Applicant Information

Congratulations on receiving an offer to study at University Centre South Devon!

The HE team are looking forward to welcoming you to UCSD for the coming academic year.

Programme Welcomes


Induction for September 2021 starts will be the week commencing 20th September 2021. More information regarding your induction will be released nearer the time.

Step-up to HE

Step-Up to HE provides the opportunity for you to explore new ways of learning before you arrive at university. It is an online resource that is designed to help you understand what studying at university really means. As you will discover, university is quite different from school, college or work. 

Step-Up to HE will consist of four 30-minute live webinars. It is recommended that you engage in all four, because each one introduces new concepts and provides practical advice to help you get the most out of your time at UCSD.

The sessions will cover:

Starting in Higher Education – We take a look at some of the different types of scheduled learning you can expect from studying at university and how it may differ from your previous experiences.

Independent Learning – Becoming a successful independent learner is essential if you want to enjoy the university experience and achieve your best performance at university. This means taking responsibility for your own learning, your motivation to learn, managing your time and reflecting on your progress. This session looks into different aspects of independent learning and offers practical advice to make university work for you.

Skills for Higher Education – Advice on first assessments, how to use referencing to credit others for their ideas, and ideas on how to find your voice at university.

Computer Skills for Higher Education – In relation to being a student we look at MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Teams and the benefits of using MS OneDrive.

We are really excited about our new Study Skills page on the UCSD website which is available via this link. There is a whole section dedicated to your first year at university. We have produced some interactive resources that you can use to improve your academic study skills before you start. In addition to this there is a whole range of study skills guides which we have created to support your development of the study skills you need to succeed at university.


Enrolment will be taking place online over the summer term, once you have a confirmed or unconditional place. 

University Centre South Devon

Teaching and Timetables

Teaching will start the week commencing Monday 27th September (although not all programmes will start on the Monday). 

Provisional Timetables

Provisional timetables will be available in the summer term of 2021 for September starts.

Student Finance

If you have applied for the full-time mode of study, then it will be time to apply for your Student Finance from February, information on what you may be eligible to apply for is available online at

One to ones are available to support you with any questions you may have, please email us for more information.


Our experienced Higher Education support team are able to provide disability, wellbeing, academic, financial and employability support, as well as information and guidance about any aspect of student life. If you have a disability, make sure you get in touch so we can discuss what support we can put in place for you – email us at [email protected] or call us on 01803 540547. 


House shares are available for September, these consist of a room in a house share with other students, at a cost of £400-450 per month, inclusive of all bills and fully furnished! These are located in the local area of Torbay with good travel links to UCSD.

Other information

Information has been made available via our Essential Information pages including our Student Contract, which is the contract agreed between you and South Devon College when you accept your offer.

If you need a copy of the contract, or any of the other documents in a different format, please contact us by emailing [email protected] and we will be happy to provide this for you.

We understand that starting a higher education course, while exciting, can also be quite daunting, but we have many people available to support you and help you get the most out of your studies.

Please contact us on [email protected] or by phone on 08000 213181 if you have any questions and would like to speak to a member of the HE team.

Research showcase

The UCSD Research Showcase is an annual event which provides a unique opportunity to share research on specialism areas, it is designed to celebrate the scholarly success of students and staff. ​Last year our showcase took place virtually between the 4th-7th May 2020 which was a great success and saw many members of staff and students present their research.

As a key value of Higher Education, many of our degree programmes offer the opportunity to undertake first-hand research activity, so it is right that we provide a platform for discoveries to be shared.

Take a look at our Research Showcase webpage to view the videos from the week.