas. More than 25% of the work in all six of the university’s submissions to the REF was recognised as internationally excellent or world leading.
  • A thriving postgraduate research community with traditional and taught doctorates across all areas of our portfolio, including a highly successful Doctorate in Business Administration.
  • Recognised excellence in Sport and Physical Activity, Geography, English, History, and Theology.
  • Developing excellence in Business, Education Media, Art and Design, Psychology, Computing, and Technology.

Academic Strengths

  • Business Our career-ready philosophy and Make It programme give students professional insights and involvement throughout their studies.
  • Examples from the Make It programme include shadowing a marketing consultant or advisor, working with an SME, marketing or digital agency, working in the marketing department of a large corporate.
  • Seminars with leading marketing figures, such as learning from Luke Johnson about how he developed Pizza Express, and reviewing successful campaigns with Dan Germaine, Head of Creative at Innocent.
  • Working on a minimum of 10 live briefs from companies such as Superdry, Waitrose, G:E, Cap Gemini, Volvo, Vauxhall, IMI and others.
  • Graduating with exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma.
  • International experience included in tuition fees.
  • Our Business School is also home to a large number of international research students employed by companies such as Audi, Siemens and Porsche. They are a dynamic presence on campus and their business insights will bring an added dimension to your learning.
  • Media Strong links with industry mean students are able to meet and learn from respected media practitioners. Guests at the annual media school festival include Head of Digital for BBC Radio 2, Brett Spencer; Doctor Who director Alice Troughton; and BT Sport’s social media content editor, Leigh Moore.
  • The School of Media provides excellent multi-platform facilities in our recently built Media Centre at Park campus in Cheltenham.
  • We are proud of our range of Creative Skillset accredited degrees which ensure that our students graduate with the knowledge and skills required by industry.
  • Sport The School of Sport and Exercise has an excellent reputation for teaching and research.
  • The school is based at the award-winning, purpose-built Oxstalls Campus which provides sports facilities, specialised laboratories and technology-rich teaching and learning spaces.
  • The school provides undergraduate, postgraduate and research student opportunities, where your student experience is the top priority, reflecting the university’s commitment to active learning, and to ensuring that you are fully engaged with your curriculum, building skills for employability and for lifelong learning.
  • The student experience is underpinned by internationally recognised research.
  • Support We guarantee students support to create their future plan to ensure students make the most of every opportunity while they are here at university.
  • Students have their own personal tutor who will support them throughout their time with us. They work with students to identify a range of exciting opportunities that will enable you to achieve your future aspirations.
  • Helpzones Our award-winning Helpzones offer a wide range of academic and pastoral support for all students.

Undergraduate Courses

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Disability Services

  • The disability, dyslexia and learning support service offers confidential, one-to-one support to support to students with disabilities, learning difficulties and medical conditions.
  • They can help with a wide range of advice including advisory visits to the university before students submit their application and advising on diagnosing specific learning difficulties.
  • For information on disability services at the University of Gloucestershire, telephone 01242 714541 or email

Students' Union

  • With nearly 100 sports clubs and societies there's plenty to get involved in, and if you can’t find what you are looking for, the SU will help you set up a club or society of your own.
  • The SU also provides volunteering opportunities and support finding employment through the JobShop.
  • The SU Summer Ball has seen acts including Professor Green, Jess Glynne and Lily Allen. It is held at the prestigious Cheltenham Racecourse, famous for its Gold Cup week.
  • The Green Team runs our social enterprise companies with students including the own Cheltenham Chilli Company, alongside students.
  • There are 32 different sports clubs with support available for people to join new sports, with more than 1000 members of #TeamGlos sports teams.
  • Sport programmes also offer a range of opportunities for taster sessions in many sports.
  • The recreational UNIversal League programme offers students the opportunity to enter teams into our formalised UNIversal Leagues in a range of sports.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • We have 45 festivals a year – nearly one a week – showcasing figures from the worlds of music, literature, science, sports, comedy, poetry and more, and our students are often working behind the scenes.
  • The Students' Union JobShop helps students looking for part-time work which fit around their studies.
  • In 2013–14, the JobShop advertised nearly 850 vacancies, resulting in more than 1,000 students finding work in the area.
  • The JobShop runs an internal recruitment agency placing students in jobs on campus.

Careers Guidance

  • Your Future Plan helps our students become the graduates they want to be.
  • Our careers team can help students use their time at university to enhance their CVs through volunteering, placements, internships, paid work and career management.
  • Your Future Plan continues after graduation, with students able to access expert advice for the next three years through guidance appointments on site, over the phone or via Skype.
  • The careers team also offers advice by email, where graduates can receive feedback on your CV, personal statement and applications.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • A new £1m technology suite offering facilities for computing, gaming and cyber security education and research was officially opened in September 2015.
  • A new £1.8 Performing Arts and Events Centre opened at Oxstalls in September 2015.
  • Construction of the new £37m student village at Pittville, Cheltenham is under way and due to open in September 2017, offering accommodation for nearly 800 students.
  • The university submitted revised plans in December 2015 to Gloucester City Council to show how its campus in Gloucester can be redeveloped to accommodate a new Business School, student accommodation, and provision of new and improved sports facilities.
  • New fashion, product design, science and media facilities, including a new film production studio opened in 2014.
  • Refurbished refectory and Students' Union bar.
  • Additional social learning areas provided in libraries.
  • Refurbished Faith Space at the Park campus.
  • Following months of preparation between the university and the GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), businesses around the county can access support from the Growth Hub at Oxstalls, which has been allocated around £10m of Government investment.

Notable Alumni

  • PJ Crook – artist and painter.
  • Chris Beardshaw – gardener and broadcaster.
  • Paul Day – sculptor famous for 'The Meeting Place' located at St Pancras Station.
  • Cornelia Parker OBE – Turner-prize nominated artist.
  • Zoe Derham – Commonwealth hammer thrower athlete.
  • Paul Wickens – keyboard player with Paul McCartney’s band.
  • Adam Buxton – TV presenter.
  • Graham Brookhouse – Olympic bronze medallist (Modern Pentathalon, 1988 Seoul).
  • Sarah Potter – former England international cricketer.
  • Lizzy Yarnold MBE – Great Britain Olympian and gold medallist at Sochi 2014, skeleton.

Further Details

Address University of Gloucestershire
The Park
GL50 2RH
UCAS Code G50