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University of Bolton

(3.9) 835 reviews



  • Awarded number four in the UK for teaching quality by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

  • Voted number one in the North West for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2020

  • A close-knit community and relatively small class sizes for optimum learning

  • Direct links with industry experts and employers, resulting in greater graduate career opportunities

  • Multi-million ‘£’ investments in campus facilities, equipment and student experience

  • A modern university with a heritage of almost 200 years, delivering unique, student-centered and employability-focused courses

  • Dynamic, ‘Teaching Intensive, Research Informed’ approach, placing our students at the heart of their learning

 “We are all about nurturing your potential and providing a positive student experience”. Professor George E Holmes, President and Vice Chancellor.


  • Check out what clearing vacancies are available online uob.ac/clearing

  • Be prepared – have your UCAS number, a pen and paper ready when you call

  • Be calm – this can be a stressful time, especially if you’ve had a bit of a shock on results day

  • Be truthful – we check all of your certificates and qualifications, so be sure to stick to the facts


There is no better way to see if a university is the right for you, than finding the time to go and visit; speaking with students, lecturers, looking at facilities and the campus:

  • Course Advice Day on the Friday 16th August (10am-3pm)

  • Open Day on Saturday 17th August (9am-3pm)

Call 0333 733 9250 or email to book yourself a place.


We will have places available in Clearing across a range of subject areas. Our team know that Clearing can be a nervous time and they’ll do everything they can to try to put you at your ease, after all we are here to help! 0333 733 9250. 


Once you have phoned us or applied to study with us, we’ll get in touch with you via email to make sure you know what happens next and what your next steps are – from updating funding applications to preparing for enrolment.


To apply for a place at the University of Bolton, you will need to call our clearing hotline on 0333 733 9250. We will be happy to give you any help or information you might need about the Clearing process.


  • Monday to Friday: 09:00 – 17:00

  • Thursday 15 August (Results Day): 07:30 – 19:00

  • Friday 16 August: 07:30 – 19:00

  • Saturday 17 August: 09:00 – 16:00

  • Sunday 18 August: 10:00 – 14:00

  • Monday 19 August onwards: 09:00 – 17:00



The university was crowned University of the Year in Greater Manchester, as well as being awarded a silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Students are also very happy there, proved by their number one ranking for Greater Manchester ranking in the Complete University Guide 2019 for student satisfaction.

University of Bolton is a modern, town-centre campus, which offers a wide range of taught and research degrees at postgraduate level. The university has a long history (190 years to be exact) of delivering vocational and traditional degrees alongside access, foundation and postgraduate options, with 11,000 students learning in relatively small class sizes with state-of-the-art facilities.

Their nine faculties are:

  • Bolton School of Arts
  • Institute of Management Greater Manchester
  • Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
  • National Centre for Motorsport Engineering
  • School of Creative Technologies
  • School of Education and Psychology
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Law
  • School of Sport and Biological Sciences

Bolton has strong links to industry experts, and so many courses are professionally accredited by organisations like Chartered Institutes, the British Psychological Society and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Notable alumni include award-winning author Sam Stone, British comedian Bilal Zafar and Paralympian Josie Cichockyj.

Students say:

“Fairly good, most lecturers very supportive and made lots of friends”

“Been good, an amazing course. Met some really good people”

“Course is interesting and tutors are helpful”

Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

Many courses are recognised or accredited by international companies.

The on-campus JobShop offers help to those looking for part-time work. The Careers Service provides practical guidance on the skills and tools needed to find the right role after uni as well as internships and placements during your studies. They can be accessed in person, via email or by social media. 86% of students are in work or further study six months after graduating.

Students say:

“Good careers help”

“It helped me to improve my skills”

“Providing the right information”

Graduates in job/further study
Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

WUSCA Course and lecturers ranking The Course and lecturers ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).

The quality of teaching at Bolton consistently gets top marks from the Government’s quality control agency and over 25 teaching programmes have professional accreditation, reflecting the employer-led approach to learning.

Out of the 192 academic staff, 130 hold PhDs, far higher than normal. Class sizes are small thanks to the small student intake. Reviews regularly mention and praise the small class sizes as they feel they get good teaching and can always ask for help.

Students say:

“Interesting up-to-date”

“By far the best course I have ever done and staff are amazing”

Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

The students' union arranges a variety of social nights, from comedy to poker to UV parties. The SU bar, the Loft, provides a space for students to unwind.

Reviews are positive about the work of the SU team, in particular the variety of events they arrange and opportunities it presents for students.

Students say:

“Great place to socialise”





There are two halls of residence housing 700 students: Orlando Village and The Hollins.

Both are close to the town centre and have free parking. Bedrooms are in flats that house six to ten people with shared bathrooms and kitchens. Rooms are furnished with single beds, wardrobes, desks, bookshelves, easy chair as well as a washbasin and mirror. Orlando village also has a common room for students to use.

Rent covers bills and internet, and costs £3,061.50 a year. This covers students for 39 weeks and you don’t need to vacate the rooms during the Christmas or Easter holidays.

First years who apply before August are guaranteed a place. Halls have staff on site plus round the clock security.

Reviews are particularly positive about the price and the location of Bolton’s student accommodation.

Students say:

“First year was good for socialising”

“Halls was okay and private house is similar standard”

“University halls are great”

Cost of living
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Source: IDP Connect 2019


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Uni facilities include:

  • The Social Learning Zone and SU bar at the centre of campus - used for academic and recreational activities.
  • Sports facilities at Bolton One, the £31 million health and research centre, including a large sports hall, 50 foot climbing wall and pool. It’s also home to health and sports courses, the centre for Research and Health and Wellbeing and a Clinical Stimulation suite.
  • £100,000 moot law court.
  • Purpose-built Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering, to be run in conjunction with RLR motorsports, planned for the future.

Although the academic facilities get good comments from students, some reviews say they wish there were more car parking and sporting facilities.

Students say:

“Sport-specific facilities are outstanding”

“They are really good”

City life
City life

City life

The uni is placed within the town centre which has a range of high street and independent shops, bars, restaurants and pubs. The town’s football club, Bolton Wanderers, have a passionate local following that go to watch them play at the Reebok stadium. Bolton is also 20 minutes by train from Manchester. Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and York are all within easy reach too, something which our reviewers seem to take advantage of, with many of them describing Bolton’s city life as “quiet”.

Students say:

“Been out with friends, it’s really good”

"Everything is on your doorstep"

“Good cities close by”

Cost of living
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Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

Clubs and societies are run by the SU. The most popular society is International Society, which has around 300 members and reflects the diverse makeup of Bolton’s population. There is a good range of clubs and societies to get involved with including bucket list society, hockey club and quidditch society. 

Students say:

“Sports = one big family”

“Plenty on offer"

Student support
Student support

Student support

Student Services advisers provide help and advice on issues including accommodation, hardship, disability, immigration and welfare. They can make appointments to see specialist staff such as counsellors. Private spaces are available for appointments or you can contact them via email or phone.

Bolton has a higher than average number of disabled students and is one of the leading universities for supporting students with additional needs.

Students say:

“Good - have facilities if required”

“Very supportive professors and friendly system”

“Great support”



UK Students per Year: £9,250.

International Students per Year: Fees range from £3,750 to 12,715 depending on the course.

Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

Bolton Brilliance Bursary

Worth up to £3,000 over three years, this bursary is available to students with 320 UCAS points at A-Level.

Bolton Sport Bursary

Worth up to £3,000 over three years, this bursary is available to students who display sporting talent and are competing at international, county or professional club level.

Care Leavers Bursary

£1,000 is given to students who are under the age of 25 who have been in care for at least a year within the last 5 years.

Progression to University Fund

Aimed at students of Bolton College who want to study at University of Bolton, this bursary is worth £2,000 a year and is given to three students.

Stoller Scholarship

Ten scholarships worth £3,000 (£1,000 a year) will be given to students who want to study at the University of Bolton, are being funded by the Student Loans Company and live within the Oldham area. 

The Bolton Brilliance Bursary

For 2017/18 year of entry students the UCAS points system has changed, meaning the requirement for the bursary of 320 UCAS points will no longer exist. With the new tariff, 128 UCAS points will need to be attained either from A-levels (ABB) or BTEC NQF qualifications (DDM) yet is acceptable to have a mixture of both. 

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths


The Bolton Business School re-launched in 2013 with brand new facilities and partnerships with local firms to ensure employability is central to course content.

Art, Design and Media

Graduates have above average starting salaries and report 92% student satisfaction rates. Students study in the £10 million purpose-built facilities with work experience opportunities in creative businesses. There have been recent study visits to New York and Tokyo. 

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

BSc (Hons) Business Management requires 260 UCAS points and five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English.

BA (Hons) Art and Design requires 240 UCAS points and five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English. 


Key stats

WUSCA ranking The overall ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).

34th / 131

CUG ranking Source: Complete University Guide 2019

126th / 131

Undergraduate students Source: HESA, 2018 (note: only applies to undergraduate records)


TEF score The Teaching Excellence Framework is how the standard of teaching at this institution is judged by an independent panel of experts. It's broken down into three levels; gold, silver and bronze, and looks at teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.

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