What is Step Up to Swansea University?
The Step Up to Swansea University programme is a series of day events and a short residential at Swansea University aimed at Year 12 students completing the first year of a level 3 qualification in school or college in South West Wales (Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire)  to experience life at university. Successful completion of the programme means that students are able to claim a tariff point reduction if applying for undergraduate courses at Swansea University.

Who can attend?
Individual students must apply for a place on the Step Up To Swansea University Programme. It is aimed at Year 12 and first year level 3 students from schools and colleges in South West Wales who have the ability to succeed but, because of family, personal or other circumstances are experiencing barriers which may prevent their progression to higher education (see application pack for further details).

Successful students will then be invited to a Welcome Event at Swansea University. Students are then able to attend a series of day events for example subject taster days, a well being day, and study skill days.  These events run from March – June of Year 12 and they culminate in a residential experience held in July.  Optional activities/events will be offered to students when they are in Year 13 for example mock interviews.

Find out how the Step Up Team looks after any information that they collect, how they store it and handle it.

Introduction to Step Up to Swansea

Step Up outreach activities for schools and FE colleges 

Activities available in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.  Eligibility is based on the proportion of pupils from the bottom two quintiles of the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation.  On offer are taster days, subject masterclasses, teach-meets and/or sixth form staff conferences, and independent study opportunities for pupils.

For further information:

Telephone: 01792 513637

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Community Learning for Adults at Swansea University

As part of our Civic Mission Swansea University has an ongoing commitment to enrich the local community and contribute to the health and wellbeing of our citizens.

Choose from our free sessions and courses:

  • Learn&Change Course - for people who want change in their lives: 2 hours a week, five weeks (group).
  • Skills Checker sessions - to explore your experience, knowledge and skills and how to move forward in your life: 1 to 2 hours (individually or in groups).
  • Imagination Board sessions— for a creative way to identify how to achieve your dreams: 3 hours (group).
  • Sleeping Well course - for people who want to improve their sleep: 2 hours a week, for five weeks (group).

Call or email Claudia if you are interested or fill in our contact form.

Email:, phone 07599 274561.


Guide for prospective students on extra help and support

Three students and a teacher working together around a table

We want all our students to do the best they can. We offer lots of help and support to those who need it. Read our Guide to Extra Help and Support to find out more.

Online Resources

University Ready

A collection of resources from all of Wales' universities to help people get started with higher education.

Reaching Wider

The South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership works with Primary and Secondary school pupils in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. We also work with care experienced young people and carers from across the region.