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University of South Wales

4 out of 5 (30 ratings / 18 reviews) Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
The University of South Wales is one of the largest universities in the UK and the largest in Wales. The University has campuses throughout South Wales, in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd. Our unique locations mean you can enjoy everything the region has to offer – city life and culture, stunning beaches and breathtaking countryside.

Preparation Courses

Business & Management (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Education & Training (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Medicine & Health (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



The University of South Wales was formed in 2013 by the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport.

Both the institutions that have come together to create the University of South Wales have a rich and varied history, and can each trace their roots back more than 100 years.


Our size means we can offer an exceptional range of subjects and courses, at every level – from Foundation Degree to PhD. It also means that our links with industry and business are hard to beat.

We work with world leaders such as Microsoft, British Airways and the BBC to inform our courses and offer work experience.

Our courses are based on the real world – our links with industry in the UK and overseas mean that our teaching is informed by actual practice and there are February and September starts for BA (Hons) Business top-ups as well as many Masters programmes.


Our staff are actively involved in research, so you will be taught by lecturers who are national and international experts in their fields. We also ensure that our research has a purpose it is relevant to the real world and influences decision makers. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework we were named among UK leaders in many fields including the creative industries, social policy and sports and exercise sciences. This research and influence ensures that our programmes reflect the latest thinking and advances, giving your university education an added distinction.


Employability is at the heart of everything we do, with teaching informed by what happens in the real world. Our graduates have the skills that are essential for the workplace and value our employability schemes, business start-up support and opportunities to get actual experience, often as part of your course. Its an approach that works 94% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduation (HEFCW Performance Indicator 201/14 (HESA)).


Student services

The Immigration & International Student Advice team offers information and advice to international students on a range of non-academic issues such as immigration, cultural issues and daily life in the UK.

The team arrange the University’s International Welcome Programmes, organise various social events and opportunities throughout the year and run the Global Assistants project. They also hold shared responsibility for ensuring that the University is compliant under the Tier 4 immigration regulations.

Housing services

There’s a great selection of accommodation here at the University of South Wales – from halls of residence on campus to privately rented rooms in the local area – so you should be able to find something that is right for you.

The on-campus halls of residence are the most convenient type of accommodation available. For students studying atTreforest or Glyntaff, the on-campus accommodation is situated at the main campus (Treforest), and facilities including the Learning Resources Centre, The Centre for Sport, Health & Exercise and Students Union are close by.

If you’d prefer to live off-campus in private accommodation in the local area, we can help you find something suitable.

Library services

Whether you need help finding books or ebooks, help with locating journal articles or would like a general demonstration of how to use FINDit and the library’s many resources, we are here to help you.

We offer one to one, small group or telephone appointments.

To make an appointment use the online booking system. If you can’t find a suitable time please email your Information Librarian.

ICT services

Internet access is provided for all Students of the University of South Wales at all campuses.

All internet services allow you to access the Student Portal andexternallyfacing web-enabled resources.

Medical services

Our nurse-led University Health Service offers a wide range of services to all members of the University community including students, staff and visitors. Nurse appointment service for advice on all types of ailments and problems. We are here to act as a supplement to the service provided by your GP.

Student Life

Campus life

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 worlds most spectacular coastlines with a strong reputation for surfing and water sports, Wales is a great place to be a student!


  • Treforest, Pontypridd Campus
  • Glyntaff, Pontypridd Campus
  • Cardiff Campus
  • Newport City Campus
  • USW Sport Park
  • Caerleon Campus

Sports facilities

We offer a range of Sports courses as well as a thriving competitive culture with a number of teams competing within the University BUCSleagues. There are plenty of options and activities for students to choose from to help you stay healthy and active including cycling, rugby, badminton, golf, athletics and many more.

We have Sports Centres on site at our Treforest and Caerleon Campuses, and our own Sport Park which is used by professional teams and athletes. Facilities are also available for us by the public, with some competitive membership options also available at our Sports Centres in Pontypridd and Caerleon, Newport.

Student clubs

The University of South Wales Students’ Union is a democratic organisation driven and guided by your Student Leadership Team. The Student Leadership Team is made up of three elected Sabbatical Officers, Part-time Student Council Officers, Student Voice Representatives and Course Representatives who make decisions informed by over 31,000 student members.

We offer support, guidance, expertise, personal development and opportunities core to the student body. Our aim is to inspire our students to be successful, not only during their time at University, but for the future.


Many of our courses also 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.

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom