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University of Gloucestershire

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The University of Gloucestershire is spread across three campuses in the town of Cheltenham and city of Gloucester. The university offers over 100 academic study programmes through eight schools, which are:

  • Art and Design
  • Business and Technology
  • Education
  • Health and Social Care
  • Liberal and Performing Arts
  • Media
  • Natural and Social Sciences
  • Sport and Exercise

Cheltenham and Gloucester are within easy access of Birmingham, Bristol and London both by road and direct public transport. Birmingham and Bristol are 40 minutes away, while London is around two hours by direct train. Birmingham, Bristol and London Heathrow airports are all within 90 minutes’ drive of Gloucestershire.

Park campus is a creative, technological hub surrounded by beautiful of parkland. It is home to our industry-standard Media Centre with animation, film, journalism and TV studios; top-spec computing suite with games design and cyber security labs; and a brand new Design Centre offering dedicated studio spaces for our advertising, fashion design, graphic design and interior design courses.   

Francis Close Hall campus helps shape the next generation of teachers, creative writers, criminologists, psychologists, biologists and geographers.  Just a two-minute stroll down the road, Hardwick is a thriving community of artists and photographers, who get creative in dedicated studios and exhibit in their own gallery.  

Studying at Oxstalls campus in Gloucester, our sports, performing arts, nursing and business students use bespoke facilities and work with leading industry experts. Our brand new Business School and Growth Hub (opening September 2018) will see business students working with real businesses looking to grow, while our top-spec clinical suite is the ideal preparation for our nursing students heading out into professional healthcare settings. Performing arts students are based in their own performing arts and events centre, while the sports coaches, scientists and therapists of the future work with elite athletes in dedicated labs and suites as well as our brand new international-standard sports hall (opening September 2018) and 3G pitches.

As well as halls of residence on all of our campuses, we have our brand new Pittville Student Village in Cheltenham, offering over 800 rooms as well as on-site gym, refectory, faith space bar and multi-use games area. Opening September 2018, the Blackfriars Residences, managed in partnership with Cityheart, will provide almost 300 rooms in the middle of bustling Gloucester, just a short walk from the historic docks and regenerated Gloucester Quays.

The university was rated Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017.

University of Gloucestershire students on Whatuni say:

“Very friendly and enjoyable so far.”

“Varied courses, learnt about where I want my career to go.”

“Empowering and intellectual.”

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Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

The university has a 95% employment rate, with graduates finding work or going into further education within six months of leaving (DLHE 2016/17).

Through the Your Future Plan initiative, we not only use our expertise to support our students to plan what they want to do with their futures, but challenge them to build the skills, knowledge, experiences and network to make the plan the reality. 

Guest lecturers from industry, field trips and work placements are embedded in most courses, and the Your Future Plan team helps students find other opportunities to gain more experiences. 

The university also helps students find volunteering and paid part-time jobs, and allocates them a personal tutor throughout their time with us to give one-to-one advice and information.

University of Gloucestershire students on Whatuni say:

“Job fairs, lots of people to talk to.”

“Appointments with careers advisors and workshops are offered e.g. interview training”

“50% of the degree is a work placement = more experience.”

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

Course and lecturers

The university has been awarded 14 National Teaching Fellowships and has a strong portfolio of lecturers with industry experience.

Many programmes include inspirational guest speakers, field trips, workshops and a number of the courses include a work placement, where you will be able to gain first-hand experience and build industry contacts. The university has a strong network, with links to Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann, NHS, Superdry, Capital Radio and Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre – to name but a few.

There is also the option to do a Fast-track degree, where you can undertake a two-year intensive programme in subjects including business and law, graduating a year earlier and saving money. Professional courses, in business, education, health and nursing offer vocational training and focus on essential career skills.

In their reviews, students praise the enthusiastic lecturers, university support and engaging course modules.In fact the university was rated so well that they placed 14th in this category at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.


University of Gloucestershire students on Whatuni say:

“Supportive, happy lectures.”

“Passionate about what they teach.”

“Engaging lecturers and happy to support.”

Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

The Students’ Union (SU) is student-led, and consists of four full-time officers and 15 voluntary part-time officers. The SU aims to make university fun and rewarding for students and runs a vast range of societies, groups and social events throughout the year, while striving to voice student concerns and opinions to the university.

Students have written positively about the supportive SU team as well as the events they put on throughout the year.

University of Gloucestershire students on Whatuni say:

“Good helpful representatives, helpful on visits.”

“Very friendly and open the majority of day / evening.”

“Big push and visibility of students’ union. Voices are listened to especially course reps.”



The university’s halls of residence offer the best of both worlds, giving students freedom and independence, with support close at hand.

Undergraduate students are guaranteed a place in halls of residence or university-managed accommodation as long as they confirm the University of Gloucestershire as their firm choice and apply for accommodation by the published deadline in the application year.

The halls of residences are located either on campus or right in the heart of the action in Cheltenham town or Gloucester city centre. The brand new Pittville Student Village in Cheltenham, is a 794-bed student community which boasts landscaped gardens, ergonomic social spaces, a bar, shop, gym, multi use games area (MUGA), a faith room, 24/7 onsite security, and a regular bus service that takes you right to the campus where you study.

Opening September 2018, the Blackfriars Residences, managed in partnership with Cityheart, will provide almost 300 rooms in the middle of bustling Gloucester, just a short walk from the historic docks and regenerated Gloucester Quays.

If halls of residence are not for you, a large database of approved housing in both Cheltenham and Gloucester is available that meets strict safety standards. Many new students prefer this option as it means they can start living more independently with other students straight away.

A list of lodgings is also held enabling students to live in the same property as a landlord – a popular option for mature and international students

University of Gloucestershire students on Whatuni say:

“Pitville - all problems solved quickly.”

“My accommodation is very nice, quite loud but was easy to make friends and the layout is nice.”

“I really like the size, location and facilities in my accommodation.”

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Source: IDP Connect 2018


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There are over 500 computers available to use across the campuses, and free Wi-Fi. Each campus has its own library, with 24/7 access to a wide range of books, journals and databases from around the world. There are also group study areas with coffee facilities and silent research areas.

Each campus also has its own SU bar, holding regular events and balls. There are several canteens around the sites, where you can buy a selection of hot and cold snacks, and a Medical Centre is located at Park Campus.

Over at Oxstalls, you will find a brand new Performing Arts and Events Centre, complete with dance studios and teaching spaces. There is also an onsite fitness suite, sports therapy clinics, a sports hall, fitness studio and performance lab, as well as Oxstalls Sports Park.


University of Gloucestershire students on Whatuni say:

“Good library, computers, clinical room and gym.”

“Very good and easily accessible with helpful staff members.”

“Very good - high tech music studios and equipment.”

City life
City life

City life

Gloucestershire is known for its sports, and home to the famous Cheltenham Racecourse and Gloucester Rugby’s Kingsholm Stadium. Outdoor activities can be enjoyed in the region, such as paintballing, horse riding, skiing, mountain biking and rock climbing.

There are also over 45 cultural festivals every year, including the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cotswolds Beer Festival and Wychwood.  Cheltenham and Gloucester have a large number of live music venues, bars, pubs and clubs – with plenty of student nights throughout the week to keep that student budget happy. There are also plenty of restaurants and independent cafes in both towns – perfect for relaxing in during your spare time.

For retail therapy, there are numerous shopping centres, boutiques and markets spread around the area, while Gloucester Quays is a favourite destination for discount designer brands.


University of Gloucestershire students on Whatuni say:

“Lots of experience and good nightlife.”

“Wide selection of things to do.”

“Good, nice range of shops nearby.”

Cost of living
Cost of a pint This is the average cost of a pint.
Source: IDP Connect 2018

£3.00 - £3.50

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Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

Societies range from the subject related – the Creative Writing Society, History Society and Biology Society, to hardcore fandom groups – including the Doctor Who Society and Dumbledore’s Army. Sports clubs vary from cheerleading, rowing, rugby, weightlifting, trampolining, dance and American football.

Students are encouraged to join a group, where you will meet people sharing your interests and broaden your social circle.

University of Gloucestershire students on Whatuni say:

“A wide range of societies, wellbeing is super great!”

“Good range, suit everyone's interests.”

“Good opportunities on offer.”

Student support
Student support

Student support

You will be provided with a personal tutor to help guide you through your studies and help with any academic queries throughout your time at the university. There is also a financial service, supporting you with any money related issues and a free counselling service, offering one-to-one sessions, group workshops, couples therapy and specialist support for house and study group conflict.

The disability, dyslexia and learning support service offers support and advice, while childcare advice is given to students with children.

Reviewers praise the dedication and support the university give them, both academically and with personal issues. 


University of Gloucestershire students on Whatuni say:

“A lot is offered.”

“Can easily make appointments with tutors and Help Zone's useful/approachable.”

“Very supportive and extra sessions during courses to aid academic study.”



UK: £9,250
International:: Fees will vary depending on the length and nature of your degree

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Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

Care Leavers Scholarship
Up to £9,000 a year (half tuition fee waiver half bursary) is awarded to up to 15 undergraduate students who have been in care for 13 weeks or more and are under the age of 25.

Mature Students' Bursary

£1000 per year to students aged 21 or over at the start of their Undergraduate degree or foundation degree, if their household income is less than £40,000

Music Scholarship

£150 in music vouchers is awarded to talented students who have reached Grade 5 or higher playing a musical instrument orsinging. You will also receive 30 minutes tuition on a weekly basis from the University’s Director of Music to enhance your skills.

Partnership Bursary

£500 is awarded to first year undergraduate students from a Strategic Alliance College or Compact Partner institution, if their household income is less than £42,875.

Financial Assistance Fund

A fund can be given to students demonstrating financial hardship. Students are  assessed depending on their personal income and requirements.

Emergency Short Term Loans

£50 for a maximum of 5 weeks can be loaned to students who desperately need money to cover rent and basic living costs and who have not yet received their first instalment of student loan.

Sports Excellence Funds 
Up to £2,500 is given to up to 20 students each year (5 of which are available to disabled students), who have represented their sport at national or regional level, or who demonstrate the potential to compete at these levels.

Terms and conditions apply, offered scholarships and bursaries subject to change.

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Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

Art and Design

As well as learning from experienced practising artists, designers and photographers, students get to work on live briefs with real agencies and exhibit their work in galleries including our very own gallery at Hardwick.


Those students joining us in September 2019 to study a business degree (including law) will get a free international trip included in the cost of their degree. Whether visiting world-famous courts in Europe, checking out marketing in Milan of meeting businesses in Hong Kong and China, students get to give their degree a global perspective and make new contacts around the world. 


As well as learning from and networking with cyber experts, students get to showcase their work to the public and industry professionals at our annual COMX exhibition.


Thanks to our partnership with over 400 schools and organisations, students gain real-world experience on placements in a range of settings including primary schools, musesums and special educational needs centres.

Health and Social Care

Gaining real experiences and helping change lives while they study, our students are supported by qualified social workers, experienced carers and registered nurses. They develop their skills in our clinical nursing suite or at the innovative SkillZONE in Gloucester.


The university’s Media School has strong links with the media industry, and holds an annual media school festival where students can network with professionals. Students have had work experience at outlets including The Guardian and are taught by experienced journalists, animators, directors and producers. In fact, one of our film lecturers, Lindsey Dryden, was shortlisted for an Oscar in 2018.

Liberal and Performing Arts

Whether visiting a UNESCO world heritage site in Córdoba, Spain or working with Broadway directors in New York City, our students can give their degrees a global perspective.

Natural and Social Sciences

Students get to learn from and work with experienced, respected scientists and researchers. Our lecturers have produced BBC documentaries on ants and advised government on policy addressing stalking and homicide.

Sport and Exercise

Our students work with experienced sports coaches, therapists and scientists to develop their skills and knowledge. They can put their learning into practice with elite athletes including the Severn Stars, our very own Vitality Netball Superleague team.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements will vary from course to course, for example to study Media Production or Business Management at the university, you will need to have achieved BBB at A level or DDM at BTEC.


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).

46th / 131

CUG ranking Source: Complete University Guide 2019

88th / 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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08 Apr 19

Journalism BA (Hons)

I loved studying here. My course was legit the most fun I've had - and I don't know anyone on my course who didn't graduate with a 2:1 or higher! I started off not really wanting to do any of the technical side of it, like filming and editing, but now it's my favourite part because I feel way more...
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so far its been really intense but well worth it so far! I would tell people to keep at it and not to give up when it gets hard. The university has a lot of resources and there is a lot of...


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