USW Students @ Cardiff and Vale College

About this page

If you’re studying a University of South Wales course through Cardiff and Vale College, this page gives you a list of all the links you'll need to use during your time on the course. It's a bridge between the college's and the university's homepages for enrolled students, specifically geared to USW students at CAVC. Why not make it your homepage?

After the links, you can also find  an overview of the responsibilities and contacts in both institutions. 

This page is managed by the UniLife Team at USW and by Andrew White and Kate Ellaway at CAVC. If you have any comments or suggestions about the information, please get in touch!

USW Web Links


UniLearn (Blackboard) - USW's Virtual Learning Environment

Library - Access USW's Library Resources

Referencing - Most USW courses require students to use the Harvard Referencing Style. Make sure you're familiar with the Referencing Guides for your course.

USW Enrolment  - All USW students have to enrol (register) with the  University of South Wales. You can do this online.

End-of-Year Results - You will need your USW student ID number and your USW password to access your results.

Extenuating Circumstances - If something unexpected affects your ability to  succeed at an assessment, you can apply for extenuating circumstances.

Academic Appeals - If you think there has been a mistake in the way your work has been marked, you can make an  Academic Appeal.

USW Graduations: find out all you need to know about our Graduation Ceremonies.

Advice & Services

USW's Advice Zones can help you with queries about appeals, extenuating circumstances and other academic matters.

USW Progression Bursary: we offer our Progression Bursary to college students who choose to top-up their USW HND or foundation degree to a full honours degree at one of our USW campuses.

Careers and Employability - Find out what USW's Careers and Employability Service offers to students based at Partner Colleges

Grad Edge

Study Skills Resources -  You can access USW’s guides and resources.  For study skills support with a tutor, please  contact your college.

USW’s regulations, policies and procedures set out the rules and expectations that the university and its students are expected to adhere to.

Internet & IT

Reset your USW Password - If you’ve forgotten your pasword, or if it has  expired, you can reset it online.

Your USW Email Account - As USW student, you have a personal Google Mail  account with Gigabytes of storage, Google Drive,  Google Calendar and more through the University.


USW Students’ Union - there to represent your interests.

Course Reps: USW Students' Union guidance for Course Reps

CAVC Web Links


Your Courses on Moodle - If your tutors use Moodle for learning materials, you'll find them here.

Library Resources - don't forget to look for e-books as well as the library catalogue of paper books.

Advice & Services

Customer Services - If you have any problem or question, CAVC’s Customer Services will be offer you advice and support.

Careers Wales - Would you like an appointment with a Careers Adviser? Careers Wales are ther to help CAVC students with any careers advice query.

Disability Support Service

Contact an EPO - For further advice, information and guidance on all matters relating to employability and your next steps, please contact your EPO at CAVC -

CAVC International - Cardiff and Vale College International offers a full time support programme for our learners

CAVC Policies -  For anything that isn’t an academic matter, CAVC policies apply to you. For academic matters, USW policies apply.

Internet & IT

Your CAVC Email Account - As student based in CAVC, you have a personal Office365 account, which includes an Outlook email account and more.

Reset your CAVC Password - You’ll have to do this at least once every 100 days (and whenever you forget it).


Learner Voice - Make your voice heard, and find out what CAVC did in response to your feedback.

CAVC Students' Union - Representing you.

University of South Wales

Our Responsibilities

As a student on one of our courses, here’s what we’ll be doing for you:

  • After you’ve enrolled, we’ll confirm your status to your student loan provider (if you have applied). Check the progress of your student finance confirmation online.
  • We’re accrediting your course, so our academic policies apply. That includes
    • Extenuating Circumstances and Fit to Sit policy
    • Suspension of Studies
    • Academic complaints and appeals
  • USW handles quality assurance of the course, and handles second-marking, external examiners and award boards (which finalise grades at the end of the academic year)
  • You can work towards a Grad Edge Award to boost your employability
  • You can access our library's resources.
  • Every enrolled student has a USW IT account
    • This includes a student email address and cloud storage through Google Apps.
    • You can set this up to forward any incoming email to another address if you prefer.
  • Your end-of-year results are managed by us
  • When you complete your studies, you can graduate at one of ourgraduation ceremonies

Got any question about USW’s services? Contact the Advice Zone or the USW Link Officer for your course.

If you don't know who the Link Officer is, you can find out their name by downloading the USW Master Register of Collaborative Activity spreadsheet. You'll have to select the "FE Colleges" sheet, and then find your college and course. Once you know their name, you can search for their contact details in our staff directory.

Cardiff and Vale College

Our Responsibilities

As a student at our college, here’s what we’ll be doing for you:
  • Our tutors teach the classes and mark your work
  • Our tutors will tell you how to access learning materials for your modules online
  • Our tutors will tell you how to submit work
  • Our Customer Services will advise you about any non-academic matter
  • We administer the CAVC HE Bursaries scheme.
  • You can access our library's resources
  • Every enrolled student has a CAVC IT account,
    • this includes a student email address through

Got any question about CAVC’s services? Email or phone 02920 250250


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