The University of Winchester
Welcome to The University of Winchester
The historic, cathedral city of Winchester, in Hampshire, boasts a university that is putting long-established institutions through their paces.
The University of Winchester was established in 1840 and combines this heritage with excellence in teaching and learning. Ranked 10th for teaching excellence in The Times and The Sunday Times 2016 Good University Guide, with an impressive 92% rating, and fourth for student satisfaction in England in the National Student Survey 2015, the university continues to further strengthen its position as a top provider of higher education.
With almost 7,500 students, the University of Winchester offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the arts, humanities, social sciences, business, law, sport, education, and health and social care.
The university is committed to freedom, justice, truth, human rights and collective effort for the common good. This means its students are nurtured to make a difference and their world-leading research is focused on making the world a better, safer place.
The local hero King Alfred is famous not just for burning cakes. He was a learned man and a great ruler: the university’s motto – Wisdom-ond-Lar – is Old English for Wisdom and Knowledge. It is taken from Alfred’s ninth century translation of an influential Latin text that promoted the pursuit of learning.
The University of Winchester continues to carry this pursuit on today. Winchester is the only university in the UK to be awarded a five-star accreditation rating for overall organisational excellence by the British Quality Foundation.
So don’t expect to smell any burning cakes here.
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Courses and fees
Courses at Winchester are available for full-time or part-time study at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Undergraduate Typical requirements are*:
- 240-280 UCAS Tariff points for a Honours Degree course
- 5 GCSE passes at grade A-C including English Language and Mathematics (for specific courses)
- IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (Including 6.0 in academic writing) (International students only)
Postgraduate Typical requirements are*:
- A first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience
- IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (Including 6.5 in academic writing) (International students only)
*Entry requirements with each course vary. Check out our website for course specific entry requirements.
Faculties / Departments
Faculty of Arts
- English, Creative Writing and American Studies
- School of Media and Film
- Performing Arts
- Winchester Business School
- Sport and Exercise
- Education Studies and Liberal Arts
- Teacher Development
- Interprofessional Studies (Children, Health, Social Work & Community)
- Applied Social Studies (Criminology, Forensic Studies, Geography and Sociology)
- Theology, Religion and Philosophy
- Undergraduate (Bachelors)
- Postgraduate (Masters)
- Research (PhD)
- International Foundation Programme (Preparation Course)
- English Language Programmes (to improve English)
- Full-time undergraduate fees for new entrants are £9,000 a year for UK and EU students starting in September 2016.
- Full-time postgraduate fees for new entrants start from £4,900 a year for UK and EU students starting in September 2016.
- Full-time undergraduate fees for new international students are £11,300 a year for September 2016 entry
- Full-time postgraduate fees for new international students start from £10,900 a year for September 2016 entry
Faculty of Business, Law and Sport
Faculty of Education, Health and Social Care
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Winchester accepts international students on to the majority of its courses, if entry requirements are met. Courses available include:
UK and EU
For total course fees, part-time costs and additional costs, please visit the University of Winchester website.
Bursaries and Scholarships
We provide a wide range of bursaries and scholarships to support students with their finances for higher education. Visit our Students and money pages on our website for more details.
Situated close to the Winchester city centre (about a 10-15 minute walk away), the university embraces the historic heart and the contemporary culture of Winchester.
Student life centres around the modern King Alfred Campus. The university’s Business School and postgraduate research centre is just a short walk away at West Downs.
Library and study facilities
The modern three-storey library is on the King Alfred Campus.
It houses more than 300,000 books and additional online resources. The library, open 24/7 during term time, provides study spaces for more than 450 students, many of which are equipped with computers.
There are over 350 networked PCs and Macs available across the university with wired and wireless internet access provided free of charge on campus and in campus accommodation. Other IT equipment (including media players, cameras and laptops), is available to hire for free.
The Multimedia Centre hosts a purpose-built TV studio, two newsrooms and radio studios. It is available 24 hours a day for private or course projects.
Winchester is committed to enhancing student employability – students are encouraged to undertake volunteering or work placement opportunities to gain real world skills during their course.
Individual face-to-face and web-based careers advice is available to students and graduates during and after their course has finished.
Two social learning spaces, the Learning Café and Kenneth Kettle Building (KKB), offer 24-hour access to computers, snacks and informal group working areas.
The award-winning Students’ Union organises club nights, film showings, comedy, quizzes and live music. There are many clubs and societies, as well as support and welfare services. As a student at Winchester you will automatically become a member of its Students’ Union.
The University of Winchester offers an on campus gym with monthly passes starting at £24 a month.
The multi-use games area, sports hall and fitness studio on campus offers indoor facilities for a range of sports and fitness classes. The Winchester Sports Stadium at Bar End in Winchester provides an athletics track and outdoor flood-lit pitch for team games.
Medical and welfare services
Support is available on campus for drop-in chats or private appointments to help you resolve any personal, study, financial or social matters that may arise during your studies.
The university offers a ranger of scholarships, awards and bursaries to support your studies. For more information, visit Winchester’s website.
The University of Winchester guarantees on campus accommodation or off campus University Managed Housing to all first year full-time undergraduate students who hold Winchester as their firm choice and apply by 31 May 2016.
Student accommodation includes catered and self-catered accommodation on campus or nearby in the city.
Halls of residence
The facilities offered are located nearby the campus for convenience; this also includes 24 hour first-aid trained site security. With easy access to the bars, shops and cafes of Winchester itself, most first year undergraduate students live in the halls of residence on the King Alfred Campus.
On campus self-catering accommodation is available at West Downs, Queens Road and Burma Road Student Villages.
In addition there are one- and two-bedroomed flats available for families and couples.
University Managed Accommodation
The university manages a large number of properties off campus in Winchester. The university is your landlord and you pay rent to it in the same way as those living on campus, and contact the Student Housing Services team if you have any concerns or maintenance issues. All properties are certified under the Winchester City Council Student Housing Accreditation Scheme. Depending on demand from year to year, some properties may be reserved for first year students.
Commitment to quality
Winchester has signed up to 'The Student Accommodation Code’ , a code of practice for ensuring a high standard of management for residential accommodation.
In the city of Winchester there is a good choice of properties available to rent from the private sector. You may choose to live in a shared house with friends or opt for accommodation in a family home as a lodger.
Open daysOpen days are regularly held for prospective students: you can find when the next available opportunity to visit Winchester is here.
Winchester lies in the centre of southern England. It is both historic and picturesque, but it’s also a lively and enriching place to study.
Winchester’s city centre contains an array of pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants that are all within easy reach of the campus.
High street stores, bohemian boutiques and farmers markets help to spice up the shopping experience here.
Art-house and mainstream films are shown at the independent cinema. For drama you have a choice of two theatres for a night out and every year the excitement spills into the city during the street theatre festival known as the Winchester Hat Fair.
The city was chosen by King Alfred the Great as his seat of power and his statue stands proudly at the heart of the city today. Winchester has plenty of other claims to fame:
- William the Conqueror commissioned the monks of Winchester to write the Domesday Book
- The legendary round table of King Arthur is housed in the Winchester Great Hall
- Jane Austen is buried in Winchester Cathedral
The art galleries, museums, theatres, tourist attractions and nightlife of London are just one hour away by train.
Closer still is the city of Southampton – you can get here in twenty minutes and hop on a ferry to the Isle of Wight or charter a boat for a day out on the Solent.
For those who want the countryside it is right on your doorstep. The ponies of the New Forest, ancient wonder of Stonehenge, rugged beauty of Dorset’s coast and the rolling South Downs are all within a one hour drive.
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