University of the West of England

  • 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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    4.16 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

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

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    2.70 / 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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    0.29 / 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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    76.3 / 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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    72.6 / 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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    84.4 / 100.0

UWE Bristol is one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the South West of England. There has been strong emphasis over the years on building close partnerships with businesses and organisations locally, nationally and internationally.

Entry Requirements

  • The university will consider all tariff bearing qualifications, provided applicants have met the minimum requirement of two A Level passes (or equivalent).
  • You’ll also need five GCSEs (A*–C, or the comparable numeric score), normally to include English Language and Maths.
  • The university welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. They will consider evidence of personal, professional and educational experience, which shows an ability to meet the demands of a degree.

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

  • UWE Bristol has consistently met UK expectations in the teaching assessments carried out by the Quality Assurance Agency.
  • Over 80 of the university’s courses come with professional accreditation from industry bodies, so you can be sure you’re getting the skills employers look for in new graduates.
  • The university has been recently awarded a silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), a new Government higher education ranking system.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • With over 260 undergraduate courses available, UWE Bristol covers a broad range of subjects so you can find the right course for you. 
  • You’ll have the opportunity to take part in placements, internships and other work-based projects. In 2015/16, the university arranged over 8,000 work placements and 230 internships for its students. Most courses offer a module structure allowing you to tailor your learning to your interests.
  • Many courses offer foundation year entry, allowing you an additional year to gain the required subject knowledge to complete a degree.
  • Take advantage of a range of global opportunities including work placements, studying and volunteering abroad.

Student Services and Facilities

  • UWE Bristol is investing £250m in its infrastructure and facilities by 2020 to improve the student experience. In 2017, they opened a new Business and Law building and there are plans to build new student accommodation, a central plaza and transport hub, as well as refurbished teaching and learning spaces. So you can be sure to benefit from the fantastic facilities.
  • Learning facilities include a 24-hour computer lab, extensive campus libraries, a mock courtroom, a nursing simulation suite, multi-media broadcast studios, forensic crime scene house, wind tunnel, flight simulator, financial trading room and much more. Everything you need for your studies is covered.
  • But it’s not all about studying. Getting involved in life outside of your course is all part of university life. There’s a Centre for Sport, an on-campus cinema, a Centre for Performing Arts, lots of clubs and societies you can join as well as bars, shops and cafés. It’s really all here for you.

Disability Services

  • Support is available for students with disabilities, mental health conditions, medical conditions and Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD).
  • You can find out about more about the Disability Service and support available via the UWE Bristol website. 

Students' Union

  • The UWE Bristol Students’ Union will offer you opportunities, help to build your community and represent your voice during your time at university.
  • You can join over 180 different sports clubs, societies, community networks and get involved in lots of different volunteer activities. There really is something for everyone.
  • Every UWE Bristol campus has a Students’ Union run bar. It’s the perfect place to meet friends and unwind after a busy day of studying.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Students’ Union Job Shop will help you to find the right job to fit around your studies. Around 4,000 part-time jobs are advertised through Job Shop every year.
  • The Job Shop also offer tips on specific job hunting and advice on employment rights, tax, and national insurance.
  • Over 200 students undertake internships funded by UWE Bristol every year.
  • With its booming economy, Bristol is a fantastic city to find part-time and casual work, so whether you’re looking for a shop, bar or office job, there will be something for you.

Careers Guidance

  • During your time at UWE Bristol, you’ll be able to access the award-winning Careers Service and we’ll help get you into the best position for your future career.
  • The Careers Service offers a wide range of online tools and resources including CV and covering letter writing, job hunting, interview simulator, psychometric tests, personality tests, literacy and numeracy tests, e-learning tools, written advice and videos from employers.
  • Throughout the year, you’ll be invited along to attend careers events including recruitment fairs, employer presentations and careers skills workshops.
  • You can access the service for up to three years after leaving so we will support you early in your career.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 76%
  • Postgraduate 24%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 74%
  • Part Time 26%

Where students come from

  • UK 87%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 10%

Student gender

  • Male 44%
  • Female 56%


  • In 1595, the Bristol Society of Merchant Venturers' Navigation School was founded.
  • In 1969, Bristol Polytechnic was founded.
  • In 1992, Bristol Polytechnic gained university status and, became the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).
  • Today UWE Bristol is one of the largest providers of higher education in the South West with over 28,000 students choosing from a range of over 600 courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional level.

Research Standards

  • UWE Bristol’s research has resulted in real benefits to the economy and society in areas such as healthcare, providing green energy and supporting international organisations and much more.
  • The university has an outstanding reputation for its user-led research applicable to real world problems.
  • The volume of their world-leading research has gone up by 170%, according to the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
  • The REF 2014 results showed that 75% of the research conducted by UWE Bristol is highly rated in terms of its impact.

Academic Strengths

  • The university has an employment record to shout about. 95% of UWE Bristol graduates are in work or further study just six months after graduating. (DLHE 2017).
  • UWE Bristol has strong connections with over 1,000 employers both nationally and internationally which ensures that you will leave as a well-rounded, graduate ready to step into your career.
  • The university’s academic staff are inspiring leaders and influential practitioners, so you’ll benefit by learning from talented staff with real passion for their subjects.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • UWE Bristol’s £250m infrastructure investment programme for 2020 has so far delivered a Students’ Union building, over 400 high-quality student rooms, improved learning and social spaces, and in April 2017 they opened a state-of-the-art £55m Faculty of Business and Law building.
  • Recent developments on the City Campus include a new Media Hub with industry-standard radio and television broadcasting suites, new specialist drama facilities, a new student learning zone and extended catering, library and Students’ Union facilities.

Notable Alumni

  • Woon Bing Chang – BA (Hons) Graphic Design With Animation, worked on Life of Pi
  • Angellica Bell – BA (Hons) Politics, TV and Radio presenter
  • Silas Adekunle – BSc (Hons) Robotics, founder of Reach Robotics
  • Nathan Filer – BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing, author of The Shock of the Fall, winner of Costa Book Award
  • Pete Reed – Meng Mechanical Engineering, British Olympic rower
  • Teo Nie Ching – LLB (Hons) Law, Malaysian politician

Further Details

Address University of the West England, Bristol
Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour Lane
BS16 1QY
UCAS Code B80