Torquay Academy – South Devon College Higher Education Options Event

Welcome Torquay Academy to University Centre South Devon (UCSD). Here you can find out all your Higher Education options for study in 2021 and beyond.

This page will provide you with all the information you need to help you decide on the right course for you and begin your journey with us.

On this page you’ll find:

  • How To Apply
  • Our Courses
  • Higher Apprenticeships
  • UCAS and Student Finance
  • Student Life and Study Support
  • About Us
University Centre South Devon

Our Team are ready and waiting to speak to you about your options. To ask any questions, please contact us:

Live Chat: Just click the bubble on the bottom right of your screen

Phone: 08000 21 31 81

Email: [email protected] 

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How to apply

UCAS Extra

UCAS Extra is for students who used all five choices in their application and are not holding any offers. During UCAS Extra, you can apply for any course providing there is space.

Who can use UCAS Extra?

To use UCAS Extra, you need to have:

  • already made five choices
  • received decisions from all of these choices
  • either had no offers or declined all the offers you have received

If UCAS Extra is available to you, it will show up as a button when you log in to track your application.

When can I use UCAS Extra?

If you are not holding any offers you may be able to apply for another course through UCAS Extra between 25th February and the end of June. If you do consider applying with UCAS Extra, please note you can only apply to one course at a time, meaning you will not be able to have an insurance choice.

Further information regarding UCAS Extra and your eligibility is available on the UCAS website.

As you’re progressing from a sixth form within Devon, will also be entitled to a £1000 bursary which is non-repayable (not applicable to apprenticeships). Find out more here.

Once you’ve found the right course for you, you can ask any questions by getting in touch with the Team at UCSD by calling them on:

08000 21 31 81

Our Courses




Higher Apprenticeships

Studying a degree is just one of your options when it comes to higher education. What you might not know is that you can become an apprentice at this level too.

We currently offer a range of higher apprenticeships available from Levels 4-7, some of which contain Certificates of Higher Education, foundation degrees and bachelor’s degrees.

Programmes are developed with employers to ensure you gain relevant skills for the local market. Higher apprenticeships offer a unique way of developing professional level, job specific skills while remaining in employment and earning a salary. You will have the opportunity to achieve graduate level qualifications with a chance to gain a professional accreditation and membership.

Discover what courses we offer that can be studied as a Higher Apprenticeship below.

Programme Welcomes

Please see below videos from our curriculum staff introducing the subject areas available and offering some more detail into what it’s like to study with us. You can find details about how to apply for any of our courses at the bottom of this section.

Please note that some of these videos are pre-recorded webinars and may mention things that were only relevant at the time of broadcasting.

Animal Science

The courses covered in this video are: 

  • Animal Science  
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Science  


Business and Management 


Construction and Civil Engineering

  The courses covered in this video are: 

  • Sustainable Construction and the Built Environment 
  • Civil and Coastal Engineering  
  • BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering  

Creative Digital Design

Contemporary Arts Practice


  The courses covered in this video are: 

  • Early Years Care and Education 
  • Teaching and Learning  
  • Working with Children, Young People and Families  
  • BA (Hons) Child Development and Education  


  The courses covered in this video are: 

  • Electronics and Robotic Control Engineering  
  • Manufacturing and Mechatronic Engineering   

Film and Photography

Games and Interactive Design


  The courses covered in this video are: 

  • Assistant Practitioner  
  • Hearing Aid Audiology 

History with English 

Illustration and Graphics with Animation


Leadership and Management/Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Marine Technologies  

Social Sciences

  The courses covered in this video are: 

  • Psychology and Counselling  
  • Psychology and Criminology  
  • Psychology and Sociology  
  • BA (Hons) Education, Development and Society  

Sports and Adventure

  The courses covered in this video are: 

  • Adventure Leadership  
  • Sports Coaching and Fitness  
  • BSc (Hons) Coaching  

Tourism, Hospitality and Events


Alternatively, you can view and download our digital prospectuses for 2021 below:

UCSD Prospectus 2021

UCAS and Student Finance


If you would like to find out more about applying to study Higher Education, we would recommend you visit the UCAS website for more information.

Finance Support

You may qualify for a range of financial support options to help support you with your studies. You can apply for a student loan to help pay tuition fees and a Maintenance Loan to help with living expenses.

UCSD also offers a bursary of up to £1000 to help you with the costs associated with studying a degree. This is guaranteed for any students who progress from a sixth form in Devon.

If you need more information on student finance and the other financial support schemes in place at UCSD, please visit our Funding, Finance and Bursaries page.

Student Life and Study Support

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Student life

Hear what our current students have to say about their experience here at UCSD:


Here at UCSD we pride ourselves on the high level of Academic and Personal support we offer our student community. You can watch our video here to find out more about how we can help you to achieve your Higher Education and Career goals. 


UCSD also offer fantastic support and opportunities for employability in particular with many industry links. Find out more in the video below about what we can do to help you on your way with a thriving career.

About Us


At UCSD, you will have access to a wide range of high quality facilities, including those in the South Devon College building which you may already be used to. To find out more, visit the Facilities page.

The new and innovative £17 million Hi Tech & Digital Centre is also open to UCSD students. It provides a visionary facility for higher education and training support towards ever-expanding hi tech, manufacturing, digital and creative sectors across Torbay, South Devon and wider regions.

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Class-leading research

The staff at UCSD are actively shaping the industries they are part of with pioneering research. You can find out more about what our staff are discovering on the Research Activity and Research Showcase pages.

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Thank you for considering UCSD as the place to reach your goals. We hope you found out everything you needed to know. Please don’t forget to contact us if you have any questions.

Phone: 08000 21 31 81

Email: [email protected] 

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