• 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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    269
  • Student Satisfaction
    Student Satisfaction

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

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    3.98 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

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

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    2.52 / 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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    0.41 / 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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    74.9 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio
    Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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    17.0
  • 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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    1,611
  • 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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    487
  • 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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    63.9 / 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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    74.6 / 100.0

London South Bank University has a compact city-centre campus close to Elephant and Castle, Waterloo and London Bridge tube and rail stations. There is also a campus in Havering, Essex. LSBU has close to 20,000 students, with 93% coming from the UK and EU.

Entry Requirements

  • The university looks for evidence of students' motivation, commitment, aptitude and potential as well as their qualifications. It is essential that students show they have a good standard of maths or numeracy, communication and IT, along with a sound knowledge and interest in the subject area they are applying for.
  • Entry requirements vary by course. Please refer to the university website for details.

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.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • The university believes in making its courses as flexible as possible, and the majority of courses are offered part-time.
  • Study methods include block release, weekend and evening classes and online learning. In all cases, students will be studying with other part-time students for either a reduced or full degree award.
  • The university is able to create an individual study plan for students who need to take a little longer over their studies, specifying which units students complete each year.

Student Services and Facilities

  • Expert library and IT support is available at both the Southwark and Havering campuses providing books, journals and electronic materials. The Havering campus library provides support and materials on health and social care.
  • The Learning Resources Centre on the Southwark campus holds over 400 open access PCs plus 10 Apple Macs. A wide range of software is provided, including specialist subject-specific packages.
  • As a strongly vocational university many courses feature practical sessions in fully-equipped laboratories. Practical areas are specially designed to create scenarios students find in the workplace; for example on the education courses, purpose-built classrooms for different subject areas. Health students use skills laboratories with life-like hospital wards, simulated patients and a radiography-testing suite with the latest 3D imaging.
  • Specialist engineering facilities include a virtual engineering lab, digital architecture and robotics lab, an anechoic chamber, 3D printing and extensive workshops.
  • Media production facilities include: Arri Cameras, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound studios and cinemas, grading suites, newsroom, games design centre, digital design suites, film and photographic studios.

Disability Services

  • London South Bank University offers a comprehensive range of disability and dyslexia support. Please refer to the university website for details.

Students' Union

  • Based in the Student Centre, the Students' Union is a hub for a range of societies covering cultural, political and social interests.
  • Specialist staff at the union can also advise on any course concerns and external matters that students experience.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Jobshop provides a professional vacancy-handling service that helps students find full- or part-time work, work experience, placements, temporary work and volunteering opportunities.
  • LSBU offers students part-time work experience through its Student Ambassador programme.

Careers Guidance

  • London South Bank University's Employability Service offers students advice on how to shape their career, providing information, advice and guidance to students until 2 years after they graduate.
  • The service assists students with planning their career objectives, preparing professional CVs and offers training on topics such as effective interview techniques.
  • The Career Gym in the Student Centre also offers valuable careers advice and a range of CV and interview workshops.
  • The Employability service has strong relationships with employers and recruitment agencies to help create student employment opportunities. 
  • The service also advertises vacancies to help graduates and students find full and part-time work, work experience, placements and temporary and vocational work.

Student Mix

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5,000–10,000
Large
>10,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 72%
  • Postgraduate 28%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 59%
  • Part Time 41%

Where students come from

  • UK 89%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 7%

Student gender

  • Male 41%
  • Female 59%

History

  • Founded in 1892 as the Borough Polytechnic Institute, it amalgamated with 4 other colleges in 1970 to become South Bank Polytechnic.
  • Historically the institution focused on providing people with relevant employment skills, and supplying employers with the skilled workforce they needed. This included pioneering courses such as petrol motor mechanics in the 1900s, heating and ventilating engineering in the 1920s and nuclear power in the 1950s, together with the UK's first engineering course for women in the 1920s and one of the UK's first nursing degrees in 1974.
  • In June 1992 the institution was granted university status by the Privy Council to become London South Bank University (LSBU).

Notable Alumni

  • Russell Lissack – member of the band Bloc Party.
  • Dame Sarah Elisabeth Mullally, DBE – Anglican bishop and former nurse, when she was Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Patient Experience for England (1999–2004).
  • Sir David Frank Adjaye –architect and lead designer of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, located on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
  • Shahid Malik – former MP 2005–2010, holding a number of ministerial positions.

Further Details

Address London South Bank University 103 Borough Road London SE1 0AA
UCAS Code L75