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Frequently Asked Questions
Am I good enough to go to university?
Simply put, yes. There is a university for everyone and even if you don’t get the grades you need, you can go through the clearing process to explore alternatives or even new options. At Swansea, our admission team are on hand to answer any questions you might have, we also offer foundation courses as well as academic support for when you join. Explore more about clearing here.
Will I feel at home?
Swansea is a vibrant coastal city where students can take full advantage of city life whilst also exploring the beach. As a university with two campuses, students quickly become part of the community where they get that home away from home feeling. We have a variety of student accommodation options that suit different lifestyles, plus over 150 different sports and societies to join so there’s something for everyone! Discover why people love Swansea University
Will I make friends?
From housemates and coursemates to sports teams and societies, there are plenty of opportunities for you to meet like-minded people and make friends. There are a whole host of events, social activities, and nights out where you can build friendships and meet new people. Discover student life here.
Can I afford to go to university?
One of the biggest concerns can be the cost of going to university, most UK students will pay for their tuition fees and living expenses by applying for financial support through the relevant Student Finance websites. Don't forget you may also be entitled to a scholarship or bursary -at Swansea University you could receive up to £3,000! Additionally, there are lots of student jobs available on campus that will fit in with your timetable, plus employability support. Explore student finance options here.
What if I don’t get my grades?
Firstly, don’t panic and you are not alone. Clearing is a great way to speak to either your chosen university and explore the options there or you can speak to other universities who may have places on the course you want to study. At Swansea we can be flexible around certain offers. It’s best to register for clearing as early as possible so you don’t miss out on any vital information. Register for clearing here.
Will I be supported at university?
Going to university is an exciting time but it’s a big change and making sure the university you want to go to has the right support systems in place is important. At Swansea we have a variety of support services around academic success, finance, employability, wellbeing and more. We provide information, advice, guidance, and support to enable every student to develop and achieve their full potential. Discover all our support services here.
What if I’ve changed my mind and want to come to Swansea?
If you are already holding a place at another university and are considering Swansea, you can self-release yourself into clearing now. 25% of students who went through clearing last year did it via self-release because they had changed their minds about the place they wanted to study. Learn more about self-release here.
I've accepted an offer elsewhere but want to study at Swansea
You can use clearing Self-Release via UCAS Track if you have accepted a place at another University but have decided you want to come to Swansea.
However, do make this decision carefully as you may lose your place at your original university if you decide you’ve made a mistake.
Read our guide on how self-release for more information.
Can I go through Clearing without applying?
If you apply through UCAS for September 2023 you will automatically be entered into the Clearing process if you don't meet the grades required by your firm and insurance choices, or if you submit your application after 30 June.
If you become eligible to use Clearing an 'Add Clearing choice' choice will become available on your UCAS Hub. Alternatively, you can check directly with your firm and insurance choice universities.
For many students, Clearing only becomes available once their results have been released and if they haven’t met the entry criteria required. A-level results day in 2023 is Thursday 17 August.
If you haven't got a live UCAS application don’t worry, you will still be able to apply directly to Swansea University. You can call us on 0808 175 3071 from the beginning of July and our team will talk you through the process.
UCAS applications for September 2023 entry are now open. Find out all you need to know to apply via UCAS.
I'm a parent - can I speak to you directly?
We cannot discuss your child's application unless you have been nominated on their UCAS form, or have their permission.
With permission, we can advise you directly on accommodation, the kind of support they will have when they arrive, and general information about the University, Swansea and the surrounding area.
Call us on our helpline - 0808 175 3071 or visit our Information for Parents and Guardians pages for further information.
Planning to appeal your results?
If you are appealing your grades, and we have made you a clearing offer onto a foundation or other alternative course based on your current grades, please note that we may be able to move you onto your preferred course if your new grades match our entry requirements for that course.
Please note that this excludes any commissioned/clinical courses which are funded by Welsh Government.
What do I do if I haven't made a UCAS application?
If you haven't already applied through UCAS you can still apply to us for this September.
We advise that you call us on 0808 175 3071 in the first instance, to check that you are eligible to apply for your chosen course.
Once your eligibility is confirmed, you can apply using our online application form.
Please note that you must only apply through this method if you are not registered with UCAS this year.