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USW Summer School


Our Summer School will offer students the chance to experience university-level study through a programme of interactive subject-specific and higher education information, advice and guidance sessions. 

  • Wednesday 25 August - Creative Industries - Cardiff Campus
  • Thursday 26 August - STEM and Cyber Security - Treforest Campus

Places at the Summer School are limited and will be allocated to Year 12 school and college students from groups currently under-represented in higher education, who meet the eligibility criteria as per the University’s 2020-21 Fee and Access Plan. There is no charge to attend the Summer School.

Students who attend the Summer School and enrol on a full-time 3 or 4 year undergraduate degree course in September 2022, will be eligible for the USW Summer School Bursary, worth £500 to spend on technology or other materials to support their learning.

*Applications for the Summer School have now closed. Applicants will be contacted by 23 July to confirm if they have been successful in gaining a place at the events.*

  • The Summer School will be advantageous to students in completing their UCAS application forms and will help set them apart from other students by demonstrating a commitment to extra-curricular study. 
  • The Summer School will enable students to have an immersive experience of a subject of their interest at University-level and will complement their Level 3 studies, thereby supporting transition to Year 13 and University. 
  • The Summer School will provide students with invaluable, personalised HE information, advice and guidance including advice on the UCAS process, developing an excellent personal statement, preparing for interviews and researching universities and courses. 
  • As part of the Summer School, students will be able to interact with current USW students via a series of fun activities and ask them questions on everything from student life to student finance. Students will also have the opportunity to meet and engage with other attendees from schools and colleges across the UK.
  • Following the Summer School, we’ll be able to connect students with the University’s support services, such as the Disability and Wellbeing Service, Learner Services, Accommodation and many more. 

Places at the Summer School are limited and will be allocated to Year 12 school and college students from groups currently under-represented in higher education, as per the University’s 2020-21 Fee and Access Plan

To apply for a place, students must meet at least one of the criteria below:

• Students from Low Participation Neighbourhoods (defined as POLAR4 Quintiles 1 and 2 by OfS). Check postcode here.

• Students from an area of high deprivation (Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation, WIMD, Quintiles 1 and 2). Check postcode here

• Students from an area of high deprivation (Index of Multiple Deprivation, IMD, Quintiles 1 and 2). Check postcode here

• Students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups

• Care experienced young people and those in local authority care

• Students classified as having a disability

• Young carers 

• Students who have a parent/carer who has served in the armed forces 

Please contact us if you have a query regarding eligibility. 

The University will automatically award a £500 USW Summer School Bursary to all students who attend the USW Summer School in August 2021, and who enrol as a student at the University in September 2022.


Who is eligible?

To be eligible, you will need to:

  • Attend the USW Summer School at Cardiff Campus (25 August) or Treforest Campus (26 August).
  • Apply to study any full-time 3 or 4 year undergraduate Honours degree starting in September 2022 at the University of South Wales.
  • Firmly accept the University’s conditional or unconditional offer of a place by 31 May 2022.
  • Enrol on any full-time 3 or 4 year undergraduate Honours degree at the University of South Wales in September 2022.
  • Be eligible for maintenance support via Student Finance Wales or Student Finance England.


How do you apply?

There is no separate application form. You will be automatically awarded the bursary if you fulfill the full criteria listed above.  


How much is the bursary worth?

You will receive a £500 voucher to spend on technology or other course-related materials in November 2022, subject to confirmation that you have enrolled on and are satisfactorily attending a full-time undergraduate course. 


Further information, including the full bursary criteria can be found in our Terms and Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions regarding the bursary.

The University of South Wales scholarships and bursaries are offered on the basis that they are potentially subject to change. The University also reserves the right to limit the number of scholarships and bursaries available.