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University of Gloucestershire

United Kingdom


The university is based in the southwest of the UK, and spread across three campuses, with two in Cheltenham and one in Gloucester. With direct rail links to Birmingham (40 minutes), Bristol (40 minutes) and London (two hours), as well as excellent road and rail access to the rest of the country, Gloucestershire is a perfect base for students to start their study life in the UK.

Gloucestershire hosts over 45 festivals a year, including jazz, science, food and literature, so there's plenty for students to get involved in, both personally and for work experience. The university also have over 500 restaurants, cafes, bars to choose so students can find pretty much any kind of cuisine. Gloucestershire surprises students and it's the perfect place to experience the best of city and country life.

Students join a vibrant and connected community of over 10,000 students from 60 different countries. Gloucestershire have over 80 different sports club and societies for students to choose from. Students can get involved in anything from Dumbledore's Army, snow club, vegan, films, comedy, and international societies plus more. Many students also love to attend the international cafe and make the most of the various social trips on offer including trips to Oxford, London, film nights, international food festivals.

The university takes pride in their relationship with students, and achieves this through a strong student support network, which includes Helpzones. Services on offer include a confidential counselling team, help with academic writing and financial support. Students can take advantage of the university's Your Future Plan initiative, which offers guaranteed career planning support.

Gloucestershire understand that it is important that students are employable upon leaving university. 95 per cent of the university's graduates are either in employment or higher study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2017/18).

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What's new

What's new

COVID-19 Update

In light of the coronavirus pandemic the university has made a number of contingency plans in order to continue to support students. This includes offering pre-sessional English courses online in the summer. The university intends to commence teaching and learning in September 2020 so that students can start their studies. This will be through blended learning, a mixture of online learning with some smaller face to face tutorials alongside. Students are encouraged to check the university website on a regular basis for updates and information.

Should the UK Government still require overseas visitors to self-isolate on arrival in the UK, the university promises to support its students by offering free accommodation for the 14-day quarantine period.

The university has been working with government and accreditation bodies to ensure that the application process is as easy as possible for students and reflects the unique circumstances that they may find themselves in. This includes greater flexibility around the provision of application information, such as transcripts or certificates. Students are advised to speak directly to the university if they are facing challenges in obtaining such documentation and about their unique circumstances. The university has also developed a coronavirus FAQ resource in order to assist students' queries.

For 2020 entry, the institution has recognised additional English language tests outside of the traditional IELTS test, and now accepts the IELTS Indicator and DuoLingo test as proof of English proficiency. In addition, pre-sessional and foundation English language courses are available online at the university, including:

  • English Language Testing: Available as an online test to assess University of Gloucestershire applicants' level of English.
  • Online Pre-sessional English: Available as a 6-week or 10-week online course delivered over the summer to prepare students to enter degree programmes.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The University of Gloucestershire has an excellent reputation for teaching, and was awarded a silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF 2017). The TEF looks at the learning environment, teaching quality and graduate outcomes of a university. The University of Gloucestershire was praised for:

  • the integrated approach to student placements and work experience
  • opportunities for students to engage with businesses and industries
  • the personal tutoring experience students got from their teachers
  • the specialist resources created by teachers
  • bespoke learning plans created for individual students according to their needs

All of this also meant the university was ranked equal 10th for the highest quality staff and lectures (THE Student Experience Survey 2018.)

Gloucestershire also has an excellent reputation for research, meaning students are learning from tutors who are experts in their fields, and engaging with exciting developments in the academic world. The university was ranked world-leading in all of its research areas, which include: sport, exercise, health and wellbeing applied business and technology and environmental dynamics and governance.

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Department structure

The University has eight academic schools comprising: Business Computing and Engineering Allied Health Natural and Social Sciences Sport and Exercise Media, Arts and Education.

Business School​

The brand-new Business School at Oxstalls Campus, Gloucester, is home to an expanded Growth Hub. From a moot court room to a live Thomson Reuters trading room, the building allows students to learn in a professional environment using the latest techniques and equipment found in company headquarters around the globe. Students also benefit from live projects with real companies, academics from industry backgrounds and opportunities to take work experience or placements as part of their course.

Students are also able to take a virtual tour of the Business School.

School of Arts

Students not only create professional level work, they are expected to market it too. As a creative community with great heritage, the school helps students explore different mediums, showcase their work at exhibitions and work in a national and international sphere.

The brand-new Design Centre, at Park Campus in Cheltenham, offers a professional space for advertising, fashion, graphics, interior and product design students to develop their creative talent. Students take a virtual tour of the facility.

The Francis Close Hall Campus has dedicated Illustration and landscape architecture open-plan studios, photography and fine art studios.

Media School

The School of Media provides industry-standard, specialist facilities at the Park campus in Cheltenham. The university's studios and production spaces form an interdisciplinary hub where students can commission, collaborate and create exciting work together. The expanded and updated Media Centre is complete with top-spec equipment. Students can work on projects in industry-standard production spaces including:

  • Film and TV studios
  • Editing suites
  • Music studios
  • Rehearsal rooms
  • Radio stations
  • Multimedia newsroom
  • Animation studios
  • Sound labs

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To meet the University of Gloucestershire's English language entry requirements, international students will need to achieve scores in tests including IELTS, however the university also accepts alternative English language tests. In addition, the university offers an English Language Test to applicants who apply to Gloucestershire:


  • Most bachelor's degree courses (Level 4, 5 and 6 entry) – 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band.
  • Journalism BA and MA, Sports Therapy BA and MA, Physiotherapy BA and Nursing courses BSc – 7.0 overall with no less than 7.0 in any component.
  • Postgraduate courses – 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any component
  • Postgraduate Research courses – 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in any other component.

Pre-Sessional English courses

The university offers online and on-campus pre-sessional courses to help students achieve the required English level for undergraduate or postgraduate study. The courses are available as a six-week or ten-week course and take place in the summer prior to starting the academic course.

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The University of Gloucestershire rewards academic excellence and operates an extensive scholarship programme for international students. To be eligible for these scholarships, students must be full-time and paying fees at the international tuition fee rate.

The university offers a range of automatic grant awards from GBP 2,000 to GBP 4,000 for undergraduate or postgraduate taught courses. These will be awarded after receipt of application and offer. The awards are valid for first year of study only.

The university also recognises academic excellence with 50 per cent postgraduate merit scholarships for select students in the following schools:

  • Business
  • Computing and Engineering
  • Arts
  • Education and Humanities
  • Natural and Social Sciences
  • Media

Students should consult the university website for more information on funding opportunities or contact the institution directly.

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The university provides a range of on-campus facilities. The best way to experience the university's facilities is via a virtual tour. Students can expect to study in state-of-the-art facilities with 24/7 libraries on every campus, help zones to support students and modern, light accommodation.


Each campus has its own library, open 24/7 with a dedicated helpdesk team and subject specialists. The university's extensive resources support all students, from first year undergraduates to those studying PhDs. Students have access to an extensive range of e-books, journals and databases that can be accessed anywhere in the world.

The university provides over 200 laptops available across the three libraries with loan periods from four hours up to one week. Over 500 open access computers are provided, as well as free Wi-Fi across all campuses. There are also group study areas with coffee facilities, and silent research areas at the libraries.


The University of Gloucestershire has approximately 1,800 rooms in its halls of residence in Cheltenham and Gloucester. Many rooms are en-suite and communal kitchens (unless in a studio apartment) are stocked with a fridge, freezer, microwave, cooker, toaster, kettle and cupboards. There are laundry facilities available for students on-site, as well as regular bus services between campuses and residences.

The residential support team will provide support to residential students. This team consists of residential support advisers who are full-time staff and Halls Reps who are returning student volunteers recruited by the accommodation department. The halls are also supported by the security, cleaning and maintenance teams.

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The University of Gloucestershire is a medium sized university with over 160 years of history. It is big enough to offer variety and flexibility in the courses, yet small enough that the student can expect a friendly atmosphere and a very personal level of support. The University has delivered high quality teaching and higher education since 1847.

Gloucestershire offers an extensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate masters and PhD degrees. The flexible modular structure of the degrees at the university means that the student can have more choice about the options being studied. Joint Honours degrees are increasingly popular, while Sandwich Courses allow undergraduate students to have a year in paid employment with one of the many employers. The programmes ensure that the students are learning skills that quality employers are looking for in new graduates.

The University has four campuses in Cheltenham and Gloucester. Each has its own character and history. The on-campus accommodation, inter-site bus services, free orientation programme and dedicated international student support services are there to make the transition to studying in the UK as easy as possible.
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