The Student Experience

 

Funding

Funding can be complicated and there’s a lot to get your head around. Hopefully the information below will give you all the information you need.

Am I eligible for funding?

If you are a UK or EU citizen who will be studying further education at the college on a full time basis (15+ hours a week) then you do not need to pay tuition fees, however all full-time students will need to pay a one-off registration fee upon joining the college. On some courses, e.g. hairdressing, catering or arts, there may be additional costs for specialist equipment or clothing. Details will be given during the application and enrolment process.

If you are joining the college on a part time basis, you will be required to pay tuition fees. It is recommended that you seek guidance from your course co-ordinator before enrolling to ensure you have all of the information about fees involved in your chosen course. For example, students studying a professional qualification run by a chartered organisation will be required to pay a fee for each exam they undertake, so it's best to get all the facts before making your decision.
For individual course fees of £100 or more, you can apply to pay in instalments (a £10 administration fee is charged for this).

There are tuition fees for International students.

Am I eligible for any financial support?

At the college we understand that everyone's circumstances are different, so we aim to make it as easy as possible for people to study their chosen course, even if this means you may have to find some additional funds to cover costs for equipment or learning materials. There is a range of financial assistance available for students studying at the college.

Educational Maintenance Allowance [EMA]

An EMA grant can help with course costs including books, travel or equipment. For more information, visit the EMA website or contact the college at Tycoch on 01792 284000 or Gorseinon on 01792 890700.

Financial Contingency Fund [FCF]

The FCF is a hardship fund that is open to all full time students. The fund can help to support essential course related costs such as course equipment, childcare, CRB checks and transport. The FCF is means tested on household income. To apply you need to complete an application form. Funds are allocated on a first come, first served basis. You will need to provide proof of household income and if applicable, proof of your residential status.

Welsh Government Learning Grant for FE (WGLG)

An WGLG is a grant paid termly to students aged 19 years or over studying full time or part time courses. The WGLG can help students with course costs including books, travel or equipment. Apply for WGLG.

Finding all of the funds to cover part time tuition fees can sometimes be tricky too, so we offer a number of different options for students to access funding that will support them along the way. Some courses have discounts available for learners in receipt of the following benefits: Income Support; Working Tax Credit; Job Seekers Allowance; Incapacity Benefit; Severe Disablement Benefit; Pension Credits; Council Tax Benefit; Housing Benefit. Proof of benefits must be shown at enrolment. Discounts are also available to UK or EU learners under the age of 19 or students still in full time education. However, students will not be entitled to this discount if they are already studying the same course at another education institution.

What other funding streams are available?

ReAct II

The Redundancy Action Scheme II (ReAct II) is a programme of funding for training provided by the Welsh Government for people living in Wales who are facing redundancy.

ELCAS - Enhanced Learning Credits

This is an initiative of the Ministry of Defence to promote lifelong learning among members of the Armed Forces.

Skills for Industry

The Skills for Industry project assists employers and enterprises in adapting to economic change by raising the skills levels and qualifications of their employees.

Skills Growth Wales

The SGW scheme helps companies who plan to expand their workforce and require funding for training to make this possible.

Do I need to pay for a DBS check?

At interview you will have been told if you need a DBS check (previously CRB) to go out on a structured work placement as part of your course. The check will cost £44, this is subject to change (you can apply for FCF funding to cover the cost.) If you do not have a DBS check you won't be able to complete your course.

Bus Passes

Full time students are currently offered a subsidised bus pass.

At Tycoch, Kingsway and Llwyn y Bryn students can purchase a First Cymru Bus Pass. This pass can be used to get to and from college and can also be used on evenings and weekends in the Swansea and Neath area on First Cymru buses.

 

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Student Support

Student services is the first contact point for information, support and advice on anything from careers advice to financial assistance. Our specialist student support staff are available at Llwyn y Bryn, Tycoch and Gorseinon campuses.

 

The Welsh language at Gower College Swansea

Gower College Swansea aims to be a bilingual college, with the Welsh language and culture central to the college ethos. We promote Welsh and bilingual learning and encourage our students to use their Welsh.

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How to get involved in student life

Student Council

All students have a voice and the student council makes sure that they’re heard. Each course appoints a student rep to raise academic enquiries, concerns or issues with the council. As well as attending regular meetings, working closely to promote communications between staff and students and campaigning for change, student reps play a key role in organising the college’s student AGM. Keynote speakers, workshop material and presentations, the day’s running order – it’s all down to the student reps. If you’re interested, you’ll learn loads – organisation skills, debating, communicating, campaigning and much more! Find out more

Kenya Project

Since 2003, we’ve been building links between our students and those at Madungu Primary School in Western Kenya. The fantastic fundraising efforts of our students year after year mean that these underprivileged young people have opportunities to learn, gain qualifications and ultimately enjoy a brighter future. Money raised feeds more than 130 of the poorest pupils at the school as well as paying the salaries of three teachers and the school cook. And some of our students have even had the chance to travel to Kenya to experience first-hand just how important every penny raised is to the school and how lives are being transformed by students’ hard work and generosity.

Sports Academies

Our sports academies give students the chance to gain the best academic qualifications while perfecting their sporting skills by allowing them to incorporate elite sport and fitness training into their learning experience. The seven academies have an excellent reputation and strong links with professional sports in Wales and their national governing bodies, regularly producing top level competitors and coaches in a range of sports. Each offer elite-level coaching, training and development and our teams regularly win regional and national competitions, with many students selected to play for international teams. Interested? View the Sports Academies page.

Enterprise

We’re on the lookout every year to recruit student enterprise champions to get involved with organising our enterprise events. As well as organising events, our champions also get the chance to mentor young people in enterprise education across Swansea. Not only do they get the experience, they can also earn £6.50 an hour (minimum three hours a week). So for fun, friendship, networking and a variety of trips, apply to be a champion now!

Sport Scholarship programme

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What is the Sport Scholarship programme?

Our sports scholarship programme provides financial and holistic support to students who demonstrate exceptional ability within one of our academy sports (rugby, football, netball, hockey and cricket).

As a sports scholar at Gower College Swansea, you will act as a role model to your peer group and support the academy coaches to deliver a high class sports programme.

Scholars will be expected to support the college recruitment activity and attend open evenings.

You will meet with your college mentor twice throughout the year to discuss your development and any specific support required

Applications close on 1 June with decisions made by the panel by 1 July.

Who can apply?

Any student can apply for a sports scholarship as long as they can provide proof that they are able to secure a place on one of our full time courses and sports academies.

To retain your scholarship funding you must attend classes regularly and continue to achieve academically throughout your college career.

Please note: you do not have to apply for a course in the same field as your particular skills [e.g. you can play football and study engineering or A Levels).

Who do I contact?

Sports Coordinator Marc O’Kelly via email marc.okelly@gowercollegeswansea.ac.uk

Sports Bursary programme

What is the Sports Bursary programme?

In addition to the sports scholarships available to talented athletes, our sport bursary programme provides further benefits including funding support for competition, training and lifestyle expenses, and free access to Gower College Swansea’s gym facilities.

The bursary amounts are awarded on a ‘case by case’ basis until the fund is exhausted.

A mentor will be available to students in receipt of bursaries for advice and guidance throughout.

Applications for bursaries open on 1 September.

Who can apply?

Any student can apply for a bursary as long they can provide proof that they are able to secure a place on one of our full time courses.

All potential candidates must compete in an Association of Colleges (AoC) sport in which the college has an affiliation and/or a recognised Olympic discipline. Applications outside these parameters will not be considered.

Who do I contact?

Sports Coordinator Marc O’Kelly via email marc.okelly@gowercollegeswansea.ac.uk

Student Ambassadors

Get involved and play an important role in your college.

Being a Student Ambassador is enjoyable and interesting, you’ll get to meet loads of new people and develop new skills. It will also look great on your CV!

Read more about the ambassador programme

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Student Welfare

How we can help

Some students are faced with situations outside of college that they need support with - circumstances that are beyond their control. We’ve got designated support officers that can help.

Healthy College

Some of the ways we’re helping students and staff get a healthy lifestyle

  • Reduced membership at the sports centre
  • Smoking cessation services
  • Access to a student health advisor, mentor, counsellor and personal tutor
  • Academic enrichment programme
  • Healthy eating loyalty scheme
  • Annual Healthy Lifestyle Week