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 unique partnership with colleges throughout south east Wales. Through this partnership it means you can study a University of South Wales course at your local college.

You will still be a University of South Wales student and achieve a University qualification but you will study in a location that’s convenient for you. With a range of qualifications on offer including Foundation Degrees, HNCs and HNDs in a variety of subject areas, you are 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.


Partner Colleges 2019-20 Brochure Cover English

Partner Colleges 2019-20 Brochure Cover Welsh

Our 2019-20 Course Guide is now available!

Copies are available at our partner college campuses. 

Click to download a PDF version of the University courses at your local college 2019-20 guide which includes a full list of courses as well as handy tips on how to apply and student life.

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

Whether you opt to graduate after your Foundation Degree/HND or continue on to your final top-up year, you'll get to don a cap and gown and cross the stage as a USW Graduate.

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.

The College is one of the largest colleges in the country, with more than 20,000 learners studying at the College each year. There are a range of higher education qualifications offered in partnership with the University of South Wales. The College boasts world-class facilities, including the new City Centre Campus in the heart of Cardiff.

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 and 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...

We also work 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 visit the individual institutions web pages directly.