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Offering a range of university level courses, all 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 94% of learners stating that they were satisfied with their experience on their higher education course during 2017-2018.

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 Sarina Vaughan completed her BA Hons Degree in June 2017. Sarina commented “I started on the BA Hons Business Studies Degree after completing my Foundation Degree Business Studies at the college. Having this progression route locally made a world of difference to my future prospects as I was able to further my studies whilst working part-time and juggling the demands of a young family. The Business tutors were so supportive and I had the opportunity to engage in a range of extra-curricular activities to enhance my studies.”

We have excellent links with employers, providing industry relevant and work-related experience and projects as part of all of our courses.  So, in addition to gaining a university level qualification you will have the opportunity to enhance your employability skills and experience.

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 apply.merthyr.ac.uk or call in to our information sessions and speak to one of our dedicated Higher Education tutors on Thursday 16th or Friday 17th August. 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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New Head of College appointed

The College’s Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Thomas, our current Vice-Principal Academic, as Head of The College Merthyr Tydfil, for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Lisa, who has been with the college since 2012, will take up the post on 1st September.  Her commitment to the college and her knowledge and skills as a senior leader in further education are second to none. Her track record of achievement at the college is impressive. Over the last six years she has developed and led the college’s A level programme driving forward teaching and learning quality and taking success rates and outcomes from strength to strength.

 

Commenting on the appointment, Helene Mansfield, Chair of the Board of Directors, said “Lisa’s skills, experience and affinity for the college are evident to us all and I am thrilled that she is going to continue the positive work already underway to drive forward the college as the first choice for learners, employers and parents in the heads of the valleys region.”

 

Lisa commented: ‘It is a great privilege and honour to be given the opportunity to be Head of College. I have such great hopes and ambitions for both the college and our learners and I look forward to working with staff, learners, parents and our partners to continue the quality improvement journey the college has been on and to take the college forward to be the best it can be.”

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College learner nominated for prestigious Design and Technology Innovation Award

A level learner, Anna Pritchard, has been nominated for a prestigious Design and Technology Innovation Award in recognition of her outstanding design concept for her A2 Design and Technology project.

Inspired by her mission to raise awareness of youth homelessness within the UK, Anna’s design concept is based on a rectangular table with individual blocks positioned at strategic points across the table.

 

Each block symbolises an individual in society and Anna has cleverly used different height, colour and engrained blocks to showcase that each individual is different and to demonstrate the diversity and different ethnicities that are within our society.

Youth homelessness is represented through a clear acrylic block placed in the middle of the table, showcasing their vulnerability within society. At each side of the acrylic block, newspaper articles have been displayed to illustrate the public’s distorted view of this vulnerable group. Anna has also included a mild steel block to signify the technological development of society and the integration of artificial intelligence.

 

Making full use of reclaimed materials, Anna’s design is a culmination of a fantastic two years of hard work, dedication and commitment to her studies, which amongst other things, has seen her achieve an A* in her coursework and represent the college as an ambassador at key recruitment and engineering promotional events. Following an interview and showcase of her A level work she has also been offered an unconditional offer to study a BSc Product design degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University

Tutor Jonathan Cahill commented “I can honestly say that Anna’s project is the best project that I have ever marked in my 15 years of teaching. She has been an outstanding student throughout the two years and has been an absolute pleasure to teach. I wish her all the very best for her future degree”

Nominated for the Innovation award by the WJEC ‘A’ level moderator, Anna will now join other learners from across Wales at a prestigious Awards Event where the most innovative projects of learners at GCSE, AS and A level will be showcased and team of distinguished judges will select a winner at each level as well as an overall winner.

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College Open Evening, Tuesday 13th November 2018

Whether you are a school leaver thinking about your next steps or an adult learner seeking to develop your skills or qualifications further, take the next steps towards your future career goals and come along to our open evening Tuesday 13th November.

We will be opening our doors to showcase the college to all prospective students from 4-7pm, providing a great opportunity for you to come and see first-hand the full range of courses, excellent facilities, learning resources and pastoral support that the college has to offer.

With over 100 courses for you to choose from, we have something for everyone. So whether you are looking to study A Levels, vocational qualifications, Apprenticeships, Diplomas, Degrees or Professional Qualifications, we have a suitable course for you.

Our links with local businesses and the local community, mean that whatever you choose to study we will be able to provide you with the opportunity to enrich your educational experience through work experience, volunteering and enrichment activities, enterprise challenges, sports coaching and much more. From our apprenticeship programme with General Dynamics, our Welding programme with Tenneco Walker through to our sports coaching positions with local community, football and rugby clubs, we will help you to not only achieve your qualification but also develop the skills required to make you stand out from the crowd in your employment or university application form.  

Our results and success rates are also second to none; in 2017, we achieved a 100% A level pass rate together with 100% pass rates across many of our vocational areas. Our higher education learners also achieve consistently good results and in 2016 we were rated the top college out of all FE colleges in Wales for HE student satisfaction.

 

Whether you know what you want to study or not, our expert team of admissions advisers and subject tutors will be on hand to help and advise you on course options throughout the evening. We'd love to show you our facilities and give you the opportunity to talk to current students about their experiences of studying with us. Our transport, finance and learner welfare and support teams will also be on hand to give you advice on how we can support you throughout your time with us and help you fund those all important things like travel to college, books and learning resources, learning materials and kits.

 

Don’t delay, make that next step towards your future goals and come along tonight 4-7pm. We’re looking forward to seeing you. 

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Vocational Learner of the Year Award for College Merthyr Tydfil Engineering learner

The College Merthyr Tydfil is celebrating today after our Engineering student Brandon Jones was successfully awarded the Vocational Qualification (VQ) Intermediate Learner of the Year Award. 

 

Brandon, who studied on our BTEC Level 3 Engineering provision, impressed judges with his determination to not only do his very best on his vocational qualification but to also help fellow pupils from Cyfarthfa High School to reach the national final of the F1 in Schools Challenge at Silverstone for two years running and inspire them to progress into a career in engineering. 

 

 

Brandon, who graduated in 2017 with a double distinction star in Engineering, took on the role of team leader as part of his Welsh Baccalaureate Community Challenge. As part of this role, he spent 30 hours working with Year 10 students in Design and Technology lessons at Cyfarthfa High. At the end of this time he impressed the staff  so much that they gave him the opportunity to visit on a weekly basis to coach and mentor year 11 engineering and design and technology learners. Brandon seized this opportunity and enrolled both Cyfarthfa High School and Merthyr College in the F1 in Schools Challenge. Initially he led the team to the regional finals and then onto the national finals at Silverstone.

As part of his role as F1 team leader, Brandon delegated roles to the other learners, acted as chief designer and also worked with three divisions within the college to produce a display stand for the national final. He was also instrumental in obtaining Team Sponsorship. It was only fitting that the college and school named the F1 team after him - ‘Brandon’s Hatch’.

Brandon’s legacy has been to establish an ongoing partnership between the college Engineering division and Cyfarthfa High School. As an outcome of this, we entered two joint teams to the regional finals in 2018 and Brandon took time in between studying for his Product Design degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University to come back and help out the team. 

Brandon Commented "​I am delighted to receive this award. From my first week in college, I really enjoyed the course and aspired to do my very best not just academically but also by participating in as many extra-curriculum activities as possible.” 

Tutor Martin Thomas, commented “Not only has Brandon worked his hardest to achieve the best he can academically but he has also been an inspiration to his fellow students. On top of his studies, he continuously volunteered to participate in extra-curricular activities and opportunities.  He excelled above our expectations and he thoroughly deserves to win the VQ Intermediate Learner of the Year Award. I wish him the very best of luck with his future career.”

Jonathan Davies, Cyfarthfa High School’s head of technology, noted: “Brandon is a natural leader with an attention to detail. I believe that his exceptional attitude will lead him to have a successful future career and I have no doubt that he will excel in his degree just like he did in his BTEC level 3 Engineering and his GCSEs prior to that.”

Brandon's achievements not only showcases his hard work and determination but it also reaffirms the commitment and passion of our Technology staff who have supported and encouraged him over the last two years. 

With over 60 vocational pathways on offer and the highest vocational success rates in Wales, this award is the icing on the cake for the college and endorses our position as the leading provider of vocational awards in Wales. 

 

 

 

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