Coventry University


Coventry University’s roots can be traced back to 1843 to the Coventry School of Design, which subsequently became known as the Coventry College of Art in 1954.

1970 was a landmark year – the college became Lanchester Polytechnic (named after renowned English engineer Frederick Lanchester) and then (in 1980) Coventry Polytechnic.

In June 1992 the Further and Higher Education Act enabled the institution to adopt the title of Coventry University, and bestowed on it the powers to award its own degrees.

Two major developments in as many years saw the university’s London Campus opened in the heart of the capital in 2010, followed in 2012 by Coventry University College.

The latest innovative steps by Coventry University saw the opening in 2014 of the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering – a collaboration with Unipart group – and, in 2015, the launch of its campus in Scarborough.


Coventry is divided into three faculties and one school, each divided into different departments:

  • Coventry School of Art and Design,
  • Faculty of Business, Environment and Society,
  • Faculty of Engineering and Computing,
  • Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.


Coventry University has a long history of accepting applicants with a variety of entry qualifications. At this time of significant qualification reform, the university will endeavour to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and equally, regardless of the reform implications on their cohort.

Coventry University makes offers for full degree courses based on 5 GCSEs and three A2 levels (or equivalent). AS levels are not usually included in these offers, and there are no plans at present to make any changes to this approach. Those applicants whose school or college chooses to purely offer the new linear A2 level will therefore not be disadvantaged in any way if applying without additional qualifications.

Coventry University accepts a range of qualifications that enable students to progress onto undergraduate programmes.

Entry requirements range from AAB–BCC, depending on the subject.


Coventry University is an evolving and innovative university with a growing reputation for excellence in education.

Independent surveys show that the student experience at Coventry is excellent with very high scores for the teaching experience, assessment and feedback and personal development.

With strong professional emphasis in their courses and links with industrial and commercial organisations, the university is firmly focused on preparing students for successful futures.


Learning is based on an enquiry-led approach; students investigate real world problems as a base to their theoretical learning.

International experiences are at the base of all they do.

Employability is embedded into all of the learning at Coventry University and is core to the student experience.

Prompt feedback on assignments – they get marks and comments back to the student within 10–15 working days.

They are active in designing learning spaces that encourage the student to achieve the very best results.


The Central Careers Team supports undergraduate and postgraduate students to:

  • Define a successful career path and make sustainable transitions into work through personalised careers guidance provision.
  • Navigate the range of work and study options available, including internships, volunteering and post-graduate study.
  • Practice and produce high quality job applications.
  • Access Coventry University’s strong links with national & international recruiters and industry representatives through a range of engagement events.
  • Link with additional university employability services, including specialists in global experience, accredited placements, entrepreneurship and enterprise.
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