University of Gloucestershire


The University of Gloucestershire is a public university based in Gloucestershire, England. It is located over three campuses, two in Cheltenham and one in Gloucester, namely Francis Close Hall, Park and Oxstalls.

The university is the recent successor of a large number of merged, name-changed and reformed institutions of further and higher education. Its history spans nearly two centuries. It originates from the merger of two distinct strands of educational provision in Gloucestershire being that provided by Local Government and that founded by the Anglican Church. The university traces its earliest Civic history to the Cheltenham Mechanics’ Institute in 1834, and to the Cheltenham Training College in its Church history, established in 1847, by the Reverend Francis Close. Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education was created in 1990 from the two distinct strands. In October 2001, the college was awarded University status.


The university is organised into two faculties, and nine schools of study. These are:

  • Faculty of Art and Technology
    • School of Art and Design
    • School of Computing and Technology
    • School of Liberal and Performing Arts
    • School of Media
    • School of Education
  • Faculty of Applied Sciences and Business
    • Business School
    • School of Sport and Exercise
    • School of Natural and Social Sciences
    • School of Health and Social Care


The university welcomes applications from students who are taking, or who have taken, A levels, AS levels, BTEC National Diploma/Certificates, NVQ Level 3, International Baccalaureate Diplomas and Access courses.

Visit their website for more information on entry standards at the University of Gloucestershire.


About business studies  their career-ready philosophy and Make It programme give students professional insights and involvement throughout their studies.

Graduating with exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma.

The School of Media provides excellent multi-platform facilities in their recently built Media Centre at Park campus in Cheltenham.

The school is based at the award-winning, purpose-built Oxstalls Campus which provides sports facilities, specialised laboratories and technology-rich teaching and learning spaces.

The school provides undergraduate, postgraduate and research student opportunities, where the student experience is the top priority, reflecting the university’s commitment to active learning, and to ensuring that the students are fully engaged with their curriculum, building skills for employability and for lifelong learning.

Students have their own personal tutor who will support them throughout their time with them. They work with students to identify a range of exciting opportunities that will enable them to achieve their future aspirations.


In 2015 the University of Gloucestershire received ‘commended’ for its enhancement of student learning opportunities, and had its quality and standards for academic provision confirmed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

The review also highlighted the strategic engagement with colleges, employers and the Local Enterprise Partnership to widen participation and support student learning opportunities and development.

Over the 16 years since the scheme was introduced, 16 staff have been designated National Teaching Fellows by the Higher Education Academy. This places it as one of the top in the country.

A wide range of awards carry accrediations by external professional bodies.


Their careers team can help students use their time at university to enhance their CVs through volunteering, placements, internships, paid work and career management.

The careers team also offers advice by email, where graduates can receive feedback on their CV, personal statement and applications.

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