Information for Applicants and Prospective students

We are really looking forward to welcoming you to UWTSD and are delighted to announce that preparations for the 21/22 academic year are well underway.
 - Whether ON-Campus or ON-Line, we’re ON-your side.

We’re a close-knit community of students, staff and academics and we’re known for being approachable and friendly. Voted 1st in the UK for our courses and lecturers, you’ll be in safe hands at UWTSD.

We understand that you may have questions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and how this may affect your studies in the future. Below, we have gathered some Frequently Asked Questions to help you prepare for University life.

If you’re still unsure or have any questions, please contact the Hwb on 0300 131 3030 or email hwb@uwtsd.ac.uk and the team will be more than happy to talk through any concerns that you may have.

Need more?

Of course, we understand that this year has been more challenging than ever, and we are here to support you in taking the next steps.

If you would like to speak to someone then call our dedicated clearing hotline on 0333 016 4386.

Enrolment

I need to verify my documents for my DBS application. How can I do that if the University’s campuses are closed?

In response to advice from government and public health authorities to minimise the risk of potential spread of the virus, the University has reviewed the way we will verify your documents as part of the DBS application process.

Under normal circumstances, the Disclosure and Barring Service require that applicants must provide the original documents for verification prior to an application being submitted for processing.  Due to the current situation, they will now allow for document verification to be done electronically, either via email or through video communication with the verifier, but have stated that the originals must then be verified in person at the earliest opportunity.  This means that the University will be able to continue to verify your documents and submit your applications for processing but we will require all applicants and students to provide your original documents in person during the first week of term.  Failure to do this will render your DBS invalid and will prevent you from attending placements and could result in you needing to obtain a new certificate at an additional cost to you.

To verify your documents electronically, please email copies to dbs@uwtsd.ac.uk.  Please make sure you include your student number for reference.

During this time the University will be suspended the option to verify documents at the Post Office.  Payment for your DBS will still need to be made directly to GBG as part of the application process.

We look forward to receiving your documents electronically so that you can then proceed to submit your DBS application to GBG. Details of the required documentation are available to you on MyTSD. If you have any queries, please contact us on dbs@uwtsd.ac.uk.

When can I apply for student finance?

Applications for student finance are currently open and we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible. 

Student Finance Wales

Student Finance England

Student Finance Scotland

What arrangements are in place for teaching?

UWTSD students can be reassured that our blended approach to learning and teaching will ensure a seamless transition from face-to-face to online delivery as future circumstances dictate ensuring that you are able to complete your studies as planned.

 Earlier this year the University transferred all of its teaching online, adjusted assessments, and took the necessary steps to ensure that the vast majority of our students were able to either complete their awards or progress to the next level of study. Building on our current experience, we are looking to deliver the very best educational experience for our students integrating face-to-face teaching on campus with online delivery.

We are considering all possible approaches to timetabling including a staggered approach to reduce pinch points in order to ensure that we can offer as many face-to-face learning opportunities as possible.

 We want to ensure that we offer a flexible, creative learning environment that makes the best use of the students’ time on campus and supports practical learning and social activities within the social distancing government guidelines.

My Studies

When will I be able to take the Equivalency Tests for my GCSE's?

We have been working with the Welsh Government and have taken the decision to extend the deadline for obtaining your GCSE grades or equivalent to 30th November 2020 for the BAEd Primary Education with QTS and PGCE with QTS Primary and Secondary programmes.

When will the PGCE entry tests take place?

The entry tests will not be taking place at this time; therefore, all offers of places will be conditional on candidates passing both the literacy and numeracy entry test later in the year.  We are currently unable to tell you when these entry tests will take place, but we will be in touch once we have more information.

Accommodation

All queries for accommodation should go to accommodation@uwtsd.ac.uk