Have any questions about studying at the College Merthy Tydfil? Why not read our Frequently Asked Questions to see if they provide the answers your'e Looking for:
The College is a brand new state of the art facility situated in the heart of Merthyr Tydfil, providing high quality, accessible further education pathways right on your doorstep! We will provide your son/daughter with:
Like secondary schools, we welcome the involvement of parents and will work with you to ensure that your son/daughter achieves their maximum potential. The reason for this is that we know that the students who perform best are those who do three things:
Therefore, we will ensure that you:
In many ways school and college are very similar. Like school, there are rules and regulations that must be obeyed. Attendance for classes is compulsory and students are required to meet deadlines for submission of work. As in school, you will have the opportunity to attend twice yearly parents evenings and be kept informed of your son/daughter’s progress. Like in school, your son/daughter will have a personal tutor who will be there to provide advice, guidance and support throughout their time with us.
Students studying on our A level programmes are guaranteed 4 hours contact time with their tutor each week. This means that their tutor will be meeting with them 4 out of 5 days of the week.The key difference is that the college will encourage your son/daughter to undertake more independent study, which in turn will prepare them better for progression on to university or higher study.
The college offers a first class teaching and learning experience to all of our learners – something which is evident through our continually improving quality ratings and examination results. Over the past year we achieved a 2% increase in learner success, completion and attainment rates - taking our overall success rates to 82%.
There is student financial support and assistance available through a variety of funding and grants, including Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and the college’s Financial Contingency Fund. Your son/daughter will be given advice on how to apply to these funds when they apply to us. For up to date information, click here to view our Student Finance information pages.
Yes, the parent or carer of any child under 18 can continue to receive child benefit whilst the child remains in full-time education.
Equipment varies by course. Details of any materials, uniform, tools etc required for the course will be given when your son/daughter applies to us. Financial assistance may be available with the purchase of kit required.
Your son/daughter will have the opportunity to take part in many sporting activities, clubs, educational trips abroad, enterprise challenges, fundraising and volunteering and other events which run as part of our Excel Enrichment Programme. Your son/daughter will have an opportunity to find out about these activities as part of our Freshers' Fair for new students held in September at the start of term. Your son/daughter will also have the opportunity to put their name forward to join our Learner Assembly or become a Course Rep.
In addition, all courses will also have their own individual trips and events, linked to projects and coursework which are designed to be enjoyable and rewarding as well as informative.
The college has a very caring culture and our staff are committed to ensuring that all of our students receive the right level of care, support and guidance during their time with us. We have a designated one stop ‘Student Support’ department, situated on the ground floor. This provides a first point of contact for students to seek advice on any questions, queries, concerns they may have or any information they request. Click here for information on support
In addition, your son/daughter personal/course tutor who will act as a point of reference in all matters concerning their personal, social and academic welfare and subject areas they are studying. He/she will also help them with important issues such as study skills, career guidance, selecting university courses and health issues. They will meet with their personal tutor on a weekly basis.
We have a dedicated team of learning coaches who will work with your son/daughter to make sure that they get all the help and support, specialist advice and resources they need to do well in their course and achieve their very best.
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