Info for College Leavers

  • Contact Transition Advisers:

    Pauline Smith
    Student Link, Paisley Campus, High Street, Paisley, PA1 2BE (0141 848 3745) 

    Cate Smith
    Hamilton Campus, Almada Street, Hamilton, ML3 0JB (01698 286100 EXT 8341)  

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    Student Testimonial:

    shena - college leaver

    Shena completed an HNC Administration and IT and gained direct entry into 2nd year BA Business Studies. Starting with the module Next Steps at University; this helped Shena make a smooth transition from college to University. “After gaining my HNC at college, I wanted to take it further and challenge myself even more. Coming to UWS was a dive into the unknown; I expected only studying, but was pleased to find practical skills were also taught and developed. Studying at UWS has given me confidence in my own abilities. I have developed skills in report writing, structuring essays and giving presentations.”

  • Taking Your Next Step

    Every year at UWS, we welcome students who join us from further education colleges to progress to degree study. Thanks to our close links with colleges, most of our courses offer you the opportunity to progress (also known as articulate) from HNC or HND qualifications (or equivalent) directly into the second or third year of a related degree. Joining a degree programme at 2nd or 3rd year is known as direct entry or advanced entry. To find out if your HNC/D will allow direct entry check individual course entry requirements.

    Supporting You
    We’ve got excellent support facilities for students transferring to university from college. Making the change from college to university might seem daunting, but with the help and support we provide, you'll feel prepared for everything university has to offer.

    Change is good
    Teaching and learning techniques, class sizes and even friends can all change when you start university. That's why we have designed some specific support to help you with your transition from college to university.

    Whilst still at college you can get ready for university: 

    • Associate Student Scheme is a matriculation card that allows you access to some of the university facilities (such as the library, the union and sports facilities) whilst still at college. Download more information and an application form.
    • As an associate student you will gain access to a dedicated moodle site for advanced entry students (Moodle is the VLE – virtual learning environment used at UWS). Here you can not only familiarise yourself with this tool but learn more about becoming a university student. 
    • We can arrange university visits and tours and even put you in touch with lecturing staff if you want to sit in a lecture

    To help with the transition from college to university:

    • Our induction programme gives you practical advice and information including:
      • Essay writing and exam techniques
      • Social events where you can meet new friends
      • Guidance on the range of support you can expect
    • You will be assigned a personal tutor to help and advise you on everything relating to your course and university life
    • At UWS there is an established student mentoring scheme, the student Buddy programme. Newly arrived students can be matched with established students. If you are interested in a Buddy you should complete and return the Buddy mentee application form.  

    We also offer some specific study support for direct entry students coming from college: