Welcome to the University of Wolverhampton – the University of Opportunity!
Based in the heart of the UK, we've been providing education since 1827, supporting people like you to seize the opportunity to broaden their mind and reach their aspirations. We're good at it too, in fact, 96% of our graduates go into work or further study within 6 months of graduation. This means we're 2nd in the UK for graduate employability!
We have over 300 Undergraduate courses to including full and part-time, single subject and joint honours degrees. When we look at your application, we consider your achievements and potential, alongside qualifications, personal accomplishments and work experience.
You’ll find that we’re a diverse university, offering you the chance to explore your passions and talent during a life-enhancing period of study. We’ll provide the guidance, facilities and expertise to help you on your way, making your time with us an experience you’ll never forget.
We put a lot of emphasis on helping you become an employable graduate; we have lots of placement, work experience, volunteering and part-time work opportunities to build your CV ready for graduation. Unlike many other universities, if you choose to do a sandwich year as part of your course you won’t have to pay tuition gees for that year!
As well as job prospects for the future, we know money matters are on your mind. So we’ve got good news – Wolverhampton is one of the best value cities in the UK for living costs. According to numbeo.com accommodation can be up to 300% cheaper than in London!
Our unprecedented investment programme, Our Vision, Your Opportunity aims to generate £250 million of investment by 2020 to drive economic growth in the region and to further enhance your student experience.
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The University of Wolverhampton has roots stretching back as far as 1851. We’re a vibrant, diverse and multicultural community with campuses in Wolverhampton, Walsall and Telford and there are plenty of events to enjoy and things to join in with whatever your faith, background or interest.
Wolverhampton has the perfect blend of modern urban living with beautiful countryside on its doorstep and is surrounded by history – from the city’s industrial past to King Charles II hiding from Cromwell’s soldiers at Moseley Hall.
Being centrally located in the UK, Wolverhampton has excellent transport links making it easy to explore the local area as well as further afield. There are excellent train links with frequent trains to and from London, Birmingham and Manchester. The M54, M5 and M6 motorways are close by
Library and study facilities
Our Learning Centres combine traditional library services with high-tech facilities, providing access to materials to aid you in your studies, with many of our libraries open 24 hours a day.
You’ll find all the books, journals and audio-visual materials you need along with dedicated librarians who are dedicated to finding you the best resources in your subject. We also have a range of online services such as book reservation and renewal options, as well as access to over 8,00 full-text electronic journals and 100 databases offering articles, market reports and statistical information.
You have access to over 2,700 PCs across campus to use, as well as specialist Mac suites. Our virtual learning environment, WOLF, will help you develop your learning further by connecting you to modules and learning materials.
We work hard with students to ensure that you build employability skills throughout your time with us, helping you to build a strong CV by providing volunteering, work experience and part-time employment opportunities. And our support doesn’t stop when you graduate; the University has a range of schemes to help increase your employability skills upon graduation.
Our Students’ Union is here to represent every student regardless of course, mode or location of study. They exist to advise students and to make sure that you get the most out of your time at University. They also work to help you improve your skill-set so that from the moment you leave you are equipped to - and this can be through volunteering, mentoring, societies health and wellbeing activities.
The University of Wolverhampton has plenty to offer anyone interested in sports and fitness. Our Walsall campus has a multi-million pound Sports Centre, is the home of a Judo Centre of Excellence in the UK, a 12-court sports hall, athletics track, a swimming pool, tennis courts and a brand new 3G football pitch. Plus, we’ve got a fitness gym at both our Wolverhampton and Walsall campuses.
The University has a number of financial support options for students, including scholarships and bursaries. However, we also have the Student Travel Fund.
For eligible new UK full-time undergraduate students, a £250 travel fund to help with the costs of travel to and from university. Students tell us that transport is an essential expenditure, so the travel fund was introduced to help you get the most out of your studies.
We know that students can face financial hardship for a number of reasons, such as a delay in receipt of statutory funding or through unforeseen circumstances. The Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund was set up to support students who find themselves in genuine financial hardship that might impact on their ability to complete their course. The fund provides both short-term loans and grants, and is designed to help students who may need financial help with, for example, childcare costs and disability living costs. Each award is given on an individual basis, which you can discuss in confidence with our Funding Support Team before applying to the fund.
We have a range of support options for students that you have access to before and during your studies.
Our Gateway team are on hand with impartial, professional advice on everything from courses, fees, finances, applications and entry requirements.
Our Counselling Service is staffed by fully qualified counselling staff offer support and space to explore in confidence any concerns you may have, whether personal, social or affecting your academic work.
There is also the Chaplaincy, which whether you follow a religion or not will welcome you and speak with you in confidence, and there are prayer spaces set aside on campus for those of all faiths.
For parents, our Little Scholars Nursery, graded as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, on City Campus provides professional nursery nurse care for your little ones.
Our entry requirements differ depending on what you want to study, but we express our typical requirements for each undergraduate course in grades, such as CCC at A-level or MMM from BTEC qualifications.
A-level applicants are expected to have three A-levels, but we may include AS or other qualifications such as Extended project grades in offers. Some courses require specific subjects – for example, an A-level in Chemistry is required if you wish to study Pharmacy.
BTEC qualifications are accepted for entry to the majority of courses both as free standing awards such as the Extended Diploma or in combination with other Level 3 qualifications such as A-levels.
Faculties & Departments
Our university is made up of four faculties; the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing, the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Faculty of Social Sciences. In total, there are a total of 18 different schools and institutes that are housed within these faculties.
The Faculty of Arts covers Art and Design, Humanities, Media and Performing Arts and is an exciting and vibrant place to be, where creativity and personal discovery link with academic endeavour.
The Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing is made up of the Institute of Sport, Institute of Education, Institute of Health Professions, Institute of Psychology, and the Institute of Public Health, Social Work and Care.
The Faculty of Science and Engineering is home to Architecture and the Built Environment, Biology, Chemistry and Forensic Science, Biomedical Science and Physiology, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science and Pharmacy courses. The faculty will also be home to our new Springfield Campus, a Construction Centre of Excellence – a £100m investment programme which will be home to our school of Architecture and the Built Environment.
The Faculty of Social Sciences includes the University of Wolverhampton Business School, Law School, School of Social, Historical and Political Studies and our International Academy. The Faculty is home to our new £18m Lord Swarj Paul building – home of the Business School – and welcomes students from all over the world to provide first-class teaching and learning opportunities.
Tuition fees for full-time courses starting in 2017 are as follows:
- The normal maximum fee for all undergraduate degree courses (BSc/BA/BEng/BEd/LLB) - £9,250*
- HNC/HND and Foundation degree courses taught at this University - £8,250
- HNC/HND and Foundation degree courses taught at partner colleges - £6,000 maximum
- Foundation year taught at the University - £6,150 maximum
- Sandwich year – free
- PGCE - £9,250*
*The University intends to increase tuition fees for new full-time UK and EU degree students to £9,250 per year from September 2017.This is due to a new governmental regulation by which universities with appropriate quality assessments under the Teaching Excellence Framework will be able to raise their fees by inflation (currently 2.8%). For more information see: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2016-07-21/HCWS117/. The tuition fees may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.
Tuition fees for part-time courses starting in 2017 are as follows:
- Part-time study (for courses taught at the University) - £2,835 (for 60 credits)
If you’ve excelled in your academic work or in sport, you could be eligible for one of our scholarships and receive money to help with the costs of going to university.
Sports Scholars can receive up to £4,500 over three years, an Access Bursary is in place to help disabled students or care leavers with a £2,000 cash payment in the first year of study, the Distinction Scholarship of £2,000 is also available to those who achieve ABB or above at A-level or equivalent and the Progression Scholarship also provides £2,000 to selected candidates from the university’s college partners and family schools.
Our Access Bursary takes the form of a £2,000 cash payment in the first year of study only, and is available to those who are either disabled with deafness or other hearing impairment and be eligible for support via the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) or be a care leaver. Visit wlv.ac.uk/scholarships for further details.
Halls of residence
All our University-owned student accommodation is on campus and there’s a free inter-campus shuttle bus for students, which runs daily. With the city of Wolverhampton centrally located in the UK, just 15 minutes from Birmingham, it’s a great starting point whether you’re looking for city fun or countryside adventure.
We have 3 different types of accommodation across our 3 campuses that cater for all budgets, and each of our halls of residence has an on-site accommodation team to help you during your stay.
At Wolverhampton City Campus you’ll be just a short walk from the main campus where your lectures will be, and you’ll be right next door to a 24-hour supermarket so you won’t have to go far to get your shopping sorted.
At Walsall Campus you’ll be on-campus and be able to take advantage of all of the sports facilities on-site, such as a 12-court sports hall, an athletics track, 3G football pitch and gym.
At Telford Campus you’ll also be on-campus, in a relaxed environment surrounded by rolling countryside views and just a short journey from the town centre with lots of shops, bars and restaurants.
Wolverhampton is one of the best value cities in the UK for living costs. According to numbeo.com accommodation can be up to 70% cheaper than in London! Our accommodation has everything you need to make your stay homely and comfortable.
You can choose from either a 37 week or 52 week stay, with costs ranging from £77 to £99 per week!
Your rent includes 24-hour security and caretaking services, all utilities such as heating, gas and electricity, basic contents insurance, wireless or plug-in internet access and free sports membership.
Why come to an open day?
Open Days are the perfect way for you to get a closer look at a university and decide whether you can see yourself studying and living there.
You can meet your potential lecturers and ask them all about the course you’re interested in, see our fantastic facilties and student accommodation, ask our expert team about fees and finance and find out what makes us 2nd in the UK for graduate employability.
Plus, we do offers* to students for places on the spot at our Open Days, so visit our next one and you could get your future sorted!
How to get to the uni
Depending on what course you are interested in studying, you will need to visit a specific campus. We’ve put together a handy Which Campus guide so that you can find the right campus and get the most from your visit to our Open Day. What’s more, there’s even FREE parking at our Wolverhampton City, Walsall and Telford campuses for Open Day visitors.
*There may be occasions where it is not possible to offer you a place on a specific course. Reasons include courses being over-subscribed or you may not meet the entry requirements. The University will make every effort to help find you a suitable alternative course.
Each of our campuses has student halls located on or nearby, meaning you’ll be part of a bustling student community within walking distance of your lectures. There are plenty of food and drink options, and at our City Campus you can grab a Starbucks or something tasty from our new ford court, following a recent £4 million investment into the facilities.
Sports and recreation
We’ve got an exciting social sport programme, which is expanding each year on both City and Walsall Campuses. There are a number of sports you can come and try, from netball to ultimate Frisbee – there really is something for everyone. If you’re looking to be a bit more competitive, we have a number of teams competing in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues including football, rugby, basketball and hockey.
Wolverhampton has lots to offer anyone looking to unwind after lectures. The city’s iconic Civic Hall regularly hosts top-class musicians and bands, and each year V Festival brings its unique festival vibes to the nearby Weston Park in Staffordshire.
Theatre and film fans also have plenty to keep them entertained, with a number of local cinemas and theatres including the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, our very own Arena Theatre and of course our very own Performance Hub at our Walsall Campus. Those looking for something a bit more arty will be happy to find over 300 years of art at the Wolverhampton Art gallery, can venture through the streets of Wolverhampton on a sculpture tour or visit Walsall’s new Art Gallery.
Our Students’ Union hold lots of events throughout each academic year, but beyond that there are plenty of restaurants, pubs and bars in and around Wolverhampton, Walsall and Telford to keep you entertained.