We offer the widest range of A Level and vocational courses, at different levels, so take a look at what is available to suit you.
The support which is provided for all students enables them to reach their potential, with excellent results and exceptional progression to higher education, including the Oxbridge colleges.
Come along to our Open Evenings to find out more about studying with us and the variety of activities we provide to ensure you make the most of college life.
Your step-by-step guide to becoming a student
Step 1. Open Evenings
Come along to one of our open evenings where you can speak to college staff about the course options available and see the facilities on offer.
Step 2. Application
Pupils within the City and County of Swansea
All pupils attending schools within the City and County of Swansea must make online applications for their post–16 choices via the UCAS Progress website. We will acknowledge applications on this website.
All communication from us from then on will be made via email. Please ensure that your email address is filled out correctly in your online application. If you do not have an email address we will correspond with you by post.
Please note the college will not be able to accept paper applications from these pupils.
Pupils from outside the City and County of Swansea and non school leavers
For online applications all communication from us will be via email so please ensure that your email address is filled out correctly.
We would encourage all applicants to apply electronically via the website.
All communication from us will be via email so please ensure that your email address is filled out correctly. If you don't have an email address we will correspond with you by post.
Step 3. Interview
You will be invited to an interview – this may take place at your school or at the college. This is an opportunity for us to get to know you and for you to ask questions about the college. During your interview we are looking for a real interest in the course you are applying for and evidence of commitment to your course, which may include work experience, hobbies and interests.
Step 4. Enrolment
You will be given a date and time to come to the college to enrol. Where the offer of a course is conditional on you gaining the relevant entry qualifications you will be invited in following the GCSE results in order that your course can be confirmed. Keep your appointment, no matter what your grades! If you don't attend, you are at risk of losing your place. College staff will be happy to talk through your options if you are not completely sure about the course you have chosen.
Step 5. Induction
You will come into college for an induction session before the start of term. This is designed to help you settle into the college, meet your tutor and other students on the same course. You will receive your timetable then and be given information to enable your transition to college be a smooth and happy one.
What type of course is right for you?
We’re here to make sure that you choose the right course so you can go on to pursue the career you really want to have. We’ve got a team of people that can go through all the options with you. Have a chat with them when they visit your school, come to one of our open evenings or pop in to see our student advisers at Gorseinon or Tycoch campuses. It’s not just the subject you need to think about but:
- Assessment: some courses will be by exams only, some by coursework, others will be a combination of both.
- Assignments: don’t forget to ask about the amount of assignments you’ll be expected to complete, particularly if you opt to study three or four A Levels.
- Extra work: some courses will have work placements, educational visits or out-of-hours projects so check at the interview stage.
- Costs: some courses will have additional costs for things like uniform and equipment so make sure you ask.
A LevelsA Levels are generally studied over two years and are split into two parts. The first year is known as the AS Level, with external assessment at the end. You then move onto the A2 Level in the second year, with more exams to gain the full A Level Award. We’ve got nearly 50 subjects, from the more traditional to the niche.
VocationalOur vocational courses are designed to lead to specific careers so if you know what job you want to do when you leave college, these are for you. There’s different levels so you can slot into the one that’s best for you, with the opportunity to progress onto the next level. We offer BTEC, NVQ and City & Guilds qualifications.
ApprenticeshipsDo you want to earn while you learn? Apprenticeship programmes are funded by the Welsh Government and give you the opportunity to gain experience and qualifications while you are working – what’s more, they won’t cost you a penny. We’ve got over 30 different career routes to choose from.
Where Can I Study?
With almost 50 subjects and a pass rate of nearly 100%, the Gorseinon campus is our A Level Centre of Excellence. Many of the subjects we offer at A Level cannot be studied elsewhere locally. We also have a range of vocational and work-based learning courses based here. We're always looking to improve our facilities for students. In addition to science labs, a motor vehicle workshop and centre for performing and creative arts, some recent introductions include a new refectory, teaching block and library.
Llwyn y Bryn
If you've got a creative streak, then our Llwyn y Bryn campus is the place for you. It's our centre for visual and creative arts, with a diverse subject list – art and design, fashion, fine art, graphics, media, music and photography. The beautiful building, an early 20th century former Girls' High School, may be historic but our facilities are state-of-the art. We've got specialist art studios, digital darkrooms, radio and TV production studios and a fully equipped recording studio. The campus is within walking distance of the city centre.
Tycoch campus is our Vocational Centre of Excellence, a bustling and vibrant base for students who want to study vocational, access and apprenticeship courses. Our specialist facilities are geared up with specific careers in mind; an aircraft cabin, the Vanilla Pod training restaurant, a mock hospital ward and high-tech science labs. Broadway Hair, Beauty & Holistics Centre sits at the top of the campus delivering a range of courses in a modern, professional environment, with a strong commercial focus.
Student LifeWe want your time at the college to be as interesting and varied as possible. As well as your studies, you can get involved in a range of other activities that will not only give you the chance to meet lots of new people but also improve your CV for when you apply for a job or go on to university. Activities include team sport, events, Student Council, fundraising, societies and enterprise activities. Have a root around student experience to learn more.
Sport AcademiesOur sport academies give you the opportunity to excel in your chosen sport with coaching and elite level competition in seven areas – cricket, hockey, rugby, men's football, ladies' football, netball and surfing. All training is built into your academic timetable. Our teams regularly win regional and national competitions, with many of our students gaining professional contracts and selected for international teams.
Welsh BaccalaureateYou can combine the Welsh Bac qualification with your studies to add 'real life' experience. There are no exams and it develops your personal and academic skills as well as encouraging independence. There are five key components: essential skills; Wales, Europe and the world; work related education; personal and social education; and individual investigation. Find out more about the Welsh Baccalaureate.
Are you a Welsh speaker?
The Welsh language is as important to us as it is to you so we’ve gone the extra mile to make sure that you can use your Welsh during your time with us.
- Make sure you tell us early on what language you want to receive college correspondence in, we’ll even arrange for you to have your interview in Welsh.
- Some of our courses have the option of Welsh-medium modules – look for the orange speech bubble symbol in the course description.
- There’s a session during induction week to tell you all about the opportunities, events, activities and services we offer in Welsh.
- You can submit your work in Welsh, even if the course is delivered in English. We’ll arrange translation.
- We offer a peer mentoring training service in Welsh as well as the support to develop your study skills as a Welsh speaking learner.
- And don’t forget to join the Welsh Society during Freshers Fair to enjoy extra-curricular activities.
So what’s next? After your time with us, the world’s your oyster. You may want to move on to higher education – and our track record is second to none. The vast majority of our students who apply to higher education are accepted and almost all of these gain a place at the institution they originally applied to, with 15% of our successful applicants attending a Russell Group institution. We also have a number of higher education opportunities here at the college so you can continue your studies in familiar surroundings.