The pre-enrolment period is when you are an applicant, starting when you apply to study with us until September when you come onto campus to enrol and become a student.
During the pre-enrolment period, you need to:
- Attend an applicant event on either the 28th of March, 17th May, or 5th of July
- Respond to us or on your UCAS app regarding our offer letter sent to you via email
- Apply for student finance (unless you are an apprentice)
- If an apprentice, complete sign-up paperwork with the apprenticeship recruitment coordinator
- Declare any disabilities and apply for disabled students’ support
- Enquire about student accommodation
- Read the Stepping Up to Higher Education Guides
- Attend a Stepping Up to Higher Education workshop
- Download SDConnect app
- Follow UCSD on Facebook and Twitter
- Receive an invitation via email to attend campus to enrol
- View your provisional timetable
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Attend applicant event
Applicant events at the University Centre South Devon have been tailored specifically for the course you have applied for. We know that you will have a lot of questions to ask, so an applicant event will give you the opportunity to:
- find out about your chosen course in more detail
- speak with academic staff who will guide you in your learning
- chat to current students about their experiences at university
- meet other applicants who are considering studying at UCSD
As well as looking at your course in more depth, and providing you the opportunity to speak with teaching staff, the event will also be supported by the chance to find out more about:
- finance and funding, including details of your bursary
- learning and disability support
Dates for applicant events in 2023
Tuesday 28th March
Wednesday 17th May
Wednesday 5th July
Respond to our offer letter sent via email
Once our Admissions Team has assessed your application, you may receive an offer from us. This means that we have accepted you onto your chosen course. The offers that we make can be conditional or unconditional.
Your acceptance onto your chosen course is subject to you meeting the entry requirements of your offer. This usually means that you have recently sat an exam for a qualification and are awaiting the results of this (EG GCSE’s, A Levels etc). To have your place on your chosen course confirmed, you must meet the conditions of your offer.
This means you have already met the entry requirements. You will need to check your offer letter carefully as you may already have the required qualifications, but you may still need certain checks to allow you to join the course (a common example is a DBS check). Your offer will clearly state what is required.
The Offer Letter will be sent to the email address that you listed on your application. It is very important that the Offer Letter is read in full as it contains our student contract, all of our policies and procedures, programme handbooks, confirmation of fees and outlines the next steps.
You offer letter will include your student number, you will need this, so please make a note of it!
Apply for student finance (unless an apprentice)
Student Finance England (SFE) is a service provided by the Student Loans Company. They provide financial support on behalf of the UK Government to students from England entering higher education in the UK.
To find out what you are entitled to, read our interactive quick start guide
Applications to Student Finance are available online
Apply now via this link https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-register-login
Tuition Fee Loan, this covers your University fees and is paid directly to the University Centre.
Maintenance Loan, this helps to support with your living expenses, the amount that you can borrow is means tested based on your household income and where you are going to be living during the academic year.
You do not make any repayments until you earn over £25,000
You pay 9% on anything earned over this amount
On a salary of £27,000 you would pay £15 per calendar month
After 40 years the debt is written off
Complete sign up paperwork with Apprenticeship Recruitment Coordinator
During a signup meeting the Apprenticeship Recruitment Coordinator (ARC) will meet with you and your employer.
You will complete the following:
- Enrolment Document
- Checking of English and Maths (BKSB’s discussed if needed)
- Discussion around any additional support needs
- Employer Details
- Skill Scan
- Signing of contracts
Declare any disabilities and apply for disabled student stupport
Please let us know by emailing HE [email protected] if you have a physical, sensory, learning or mental health difficulty or disability as you may be be eligible for additional support.
You may not think of yourself as disabled, but when studying in higher education, your condition is likely to be considered a disability and may be eligible for additional support. But do not worry, we have extensive experience in supporting disabled students, and we can help you access this support to enable you to reach your full potential.
Eligible conditions include a sensory or mobility impairment, an ongoing long-term/progressive medical condition such as epilepsy or chronic fatigue syndrome; a mental-health condition such as depression, anxiety or borderline personality disorder; Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), or a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia. If you are not sure you have a learning difficulty, you can use this guide to help.
For more information please visit Disability Support – University Centre South Devon (ucsd.ac.uk)
Enquire about student accommodation
The accommodation is close to Paignton Town Centre and the beach with easy access to South Devon College.
Our rooms are fully furnished and the utility bills and broadband are included in the rent.
Room rates range from £460 to 520 per calendar month.
For further information please visit Accommodation – University Centre South Devon (ucsd.ac.uk)
Read the Stepping Up to Higher Education Guides
The online guides introduce new concepts and provide advice and guidance to help you make the transition to university level study.
As you will discover, university studies are quite different from school, college or work, but with help from your lecturers, personal tutor and the Student Support Hub you will quickly adapt and learn how to study effectively and independently.
Explores some of the different types of scheduled learning you can expect from studying at university level and how it may differ from your previous experiences.
Becoming a successful independent learner is essential if you want to enjoy the university experience and achieve your best performance. This means taking responsibility for your own learning, your motivation to learn, managing your time and reflecting on your progress.
Advice on first assessments, how to use referencing to credit others for their ideas, and guidance on how to find your voice within your university studies.
This details the software, with which you will need to be proficient.
Explores the importance of thinking about employability from the start of your studies at UCSD, including the support available to you.
If you are joining us directly from another higher education provider or after a break in your studies, please take a look at look at this guide to teaching, learning, and assessment at UCSD.
If you need any assistance working though the Stepping up to Higher Education guides, please email: [email protected]
Attend the Stepping Up to Higher Education workshops
The Stepping up to Higher Education workshops are designed to support your transition into higher education, providing you with the opportunity to plan, prepare and practice the skills you will need at UCSD.
There are four workshops available in June and July
Managing your studies alongside work, family and friends
Provides information on how to:
- manage expectations of your time from those around you
- create short term and long-term planners
- be organised when studying
- concentrate, remember and recall
Understanding assessments methods
Provides guidance on how to undertake:
- written assessments
- exams and tests
Introduces you to the concepts of:
- academic style
Includes strategies on how to:
- retain what you read
- read for different purposes
- make notes that are relevant and helpful
Here is the booking form
You will receive a certificate of achievement once you have completed all 4 workshops!
Download SDConnect app
Please download the SDConnect app.
As an applicant, the SDConnect app enables you to stay informed about what is happening here at UCSD, we will post regular study skills advice and top tips to help you prepare for studying in higher education.
Then after you have enrolled you will be able to:
- Report an absence
- Access timetables on the go
- Communicate with your peers, lecturers and personal tutor
- Share ideas and collaborate
- Receive real time updates
- Find out about the latest offers and events happening across campus
There is also a desktop version available via this link.
Follow UCSD on Facebook and Twitter
So that you do not miss out on upcoming events, learner tips and student finance updates, add us on social media!
Receive an invitation to attend campus to enrol
We are excited to welcome applicants to the University Centre to enrol or re-enrol on a programme with us for the academic year of 2023/24!
We will contact you by email over the summer, using the email listed on your application form, to notify you of when you can come to the University Centre and enrol, if you are unable to attend please let us know by emailing [email protected]
After you have completed the enrolment with us you will be a fully-fledged student!
Enrolment days are Monday 4th, Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th September 2023.
Exact times will be confirmed in your enrolment invitation.
View your provisional timetable
The teaching across the majority of our courses take place face-to-face, and students are expected to attend sessions in person.
Select your course to see what days you will receive teaching.
BSc Applied Animal Science
BSc Civil Engineering
BSc Enhanced Integrated Care
FdSc Engineering – Design and Development
FdSc Engineering – Electrical and Electronic
FdSc Engineering – Manufacturing
HNC Engineering – Electrical and Electronic
HNC Engineering – Manufacturing
FdSc Marine Tech Y1
FdSc Marine Tech Y2
Times and rooms will also be available on the SDConnect app 24 hours after you have completed the online enrolment.