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Advice and Guidance Days for September 2020

 

Are you looking to apply for a course with us this September, worried about your existing application or just want to have a chat to someone face to face about your options? 

In addition to offering virtual, telephone and email advice and guidance and providing you with an opportunity to enrol on-line, we’ll be providing a range of campus based advice and guidance and enrolment slots, which you can book  to come in to the college and speak face to face with our admissions team and subject tutors, ensuring that you get all of the help and support you need to make sure you are on that right course for you. 

How to book  

STEP 1 -  Take a look at the table below and identify which advice and guidance day would suit you best e.g. if you have already applied to do a Business course with us or wish to speak to someone about a Business course with us then the advice and guidance day on Monday 24th August would be the best one for you to attend. 

STEP 2 – Complete the on-line booking form here: 

STEP 3 – We’ll send you an email straight back confirming your slot together with instructions about what to do when you arrive at college 

 

 

Advice and Guidance Day

Day and Time 

Is this suitable for me? 

A level and level 3 Vocational results day     
 

Thursday 13th August 

Hourly slots between 8am – 5pm    

Suitable for any existing final year learners seeking advice and guidance on University and Employment progression and Clearing – including advice and guidance on degree courses available at the college 

Advice and guidance for existing AS and first year vocational learners 
    
 

 

Friday 14th August 

Hourly slots between 8am – 5pm  

Suitable for learners seeking advice and guidance on progression on to A2 or year 2 of your vocational course or alternative study pathways

HE and Level 3 Advice and Guidance Days     
 

Monday 17th August – Wednesday 19th August 

Hourly slots between 9am– 4pm    

Suitable for learners seeking advice and Guidance on HE courses on offer at the college or for any AS or level 3 year 1 vocational learners looking to change your course options or discuss your next steps

GCSE Results Day    
 

Thursday 20th August Hourly slots between 8am– 5pm

Advice and Guidance for any new learners worried about your next steps or wanting to discuss courses and opportunities on offer with us or wish to discuss re-sitting your GCSE maths or English 

Advice and Guidance for any existing entry, level 1 or level 2 learners who wish to discuss your next steps and progression on to the next level of your course 

A level Advice and Guidance Day and Campus Based Enrolment    
 

Friday 21st August 

Hourly slots between 9am– 4pm    

Advice and Guidance for new A level learners wishing to discuss your subject options and choices and/or enrol through the campus based face to face process

Business and Travel and Tourism Advice and Guidance Day and Campus Based Enrolment    
 

Monday 24th August 

Hourly slots between 9am– 4pm  

 Advice and Guidance for new learners wishing to discuss your subject options and choices in Business and Travel and/or enrol through the campus based face to face process

Sport and Public Services Advice and Guidance Day and Campus Based Enrolment        
 

Tuesday 25th August 

Hourly slots between 9am– 4pm

Advice and Guidance for new learners wishing to discuss your subject options and choices in Sport and Public Services and/or enrol through the campus based face to face process

Childcare Advice and Guidance Day and Campus Based Enrolment    

Wednesday 26th August 

Hourly slots between 9am– 4pm    

Advice and Guidance for new learners wishing to discuss your subject options and choices in Childcare and do your enrolment face to face
 

Health and Social Care Advice and Guidance Day and Campus Based Enrolment    
 

Thursday 27th August 

Hourly slots between 9am– 4pm  

 Advice and Guidance for new learners wishing to discuss your subject options and choices in Health and Social Care and/or enrol through the campus based face to face process

Computing and IT Advice and Guidance Day and Campus Based Enrolment        
 

Friday 28th August  

Hourly slots between 9am– 4pm

Advice and Guidance for new learners wishing to discuss your subject options and choices in Computing or IT  and/or enrol through the campus based face to face process 

Creative and Performing Arts Advice and Guidance Day and Campus Based Enrolment     
 

Tuesday 1st September   

Hourly slots between 9am– 4pm    

Advice and Guidance for new learners wishing to discuss your subject options and choices in Creative and Performing Arts and/or enrol through the campus based face to face process

Engineering and Motor Vehicle Advice and Guidance Day and Campus Based Enrolment     

Wednesday 2nd September 

Hourly slots between 9am– 4pm    

 Advice and Guidance for new learners wishing to discuss your subject options and choices in Engineering and Motor Vehicle and/or enrol through the campus based face to face process
 

Construction Advice and Guidance Day and Campus Based Enrolment         
 

Thursday 3rd September 

Hourly slots between 9am– 4pm  

Advice and Guidance for new learners wishing to discuss your subject options and choices in Construction and/or enrol through the campus based face to face process

Hair and Beauty, ILS and ESOL Advice and Guidance Day and Campus Based Enrolment   
 

 Friday 4th September    

Hourly slots between 9am– 4pm    

Advice and Guidance for new learners wishing to discuss your subject options and choices in Hair and Beauty, ILS or ESOL and/or enrol through the campus based face to face process

HE and Part-time Advice and Guidance 

Monday 7th September 

Hourly slots between 9am-

 

Advice and Guidance for any part-time or HE learners wishing to discuss course options and pathways on offer and campus based enrolment slots. 
     

 

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College re-opening

Dear learner

Yesterday (Wednesday 3rd June),  Kirsty Williams (MS), Minister for Education announced measures regarding the re-opening of college campuses for face-to-face learning from 15 June. I am writing to update you on our approach and the next steps we are taking at The College Merthyr Tydfil.

 

Your health and wellbeing is our top priority and we want to reassure you that, with social distancing requirements expected to continue for some time, we will only be opening when we feel it is safe to do so and when we feel that we are able to bring staff and learners back into college in a safe and managed way. With this in mind, the college will only be opening in June  for those of you who need to undertake any outstanding practical work or assessments in order for you to complete your qualification this Summer, gain your license to practice and progress successfully on to your next stage of your career journey, whether that be further or higher learning or employment.

When can I expect to hear more?

If you have assessments or practical work to complete, we will be in touch with you very shortly to explain when you need to attend and where you need to go.  Please, do not attend the college unless you are advised to do so by your tutor. You must also follow safety guidance and instructions we issue, to protect yourself and protect others. We will provide you with a briefing video and presentation for you to view before you attend college so that you can familiarise yourselves with this guidance. You will only be required to attend the college for the duration of your assessment/practical lesson. You are not able to stay on campus after this time. Our on site refectory will remain closed so, if you are coming in for longer than a few hours, you may need to bring a packed lunch with you. We will explain all of this in more detail through the video briefing that we will provide to you.

 

Please try not to worry if you don’t receive information about returning to campus before the end of this academic year - we haven’t forgotten you and we will still support you to complete your qualification with us as soon as possible.

What if I do not have any outstanding practical work or assessments left to complete?

If you have completed your qualification and your grade has been calculated you will not need to return to college this year. If you are planning to return to college in September, we will be in touch shortly with further details. 

What will happen in September?

If you are planning to return to us in September we are very much looking forward to welcoming you.  We anticipate that your enrolment, induction and first term of teaching will be a blend of remote/on-line learning combined with small face to face on campus group sessions where possible. As you will be aware, many of our courses have practical components taught in specialist facilities such as labs, workshops and creative studios. We plan to continue to run as many of these practical elements as possible in small groups and in safe environments. We will also prioritise the delivery of as many face-to-face tutorials as we can safely, ensuring that all learners receive face to face support at least once a week.  This blended learning approach of on-line combined with face to face will ensure that you continue to receive good experiences and high-quality education, particularly if you are  joining us as a new learner in September and may not yet have had an opportunity to meet your course tutors. 

We will shortly be writing out to you again with a further update on what to expect in September.

Support services available for you 

A member of our I2A team will be present at the college during June to support any learners coming in to complete practical assessments. In addition, the full range of learner support services remain available for you to access remotely. If you do require any support to help you with your return to college, this will be available either remotely or at the college when you return (in line with and complying to social distancing regulations).  

Any questions? 

In the meantime, if you have any questions, you can email us at enquiries@merthyr.ac.uk and we will get back to you as quickly as possible. Please remember to include your name, student number and which course you are studying.

Thank you for your continued efforts and participation with online learning.

Keep well and stay positive. We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENT - get your diaries out, you’ll want to be involved with this!

Summer Start-Up Week is here! But what does that mean? Well, whilst the country has been in lockdown  your Universities and Colleges in Wales have been thinking about how they can help you to develop your business ideas. The result? A FREE FIVE DAY online event from 8th - 12th June

This FREE (did we mention that?!) online event will be packed full of knowledge, tips, and advice to move your idea forward.

The online workshops, facilitated by real-life entrepreneurs  will include topics such as digital marketing and social media, finance, networking, market research, and much more. It’s also a great opportunity for you to network with like-minded individuals.

To get involved, register via Eventbrite - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wythnos-cychwyn-busnes-yr-haf-summer-start-up-week-2020-tickets-105367803938

or get in touch if you have any questions. See you there (virtually, of course)! 

www.summerstartup.co.uk

 

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Results Days 2020

RESULTS DAYS 2020

Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education confirmed yesterday that the 2020 Wales results day for AS & A level students, and for GCSE students, will be as originally scheduled.

This means that Wales, Northern Ireland and England will share the results days of 13 August for AS & A Level and 20th August for GCSE.

Following this announcement, the college will be celebrating the results of all level 3 vocational learners and AS/A2 learners on Thursday 13th August and the results of all level 2 vocational and GCSE learners on Thursday 20th August

The full statement from the Minister is available at: https://gov.wales/written-statement-results-day-2020

We will continue to work with relevant examinations bodies to ensure that work undertaken by all of our learners has been assessed fairly and consistently in order to award the appropriate grades.

We will keep in touch with learners to update them on how their results will be released to them on these days. 

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Oxford offer for college Humanities learner

College Merthyr Tydfil student Annabelle Dennis is celebrating after securing an offer to study at Oxford University.  Annabelle, who is studying English Literature, Sociology, History and Government and Politics at the college, received the offer to study English Literature and Language at Mansfield College on Tuesday 14th January.

Speaking about her offer, Annabelle, who beat off competition from hundreds of applicants, commented, “I’m absolutely over the moon. There are only nine places available to study on this course and to be offered one of these places is a real achievement. The interview process was not as scary as I thought it was going to be but it was still really challenging. I had two interviews, the first of which, incorporated a range of questions around my personal statement and the written work that I had submitted. I felt that this element went well but I was really nervous about how I had performed in the second interview, which was based on analysing and giving feedback on a poem.  It was nerve wracking waiting to hear if they were going to offer me a place.”

 

Annabelle, who previously studied at Aberdare Community School, has excelled during her time at the college. Not only has she obtained 4 grade A’s at AS level, but over the last year she has successfully gained a place on the Seren Programme and also featured in a range of BBC documentaries giving her views on current affairs and Brexit.  

Chris Ford, Head of Advanced Programmes at the college, commented “This is a fantastic achievement for Annabelle and one which is thoroughly deserved. She is such a hardworking and motivated student. We are all so proud of her. We constantly strive to provide the best learning environment and support to enhance our students’ abilities and give them the confidence and skills they need to achieve their aspirations. This includes an innovative programme for more able and talented students, linked to the 'Seren' Hub for progression to Oxford, Cambridge and Russell Group universities. Annabelle’s success showcases that this programme and the support that we are offering as a college is working effectively and helping our students to achieve their maximum potential. Annabelle is predicted to achieve 4A*s in her summer examinations and I have no doubt that she will achieve these. I wish her the very very best for her future. She is a credit to herself, her family and the college.”

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