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Get set for success with our fast track courses. 

Gain a qualification in 12 months or less.

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Get quick wins with our fast track courses at UWTSD! Boost your confidence, build your skills, develop your knowledge.

A Certificate of Higher Education is a Level 4 qualification and is equivalent to the first year of a full-time honours degree programme. To achieve the qualification, students must obtain a minimum of 120 credits.

The successful completion of a Certificate of Higher Education can lead to the second year of an appropriate Foundation Degree or an honours degree programme.

  • University validated qualifications starting October (with alternative dates for some courses)* 
  • Courses range from 7 months to 1 year
  • Blended learning combining online and on-campus delivery
  • Designed to enable you to balance family and work commitments alongside your studies
  • Funding available via Student Finance Wales
  • University bursaries available, including assistance with IT equipment and connectivity
  • Many courses delivered in multiple locations across South Wales**

Certificate of Higher Education delivered over 32 weeks
*subject to sufficient numbers

Choose from a wide range of courses

Advocacy, Counselling & Mental Health

Art & Design

Business & Management

Computing, Engineering & Construction

International Hotel Management

  • Certificate in Higher Education International Hotel Management (BA, CertHE)

Nursing, Health & Social Care

Media, Music & Film 

Public Services, Law and Policing

Performing Arts

  • Applied Drama: Education, Wellbeing, Community

Sport, Health and Outdoor Education


  • Teaching & Training Skills for Professional Contexts (November)

Tourism & Hospitality

Affordable study

Earn while you learn and make your months matter. Take 12 to change your life!

You can receive up to £4,500 funding towards living costs when studying one of UWTSD’s part-time courses. Maintenance grants of up to £4,500 are now available and the money you receive isn’t a loan – you won’t need to pay it back. You can also apply for a top-up loan to make up the difference.

How much can you get?

How to apply for finance

Applications are made directly through Student Finance Wales. 

To submit your application, follow these simple steps:

  1. Choose and register on your qualification
  2. Go to Student Finance Wales and apply for your living cost support

Worried about fees? Don’t worry, help is available

The key facts are that most students pay nothing upfront and won’t have to pay it back until they earn over £25,725 a year as a graduate.

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Accessible learning

Why wait until next year? Boost your confidence. Make your mark. Get that job. Go for promotion. Take your career further with our fast track courses.

At UWTSD, we believe strongly in offering flexible learning patterns to suit learners from all backgrounds and for those balancing other commitments.

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 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.

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Achievable results

Yearning for learning? Take a one-year course to nurture your passion, boost your skills and enhance your career prospects. But don’t take our word for it, learn how we’ve helped others get set for success!

Kelly Lewis-Bennett
Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) in Social Enterprise Management - Carmarthen Business School

 “I decided to study Social Enterprise and Management to gain knowledge to help me in my role with the social enterprise I’m involved with,” she says. “It was a huge risk for me as I didn't enjoy school when I was younger and left without any qualifications so I wasn't sure I would be able to manage or cope academically in university.

“Having said that, it was one of the best decisions I have made, and I hadn't realised until then how much I love learning. Studying at Carmarthen Business School has completely changed the way I think; it has given me so much confidence within myself and that is all down to the support that I have received from my lecturers and classmates throughout the year.”

Sandra Richards-Davies

Sandra is studying for a Certificate of Higher Education (CERT HE) in Social Enterprise Management at UWTSD, to help her social enterprise business succeed in Llandysul, Carmarthenshire.

She said the diverse group of students on her one-year-programme had influenced her thinking and her lecturers, her desire to continue her education.

“It’s an inter-generation group and hearing the thoughts of young and old has been fantastic and such a learning curve for me,” she said. “It’s definitely had an impact on the way I think and plan and structure my social enterprise. I initially enrolled because I wanted to help grow my social enterprise and my lecturer Jessica has been amazing. She has not only taught and supported us but has facilitated our learning, sharing resources, skills, and expertise, and encouraging us to push further in our work. So, I’ve now enrolled for the degree course.”

Jorna Ali
Skills for the workplace

Of the 110 students who graduated from UWTSD’s Swansea Business Campus in 2019, 70 have gone on to a degree course, while 40 of the 80 students who graduated from UWTSD’s Outreach Development Centres in Cardiff and Newport are going on to study BA degree programmes.

One such student is Jorna Ali, 43, from Cimla. She had to leave education when she was younger as she had to care for her own children and for her brothers and sisters after her mother died.

“I applied last year because my kids are older; I was looking to do something to improve my qualifications,” she says.

“The course has been a joyful experience. At the time it was a bit hard because I’d been out of education for over 25 years, but I’ve made great friends with the lecturers who helped me, and in the end I achieved my goal.”

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