UWE Bristol Entry Requirements & Scholarships | Student Connect

Ranked amongst the Top 30 universities in the UK by the Times Higher Education ‘Table of Tables’ (2021), The University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE Bristol) is a public research university committed to solving future global challenges through outstanding learning, world-leading research and a culture of enterprise.

The university traces its origin to the Merchant Venturers' Technical College in 1595. In 1992, it acquired the university status.

Located in south-west England’s largest city, Bristol boasts of a rich history and vibrant multiculturalism. Home to over 29,000 students and 3000 staff, the university also boasts the presence of a strong international student community of more than 5000 stud­­ents from over 100 countries.

UWE offers over 600 undergraduate and postgraduate programs and is spread across three campus, namely, Frenchay Campus, City Campus and Glenside Campus.

The Frenchay campus is the university’s largest and primary campus. Home to the Students Union, 24/7 Library, the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and Bristol Business School building.

The City Campus sites include Bower Ashton Studios, Spike Island, Arnolfini and Watershed. It houses the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education. The Glenside Campus located in the suburb of Fishponds and is home of the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences.

Led by an experienced faculty of expert academicians, the university comprises of four faculties, namely, Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education, Faculty of Business and Law, Faculty of Environment and Technology, Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences. Each faculty is further divided into 14 departments.

UWE is dedicated in its community engagement initiatives. As a part of its Strategy 2030, the University of West Bristol (UWE) is focused on creating solutions and transforming the future by empowering the future workforce and helping local economies thrive by shaping their health and sustainability.

Why study at UWE Bristol?

  • Top 25 university in the UK for Student Satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide (2022).

  • 90.2% of graduates in work or further study 15 months after graduating (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19).

  • Over 300 million pounds invested in state of the art technology and campus facilities.

  • Careers Toolkit offers Career enhancing employment support for students through Continuing Professional Development (CPD), apprenticeships, internships, and paid placement opportunities.

  • Recognised as Britain's greenest city (Good Move, 2020), Bristol is also ranked as the best place to live in the UK (outside of London) for under 25s (Independent, 2019).

  • Dedicated Employability support team provides enterprise support programmes, industry masterclasses, professional mentoring, and business incubators.

  • The university partners with global business giants like BBC, Rolls Royce, Lloyds Banking Group and Airbus etc.

  • Award winning career website, Gradlink offers employment guidance and support for international students.

  • £1.65 million worth Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) is the largest robotics laboratory in Europe.

  • Groundbreaking research conducted in the field of allied health and nursing, cultural and media studies, Service robotics, intelligent autonomous systems and bioengineering.

  • All academic programs are created

    in partnership with industry professionals.

  • Over 150 professionally accredited courses across multiple disciplines.

  • With over 160 student societies and clubs, students can choose membership based on their passion and interests.

Entry Requirements

Honours Degree Courses

 You usually need two A-levels or an equivalent qualification such as:

  • A BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Irish Highers
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • T Levels

Foundation Courses

You usually need one A-level, or equivalent.

For some courses we require specific subjects and grades. These are listed on each


course entry


Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes

To study with us, you must have gained the relevant qualifications by country from the list below.

Alternatively, a degree earned here in the UK – or in a majority English speaking country – will qualify you.

Some courses have more specific language requirements, so make sure you also check the requirements for the course you want to apply.

English Language Requirements

The length of the PSE you require will depend on your current IELTS score and the score you require to progress to your main programme of study. Entry to undergraduate (UG) degrees usually requires IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. Entry to postgraduate (PG) degrees and direct entry onto year three of an undergraduate degree normally requires IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Some courses may require a higher level of English, so please check individual degree programmes for entry scores required.

Please note that unless specified, all students wishing to join a PSE programme must have a minimum IELTS score of 4.0 in each element.

UWE Bristol only accepts UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) approved Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) as evidence of English language ability. Please see our English language requirements for more details about these tests.

For EU students or overseas students who do not need a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK, it may be possible to take the UWE Bristol English Language Placement Test to assess your level for entry.

Recognised Qualifications

  • Cambridge Certificates in English
  • Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
  • Duolingo
  • English for Academic Purposes (taken as part of an International Foundation Programme)
  • ESOL Skills for Life – Level 1 or Level 2 Certificate
  • European Baccalaureate
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and IELTS indicator (Academic)
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Integrated Skills in English (ISE) III from Trinity College
  • LanguageCert
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)
  • West African Senior School Certificate (WAEC/NECO)

UWE Bristol Online English Language Test

The test will follow the same format and scoring system as the IELTS test, testing; listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Please note:

  • The UWE Bristol Online English Language Test provides entry onto UWE Bristol courses only, and cannot be used for applications to other institutions.
  • Some regions are excluded from being able to take this test.


International Scholarship


Invitation to apply for undergraduate programme-specific scholarships

Applicants who hold an offer and will be invited to apply for the programme specific scholarship, such as BA(Hons) International Business, via their UWE Welcome portal.


Chancellor’s and Millennium

Applicants who hold an offer and who have achieved the equivalent of a British first in an undergraduate degree, will be invited to apply for a postgraduate scholarship, such as Chancellor’s and Millennium via their UWE Welcome portal.

Postgraduate Programme-Specific Scholarships

Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education (ACE) Deans International Scholarship

Applicants who hold an unconditional offer OR a conditional offer where IELTS or equivalent English language is the only condition will be invited to apply for the programme-specific scholarship:

  • MA Animation
  • MA Photography
  • MA Screen Business
  • MA Screen Production (Documentary)
  • MA Screen Production (Screenwriting)
  • MA Virtual and Extended Realities
  • MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking
  • MA Design
  • MA Graphic Arts

Faculty of Health and Applied Science (HAS) MSc Scholarship and Dean’s Scholarship

Applicants who hold an offer for one of the following courses and have achieved either a first or 2:1 will be invited to apply for the programme-specific scholarship, via their UWE Welcome portal:

  • MSc Advanced Wildlife Conservation in Practice
  • MRes Applied Sciences
  • MSc Biomedical Science
  • MSc Science Communication
  • MSc Environmental Health
  • MSc Health Psychology
  • MSc Occupational Psychology
  • MRes Social Sciences
  • MSc Public Health
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology


Please note:

  • Scholarships are not available in respect of the English language pre-sessional programmes.
  • The MBA, BPTC, LPC, GDL, MSc Robotics and postgraduate research degrees courses are not eligible for the Chancellor’s and Millennium 50% tuition fees postgraduate scholarships.
  • Continuing professional development (CPD) courses are not eligible for any postgraduate scholarships.
  • Students enrolling at Hartpury University are not eligible for any of the UWE Bristol scholarships.
  • Students enrolling at a UWE Bristol Partner Institution overseas are not eligible for any of the UWE Bristol scholarships until studying at a UWE Bristol campus (unless otherwise stated).

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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