Full-time Undergraduate Students

Applying online at UCAS

All applications to study for a full-time undergraduate degree programme or Higher National Diploma at the University are made online through UCAS using Apply

Institution Code

T80 - Carmarthen, Swansea and Lampeter

Students at a school or college registered with UCAS

  • All UK schools and colleges (and a small number of establishments overseas) are registered with UCAS to manage their students’ applications.
  • You will need to obtain a ‘buzzword’ from your tutor or careers adviser, which you will need when you register with UCAS. This establishes the organisation from which you are applying and allows your referee to attach your reference.
  • You may pay for your application either by credit or debit card online, or by paying your school or other registered centre who will then pay UCAS.

Independent applicants in the UK

Other UK applicants, who are not at school or college, apply online independently and are responsible for paying the correct application fee, for requesting the academic reference to be attached and for submitting the completed application online to UCAS.

Your referee should be a teacher or professional who knows you well enough to write about you and your suitability for higher education. You will need to make your payment online using a credit or debit card. The card need not be in your own name, but you will require the consent of the cardholder.

International applicants outside the UK (EU and worldwide)

  • Individuals from the EU (excluding the UK) and worldwide, apply online independently to the University, except for those whose school or college is registered with UCAS.  
  • Advice is available from British Council offices and other centres overseas, such as your school or college.
  • For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application.
  • If you require further information and advice, you can contact the UCAS Customer Service Unit on +44 (0)871 468 0468, open Monday to Friday, 08.30 - 18.00 (UK time).

When to apply

  • UCAS will begin to process applications for the new academic year from early September. 
  • The majority of our full-time undergraduate programmes have a UCAS application deadline of 15th January.  However, you should check the application deadline for your chosen course(s) on the UCAS website.
  • You are advised to submit your application to UCAS prior to the deadline specified; however you can apply after that date if we still have vacancies for the course(s) that you have selected.

Part-time undergraduate students

Our online application form will enable you to complete your application form electronically or if you prefer you may request an application pack from the Registry.

A step-by-step guide through the UCAS application process

These videos provide a step-by-step guide through the UCAS application process and writing that all important persona statement.

How to Apply

What to Include in your Personal Statement

Personal statement - Let's Get Started

  • The University of Wales Trinity Saint David welcomes applicants with a diverse range of UK and international qualifications.
  • We are committed to increasing participation in higher education and therefore, consider each applicant on his or her individual merit.
  • For some programmes we invite applicants to the University to discuss their chosen course and are pleased to advise potential students on the appropriate programme and preparation for studying at higher education.
  • The University will make offers for each individual undergraduate programme in the form of subjects, grades, units or UCAS Tariff points.

What is the UCAS Tariff?

  • It is a points score system to report achievement for entry to higher education.
  • It gives numerical values to qualifications.
  • It establishes agreed equivalences between different types of qualifications.
  • It provides comparisons between applicants with different types of achievement.

How does the point score system work?

  • Point scores can be accumulated from different qualifications, e.g. GCE A level/ Advanced Subsidiary (AS).
  • There is no ceiling to the number of points which can be achieved, thereby recognising the full breadth and depth of students' achievements.
  • There is no double counting - students cannot count the same or similar qualifications twice.
  • Advanced Subsidiary scores will be subsumed into the A level scores in the same subject.
  • Scottish Higher scores will be subsumed into Advanced Higher Scores in the same subject.
  • A table showing the UCAS Tariff for all qualifications can be found at UCAS Tariff Calculator

Minimum Entry Requirements

Below are some typical minimum requirements for applicants, however, for specific entry requirements for each course, please visit our web site www.uwtsd.ac.uk or the UCAS web site.

Honours degree programmes

Typically a minimum of two A levels and supporting AS level qualifications, or equivalent. There may be some specific course requirements to be taken into account.

Higher National Diplomas

Typically a minimum of one A level and supporting AS level qualifications, or equivalent.

Key Skills

The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying Key Skills qualifications, but they are not likely to be included in the terms of the offer made. The University will accept a maximum of 20 points for Level 3 Key Skills.

Access Courses

An increasing number of students now apply after completing Access courses, and we warmly welcome such applicants. Access courses are run in partnership with local Further Education colleges. Such courses are specifically designed for students with few, or no formal qualifications, who would benefit from study experience before going on to apply for a place in higher education.

International Qualifications

We recognise a wide range of international qualifications, including the International, French and European Baccalaureates. The University will normally accept students who have completed a recognised International Foundation Programme, for example, those offered by UK Further Education Colleges, Universities, and Colleges of Higher Education.

English Language Requirements

If you are an International student applying to live in the UK during your candidature please email International.registry@uwtsd.ac.uk as soon as possible to discuss your application.

If English is not your first language, the university will require evidence that you have the required English to complete a research degree; your application will not be processed until this has been received.

Visas Procedures for International Students

Students that come from outside of the European Union/EEA will be required to have a visa before they can study.  Although there are many types of visa, if you are applying for a visa to study for the first time, you will be required to apply for a Student visa.  Once you have received an offer from the University and met all of the conditions, we will be able to offer you guidance and advice regarding your visa application.

If you hold a current visa under another category, you may be able to study at UWTSD: Swansea. If you are unsure, please e-mail International.registry@uwtsd.ac.uk

For more details regarding the visa application process, please visit:

Returning to Study? Non-standard Qualifications?

We welcome applications from adult learners who may not possess formal qualifications but have the motivation and commitment to study for Higher Education qualifications. We are keen to encourage students who are returning to study onto our programmes and are able to consider applications based on individual merit. If you are able to demonstrate appropriate experience, knowledge or evidence of recent study, we may be able to consider these in lieu of formal academic qualifications.  We will invite you to an interview to discuss an appropriate course and preparation for studying towards a qualification.

Recognition of Prior Learning

The University is pleased to consider applications from individuals with relevant certificated qualifications that may allow them to enter a programme at an advanced level.  Applicants will be asked to provide a transcript for consideration by the admissions tutor and will be required to complete a Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning Form at the application stage.