Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 we have had to change how we work with schools/colleges and we are now offering more activities online and in schools/colleges.As it stands the Year 12 Step Up programme for 2021/22 will be an online programme with optional face to face activities.  The online application form for students  will open  in January 2022.  We are also working with Year 12/13 year groups in our target schools/colleges across south west Wales – please contact us by email if you would like to find out more about this. 

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 certain 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 January – 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.

Expression of interest
Applications for the Step Up to Swansea University Programme open in January. To be notified when you are able to apply please fill out the form in the link. For further information phone 07922 000415 or Email

To find out how the Step Up Team looks after any information that they collect, how they store it and handle it click here. 

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

Learn and Change

Free! Anyone who is 21 and over and has not been to university can attend. This course is ‘in person’, taking place at the venue in a small group setting.  

How can an open mind and the willingness to learn help us make changes in our lives? This short course will help you to think about what first steps to take and where to go for information and advice. 

In this course you can: 

  • Take time to explore your own life situation. 
  • Learn some facts and techniques.
  • Share experience and knowledge with others.

Dove Workshop, Banwen, Neath, from September 21, 2021 for five weeks, 10am to 12pm

Phoenix Centre, Townhill, Swansea, from September 23, 2021 for five weeks, 10am to 12pm 

Complete the online form or ring Claudia Mollzahn on 07599 274561 to book by phone. 

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.

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. 

Online Resources


Find out about the online activities offered by Swansea University which are featured on the Uni4Me platform. Uni4Me is an online platform with access to online events, activities and resources from UK higher education organisations that support learning and enable people to find out more about future opportunities. 

University Ready

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