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  • 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 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:

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

25,266 students in 2015–16:

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
CF37 1DL
UCAS Code W01