• 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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    4.14 / 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 high-quality 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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    63.7 / 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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    70.9 / 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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    85.8 / 100.0

Founded as a teacher training college in 1847, the University of Gloucestershire now has four campuses across Cheltenham and Gloucester as well as a brand new student village. Whether studying art and design, business, computing, education, liberal and performing arts, media or natural and social sciences, education or business, students get hands-on with industry-standard equipment and facilities. You will learn from experienced, professional experts, helping students find their ‘GLO’ – their inner confidence, skills, knowledge, unique experiences – and fulfil their future plan.

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.
  • Please refer to the university website for details of entry requirements for individual courses.

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

  • Your Future Plan provides students with a range of extra-curricular opportunities and awards to support high participation in placements and internships, allowing students to become the graduates they want to be.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • Part-time and full-time options are available on many courses, with 17% of students 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.

Student Services and Facilities

  • The university's award-winning helpzones offer a wide range of information and support, from helping students find somewhere to live and giving advice on applying for finance, to answering academic queries and helping address mental health concerns. 

Disability Services

  • The disability, dyslexia and learning support service offers confidential, 1-to-1 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, advising on diagnosing specific learning difficulties, and academic support.

Students' Union

  • With nearly 100 sports clubs and societies there's plenty for students to get involved in; the Students’ Union (SU) helps students set up a club or society of their own if they can't find what they're looking for.
  • The SU provides volunteering opportunities and support finding employment through the JobShop.
  • The SU Summer Ball has seen acts including Chase & Status and Jess Glynne. It is held at the prestigious Cheltenham Racecourse, famous for its Gold Cup week but host to many different events throughout the year.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The county hosts 45 festivals a year – nearly one a week – showcasing figures from the worlds of music, literature, science, sports, comedy, poetry and more, and University of Gloucestershire students can often be found volunteering and working behind the scenes.
  • The SU JobShop offers lots of part-time jobs which will fit around studying.
  • The university employs students as student ambassadors, providing a great way to earn money with flexible working hours, as well as learning new skills and showing continuing professional development.
  • Through Your Future Plan, the university also helps students find placements relevant to their future goals and aspirations, giving them vital experience and the opportunity to start building important networks of contacts. 

Careers Guidance

  • Your Future Plan helps students become the graduates they want to be. The careers team helps students 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 3 years through guidance appointments on site, over the phone or via Skype.
  • The Your Future Plan team also offers advice by email, where graduates can receive feedback on their CV, supporting statement and applications. The annual Your Future Plan week offers workshops on skills building and CV writing, with the opportunity to get free professional LinkedIn profile photographs.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 83%
  • Postgraduate 17%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 84%
  • Part Time 16%

Where students come from

  • UK 95%
  • EU 1%
  • Other 4%

Student gender

  • Male 41%
  • Female 59%


  • The university was granted university status in 2001, with its predecessor colleges delivering quality education in Gloucestershire since 1847.

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 in the Modern Pentathalon, Seoul 1988.
  • Sarah Potter – former England international cricketer.
  • Lizzy Yarnold MBE – Olympic gold medallist Sochi 2014 in Skeleton racing, and the 2nd woman ever to hold Olympic, World and European titles at the same time.

Further Details

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