About Us

Welcome to the TEF Gold rated University Centre South Devon. We offer a range of degrees and our recent QAA review and student satisfaction results rated us as best in the South West.

Five reasons to study here

There are countless reasons to study with us, but we think that these are what make us a unique Higher Education institution and the best place for you to study towards your degree.

Student Finance

Getting a degree is a great investment. Our unique bursaries make studying your degree with us more affordable, whilst still offering first-class facilities and teaching.

How to apply

Although the UCAS deadline is 15th January there are plenty of opportunities to apply throughout the year still, with UCAS Extra and Clearing.


A big part of moving away to study is finding the right place to live. Our accommodation service can help you to find somewhere.

Upcoming Open Days

Our next event to find out more about UCSD is on Saturday 12th May. Register your place here.

Upcoming events
3rd May, 2018 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Apprenticeships Information Drop-in Session

Are you thinking about taking up an apprenticeship? At South Devon College we can help – come in and talk to our staff about the options available. Whether you already…

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8th May, 2018 9:00 am - 11th May, 2018 4:00 pm

University Centre Research Showcase

University Centre South Devon is proud to announce their annual Research Showcase. Students will be showcasing their work between Tuesday 8th and Friday 11th May in our University Centre Building…

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9th May, 2018 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Civil Engineering and Construction Research Showcase

Each year, UCSD students are given the opportunity to present their research to an audience. This year, in collaboration with ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers), we have a full timetable…

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12th May, 2018 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Open Event

Click Here To Register   Join the team from South Devon College at our next Open Event on Saturday 12th May. Come along between 10am-1pm to find out more about…

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16th May, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Heathfield Professional Centre Drop-in Session

Come and visit the Professional Centre at Heathfield to discuss business and professional courses and meet our team. Subjects include management, accounting, HR, apprenticeships and many more. Support and advice…

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23rd May, 2018 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

UCSD Applicant Event

Applicant events at the University Centre South Devon have been tailored specifically for the course you have applied for, and are designed to help you make an informed decision about…

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30th May, 2018 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Apprenticeships Information Drop-in Session

Are you thinking about taking up an apprenticeship? At South Devon College we can help – come in and talk to our staff about the options available. Whether you already…

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14th June, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

SkillBuild South West Heats

The CiTB annual SkillBuild South West Heats are being held at South Devon College once again in 2018. Competitors from colleges across the country will travel to Paignton to take…

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20th June, 2018 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

University Centre South Devon Open Evening

At the University Centre South Devon, we offer a wide range of Foundation Degrees in areas including Tourism & Hospitality, Marine Technologies, History with English, Fashion with Textiles and much…

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Latest news
25th April 2018

Catering students invited to Britannia Royal Naval College

A group of Catering students from South Devon College were invited to the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth to prepare and cook the evening meal at the annual ‘Grand…

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24th April 2018

South Devon College welcomes guests from Bromangymnasiet College

South Devon College welcomed guests from Bromangymnasiet College in Sweden to discuss future collaborations on the Erasmus+ project. Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport which aims to…

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Excitement builds after ‘Groundbreaking’ Ceremony for new Hi-Tech and Digital Centre

Work has started on the construction of the much anticipated Hi-Tech and Digital Centre at South Devon College, on Long Road, Paignton. The £17m leading edge project will provide a…

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20th April 2018

South Devon College welcome Erasmus+ partners from Sweden and Norway

A group of staff and students from Bromangymnasiet College in Sweden and Val Vgs in Norway are visiting South Devon College as part of an Erasmus+ funded project, Susswater, which…

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17th April 2018

Celebrating Success: Deputy Helpzone Manager wins Student Services Team Member of the Year

Deputy Helpzone Manager Sophie Linger was named winner of the ‘Student Services Team Member of the Year’ category at the Annual Student Services Awards. The award recognises those who have…

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3rd April 2018

Two photography students awarded prizes at prestigious national photography competition

Virag-Angyalka Kiss and Gemma Espinosa were announced winners at a special ceremony at the Espacio Gallery in London. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) asked young people to take…

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29th March 2018

Young people to benefit from the DofE Diamond fund

South Devon College is delighted to announce that it has received a grant from The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s (DofE) Diamond fund to enable the College to reach and support…

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26th March 2018

Stephen Criddle receives Order of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace Ceremony

Stephen Criddle, Principal and CEO at South Devon College, was included in the Queen’s New Year’s Honour List 2018 and was invited to London to receive an OBE for Services…

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13th March 2018

South Devon College Digital Maker Collective exhibit work at Tate Exchange

Digital Media and Art and Design students collaborated with UAL Chelsea College students for the Tate Exchange Project 2018. The Tate Exchange Project is a global, collaborative exhibition re-imagining the…

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The student voice

We place great importance in your experience with us. We encourage every student to be involved in our student body, and provide a range of activities so that you can have your say.