Coleg Sir Gâr Carmarthenshire
Sunday 01 July 2012
Coleg Sir Gâr Carmarthenshire
History: Previously Carmarthen College of Technology and Art.
Address: The college is spread over five campuses, two in Carmarthen, one in Llanelli, the Gelli Aur campus in Llandeilo, and one in Ammanford. All campuses are within an hour's reach of the south-west Wales coastal areas, while the rugged west Wales countryside is a dream for outdoors types.
Ambience: Depends on the campus. All campuses have a friendly learning environment, within easy reach of the various towns they're situated in, however as an agricultural college, Gelli Aur campus is based in a more rural setting. Evenings out and activities are therefore organised for farming students.
Vital statistics: One of the largest providers of further education in Wales with over 12,000 students. Around 1,000 students on higher education programmes across eight different subject areas. The first accredited college of the University of Glamorgan, and the majority of courses are franchised from the university, while art and design courses are awarded by Trinity St David. Agriculture is franchised from the University of Aberystwyth. Part of the West Wales Business School, a parternship between the University of Glamorgan and Pembrokeshire College.
Added value: Extensive facilities in the various campuses include an art gallery and an indoor equine centre. The college runs its own dairy development centre and a working farm. A new artificial training pitch at the Graig Campus has been constructed to international hockey specifications in conjunction with the Welsh Rugby Union and the Llanelli Athletics Association. The college’s West Wales School of the Arts boasts the unique iron cast foundry.
Easy to get into? Generally speaking, HND courses require a completed HNC or 40 UCAS points; for BA courses 160 UCAS points; and for an MSc you need a diploma in a relevant subject and managerial experience.
Glittering alumni: None as yet.
Transport links: All full-time students have access to a free bus service covering rural Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. Llanelli and Carmarthen campuses are also accessible by rail and bus, and Swansea is only half an hour away.
Who's the boss? Barry Liles, principal and chief executive.
Teaching: In a recent inspection, the college received mostly grades one and two, the highest.
Foundation Degrees: Care studies; counselling; business management; construction; sports coaching and performance; childhood studies.
Nightlife: Carmarthen, Ammanford and Llanelli offer pubs, bars and theatres. For those after something more lively, Swansea's famous Wind Street is only a bus or train ride away.
Any accommodation? Accommodation officers are available and offer an approved list of various rented accommodation.
Cheap to live there? Yes, it's around £50-60 per week for a room in a shared flat.
Fees: From September 2012, the college will charge £7,900 per year for honours degrees and £6,900 per year for HNDs and foundation degrees.
Bursaries: Non-means-tested bursaries are available to all full-time, home, HE students, who are still enrolled in February 2012. There are also specific bursaries for students who take certain progression routes through the college. For more details, visit the website.
Prospectus: 01554 748 000; www.colegsirgar.ac.uk
UCAS code: C22
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