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Access to Higher Education courses: opening pathways to education and career success

At Gower College Swansea, we are proud to provide a comprehensive range of Access to Higher Education (HE) courses, designed to empower individuals aged 19-and-over with the skills and qualifications needed for successful entry into higher education. Whether you're seeking to return to education after a break or looking to embark on a new career path, our Access courses provide the ideal foundation for your educational journey!

Biology Olympiad success for students

A group of AS students from Gower College Swansea took part in the recent British Biology Olympiad (BBO).

The students achieved great results, with one - Rebecca Thompson - attaining a Silver medal and another - Edan Reid - achieving Bronze.

Also competing were Kristy Pen, Joel Asigri, Katie Broome, Lanxin Xu, Lewis Crane, Angie Chong, Anisah Uddin, and Marvel Biju.

Students prepare for Forensics skills competition

Two Applied Science students from Gower College Swansea are preparing for a regional competition that will put their powers of forensic investigation to the test.

Erin Doek and Leon Harris, who are studying the BTEC Level 3 course at the Tycoch Campus, are the first students from the College to participate in the SkillsCompetitionWales Forensic Science event, which takes place at Coleg Gwent on 31 January.

On the day, Erin and Leon will be up against four other teams faced with a realistic crime scenario to analyse and investigate.

Apprentice of the Year talks success with secondary school pupils

A 19-year-old from Port Talbot is encouraging pupils from her former secondary school to consider apprenticeships as a chosen career path.

Sally Hughes attended Ysgol Cwm Brombil in Port Talbot before attending Neath college to do AS-Levels in biology, chemistry and psychology. After completing the year, Sally enrolled onto a BTEC Level 3 Applied Science at Gower College Swansea.  

Ahead of Apprenticeship Week Wales 2019, Sally has returned to her former school to talk to the current learners about her successful experience as an apprentice.

Shortlisted Sally is a science career role model at Tata Steel

Sally Hughes is on course for a rewarding career with Tata Steel in Port Talbot and hopes to inspire other young women to follow a science career pathway.

The only female in a group of technical apprentices recruited by the company in Port Talbot in September, 2016, she says it has not been easy to be successful within a male dominated environment.

However, the 19-year-old from Port Talbot is determined to reach her full potential by embracing all opportunities available to her.

Top GP comes home to inspire a whole new generation of doctors

Britain’s top GP, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, recently came home to Swansea for a whirlwind two-day trip during which she visited her old school and college where she took her first steps to success.

Prof Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs - the UK’s largest Medical Royal College representing 52,000 family doctors across the UK – met Year 10 children at Penyrheol Comprehensive School and students interested in studying medicine at Gower College Swansea in Gorseinon.

William wins prize for science project

An A Level student from Gower College Swansea has been awarded a prize from Tata Steel in recognition of work he undertook during a summer placement.

William Hughes, who is studying Mathematics and Science at the Gorseinon campus, received a cheque and an award for Best Value Added Project.

The summer placement was part of the 2017 Link Scheme, which allows STEM students to work on ‘real life’ projects in industry, and which is sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers.

Chemistry Olympiad success for students

A Level Chemistry students at Gower College Swansea have performed extremely well once again at the Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad, which saw over 5300 young people participate in 2017.

The annual event is open to second year A Level students who are expected to achieve grades of A or A* in their exams, and is a challenging exercise that truly stretches the most committed young chemists.

Four candidates – Ivan Gelemerov, Matthew Brown, Aaron Robey and Briall Baker - achieved Silver certificates and one - Joshua Davies – gained a Certificate of Participation.

Apprenticeships lead to careers in science

Gower College Swansea is currently supporting four young female apprentices as they take their first steps towards a career in science.

Hazel Hinder, Sally Hughes and Courteney Peart (Tata Steel) and Meghan Maddox (Vale Europe) are studying BTEC Diploma in Applied Science and NVQ Lab Technician at the Tycoch campus.

Lecturer heads to Hungary to present Tidal Lagoon project

A Science lecturer from Gower College Swansea has been selected to attend the largest European educational fair, which will see primary and STEM teachers from 30 countries gather to exchange innovative teaching concepts and present their most innovative ideas.

Denise Thomas, who teaches Chemistry at the Gorseinon campus, will participate in the prestigious Science on Stage Festival 2017 when it takes place in Hungary in June.