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

Our tutors have prepared videos to welcome you onto your course. Use the button below to find your course.

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Stepping Up to Higher Education

The Stepping up to Higher Education programme has been developed in conjunction with UCSD students and what they consider to be helpful to know before teaching commences. 

The Stepping Up to Higher Education programme consists of bite-sized messages, online guides, workshops held in June, July and September and an online induction.

The online guides introduce new concepts and provide advice and guidance to help you make the transition to university level study. The workshops enable you to apply and practice the skills you need to be a university student and successful professional. 

Referencing workshops are held in June, July and September, your personal tutor will also deliver referencing sessions during the first few weeks of your course.

The online induction consists of four steps, three you can start straight away and the fourth after you have enrolled. The online induction introduces you to the student charter, academic practice, campus and how to utilise the support available and accessing our systems.

Through the SDConnect app you will receive bite-sized messages containing short reads, quick activities and links to helpful information regarding studying in higher education.

Information on how to download the SDConnect app can be found here Messages from us | University Centre South Devon (

Students who engage with the Stepping Up to Higher Education programme report settling into their studies quicker and feel more confident.

Go to the Stepping Up to Higher Education programme page

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Enrolment is now underway and you should receive an email from the 5th September inviting you to complete the online enrolment form, along with some instructions and more information about starting your programme.

For apprentices, the enrolment process will be conducted via a member of the apprenticeships team. 

24 hours after enrolling you can access step four of the online induction.

Online Induction

Your online induction has been developed in conjunction with UCSD students and teaching teams to collate together the information you need prior to your onsite induction. 

The online induction consists of four steps, three you can start straight away and the fourth after you have enrolled. The online induction introduces you to the student charter, academic practice, campus and how to utilise the support available and accessing our systems.

Onsite Induction

Most of our programmes will have an onsite programme induction during the week commencing 19th September where you will be invited into the University Centre. 

Please see a list of programmes below with the induction day and start time, please come to the University Centre for your start time where you will be met by a member of staff.

Induction Day Programme Start Time
Tuesday 20th September Assistant Practitioner (FdSc)
Tuesday 20th September Computing (FdSc) 11:30
Tuesday 20th September Nursing Associate (FdSc)
Tuesday 20th September Psychology and Counselling Skills (FdSc) 10:00
Tuesday 20th September Psychology and Criminology (FdSc) 10:00
Tuesday 20th September Sports Coaching and Fitness (FdSc) 09:30
Wednesday 21st September Applied Animal Science BSc (Hons) 09:00
Wednesday 21st September Coaching (Outdoor and Sport pathways) BSc (Hons) 09:00
Wednesday 21st September Enhanced Integrated Care BSc (Hons) 09:30
Wednesday 21st September Business and Management (FdA/HNC) 09:30
Wednesday 21st September Contemporary Arts Practice (FdA) 10:00
Wednesday 21st September Creative Digital Design (FdA) 10:00
Wednesday 21st September Education and Childhood (FdA) 09:30
Wednesday 21st September Engineering (all pathways) (FdSc/HNC) 10:00
Wednesday 21st September Film and Photography (FdA) 10:00
Wednesday 21st September Games and Interactive Design (FdA) 10:00
Wednesday 21st September Illustration with Graphics and Animation (FdA) 10:00
Wednesday 21st September Working with Children, Young People and Families (FdA) 09:00
Thursday 22nd September Animal Science (FdSc) 09:00
Thursday 22nd September Childhood and Youth Studies BA (Hons) 09:30
Thursday 22nd September Leadership and Management BA (Hons) 10:00
Thursday 22nd September Social and Therapeutic Interventions BSc (Hons) 10:00
Thursday 22nd September Education and Childhood (FdA) 09:30
Thursday 22nd September Outdoor Leadership (FdSc) 09:00
Thursday 22nd September Working with Children, Young People and Families (FdA) 09:00


The first week of teaching for most September start programmes will be the week commencing 26th September.

A provisional timetable has been uploaded to this page, please see the provisional timetables section.

The teaching across our programmes will take face to face and we encourage students to attend all sessions in person.


You will be able to access your timetable though the SDConnect (our app) towards the end of the summer. More information on the app and how to download it, can be found here

Student Finance

Applications for both full and part time Student Finance are now available, please submit your application online at Please note this is not relevant for students on an apprenticeship.

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

Student Support Hub

The Student Support Hub (SSH) offers a range of services and is students’ first port of call for study, wellbeing, disability, employability and progression support. 

To find out more about the services and support we provide to our students please click here 

 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 540728.


House shares are available for September, these consist of a room in a house share with other students, at a cost of £425-500 per month, inclusive of all bills and fully furnished! These are located in the local area of Torbay with good travel links to UCSD. 

Read more here.

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. You can view the contract here: Consumer rights for USCD students

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.