Parent and Family Information

Key information 

Find the right course

We understand that finding that single perfect course from thousands of options is hard. Because of this, we encourage applicants to home in on a broad subject area and to then research course webpages thoroughly to start to build a picture of what distinguishes one course against another. Click here to browse our courses. 

  • Open days also offer a great way for applicants to confirm that they have found the right course or to learn something new about previously overlooked courses. 
  • See for yourself. Visiting an open day is the best way to sample studying at University Centre South Devon. Students and families can meet academic staff and current students and discuss their courses choices. Link to view our upcoming events.

Student finance

 We understand that the most common concern for prospective students and their families is related to the cost of study – particularly tuition fees and the support packages available to help towards both fees and living costs.

We believe in giving students from all backgrounds the opportunity to invest in their future and have dedicated web pages where you’ll find explanations of tuition fees and repayment terms. There’s also information on methods of funding support available through loans, grants and bursaries. 

At our open days and applicant days there’s lots of ways to find out first-hand about the costs of tuition fees and available funding through presentations and the opportunity to talk with staff from our Student Funding Office. 

Student jobs

 Many of our students work a few hours a week to boost their income and support their budget. They need to plan this around lectures and coursework and ensure their job doesn’t impact on their studies. Part-time work while at university or in the holidays is a great way for you to earn some extra cash and to boost their CV. The Job Shop can support you in finding part-time work.  

Moving to Torbay 

Whilst moving away to study in a new area is exciting for students, for their parents, it can be a nerve-wracking experience! Although we do not currently have any halls of residence, we do have approved private housing. If you are interested in applying for UCSD-approved private housing, please click here.

Key dates 

Unlike Schools and Colleges which have ‘terms’ at University-level study we have semesters running from September through until June. 

  • Semester dates.

Some courses run non-standard semester dates, please see the details on the webpages for the course you are interested in.  

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