• 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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    4.01 / 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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    56.1 / 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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    66.5 / 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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    80.9 / 100.0
  • The university has 3 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.

Entry Requirements

  • These vary depending on course and location of study. 
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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

Teaching Methods

  • Lecturers range from award-winning poets, authors and historians to computer scientists, engineers, and journalists; many are still active in their professions and 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.
  • Teaching and assessment criteria differs between courses.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • The University of South Wales offers a full range of qualifications from further education level to degrees and PhD study.
  • Many courses include an option for a year in industry.

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 students.
  • Treforest and Cardiff campuses have new student union facilities.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • With campuses located in the heart of 2 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.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 82%
  • Postgraduate 18%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 66%
  • Part Time 34%

Where students come from

  • UK 86%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 8%

Student gender

  • Male 47%
  • Female 53%


  • The university’s main campus was founded in 1913 as a School of Mines.
  • The institution gained university status in 1992.
  • One of the top ten campus universities in the UK by student number, it attracts a cosmopolitan mix with over 30,000 students from 122 countries and all backgrounds.

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 Pontypridd Wales CF37 1DL
UCAS Code W01