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Support for Further Education students

The college is committed to supporting you throughout your time with us.

Supporting the transition from school to college

The college works closely with all partner schools across Merthyr Tydfil and the wider Heads of the Valleys region in order to provide both you and your parents with as much advice and guidance as possible. College staff will be available at all year 11 parents’/carers’ evenings to offer information and advice on courses, careers, student finance, support and wellbeing. To complement this process, taster activities/sessions will be held for all learners from year 9 onwards in each school. The college will also host a Year 11 Information Evening in November and March of each year.

Detailed Induction Programme

A detailed induction programme will be available for all students to support them in their first day, weeks and months in the new college.This will include a detailed building induction, course induction, team building activities, fresher’s fair, guidance on independent learning, self study, time management etc.

Personal Tutor System

All students will be assigned a personal course tutor, who will support you in the transition into your new college environment.
A weekly tutorial programme is in place for all full-time learners to monitor academic progress through the use of electronic learning plans. These plans will be used to prepare reports for parents/guardians twice every year and will inform discussion at annual parents’/carers’ evenings.


Attendance and Progress checks

Rules continue to apply at college, as in your previous school/educational establishment. As a new learner, you will obviously realise that organisations need them if they are to function safely and effectively. You will be expected to observe the college’s Code of Conduct which sets out standards of attendance, punctuality, appearance and discipline. Students are expected to attend all lessons on their timetable.

All college work should be completed on time, to a high standard of presentation.

Study Skills Support at The College Merthyr Tydfil is based on the first floor in the Learning Zone. This quiet area provides a study support base for staff and students. It offers a service for any student who feels they need extra help with any part of their college work. The welcoming and professional staff will give you individual help with any aspect of your studies.

What is Study Support?

Study Support is flexible and aimed at all levels. You can attend one hour each week, a short course of sessions, a single session, or drop in when needed. These can all take place as the following:

Specialist support includes:

  • Improving Numeracy and Mathematics
  • Improving Literacy and English: speaking, reading, spelling, writing
  • Improving Essential Skills: Communication, Application of Number, ICT
  • Improving Study Skills: structuring your assignments, getting ideas down on paper, managing deadlines and workload, research skills, proof reading, revision and exam techniques.
  • Improving Presentation Skills
  • Bilingual learning










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