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Coventry University

UCAS Code: C85

Location: West Midlands Show on Map

Site: Campuses in Coventry and London; partner colleges

A modern university; a member of the million+ group of universities.

Student Population

Total Students:31,045
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:26,095
Full Time:60%
Mature on Entry:19%
UK Students:85%
State school entry:96%

Teaching Staff

480 full-time, 620 part-time.

Broad study areas

Art & design; business; civil, aerospace & automotive engineering & computing; health & life sciences; international studies & law; mathematical & information sciences; science & environment; performing arts; forensics; geography; transport; product design.


Admission Information:Minimum entry is from 3 A-levels or equivalent qualifications.
Points on Entry (Mean):274
Drop Out Rate:7%
Accommodation:Most first years housed.


Founded:1970 as Coventry Poly, from Coventry College of Design (founded 1843) and other colleges of engineering, technology and art; university status in 1992.
Site:33-acre modern campus in Coventry city centre. New campus in City of London.
How to get there:5 miles M6/M1 intersection; 20 mins Birmingham by train, 90 mins London Euston; adjacent to bus and coach station.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Funding advice, accommodation, medical services, nursery, welfare & disabilities, spirituality & faith, counselling, careers & employability service, and sport & recreation.
Amenities:Restaurants,  sporting and social areas.
Sporting facilities:34-acre playing field and indoor sports centre. City sports centre and Olympic-standard swimming pool adjacent to the campus.
Accommodation:49% of first years who apply are in university accommodation. 2800+ places, most with internet points: catered places at £110 per week, Sept−June contracts; self-catering places £92−£140 pw. Coventry has a wide variety of student accommodation.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:State-of-the-art library: 350,000 volumes in total; 9200 journals (incl some 8000 electronic); 1200 study places (450 connected to university network) and wireless internet access. Information provision, £97 pa spent for each student (FTE). 800+ open-access PCs around university, some 24 hours/day (workstation ratio to students 1:7). IT support from advisory service and helpdesk in library; full induction to library and computing services for all new students.
Other learning resources:One-to-one and workshop support for academic writing (assignment, dissertation and examination) and maths (for students needing to use maths or statistics in their studies).
Study abroad:Several courses (eg law, environmental sciences) have European routes with year abroad. 100+ formal exchange links across Europe, which are given full credit (some open to non-language specialists).
Careers:Emphasis on the employability of students; information, advice and guidance on a wide range of careers-related issues.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £6500 pa (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Term-time work:University’s commercial recruitment agency provides temporary and permanent recruitment solutions for students, graduates and post-graduates.
Financial help:196 scholarships of £3000 pa, open to students whose family income is up to £25k pa and who attend one of the university’s partner schools or colleges. Also 30 sports scholarships, value £1500−£3000. Apply for help to Student Funding Office.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £7500-£9000 pa for first degrees, depending on the course (£7,500 for classroom-based courses eg English; £7900 for activity-based eg fine art, music; £8300 for lab-based eg computing, biology; £9000 for specialist courses eg fashion, engineering). International students paid £9060 pa (classroom-based), £9380 (lab/studio-based).


Academic features:

Courses are modular; credit transfer possible.

Awarding body:

Coventry University

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BSc, BEng, LLB, MDes, MEng.

Length of courses:

3 years; 4 years, sandwich.

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Advertising
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Architectural Design
  • Architectural Technology
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Avionics
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Boat Design
  • Building Studies
  • Building Surveying
  • Business Administration
  • Business Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Cell Biology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Construction
  • Costume Design
  • Criminology
  • Dance
  • Dietetics
  • Drama
  • E-business
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic Mechanics
  • Electronics
  • Engineering (General)
  • English
  • English as a Foreign Language
  • Environmental Health
  • Events Management
  • Fashion
  • Finance
  • Financial Economics
  • Financial Services
  • Forensic Science
  • French
  • Geography
  • Graphic Design
  • Health
  • History
  • Human Biology
  • Human Sciences
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Interactive Games Production
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Internet Technology
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Logistics
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Media Technology
  • Midwifery
  • Motor Sport Engineering
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Performance Arts
  • Photography
  • Physiotherapy
  • Politics
  • Product Design
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Spanish
  • Sports Sciences
  • Sports Studies
  • Statistics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Surveying
  • Telecommunications Engineering
  • Theatre Studies
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Visual Arts
  • Youth & Community Work

Student view

Rich Hayward, Vice President Communications (Marketing & Economics)


What’s it like as a place to live? The city is very compact so it’s so easy to get around, the people are mostly friendly and the university is located right in the city centre so everything is so convenient.

How’s the student accommodation? The accommodation is generally good, there is both private and University accommodation. The private accommodation tends to be better quality but has less of a social life. The most social 2 halls, Priory and Singer, are both university owned.

What’s the student population like? Coventry has a very diverse campus and has a large commuter population because it is so close to other major cities such as Birmingham and Leicester. Everyone is really friendly and it is really easy to make friends.

How do students and locals get on? They tend not to mix; there are not any no-go areas but there do seem to be set places and nights for students and the locals to go out.


What’s it like as a place to study? The courses are generally very good and tend to be aimed at getting a job at the end of the course. The university has a new library which is a fantastic resource for learning.

What are the teaching staff like? The teaching staff are good and easy to track down, they all make their office times known and are always willing to help out with anything you do not understand.


What are student societies like? There are over 80 sports and societies, covering a diverse range of subjects. We currently offer societies in everything from football, cheer-leading and karting to mountaineering, Sikh and geography. All our sports teams compete against other universities in the BUCS (British University and College Sport) leagues and tournaments ensuring a high level of competition.

What’s a typical night out? All the city’s nightclubs and pubs do a student night offering cheap drinks.

And how much does it cost? The typical cost on a student night is between £2−£4 entry and most drinks start from as low as 50p!!!

How can you get home safely? Taxis are everywhere in Coventry, there are so many, so it’s easy to just jump in a cab at the end of the night.


Is it an expensive place to live? Coventry is one of the cheapest places to live in the country; if you choose the right bars to go to and the right places to shop you can make your loan last a long time.

Average price of a pint? £2.

And the price of a takeaway? £2.99 for a pizza.

What’s the part-time work situation? It is easy to find a part-time job in Coventry, there are loads of opportunities with both the university and the SU.


What’s the best feature about the place? The City Centre location, meaning everything is so convenient.

And the worst? It’s the furthest City away from the sea in the country.

And to sum it all up? A good modern university that is always innovating, with a fantastic social life and an active Students’ Union.

Past Students

Steve Ogrizovic (Coventry City goalkeeper), David Yelland (Sun Editor), Alan Smith (Arsenal and England striker), John Kettley (TV weatherman), Peter Hadfield (founder of Two Tone), Jerry Dammers (The Specials).

More info?

Contact CUSU, tel 024 7657 1200 or visit website www.cusu.org.



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