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Information For Applicants

Thank you for applying to study with us in 2020-2021. 

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to the college. 

As we prepare for the new academic year, this page aims to provide you with all of the information you need to support you in your transition into college. If you have any queries or would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us on admissions@merthyr.ac.uk or telephone 01685 726012

Your application process 

If you have already applied to study a course with us and have received a conditional or unconditional offer, you will receive a letter and email informing you of the process for enrolment.

If you have only just applied, please don't worry, we will be in touch very soon to arrange an interview via telephone and inform you of your next steps. 

If you are still undecided about the course you wish to apply for, please take a look at our 24/7 Virtual Open Day page here  or contact out team of admissions advisers who can provide virtual, telephone or email advice and guidance on the full range of courses and pathways on offer for you. You can also book a place at one of our dedicated college based advice and guidance slots. For further details, please visit: http://www.merthyr.ac.uk/content/advice-and-guidance-days-september-2020

Important information about your GCSE results 

Today, the Minister for Education has announced that learners in Wales will be awarded their centre assessment grades for GCSEs, AS and A levels and the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate qualifications. 

Your enrolment 

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 – admissions@merthyr.ac.uk 
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: 

http://www.merthyr.ac.uk/content/advice-and-guidance-days-september-2020


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. 

To help you prepare for your enrolment, please take a look at our enrolment information page here. 


Your Induction 

Once you have received all of the advice and guidance you need, finalised your subject choice and completed your enrolment you will be invited in to attend an induction at college. 

We will notify you of the date of this induction as soon as we can.

During this induction, you will meet your course tutor, go through your timetable, receive an introduction to how your Teaching and Learning will be delivered across the academic year and have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. 


Your Lesson Timetable  

In September, we want to have as much face to face contact with you as we can and we’re planning on this basis.  Our aim is to provide a full, high quality face to face learning experience to all learners, combined with some blended and on-line learning used, where appropriate, to enhance your learning experience and ensure that we keep you and other learners safe at all times.   

Your course tutor will explain all of this to you during your induction, outlining how your lessons will be organised across the week and how many hours you will be at college for. 


Arriving at college

You will be emailed a checklist and learner guidance prior to you coming in to college for any advice and guidance, enrolment or induction. Please do take the time to read this guidance as it will contain important information about what you can expect at college. 

As per the guidance, please do not attend college if: 

  •  You feel unwell, have any of the three identified COVID-19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or loss of taste or smell) or you have tested positive to COVID-19 in the past 14 days
  • You live in a household with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive to COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Up-to-date guidance for households where someone has symptoms is available on the Welsh Government’s website.
  • You have received a shielding letter

When you arrive at college, please enter via the main college entrance doors where you will be met by your personal tutor. He/she will escort you to your designated room and then escort you out of the building after you session has ended. 


When you come into the college, things might look a little different to when you may have come for an open evening or taster session. For example, there may be social distancing stickers around, hand gel sanitisers in key places, screens to protect staff and learnbers at key service areas such as reception  and one-way arrows to help with social distancing.  We will also be keeping learners together in different zones across the college. For example, all Business learners will be taught on the third floor of the college building. The learner guidance document will also set out our expectations of you when you are at college e.g. frequent hand washing, keeping a distance and respecting each other’s personal space. 


What happens next? 


I do hope the above reassures you of all of the plans and measures we have in place to ensure that you receive the best advice and guidance possible to help you progress on to the right course for you and that, when you join us, you have the best and safest possible learning experience. 
We’re setting up a dedicated enrolment page which will be live on our Website very shortly. This page will contain all of the information outlined in this letter together with lots of important information to help you prepare for September. 

What do I need to do? 


 Prior to GCSE Results Day: 

  •     Keep checking your emails for important updates from us, including the link to enrol on-line and link to the enrolment Webpage
  •      Complete the Digital Access Survey that we will send you via email (this will help us identify if you may need to come into campus to enrol or may need to borrow      college based IT equipment to support with any on-line learning in September)
  •     Check out our dedicated applicant and enrolment webpages
  •     Book a campus based enrolment/advice and guidance slot if you already feel that you may have picked the wrong course for you or wish to speak to someone face to face about your options or don’t have access to the Internet or a computer to enrol on-line 

On GCSE Results Day: 

  •     Enrol on-line if you receive the GCSE grades you require and are happy with your course choice 
  •     Contact us for advice and guidance or book a campus based slot if you don’t receive the GCSE results you expected, are worried about anything or want to speak to someone about your course options

 
On Induction day 

  •     Read the learner guidance document prior to coming to college
  •     Do not attend college if you have any symptoms of COVID-19
  •     Arrive at college on-time 
  •     Adhere to all of the safety rules and guidance outlined within the learner guidance document 


If you have any questions on any of the above or would like to speak to a member of the admissions team about your enrolment in September, please do not hesitate to contact us on admissions@merthyr.ac.uk  In the meantime, we would like to wish you the very best of luck for your GCSE results and we look forward to welcoming you very soon to our college. 
 

Many Thanks,

Leanne Jones
Director of Planning and Operations 
 

                                                               

                                                       

  

                            

 
 

  

 

 

 

 

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