Information for Applicants and Prospective students

We are really looking forward to welcoming at UWTSD and delighted to announce that preparations for 2020/21 are well underway. Whether ON-Campus or ON-Line; we’re ON-your side.

We understand that you may have questions due to the current situation and how this may affect you. Below, we have gathered some Frequently Asked Questions to help prepare for the new academic year.

If you’re still unsure or have any questions, please contact the Hwb on 0300 131 3030 or email hwb@uwtsd.ac.uk and the team will be more than happy to talk through any concerns that you may have.

Changes to A-Level Results

In light of the changes made by Welsh and UK Governments to the A-Level grading system, we would like to reassure all our applicants that if you have been offered a place to study with UWTSD, it will be honoured.

More information is available here: clearing/grades/appeals

Revised grades

For those impacted by the regrading and who have secured a place on a course with us we will honour the offer of a place in 2020, or 2021 (for those who applied for deferred entry), to all applicants who:

  • selected us as your firm choice, or
  • selected us as your insurance choice (if you have not met the terms of your firm choice offer and have not been accepted by your firm choice university).

We do not have access to the Centre Assessment Grades. As soon as you have received official confirmation of these grades, please contact clearing@uwtsd.ac.uk, so that we can advise you.

Applicants appealing exam results

We will honour an offer for a place in 2020, or 2021 for those who applied for deferred entry, to all applicants who:

  • selected us as your firm choice, or
  • selected us as your insurance choice (if you have not met the terms of your firm choice offer and have not been accepted by your firm choice university).
Need more?

Of course, we understand that this year has been more challenging than ever, and we are here to support you in taking the next steps.

If you would like to speak to someone then call our dedicated clearing hotline on 0333 016 4386.

Enrolment

I need to verify my documents for my DBS application. How can I do that if the University’s campuses are closed?

In response to advice from government and public health authorities to minimise the risk of potential spread of the virus, the University has reviewed the way we will verify your documents as part of the DBS application process.

Under normal circumstances, the Disclosure and Barring Service require that applicants must provide the original documents for verification prior to an application being submitted for processing.  Due to the current situation, they will now allow for document verification to be done electronically, either via email or through video communication with the verifier, but have stated that the originals must then be verified in person at the earliest opportunity.  This means that the University will be able to continue to verify your documents and submit your applications for processing but we will require all applicants and students to provide your original documents in person during the first week of term.  Failure to do this will render your DBS invalid and will prevent you from attending placements and could result in you needing to obtain a new certificate at an additional cost to you.

To verify your documents electronically, please email copies to dbs@uwtsd.ac.uk.  Please make sure you include your student number for reference.

During this time the University will be suspended the option to verify documents at the Post Office.  Payment for your DBS will still need to be made directly to GBG as part of the application process.

We look forward to receiving your documents electronically so that you can then proceed to submit your DBS application to GBG. Details of the required documentation are available to you on MyTSD. If you have any queries, please contact us on dbs@uwtsd.ac.uk.

When can I apply for student finance?

Applications for student finance are currently open and we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible. 

Student Finance Wales

Student Finance England

Student Finance Scotland

Teaching & Learning

**NEW** Will the University’s campuses be open in September?

UWTSD’s campuses will be open and ready to start teaching at the beginning of the new academic year and we look forward to welcoming new and returning students.  

 Our planning is subject to Welsh Government directives and the coronavirus context at the time.  We will continue to inform you of what this means for you and your choice of programme.

We are planning a blended delivery pattern which means a combination of on-campus teaching as well as online delivery. 

**NEW** What arrangements are in place for teaching from September?

UWTSD students can be reassured that our blended approach to learning and teaching will ensure a seamless transition from face-to-face to online delivery as future circumstances dictate ensuring that you are able to complete your studies as planned.

Earlier this year the University transferred all of its teaching online, adjusted assessments, and took the necessary steps to ensure that the vast majority of our students were able to either complete their awards or progress to the next level of study.

Building on our current experience, we are looking to deliver the very best educational experience for our students integrating face-to-face teaching on campus with online delivery. We want to ensure that we offer a flexible, creative learning environment that makes the best use of the students’ time on campus and supports practical learning and social activities within the social distancing government guidelines.

We are considering all possible approaches to timetabling including a staggered approach to reduce pinch points in order to ensure that we can offer as many face-to-face learning opportunities as possible.

What safety measures will be in place to safeguard students and staff?

The safety and welfare of students and staff is a top priority and we will have a range of safety measures in place on all campuses.

Shared spaces are being carefully managed to ensure health and safety standards, including physical distancing measures, prioritising small groups for teaching, additional room cleaning breaks between sessions, and the installation of appropriate signage and hygiene stations.

What arrangements are in place for teaching?

UWTSD students can be reassured that our blended approach to learning and teaching will ensure a seamless transition from face-to-face to online delivery as future circumstances dictate ensuring that you are able to complete your studies as planned.

 Earlier this year the University transferred all of its teaching online, adjusted assessments, and took the necessary steps to ensure that the vast majority of our students were able to either complete their awards or progress to the next level of study. Building on our current experience, we are looking to deliver the very best educational experience for our students integrating face-to-face teaching on campus with online delivery.

We are considering all possible approaches to timetabling including a staggered approach to reduce pinch points in order to ensure that we can offer as many face-to-face learning opportunities as possible.

 We want to ensure that we offer a flexible, creative learning environment that makes the best use of the students’ time on campus and supports practical learning and social activities within the social distancing government guidelines.

My Studies

When will I be able to take the Equivalency Tests for my GCSE's?

We have been working with the Welsh Government and have taken the decision to extend the deadline for obtaining your GCSE grades or equivalent to 30th November 2020 for the BAEd Primary Education with QTS and PGCE with QTS Primary and Secondary programmes.

When will the PGCE entry tests take place?

The entry tests will not be taking place at this time; therefore, all offers of places will be conditional on candidates passing both the literacy and numeracy entry test later in the year.  We are currently unable to tell you when these entry tests will take place, but we will be in touch once we have more information.

Accommodation

Will I be able to live in University accommodation?

Yes, the applications are open and you can find the relevant form here https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/accommodation/

Simply select the Campus you are applying for and fill in the relevant form. These can be emailed to accommodation@uwtsd.ac.uk.

We will start the allocation process in August, so please let us know on the form if there are specific people you would like us to try and accommodate you with.

Accommodation is allocated on a first come first served basis, so we recommend you apply as soon as you have decided to stay with us.

All queries for accommodation should go to accommodation@uwtsd.ac.uk

**NEW** Can I apply for University Accommodation next year?

Yes, the applications are open and you can find the relevant form here https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/accommodation/

Simply select the Campus you are applying for and fill in the relevant form. These can be emailed to accommodation@uwtsd.ac.uk

We will start the allocation process in August, so please let us know on the form if there are specific people you would like us to try and accommodate you with.

Accommodation is allocated on a first come first served basis, so we recommend you apply as soon as you have decided to stay with us.

All queries for accommodation should go to accommodation@uwtsd.ac.uk

Information for International Applicants

I am due to start my programme in September/October 2020. How will this be delivered?

We hope that students will be able to study at least the first term/semester on a blended delivery model. Access to teaching material and support will be available online and, for those who are studying in the UK, some tutorials or teaching sessions will be available on campus in small groups, maintaining social distancing and practicing good hygiene. For the small number of courses where a blended model may not be practical, we will communicate with applicants about options such as alternative programmes or deferring.

If I start my studies online, will I be able to come to the UK to study afterwards?

As soon as the UK Government recommendations allow us to safely open all of our campuses, and travel restrictions are lifted, you could progress to study the next term/semester as normal. Please note that you may still need to consider possibilities such as a period of self-isolation, for example.

I hope to study my programme online initially and may want to consider travelling to the UK at a later point. Do I need to organise a visa as normal?

As you will not be travelling to the UK initially, you will not need to apply for a visa for the start of your programme. If and when you are ready to attend in the UK, we will work with you to apply for a visa. Please note that you will still need to meet the requirements for a tier 4 visa application and we remind you to prepare this in advance, to allow for faster processing.

How much financial evidence will I need to consider for my application, if I intend to arrive the UK at a later point?

We will clarify this amount when you intend to start the course, but generally, this will be the remainder of your tuition fee (if you have not paid in full) plus your living costs (as defined by UKVI).

How much do I need to pay if I hope to take my first term/semester online, before travelling to the UK to resume my studies?

You will need to pay the deposit. You can pay for your tuition fee in full in advance, if you wish – this allows you to show a smaller amount for your financial evidence.

 

How will I enrol?

If you hope to study your programme online, your documents will be checked remotely. You will receive a link to enrol, allowing you access to our systems. We are planning enrolment in more detail and will update you in more detail in the coming months.

I need to provide evidence that I meet the English language requirements, what do you accept?
I need to provide evidence that I meet the academic requirements, but due to COVID-19 outbreak, I will not be able to provide them in time. What can I do?

At present, our recommendation is to seek a deferral to the next available intake.

How does the current lockdown affect UWTSD students?

You can find some of the information our students are receiving here: https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/coronavirus/coronavirus--information-for-students

I’d like to defer; will this affect my tuition fee?

If you hope to defer within the 20/21 academic year, we will honour the fee on your offer letter. If you hope to defer to the 21/22 academic year (during or after September 2021), you will be subject to any fee updates that may occur.

What if I don’t have access to technology?

The University has considered issues relating to connectivity and IT access, enhancing the student laptop loan scheme, and will be introducing a new fund to support students in need.  More details on the 'Digital Connectivity Bursary' can be found here: Undergraduate Bursaries or Postgraduate Bursaries

What if I’m not familiar with the IT systems?

We have introduced technology-related training and guidance for staff and students - including using Microsoft Teams, submitting physical assessments, and accessing online resources.