Part-Time Study Application Guide

Applying for part-time study at UWS is a simple process through our online application system.

Before you begin your application, it is important to read this step-by-step guide for a smooth and stress-free process.

Step 1: Choose a course

We offer more than 60 undergraduate and over 80 postgraduate courses to study part-time.

Decide which course you would like to study at UWS, making sure that it is the appropriate level of study for you and that the option to study part-time is available.

Step 2: Check the entry requirements

Make sure that your academic qualifications meet the requirements for your chosen course.

Academic entry requirements are the same for part-time students and full-time students and are listed on each course page.

To get the most out of your studies at UWS it is essential that you are able to read, speak and understand the English language - all applicants are required to meet minimum English language standards.

Find out more about English language requirements.

If you’ve already studied at college or university, you may be able to gain accelerated entry into year 2 or 3 of study.

Our education guidance advisers can advise on how your previous studies might contribute to your part-time study.

Step 3: Fees and funding

Part-time students pay tuition fees regardless of where in the UK they are ordinarily resident. You will pay up-front for each module.

As many students choose to study part-time to achieve academic goals that are related to their current job, it may be worth having a discussion with your employer to find out whether they can help towards tuition fee costs.

There are also a number of bursaries and loans that part-time students may be eligible for to help meet the cost of their study.

Find out more about financial support for part-time students.

Step 4: Apply

You can apply for part-time study at UWS through our online application system. Remember to select the part-time (undergraduate and postgraduate) application type.

As part of the application process, you will need to provide the following:

  • Exam results (achieved and predicted grades)
  • Personal statement
  • References
  • Any work experience (especially experience that is related to the course you are applying for and demonstrates interest in this area of study or work)

Once you are ready you can submit your application through our online application system.

Start your application

Step 5: Application processing

After you submit your application, we will send you an email confirming that we have received your application within 24 hours. You will also be given log-in details for the system so that you can track your application.

Step 6: Decision time

Once your application has been processed, we will contact you by email to confirm if it has been successful. This will include guidance on how to accept an offer and fee payment, if required.

Our Admissions team will make one of the following decisions:

  • Unconditional offer: you have met the necessary academic entry requirements
  • Conditional offer: you need to achieve additional qualifications due to competition for the course. Once you meet these conditions, your offer will change to unconditional
  • No offer: your application has been unsuccessful

You can also monitor the progress of your application on the UWS application portal.

Step 7: Prepare for UWS

Once you receive and accept your unconditional offer, it's time to start preparing for life and study at UWS.

Find out more about life at UWS.

UWS Admissions Policy

The UWS Admissions 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 needs, whilst ensuring that our institutional strategic objectives are met. We are committed to ensuring that our approach to the admissions of students is transparent, fair, honest, consistent, accessible, personalised and timely.

Download the UWS Admissions Policy


Last updated: 07/08/2017