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South Wales University

UCAS Code: WO1

Location: South Wales Show on Map

Site: Five campuses: in Cardiff, Newport and three rural campuses in Pontypridd and Caerleon; number of partner colleges

A modern university; a member of the University Alliance group of universities. 

Student Population

Total Students:41,705
FE Students:25%


Total undergraduates:25,405
Full Time:66%
Mature on Entry:30%
UK Students:92%
State school entry:98%

Teaching Staff

1325 (full- and part-time)

Broad study areas

Art & design, built environment, business, computing & mathematics, education, engineering, English & creative writing, geography & environment, health & social sciences, humanities & social sciences, law, policing & crime, life sciences, media & drama studies, physical sciences, sport.


Admission Information:AS-levels accepted in combination with 2+ A-levels or equivalent. UCAS tariff used, in addition to any subject requirements.  
Points on Entry (Mean):262
Drop Out Rate:11%
Accommodation:Most first years housed.


Founded:2013 from the merger of Glamorgan University (founded in 1913; university status 1992) and University of Wales Newport (origins from 1841, Gwent College from 1975 and part of Wales University from 1996).
Site:Two safe, modern campuses at Pontypridd (Treforest and Glyntaff) and campuses in Cardiff city centre, Newport city and Caerleon
How to get there:Cardiff campus: Mainline rail to Cardiff (from London, Manchester, Swansea); National Express coaches to Cardiff Bus Station; by road via M4; close to Cardiff International Airport. Pontypridd campuses: From Cardiff, frequent trains on Valley Line to Treforest station (next to campus) or bus from bus station to Treforest; 20 minute drive from Cardiff and M4, follow A470 Merthyr Tydfil and take exit at signpost A473/Llantrisant. Regular bus, coach and rail services to Newport; by road from M4; free bus service between campuses.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Health centre, student money service with advisers and loan officers, counselling & advisory service, childcare crèche, advice shops, chaplaincy, international student support service, disability & dyslexia service, resident tutor team.
Amenities:New SU building (Treforest campus), with bars, nightclub, cafés, restaurants, shop, travel centre, launderette, welfare advice etc. 
Sporting facilities:9 football and rugby pitches (including 3 floodlit), floodlit all-weather pitch and cricket pitch, large indoor sports hall, 4 squash courts, 6 badminton courts, 60-station conditioning room, free weights room, sauna, 9m climbing wall, 20m traversing wall, bouldering room, accessible to wheelchair users. Sports centre at Caerleon for all sports, many to national level; aerobics; dance and martial arts; gymnasium; fitness suite; floodlit tennis and netball courts; rugby pitch.
Accommodation:First year students guaranteed accommodation (university or private) if they apply by the deadline. 1866 self-catering places (75+% ensuite); at Treforest, rents £84−£110 per week (including utilities, internet and insurance), contracts of 39 weeks; in Cardiff, all rooms ensuite at £103.50-£113.50 pw, 42-week contracts; in Caerleon, £77.50−£89.50 pw (internet access extra), 39-week contracts. Students live in privately-owned accommodation for 2+ years, rents from £60-£90 pw self-catering (plus bills); private halls £100 pw.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:Approx 250,000 volumes, 15,000 serial publications (including electronic), 720 study places. Information provision, £79 pa spent for each student (FTE). Specialist collections: Welsh writing in English. 24-hour access to e-journals, e-books and databases. Some 24/7 access to computing facilities and wireless networking widely available. IT staff support available for 12+ hours/weekday (8/weekend days). Induction sessions on library and information services for new students, plus support booklets.
Other learning resources:Education drop-in centre for extra tuition in maths, statistics, exam techniques, researching and writing assignments. Laptops and media equipment can be borrowed.
Study abroad:Many students can study abroad: active collaboration with many institutions in America and most countries in Europe.
Careers:Professional careers guidance and practical help for all students and graduates (96+% of graduates in employment or/and further study after 6 months). Good links with national and local employers; organises (paid) work experience; links to recruitment fairs.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £600 a month (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university. 
Term-time work:SU employment service helps students find work on both off and on campus (eg in SU).
Financial help:Bursary of £1500 in Year 1 (£1000 pa thereafter), open to students who live more than 45 miles away. Also various subject-specific scholarships (eg business, sport and Welsh language).Total available £1.85 million government funds to alleviate hardship.
University tuition fees:Students from Wales or the EU pay £3465 for first degree courses, other UK students pay £9000 pa. International students pay £9800 pa (£2400 in a placement year). 


Academic features:

All courses are modular, so students can design own study programme.  

Awarding body:

University of Glamorgan

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BSc, BEng, LLB, MEng, FdA, FdSc.

Length of courses:

3 years; 4 years with sandwich year; 2 years (FdA/Sc) .

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Advertising
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Animation
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Broadcasting
  • Building Studies
  • Building Surveying
  • Building Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Business Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Childhood Studies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Engineering
  • Communication Studies
  • Community Studies
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Construction
  • Control Engineering
  • Costume Design
  • Counselling
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Development Studies
  • Drama
  • E-business
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Engineering (General)
  • English
  • English as a Foreign Language
  • Environmental Management
  • Fashion
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Fire Safety Engineering
  • Food Technology
  • Forensic Science
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Graphic Design
  • Health
  • Heritage Studies
  • History
  • Human Biology
  • Human Resource Management
  • Humanities
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Interactive Games Production
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • Internet Technology
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Leisure Studies
  • Management
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Media Technology
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Microbiology
  • Midwifery
  • Multimedia
  • Music Technology
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Packaging Technology
  • Performance Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Policing
  • Popular Music
  • Product Design
  • Production Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Policy
  • Social Science
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Sports Sciences
  • Sports Studies
  • Statistics
  • Surveying
  • Sustainable Development
  • Teacher Training
  • Theatre Design
  • Theatre Studies
  • Tourism
  • TV Studies
  • Video
  • Virtual Design
  • Visual Arts
  • Welsh Language
  • Welsh Studies
  • Youth & Community Work
  • Zoology

Student view

Ashley Price (Law), Union President, and Sarah Valkenborghs (Medical Science), Union Vice President for Student Support


What's it like as a place to live?

The Treforest campus is a very welcoming place to live with a community atmosphere that instantly puts you at ease. Because of its location and the small community sense it is easy to make new friends, get involved in student activities and integrate into the student lifestyle. All the student essentials are within reach in the locality, with literally everything else you could want or dream about available only 20 mins away in the city centre.

How's the student accommodation?

Student accommodation here is amongst one of the cheapest in the UK, where the average rental market off campus is £50 per week. On Campus is a little more expensive, but the halls are all very modern and eco friendly, and all rooms have an en suite! And, they are all located just a stone's throw away from where you will be studying or enjoying an active social life at the Students' Union (SU).

What's the student population like?

Friendly, metropolitan and diverse, with students coming from all across the globe. Of course there are many home students but then we all classify ourselves as Students' (per se) with a united communal atmosphere. All students' are classified equally with the same opportunities given to one and all.

How do students and locals get on?

Generally very well... you see locals around quite a bit, and students often get involved with local clubs or community groups. There is always going to be locals that feel as though the students are taking over the local area, but from personal experience there is an understanding that portrays an acceptance and necessity for both groups in the local society. Treat others as you want to be treated yourself and the whole community accommodates each other.


What's it like as a place to study?

There is a great range of courses, and the university has been developing the various campuses substantially in the recent years, providing new and improved facilities and modern equipment for all subjects across the board.

What are the teaching staff like?

Lecturer and student relationships are blossoming where we run a 'Student Led Teacher Awards' (SLTA) ceremony once a year to bestow an award on our favourite lecturers, where nobody is excluded and every student can bring forward nominations and attend the event. Overall, the staff are fab and experts in their field, who treat students with a very personal approach and on a first name basis.


What are student societies like?

There has been an increase in the amount of societies and clubs available for all students to participate, join, or even create. There is a good variation of topics amongst the societies, including international, Unicef, LGBT, debating, salsa, and DJing. Glamorgan believes that having a wide range of extracurricular activity available will aid and enhance the student experience, develop social skills needed when applying for jobs, but not just that, we aim to bring the student populous together so to make the student experience the best it can be.

What's a typical night out?

Score! On a Wednseday night is always popular, but Treforest holds an array of things one can do, ranging from going to the students' union, to embarking down into the local community, venturing into Pontypridd, going to the cinema or playing bowling at Nantgarw, or even taking a short journey down into Wales's capital (Cardiff) that boasts an array of clubs, restaurants and social hotspots for all to enjoy.

... And how much does it cost?

The local area is very student friendly in regards to cost and entertainment, with the students' union being just so, if not more friendly. When placing a price on the cost it would always depend on the individual and what they would preferably do on a night out.

How can you get home safely?

Walk or taxi.


Is it an expensive place to live?

The area is very reasonable in cost, the average rent being one of the cheapest in the UK. Some of my friends have even managed to save the majority of their student loans.

Average price of a pint?

Average cost of a pint ranges between £2 - £3.25

And the price of a takeaway?

The takeaway prices vary also, with a variety to choose from, but the standard prices are near enough the same... between £2.50 - £5 dependant on what you want!

What's the part-time work situation?

There is a variety of part-time work available for anyone who is willing to undertake working roles whilst studying. With an array of local businesses there is always work available and there is always positions available at the institution itself. I've had several part-time jobs the whole way through uni, and have always know of others doing this as well.


What's the best feature about the place?

The Students' Union and Glamorgan Sports Park are great, as is the fact that the community is so friendly and welcoming making it easy to meet new people and make new friends.

And the worst?

Hmmm.. there isn't much, but probably the split campuses.

And if you had to sum it all up in a sentence (or two)?

Glamorgan is a welcoming, friendly, reasonably priced environment, with an atmosphere that draws you in from the off. You'll get Gla-more-than you bargain for!!

More info?

Check out the website www.glamsu.com or contact SU President on tel 01443 483500, email supres@glam.ac.uk. 



The University of South Wales
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Mid Glamorgan


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