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Overview

The University of Gloucestershire is spread across three campuses, with two in Cheltenham and one in Gloucester. With direct rail links to Birmingham (40 minutes), Bristol (40 minutes) and London (two hours), as well as excellent road access to the rest of the country, Cheltenham and Gloucester are based in some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes. The Cotswold Hills rise behind Cheltenham, while beyond Gloucester the River Severn and Forest of Dean offer plenty of activities.

The university takes pride in its relationship with its students, and was listed as a top ten UK university for student support in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2017. Services on offer include a confidential counselling team, help with academic writing and financial support.

Students can take advantage of the university's Your Future Plan initiative, which offers guaranteed support with creating a personal career plan. This scheme helps students with everything from looking for a part-time job to getting their foot in the door with a placement or internship. The university has also developed the Gloucestershire Employability Awards, allowing for students to identify their skills, write a stand-out CV and be interview-ready.

There are close to 50 clubs and societies at the university, allowing students to gain new experiences outside of the classroom, meet new friends and pursue their interests and talents. With everything from creative writing to a student-run radio station, there is no shortage of ways to engage in the university lifestyle. More than 35 sports clubs are also on offer, ranging from football to hockey.

Each campus has its own Students' Union bar, where events take place each week. Subject-specific facilities across the sites include film and TV studios, a GBP 2million performing arts centre, a state-of-the-art sports centre – complete with 3G pitches – and 24-hour libraries.

Average tuition fees per year

Undergraduate
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£13,500

Postgraduate
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£12,610

Costs per year

Living costs

£9,000

Campus accommodation

£6,032

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.

Facilities

Facilities

The university provides many facilities on its campuses including:

Libraries

Each campus has its own library with a dedicated helpdesk team and subject specialists. The university’s extensive resources support all students, from first year undergraduates to those studying PhDs. They have 24/7 access to an extensive range of e-books, journals and databases from all over the world.

The university provides over 100 laptops available across the three libraries with loan periods from two hours up to one week. Over 500 open access computers are provided, as well as free Wi-Fi across all campuses. There are also group study areas with coffee facilities, and silent research areas at the libraries.

Accommodation

The University of Gloucestershire has approximately 1,800 rooms in its halls of residence in Cheltenham and Gloucester. Many rooms are en-suite and communal kitchens (unless in a studio apartment) are stocked with a fridge, freezer, microwave, cooker, toaster, kettle and cupboards. There are laundry facilities available for the students on-site, as well as regular bus services between campuses and residences.

The residential support team will provide support to residential students. This team consists of residential support advisers who are full-time staff and residential assistants who are returning students recruited by the accommodation department. The halls are also supported by the security, cleaning and maintenance teams.

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What do students say...

Deciding to study in UoG is the best decision I've made so far

Dieu Tram,

The university and the staff are always willing to help you. Try not to focus on studying only, there are many useful social activities to enrich your study experience.

London School of Commerce

Anonymous, Vietnam

London School of Commerce is more like an institute.  University of Gloucestershire is the one giving degree. The university is quite well-known. I think it's quite boring and unproductive since I took an express course for 2 years of pressured learning

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