The University of Winchester

  • 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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    4.17 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

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

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    2.32 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.30 / 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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    60.5 / 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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    77.3 / 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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    88.7 / 100.0


  • Founded in 1840.
  • Based on an Anglican Foundation.
  • First began as a teacher training school to provide training of elementary schoolmasters within the Winchester Diocese.

Location and Transport

  • One hour by train from London Waterloo.
  • An attractive modern campus, situated a 10 minute walk from the historic city of Winchester.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements vary depending on the programme of study. Full details can be found on the online prospectus or by downloading a copy of the undergraduate prospectus.

Student Mix

The 7,485 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 79%
  • Postgraduate 21%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 78%
  • Part Time 22%


  • UK 94%
  • EU 1%
  • Other 5%

Student gender

  • Male 32%
  • Female 68%

Course Flexibility

  • The majority of programmes can be studied full-time and part-time.
  • A range of programmes is available, including many combined honours programmes.
  • Students are encouraged to tailor-make their degree programme according to the available modules to suit their interests and ambitions, and every student is assigned a personal tutor.

Teaching Standards

  • The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) institutional audit concluded 'broad confidence' (the highest level of confidence possible within an audit) in the quality of academic awards and student experience.
  • Ranked highly overall in student satisfaction but particularly in Social Work, Creative Writing, Education Studies, Childhood Studies, Business Management, Initial Teacher Education, Event Management, Archaeology, Choreography and Dance, History and Journalism.
  • Teacher training provision is recognised at the highest level, with the last Ofsted inspection rating Winchester as 'Outstanding'.
  • In 2014, the University of Winchester received the British Quality Foundation's (BQF) Excellence 600 certification for performing to an exceptionally high standard.

Research Standards

  • All full-time staff are engaged in research and they ensure that it informs and enhances all teaching.
  • Winchester has a diverse, dynamic and supportive research community.
  • A Research and Knowledge Exchange Centre provides the focus of all research activity at the university.
  • 82% of the University of Winchester’s research submitted to the REF was considered to be of quality that is 'recognised internationally' or better in terms of originality, significance and rigour. The overall profile of seven out of eight units included research of ‘world-leading’ (4*) quality, the highest grade possible.

Academic Strengths

  • Winchester has a leading reputation for teacher training and is strong in the fields of business, performing arts, psychology, archaeology, history, creative writing, modern liberal arts, and theology and religious studies.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • The award-winning University Centre is at the very heart of social life. The Student Union is located here, plus key student facilities such as the Food Hall, Learning Café, book shop, Terrace Bar, the Union shop, the Games Room.
  • The Martial Rose Library offers 300,000 printed books as well as academic journals, e-books and databases for all subject areas. There are over 450 study spaces, with 175 networked PCs and 12 study rooms for group work.
  • There is extensive wi-fi across the campus, and 750 networked PCs. There is 24-hour access to these PCs in our social learning spaces, the Learning Café and the Kenneth Kettle Building There is also a PC finder service that maps the availability of the open access PCs across campus and a free self-service netbook loan scheme.

Disability Services

  • There is a dedicated support team, part of Student Services, who have responsibility for students with disabilities.

Students' Union

  • The Student Union is located within the award-winning University Centre, the hub of social life on campus. The SU offers the Vault – a large club/gig space for 1,200 people. The Vault also has capacity for fold-down seats to host cinema nights. There is also a games room and terrace bar.
  • The Student Union also offers nearly 90 sports teams and societies.
  • The Vault in the Student Union has won the national award, Best Bar None every year for the past three years.
  • The Student Union is located inside the University Centre. It includes a club/gig space for 1,200 people, bars, a games room and a cinema. The Student Union offers a wide range of clubs and societies offering activities throughout the year.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • There are plenty of part-time job opportunities available.
  • The university has strong relationships with local employers and the JobShop advertises job opportunities either on campus or in the local area. There are also volunteering opportunities and paid work placements available.

Careers Guidance

  • Impartial and up-to-date information, advice and guidance about occupations, graduate employment, further study/training, volunteering, and other opportunities.
  • Individual guidance appointments* with professionally qualified careers advisers.
  • Email and telephone guidance for those unable to visit the Careers Service in person.
  • A programme of talks and workshops from external speakers on a wide range of topics.
  • The Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR) gives students a single record of their academic and other achievements during their time at university to help maximise employability.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • There is plenty of modern self-catering accommodation. Most recently the Burma Road Student Village opened, consisting of 500 rooms (around 350 for Winchester students), arranged in flats of 6–8 bedrooms, spread over 5 buildings. All rooms are en suite and it has secure entry swipe card entry system and energy-saving features. The new university gym is also located on this site
  • The Queen's Road Student Village opened in September 2010. A new learning and teaching building, St Alphege Building, opened in September 2012. It provides 10 lecture rooms, and has open access PCs and social learning areas. It is a low-energy building, with eco-friendly features such as a 'living' roof and natural ventilation.
  • The University Centre, which includes the Student Union, forms the focus of the campus providing facilities for the whole university community. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) awarded the University Centre the RIBA Award for the South region in 2008 in recognition of its high architectural standards.
  • There is an on-going strategy for refurbishment and new builds across the campus designed to further enhance the student experience.

Notable Alumni

  • Mick Brookes – General Secretary, National Association of Head Teachers
  • Mike Bushell – BBC television journalist
  • Steve Furst – comedy actor (Little Britain)
  • Mark Johnson – horse racing announcer
  • Shappi Khorsandi – comedian
  • Dirk Maggs – radio producer
  • Andrew Norriss – children's book author and TV sitcom writer
  • Don Nutbeam – Vice Chancellor, University of Southampton
  • David Prosho – actor and performer
  • Angus Scott – television journalist (also part-time lecturer in journalism)
  • Bob Taylor – past President of the Rugby Football Union
  • Lauren Cohan – actor

Honorary Alumni

  • Sir Terry Pratchett – author
  • Julian Fellowes – screenwriter, director, actor and novelist
  • Jack Dee – comedian
  • Sir David Frost journalist, comedian, writer and media personality
  • Jonathon Porritt environmentalist and writer
  • Martin Bashir television journalist
  • Mark Byford Deputy Director General, BBC
  • Sir John Tavener British composer
  • A. S. Byatt postmodern novelist
  • Colin Firth film and television actor
  • Alan Titchmarsh broadcaster and novelist
  • Sandy Lerner entrepreneur and philanthropist
  • Lord Plant of Highfield academic
  • Pie Corbett educational writer and poet
  • Bevis Hillier art historian, author and journalist
  • Professor David Crystal linguist, academic and author
  • David Gower – cricketer
  • Geoff Holt sailor
  • Michael Scott-Joynt – Bishop of Winchester
  • Alastair Stewart newscaster
  • Philippa Forrester – television presenter and producer
  • Professor Andrew Linzey theologian and writer
  • Tony Palmer documentary filmmaker
  • Peter Charles Olympic gold medallist
  • Lady Sainsbury CBE ballerina
  • Carl Barat musician

Further Details

Address University of Winchester
SO22 4NR
UCAS Code W76