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Gloucestershire University

UCAS Code: G50

Location: West of England Show on Map

Site: Two sites in Cheltenham, one in Gloucester; partner colleges

A modern university 

Student Population

Total Students:9,080
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:7,195
Full Time:90%
Mature on Entry:20%
UK Students:95%
State school entry:96%

Teaching Staff

582 (full- and part-time)

Broad study areas

Accounting & law; business & management; art & design; communications & media production; computing & multimedia; marketing; humanities; events, leisure, tourism & hospitality; social care, natural & social sciences; sport & exercise; education.


Admission Information:UCAS tariff adopted 
Points on Entry (Mean):232
Drop Out Rate:7%
Accommodation:Majority of first years housed. 


Founded:1990 as Cheltenham & Gloucester College from two education colleges (founded 1847 by the Church of England); university status 2001.
Site:Two campuses in Cheltenham; one campus in Gloucester (9 miles away), 5 mins drive from centre. 
How to get there:Train, coach, M5 motorway, Birmingham and Bristol airports. 
Special features:Voluntary C of E foundation; admissions policy not affected but Christian ethics underpin university ethos. Strong emphasis on sustainability.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Counsellors; medical officer and nursing staff; chaplains, disability advice, finance advice, faith support and mental health & wellbeing advice.
Sporting facilities:Sports centre including dance hall, gymnasium, physiology and biomechanics laboratories; 17-acre playing fields.
Accommodation:Approx 75% of first year students live in university halls (all with broadband internet). 1350 self-catering places, £81−£109 per week, contracts 40 weeks Sept−June. Some students live in privately-owned accommodation for their whole course; rents around £65 pw self-catering.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:250,000 volumes, 1900 periodical titles. Information provision, £61 pa spent for each student (FTE). Library on each campus, open 12 hours/ day (4hrs per day at weekends). IT service converged with library; 500 points with internet access (ratio 1:20 workstations to students). IT facilities available 20 hours/ day; basic IT support during opening hours, specialist support 8 hours/day. Induction video and introduction to learning centres for all new students; on-going programme of IT courses on eg Word, Excel, email.
Other learning resources:TV & film, journalism, dance & drama studios; language laboratories. Specialist collections: College archives from 1847; Dymock poets archive; Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society Library; history of sport collection; slide collection of fine art and fashion.
Study abroad:Formal exchange links with a number of European universities/colleges, all open to non-language specialists.
Careers:1-1 guidance (face-to-face, by email, telephone or Skype); sessions on career management in academic courses; on-line resources, employer presentations and careers fairs and Employable Gloucestershire Graduate Scheme (EGGS).


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £5400-£6500 for an academic year (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university. 
Term-time work:Maximum of 20 hours per week term-time work recommended (ideal 10−15 hours); 60+% believed to work. University’s JobShop supplies student staff for temporary/casual vacancies on campus and helps find work off-campus
Financial help:Bursaries of £1000 in Year 1 for students living away from home whose family income is up to £25k; or of £1000 pa to students from partner colleges. 92 scholarships of £3000 in Year 1 (£1500 thereafter), open to students resident in England whose family income is up to £20k pa; of £1000 open to students with academic potential whose family income is up to £42.9k pa; also disabled sports scholarship. Harship fund for students experiencing financial hardship.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £8250 pa for first degree courses. International students pay £8800 pa (£2000 in sandwich year).  


Academic features:

Modular structure for most undergraduate courses. Links with industry and commerce.  

Awarding body:

University of Gloucestershire

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BEd, BSc.

Length of courses:

3 years; 4 years (with work placement)

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Advertising
  • Animal Science
  • Animation
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Broadcasting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Studies
  • Childhood Studies
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Countryside Management
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Criminology
  • Cultural Studies
  • E-business
  • Education
  • English
  • English as a Foreign Language
  • Events Management
  • Film Studies
  • Garden Design
  • Geography
  • Graphic Design
  • Health
  • History
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Humanities
  • Illustration
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Interactive Games Production
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • International Business
  • Internet Technology
  • Journalism
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Law
  • Leisure Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Media Studies
  • Multimedia
  • New Media Publishing
  • Painting
  • Performance Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Popular Music
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Policy
  • Social Science
  • Social Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Sports Sciences
  • Sports Studies
  • Systems Analysis
  • Teacher Training
  • Theology
  • Tourism
  • TV Studies
  • Video
  • Web Development/Design
  • Youth & Community Work

Student view

James Durant, Student Union President (Graduate, Broadcast Journalism)


What's it like as a place to live? The town appears regal from the outside, but there is such a vibrant student community and great nightlife.

How's the student accommodation? Halls of varying quality (most very high standard though). We have new halls (September 2010).

What's the student population like? Very friendly from all over the country. Strong intake of international students.

How do students and locals get on?  Generally ok, a few minor problems at one campus, but overall very well. 


What's it like as a place to study?  Always introducing new courses and constantly expanding.

What are the teaching staff like?  Vast majority are interested in their students and want to get the best out of them. 



What are student societies like? Extremely varied, from the Mountain Bike Society to the Geographical Society.

What’s a typical night out?  SU bar for majority of the night club in town later on.

And how much does it cost? £0−£30.

How can you get home safely?  Taxi, walk home in large groups, subsidised night buses. 




Is it an expensive place to live? Halls can be expensive, house rent is much cheaper. Have to be careful with the loan like everywhere.

Average price of a pint?  £2.

And the price of a takeaway? £3.

What’s the part-time work situation?  SU Jobshop helps well over 1000 students each year, plus loads of jobs available. 



What's the best feature about the place?  The students!

 and the worst? Things not getting done quick enough by the university.

And to sum it all up? Without doubt, the best 3 (or 4) years of your life. You'll get whatever you put in, out of it!

Past Students

David Bryant (journalist), Howard Newby (author), Graham Brookhouse (swimmer), Don Hale (investigative journalist), Chris Broad (cricketer), Beverley Knight (soul singer), Chris Beardshaw (garden designer).  

More info?

Contact the SU, tel 01242 532848 or visit www.yourstudentsunion.com 



University of Gloucestershire
The Park
GL50 2QF


0844 801 0001





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