• 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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    298
  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

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

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    4.13 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

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

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    1.92 / 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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    0.13 / 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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    68.9 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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    15.6
  • 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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    1,447
  • 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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    1,269
  • 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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    69.5 / 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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    79.8 / 100.0

UWL is a vibrant university in the heart of West London providing high quality, specialist education which enables students to become creative professionals. The University of West London has one of the best employment rates in the country with 96% of students in work or further study within 6 months of graduating. In the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016, UWL was rated best university in London for student satisfaction.

Entry Requirements

  • Average entry requirements range between 112 UCAS tariff points (A level BBC, BTEC DMM) and 128 UCAS points (A level ABB, BTEC DDM).
  • The university welcomes applicants with vocational qualifications, and mature applicants.
  • The university's primary concern when considering an application is that the candidate demonstrates potential to succeed on their chosen course.
  • Entry requirements differ for each course; please refer to the university website course pages 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.

Teaching Methods

  • Teaching includes contact time with personal tutors, ensuring that students develop creativity and core academic skills.
  • Students learn to develop strengths in research to solve problems or address gaps in what is currently known; assessments challenge students to use these skills in real and practical problems.
  • Placements help students to develop skills required by employers.
  • There is a focus on applying knowledge to real life situations through volunteering activities, experiential learning and engagement with wider communities, or to consider enterprise and entrepreneurship.
  • Technology-enhanced learning ensures students become digitally literate.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • The university offers full and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and foundation degrees.
  • A number of degree programmes have January start dates.
  • The university also offers a range of flexible modular programmes.
  • All undergraduate degree programmes provide a guaranteed placement opportunity linked to the programme of study.

Student Services and Facilities

  • New facilities include a social space in the heart of campus, performance space with seating capacity of over 220, Blast Radio studio for the student radio station, new catering facilities, a new library and a new mock court room.
  • The library contains resources, computers and different types of study space to suit different learning styles, with staff to support students with their studies.
  • IT services offer access to PCs and Internet across the Ealing and Brentford sites supported by a 24/7 help desk. A central reprographics unit offers a full range of printing services to students.
  • All courses make use of Blackboard, the university’s virtual learning environment, which provides online access to resources to support course modules. The award-winning student portal allows students to access emails, course information and learning materials and support services in one place. In addition a growing number of lecture recordings are available through the university’s UWL Replay service.
  • Whether on campus or learning remotely, students can access wide-ranging support through Student Services, including accommodation and immigration advice, health and wellbeing services, funding, money management, mentoring and disability support.

Disability Services

  • The Wellbeing team offers a confidential service to all students and prospective students who are disabled or think that they may have a specific learning difficulty.
  • The university encourages any student or prospective student with a disability or long-term medical condition to contact the service as early as possible.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Students' Union

  • The University of West London Students' Union is officially the best higher education students' union in London, according to the National Student Survey 2016.
  • UWLSU works hard to support the academic interests of students and runs a free, confidential academic advice service, useful for students who run into academic difficulty or struggle with the workload and need to apply for extensions.
  • New students at the university automatically become members of UWLSU, allowing them to join numerous and diverse activities which provide opportunities to make friends and learn new skills. These activities include sports, societies, events, workshops, volunteering, residentials and much more.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Employment Service promotes a large range of part-time opportunities to students. Students can register with the service online to search for paid jobs both on campus and externally, and also receive weekly updates for part-time roles.
  • Part-time and summer job fairs are organised on an annual basis and employers visit UWL throughout the year to recruit students. Students are also able to work on campus within various departments across the university.
  • Over 75% of the Students' Union staff are current students, with vacancies advertised on the website.

Careers Guidance

  • As soon as students join the university they get access to comprehensive careers information, advice and guidance from the careers service. 
  • Students can receive direct notifications from the Employment Service team regarding the latest part-time vacancies, tailored to their interests and subject areas.
  • A placements service offers students placement opportunities both within the university and with employers, and gives students support with securing a placement. 
  • The volunteering team has a great range of volunteering opportunities that students can fit into a busy schedule.

Student Mix

Student population

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

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 87%
  • Postgraduate 13%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 75%
  • Part Time 25%

Where students come from

  • UK 86%
  • EU 7%
  • Other 8%

Student gender

  • Male 37%
  • Female 63%



History

  • The University of West London draws on a heritage of 150 years in teaching and professional education.
  • First founded as the Lady Byron School in 1860, the education institution as it exists today was originally formed from the merger of Ealing College of Higher Education, Thames Valley College of Higher Education, the London College of Music and Queen Charlotte's College of Health Care Studies.
  • The institution gained full university status in 1992.

Notable Alumni

  • Claude Littner – entrepreneur, former chairman at Viglen and star of The Apprentice.
  • Lorraine Pascale – celebrity chef known for her TV series and books Baking Made Easy and Home Cooking Made Easy.
  • Ian R. Carter – President of Global Operations and Development for Hilton Worldwide.
  • Freddie Mercury – songwriter, producer and lead vocalist of rock band Queen.
  • Karon Monaghan QC– barrister at Matrix Chambers, principally specialising in equality and human rights law. Adviser to government's Women and Equality Unit on the Discrimination Law Review which preceded the Equality Act 2010.
  • Pete Townshend – rock guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, author and member of The Who.
  • Laurence Geller CBE – hotelier and CEO of L2 Geller Investment.
  • Ronnie Wood – rock musician, artist, author and member of The Rolling Stones.
  • Jennifer Louise Worth – best-selling author of Call the Midwife.
  • Bill Bailey – comedian, musician, actor and author.

Further Details

Address University of West London
St Mary's Road
Ealing
London
W5 5RF
UCAS Code W05