University of Gloucestershire
Welcome to University of Gloucestershire
Established in 1847, the University of Gloucestershire offers a rich heritage and vibrant student life, with campuses in Cheltenham and Gloucester. With a reputation as a specialist in sport, biosciences, teacher training, media, art and design and business, there are over 100 undergraduate courses to choose from.
Study with us and you’ll join a supportive and passionate community of staff and students. We ranked 7th out of 111 universities for the quality of our student support services in the 2015 Whatuni Student Choice Awards.
We help you to graduate the best you can be. We support you to create a unique Future Plan to ensure you make the most of every opportunity while you’re at university. You’ll have your own personal tutor to support you throughout your time with us, working with you to identify work and volunteering experience to enable you to achieve your future aspirations.
That’s just one of the reasons why we’re a top 10 new university for ‘value added’ (Guardian University Guide 2017) – the improvement between a student’s entry qualifications and final degree result.
Testimony to all of this, 95% of our graduates are in employment or training within six months of graduating (HESA DLHE 2015/16).
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Courses and fees
The University of Gloucestershire offers over 100 undergraduate courses including foundation degrees, undergraduate honours degrees, sandwich degrees, fast-track degrees and Level 6 top-ups. The courses cover a wide range of subjects in the following areas: art and design; business, accounting and law; computing and technology; education; hospitality, tourism and events; health; humanities; media; natural and social sciences; sport and exercise.
All undergraduate degrees welcome applications from students with BTEC diploma qualifications and BTEC diplomas combined with A-levels and other qualifications.
International students from around 60 countries study at the University of Gloucestershire. From accommodation and learning support to worship facilities, we’re in the top five UK universities for our student support services (International Student Barometer Survey, 2014).
Visit the university website for up-to-date fee information for undergraduate and postgraduate fees.
The money advice team can give more information on financial support available for undergraduate students starting their studies including:
- Care leavers scholarship
- Partnership bursary
- Hardship fund
- PGCE bursaries and funding information
Across our three campuses, University of Gloucestershire students learn in state-of-the-art facilities using industry-standard equipment.
Our newly-built Performing Arts and Events Centre with two large, well-equipped harlequin sprung-floor dance studios, a multimedia suite and a devising studio opened in September 2015 alongside the new home for our School of Computing and Technology. This features dedicated research labs, purpose-built break-out areas, games consoles, 4k screens in social areas, industry-standard cyber security labs, plus the latest computing technology and software. Our Media Centre includes broadcast standard TV and radio facilities, multimedia newsrooms and film, animation and music studios.
Gloucestershire is alive with an eclectic mix of events. Socialise, watch sport, enjoy live events and attend over 45 festivals a year, from poetry to science, literature and one of the world’s most famous horse racing festivals. The Cotswolds is right on the doorstep, a place to relax, explore or seek out an adrenaline kick – from snowboarding and water sports to mountain biking and paintballing.
Home to the Cheltenham Racecourse and Gloucester Rugby’s Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucestershire’s got a strong sporting heritage. The area also has a thriving business industry. When it comes to finding a job, you’ll have a whole host of national and multinational organisations on your doorstep, including Dyson, Superdry and GCHQ.
Each campus has its own library offering private and group study, late-night opening, a dedicated team and subject specialists. Laptops and media equipment are available to borrow. Students have 24/7-access to a virtual library of e-books, journals and databases anywhere in the world.
Every campus has more than 150 open access computers, some of which provide 24/7 access. Macs are available at Park campus, Francis Close Hall campus and Hardwick campus. Open access PCs have Microsoft Office software, email and web browsing, printing and scanning, photocopying and home folders. Wireless printing and scanning is available at the campus libraries.
The university has free Wi-Fi and wireless networking is available on all campuses in the libraries, SU bars, refectories and many other university areas.
The Students’ Union (SU) is found on all three campuses and supports students through their time at university. The SU provides entertainment, social opportunities and student media as well as help in gaining skills and work experience. Highlights of the SU calendar include Freshers’ Week and the Summer Ball. From athletics and lacrosse to alternative music and comedy, there are over 100 clubs and societies to join, offering a chance to meet like-minded people, try a new hobby or indulge a subject-related passion.
There’s a sport for everyone at the University of Gloucestershire. From fun events to competing at national level, there are over 80 sports activities to choose from. Our alumni include gold Olympic medal winners and professional athletes. We’re also the only university to have its own professional rugby league team – the All Golds. International and national Olympic teams also travel to train at our sports facilities.
Medical and welfare services
The university Helpzones based on each campus provide confidential advice and help with any academic and personal issues. Every campus has a team of trained advisers, available by phone and email, or in person.
The disability, dyslexia and learning support service offers confidential, one-to-one support to students with disabilities, learning difficulties and medical conditions. The team provides a range of services, such as information about the university’s accessible accommodation, provision of note takers and extensions on written assignments. Advisory visits to the university prior to a formal application allow prospective students to discuss any concerns.
Financial help and advice
The money advice team advises students on all aspects of student funding, including fees, loans, grants and guidance on access to learning and other forms of funding.
If you accept the University of Gloucestershire as your first choice, and apply for accommodation before the deadline, you’re guaranteed a place in halls or university-managed accommodation.
Living in halls of residence is a great way to begin your time at university, offering you independence and support in equal measure. We have approximately 1,400 places in self-catered, on-campus halls of residence. The typical study bedroom is fully furnished with a shared kitchen, a free connection to the computer network and fast internet access. En-suite accommodation options are available.
£38million investment in our brand new student village
Our Pittville Student Village is planned for opening September 2017, ready for new students. The village boasts landscaped grounds, ergonomic social spaces, a bar, shop, gym, faith room and 24/7 onsite security.
The university also manages student housing across Gloucester and Cheltenham. A university bus service travels regularly between all the campuses, stopping within a 10-minute walk of all university-managed halls.
The University of Gloucestershire adheres to the Universities UK (UUK) Code of Practice. This Code outlines best practice and provides benchmarks for the management and quality of university-managed student accommodation.
International undergraduate students
New international undergraduate students who have firmly accepted an offer and completed the online halls of residence application process by 12 August 2016 will be guaranteed accommodation in halls of residence.
Disabled students Disabled students should initially contact one of our Disability Advisers. Call 01242 714541 or email [email protected] to find out more about accessible accommodation options for students with disabilities.
We believe our open days are different. At many of them you will find a range of workshops including writing a personal statement, creating a strong UCAS application and advice on how to ace an interview.
You will also have the opportunity to meet our well-known lecturers, chat to students, find out more about Your Future Plan and explore our campuses, accommodation and the local area.
The University of Gloucestershire has three campuses on four sites:
Park campus is home to a range of accounting, law, business, management, computing, technology and media courses.
Francis Close Hall (FCH)
FCH is the university campus nearest to Cheltenham’s town centre. FCH is home to subjects such as education, health and social care, humanities and natural and social sciences.
Oxstalls campus is located in the heart of Gloucester, only five minutes' drive from the city centre. Oxstalls is where sports and exercise, performing arts, events management and hotel and resort management subjects are studied.
The Centre for Art and Photography
Our Hardwick site is the Centre for Art and Photography and is just a short walk from Francis Close Hall.
The next open days for both postgraduates and undergraduates take place on:
- Sunday 2nd October 2016
- All faculties
- Saturday 29th October 2016
- All faculties
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