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Life at Gloucestershire

University of Gloucestershire



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 5 institutions in the UK for international student support (International Student Barometer, 2017).

Students experience a new world in Gloucestershire. They can choose a vast array of courses 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.

Students can also choose 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, a 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 past six years, in building and improving on-campus teaching and learning resources for students as well as a brand new student village in Cheltenham. Students from over 60 countries study at the university. 

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.

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What's new

What's new

The University of Gloucestershire has opened two new state-of-the-art 3G sports pitches at our Oxstalls campus. The two pitches offer students and the community year-round access to a variety of sports, including rugby and football, walking football and a range of disability sports, with world-class artificial playing surfaces. The pitches are FIFA and World Rugby compliant.

“We are thrilled to see the Oxstalls Sports Park emerge as an international standard facility which will offer additional opportunities for individuals to engage in a range of activities for health and wellbeing. Our ambition is to also attract major events which will begin with the Severn Stars Super League Netball Club playing their home games here in 2019.” - Anita Navin, Head of the School of Sport and Exercise at the University of Gloucestershire.

England Rugby’s investment is part of its Rugby World Cup 2015 legacy of delivering over GBP 50million into the development of 100 artificial pitches across England.

Steve Grainger, RFU Rugby Development Director said, “We are delighted to work in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire to increase rugby across the area. The university has a fantastic rugby programme and we hope that the new pitches will continue to foster strong links with rugby clubs across the area, providing them with access to a high quality playing surface that can be used year-round.”   

Our new Pittville Student Village, which is the result of £38million investment, has added an additional 800 rooms to our existing portfolio. This exciting new site in Cheltenham has been developed in partnership with Uliving, leaders in student living. The village boasts landscaped grounds, gym, multi-use games area, shop, faith space, ergonomic social spaces and 24/7 on site security.

Opening in September 2018, our brand new Business School at our Oxstalls campus, Gloucester will allow students to learn in a professional environment with access to the latest industry technology, equipment and techniques. It will also be the new for an expanded Growth Hub.



Business School​

Opening in September 2018, our brand new Business School at Oxstalls, Gloucester, will also be the home of 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.  

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

School of Natural and Social Sciences​

To reflect the real world need for addressing serious issues, the major emphasis across all of the school’s courses is the professional application of the skills developed, personal relevance, and employability. All of the courses have a strong practical element, whether through volunteering, internships, research trips, field trips or fieldwork in some quite 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 our 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.

Read more on the university’s academic schools here…

*Additional costs may apply and destinations may be subject to change, see course webpages for details.

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:


Bachelor 'studies route' degree courses – 5.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band.

Most bachelor 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.


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 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 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.



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, Masters of Finance, Masters of Accounting and Finance, BA Graphic Design, MA Landscape Architecture and MA Film Making (correct for 2018 entry). More details can be found online.

Student support

Student support

The University of Gloucestershire is one of the top 10 UK universities for student support, according to the shortlist for the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2017.

The student support services include:

Disability advice

The disability, dyslexia and learning support service offers confidential, one-to-one support to students with disabilities, learning difficulties and medical conditions. 

Mental health and wellbeing

Mental health and wellbeing advisers can guide students on the types of support available to help manage their studies. This may include extensions on written assignments, extra time for exams, and assistive software.


To make sure students make the most of their time at university, the counselling service helps with any emotional, psychological or mental health difficulties they may experience. The service is free, confidential and run by qualified, professional counsellors who understand the pressures of university life. They offer one-to-one counselling, drop-in sessions, and lots more.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

The University provides career services to the 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).

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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.


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.


Whether the students are interested in youth work, community sports or supporting festivals, there's a wealth of volunteering opportunities. 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 contribute to communities, locally, nationally and internationally, and enhance their network of friends.

Career management

The university’s team of professional careers advisers offer sessions within the chosen academic programme, apart from one-to-one advice, guidance and information to help them make a decision on what work they want to pursue upon graduation.

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

Earn while you learn – become a student ambassador 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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