The University of South Wales has three campuses across the South Wales region including new campuses in Cardiff and Newport city centres, all with excellent road and rail links. The University of South Wales Group includes Wales's national conservatoire – the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama – and the College Merthyr Tydfil.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


On the outskirts of a city or town


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

UCAS Code: W01

League Table Scores

  • 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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    3.97 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

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

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    2.51 / 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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    0.16 / 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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    62.1 / 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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    67.4 / 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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    79.2 / 100.0

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 82%
  • Postgraduate 18%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 70%
  • Part Time 30%

Where students come from

  • UK 87%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 8%

Student gender

  • Male 43%
  • Female 57%

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Student Services and Facilities


  • Learning resource centres are based at all of the university's campuses. The centres provides first-class library and IT facilities and flexible learning spaces. 
  • Faculty librarians can help students search for books, e-books, journal articles and information using FINDit, specialist databases and other online resources.

Student jobs

  • With campuses located in the heart of two major cities, students have excellent opportunities for part-time work.
  • The careers service can help students to find such positions.

Careers advice

  • The Careers and Employability Service helps students and graduates of the University of South Wales with all aspects of their career planning.
  • Services range from individual advice and guidance on career choice to postgraduate study, work experience, practical support with job hunting and working/studying overseas.
  • Every term, the Careers Service organises a large variety of events across all faculties to help students with a range of career issues and job hunting. These include exhibitions, jobs fairs, guest speakers and much more.

Health services

  • The university's Health Service offers free health advice and support to USW students.

Counselling services

  • The university operates services for counselling and mental health. The Mental Health Service helps students who are experiencing mental or emotional distress. It offers a range of practical support in a confidential, professional setting.
  • Free advice and support is available to all USW students.

Disability support

  • The Disability and Dyslexia Service provides a confidential and professional service where students can discuss individual requirements.
  • The service supports those with a physical, sensory, mental health or unseen disability.

Other services and facilities

  • The Student Development and Study Skills Service provides help with study skills, such as effective reading, maths, statistics, referencing, presentation and understanding essay questions.

Students' Union

  • From football, waterpolo and snowsports to debating, creative writing and current affairs; the university's clubs and societies cover a huge range of hobbies that reflect the interests of students.
  • Treforest and Cardiff campuses have new Students' Union facilities.


  • The university's main campus was founded in 1913 as a School of Mines.
  • The institution gained university status in 1992; it now attracts students from more than 120 countries and of all backgrounds.

Fascinating Fact

  • The Pontypridd campus at the University of South Wales boasts an aircraft hangar housing two full-size aircraft, on which aircraft maintenance students train.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Gareth Evans – international film director.
  • Professor Sue Bale OBE – Assistant Nurse Director (R&D) at NHS Wales.
  • Lorna Dunkley – former Sky News presenter.
  • Emma Darwin – author.
  • Jamie Beard – visual effects, Lord of the Rings, I Robot, X-Men.
  • Rosie Ashforth – filmography, Arthur Christmas, The Golden Compass.


University of South Wales, Pontypridd, Wales, CF37 1DL