About University of South Wales

by / Saturday, 05 October 2013 / Published in University of South Wales

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The University of South Wales was formed recently through a merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport to become one of the largest universities in the UK and the largest in Wales with 33,000 students.

Combining the areas of expertise means that this new institution is much bigger and stronger. Plus, pooling the resources means the students have a better educational experience and better graduate prospects. The students benefit from superb courses, facilities and support, as well as the growing reputation as a major university for jobs and employers.

The University has campuses throughout South Wales, in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd. The unique locations mean you can enjoy everything the region has to offer – city life and culture, stunning beaches and breathtaking countryside.

Employability  is at the heart of everything University of South Wales do, with teaching informed by what happens in the real world. The graduates have the skills that are essential for the workplace and value the employability schemes, business start-up support and opportunities to get actual experience, often as part of the course.  It’s an approach that works – 93% of the graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduation.*

Many of the courses hold accreditations by leading professional bodies in specialist fields including ACCA, the British Computer Society (BCS), Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), the British Psychology Society (BPS), Skillset Media Academy Wales, the Institute of Fire Safety Engineers, –Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and CILECT – the association of the world’s major film and television schools which demonstrates that course content meets industry standards.

University of South Wales think it’s essential to keep up with the ever-changing working environment, so University of South Wales have very close links with relevant employers and industries. Companies like British Airways, General Electric, Sony, Tata and the BBC tell us what’s going on, so University of South Wales can design courses that give you the skills they’re looking for.

*Graduate Destination Survey, 2011.

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If you’ve never been to South Wales, you’re in for a treat. Wales is a land of extraordinary beauty and world leading culture, music and sport.  With its stunning mountains for walking and mountain biking and one of the world’s most spectacular coastlines, with a strong reputation for surfing and water sports, Wales is a great place to be a student!

The University of South Wales has five campuses; one in Cardiff, two campuses based in Newport and two more campuses in nearby Pontypridd. Railway stations near the Treforest, Cardiff and Newport campuses provide links to InternationalAirports and easy, cheap exploration of the UK and mainland Europe.

Cardiff is a city with something for everyone. It’s friendly and easy to get around, and one of the most desirable student cities in the UK*. It has a vibrant arts scene, great nightlife, history, culture, top sporting venues, fantastic shopping – and that’s just for starters. Cardiff has everything you’d expect to find in a major city and a bit more, so you’ll never get tired of discovering new things!

Newport is a small city, just 2 hours away from London making it easy to both get around and to get to other destinations in the UK. Newport has a strong industrial history and hosts a range of small and medium size industries, particularly within the creative sector. Since City Campus, Newport was built in 2011, the area around the campus has continued to develop as the city’s cultural headquarter, a stone throw from the city’s shops, bars and transport links.

Caerleon is just a few miles from Newport city centre and served by an excellent bus service. It is a completely different setting from the City Campus, Newport. With many pubs, cafes and restaurants, together with small shops, the village is lived in by many students and can be both a tranquil place to relax and escape from the pressures of work and study and a place to stay out late socialising.

Just 20 minutes from Cardiff by direct rail link, you’ll find the friendly campuses, Treforest and Glyntaff, based in Pontypridd. It’s ideal if you prefer somewhere a little quieter for the studies, surrounded by green open spaces and plenty of fresh air, as well as the convenience of living and studying in the same place. The Treforest and Glyntaff campuses are just a short walk from each other, or there’s a shuttle bus that runs between them if you’d prefer. Pontypridd is a welcoming place and the students say they love the community atmosphere so you will soon feel right at home. The University’s growing student population means that the town is largely a student area, with plenty of student-friendly shops, pubs and restaurants.


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At the University of South Wales, you’ll find countless opportunities and award-winning support to help you along the way. University of South Wales are the UK’s leading university for student support, winning the 2012 Times Higher Award for Outstanding Support to Students.

As part of the commitment to excellence, University of South Wales have invested over £160m in state-of-the-art facilities across the campuses, to ensure you get the best possible learning experience. University of South Wales are a leader in using industry-standard equipment and state-of-the-art simulated environments including a clinical simulation centre, a moot courtroom, crime scene investigation facilities; film, fashion and music studios; a stock trading floor; an aircraft maintenance centre which includes a real Jetstream 31 airplane and flight simulator to enhance teaching and learning.

The staff are actively involved in research, so you will be taught by lecturers who are national and international experts in their fields. University of South Wales also ensure that the research has a purpose – it is relevant to the real world and influences decision makers. This ensures that the courses contain the latest thinking and developments, giving the university education an added distinction.

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Courses and Entry Requirements

When it comes to choosing the right university to apply to, choosing the right course is at the top of the list in the decision making process.

The size means University of South Wales can offer an exceptional range of subjects and courses at every level – from Foundation Degree to PhD. University of South Wales also offer a wide range of subject areas from Business to Engineering, from Music to Nursing across the five campuses  at Pontypridd, Cardiff and Newport.

Academic entry requirements

The University of South Wales recognises a wide range of qualifications from around the world. Details can be found on the country specific pages on website.

For taught programmes, you must usually have a high school leavers certificate, Honours degree from a recognised university, relevant experience, or a postgraduate diploma. For research based study you must usually have a Masters degree from a recognised university that is related to the proposed area of research.

English language entry requirements

Proficiency in the English language is essential, and the University recognises the following English language qualifications:

  • The British Council’s IELTS, with an average overall score of 6.0 for undergraduate study and 6.5 for postgraduate study. Please note students must achieve at least 5.5 in each band for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
  • TOEFL IBT minimum score of 80 for undergraduate study and 88 for postgraduate study.
  • UCLES/Cambridge CAE or computer-based 232.
  • GCSE pass in English at grade C or above.

How to Apply

Applications for undergraduate courses may be made through UCAS

Postgraduate applications can be made directly to the University using the online application system.

The Research Application Form should be used for PhD and masters by research applications.

Please note there is no application fee when you apply to the University directly. Please note that University of South Wales do not accept direct applications from Nigeria, Ghana or Pakistan. If you are interested in making an application and you are from one of these countries, please click here for more information.

Fees and Scholarships 

Tuition fees for international students can be found on the website.

The University of South Wales offers the following scholarships to international students. You will be automatically considered for one of these awards when University of South Wales receive the application to study with us.

Undergraduate degree Courses – £2,500 per year for students from India

Postgraduate degree courses – £2,000
Master of Business Administration (MBA) – £1,500

The Cardiff campus, Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) is also offering a limited number of additional scholarships of up to £2,000 to international students holding offers for courses in the creative industries. For further information and how to apply for this scholarship please see the CCI website

The scholarships do not apply to IFP, English language courses or placement years. You will receive confirmation of any scholarship award with the offer letter

A further tuition fee discount of £300 is available upon full payment of fees before or at the start of the course.


Where you live is just as important as what you learn. Whether you want to live on campus or in nearby private accommodation, University of South Wales’ll help you feel right at home.

Living in Halls

Living in Halls is a great way to meet people and make new friends when you arrive. Plus, you’ll be close to all the facilities you need, so you won’t have to build travelling costs into the budget either. The University’s Halls of Residence are based on the Treforest and Caerleon campuses, so you can live and study in a friendly, community atmosphere that the students love. Not only is it convenient, but it’s competitively priced too. In 2013-14, a typical self-catered, en suite study bedroom cost from £98 per week – and that’s including all the bills and free internet connection.

In Cardiff and Newport City Centre, University of South Wales have engaged with private providers to offer competitive packages for rooms in their Halls of Residence. All rooms are en suite and are conveniently located in the city centres of Cardiff and Newport and close to the teaching facilities.

University of South Wales will tell you how to apply for a room as part of the University application process, and you can find out more on the website.

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Private options

Some students choose to live off campus in houses owned by private landlords. When University of South Wales say off campus, University of South Wales don’t mean miles away – most properties are within walking distance of the University.

To ensure a good standard of off campus accommodation, University of South Wales keep a database of reputable, local authority registered landlords, whose properties meet the legal minimum standard and safety regulations.

You can search the database for accommodation in Pontypridd, Cardiff and Newport at: www.studentpad.co.uk

What about food?

All the accommodation is self-catering, but if you’re not a budding masterchef, there are plenty of places to eat on campus, most of which cater for special diets and sell Fairtrade products. The city centre campuses in Cardiff and Newport are in the heart of the city centre so there there’s an endless variety of bars, restaurants and cafes to enjoy. There’s sure to be something to suit the tastes!

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