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  • Contact Us

    UWS Admissions are located close to the Student Hub at the Paisley Campus.

    Call: UK Freephone 0800 027 1000 or +44 (0)141 849 4101

    Email: (for UK and EU application enquiries) (for Non-EU application enquiries)

  • 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?
    • 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
    • Tuition Fees
      Get more information on tuition fees
    • English Language Requirements

      To get the best results from your studies, it is essential that you have a good command of English. All International students are required to meet English Language requirements outlined by UWS, with the exception of:

      • Native Speakers of English
      • Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise)
      • Non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (you may provide a statement from your institution confirming English language ability in place of a formal qualification)

      If you do not fit in to any of the above categories you are required to provide proof of your English language ability through a SELT (secure English language test). UWS requires an IELTS score of 6.5 or above (with no no component below 6.0). IELTS tests should normally be taken no more than two years before applying to UWS.

      Visit the UKVI website for full, up-to-date details of English language requirements.

    • Supporting Documents

      In addition to completing your online application it is essential that you submit the following documents:

      • Copy of your official degree certificate(s)
      • Copy of academic qualifications or certificates, showing full details of subjects studies and grades/marks obtained
      • Official English translation of the certificate(s) and transcripts(s)
      • One reference letter (one of which must be academic), on headed paper and signed by the referee
      • Evidence of your English language ability (e.g. IELTS) if your first language is not English
      • An academic transcript from your undergraduate programme (for postgraduate courses only)
      • A research proposal (for research programmes only)
      • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)
      • A copy of your current Tier 4 visa (if you are currently studying in the UK)

      All undergraduate and postgraduate enquiries for International applicants or agencies:

      All enquiries relating to obtaining a CAS:

      Immigration Advice and Student Visas

    • 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.
    • Scholarships
      A range of scholarships and bursaries may be available for international students. The university offers a number of research studenships which are announced in the spring of each year; check our studentship page for more information.
  • UWS Clearing 2017

    UCAS Clearing 2017

    The SQA Higher results come out on Tuesday 8 August and A Level candidates receive their results on 17 August. This point in the UCAS application cycle is known as Clearing. You now have the opportunity to make a late application for 2017, or to check out availability on our courses if you are not already holding a firm offer from any other university.

    Which courses are availability & entry requirements during Clearing?

    Check our Clearing microsite which lists all of the courses which are open for Clearing applications.

    Entry requirements during Clearing may differ from those published earlier in the cycle on our website, in our prospectus or on the UCAS site for 2017 entry, so vacancies can fill quickly. If you are unsure about what you need for entry, get in touch with one of our advisers. You can call us on 0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 outwith UK) or email

    When you call or email please try to have your individual Clearing number available, if you have one, as this will be really helpful and can help speed up the enquiry process.

    If you declined an offer from UWS earlier in the cycle you can still get in touch to chat about the options available to you.

    Clearing drop-in advice sessions

    We are holding drop-in sessions for anyone who wants to come in to find out more about our course vacancies, or to ask any questions prior to making a Clearing application. These will be happening on the Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 August on Paisley and Hamilton campuses. For more details see our Open Days and Information Sessions webpage.

    What next?

    If you have already applied to UWS and have any queries in relation to Clearing, your offer, or deferring your place, please email 

    Released by UWS back into UCAS Clearing

    If you no longer wish to study at UWS and wish to be released into clearing please email including your your UWS Banner ID, your full name, the course you applied for and the year of entry (eg BAcc Accounting, Year 1) as providing as much information as possible will help us process your request quickly.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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