Virtual Open Evenings
Virtual Open Evenings
Location: all content delivered online
Our Virtual Open Evenings will be a chance for you to explore the range of courses we offer, live chat with our staff and gain a real insight into life at Gower College Swansea.
If you are interested in a full time course, then these open evenings are for you!
What to expect
- Watch an opening address from Mark Jones, Principal
- Watch a video on Welsh language opportunities at the College
- Tune into live presentations on where we can take you, campus overview and student support with a chance to ask questions
- Tune into live Q+As with learning areas and current students
- Join live text chatrooms with staff from all subjects, student support and learning support
- Explore our course options
What to do on the day
Go straight to the website and look for the widget on the bottom right to start the experience.
Clicking the widget will open the experience where you can look around the different courses offered at the relevant campus as well as student support. If only the video appears, click the white Gower College Swansea logo to bring up the text. In each of these sections you can also access our live text-based chat rooms, where lecturers and support staff will be able to answer your in-depth questions.
Our live video presentations will take place on Zoom, the direct links into the webinars will be available on the day.
You can either run Zoom on your browser, or download it here.
Register your interest below!
Webinar recordings - November 2020
Llwyn y Bryn
Top 10 questions asked during the livestreams
How will the Covid-19 situation effect learning and College life?
The health, safety and wellbeing of all of our students is, and always will be, our number one priority.
Our current plans are based on the very latest guidance from Welsh Government and we will adapt and flex these plans as the guidance continues to evolve.
We are ensuring that all of our learners continue to receive high quality teaching and are currently providing face to face classes for our full time students. We have also planned for a blended approach to teaching and learning with both face to face classes and online delivery that we have been using successfully in recent months.
For further information, visit our dedicated Coronavirus updates page.
How many subjects can you take, and can you combine A Levels and vocational courses?
We do not advise to combine A Levels with vocational courses as a general rule, however, on some vocational courses (e.g. health and care) you could take an A Level alongside the Level 3 course, for example, in Criminology.
You can decide to take between three and five A Levels. We advise that you take four subjects in the first year so that you have some flexibility and can drop one if you’d like to, but you can discuss your options at enrolment!
Can you drop a subject, or change your course after starting?
Yes, you can drop a subject or change your course after starting, and this is quite normal! If you would like to do this, please speak to our Admissions team, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is best that you always speak with your tutor or lecturer before deciding on swapping or dropping a subject so they can talk you through how it may affect future options.
Is the Welsh Baccalaureate compulsory, is it useful and do English universities accept it?
All of our learners complete the Welsh Baccalaureate. It is a qualification that helps prepare students for employability, higher education, and to develop essential skills needed for the future. The skills challenge certificates, which form part of the Welsh Baccalaureate, will be tailored to your interests, subject choice and future aspirations.
The Welsh Baccalaureate is equivalent to one A Level in UCAS points. The majority of universities will happily accept it as a general entry requirement.
Do you provide any support for students with additional learning needs?
There are two types of one to one support offered at the College depending on your needs. In-class support from a learning support assistant, and support outside the classroom from the neurodiversity team. Please let us know at the application stage, or as soon as you can, if you feel that you would benefit from additional support.
If you’d like to discuss any learning support needs privately, please email our Learning Support Coordinator, Ceri Low via email email@example.com.
Alternatively, if you have a neurodiverse condition (e.g. speech language and communication difficulties, autism, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia or ADHD), you can email our College lead for ALN, Simon Pardoe at Simon.Pardoe@gcs.ac.uk.
Do you provide any support for students with mental health issues?
There is lots of mental health support at the College. We have a full team of student support officers and three qualified nurses that work as student health advisors full time, alongside meaningful enrichment and wellbeing activities. These staff members are highly qualified and used to dealing with students who have any kind of mental health issues. We have a drop-in facility and we can also book individual sessions or meetings with you.
In addition to this, we have a wonderful mental health package that we work through with learners during tutorial, and students also have access to 24/7 mental health and wellbeing support, 365 days a year through an excellent online support service called Togetherall.
What are the differences between the campuses?
What are the differences between a full and part time course?
How do I apply, and when should I do so?
We accept students all the way up to September and even October, but we advise that you apply as early as possible. The earlier that you apply, the earlier that we can start the process and the less likely the course is to be full. Our application window is currently open!
You can apply online. A guide on the process and the application forms can be found here.
I would like to receive course-specific information.
For full time courses, please email our Admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org who will be happy to answer your questions or to pass them on to the relevant departments.