Higher Education at your local college

If you want to achieve your ambitions, but don’t quite have the right qualifications for a university degree, or if you have work or family commitments that mean you need to study closer to home, here at the University of South Wales we have plenty of options for you.


The University of South Wales has a strategic alliance with five colleges throughout south east Wales. This alliance means you can study our courses at college campuses local to you.

 You’ll still be a University of South Wales student and achieve a university qualification, but you’ll study in a location that’s convenient for you.

With a range of qualifications, including Foundation Degrees, HNCs and HNDs, and many subject areas to choose from, you’re sure to find the best course to suit your needs.

If you are currently a student on a University of South Wales course at one of our partner colleges, you can access useful links to information, support and guidance by visiting our Partner College Pages.


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Click to dowload a pdf version of the
University courses at your local college 2017-18
guide, which includes a full list of courses as
well as handy tips on how to apply and student life.

Meet the Students

Read more about our current students studying at local colleges. Find out what they think of the course and where they're going next.

Meet the Tutors

Read more about the some of the higher education tutors who will teach at your chosen college. Find out more about their background and what they love about their course.

Support and Guidance

Meet the Recruitment and Progression Assistants working with your local college and find out how they can support you with everything from finance to how to apply.

Our partners...

Bridgend College boasts five campuses, in Bridgend, Pencoed, Bridgend Industrial Estate, Maesteg, and Cardiff.

The College offers a large number of higher education courses and has over 1,000 students who have chosen to complete their university-level studies locally.

Cardiff and Vale College is one of the largest colleges in the country, with over 20,000 learners.

The College helps students stand out from the crowd, gain employment and achieve their goals.

The student success rate at the College continues to rise, with 86% achieving their main qualification in 2014.

Coleg Gwent is committed to making higher education as accessible as possible in order to meet the needs of local communities and businesses, and supporting the economic development in south east Wales. 

Around 745 University of South Wales students are currently studying at Coleg Gwent on Level 4 and Level 5 courses.

The College, Merthyr Tydfil offers over 18 university-level qualifications, excellent student support and fantastic facilities.

With over 2,000 students, including 400 studying university-level qualifications, The College provides high-quality teaching and support that ensures all learners achieve their maximum potential.

Coleg y Cymoedd is home to more than 20,000 students across four campuses in Aberdare, Nantgarw, Rhondda and Ystrad Mynach.

The College benefits from excellent teaching and diverse learning programmes. It also offers flexible study, with full-time and part-time learning.

Other partners...

The university also works closely with other Welsh colleges such as the NPTC Group of Colleges and Gower College to provide higher education qualifications.

We have fantastic partnerships further afield such as Blackburn College, as well as international colleges and universities across the globe.

For more information on the USW provision offered elsewhere please contact, or check the individual institutions webpages directly.