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  • Admissions Policy

    This Policy has been developed to provide transparency in the admissions processes and practices of University of the West of Scotland, ensuring that a quality service is given to all applicants. Our priority for admissions is to match prospective students with the programme of study that best meets their academic needs, vocational needs and individual circumstances, while ensuring that our institutional strategic objectives are met. In achieving this, we make a commitment that our approach to the admissions of students is transparent,fair, honest, consistent, accessible, personalised and timely. Read the Admissions Policy in full here. 

  • Important application notes

     

    • All applications for full-time study are completed online through UCAS for September entry via the web-based application process. This applies to both home and overseas students, and even for advanced entry in Years 2, 3 or 4. 
    • The UWS UCAS code is U40 and all of the programmes available to study at UWS are available on the UCAS website
    • If you require guidance and help on completing your application please visit the UCAS website, or contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468. 
    • All applications are considered fairly taking into account actual and predicted grades; however the entry requirements and conditional offers will vary depending on the applicant and the particular School/Programme that you have applied for. View the UWS Curriculum for Excellence Statement in pdf.

     

  • Applications FAQs

    When will I hear back from UWS?

    If we received your application by the 15 January UCAS deadline, you should hear back from our Admissions team within 28 days with an update on the progress of your application. We assess all standard applications as quickly as possible from submission date, however at peak times our turnaround time may be slightly longer. Please note that there are a number of UWS programmes in areas such as Education and Creative Industries, for which applicants will be interviewed as part of their assessment and for these subjects you will be contacted directly by the relevant School with details of the interview process.

    How do we process each application?

    Each application undergoes an initial screening to ensure that the applicant has achieved, or is predicted to achieve, the minimum academic requirements for entry to their programme/programmes of choice.

    How do we select?

    Competition for entry to our degree courses is high. Therefore, a number of factors are taken into account when assessing each application:

    • Applicants’ personal statements and supportive academic references
    • Applicants’ examination grades or forecasted grades
    • Relevant practical/work experience

    Additional factors

    UWS recognise that our applicants come from a wide range of backgrounds and experience and that they will not all have had the same opportunities to demonstrate their potential. As a result we consider other factors, including:
     

    • What is the proportion of students progressing to higher education from the applicant’s school
    • Is the applicant the first in their family to enter higher education
    • Has the applicant experienced serious disruption to their formal education (for health or family reasons or for reasons associated with disability) 
    • Has the applicant participated on a recognised access programme including Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP), the Step Up programme, and Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools (LEAPS).

    Will I be interviewed?

    There are normally only interviews within the following Schools:

    • Education
    • Health, Nursing and Midwifery (HNM)
    • Social Sciences
    • Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI)
    • Sciences (for Sports programmes)

    How are offers made?

    Offers are made by the Admissions Office for the bulk of applications to agreed academic entry requirements provided by each School. However for applications to programmes within Education; HNM; Social Sciences; CCI; and Sports programmes these applications are all assessed individually by the Academic Admissions Officer within the School as a result of the competitive nature of these programmes and the requirement to arrange interviews.

    The decision that is made will either be unconditional, conditional or unsuccessful. Conditional means we need further qualifications or information from you before we can finally confirm your offer. If you are studying either an HNC or HND qualification please ensure that you send a copy of your results to the Admissions Office as soon as you receive them, ideally by the 31st of August. It is your responsibility to ensure that we have your results.

    Further Considerations

    If you are applying to programmes within Education, HNM, and Social Work applicants are subject to a Criminal Records check through the PVG Scheme. Previous criminal convictions need not exclude you, but all convictions must be declared and some offences may result in an unsuccessful application. Please note that for nursing professions there is no such thing as a ‘spent’ conviction. Also, admonished cases or cases which do not come to court may be investigated.

    HNM applicants must also be passed fit by an Occupational Health nurse. Please note that your appointment for this will be arranged by the School. To protect your privacy, neither of these checks will normally be carried out until an offer has been made.

     

    I have received an offer. What do I do now?

    Accepting an offer as firm or insurance
    Your offer from UWS will either be conditional, where you have to satisfy specific entry requirements, or unconditional, where you have met the entry conditions. If UWS has made you an unconditional offer and you wish to accept this you can do so through UCAS Track. If you accept a conditional offer as your “firm” choice then UCAS will allow you to hold another offer as insurance in case you do not meet the requirements for your firm choice.

    Confirmation of offer and entry to the University
    Once we have verified that you have met any conditions of a conditional offer we will make the offer unconditional and will look forward to welcoming you to UWS.
     

    What happens if I do not satisfy the conditions of my offer?

    Even if you do not get the grades we asked for, we won't automatically reject your application. Instead we'll review it again, paying particular attention to the personal statement, reference and past academic performance. You may, therefore, still be offered a place despite not having achieved the exact conditions required. 

    What if my application is unsuccessful?

    If you do not receive an offer from UWS the University is committed to providing feedback to unsuccessful applicants on request.

    Assistance for Non-EU applicants

    If you are a Non-EU applicant, get more information on the application process within our international section 
  • Your Application Schedule

    2013

    April onwards  

    • start to think about what you’d like to study and what you see as your career goals.
    • contact University Direct 0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK) or e-mail uni-direct@uws.ac.uk for advice on options.
    • ask about our info sessions relevant to you.

    May–June  

    • school and college exam periods across the UK.

    August  

    • exam results out – your indicator for study possibilities.

    1 September  

    • UCAS starts accepting applications online at www.ucas.com 

    Once you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a welcome letter from  UCAS confirming your details and the courses you have applied to. Your letter  will include your personal ID number which you will need so you can follow  the progress of your application and respond to offers using the online UCAS  Track service at www.ucas.com 

    October  

    2014

    15 January  

    • this is the recommended UCAS  deadline for applications.

    End February  

    • applicants can refer themselves  through UCAS Extra.

    End March  

    • universities and colleges should aim to have sent decisions on all  applications received by 15 January.

    Beginning May  

    • universities and colleges must have sent decisions on all applications  received by 15 January.

    Mid May 

    • applicants must make their decisions on first choice of institution and  insurance choice.

    30 June  

    • last date for receipt of applications for immediate consideration. Those  received after this date held for Clearing.

    July–September  

    • UCAS Clearing.

    September  

    • University term begins.
  • UWS embraces Curriculum for Excellence and welcomes the new Scottish National Qualifications, recognising the importance of the development of key skills, aspirational outlook, knowledge and drive to succeed. View our Curriculum for Excellence Statement in pdf.


  • Funding
    If you have been offered a place at UWS you can begin applying for funding. Do not wait to see if you get the results for a conditional offer, as leaving your application too late can delay your funding. If you do not receive the results you need to get in to UWS you can cancel your funding application easily.

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