How to apply

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The Student Recruitment Team at USW is available to help you. If you have questions about applying or studying, either at college or the university, contact us via the e-mail below:

[email protected]

Watch this guide on how to complete a top-up application, or alternatively, arrange a free step-by-step session with one of our team.

A university degree may be more accessible than you think. If you don’t have the entry requirements to study a university degree straight away, you can study a HNC, HND or Foundation Degree.

Please contact your local college to check the application process. Some colleges accept direct applications, made either in person or online. Alternatively, you may need to apply through UCAS.

Quick links to colleges:




Read about the typical entry requirements:

Entry requirements

  • Applications are considered on an individual basis

  • Typical entry requirements are detailed below

  • If you don’t meet the criteria, relevant work and life experience will be considered

  • Combinations of qualifications are acceptable

  • Other Level 3 qualifications may also be considered, such as CACHE, OCR, City and Guilds, Cskills, NCFE and VTCT

  • If you’re unsure if you meet the requirements, contact your chosen college



Entry requirements for colleges

  • May need a literacy, numeracy or science test

  • Some courses require an enhanced DBS check* 

  • Some professions require a GCSE grade B in certain subjects

  • Additional criteria are listed on the course pages on the college website

  • Additional criteria is listed on the college website


Typical entry requirements for HNCs, HNDs and Foundation Degrees

  • Relevant BTEC Level 3 profile of Merit/Pass or Pass/Pass/Pass; or

  • DD at A-level; or

  • D at A-level plus D in the Welsh Baccalareate Skills Challenge Certificate; or

  • Access to HE (a Pass Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits which are all passes)

  • You will also need three C grade or above GCSE passes, including maths and English language or equivalent

  • For a top-up course, you will usually need a HND or Foundation Degree in a related subject



Typical entry requirements for HNCs, HNDs and Foundation Degrees

  • Relevant BTEC Level 3 profile of Merit/Pass or Pass/Pass/Pass; or

  • DD at A-level; or

  • D at A-level plus D in the Welsh Baccalareate Skills Challenge Certificate; or

  • Access to HE (a Pass Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits which are all passes)

  • You will also need three C grade or above GCSE passes, including maths and English language or equivalent 

  • For a top-up course, you will usually need a HND or Foundation Degree in a related subject