University of South Wales

  • 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 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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    58.4 / 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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    64.9 / 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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    82.3 / 100.0


  • The university’s main campus was founded in 1913 as a School of Mines.
  • The institution gained university status in 1992.
  • The university is one of Britain’s most exciting new universities and a major player in higher education.
  • One of the top ten campus universities in the UK by student number (30,000), it attracts a cosmopolitan mix of students from 122 countries and all backgrounds.

Location and Transport

  • The university has three campuses across the South Wales region including new state-of-the-art campuses in Cardiff and Newport city centres.
  • Rail and road links are excellent across all campuses.

Entry Requirements

  • These vary depending on course and location of study. Check our website for more details.

Student Mix

The 27,710 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 82%
  • Postgraduate 18%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 62%
  • Part Time 38%


  • UK 87%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 8%

Student gender

  • Male 45%
  • Female 55%

Course Flexibility

  • The University of South Wales is unusual in the UK in bringing together the broadest range of provision and the widest access to education.
  • It offers a full range of qualifications from further education level to degrees and PhD study.
  • As a major university it delivers the full range of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), from engineering and mathematics to computing and surveying as well as being an experienced provider of teacher’s training courses.

Teaching Standards

  • Lecturers range from award-winning poets, authors and historians to computer scientists, engineers, and journalists.
  • Many of them are still active in their professions and they bring a real understanding of the world of work into the classroom.
  • Students learn how their profession works in real life, exploring their field through courses taught in unique hands-on environments including in their own airliner, moot court room, TV studios, stock exchange trading room, simulated hospital ward, and scene of crime house.
  • Sports students train and play on facilities used and endorsed by world champions such as the All Blacks. 

Research Standards

  • The university is a powerhouse in applied research used to shape major decisions. 
  • As a major public policy think-tank, it offers independent advice to government, industry and employers across the UK on health, education, economic growth, social policy, and governance.
  • It provides a partnership platform for ideas and debate with major think-tanks such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and NESTA
  • As a member of the St David’s Day Group, the University of South Wales is recognised as one of Wales’s major research universities in key areas of specialist research, such as sustainable energy, educational development, health, creative industries and the arts, mobile communications, humanities, sports injury and performance, new business incubation, and innovation for technology and start-up companies.

Academic Strengths

  • The University of South Wales is renowned for its partnerships with major employers, from British Airways to the National Health Service.
  • Its relationship with employers as a leading university for careers is reflected in the high employment rate of its graduates, with 94% of students in employment or further study within six months of graduating. 
  • The university is a major player in the arts, with an internationally acclaimed film school, industry-standard animation facilities, broadcasting studios, one of the UK’s oldest photography schools, a strong reputation for theatre design, award-winning poets, scriptwriters and authors, and the national music and drama conservatoire, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, within its group. 

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • £160 million has been spent on campus facilities over the past 7 years.

Disability Services

  • 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.

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 our students.
  • The university’s campus in Treforest is home to a brand new Student Union building.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • 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 Guidance

  • The university's Careers & 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.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The university has 3 campuses across South Wales.
  • In 2016 the university will open a new multi-million pound extension to its creative industries campuses in the heart of Cardiff city centre.

Notable Alumni

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

Further Details

Address University of South Wales
CF37 1DL
UCAS Code W01