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University of Gloucestershire

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Overview

The University of Gloucestershire is an active close-knit community of students and staff who are at the heart of what the university does. It has been ranked among the top five institutions in the UK for international student support (International Student Barometer, 2017).

Students from over 60 countries study at the university and experience a new world at Gloucestershire. They can choose from a vast array of programmes at the university’s eight different schools: Art and Design, Business, Education, Health and Social Care, Liberal and Performing Arts, Media, Natural and Social Sciences and Sports and Exercise.

Recently, the university has worked with leading companies like the Google, Kodak, BAFTA and BBC TV and radio. About 95% of the university’s graduates are either in employment or higher study within six months of graduation.

Students can also choose from a range of academic programmes, including fast-track undergraduate degree programmes and sandwich courses offering a year in industry. The university’s teaching quality has been highly appreciated by students. In fact, 14 national teaching fellowships have been awarded to the institution for its excellent quality of education.

The Growth Hub - collaboration between Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and the university, supports over 5000 high-growth businesses in the area. It has also invested extensively in the recent years, in building and improving on-campus teaching and learning resources for students as well as a brand new student village in Cheltenham.

The university’s Students’ Union (SU) represents the collective voice of students. Students can join several clubs and societies through the SU and experience a range of outdoor sports and other activities including skiing, snowboarding, mountain climbing, horse riding and water sports. Gloucestershire is also home to over 45 festivals every year, from science and literature to jazz and rock.

Average Tuition Fee Per Year

Undergraduate
Fees are per year and for indicative purpose

11,57,330

Postgraduate
Fees are per year and for indicative purpose

10,89,913

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

7,77,892

Campus accommodation

5,21,360

What's new

What's new

The University of Gloucestershire is constantly improving the offer for student’s, with new facilities, courses and opportunities being developed all the time. Recent additions include:

Course in Professional Policing

The university recently became one of the first in the country to have a license to offer a degree in Professional Policing. With the first intake starting in September 2019, students will gain practice in the field, as well as studying in the recently opened Crime Scene House facility.

Institute of Technology

In collaboration with Swindon College and New College Swindon, the university will be setting up a new Institute of Technology, backed by the UK government.

New Engineering Technology Courses 

A range of new courses will be on offer to students from September 2019 from the School of Business and Technology. Designed with a range of businesses and industry in mind, students will gain specialist experience to prepare them for work in a changing engineering industry.

Business School and Growth Hub

Opened in 2019 by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the new GBP 20 million Business School and Growth Hub building at the Oxstalls campus in Gloucester includes a trading room, moot court and other social, teaching and learning spaces. The Growth Hub offers a place for students to connect with businesses, creating long term opportunities for collaboration with industry.

Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The University of Gloucestershire has an excellent reputation for teaching, and was awarded the Silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF 2017). The TEF looks at the learning environment, teaching quality and graduate outcomes. The University of Gloucestershire was praised for:

  • the integrated approach to student placements and work experience.
  • opportunities for students to engage with businesses and industries.
  • the personal tutoring experience students got from their teachers.
  • the specialist resources created by teachers.
  • bespoke learning plans created for individual students according to their needs.

All of this also meant the university was ranked equal 10th for the highest quality staff and lectures (THE Student Experience Survey 2018).

It also has an excellence reputation for research, meaning students are learning from tutors who are experts in their fields, and engaging with exciting developments in the academic world. The university was ranked world-leading in all of its research areas, which include: Sport, Exercise, Health and Wellbeing; Applied Business and Technology and Environmental Dynamics and Governance.

Department structure

Department structure

There are three main schools that make up the University of Gloucestershire.

Business School​

The brand new Business School at Oxstalls, Gloucester, is home to an expanded Growth Hub meaning students get to connect and work with real businesses alongside their studies. From its own moot court room to a live Thomson Reuters trading room, the building allows students to learn in a professional environment using the latest techniques and equipment you’d find in company headquarters around the globe.  

The new computing suite allows students to get their hands on with the same equipment found in the technology industries and innovative research and forensics labs mean students are at the forefront of cyber security.

School of Natural and Social Sciences​

The emphasis across all courses offered at the school is applying the skills developed professionally, to help enhance employability and enable students to address serious real-world issues. All the courses have a strong practical element, whether through volunteering, internships, research trips, field trips or fieldwork in remarkable locations such as the Swiss Alps, South Africa, Morocco or Florida. Some courses also offer the opportunity to take on research projects with, or for, external organisations, while others focus on developing students’ practical experience by providing a wide range of volunteering opportunities in which they can put their skills to the test.

School of Art and Design​​

In the School of Art and Design, students not only make the work, they are expected to market it too. As a creative community with great heritage, the school helps students explore different mediums, showcase their work at exhibitions and work in a national and international sphere. Students can study on courses with international trips to locations such as London, Berlin, and Beijing.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To meet the University of Gloucestershire’s English language entry requirements, international students will need to achieve scores in tests including:

IELTS

  • Bachelor 'studies route' degree courses – 5.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band.
  • Most bachelor’s degree courses (Level 4, 5 and 6 entry) – 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band.
  • Journalism BA, Journalism MA, and BSc Nursing Adult – 7.0 overall with no less than 7.0 in any component.
  • Postgraduate courses – 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any component.
  • Postgraduate Research courses – 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in any other component.

TOEFL IBT

  • Bachelor 'Studies Route' Degree Courses – 87 overall with no less than 21 in writing, 21 in listening, 22 in reading and 23 in speaking.
  • Bachelor’s degree courses (Level 1 and 2 entry) – 90 overall with no less than 21 in writing, 21 in listening, 22 in reading and 23 in speaking.
  • Bachelor’s degree courses (Level 3 entry) – 90 overall with no less than 23 in any band.
  • Postgraduate degree courses and Postgraduate Research Programmes – 93 overall with no less than 23 in any band.
  • MA in Journalism – 95 overall with no less than 23 in any band.
  • All English language qualifications accepted are assessed based on their equivalence to the UKVI IELTS (Academic) Test.

Pre-Sessional English courses

The university offers pre-sessional courses to help students achieve the required English level for undergraduate or postgraduate study. The courses take place in the summer prior to starting the academic course.

Scholarships

Scholarships

The University of Gloucestershire rewards academic excellence and operates an extensive scholarship programme for international students. To be eligible for these scholarships, students must be paying fees at the international tuition fee rate.

The university offers a range of grant awards from GBP 2,000 to GBP 4,000 for undergraduate or postgraduate taught courses. These will be awarded after receipt of application and offer and are valid for first year of study only.

The university also recognises academic excellence with 50% merit scholarships for select students in the following subjects: MBA, Master of Finance, Master of Accounting and Finance, BA Graphic Design, MA Landscape Architecture and MA Film Making.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

The university provides career services to students by providing support, information and opportunities to gain work experience, develop their skills and manage their career. 94% of the University of Gloucestershire’s graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2015/16).

The services include:

Placements

Most of the courses include placement modules which allow students to gain relevant experience working in a professional environment, locally, nationally, or internationally. In any one year, there are typically over 3,000 placements. These opportunities provide the chance to develop the students’ CVs as part of their assessed studies.

Internships

The university’s internship programme is open to all students on every course and offers them the chance to grow in confidence, as well as discover and develop their skills, with support from a dedicated team from start to finish.

Volunteering

There's a wealth of volunteering opportunities for students at the university. A recent survey of the UK’s leading businesses found 75% of employers prefer to recruit people with volunteering experience. Volunteering provides students the chance to make a positive contribution.

Career management

The university’s team of professional careers advisers offer sessions within chosen academic programmes, apart from one-to-one advice, guidance and information to help students decide on what work they want to pursue upon graduation is also offered.

Students will be encouraged to explore their potential and career ideas, develop their skills and prepare with confidence for their next step after graduation.

Paid work

The Students’ Union advertises part-time paid work via its JobShop, which students can fit around their studies.

Student ambassadors

Students can become student ambassadors and be paid to represent the university in a variety of ways, from talking to prospective students and their parents at open days and HE fairs to visiting schools and conducting campus tours.

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English score required

Minimum IELTS Score

5.5Undergraduate

6.0Postgraduate

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