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Important information on A2 and AS results

Dear learner


Further to the release of your AS and A2 grades last week, you may have seen the announcement yesterday that the Welsh Government are now going to award all learners their ‘centre assessed grades’ instead.


What happens next?

We are now in the process of reviewing the AS and A2 grades you have received alongside your centre assessed grades e.g. the AS/A2 grades that were allocated to you by the college.  We will be in touch with you by email and letter as soon as we can to let you know what your centre assessed grades are.


I’m an A2 learner who needs my grades urgently to secure a University place

If you need to find out what your centre assessed grades are in order to secure a place at university, please contact us on our dedicated telephone hotline: 01685 726007 and we will be able to provide your results to you over the telephone. Please note that you will be asked to confirm your learner ID number, date of birth and address before we tell you your grades. 


What if I am still not happy once I’ve received my Centre Assessed Results?

If you are still not happy with the centre assessed grades you have been awarded, then you may have grounds for appeal. We are awaiting guidance from the WJEC to see on what grounds you may be able to appeal against these grades.


As soon as we have received this appeal guidance we will publicise it to all learners. If you do think that you have grounds for appeal, please email us at with the reasons for your appeal and we will then investigate this further for you.


 In the meantime, if you have any queries on the above, please email our Student Records Helpdesk on S.Helpdesk@MERTHYR.AC.UK.


Finally, we would like to wish you the very best of your luck for your A2 studies with us or your future university degree or employment route.   


Yours Sincerely


Leanne Jones

Director of Planning and Operations

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Important information regarding GCSE grades

Joining us this September?

Update on GCSE Results 

We are delighted to inform you that, today, the Minister for Education has announced that learners in Wales will be awarded their centre assessment grades.This means that the grades you will receive on GCSE Results Day will be the grades that your school has put forward for you.  For further information, please visit:


Arrangements for GCSE Resuts Day 

Whilst the arrangements for collecting GCSE Resuts Day will be slightly different this year, you can be rest assured that we are here to support you every step of the way. Whether you wish to speak to us via telephone, email or face to face, our team of admissions officers and subject tutors will be here throughout the day and also throughout Friday and the following week. We'll also have staff available at each of the Merthyr Tydfil schools during the Friday to offer advice and guidance to any learners who wish to speak to someone face to face but may feel anxious about coming into college. 


I've received my GCSE results, what happens next? 

We will confirm your place on your course on GCSE Results Day as soon as you have received your results. 

If you:

  •     Have received the GCSE grades or already have the prior qualifications you require to progress on to your chosen college course
  •     Are happy with your chosen course and do not wish to speak to anyone about your options 

You can enrol through our new on-line enrolment system. The link for this system will be emailed to you the day prior to GCSE results being issued (Wednesday 19th August). Please keep a look out for your emails and remember to check them regularly for updates. 

If you: 

  •     Have not received the GCSE grades you require to progress on to your chosen college 
  •     Are unsure of your next steps
  •     Are worried about your results or 
  •     Just want to talk to someone about your options
  •     Don’t have access to on-line platforms or devices to enable you to enrol on-line

We will be offering a full range of advice, guidance and support throughout Thursday 20th August and the days thereafter on progression into college and the study pathways on offer for you.  

This advice and guidance will be available via:

Telephone – 01685 726012
Email – 
Messaging us on any of the following social media channels:
Twitter: @CollegeMerthyr
Facebook: CollegeMerthyrTydfil
Instagram: CollegeMerthyr

Advice and Guidance slots at college 

We will also be offering you the opportunity to book a campus based advice and guidance slot to come in and speak to our admissions team and/or subject tutors face to face anytime from Thursday 20th August onwards. You can find out more and book one of these slots by clicking on the following link:

You can also book one of these slots to come in and enrol at the college if you are having difficulty enrolling on-line and wish to come in and go through this process with a member of staff at the college. 

We're really looking forward to welcoming you to the college and wish you the very best for your results on Thursday! 



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College Merthyr Tydfil receives prestigious Princess Royal Training Award

The College Merthyr Tydfil is, today, celebrating after receiving the prestigious Princess Royal Training Award. 


The College is one of 43 workplace learning programmes have been commended by the 2020 Princess Royal Training Awards but is the only FE College in the UK to receive this accolade. 

Now in its fifth year, the Princess Royal Training Awards recognise employers across the United Kingdom with outstanding training and development programmes that have had a direct impact on business performance. 2020 winners demonstrated exceptional commitment to training, despite facing unprecedented challenges of Covid-19.

The College has received the award in recognition of its outstanding commitment to staff development through its OLEVI Outstanding Teacher Programme and Continuing Teacher Programme. Through the development of these programmes, the college has experienced a significant increase in staff morale and retention, which in turn have led to increased student recruitment and year on year increases in success rates and outcomes. All of this has contributed positively to the college's profile and reputation both locally, regionally and nationally. As testament to this, the college was recently shortlisted for the Times Further Education College of the Year Award 2020 and has just received its best ever A level and vocational results. 

Organisations that have met the standard in 2020 differ in size and sector. From Willis Tower Watson, Co-op and Royal Mail Group through to smaller organisations such as Gateway Community Ltd, Springhill Hospice and Umbrella Training and Employment Solutions Ltd. Of the 39 organisations awarded, four will receive Awards for two separate training programmes: Covance Laboratories Limited; Exponential-e; HMRC and Serco Group.

For the full list of recipients and their training programmes, please see the 2020 recipients page.


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University qualifications on your doorstep!

Thinking of studying a university level qualification this September? Now has never been a better time to choose The College Merthyr Tydfil.

Whether you have just completed your A levels, looking to enhance your skills or qualifications or seeking a career change, we offer the opportunity to achieve a university level qualification at your local college – helping you to stay close to home and to fit in your study around work, family and other commitments.

With a comprehensive range of courses - from Art and Design and Photography through to Business, Accountancy, Computing, Sport, Care and Childhood Studies, we have something for everyone. What’s more, our small class sizes, high quality, experienced staff and outstanding support aims to ensure that all learners have the best learning experience possible enabling them to achieve their maximum potential.

Our outcomes of the National Student Survey are testament to this with over 86% of learners stating that they were satisfied with their experience on their higher education course during 2019-2020. Furthermore, we achieved 100% overall satisfaction rates in our Psychology and Childhood Studies. 

We have strong partnership links with the University of South Wales, providing all learners with access to the university’s learning resources and facilities with the option to progress on to the third year of a ‘top-up’ to a Bachelor Degree, if they wish to do so. In addition, the college also offers the BA Hons Top-Up Business Degree, providing learners studying on the Foundation Degree Business programme with the option to complete the full three year degree programme and gain a BA Hons Business Degree.

Learner Cameron Sullivan who completed his degree with us this summer, commented: 

"After being at the college for four years I have found it to be a pleasant and welcoming learning environment. The tutors are both supportive and encouraging, adding real value to the learning experience where nothing is to much trouble for them. The course has been challenging but extremely enjoyable facilitating my learning and building on my existing experiences. Overall I have enjoyed being a student at the college, gaining qualification and building new relationships with other students and tutors alike. Alongside this the facilities at the college and the services provided by the support staff are wonderful. I would recommend taking a course at the college to anybody for its ability to encourage the highest levels of achievement whilst simultaneously creating a safe environment to learn and develop."


With a range of grants and loans available to help with course fees and living costs, studying could also cost less than you think.

Applying to us is easy, you can apply on-line at or book a slot at one of our advice and guidance sessions:

 Alternatively you can contact one of our specialist admissions advisers on 0800 1693825.

Let the College Merthyr Tydfil help you take that next step towards your future career ambition.

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Celebrating another year of outstanding A level and vocational results at The College Merthyr Tydfil

Celebrating another year of outstanding A level and vocational results at The College Merthyr Tydfil

Embargoed until 9.30am, Thursday 13th August

There were congratulations all around this morning as staff and learners at The College Merthyr Tydfil celebrated their best ever A level and vocational results.

Not only has the college surpassed previous year outcomes to achieve an overall A level pass rate (A*-E) of 100% but we have also successfully improved our grade outcomes. The number of learners achieving grades A*grades has increased by 5% from last year whilst the number of learners achieving A*-A grades has also increased by 5% showcasing our commitment to continually improve and raise the quality of teaching and learning and provide an outstanding learning experience for all. 82% of our learners earned A*-C grades, a rise of 6% in comparison to the 2019 A*-C pass rate.

In addition the college has also attained a 92% AS pass rate, with the number of learners achieving and A-C pass rate up by 1% from 65% in 2019 to 66% in 2020. 

Vocational learners have also performed exceptionally well in their academic studies, with a record number of top grades being awarded across the board. 


Lisa Thomas, Principal commented: “We are delighted that the college has exceeded its already high standards with another hugely successful set of both A Level and vocational results. Not only have we achieved a fantastic 100% overall A*-E A level pass rate, but we have also achieved our highest ever percentage of A*-A passes. I am so proud of each and every one of our learners and the resilience and commitment they have shown. These last few months have been incredibly challenging for them all as they have had to get used to a new way of working remotely - yet, despite this, they have all worked the hardest they possibly can to achieve these exceptional outcomes.  I wish them all the very best for their future”

The Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, was present at the college to witness the jubilant scenes as learners received their results.

One of the learners eagerly awaiting their results was Annabelle Dennis. Annabelle, a former Aberdare Community School pupil, successfully achieved an A in English Literature, A* in Government & Politics, A* in History and an A* in Sociology securing her a place to study at Oxford University, Mansfield College to read English Language and Literature.

Another of the college’s top performing learners was Ian Williams. Ian achieved an A in Computer Science, A* in Maths, A* in Further Maths and A* in Physics. Former Cyfarthfa High School pupil Ian is now looking forward to progressing on to study Physics at University.

Speaking to the Education Minister, Ian Commented “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the college. My tutors have gone above and beyond to ensure I succeed, supporting me academically and by showing a true interest in me as a person.”

Celebrating alongside Ian was Morgan Rees, former Rhydywaun pupil and Archie Williams, former Cyfarthfa High School pupil. Morgan achieved 3 A’s in Biology, Chemistry, and Further Mathematics. Archie achieved an A* in Further Maths, a B in Physics and a Distinction star in Engineering. Archie, also who was one of the college’s first ever cohort of learners to be awarded the Panasonic Trust Future Engineers Award, is planning to go on to study Civil Engineering at University.     

Science and Engineering tutor, Martin Thomas, commented “I am so pleased for Ian, Morgan and Archie. They have worked really hard and thoroughly deserve these excellent results. I wish them all the very best for their future.”

Other Royal Academy of Engineering and Panasonic Trust Future Engineers Awardees celebrating their results included Charlie Austen, former Bishop Hedley Catholic High School pupil, Thomas Bowditch, former Penydre High School pupil and Luke Protheroe, former Afon Taf High School pupil. Thomas successfully achieved a B in Design and Technology and a C in Physics enabling him to now progress on to university.

Amongst the college’s science high flyers was Fatima Hammed. Fatima achieved an A* in Biology, A in Physics, A in Maths and a B in Chemistry.  The former Aberdare Community School pupil is now looking forward to taking a gap year before progressing on to University.

Alongside volunteering on the college’s learner assembly and being a proactive ‘Learner Ambassador’ for the college, Chemistry enthusiast and past Cyfarthfa High School pupil Thomas John, is celebrating after achieving 3 As in Chemistry, Biology and Computer Science. Thomas will now progress on to study Chemistry at York University.

Commenting on his results, Thomas, who has overcome significant challenges this year, stated “I am so happy with my results. Staff at the college go above and beyond to help you succeed. The vast amount of support I have received has enabled me to develop both academically and personally.”

Lois Mullins, former Bishop Hedley Catholic High School learner achieved an A in Biology, A* in Maths and an A in Further Maths, enabling her to progress successfully on to study Maths at Bath University.

Past Afon Taf High School pupil, Emily Steed, achieved a B in Biology, B in Mathematics and a C in Chemistry.

Humanities learners performed exceptionally well across the board. Caitlin Foley, former Bishop Hedley Catholic High School pupil achieved an A* in English Language and Literature, an A in Geography, A in History and an A in Religious Studies, enabling her to progress successfully on to university.

Speaking to ITV Wales, Caitlin commented “The best part about college for me was the teachers. They were supportive when I first arrived in college during the transition from GCSEs and school to A levels and college. Their lessons were enjoyable, informative and I always felt that my teachers were motivating to help students get the best grades possible. On the whole, the tutors genuinely care about the students.”

Other History learners also celebrating their results included former Cyfarthfa High School pupil Mia Evans who achieved an A* in History, A* in Religious Studies and an A* in Government and Politics.  

For the fourth year running, Psychology and Sociology learners have achieved a fantastic profile of results.

Psychology learners recorded a 100% A*-D pass rate with 86% of learners (38 out of a cohort of 44 learners) achieving an A*-C.  Amongst those Psychology learners celebrating, Navraj Singh achieved an A* in English Literature, A* in Psychology and an A in Geography and will now progress on to study Psychology at Bristol University. Gabrielle Walker also achieved an A* in Psychology, A* in Law and a B in History.

Alex Moody achieved an A in Psychology, A* in History and an A* in Government and Politics. Former Bishop Hedley Catholic High School pupil Alex is now hoping to get into Cambridge via adjustment today.

Nine Sociology learners achieved an A* grade with a further 6 learners achieving an A grade. Seren Griffiths achieved an A* in Sociology and a B in Psychology. Former Cyfarthfa High School pupil Holly Jones achieved an A* in Sociology B in Business. Past Afon Taf High School pupil Joseph Baker achieved an A* in Sociology and an A in History and former Cyfarthfa High School pupil John Busani achieved an A in Sociology, A in English Literature and a B in Psychology.

Former Penydre High School pupil Emily Leese-Griffiths achieved a B in Sociology, B in Psychology and a B in History.

Former Cyfarthfa High School pupil Heidi Jehu achieved an A* in Sociology, an A in Business and a D* in IT.

Commenting on her results, Heidi stated “The thing that I most enjoyed about my time at the college is that the tutors treat you with respect and not just as their students. They help with any issues both academic and non-academic related. I found it to be a welcoming environment which made my past 2 years of education very enjoyable.”

Celebrating alongside Heidi were Business students David Williams and Tom Bush. David, a former Cyfarthfa High School pupil achieved an A in Law and A in Maths and an A in Business. Tom, also a former Cyfarthfa High School pupil achieved an A in Business, B in Psychology, B in Geography and a Distinction star in IT.

A level Art and Design learners achieved an outstanding 100% A*-C pass rate with learners Carla Freitas, Mia Evans and Jasmine Senior all achieving A grades. Photography learners also achieved a set of excellent results. Martha Thickett achieved an A* to go alongside her A* in Sociology, A* in English Literature and B in Art and Design.

The college achieved excellent vocational outcomes with many learners achieving the highest possible D*D*D* grades.

Former Cyfarthfa High School pupil, Bridey Connolly successfully achieved D*D*D* in her BTEC Business course providing her with the points she needs to successfully progress on to university. Also celebrating with Bridey was Lyvia Jehu who achieved a D*D*D* in her BTEC Applied Science course. Lyvia will now progress on to study Psychology at Cardiff University.

To cap off two years’ hard work, that has included amongst other things, representing the college as a Student ambassador, former Brecon High School pupil Lewis Palmer successfully achieved a D*D* in his BTEC Level 3 Public Services course.

Engineering learners achieved some fantastic results with a number of learners achieving Distinction stars across the board. Troy Reynolds and Fabian Skrzypiec both achieved a D*. Troy will now progress on to study Engineering at Swansea University and Fabian is going on to an apprenticeship at JCAC.


Simon Evans, Director of Data and Performance, commentedThis is the seventh year on the run that our A level and vocational learners have achieved outstanding academic results. Year on year we are continually improving upon our results and outcomes, achieving a higher percentage of A*-A grades and A*-C grades and a higher number of Distinction Stars across our vocational courses. This continual upward trend in outcomes reflects the high quality and inspirational teaching and learning

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