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Celebrating 90 Years..........................................3 It’s All Good From Estyn.....................................4 Why Choose NPTC Group of Colleges?............5 Award-Winning Teaching....................................7 Award-Winning College......................................8 Award-Winning Facilities....................................9 Your Application............................................... 11 Career Coach.................................................... 13 Apprenticeships................................................ 14 Sixth Form Academy......................................... 17 A Levels............................................................. 19 Science and Maths....................................... 19 Business, Travel and Tourism...................... 23 Creative, Visual and Performing Arts......... 24 Health and Social Care................................ 26 Humanities.................................................... 27 Computing and Digital Technology............ 29 Languages..................................................... 30 Physical Education....................................... 31 Art, Design and Creative Media..................... 32 Automotive and Vehicle Body Repair............ 35 Applied Therapies including Beauty Therapy and Makeup Artistry........................................ 37 Applied Science................................................ 39 Business, Tourism and Management............ 40 Civil Engineering............................................... 42 Computing and Digital Technology................ 43 Construction and the Built Environment....... 46 Dance, Music and Performing Arts................ 49 Engineering....................................................... 53 Foundation Studies.......................................... 56 Gardening and Horticulture............................ 58 Hairdressing...................................................... 59 Health, Social and Childcare.......................... 61 Plumbing, Electrical and Renewable Energies................................. 63 Professional Cookery, Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Restaurant and Bakery............... 65 Public Services................................................. 67 Sport.................................................................. 69 Sport Massage Therapies............................... 72 College Life....................................................... 74 Student Union................................................... 74 Serious about Sport......................................... 75 Inspired by Music............................................. 75 Centerprise........................................................ 77 Welsh at the College....................................... 77 Gain a Degree on your Doorstep................... 78

Afan College

Margam, Port Talbot, SA13 2AL

Brecon Beacons College Penlan, Brecon, LD3 9SR

Llandarcy Academy of Sport Llandarcy Park, Skewen, Neath, SA10 6JD

Maesteg Construction Centre of Excellence

Unit 7, Spelter Industrial Estate, Maesteg, CF34 0TY

Neath College

Dŵr-y-Felin Road, Neath, SA10 7RF

Newtown College

Llanidloes Road, Newtown, SY16 4HU

Pontardawe College

Tawe House, Alloy Industrial Estate, Pontardawe, SA8 4EZ

Swansea Construction Centre St David’s Close, Swansea Enterprise Zone, Llansamlet, Swansea, SA6 8QL

General Enquiries

Tel: 01639 648000 Email: enquiries@nptcgroup.ac.uk

This publication is printed using environmentally friendly vegetable mineral oil-based inks on FSC® Certified paper from sustainable sources.

This prospectus gives details on all full-time, academic and vocational programmes. For details on all other courses offered by NPTC Group of Colleges, please check out our website:

www.nptcgroup.ac.uk Information contained within this prospectus was correct at the time of production. NPTC Group of Colleges reserves the right to alter or cancel courses where circumstances demand. Every student is guaranteed equality of opportunity and access to programmes appropriate to their needs.


Welcome to our Award-Winning College We know that choosing what you want to study after leaving school is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, and the choice of staying on at sixth form, entering the workplace or going to College is tough. At NPTC Group of Colleges we can promise you an excellent learning experience within a dynamic, supportive College that has superb industry standard facilities and resources. We are really good at what we do, and that’s official according to Estyn. Our latest report highlighted the Colleges’ excellent engagement with employers that shapes our provision to meet local need. Our students develop behaviours that support their career aspirations and we prepare them for progression to higher level learning and employment. Our students feel safe and supported, and most importantly, Estyn believes our teachers are well qualified, experienced, with useful industrial, commercial and business experience. It’s this quality of teaching and dedication to providing outstanding facilities that has been continuously recognised over the last couple of years. In 2019, we were named as the Top Training Provider in Wales by the School Leavers Awards. The College was also ranked second in the whole of the UK for the quality of teaching, fourth for the learner experience, fifth for providing personal support and 10th for our assessment and feedback. In the same year, our Sixth Form Academy Hub at Neath College also gained an award for improving the student experience at the Education Building Wales Awards. In 2020, the College stormed the awards again, being named as the Top Training Provider in Wales, one of the Top Ten Training Providers in the UK and shortlisted for three categories; the Top Apprenticeship Provider in the UK; Best Further Education College for Apprenticeship Training in the UK, and Best Learning Experience. The School Leaver Awards celebrate the top employers and training providers for school leavers on apprenticeship programmes. It is the largest ranking of employers that offer the best apprenticeship and school leaver opportunities in the UK, and, crucially, helps young people and their influencers make key decisions about their career. We know we can prepare you for the next step in your journey either in employment or University and we will encourage you to have high aspirations and support you to become versatile individuals. So whether you choose a career focussed vocational course or apprenticeship, be your future at NPTC Group of Colleges.

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b Llandarcy Academy of Sport

b Pontardawe College

24 November 2021 12 January 2022 21 March 2022 22 June 2022

b Brecon Beacons College

24 November 2021 12 January 2022 21 March 2022 22 June 2022

9 February 2022 (Sport & Public Services)

b Neath College

25 November 2021 13 January 2022 22 March 2022 23 June 2022

10 February 2022 (Motor Vehicle)

b Swansea Construction Centre 9 February 2022 (Construction)

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NPTC Group of Colleges celebrates 90 years of excellence in education and training this year, 2021-22. Although Neath College was initially an individual stand-alone College, mergers with Afan College, Port Talbot in January 1999 and Coleg Powys in August 2013 has made NPTC Group of Colleges one of the largest further education colleges in Wales, offering a comprehensive programme of full-time, part-time, and higher education courses across its eight main campuses.

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The College was officially opened on 28th September 1931, and from very small beginnings, when the establishment could boast only five teaching rooms, it has grown to its present considerable size with some amazing facilities.

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During the past 90 years, the College has attained outstanding student success in academic, vocational, sporting and cultural achievements and looks forward to building on that success during the coming years.

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It’s All Good from Estyn NPTC Group of Colleges is really good at what it does, and that’s official according to Estyn, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales. It’s the first inspection since our merger and Chief Executive and Principal Mark Dacey said ‘to achieve the rating was a true testament to the hard work, dedication and talent of staff and students.’ The report identified ‘the College leadership team is well established and cohesive’ and that ‘there is a clear and ambitious direction to the work of the College’. The report said leaders work skilfully to identify and take advantage of opportunities to integrate the College’s work with community activities and to support local facilities.

Superb engagement with employers across its geographical area that helps shape the College’s provision to meet local need.

Learners develop behaviours that support their career aspirations and feel that the College prepares them well for progression to higher level learning and for employment.

The College’s targeted employer forums bring together relevant stakeholders to tackle key economic and social development needs.

Teachers are well qualified and experienced, with useful industrial, commercial and business experience which they apply well to their roles.

More than 7,250 students feel safe in College and know where to access a wide range of support.

They have high expectations of their learners and challenge them to develop knowledge, produce practical work and complete theory tasks to a high standard.

Needs and concerns are listened to.

Students feel that their learning programme is helping them improve their life skills and employment prospects.

Learners produce a strong standard of work in their lessons and practical sessions. They build their knowledge and understanding and develop their academic, vocational and practical skills well.

In A Level classes, teachers deliver lively sessions that engage learners well. They help structure learners’ understanding of concepts, and encourage them to develop wider subject interests.

In vocational programmes, learners develop and apply sound practical and vocational competencies and develop higher level vocational skills and enhance their personal confidence through participation in skills competitions.

Learners engage in worthwhile enrichment activities to improve their general health and wellbeing. Students are also involved in various activities ‘making a valuable contribution to community-focussed activities’ such as fundraising for mental-health charities and helping out at local schools with various projects.

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Why Choose NPTC Group of Colleges? NPTC Group of Colleges congratulated all our students receiving their results this year. In the face of another year disrupted by the global pandemic, the College achieved an incredible overall pass rate of 100 per cent and yet again surpassed its achievements of last year with a record number of A* results.

Eleven of those top passes were in sport, which is even more amazing, as Llandarcy Academy of Sport was transferred to the Health Board as a temporary Nightingale hospital during the pandemic. In addition to this, a staggering 354 learners successfully achieved the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate with an outstanding pass rate of 100%, with 68% achieving A* to C grade.

The College increased its overall A*- A results to an exceptional 34.6 per cent with students achieving a remarkable 100 per cent pass rate in all 38 A Level subjects. Over half achieved A*- B grades and 82 per cent achieved A*- C grades.

Both A Level and BTEC students adapted to online learning, focusing on their studies to arrive at what are, once again, truly amazing results. Many of the class of 2021 have secured places at top universities or got the qualifications to land their dream jobs.

For the students who followed the Gifted and Talented Excellence (GATE) programme, it is also good news with 92% achieving A*- A grades and 100% achieving A*- B grades. Our overall A*- E pass rate at A Level stands at 100% and 101 students achieved triple distinctions grades in the Extended National Diploma qualifications - 30 more than the previous year, with 33 students achieving the highest possible grade profile of triple distinction stars (D*D*D*) which is the equivalent to three A* at A Level.

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results we have achieved, especially in what has been a challenging time in more ways than one. Staff have adapted their teaching practices to engage students in a whole new way. These results are a testament to the dedication of staff and students in unprecedented circumstances and it is a most heart-felt congratulations not just from myself, but the Colleges’ Corporation Board and Senior Management Team.” EV

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Why Choose NPTC Group of Colleges?

Rhys James has achieved A*, A*, A* in French, Spanish, and English Language, and has been accepted at Cambridge University to study French and Russian. He said: “I did have my doubts about applying to Cambridge University but my lecturer reassured me, she made me believe I had what it takes. The support from GATE and my tutor helped me take that step to apply and I haven’t looked back!” Chloe Williams achieved A*, A*, A* in Chemistry, Biology and Psychology at Neath College and is planning to study Psychology at Bristol University. Chloe, a former pupil of Cefn Saeson Comprehensive, said: “I really enjoyed my time at Neath College. I met many new people and had numerous opportunities to enhance my learning and college experience. The College was very helpful during my two years and the lecturers were always available when I needed help. Although this last year has been difficult due to COVID-19, they still provided excellent teaching, ensuring our education wasn’t too hindered.” Jodie Langdon who gained A*, A*, A in Sociology, Psychology, and RE is planning to enter into full time employment and also hoping to gain higher education qualifications part time. Jodie said: “Currently I am looking into undertaking the HND in Business Studies in College, with plans to continue onto the top up degree in business. During my time in College, although it was a very unusual and challenging experience to undergo A Levels through a pandemic, I feel as though the College handled it very well considering we have never been in such a situation before. All the lecturers were very understanding of technical issues during online learning and the toll that lockdown was taking on the mental health of students which in some cases affected their studies.

So despite the difficult situation, the College did their best to support students and allowed us to continue our studies, just through a different manner.’’ Lewis Thorn achieved an incredible A*,A*,A,A in Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Further Maths and is now off to study Engineering at Bath University. He said: “I have had an excellent experience at Neath College. The lecturers kept the work engaging and interesting even with the limitations of online learning. They were always accessible and supportive enabling me to achieve the grades I needed.’’ Nzingha Jarvis achieved A*, A*, A in Textiles, Psychology, and French, and said: “I plan on going to London College of Fashion to study fashion design and development.” Daniel McCormack achieved A*, A*, A, A in Biology, Spanish, Maths and Chemistry. He said: “I am planning on taking a gap year before going to university to study medicine. What I enjoyed the most about the College was how supportive the lecturers are, especially when they would go the extra mile to help with more challenging topics.’’ Hannah Parel is really excited to be going to University College London to study Economics after achieving 3 A*s in Maths, Economics and Chemistry. “It would not be possible without the support of the lecturers at Neath College who ensured our learning was the highest standard despite difficult circumstances. I have had a fantastic time at Neath College and I’m grateful for all the opportunities it has opened up for me.’’ Karyn Jones received A*,A*,A* in Sociology, History, and Psychology. “I really enjoyed my time at the college, I especially liked learning new subjects that I hadn’t had the opportunity to study during my GCSEs, as well as being able to meet new people. Although my experience was different as the majority of the teaching was done online, which was rather challenging at times, there was a lot of support provided by the teachers and the College.”

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High flying Thomas Derrick achieved a record A*,A*,A*,A* in Chemistry, Further Maths, Maths, Physics and is going to study Astrophysics at Manchester and would eventually like to do research into galaxy formation. He said: “Despite the circumstances in the past two years, my lectures did amazingly well to make my A-Levels thoroughly enjoyable. They have been enthusiastic and supportive the whole way through.”

Joshua Olsen achieved A*,A*,A* in Business Studies, English Language, and Psychology and is off to study Business Management at Cardiff University. 6


Award-Winning Teaching Here at NPTC Group of Colleges you will be taught by experts with a wealth of industry specific knowledge plus firm links with the best employers, giving you the highest quality of teaching and learning. In fact, our teaching is so good that we have been named the best College in Wales and tenth in the whole of the UK* We pride ourselves on giving every student the individual support they need to succeed, whether that be progressing onto top universities, apprenticeships or into a dream career with the best employers. At whatever level you join us, we will be with you every step of the way to support your educational journey, and promise that whenever you decide to leave us, you will leave with the skills and qualifications needed to flourish.

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Within each subject area there is a regular programme of assessment and support. You will be involved in planning your individual learning and setting targets for improvement which are regularly reviewed with your tutors. We provide tutorial support in addition to timetabled lessons to assist exam preparation, UCAS applications and pastoral support. Our library is well-equipped and provides access to the services and resources that you need for your studies. As well as extensive collections of books, newspapers, magazines and DVDs, our centres also offer access to online information, advice on research methods and can help with references.

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We nurture those gifted and talented students with specialist support and mentoring including comprehensive advice and guidance on the complex UCAS application process to top universities and competitive courses such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, and Law. The College has guest speakers including annual talks delivered by the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cardiff Medical School and Oxbridge admissions tutors. There are other opportunities too where you can enhance your application by taking part in enrichment activities such as the Maths Challenge, Biology Olympiad, Med-link and STEM events.


Award-winning College makes the Top Ten Training Providers in the UK It’s official, NPTC Group of Colleges has been voted yet again as the Best Training Provider in Wales and in the top ten of the entire UK at the recent School Leavers Awards 2020.

Mark Dacey, Principal and CEO of NPTC Group of Colleges, was thrilled to hear the news the College had taken the top spot in Wales for the second year in a row. He said:

The awards, which took a slightly different approach due to the current pandemic, were held virtually and introduced by singer, television presenter, narrator and model Rylan ClarkNeal and presented by Paul Harris and Jack Denton, the co-founders of All About School Leavers.

“To be named as the top training provider in Wales and one of the best in the UK for the second year in a row is impressive stuff, but when it ’s something that our students have voted for independently, that makes it even more special. We had no input and haven’t spent time applying for this, so this is really great news for us and testimony to the hard work and dedication of the staff at NPTC Group of Colleges.”

The School Leaver Awards is unique, in that the majority of the winners were nominated due to feedback given directly from apprentices enrolled on their programmes, rather than relying on an independent judging panel. The awards celebrate the top employers and training providers for school leavers on apprenticeship programmes. It is the largest ranking of employers that offer the best apprenticeship and school leaver opportunities in the UK, and, crucially, helps young people and their influencers make key decisions about their career.

The Top 150 Employers and Top 100 Training Providers are based entirely on the opinions of apprentices and school leaver trainees from 100 UK organisations. Apprentices completed surveys analysing everything about their employers and training programmes, from skills development and career progression to training and company culture.

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NPTC Group of Colleges also ranked the second Best Further Education College for Apprenticeship Training in the UK and 10th in the UK for Best Learning Experience.

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Award-Winning Facilities

Neath: Top-of-the-range engineering equipment

Neath: High quality science labs

Llandarcy: State-of-the-art sport facilities

Neath: A classy training restaurant - Blasus

Neath: Exceptional performing arts studios, theatre and more

Afan, Brecon & Neath: Exciting Lee Stafford Hairdressing Academy

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Pontardawe: Brand new motor vehicle extension

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New construction centre in Neath: Award-winning construction department


Investment to improve student experience is a winner for Neath College The Sixth Form Academy Hub at Neath College has picked up a top award for improving the student experience at the Education Building Wales Awards 2019. The award recognises a learning establishment which has invested in building improvements that significantly improve the experience of students. There is now a new meeting and studying area for students, a Starbucks Coffee area, student services HQ, and an open-plan work environment. The space is also used for meetings and functions. The work included installing a new contemporary glass extension that transformed the building, increasing daylight and creating space. The design also included new external cladding and a vibrantly coloured entrance pod that signifies the College’s main entrance and seamlessly connects the old and new.

The CWTCH – College Within The Community Hub

Brecon Beacons College’s newest addition, the College Within the Community Hub – ‘The CWTCH’, has officially opened its doors. The former tourist information centre will create a vision for further education in Brecon and will be part of the community with open access for all. Former Member of the Senedd for Brecon and Radnorshire and Minister for Education Kirsty Williams unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion. Ms Williams said: “It’s given this building re-purpose and will broaden college activity by being so accessible and central. It will be a hub and bring people together. I find this building and what’s going on inspirational.” The CWTCH has been refurbished and includes flexible working areas, video conferencing facilities, interactive touch screens, and ultra-fast 1GB internet access, along with state-of-the-art computing facilities for both student and public use. As well as the delivery of courses for college students, the community will be welcome to use the IT facilities as well as sign up for some of the new part-time courses that will be offered from the building which it leases from the local authority. Also available will be tips on job hunting, setting up your own business, interview techniques, and CV writing. There are further plans to relocate Brecon Beacons College into Brecon town. Discussions are currently taking place over the acquisition of two buildings in the town. We will be able to give our students access directly to the town and the facilities provided by local businesses on a daily basis.

Principal and CEO of NPTC Group of Colleges Mark Dacey said: “We are delighted with the award and the new facility which showcases our commitment to investing in college facilities and providing the best possible experience for our students.”

Port Talbot

NPTC Group of Colleges has been granted provisional Welsh Government approval for the development of a multimillion college campus, bringing the first educational establishment to Harbourside in Port Talbot. Estimated to cost around £28m, the campus will boast all the latest technological facilities and a dedicated Sixth Form Centre; the new site will give the area’s shopping centre a much welcome boost by bringing in more than 1,000 students daily. This development has been planned in line with the Harbourside Development Strategy of the local authority.

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Your Application

Applying for A Levels 1

Your Journey Your College Welcome to the online application system here at NPTC Group of Colleges. You have the power to manage every stage of your journey, from researching courses that interest you, to completing the application form and setting interview dates. You can also log into your account at anytime to see where you are in the process.

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Right course, right choice! With so many choices available we understand that making a decision can be difficult. We are here to support you through the process whether it be A Levels, vocational courses, learning parttime or an apprenticeship!

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So how do you choose? Explore your options by reading our full-time prospectus, browsing our website for ideas, attending open days, or taking advantage of our awesome career app, ‘Career Coach’. KEEP IN TOUCH Don’t forget you can change your choice of course at any stage, right up to enrolment! Good luck in your GCSEs and we'll see you in September!

Apply online at: www.nptcgroup.ac.uk Go to the search bar and type in one of the A Level subjects you wish to apply for e.g. French. Just click on the white ‘Find a Course and Apply’ button on the right hand side to start your application. You’ll be studying three or four A Levels, but you only need to apply for one. You can either click ‘Apply Now’ from a particular subject page or you can apply from the A Level / AS Level - All Courses page. There will be an option to add your additional subjects in the application form. If this is your first time applying to the College, you’ll need to create a Prospect account so make sure you have an e-mail address ready. Your username will be the first part of your e-mail address (the section before the @). Passwords must be at least nine characters long and contain at least one uppercase, one lowercase and one number. Once you have completed the form and clicked register, a pop-up will show you what your username is – but you will also receive an e-mail confirmation. Once you have clicked 'register' you can continue with your application. Simply fill out each stage step-by-step. If at any point you need any help, College staff are always on hand to help via telephone, e-mail or social media! E-mail: admissions@nptcgroup.ac.uk You can stop at any point and the application will be saved. To log back in just visit the College homepage. The MY APPLICATION button is located on the top of the page.

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Book your interview

We’re planning our interviews for the next academic year right now, please see the website for up to date information. An interview is a chance for you and your parents/guardians to come in to talk to us, find out all about the College and get more information on the subjects or courses you’ve chosen to study.

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Conditional offer

After you have discussed your entry requirements at your interview and chosen the course you want to study, we will put your conditional offer on Prospect, which you can immediately accept.

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Finding your application

If you ever need to log back into your account, you’ll find the MY APPLICATION button on the top of the homepage. You will be able to tell where you are in the application process on your homepage!


Applying for all other courses 1

Apply online at: www.nptcgroup.ac.uk Go to the search bar and type in one of the subjects you wish to apply for e.g. Brickwork, Dance, Sport or Hairdressing. Just click on the white ‘Find a Course and Apply’ button on the right hand side to start your application. If this is your first time applying to the College, you’ll need to create a Prospect account so make sure you have an e-mail address ready. Your username will be the first part of your e-mail address (the section before the @). Passwords must be at least nine characters long and contain at least one uppercase, one lowercase and one number.

Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate The Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at Advanced Level will enable Level 3 students to consolidate and progress their essential skills, essential employability skills and promote and develop high level research skills. Building on achievements at Level 2, the qualification will help to develop more complex skills, attributes and behaviours. It will provide experiences which will equip you for university, further training or employment.

Once you have completed the form and clicked register, a pop-up will show you what your username is – but you will also receive an e-mail confirmation. Once you have clicked 'register' you can continue with your application. Simply fill out each stage step-by-step. If at any point you need any help, College staff are always on hand to help via telephone, e-mail or social media! E-mail: admissions@nptcgroup.ac.uk You can stop at any point and the application will be saved. To log back in just visit the College homepage. The MY APPLICATION button is located on the top of the page.

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After you have discussed our entry requirements at your interview and chosen the course you want to study, we will put your conditional offer on Prospect, which you can immediately accept.

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Finding your application

If you ever need to log back into your account - you’ll find the MY APPLICATION button on the top of the homepage. You will be able to tell where you are in the application process on your homepage!

“The Skills Challenge Certificate (Welsh Baccalaureate) is unusual as a qualification whose content is in large part led by students themselves. We enormously value the selfmotivation, curiosity and independentmindedness this approach to learning develops. It is these characteristics, along with three excellent A Levels, that we look for at competitive universities like Oxford.” Dr Matthew Williams, Access and Career Development Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford.

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Book your interview

We’re planning our interviews for the next academic year right now, please see the website for up to date information. An interview is a chance for you and your parents/guardians to come in to talk to us, find out all about the College and get more information on the subjects or courses you’ve chosen to study.

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Career Coach - tailored careers advice using local job market intelligence When students have a clear vision of the future, they’re more likely to excel in their studies and go on to forge successful careers. Career Coach is a free online tool available from NPTC Group of Colleges that can help shape that vision. Using comprehensive job market data, Career Coach can help you find your perfect job and the courses that will help you get there! Career Coach’s detailed online assessment suggests careers based on your interests and skills. With detailed labour market information, expected earnings and the number of jobs in the area, Career Coach highlights the best courses to help you progress into your chosen career.

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Career Coach also links into the College’s Career Ready initiative which has been specifically designed to get you ready for the world of work. Career Ready offers CV writing workshops, interview preparation and practice, work experience placements and support with all aspects of the application process.

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If studying full-time is not for you, then work-based learning could be exactly what you are looking for. There are programmes to suit everyone! Work-based learning gives you the chance to gain experience in a real job, plus job-specific qualifications while earning money. Opportunities vary depending on the programme. The routes are: b Accountancy b Agricultural Mechanics b Business Administration b Construction b Engineering b Motor Vehicle b Team Leading b Management.

b Agriculture b Care b Childcare & Playwork b Customer Service b Hospitality & Catering b Retail b Vehicle Body Repair

Traineeships

A traineeship is a training programme for 16 to 18-year-olds which focuses on giving you: b Employability skills b The opportunity to sample different job roles b Access to high quality work experience. What are the benefits of a traineeship engagement? b Weekly training allowance b Subsidised travel b Build vital experience with local and national employers b Opportunity to improve English and Maths skills b Build confidence b Improve your long-term prospects and earning potential. At the end of the traineeship you can: b Advance onto a Level 1 traineeship or apprenticeship b Advance to an academic course b Carry out voluntary work b Pursue an alternative career choice.

b Earn while you learn - be paid a salary b Gain skills, knowledge, experience and face

new challenges b Gain a nationally recognised qualification b Excellent progression opportunities.

What types of apprenticeships are there? b There are three types of apprenticeships you can apply for depending on current skills and qualifications: b Foundation Apprenticeship - Level 2 b Apprenticeship - Level 3 b Higher Apprenticeship - Level 4+.

Apprenticeships

You will be on placement with an employer and possibly attend College for one day a week. You will be assessed in the workplace and helped to gather evidence for your portfolio. An apprenticeship is a work-based learning programme where you can earn a wage while you learn. If you live in Wales and are over 16 and not in full-time education, you can apply for an apprenticeship.

Degree Apprenticeships

NPTC Group of Colleges and Wrexham Glyndŵr University (WGU) have recently been awarded funding under the new Degree Apprenticeship Pilot Programme for Wales. Reflecting the skills needs of Wales, universities and other degree awarding institutions were asked to design a new suite of digital programmes to enable Welsh organisations to upskill their existing employees or recruit new talent in areas such as software engineering, cyber security and data science for the new Digital Degree Apprenticeships Framework.

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IT PAYS TO LEARN

Why become an apprentice?

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Apprenticeship New Success The longstanding partnership between Pathways Training and Swansea Bay University Health Board has won a top award at this year’s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru held at the International Convention Centre Wales, Newport. The annual celebration of outstanding achievement in training and apprenticeships was organised by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW). Pathways Training and Swansea Bay University Health Board’s Apprenticeship Academy had been shortlisted in the Macro Employer of the Year (5,000 plus) category and beat off strong competition to scoop the award. Since the creation of the Apprenticeship Academy in late 2016, 193 apprentices have been appointed into the industry, with further successful candidates awaiting pre-employment checks. The partnership currently has apprentice administrators, health care support workers on the wards and in theatres, and assistants in laboratories and areas such as Learning & Development, Outpatient Booking Offices, Estates and Facilities, and the Therapies Department. The majority are undertaking apprenticeships in business and administration and clinical health care support (such as pathology) but the Academy is looking to broaden the apprenticeship qualifications to pharmacy, hospitality and ICT in the future.

“The success of the Academy is down to the partnership with NPTC Group of Colleges and their associated partners within Skills Academy Wales,” said Ruth Gates, Apprentice Academy Manager.

“Providing apprenticeships through the Academy is a win-win situation for both recruiting and improving the skills of staff. It also supports communities, which gives the Health Board and training provider partnership greater credibility.” “The Academy is unique across Wales and has been an outstanding success in providing an innovative hub which responds effectively to the identified skills shortages and gaps within the organisation,”

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said Nicola Thornton-Scott, NPTC Group of Colleges’ Assistant Principal for Skills.

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Award Finalist Stevie has Career Stability with an Apprenticeship Stevie, 36, from Goytre, Port Talbot, secured a job as a mechanical engineering technician and instructor at NPTC Group after completing a Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 Mechanical Engineering Foundation Apprenticeship and Vocationally-Related Qualification (VRQ) six months early. She is now working towards an Apprenticeship and VRQ Level 3 with plans to progress to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Degree Apprenticeship in the future to fulfil her ambition of becoming an engineering lecturer. Stevie was also shortlisted for the Foundation Apprentice of the Year award at the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2021. The highlight of the work-based learning calendar, the awards showcase businesses and individuals who have excelled on the Welsh Government’s Apprenticeship and Traineeship Programmes and gone the extra mile to achieve success during these unprecedented times. The awards are jointly organised by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW). Openreach, the UK’s digital network business and a passionate supporter of apprenticeships, has renewed its headline sponsorship of the awards. The Apprenticeship Programme in Wales is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.

Interested?

Stevie is completing her apprenticeships with learning provider Pathways Training. Lee Hughes, mechanical engineering assessor and advisor, describes her as a “dream apprentice”. He says Stevie’s enthusiasm, dedication and maturity are rubbing off on other apprentices and NPTC Group engineering students. Lee said: “Stevie has set the benchmark for others to

follow and her fellow learners respect her role as an instructor. It is lovely to see her progression and how she deals with all the work.” Mother of two Stevie said she wants a career that will support her family. In addition to her apprenticeship, she takes every learning opportunity that comes her way to expand her knowledge.

“I have a keen interest in engineering and enjoy being hands-on but have always wanted to go into teaching, so an apprenticeship with NPTC Group of Colleges was perfect for me,” she added. “I am now in a secure position in a career with amazing prospects, all of which would not have been possible without my apprenticeship and the support of my colleagues. I hope to inspire my students through my own success story.” Stevie has saved the college more than £2,000 a year by introducing several improvements in the workshop as well as helping with the practical assessments of students during the pandemic.

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Apprentice Stevie Williams has swapped her job in customer services to pursue her dream career teaching engineering.

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Academi’r 6ed Dosbarth

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The Sixth Form Academy at Neath College is a vibrant and dynamic place to study with state of the art facilities including our new award-winning Sixth Form Academy hub. The Sixth Form Academy provides our students with a supportive, nurturing and academic environment to ensure you are challenged to achieve your full potential. The Sixth Form Academy is committed to providing opportunities for learners to develop their skills alongside their main course of study. Therefore, the majority of our learners will complete the Skills Challenge Certificate alongside their main qualification. We will prepare you for university life by encouraging independent learning within a sixth form environment.

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One of the many benefits of studying at the Academy is the wide range of subject choices. We offer over 40 A Level subjects plus vocational courses, GCSEs, access to HE courses and the PGCE qualification. Our A Level courses are delivered by experienced staff who are subject experts and achieve consistently high pass rates year after year. The support they offer to students is second to none with high standards continuously maintained. The majority of our students go on to further study and progress onto HE with many attending some of the top universities in the UK, including the Russell Group and Oxbridge. Making the right choice for AS/A Level study can be the key to your success. Therefore, Sixth Form Academy staff will provide you with comprehensive advice and guidance regarding combinations of AS Level subjects. We will help you to choose subjects that you enjoy and have the motivation to learn, and that will allow you to progress along your chosen career path.

Neath College AS/A Levels Results 2020/21

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Ancient History Biology Business Studies Chemistry Computer Science Criminology Dance Drama/Theatre Studies Economics English Language/Literature English Language English Literature Film Studies Fine Art French Geography German Graphic Communication Health/Social Care History ICT Law Maths Maths (Further) Media Studies Music PE Photography Physics Psychology Religious Studies Sociology Spanish Textiles Three Dimensional Design Travel/Tourism Welsh (Second Language)

50 84.7 79.5 67.4 78.6 88.1 100 100 80 79.2 70 100 66.7 85.7 100 64.7 100 85.2 100 96.9 78.6 81.8 64.3 100 80 85.7 91.7 100 76.5 85.1 89.5 74.6 77.8 87.5 100 100 83.3

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81.6% 100%


As a member of the Sixth Form Academy, you may be eligible to apply for our Gifted and Talented Excellence (GATE) programme. This is a structured specialist programme of support for those learners with exceptional GCSE results (mainly 3A*/4A* and mostly As gained at GCSE). Those applying to competitive universities, particularly those in the Russell Group, Oxford and Cambridge, will receive personalised support through our Gifted and Talented Excellence programme. Application to competitive universities is about more than excellent grades. You must make an informed choice regarding the subjects you want to pursue, understand the competitive selection process and systems, submit a polished application and excel at interview. While on the GATE programme, you will be placed into a specific tutorial group which will cater to your needs and aspirations. The aim is to broaden your horizons beyond your chosen subjects and to promote analytical reasoning and discussion. This is invaluable preparation for university interviews. Some of the areas covered during tutorial will include: b Political processes and goals b Beliefs, values and moral reasoning b The ethical and environmental implications of scientific development. These issues are linked to current events. NPTC Group of Colleges' A Level Results Averages

NPTC Group of Colleges

Grade

National

91.9%

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42.3%

100%

A*- B

70.7%

Estyn reported that in A Level classes, teachers deliver lively sessions that engage learners well. They help structure learners’ understanding of concepts, and encourage them to develop wider subject interests.

The Extended Project Qualification:

You will have the opportunity to complete the extended project qualification which allows you to research, design and carry out an independent project which could be related to an academic subject that you are studying. You will be supported throughout completion of your project and will be given the specialised help of the relevant teaching staff. By completing this qualification, you will: b Become more critical, reflective and independent in your learning b Develop and apply decision-making and problem solving skills b Increase your planning, research, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills b Learn to apply new technologies confidently b Demonstrate creativity, initiative and enterprise. The GATE programme will also give you the opportunity to further enhance your skills through additional qualifications and competitions.

NPTC Group of Colleges is part of the Seren Network: Supporting Wales’ Brightest Programme designed to support Wales’ brightest students achieve their academic potential and gain access to leading universities. As part of the hub, students will have access to: b accurate information b provision of super-curricular activities b a peer group of high achieving students b links to university students and recent graduates from similar backgrounds. Through the Seren hubs, we can offer students additional practical help and guidance that they need throughout the application process. This will prove to be advantageous when applying to the top universities. It provides such a great opportunity for pupils to be a part of a network of likeminded students who share similar goals.

Introduction to A Levels This course is designed to prepare you for AS Level study or Level 3 courses. It is an academic course that will enable you to build upon your GCSE profile if you currently haven’t met the entry requirements required for an AS/A Level or a Level 3 programmes, or if you need to improve your GCSE profile for your chosen career.

Entry requirements A minimum of 1 C grade and 3 D grades at GCSE to include Maths or English and a Science. Alternatively, a recent knowledge of working within these subjects. Next Steps Progression directly onto a selection of AS/A Levels or a career-focused Level 3 course at NPTC Group of Colleges.

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Gifted and Talented Excellence Programme (GATE)

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Science and Maths With a career in Science or Maths you could make a difference to society. You could find a cure for a deadly illness or develop an exciting new product to name just two of the endless possibilities. We have one of the best equipped departments in the area and a consistent record of excellent results. All the science subjects and mathematics are regarded as "facilitating subjects" by the Russell Group of universities, which means they can be useful for getting onto a wide range of courses at those top universities.

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Just as languages provide the building blocks and rules we need to communicate, Maths uses its own language, made up of numbers, symbols and formulas, to explore the rules we need to measure or identify essential problems like distance, speed, time, space, change, force and quantities. Studying Maths helps us find patterns and structure in our lives. Practically, maths helps us put a price on things, create graphics, build websites, build skyscrapers and generally understand how things work or predict how they might change over time and under different conditions.

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Many degrees fall into one of two camps: Biological/Life Sciences and Physical Sciences.

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Biological/Life Sciences are degrees based on Chemistry and Biology. As long as you choose these two subjects at Advanced level, a huge range of degrees will be open to you. These include degrees leading to a definite career path, for example, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Dietetics; and degrees based on research, for example, Biochemistry, Biomedical Materials Science, Pharmacology. Physical Sciences involve the practical application of Mathematics and Physics. As long as you take these two subjects at A Level, a huge range of degrees will be open to you, such as Engineering (Mechanical, Electronic/Electrical and Civil), Maths, Physics and Materials Science. If you are a very talented scientist/mathematician, it is important that out of the four available sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths (which includes both Mathematics and Further Mathematics) – you choose three. If you are inclined towards Life Sciences, then you should choose Chemistry and Biology. If you know you are on the Engineering side, you should choose Mathematics (and possibly Further Mathematics) and Physics.

Careers and What Could I Earn?

Accountant £20k - £50k Architect £25k-£90k Biology Graduate £17k-£21k Chemistry Graduate £18k-£25k Crime Scene Investigator £17k-£35k Criminologist £25k-£28k Ecologist £19k-£22k Engineer £20k-£60k Experienced Doctor £30k Fire Investigator £70k

Food Scientist £20k-£25k Forensic Scientist £20k Materials Engineer £20k-£26k Medical Physicist £25k Meteorologist £20k Physics Graduate £17k-£28k Specialist Doctor £30k-£47k Trainee Doctor £22k Veterinary Surgeon £30k Zoologist £21k - £25k


Typical subject combinations. A student who is good at science often chooses Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Physics. This will keep open all the Science/Mathematics options at university.

When considering such implications, it is worth noting that, in the science field at university, many degrees fall into one of two camps: Biological/Life Sciences and Physical Sciences.

For the sake of maintaining a wider outlook on life, however, many students in this category will replace one of the sciences with an arts/humanities subject or a social science.

What A Level combinations will help me get there? Biochemistry

Nursing and Midwifery

 Biology

 Biology

 Chemistry  Mathematics  Physics

 Chemistry  Mathematics  Psychology  Sociology

Physiotherapy  Biology  Chemistry  Physics or Mathematics  Psychology

Medicine  Biology  Chemistry  Mathematics  Physics  Psychology (non-science)

Engineering  Physics  Mathematics  Further Mathematics  Computer Science

Pharmacy  Chemistry  Biology  Physics or Mathematics or  Computer Science

Psychology  Biology  Mathematics  Psychology  Sociology

 Biology  Chemistry  Physics and/or Mathematics  Further Mathematics

Accountancy  Mathematics  Further Mathematics  Physics  Business

Architecture  Mathematics  Further Mathematics  Physics

This is just a guide – there are many possible A Level combinations and careers you could go into.

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Veterinary Science

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Jordan Hall

William Lewis Jones Maths Prize Winner – Jordan Hall A Levels Mathematics A*, Further Mathematics A*, Computer Science A*

The Trust was set up to commemorate William Lewis Jones, the Head of Mathematics at the old Neath Grammar School. The School no longer exists and Dŵr-y-Felin Comprehensive School, its successor, does not have a Sixth Form. However, the connection is retained by having Trustees from both the College and Dŵr-y-Felin. Jordan displayed a genuine enthusiasm for mathematics and had a natural flair for the subject. This was reflected by the fact Jordan achieved 239/240 UMS marks on his AS Maths papers.

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He was a talented student who had a determination to succeed. Jordan picked up new topics quickly and with ease and worked independently to apply his knowledge to any task in a concise and logical manner.

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Jordan demonstrated a distinctive thought process and thrived on problem solving. His inquisitive and analytical mind challenged the boundaries of his mathematical knowledge and his dedication was evident in his further research around the subject. Such was his love of maths that he undertook the Senior Mathematics Challenge in his own time, where he was rewarded with a Bronze Award. He also stretched himself by attending More Able and Talented and STEP training programmes to help build upon his maths knowledge.

Glan Afan Grammar School Prize for the best science A Levels Prize Winner – Matthew Lewis A Level Chemistry A*, A Level Physics A, A Level Maths A, AS Level Music A and Cambridge Pre U Distinction (D3).

Matthew had a real aptitude for the sciences during his time at the College but was a particularly outstanding chemistry student. Matthew’s attention to detail and analytical mind is evidenced by the A* he achieved and thoroughly deserved.

Matthew Lewis

Matthew’s genuine fascination for the scientific and mathematical world led him to carry out further research above and beyond the A Level syllabus. Within GATE Matthew was a valued and respected member of the Programme, immersing himself in debates and challenges taking himself beyond his comfort zone. He attended numerous SEREN events and summer school placements at various universities in order to prepare for his own journey into higher education.

“I enjoyed my time at the college and was taught by some fantastic lecturers, which have enabled me to go on to begin a degree in chemistry in very good stead. I believe the decision I made in my choice of A-Levels was sensible and smart and the lecturers were, obviously, a major part in getting me to the grades I achieved.” This is the first year that the Glan Afan Prizes have been awarded at the College. Port Talbot County School opened in 1896 as one of the new secondary schools established by the Welsh Intermediate Education Act of 1889. In 1952 the school’s name was changed to Glan Afan Grammar School which subsequently became Glan Afan Comprehensive in 1965. The year 1996 marked the centenary of the school, and following pupil reunions of both Port Talbot County and Glan Afan Grammar, it was decided by the former pupils that they would like ‘ to do something for the school which had given them so much!’ Consequently a fund was opened and a fairly substantial amount of money was collected, which allowed for the establishment of the two ‘Glan Afan Prizes’. These ran for sixteen years from 2000-2016 when Glan Afan, Port Talbot’s oldest secondary school, sadly closed. The trustees of the prize fund approached Neath-Port Talbot College to see if the prizes could be transferred, and the two names of the school be preserved in the names of the prizes. This is the first year that the Glan Afan Prizes are being awarded at the college and they are open to students living in the Port Talbot catchment area. The two prizes are: The Glan Afan Grammar School Prize for the best Science A Levels The Port Talbot County School Prize for the best Arts A Levels.


A Levels

Level Entry Requirements

Biology

3 Chemistry

3 Criminology

3

Physics

3 Psychology

3 Mathematics

3 Further Mathematics

Career-Focused Courses

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6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. GCSE Maths Higher/Intermediate Tier grade B preferred and Higher Tier Additional/Triple Science grade B required. 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. GCSE Maths Higher/ Intermediate Tier grade B required and Higher Tier Additional/Triple Science grade B required. 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. No prior knowledge of subject required. 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths Higher/Intermediate Tier. GCSE Maths grade B required and Higher Tier Additional/Triple Science grade B required. 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Science and Maths. GCSE English Language grade B and strong essay writing skills required. GCSE Numeracy grade C recommended. 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. Higher/Intermediate Tier GCSE Maths grade B and GCSE Numeracy grade C recommended. 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. Higher Tier GCSE Maths grade A required and grade A* recommended.

Level Entry Requirements

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science

3

BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Science

3

Access to HE - Health Care

3

Access to HE - Science

3

5 GCSEs at grade A-C, including C grades in Double Science. 6 GCSEs at grade A-C, including Mathematics, Additional Science and English at grade C or above. This course caters for students 19 and over who are hoping to return to education. Students will need a C grade in GCSE English and a D in GCSE maths or equivalent. However, those without these grades will be required to sit an initial skills assessment prior to enrolling, followed by an interview.

Duration

Location

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Neath

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Duration

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Neath

2 Years

Neath

1 Year

Neath

1 Year

Neath

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Business, Travel and Tourism A knowledge of business and business processes can be useful in many different jobs including roles within the administrative and clerical job family, accountancy, banking and finance, retail sales and customer services. It will also be useful if you are thinking about setting up your own business or being self-employed in the future. Economics bridges the gap between science subjects and humanities and is highly regarded by universities. It combines very well with mathematics and subjects like business, government and politics, history and geography. Economics students typically follow careers in accountancy, finance and business analysis in both the private and public sectors.

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Courses A Levels

Level Entry Requirements

Business (Single)

3

Economics

3

Travel & Tourism

3

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Location

2 Years

Neath

2 Years

Neath

2 Years

Neath

6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language and a B grade in Maths. 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. No previous travel and tourism experience required.

Careers and What Could I Earn?

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Accountant £21k-£61k Travel Agent Manager £20k-£54k Marketing Executive £14k-£40k Event Organiser £16k-£28k Finance Officer £19k-£38k

What A Level combinations will help me get there? Chartered Accountant  Mathematics

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Tour Operator  Travel and Tourism  Business

Marketing Executive  Business

This is just a guide – there are many possible A Level combinations and careers you could go into.


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The School of Creative, Visual and Performing Arts offer A Level courses in Art and Design, Media Studies and Performing Arts based at our Neath College. Classes are taught in a creative environment and using cutting-edge industry standard equipment within purpose-built specialist facilities, including Nidum Arts Centre. We are a creative centre for learning where you receive extensive training opportunities, along with one-to-one tutoring for your applications for specialist conservatoires and universities. Our students do progress and importantly they are really employable. E D IG AE T H

A Levels

Level Entry Requirements

Dance

3

Drama and Theatre Studies

3

Film Studies

3

Fine Art

3

Graphic Communication

3

Media Studies

3

Music

3

Photography

3

Textiles

3

Three Dimensional Design

3

6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. Prior dance experience desirable. 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. GCSE English Language, grade B recommended. 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. GCSE Art and Design essential, minimum C grade. 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. GCSE Art or GCSE Graphics recommended. 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. GCSE in Media Studies is an advantage although it is not mandatory. 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. Performance on instrument or voice to a minimum standard of grade 5/working towards grade 5 theory. Ability to read music notation is essential. 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. GCSE Art/Graphics/D&T required. 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. GCSE Textiles/Art recommended or a satisfactory portfolio of artwork. 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. GCSE Art/Graphics/D&D/ Resistant Materials recommended.

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Neath

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2 Years

Neath

2 Years

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2 Years

Neath

2 Years

Neath

2 Years

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2 Years

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2 Years

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Careers and What Could I Earn?

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Fine Arts Graduates £26k

Videographer £15k-£33k

Product Designer £19k-£46k

Interior Designer £18k-£75k

Art Director £23k-£59k

Film Director £16k-£90k

Graphic Designer £17k-£41k

Music Producer £47k

Dance Performer £6-£150 per hour/average £45k per year

What A Level combinations will help me get there?

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Product Designer  3D Design

 Fine Art

 Textiles  Graphic Communication  Engineering  Business

 Graphic Communication  Textiles  3D Design  English  Digital Technology

Choreographer  Dance  Drama & Theatre Studies  English Language  English Literature  Welsh  Psychology  Sociology  Business.

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Fine Artist/Illustrator

Film Director  Film Studies  Media Studies  Graphic Design  Graphic Communication  English Language  Mathematics  Business  Fine Art  Psychology  Photography  3D Design

Dance Education Specialist  Dance  English Language  Welsh  Psychology  Physical Education

Camera Operator  Photography  Film Studies  Media Studies  Fine Art

Interior Designer  Fine Art  Graphic Design  Textiles  3D Design  Business


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Health and Social Care students will study the rights of service users and the responsibilities of organisations. Students will investigate current health issues in society and plan and implement a health promotion campaign. Students will gain an understanding of the roles of various professionals in order to prepare for your future career.

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Courses A Levels Health & Social Care

Level Entry Requirements

3

6 GCSEs at grade C including Maths.

Duration

Location

2 Years

Neath

Careers and What Could I Earn?

Speech and Language Therapist £36k-£49k Occupational Therapy £21k-£41k

What A Level combinations will help me get there? Nursing and Midwifery  Health and Social Care  Biology

 Psychology  Sociology  Chemistry  Mathematics

Social Work  English Language

 Sociology  Law  History  Government and Politics  Health and Social Care

Speech Therapist & Languages  Biology  Modern Foreign Languages (e.g. French, Spanish, German)  English Language  Welsh  Psychology

This is just a guide – there are many possible A Level combinations and careers you could go into.

Occupational Therapy  English Language

 Sociology  Law  History  Government and Politics  Health and Social Care

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Children, Adult, Mental Health Nursing £25k-£48k Social Work £23k-£47k

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LEVELS 

LEVELS 

LEVELS 

LEVELS 

Humanities SAFON SAFON 

SAFON 

 includes studying A Levels in English, Law, Ancient History, History, Geography, Government & The study of Humanities Politics, Religious Studies and Sociology to name but a few. They are the study of human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic and political contexts. The humanities and social sciences have a historical and contemporary focus, from personal to global contexts, and consider challenges for the future. We have extremely passionate subject specific specialists teaching in all areas for A Level, with a wealth of knowledge from lengthy careers in industry.

SAFON 

Courses A Levels

Ancient History

Level Entry Requirements

6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths.

2 Years

Neath

3

6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. A grade B in GCSE English Language and a C grade in GCSE English Literature are desirable.

2 Years

Neath

3

6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. GCSE English Language grade B required.

2 Years

Neath

3

6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. A grade B in GCSE English Language and a B grade in GCSE English Literature are desirable.

2 Years

Neath

Geography

3

6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths.

2 Years

Neath

Government and Politics

3

6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths.

2 Years

Neath

History

3

6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths.

2 Years

Neath

3

6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. Grade B in English language required.

2 Years

Neath

Religious Studies

3

6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. GCSE English grade C required.

2 Years

Neath

Sociology

3

6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. Strong essay writing skills required.

2 Years

Neath

Duration

Location

1 Year

Neath

English Literature

English Language/Literature

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Location

3

English Language

Law

Career-Focused Courses

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Duration

Level Entry Requirements

3

This course caters for students 19 and over who are hoping to return to education. Students will need a C grade in GCSE English and a D in GCSE maths or equivalent. However, those without these grades will be required to sit an initial skills assessment prior to enrolling, followed by an interview.


Careers & What Could I Earn?

Emsi: www.economicmodeling.com

Archaeologist £62k Civil Servant £20k-£40k Journalist £20k-£55K

Lawyer £30k-£110K Teacher (Secondary) £32k-£70k

What A Level combinations will help me get there? Journalist

Lawyer

 English Language

 English Language

 English Language

 History  Sociology  Government and Politics  Law  Religious Studies  Geography  Modern Foreign Languages

 History  Sociology  Government and Politics  Law  Religious Studies  Geography

 English Literature  Law  History  Sociology  Government and Politics

The UK Civil Service is one of the top six employers in the UK. Civil servants can work in local or national governments.

There are many fields of journalism which range beyond newspapers. You could become a freelance journalist.

This is just a guide – there are many possible A level combinations and careers you could go into.

3,124 job openings are expected in the UK by 2024

Politician  English Language

 English Literature  History  Sociology  Government and Politics  Law  Religious Studies  Geography Politicians can work at a number of levels locally, nationally and internationally.

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Civil Servant

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LEVELS  SAFON 

LEVELS 

LEVELS 

LEVELS 

SAFON 

SAFON 

Computing and Digital Technology Some of today’s most in demand jobs – web designers, software programmers, digital content creators, IT security experts, data analysts – hardly existed 20 years ago. Studying a technology based subject will enable you to pursue some of the most rewarding and lucrative careers available. An A level in Computer Science gives you the opportunity to progress to a degree in a computing discipline or a degree where computing related skills and knowledge are advantageous. The Digital Technology A Level can be seen as an excellent subject to take alongside many other complementary subjects such as Business, Economics, Maths, Sciences and Art.

SAFON 

Courses A Levels

Level Entry Requirements

Computer Science

3

Digital Technology

3

Duration

Location

2 Years

Neath

2 Years

Neath

6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Mathematics (at grade B or above) and English Language (at grade C or above). 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language (at grade C or above).

Careers and What Could I Earn?

Emsi: www.economicmodeling.com

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Web Designer £18k-£40k

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Big Data Engineer £75k Experienced Freelance Designer UK Average Salary £50-£75 per hour Information Systems Security Manager £30k-£70k UK Average Data Analyst £35k-£55k Salary

What A Level combinations will help me get there?

Web Designer  Business

 Graphic Communication  Digital Technology

Data Analyst

 Business  Economics  Digital Technology  Maths

Computer Programmer  Business

 Computer Science  Economics  Maths

This is just a guide – there are many possible A Level combinations and careers you could go into.

Software Engineering  Business  Computer Science  Digital Technology  Maths


LEVELS 

LEVELS 

LEVELS 

SAFON  SAFON 

GA

H

SAFON 

LEVELS  ED I G A ET

OL

Languages

LW

LW

OL

SAFON 

GA

Languages at A Level obviously offer you a fantastic opportunity to work towards becoming a linguist, but that's not all. They are great subjects to study alone and can also offer excellent opportunities alongside other subjects. Languages can take you across the world and can get you ahead in business, or even could give you a head start in politics. There are simply no limits to the possibilities open to you if you incorporate languages into your studies and we are on hand to ensure that you get all the support, information and encouragement available. E D IG AE T H

A Levels

Level Entry Requirements

French

3

German

3

Spanish

3

Welsh Second Language

3

6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths. A B grade in English Language is required. A B grade in GCSE French is required. 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths. A B grade in English Language is required. A B grade in GCSE German is required. 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths. A B grade in English Language is required. A B grade in GCSE Spanish is required. 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Welsh and Maths.

Careers and What Could I Earn?

International Marketing Executive £29k

Duration

Location

2 Years

Neath

2 Years

Neath

2 Years

Neath

2 Years

Neath

Emsi: www.economicmodeling.com

Translator £25K Interpreter up to £36 per hour

What A Level combinations will help me get there?

Teacher Training  At least one from:

Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology, Drama, English, French, Geography, German, History, ICT, Music, Mathematics, Physics, PE, Religious Studies, Spanish.

Speech Therapy

 Biology  Modern Foreign Language (e.g. French, Spanish, German)  English Language  Psychology

Interpreter

 English Language  Modern Foreign Languages

(e.g. French, Spanish, German)  History  Law  Government and Politics

This is just a guide – there are many possible A Level combinations and careers you could go into.

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Courses

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LEVELS 

LEVELS 

LEVELS 

LEVELS 

SAFON 

SAFON 

SAFON 

Physical Education A career in the sports industry boasts a diverse range of options, from teaching and coaching, sport business, and sport science to media health and fitness. The Physical Education A Level goes into significantly more detail around the biomechanics of movement, psychological aspects, skill acquisition and physiology of sport.

SAFON 

Courses A Levels Physical Education

Level Entry Requirements

3

Duration

Location

2 Years

Neath

6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including grade B in English, Maths and Physical Education. Strong practical skills in one sport and coaching experience required.

Careers and What Could I Earn?

Emsi: www.economicmodeling.com

www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/exercise-physiologist

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PE Teacher (Secondary) £30k per year average Strength and Conditioning Coach £17k-£45K

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Sport Science If you work in high-profile sport science, your salary can exceed £60k and may reach up to £100k* Sport Development Officer £18k-£40k

What A Level combinations will help me get there? PE Teacher  Physical Education

 English Literature  Mathematics

Strength and Conditioning Coach  Physical Education  Biology  Chemistry

Sport Science  Physical Education  Biology  Business

Sport Media / Journalism  Physical Education  English Literature  English Language  Media Studies

Sport Psychology  Physical Education  English Language  Psychology  Maths


Art, Design and Creative Media

When creative jobs that are outside the creative industries are also added in - to calculate the total of the UK's creative economy - the total figure has reached 3.12 million, meaning one out of every 11 jobs is in this industry.

What will I do?

Lessons are taught in a creative environment, using cuttingedge industry standard equipment within purpose-built specialist facilities. There are numerous opportunities provided for Art and Design, Photography and Multimedia students to exhibit work both within the College and at external public events. Media students work on ‘live’ projects, during which they will liaise with clients and screen their final piece of work. Many students will go onto the Foundation Year in Art and Design course at Afan College, a prerequisite qualification for many universities.

Our lecturers are practising artists so you will be learning from those who still play an active part in the creative industries sector, helping to give you the opportunity to explore your personal creative talent in the context of a wider cultural arena, shape it, change it and make a difference. At this creative centre for learning, you will progress and importantly become really employable – we aim to help you be career ready!

Career opportunities

b Architects b Arts Heritage b Craftsperson b Designer b Director b Film Producer b Fine Artists b Graphic Designers b Photographer b Print Maker b Product Designers b Prop and Set Designer b Spatial, Interior and Landscape Designer b Tattoo Artist b Teacher and Educator b Videographer b Web Designer.

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At NPTC Group of Colleges, we will help, support and guide you on your way to becoming a part of this very fast moving and dynamic sector. The number of jobs in the UK creative industries has topped two million for the first time under the current system of counting after expanding faster than the rest of the economy in 2017.

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Courses A Levels

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Duration

Location

3D Design

3

6 GCSEs A*-C

2 Years

Neath

Graphic Communication

3

6 GCSEs A*-C

2 Years

Neath

Film Studies

3

6 GCSEs A*-C

2 Years

Neath

Fine Art

3

6 GCSEs A*-C

2 Years

Neath

Media Studies

3

6 GCSEs A*-C

2 Years

Neath

Photography

3

6 GCSEs A*-C

2 Years

Neath

Textiles

3

6 GCSEs A*-C

2 Years

Neath

Duration

Location

1 Year

Afan

Career-Focused Courses

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Level Entry Requirements

Level Entry Requirements

UAL Diploma in Art and Design

2

4 GCSEs A*-C which must include Art and Design and English or an appropriate Level 1 qualification at a distinction level. Entry is also subject to interview and an art and design portfolio.

UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design

3

A relevant Level 2 qualification or 5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include GCSE English

2 Years

Afan

UAL Diploma in Production and Creative Technology

2

2 GCSEs A*-C or an appropriate Level 1 qualification

1 Year

Neath

UAL Diploma in Production and Creative Technology

3

5 GCSEs A*-C including English. A relevant Level 2 qualification.

1 Year

Neath

1 Year

Neath

1 Year

Afan

UAL Extended Diploma in Production Arts with WBQ

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

2

3/4

5 GCSEs A*-C including Maths or English/Welsh. Level 2 BTEC Diploma in a related subject at Merit grade or above. All students also need to present a satisfactory portfolio of practical work at interview. 1 A Level at grade C or an Extended Diploma. Mature students (age 21+) will be considered on the basis of a portfolio.


The Port Talbot County School Prize for the best Arts A Level Student Rachael Lewis

This is the first year that the Glan Afan Prizes are being awarded at the College. Port Talbot County School opened in 1896 as one of the new secondary schools established by the Welsh Intermediate Education Act of 1889. In 1952, the school's name was changed to Glan Afan Grammar School which subsequently became Glan Afan Comprehensive in 1965. The year 1996 marked the centenary of the school, and following pupil reunions of both Port Talbot County and Glan Afan Grammar, it was decided by the former pupils that they would like 'to do something for the school which had given them so much!' Consequently a fund was opened and a fairly substantial amount of money was collected, which allowed for the establishment of the two 'Glan Afan Prizes'. These ran for sixteen years when Glan Afan, Port Talbot's oldest secondary school, sadly closed. The trustees of the prize fund approached NPTC Group of Colleges College to see if the prizes could be transferred, and the two names of the school be preserved in the names of the prizes. Rachael Lewis is the first recipient of the Port Talbot County School Prize for the best Arts A Level Student as she is a highly creative individual who has really pushed herself out of her comfort zone for her Photography coursework. During lockdown Racheal taught herself how to create a stop motion animation using Adobe Premiere. She created each still herself by experimenting with light painting.

Creative Director

Freelance £500 to £700+ per day

Employed £100k to £160k+

Senior Graphic Designer

Freelance £200 to £400 per day

Employed £35 to 55k

Be creative with a career in art, design and media

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Rachael was a highly positive member of her cohort and had a mature outlook which was often reflected in the work produced in both Fine Art and Photography.

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Automotive and Vehicle Body Repair Entering a career in mechanics or vehicle repair means guaranteeing a future of steady work. Slumps in the economy can affect people buying new cars, but vehicles will always require maintenance and repair. If you enjoy meeting different people every day, being ‘hands-on’, working with cutting edge technology, or have a creative eye or a love of restoration – then a career working with any vehicle is waiting for you. The Automotive Academy department at Pontardawe College boasts a prestigious state-of-the-art Motor Vehicle Academy, sponsored and promoted by Snap-On Tools, the Rolls Royce of tools. This first class workshop includes ten car ramps, a dedicated all wheel alignment ramp, an MOT-style ATL test bay and a valeting bay, and a range of Snap-on and Pico diagnostics.

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Our brand new facility at Pontardawe College is purpose built to industrial specification where we have recently launched a new vehicle body repair workshop, with state-of-the-art spray booths, a paint mixing room, wheel refurbishment booth and a high-intensity heating bay that boasts a prestigious state-of-the-art sponsored and promoted by the likes of deVilbiss tools.

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What will I do?

Our courses aim to explore a vehicle’s construction and accurately repair damage to the vehicle itself and its body ready for finishing. You will complete a series of assignments and practical tasks carried out in our excellent facilities.

Career opportunities

Employment for mechanics is usually with garages, transport companies, road haulage companies or large organisations with fleets of vehicles. At technician level you will perform skilled diagnostic work, including work on electronic and computer controlled systems. The work is challenging and logical, involving a lot of problem solving. In larger companies, it is usually possible to gain promotion to supervisory and management roles. Careers within the vehicle body repair and refinishing side is usually within garages, body shops and the motor sport industry that specialise in the repair of vehicles after accident damage. The skills involved within body repair and refinishing vary from sectioning panels to valeting, MIG welding and rectifying paint defects.

The motor vehicle departments at Brecon Beacons also has fully equipped workshops with four post, two post and scissor-style vehicle lifts, diagnostic testing equipment from Bosch, Crypton, Pico, Autel and ASNU ultrasonic injector cleaning facilities.

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Student Success

Auto Refinishing Apprentice Joshua Jones has won a place in the WorldSkills UK Talent Programme ahead of the 2021 WorldSkills Final in Shanghai. Josh is currently undertaking an apprenticeship with Pathways Training (the College’s work-placed learning provider) and he spends four days a week on placement at Swansea-based vehicle body shop ‘Scuffed Up’. Josh’s journey to the WorldSkills UK Talent Programme has seen him compete across Wales and the UK. He took silver in the World Skills Wales competition final in January 2019 and then went on to compete in the World Skills UK qualifiers (one of only eighteen of the top apprentices in the UK). It was his performance here

that won him a place in the World Skills Live UK Final in November 2019 and ultimately led to him being selected for the WorldSkills UK Talent Programme. Josh hopes one day to run his own vehicle body shop, but until then, is enjoying earning whilst working at learning. He said: “I’ve worked hard to get to where I am now, constantly improving my techniques and honing my craft, both at my workplace and during my study days at college. Being able to work at the same time as studying has been invaluable, as I learn new things every day at Scuffed Up; there are different kinds of jobs coming in every day on all kinds of cars, so you have to be adaptable. The sense of satisfaction when a customer leaves us happy is second to none, I really enjoy that.”

Career-Focused Courses

Level Entry Requirements

Duration

Location

Automotive Engineering

1

GCSEs at grade D/E or above are desirable, but practical experience is also considered.

1 Year

Brecon/ Pontardawe

Automotive Engineering

2

4 GCSEs at grade C or above are desirable, but practical experience is also considered.

1 Year

Brecon/ Pontardawe

Automotive Engineering

3

5 GCSEs at grade C or above are desirable, but practical experience is also considered.

1 Year

Brecon

Vehicle Body Repair (Body)

1

GCSEs at grade D/E or above are desirable, but practical experience is also considered.

1 Year

Pontardawe

Vehicle Body Repair Refinishing (Paint)

2

4 GCSEs at grade C or above are desirable but practical experience is also considered.

1 Year

Pontardawe

Average annual earnings

Emsi: www.economicmodeling.com

Mechanic £13k - £30k Automotive Engineer £60k+ in senior roles (Prospects.ac.uk) Vehicle Paint Technicians £18k - £40k

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Applied Therapies including Beauty Therapy and Makeup Artistry Today’s beauty and applied therapy industry is an everexpanding, ever-changing, ever-fascinating sector. If you are innovative and ambitious, there is no limit to your potential, be it in PR, journalism, makeup, a salon owner, beauty therapist or founding your own beauty company!

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No other industry has such a constant worldwide demand for qualified, creative, well-trained individuals. The beauty/ applied therapy industry offers bright opportunities with careers in the fashion industry as a makeup artist or stylist. Specialisms such as theatrical special effects and media makeup offer the opportunity to work behind the scenes in film, theatre and TV. You might have the independence to start your own salon or spa or even become an instructor at College and inspire others to enter into the business.

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Average annual earnings

What will I do?

As part of the Lee Stafford Academy Hairdressing, Barbering and Applied Therapies, you will be taught in industry leading salons by highly skilled professionals with a wealth of beauty industry knowledge. Courses will cover makeup, massage therapies and technical aesthetic applications such as eyebrow shaping, eyelash and eyebrow tinting, waxing, manicure and pedicure as well as anatomy and physiology, skin and hair growth. Theatrical/special effects makeup route will involve working with prosthetics, postiche and special effects makeup.

Career opportunities

Theatrical makeup artist, dermatologist, eyelash technician, nail technician, spa owner, freelance beauty therapist, beauty writer, beauty vlogger.

Beauty Therapist £21k in salon Makeup Artist £40 per hour (freelance)

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The Lee Stafford Academy of Hairdressing, Barbering and Applied Therapies has been celebrating the success of their Beauty Therapy students at the recent Skills Wales competitions virtual awards ceremony.

“As Rosie’s tutor, I am thrilled with her success in the Skills Wales competition achieving Silver. She worked hard throughout lockdown, takes great pride in her work and is utter perfection with treatments! Well done, Rosie!”

The Silver medal was awarded to Rosie Newton from Afan College, who stated: “I have received lots of help and support from my tutor Gemma. I am really pleased to win Silver in the Skills Wales competition, I couldn’t have done it without Gemma’s support!”

Aimee Nurse from Afan College went home with a Bronze medal. Commenting on her experience, she said: “A huge thank you to my tutor Alison for all her support throughout the competition and the whole year. Taking part in the competition during lockdown was a challenge, but I really enjoyed the opportunity to test and develop my skills. I’m so pleased I achieved the Bronze award”.

Gemma Davies, Beauty Therapy Tutor in Afan College, added:

Career-Focused Courses

Level Entry Requirements

Duration

Location

Introduction to Hair and Beauty Services

1

2 GCSEs at grades D or above

1 Year

Afan

VTCT NVQ Beauty Therapy (ages 16-18)

1

2 GCSEs at grades C or above

1 Year

Afan

VTCT NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy (ages 16-18)

2

5 GCSEs at grades C or above.

1 Year

Afan/ Brecon

VTCT NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy (ages 19+)

2

5 GCSEs at grade C or above or successful interview. (19 years of age).

1 Year

Afan

VTCT Diploma in Beauty Therapy Studies

2

2–3 GCSEs at grades C and above. Interview prior to enrolment.

1 Year

Afan

VTCT VRQ in Beauty Therapy Treatments

3

Level 2 Beauty Therapy or an equivalent qualification

1 Year

Afan/ Brecon

3

5 GCSEs at grades C or above (or Level 2 Beauty/Hairdressing qualification). Mature students require a successful interview.

1 Year

Afan

VTCT Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Makeup

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Applied Science The Applied Science course equips you with a variety of different skills and a wide science knowledge base spanning biology, chemistry and physics, providing you with opportunities to apply to a wide range of university courses. The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma has a general applied route and an optional specialist pathway between a biomedical unit and a forensic science unit.

What will I do?

This course consists of 60% coursework, while 20% is exam based and 20% externally marked coursework. Examples of units you will study include biomedical science, forensic evidence, collection and analysis, principles and applications of science, genetics, science investigation skills, laboratory techniques, physiology of human body systems, contemporary issues in science and organic chemistry. You will be required to undertake a programme of assignments throughout the course, and external examinations in two units. These will include assessment of practical skills and the ability to work safely. It is essential that you are well organised and meet deadlines.

Career opportunities

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Possible careers include biochemist, radiologist, radiographer, audiologist, chemist, biologist, paramedic, chiropractor, healthcare, forensic science.

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Courses Career-Focused Courses

Student Success

Ellie Pits: Level 3 in Forensic Science Why did you choose this course? “Initially I wanted to study criminology at university so decided to take Forensic Science to get both the practical experience as well as the court experience.

Whilst at College, I made the UK National World Skills finals at the NEC in Birmingham in which I received highly commended, meaning I’m one of the best in the UK. It was one of the best experiences of my life, and I would recommend that any student thinking about competing to go for it. It looks great on your CV or UCAS application and gives you loads of confidence. After College I plan to now go to university to study Forensic Science, then Medicine to eventually become a Forensic Pathologist.”

Average annual earnings

Biological Scientists and Biochemists £45k Crime Scene Investigator £17k-£35k Criminologist £25k-£28k Fire Investigator £70k Forensic Scientist £20k Radiographer £40k Paramedic £36k

Level Entry Requirements

Duration

Location

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science

3

5 GCSEs at A-C, including C grades in Double Science.

2 Years

Neath

BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Science

3

6 GCSEs at grade A-C, including Mathematics, Additional Science and English at grade C or above.

2 Years

Neath

Access to HE - Health Care

3

This course caters for students 19 and over who are hoping return to education. Students will have to complete a successful interview.

1 Year

Neath

Access to HE - Science

3

This course caters for students 19 and over who are hoping return to education. Students will have to complete a successful interview.

1 Year

Neath


Business, Tourism and Management

The School of Business, Tourism and Management reflects this successful and dynamic sector, with staff bringing a balance of academic excellence and industry expertise to ensure a stimulating and positive learning experience. Travel and tourism is a dynamic and ever-changing industry. In a recent study, Deloitte reported tourism to be the fastest growing sector in the UK for almost ten years! The tourism sector offers employment opportunities globally, nationally and locally. In the last four years, tourism sector employment in south Wales rose from 29,000 to 31,100 with tourism accounting for 10% of jobs in Wales.

What will I do?

The College is committed to improving numeracy, literacy and digital literacy skills. Students on all courses are encouraged to develop their basic skills which are vital to ensure career success.

The department offers workshops run by experienced business people, and first-class links with local businesses ensure you gain a deep understanding of how companies are managed and run. As a tourism student you will be well integrated into the community, planning and supporting a range of tourism events and gaining valuable skills in the extended areas of tourism.

Career opportunities

b Accounting b Business administration b Cabin crew b Cruise ship b Event managing b Forensic accounting b Hotel management b Human resources b Marketing b Overseas repping b Rural tourism b Stockbroker b Tourism management and development b Travel agency work b Visitor attractions managing b Wedding planning.

Average annual earnings

Accountant £62k Marketing Manager £50k

Tour Operator £24k Event Planner £29k

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Business and related subjects such as finance, accounting, management and economics are among the most popular fields of study at universities worldwide. This is because business graduates are in high demand worldwide, and because business touches on pretty much every aspect of modern human society. Careers with a business degree are diverse and often highly paid.

*https://www.accountancyage.com/2018/04/18/salary-survey-2018-uk-accountants-earning-right-now/

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Student Success

What are your future plans? “I have been accepted to Manchester University to study International Relations.” “I enjoyed doing Travel and Tourism because it’s allowed me to learn about lots of different aspects in business in the tourism industry and outside of it. I got to do a few trips before Covid and make new friends because of this, so I really enjoyed my time on the course.’’

Sophie Millard

Course: Level 3 Travel & Tourism Achieved: Double Distinction Star (D*D*)

Courses A Levels

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Duration

Location

Access to HE - Business and Financial Services

3

This course caters for students 19 and over who are hoping return to education. Students will have to complete a successful interview.

1 Year

Neath

Business (Single)

3

6 GCSEs A-C.

2 Years

Neath

Economics

3

6 GCSEs A-C Maths at grade B.

2 Years

Neath

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Tourism

3

6 GCSEs at grade C or above, to include Maths and English.

2 Years

Neath

Duration

Location

Career-Focused Courses

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Level Entry Requirements

Level Entry Requirements

BTEC Technical Certificate in Business Enterprise

2

2 GCSEs at C or above or a relevant Level 1 qualification.

1 Year

Neath

BTEC Extended Diploma in Business

3

6 GCSEs at grade C or above including Mathematics and English Language.

2 Years

Neath

BTEC Extended Certificate in Business

3

6 GCSEs at grade C or above including either GCSE Mathematics or English Language.

2 Years

Neath

1/2

2 GCSEs at C or above or a relevant Level 1 qualification.

1 Year

Neath

BTEC Level 1/2 Accelerated Learning in Travel and Tourism BTEC National Diploma in Business with Applied Law

3

6 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths or English Language

2 Years

Brecon

BTEC Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism

3

6 GCSEs at C grade or above including Mathematics or English Language.

2 Years

Neath


Civil Engineering & Construction Management Civil Engineers create, improve and protect the environment in which we live. The discipline deals with designing, constructing and managing our physical and naturally built environment including roads, buildings and bridges. The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction & Civil Engineering, is the equivalent of 3 A Levels and is a fantastic stepping stone to university for those with a passion for Maths, enjoy a more practical way of learning and who are interested in Architecture, Buildings, Design or maybe are thinking of becoming a Quantity Surveyor. The course covers 18 units which include CAD drawing, Site Surveying, Sustainable Construction, Science and Materials in Construction and the Built Environment, Maths plus Health, Safety and Welfare. We expect that our students may be employed on a part-time basis. The course is structured so that part-time work is feasible, and still leaves time to complete college work at home. Assessment takes the form of in course phase tests, assignments and practical exercises.

Career opportunities

The career opportunities in the construction and civil engineering sector are endless, including professions such as Architecture, Interior Architecture, Building Engineering Services, Quantity Surveying, Site Management, and Building Surveying. The technical and professional occupations in the sector are fast-moving and challenging. You could be involved in seeing through a project all the way from design stage to construction and completion. These projects might include the development and construction of bridges, tunnels, roads, railways, dams, major buildings, coastal projects, power stations as well as new renewable energy sites. In addition, you could continue with a technical or professional apprenticeships at level 3 and 4, Higher Education, HNC Level 4 in Construction and the Built Environment, HNC Level 4 in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering), HNC Level 4 in Construction and the Built Environment (Quantity Surveying).

Career-Focused Courses BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering/Construction Management)

Level

3

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A*-C to include either Maths, English or Welsh and Science. 6 GCSEs if only Maths, English or Welsh are achieved. BTEC First Certificate or Diploma in Construction at Merit or Distinction.

Duration

Location

2 Years

Neath

Average annual earnings

Trainees & Graduate Apprentices £18k-£28k Graduate Civil Engineer £23k-£28k Chartered Civil Engineer (ICE) £50k

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Civil Engineer (ICE) Fellow £81k Project Manager £45k-£60k Quantity Surveyor £35k-£60k Architect £45k-£80k

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Computing and Digital Technology With employment in the IT and telecoms industry set to grow at five times the national average over the next decade, IT and digital technology is fast becoming one of the UK’s most highly paid careers. In 2018, the industries grew 32% faster than the rest of the UK economy, creating highly-paid job opportunities and accounting for 1.58m jobs across the UK. Top employment sectors include application and software development, data management, cyber security, data analytics, hardware, devices, and open source hardware. All our full-time courses are aimed at students who want to gain nationally recognised qualifications in computing and IT. We will help you to meet your personal, career and employment goals whether you are leaving school, are in work or simply want to improve your computing skills.

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Past students are now working as: software developers, dynamic CRM developers, data analysts, IT support and operations technicians, web and eCommerce developers, data warehouse analysts, and systems analysts.

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Our dedicated lecturers have sector experience backed up with subject-specific knowledge. Lessons unfold in creative ways illustrated with real-life case studies and examples. Students can take on industry work experience. The department uses modern hardware and software, such as Adobe Creative Suite, Visual Studio NET, Java NetBeans, Brackets, BFXR, Audacity and Game Maker. All our courses are delivered in bespoke IT laboratories with a specialised suite for the delivery of PC construction and network developments. Achievement on our programmes currently stands at 99%, and 100% of BSc students find employment in computingrelated careers within three months of graduating.

What will I do?

You will explore how ICT is used in industry by developing sector specific knowledge, technical and practical skills, along with how to apply these skills in a work related environment.

Career opportunities

The majority of students on computing and IT courses progress on to higher education and within NPTC Group of Colleges, we can offer our students degrees on their doorsteps. We have an ideal progression route where, following the successful completion of the Level 3 Extended Diploma or A Level programme in a related discipline, students can progress on to the HND Computing (two years) followed by the BSc (Hons) Applied Computing (third year). To go on to higher education or secure employment in a range of business and ICT organisations, many students study computer related courses. Some of the organisations that employ past students and graduates include Fujitsu, NPTCBC, The Good IT Company, DVLA, 15 Below, CGI, ALTech UK and Virgin Media. Please note that if you are considering teaching as a career, universities require GCSEs at grade B or above for Maths, English and Science. For Computer Science courses some universities ask for a minimum of grade B at Maths GCSE. Potential career opportunities: software developers, dynamic CRM developers, data analysts, IT support and operations technicians, web and eCommerce developers, data warehouse analysts, and systems analysts.

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A Levels

Level Entry Requirements

Computer Science

3

Digital Technology

3

Career-Focused Courses

6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Mathematics (grade B or above) and English Language (grade C or above). 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language (grade C or above).

Level Entry Requirements

Duration

Location

2 Years

Neath

2 Years

Neath

Duration

Location

1

2 GCSEs (grades E or F).

1 Year

Neath/ Brecon/ Afan

Extended Certificate in Information and Creative Technology

2

3 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Mathematics or English Language, or Level 1 Diploma in relevant subject (Merit or Distinction).

1 Year

Neath/ Brecon

Diploma in Digital Technology (Networking and Cyber Security)

2

3 GCSEs at grade C or above, or successful completion of Level 1 Diploma in IT.

1 Year

Neath/ Brecon

2 Years

Neath

1 Year

Neath/ Brecon

Diploma in IT

Extended National Diploma in IT

3

Access to HE Diploma Computing and ICT

3

5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Mathematics and English Language. Applicants via Level 2 Extended Certificate / Diploma in relevant subject (Merit or Distinction). Applications can be made from learners who have been out of compulsory education for 3 years or more and/or do not hold any formal qualifications.

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Student Success

Seven incredibly talented Computing and IT Students took Skills Competition Wales by storm recently, taking nearly half of all the top spots in the Cyber Security, Coding Skills and Web Design categories. Skills Competition Wales, delivered by the Inspiring Skills Excellence in Wales project on behalf of the Skills Ambassador Network, is designed to raise the profile of skills in Wales. Focusing on growth areas and the needs of the economy, the competition helps boost the skillsets of the future workforce. Skills Competition Wales is aligned to WorldSkills, with many competitors going on to compete in WorldSkills UK competitions.

 Cyber Security Silver: Joshua Roberts  Cyber Security Silver: Mitchell Wilkes  Cyber Security Bronze: Alex Griffiths  Cyber Security Bronze: Dylan Rogers  Coding Skills Silver: Dewi James  Web Design Silver: Luke Wooley  Web Design Bronze: Jamie Mellin

“I’m incredibly proud of all the students who competed. It’s a fantastic achievement demonstrating the talent that is here at NPTC Group of Colleges and also a testament to the expertise and support provided by our teaching staff.’’ Eira Williams, Director of Studies

Average annual earnings

Computer Programmer 30k

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IT Technician £30k

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Business Analyst £49k

Software Engineer £32k

Cyber Security Analyst £31k Systems Architect £50k

Computer / Network Support

Computer Operator £23k

System Administrator, Computer / Network £26k Technical Support Specialist £24k

Cyber Security Analyst £31k

Network Security Engineer £36k

Technician £19k

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Construction and the Built Environment A new suite of qualifications will be introduced across Wales that have been developed with employers to better meet the skills needs of the built environment sector in Wales. The change aims to simplify the complex landscape of more than 400 qualifications in construction and building services in Wales and to ensure you are better prepared for careers across the sector. There’ll be an increased focus on new and traditional techniques, on knowledge of the industry as a whole and on the generic skills needed to progress into work from education. The brand new refurbished Maesteg Construction Centre of Excellence has a range of full and part time construction courses to suit any level. We focus on delivering excellence in teaching and learning whilst training to help all students achieve their potential. We are enthusiastic about helping you achieve your education goals and land your dream job! Our construction courses focus on skills that can be applied directly to the workplace or further study, giving you the knowledge to pursue a career in the construction industry. From January 2022 we will be offering a level 1 diploma in Construction skills for those currently working or intending to work in the construction industry. From September 2022, we will be offering a full-time Level 2 foundation in construction and the built environment course. You will choose from two trades experiences, carpentry, bricklaying, plastering and ground works (Construction civils). Once you have completed this qualification you may be able to progress onto further full time study or an apprenticeship.

Our Apprenticeships are for people of all ages, 16+, to help you kick-start a career in the construction industry that suits your skills and interests, to facilitate a career change, or for people who would like to progress in their current role.

Construction Skills (Multi Trade – Pre Foundation)

Construction Skills Level 1 is a full-time, further education course designed for students who are interested in a career in the construction industry. The course consists of a knowledge of health and safety, practical and theory sessions from some of the following depending on chosen College, Bricklaying, Plastering, Carpentry, Painting or Tiling.

Level 2 Foundation Construction and Built Environment

The Level 2 Foundation Construction and Built Environment is a brand new qualification where you study two trade experiences from the following:  Working with brick, block and stone  Wood occupations  Painting and decorating  Plastering and interior systems  Wall and floor tiling The Construction and Building Services industry has around three million workers in the UK, making it one of the country’s biggest employers. The industry requires a large number of newly trained operatives each year in order to keep up with demand. Jobs are available across all areas and with salaries rising at the moment, there’s never been a better time to join this rewarding industry. Training takes place in spacious and well equipped workshops where students have the chance to develop new knowledge and skills which will equip them for a successful career in the construction industry.

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What will I do?

Tuition is carried out by qualified staff with industry experience who focus on developing students’ skills. Many of our staff are former students of the College and understand how to make learning interesting and enjoyable and are able to get the best out of students. You will cover practical craft skills, job knowledge and advanced trade techniques in your chosen path. You will also learn the interpretation of construction drawings and the calculation of materials and costings. Students are also encouraged to participate in skills competitions as a means of enhancing their practical ability and developing higher level skills.

Assessment

To achieve this qualification, learners must complete:  One externally set, externally marked multiple-choice test  One externally set, internally marked project covering two trade areas  One externally set, internally marked guided discussion  One externally set, internally marked health and safety test.

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Bricklayer £52k Carpenter and Joiner £50k Plasterer £48k Wall and Floor Tilers £48k

Progression

On completion, the qualification will provide a broad foundational knowledge across the construction or built environment industry as well as introductory knowledge and skills in two chosen pathways. The qualification provides the knowledge to progress on to further study:  Progression in Construction Level 2 (Full-time) – City & Guilds  Construction Level 3 Two-year (Part-time Apprenticeship) – City & Guilds  Construction Level 3 Three-year (Part-time Apprenticeship) – City & Guilds The qualification provides sufficient knowledge for learners to progress into an apprenticeship within the sector in their choice of trade.

Who is the qualification for?

It is suitable for:  Learners aged 16+ currently working in or intending to work in the construction and built environment sector  Site operatives who want to widen their knowledge, understanding and skills in the sector more generally  Learners will need to have achieved, or be working towards their Level 2 Essential Skills English and Maths (or equivalent). There are no other additional entry requirements for this qualification.

Site Manager £60k Project Manager £70k Civil Engineer £70k

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Student Success

The school of Construction and the Built Environment couldn’t be happier as their medal haul hit double figures at the recent Skills Wales Competition. Gold medals were won in each of the four trades offered at the College including Painting and Decorating student Paul Mason, Kellan Marney from Brickwork, Plasterer Johnny Donaldson and female carpenter Sammy Young.

Then came silvers for Thomas Morgan, Carpentry, Kian Brown, Plastering, and Craydon Rive from Brickwork, followed by Bronzes from Mai Ball in Painting and Decorating, Thomas Johns from Plastering and carpenter Dafydd Jenkins. An incredible ten medals in total were won overall, making these results the best the school has ever achieved. Skills competitions are an excellent way of stretching and challenging students over and above their coursework.

Courses Career-Focused Courses

Level Entry Requirements

Duration

Construction Skills (Multi Trade – Pre Foundation)

1

No formal qualifications

1 Year

Foundation in Construction and the Built Environment

2

GCSE in English and Maths, grade D or above.

1 Year

Location

Maesteg Neath Swansea Brecon Maesteg Neath Swansea Brecon Neath Swansea Brecon Maesteg Neath Swansea Maesteg Neath Swansea

Carpentry & Joinery / Roofing Brickwork / Construction Civils Plastering / Construction Civils Painting & Decorating / Wall and Floor Tiling BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

Neath

3

5 GCSEs at grades A*-C to include either Maths, English or Welsh and Science (6 GCSEs if only Maths, English or Welsh are achieved). BTEC First Certificate or Diploma in Construction at Merit or Distinction.

2 Years

Neath

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Dance, Music and Performing Arts The School of Creative, Visual and Performing Arts offers full-time courses in Art and Design, Media Production and Performing Arts based at the Neath and Afan Colleges. Classes are taught in a creative environment, using cuttingedge industry standard equipment within purpose-built specialist facilities including our purpose-built theatre, Nidum Arts Centre. We will give you the opportunity to extend your learning and skills in our music academy, theatre and dance companies. Extensive one-to-one support is provided with applications to conservatoires and top dance and performing arts universities and we ensure that you will be ‘audition ready’. Our students do progress and importantly become really employable – we aim to help you be career ready!

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We also offer extensive extra-curricular programmes including the College choir, Funk Band and LIFT Dance Company, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and much more.

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What will I do?

Our courses provide exciting and challenging opportunities through specialist training in music, composition, dance, drama, singing and musical theatre. You will be given the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of performance activities as part of the College’s theatre, dance and music companies making use of our professional studios and fully equipped Nidum Arts Centre.

Career opportunities b Actor b Arts administrator b Choreographer b Dancer b Music - or drama - therapist b Musical theatre performer b Musician b Pilates/Yoga instructor b Screenwriter b Teacher b Theatre director.

Average annual earnings

Choreographer £50k+ Screenwriter £30k+ Musician £35k+

Dancer £37k+ Teacher £50k+ Theatre Director £60k+

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Courses Level Entry Requirements

Duration Location

Dance

3

6 GCSEs A*-C

2 Years

Neath

Drama

3

6 GCSEs A*-C

2 Years

Neath

Music

3

6 GCSEs A*-C. You should be a confident performer, with the MINIMUM ability of grade 5 on your instrument/voice for AS and a MINIMUM ability of grade 6 for A2 Level. An ability to read staff notation is desirable, or at least a desire to do so. Grade 5 theory (ABRSM) is an ideal preparation for the course, although not essential.

2 Years

Neath

Career-Focused Courses

Level Entry Requirements

Duration Location

GCSE Dance

2

No formal qualifications required. Dance experience is desired.

1 Year

Neath

Grass Roots Theatre Company OCR Diploma in Performing Arts

2

2 GCSEs A*-C or an appropriate Level 1 qualification.

1 Year

Neath

Impact Theatre Company Extended Diploma in Performing Arts with WBQ

3

5 GCSEs at A*-C including English. A relevant Level 2 qualification. Previous performance experience is desirable.

2 Years

Neath

5 GCSEs A*-C including English. A relevant Level 2 qualification. Previous dance experience is highly desirable and students should have an interest in training as a multitalented dancer. A willingness to take part in extracurricular dance activities in association with LIFT Dance Company is advised. 2 GCSEs at grade C or above. Successful applicants will be selected via interview and audition. The criterion will include being judged on their interest and experience in music plus an audition on an instrument or voice at around grade 3 standard.

2 Years

Neath

1 Year

Neath

5 GCSEs A*-C including English. A relevant Level 2 qualification and successful applicants will be selected via interview and audition. This will include being judged on their interest and experience in music plus an audition on an instrument or voice at around grade 5 standard.

2 Years

Neath

BTEC Extended Diploma in Dance with WBQ

3

BTEC Technical Diploma in Music

2

BTEC Extended Diploma in Music

3

Students can choose to study a Level 3 qualification alongside A Level Dance and/or Welsh Baccalaureate.

Students can choose to study a Level 3 qualification alongside an A Level. For example, BTEC Extended Diploma in Music with A Level Music.

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Student Success Rosie Sullivan has been co-running Raie Copp Dance Academy and is due to start a production apprenticeship at the BBC. Maisie Davies is studying BA Hons in Drama at Bristol University. Jaimee Fraser-Ivett is studying Musical Theatre at Falmouth University.

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Maisie Davies

Jaimee Fraser-Ivett

Bethan Michael is studying Musical Theatre at Cardiff University. Ffion Weston now works for ‘People Speak Up’, running creative wellbeing workshops. Megan Thomas is at Chichester to study Music and Musical Theatre. Sophie Ludlaim is attending Chichester to study BA in Musical Theatre.

Bethan Michael

Ffion Weston

Sophie Ludlaim

Megan Thomas

Be expressive with a career in dance, theatre and music


Lauren Drew NPTC Group Of Colleges alumna and West End star Lauren Drew blew the country away by reaching the semi-finals of The Voice. Her ground-shaking rendition of Jessie J’s song ‘Mama Knows Best’ as her blind audition debut was an incredible performance, and got all four judges to hit their buttons and turn around, making it the first four-judge turn of the season. Judge Tom Jones, who was born in Pontypridd, was so impressed by her, he tagged Jessie J in a tweet so she could watch Lauren sing her song. Lauren is no stranger to the stage and has a number of critically acclaimed performances under her belt. She has performed in many theatre shows such as Six, Evita, Sweet Charity, Heathers The Musical, Kinky Boots, and Ghost. As a graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (2016), Lauren is constantly pushing herself and developing her professional career. Hailing from Port Talbot, Lauren began her journey to the stage by pursuing Drama and Music GCSEs. She chose to attend NPTC Group of Colleges to study for a BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts which set her on the right path to win a place at Mountview Academy. The Head of School for Creative, Visual, and Performing Arts, Victoria Burroughs, had this to say about Lauren: “When Lauren studied BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts at Neath College, the lecturing team saw how much potential, raw talent, and commitment that Lauren had in her. It was clear back then that Lauren had a fantastic future ahead of her in the performing arts industry. It has been a pleasure to see Lauren’s professional performance career go from strength to strength.

Student of The Year - Thomas Howell A Level Music student Thomas Howell sat his ABRSM Piano Diploma and Grade 8 Voice a few days before lockdown. Tom achieved an incredible 48/50 in his Piano Diploma and a Distinction in his Grade 8 Voice. During lockdown, Tom has continued to work hard to achieve further qualifications, including an Honours in a Composition Diploma, and he sat his Grade 8 theory exam in the July. Tom, who moved to Chichester in August to take his place as the Organ Scholar at Chichester Cathedral, commented: “To say I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Music Academy is an understatement. Neath College also provides instrumental and vocal tuition with visiting tutors who are experts in their field. Through this scheme, I’ve attained distinctions in both ABRSM Grade 8 Voice and ARSM Diploma on Piano. Students are encouraged to work independently and acquiring this skill is relevant for working in the wider industry. Participating in a plethora of extra-curricular activities is what has made my time spent here so valuable”. This is a position that is normally offered to older and more experienced students but his sheer excellence as a musician and dedication to his studies has earned him this place. He continued: “Collaborative music-making is a central aspect of college life including big band, small ensembles, choir and chamber choir to name but a few. I’ve also had the opportunity to develop my conducting skills by conducting the chamber choir in the national Music for Youth Festival in Birmingham Town Hall. We presented a varied programme of choral excellence. Opportunities such as working in pit orchestras and even performing Handel’s organ concerto in F and Mozart’s Symphony in G minor first movement. I cannot endorse the Music Academy more strongly – it is impossible to mention all the experiences that I’ve gained from my two years at Neath College. I know for certain that I’ve gained lifelong friends and the necessary armour to face the exciting life of professional music-making”.

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Engineering Engineering is a hugely exciting field with very many different study and career options. Our excellent courses enable you to develop the skills and knowledge to progress to employment or higher education.

Our hydraulics and pneumatics/electro-pneumatics workshop houses many vital test rigs and these apparatus within the industry are essential to test and assess the capability and performance of components for industrial use.

An engineering career will provide you with excellent pay, lots of variety in your work and high levels of job satisfaction. Whichever discipline you choose, building a strong foundation of knowledge with an Engineering course can start you out on your journey to success.

FABRICATION AND WELDING The fabrication and welding industry requires highly skilled people and there are many employment opportunities. Employment in areas such as energy, oil and gas, engineering maintenance and industrial manufacturing are all accessible with a qualification in this discipline. Our highly skilled lecturers will support and guide you through the basics of this industry and students completing the course will understand how welding integrates into an engineering system.

Our close relationship with the industry ensures that we are in step with the latest technological advances, giving you the very best training available.

What will I do?

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MECHANICAL/MAINTENANCE ENGINEERING Mechanical/Maintenance Engineering involves many different routes including analysis, design, manufacturing and maintenance of mechanical systems. You will develop a solid understanding of key concepts. Mechanical/Maintenance Engineers use these principles and others in the design and analysis of specialist components in a variety of sectors.

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Our purpose-built industry-specific workshops and classrooms house state-of-the-art engineering equipment and computers. Workshops contain manual lathes, milling machines and engineering benches, while separate specialised workshops and classrooms contain Haas advanced (CNC) Computer Numerical Controlled machines in both milling and turning, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D printing technology.

Our industrial specification purpose built fabrication and welding workshops house high-quality equipment, covering all aspects of welding applications, including Metal Inert Gas (MIG), Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG), Manual Metal Arc (MMA), and Destructive and Non-Destructive Testing (DT/NDT) CNC Plasma machines.

Career opportunities

b Strong links with over 100 local, regional and national employers b Great progression opportunities to university and excellent apprenticeship programmes b Fantastic state-of-the-art engineering facilities b Courses matched to industry standards to meet skills needed b One of the most in-demand, growing sectors of industry.

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Career-Focused Courses

Level Entry Requirements

Duration

Location

Introduction to Engineering

1

4 GCSEs at grade E and above.

1 Year

Neath

Level 1 in Engineering

1

4 GCSEs at grade D and above.

1 Year

Neath

Fabrication and Welding

2

1 Year

Neath

Mechanical Engineering

2

1 Year

Neath

General Engineering

2

1 Year

Neath

Enhanced Maintenance Engineering Learning Programme

2

1 Year

Neath

Enhanced General Engineering Learning Programme

2

1 Year

Neath

Fabrication and Welding

3

1 Year

Neath

BTEC Engineering Technology

3

1 Year

Neath

BTEC Enhanced Extended Diploma in Engineering

3

2 Years

Neath

4 GCSEs at grade A*-D including Maths and English. 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C including Maths and English. 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C including Maths and English. As required by Skills Council. 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including Maths, English or Welsh. As required by Skills Council. 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including Maths, English or Welsh. 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C including Maths and English. Level 2 Welding qualification or Equivalent. As required by Skills Council. 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including Maths, English or Welsh. 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English, Maths, Science in Engineering and 2 of the following: Level 2 Extended Certificate in Engineering with overall MM, Merit in Maths for Engineering and GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above.

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Sam Cottrell

Student Success Sam Cottrell – Mechanical Engineering Student Sam Cottrell has been crowned the ‘Best in Wales’ against 40+ students/competitors from the 12 Welsh FE Colleges and other learning providers as part of Skills Competition Wales. Sam has now secured a place within the Welsh Squad and will now compete against other United Kingdom medal winners head to head for number one position to represent the UK against the rest of the world. Curtis Rees Welding Apprentice - Afon Engineering Curtis Rees, a welding apprentice from Neath College (part of NPTC Group of Colleges), was among the nation’s top skilled young people who were recognised at the WorldSkills National Final last year (2019).

Curtis Rees

Curtis from Resolven is the first student from NPTC Group of Colleges to win a highly coveted gold medal as he triumphed in his discipline at the NEC in Birmingham. The prestigious competition saw more than 500 apprentices and students compete in over 70 disciplines to be crowned the best in the UK in a vocational pathway. Curtis achieved an overall score of 92.25% out of 100 to claim his gold medal, the first for NPTC Group of Colleges in any national competition. Work-Based Learning Manager at Pathways Training, Alec Thomas, was delighted with Curtis’s achievement and said: “Curtis’s enthusiasm for welding and for WorldSkills UK is infectious and he is already encouraging new apprentices to be involved. This can only be good for the industry and local businesses, and will help to support the development of new opportunities for young people in the area.” Curtis has big plans for the future and has big aspirations to run his own business within the field of structural welding, where he has spotted a gap in the market.

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Junior Engineer/Graduate £30k Senior Engineer/Manager £47k Director or above £72k Welder £16k - £31k

UK Engineering sectors Automotive £48k Chemicals and Pharma/ Medical £50k

Defence and Security/ Marine £47k Energy/Renewables/ Nuclear £52k Food and Drink/Consumer Goods £48k Oil and Gas £53k


Foundation Studies The courses offered are full or part-time and the staff delivering have a wide range of vocational expertise as well as extensive experience in working with learners with additional learning needs. Each course includes a structured timetable, study support, chill out/quiet rooms, enrichment activities and an introduction to College life and Further Education. Students develop communication, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy skills and from this comes improved confidence and strengthened personal, social and emotional skills required for learning and life. You do not need any formal qualifications; just a desire to participate in the learning activities we offer. It is possible to try lots of different subjects depending on your individual interests. This helps you to find out what you enjoy, what you are good at and help you with your future choices. You can work at your own level and speed, but extra help is available as part of the course and, through learning support and tutorials, we are able to cater for a wide range of needs. Our staff are qualified, experienced teachers with specialist skills to deliver the courses offered in a supportive and caring environment.

We hold employability and progression events with employers and support agencies. The school runs a number of enterprise and volunteering activities and encourages students to participate in a variety of competitions at both regional and national levels including Skills Competition Wales, ILS sports tournaments, and in the last couple of years, Channel 4’s Shed of the Year. Our students create pop-up shops and mobile enterprises and we ensure that students make links with supported employment organisations such as Bspoked Enterprises, Shine Cymru and Polestone Support Ltd. Work experience has also been set up through the College’s work-based learning department. Students undertake an initial educational and life skills needs assessment during the transition and induction process. Tutors then work with students to identify their long and short-term aims and suitable targets and routes for progression are then agreed and reviewed at regular intervals. Our courses offer learners an introduction to college and opportunities to sample various vocational areas such as construction, horticulture and catering from which they can then make an informed decision on future progression routes. Over 95% of students progressed to higher-level foundation studies courses, mainstream College courses, supported employment, or voluntary services.

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Our foundation programmes allow students to develop the key skills in independent living, health and wellbeing, community and employability through a person-centred approach.

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Student Success Cori Collins

Student of the year - Gateway Catering Student of the Year 2020 in our Foundation Studies School annual prize-giving. Cori is a conscientious student who has always displayed a positive attitude and put maximum effort into what he does. He is polite, mature, responsible and reliable. He is an excellent role model who is well-liked and valued by his peers – he was voted the student representative for his group.

Cori has taken on additional responsibilities and roles as well as setting up cross-college groups - he has been Student Union Officer, he participated in the Senedd Meetings, met with Estyn when they inspected the College in 2020 and showed initiative when organising an NPTC LGBTQ Group. He is patient and friendly – always volunteering to support students who are new to the College as well as assisting fellow students when they are having difficulties. He also works well in a team.

Courses Full-time Courses

Entry Requirements

Life Skills

No formal qualifications required

1 Year

Afan/ Brecon

Social Education

No formal qualifications required

1 Year

Afan

Work Skills

No formal qualifications required

1 Year

Afan/ Neath/ Brecon

1 Year

Afan/ Neath/ Brecon

No formal qualifications are required but a desire to participate in all learning activities must be demonstrated at interview. Vocational Preparation No previous knowledge is required for these courses. Acceptance onto a course will be through the College's application and and Gateway to interview process. Learners need to be able to demonstrate an Further Education ability to work at least at Entry 3 prior to this course. Learners must have a positive work ethic and demonstrate an interest in skills development. The courses include practical trades, performing arts, music, catering, IT and health and social care.

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Duration Location

1 Year

Afan/ Brecon/ Neath

Gateway Level 1 in Health and Social Care

GCSEs at E/F grades or successful completion of Entry 3 qualifications.

1 Year

Neath

Gateway Level 1 Creative Arts

GCSEs at E/F grade or successful completion of an Entry 3 qualification

1 Year

Neath


Gardening and Horticulture

Horticulture is a worldwide industry varying in scale from large multinational companies to small entrepreneurial organisations and companies. Local authorities, botanical gardens and The National Trust are also big employers. At home and abroad, British-trained horticulturists are always in high demand. We offer a range of horticulture and gardening courses that provide you with the skills and training needed to succeed in a career in this sector. With our fantastic facilities including modern greenhouses and outdoor stock beds filled with an intriguing range of plants, you are sure to enjoy the real outdoor experience. Planted areas include a Mediterranean herb garden, a wildlife haven and elements of gardens recreated from our successful Gold Medal winning gardens at various shows around the country.

Average annual earnings

What will I do?

Lessons combine classwork and practical work, emphasising the wide range of skills needed for employment in the horticulture/gardening industry. You will also be expected to attend work experience placements, gaining valuable on the job experience. You are also given the opportunity to develop enterprise skills through a number of sales activities throughout the year! Students will also enjoy planting and nurturing a range of herbs and vegetables that are freshly picked for serving in Blasus Restaurant at Neath College.

Career opportunities b Nursery work b Garden design b Plant production b Landscaping b Science b Tree surgeon

b Retail garden centres b Plant propagation b Groundsmanship b Organics b Education b Self-employment.

Gardening and horticultural industry £30k - £60k 2,384 Jobs in Wales by 2024 (Careers Wales)

Courses Career-Focused Courses

Level Entry Requirements

Duration

Location

Diploma in Practical Horticultural Skills

1

No formal qualifications.

1 Year

Neath/ Brecon

Diploma in Practical Horticultural Skills

2

Level 1 qualification in horticulture.

1 Year

Neath/ Brecon

Diploma in Work-Based Horticulture

3

A Level 2 qualification in horticulture or suitable experience.

1 Year

Neath

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Horticulture is a diverse and dynamic industry that includes the commercial production of fruit, vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants as well as the design, establishment and maintenance of parks, gardens, leisure and sports grounds, open spaces and managed landscapes.

We welcome applications from mature students

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Hairdressing Welcome to the Lee Stafford Academy of Hairdressing, Barbering and Applied Therapies, the first and only one of its kind in Wales. Not just a celebrity endorsement, the training programme has been developed by Lee himself with specialists to train not only the students, but also our own experienced hair and barbering staff. You will learn specially designed ‘recipes’ which are unique to Lee Stafford Academies, reflecting some of the most cutting-edge styles seen in salons across the UK. These are training in specialist skills that you can’t get anywhere else. You will receive training in up to 22 fundamental skills and techniques which you will learn to what Lee calls ‘Michelin standard’. Once accomplished in these techniques, you are then encouraged to use your creativity with no bounds. These skills can be tested in national competitions with other Lee Stafford Academy students in FE Colleges across the UK during the academic year.

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What will I do?

You will cover cutting, styling and setting skills, colouring, shampooing and conditioning, client consultation (including the recognition of diseases and disorders of the hair and scalp), basic salon health and safety, essential skills and retail. At Level 3 you will undertake advanced cutting, styling skills, bridal hair, colouring, advanced salon health and safety, client consultation, retail, IT and communication skills. As part of this programme, learners will be required to attend a work placement at an external organisation for at least one day per week or for a two-week block and a twilight/evening commercial session at the College.

Career opportunities

No other industry has such a constant worldwide demand for qualified, creative, well-trained individuals. The hair industry offers bright opportunities with careers in the fashion industry and working behind the scenes in film, theatre and TV. It also offers the independence to start your own salon. b Barbering b Colour technicians b Salon owner b Senior stylist b Wedding hairdresser b Working on cruises.

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"What students can expect from a Lee Stafford Academy are quality recipes that are easy and incredibly effective, that you can go out into the big wide world and get an amazing job with."

Career-Focused Courses

Level Entry Requirements

Duration

Location

Introduction to Hair and Beauty Services

1

2 GCSEs at grades D or above.

1 Year

Afan/ Brecon

VTCT Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing

2

Level 1 Diploma in Hairdressing, plus 2 GCSEs at grades D or above.

1 Year

Afan

VTCT VRQ Certificate in Barbering for Novices (Age 19+)

2

Interview prior to enrolment.

January to December

Afan

VTCT VRQ Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing

3

1 Year

Afan/ Brecon

VTCT VRQ Diploma in Barbering

3

1 Year

Afan

Creative solutions - Accelerated Hairdressing (Ages 16-18)

1/2

2 GCSEs

1 Year

Afan

Creative solutions Accelerated Hairdressing

1/2

2 GCSEs or successful interview for mature students.

1 Year

Brecon

Creative solutions Accelerated Hairdressing (19+)

1/2

2 GCSEs or successful interview for mature students.

1 Year

Afan

Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing or achieved 2 GCSEs at grades C or above/ or equivalent, or successful interview. Aged 18 or over and have achieved the Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing qualification.

Average annual earnings

Salon Owner up to £100k Senior Stylist £30k - emsi Wedding Hairdresser £34 - £50 per person (not including trials) Barbering A pro barber can earn as much as £1,000 a week

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Lee Stafford

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Health, Social and Childcare The School of Health, Social and Childcare has courses designed to meet the needs of the community and prepare you for a career in this highly sought after industry. You will receive work-related training and some courses assess you in your workplace. This means that you will gain industry experience vital for progression on to higher education or employment, as well as the recognised qualifications needed for a career in the industry. Healthcare workers need strong communication skills and a caring nature. Nursery workers can be employed in day nurseries and children’s centres or become childminders.

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Staff in the School of Health, Social and Childcare are industry experts as well as lecturers. Our supportive and caring lecturers are committed to ensuring that students succeed. The Head of Health, Social and Childcare chairs the Colegau Cymru HSC Network and sits on working groups in the local area in partnership with the local authority and related organisations.

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Within the courses for Health, Social Care and Childcare, the delivery of bilingual units will be available for students.

What will I do?

Health and childcare workers need strong communication skills and a caring nature, and at College we will develop your skills through related work-based placements, focused on employability skills. You will be encouraged to complete a Welsh language course and enhance your interpersonal skills through group activities and fundraising events.

Career opportunities

Our courses can lead to a career as a teacher, teaching assistant, childcare practitioner, speech and language therapist, nurse, paramedic and social work. Many progress on to the many Health, Social and Childcare degree programmes at the College before entering employment.

Be nurturing with a career in care, health and therapy Average annual earnings

Children, Adult, Mental Health Nursing £30k+ Social Work £23k - £47k

Speech and Language Therapist £24k - £49k Occupational Therapy £21k - £41k

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Student Success

Health and Social Care Student Ffion Jones has won the Vocational Category at the prestigious British Education Awards (BEA). She became the first student from NPTC Group of Colleges to win the awards. The BEA identifies and celebrates individuals who have excelled within the British education system. In doing so, these awards acknowledge that success comes down to personal endeavour and application.

Ffion won the award in recognition of her brilliant academic results and extracurricular success. She combined studying with two part-time jobs as well as being a Dementia Friends Champion, raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Society, and volunteering as a Police Cadet Leader with Dyfed Powys Police. During her time as a cadet at Newtown’s St. John’s Centre, she has carried out work placements at Bethshan Nursing Home and Newtown Hospital. In addition to this, she has somehow found time to complete bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh awards and achieve a Triple Distinction Star with 100% attendance in her Level 3 BTEC in Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care.

A Levels Health and Social Care Career-Focused Courses

Level Entry Requirements

3

6 GCSEs at grade C or above.

Level Entry Requirements

Duration

Location

2 Years

Neath

Duration

Location

Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts

2

2 GCSEs at grade C or above including English/Maths and Science

1 Year

Afan/ Brecon

Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts

3

5 GCSEs at grade C or above in Maths, English Language or Science.

2 Years

Afan/ Brecon/ Neath

Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Principles and Context

2

2 GCSEs grade C or above to include English, Maths and Science.

1 Year

Afan

Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Principles and Context

3

5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language.

2 Years

Afan/ Brecon/ Neath

3

This course caters for students 19 and over who are hoping return to education. Students will have to complete a successful interview.

1 Year

Afan

Access to HE - Health Care

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Plumbing, Electrical and Renewable Energies Building the Future

A new suite of qualifications were introduced across Wales that have been developed with employers to better meet the skills needs of the built environment sector in Wales. The change aims to simplify the complex landscape of more than 400 qualifications in construction and building services in Wales and to ensure you are better prepared for careers across the sector. There’ll be an increased focus on new and traditional techniques, on knowledge of the industry as a whole and on the generic skills needed to progress into work from education. The Foundation Qualification for Building Engineering Services is a brand new qualification where you study two trade experiences:

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b Plumbing and Domestic Heating b Electro technical systems and equipment (Electrical Installation).

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The Building Engineering Services industry has around three million workers in the UK, making it one of the country’s biggest employers. The industry requires a large number of newly trained operatives each year in order to keep up with demand. Jobs are available across all areas and with salaries rising at the moment, there’s never been a better time to join this rewarding industry.

Training takes place in spacious and well equipped workshops where students have the chance to develop new knowledge and skills which will equip them for a successful career in the construction industry.

What will I do?

Tuition is carried out by industrially experienced and qualified staff who focus on developing students’ skills. Whilst you will initially study for both electrical and plumbing trades, you will later choose one pathway. You will cover practical craft skills, job knowledge and advanced trade techniques in plumbing and electrical installation. You will also learn the interpretation of construction drawings and the calculation of materials and costings. Students are also encouraged to participate in skills competitions as a means of enhancing their practical ability and developing higher level skills.

Assessment

To achieve this qualification, students will complete a range of internally and externally set projects/tasks, guided discussions and multiple choice tests.

Progression

You may progress to a second year full-time programme in both trade areas or secure an apprenticeship as a plumber or electrician and further your studies with us along one specific pathway.

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Who is the qualification for?

It is suitable for: Learners aged 16+ currently working in or intending to work in the construction and building engineering services sectors.

Site operatives who want to widen their knowledge, understanding and skills in the sector more generally. Learners will need to have achieved, or be working towards their Level 2 Essential Skills English and Maths (or equivalent). There are no other additional entry requirements for this qualification.

Courses Level Entry Requirements

Duration

Location

1-2 Years

Afan/Neath

Foundation in Building Engineering Services

2

GCSE in English and Maths, grade D or above.

Diploma in Plumbing Studies (Plumbing and Heating)

2

GCSEs in English/Welsh, Maths/ Numeracy at A*-C.

1 Year

Neath

Diploma in Electrical Installation

2

GCSEs in English/Welsh, Maths/ Numeracy and Science at A*-D

1 Year

Afan

Electrical Services Engineering (Electrical Installation and Maintenance)

3

5 GCSEs at grade C or above

2 Years

Afan

Average annual earnings

(Emsi - economicmodeling.com)

Plumber £19k - £37k Solar Panel Installer £25k - £30k

Electrician £16k - £38k

Be practical with a career in plumbing, electrical and solar energy

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Professional Cookery, Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Restaurant and Bakery Are you interested in working on board cruise ships, super yachts, international hotels or Michelin star restaurants? Or you may just want to set up your own hospitality business. These are just some of the opportunities offered to you in the hospitality industry.

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The hospitality and culinary arts industry is one of the largest industries in the UK, with a wealth of job opportunities available at home and abroad. Career paths include chefs, food and drink service, hotel management, events management, restaurant management, bakers and patisserie chefs, contract catering, product development and food manufacturing.

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The College runs two busy training restaurants offering the highest level of service to the public: Themes at Newtown College and Blasus at Neath College. Between them, the restaurants provide table theatre, silver service and a roast of the day, carved at the table from our silver trolley. We also operate a busy coffee lounge and bakery shop. All our outlets serve a range of locally-sourced produce including beef and lamb reared on the College farm and vegetables and herbs cultivated by the horticulture department. The Blasus Bakery Academy has been providing bakery training for more than fifty years. With one of the most significant provisions of its kind and the only Bakery Academy in Wales, students can develop skills that enable them to work in the manufacturing and bakery sector.

What will I do?

You will develop practical gained skills from working within the professional kitchens at our training restaurant Blasus which is open to the public, as well as the opportunities for real life work experience at local functions and national events. You will learn from established and experienced staff who are qualified in all aspects of the hospitality and catering industry.

Career opportunities

If you’re looking for a ‘hands-on’ career with excellent employment opportunities and with currently a high demand for jobs within the industry then hospitality is definitely a career for you. We have strong links with local and international employers, and there are many opportunities for students to undertake part-time employment alongside their studies. The College has a reputation for producing highly experienced and qualified students who repeatedly gain recognition at culinary competitions across the UK. Many students have gone on to positions all over the world as well as some holding senior positions in local establishments.

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Courses Career-Focused Courses

Level Entry Requirements

Duration

Location

Agored Introduction to Hospitality

1

No formal qualifications

1 Year

Neath

C&G VRQ Diploma in Professional Cookery and Food Service

1

Subject to interview

1 Year

Neath

FDQ Diploma in Food Industry Bakery Skills

1

Subject to interview

1 Year

Neath

C&G VRQ Diploma in Professional Cookery and Food Service

2

Level 1 catering qualification or appropriate GCSE.

1 Year

Neath

C&G VRQ Diploma in Professional Bakery (Patisserie and Confectionery)

2

Level 1 qualification in relevant subject or relevant experience.

1 Year

Neath

C&G VRQ Advanced Professional Cookery

3

Level 2 qualification or relevant experience

1 Year

Neath

C&G VRQ Diploma in Advanced Bakery, Patisserie and Confectionary Skills

3

Level 2 qualification or relevant experience

1 Year

Neath

C&G Diploma in Hospitality Supervision (Front of House)

3

Level 2 qualification or relevant experience

1 Year

Neath

Commis Chef £12k - £16k Sous Chef up to £30k Head Chef £25k - £55k Baker £14k - £23k (£37k in London)

Event Manager £33k - £40k+ Fine Dining Restaurant Manager £22k - £40k

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Public Services The Uniformed Public Services Sector is made up of many professions that protect and serve the population around the world. From rescuing climbers as part of the Mountain Rescue team, being deployed in the army as a medic or attending a crash site as a paramedic, police officer or fireman, these highly trained professionals are ready for active service in any emergency. Many of the Public Services lecturers have been in active duty, using their expert knowledge, trips and activities to engage you and make you fully aware of the many career opportunities available.

What will I do?

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Public Services students can enjoy the sector-leading Sports facilities at Llandarcy Academy of Sport which include an international sports hall, climbing wall, strength and conditioning room, 60m indoor track, indoor barn multisport facility, 4G pitch, and teaching rooms with up-to-the-minute digital technology. The students can develop their fitness skills alongside the sports students and prepare themselves both physically and mentally for their chosen careers.

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Brecon Beacons College

Brecon Beacons College is situated in the heart of Brecon Beacons National Park, an incredible environment for student to engage in a wide range of public services activities

alongside their Public Services course. Educational visits and trips are run to utilise the natural beauty of the area, from leadership sessions to team building and outdoor education tasks. Visits to local emergency services are arranged to strengthen the knowledge of the learners and develop much needed skills in readiness for their future careers. Some modules of the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services can be taught through the medium of the Welsh language and students will be able to complete their assessments bilingually were possible.

Llandarcy Academy of Sport

At our Llandarcy Academy of Sport educational visits and trips are run to utilise the natural beauty of the area, from leadership sessions to team building and outdoor education tasks. Visits to local emergency services are arranged to strengthen the knowledge of the learners and develop much needed skills in readiness for their future careers.

Career opportunities b Army b Coastguard b Emergency services b Fire service b Navy b Police officer b RAF.

Average annual earnings

Air Ambulance Officer £36k Army Officer £20k Firefighter £21k - £36k

Police Officer £25k (Starting Salary) Paramedic £36k Police Dog Handler £16k - £25k

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Student Success

NPTC Group of Colleges has celebrated the official launch of its new Combined Cadet Force (CCF). Llandarcy Academy of Sport hosted a special parade featuring all the cadets to mark the occasion and welcomed family, members of the local community and armed forces personnel including guest of honour the Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan.

The CCF cadets then paraded, ready for inspection by the Lord-Lieutenant of West Glamorgan, Mr D. Byron Lewis, who was appointed in May 2008 by Her Majesty the Queen. The Lord-Lieutenant also had the privilege of awarding the first-ever cadets with medals for promotion to Lance Corporal. Both cadets, Cameron Brown and Kieran Ace, studying Level 3 Public Services at Llandarcy Academy of Sport, have gone above and beyond what was expected of them within their time as cadets and become role models to the other cadets.

Courses Career-Focused Courses

Level Entry Requirements

BTEC Combined Sport and Public Services

2

BTEC Diploma in Preparation for Public Services

2

BTEC Nationals in Uniformed Protective Services and WBQ

3

BTEC Nationals in Uniformed Protective Services and WBQ

3

An appropriate range of GCSEs A*-E or a Level 1 qualification in Sport or Public Services. An appropriate range of GCSEs A*-E or a Level 1 qualification in Sport or Public Services. 5 Subject specific GCSEs as requested and/or a Level 2 qualification in Sport or Public Services. 5 Subject specific GCSEs as requested and/or a Level 2 Qualification in Sport or Public Services.

Students are encouraged to join the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) based at Llandarcy Academy of Sport which offers young people a broad range of challenging, exciting, adventurous and educational activities. The aim is to develop skills in personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline. The CCF is an educational partnership between the College and the Ministry of Defence, and a CCF may include Royal Navy, Royal Marines, and Army or Royal Air Force sections.

Duration

Location

1 Year

Brecon

1 Year

Llandarcy

2 Years

Brecon

2 Years

Llandarcy

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Sport The sport, coaching and fitness industry is a fast-paced, dynamic and thriving area with an ever-increasing demand for qualified, motivated and professional staff. The College has a long-standing reputation for sporting success, with many former students gaining international honours in a wide variety of sports including Duncan Jones, Adam Beard, Daniel James and Chelsea Lewis. We are proud of our excellent results, on and off the sports field and the high-quality teaching that fuels our success. Coupled with excellent pastoral care, the College’s sports department epitomises our strapline, ‘more than just an education’.

Llandarcy Academy of Sport has an international sports hall, climbing wall, strength and conditioning room, 60m indoor track, indoor multisport facility, 4G pitch and teaching rooms with up-to-the-minute digital technology.

You can develop a wide variety of personal and vocational skills that will ensure you are able to progress towards pathways in either employment or a suitable university course.

Brecon Beacons College

Career opportunities

What will I do?

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Llandarcy Academy of Sport

If you’re serious about sport, as part of the Sports Academy you will benefit from: b a structured training programme that is overseen by experienced coaches; personal performance monitored regularly by our team b training sessions and lectures are planned to avoid unnecessary clashes b the chance to compete in the successful NPTC Group of Colleges’ sporting teams b being part of national coaching schemes for your chosen sport.

Many of the sports staff have experience in playing and coaching top-level sports which is invaluable in developing students’ sporting abilities.

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Some modules of the Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development and WBQ can be taught through the medium of the Welsh language and students will be able to complete their assessments bilingually were possible.

The Sports Academy at Brecon Beacons College uses the facilities of Brecon Leisure Centre which include an athletics track, astroturf pitch, sports hall, tennis and netball courts and a swimming pool. On site, the Sports Academy has its own training pitch and state-of-the-art strength and conditioning centre, which has benefitted the development of many athletes, like Dan Lydiate, over the years. Lectures are community coaches offering hockey and gymnastics, with Rhian Davies playing hockey for Welsh Masters.

The wide range of courses we offer could lead to many careers including a sports coach, PE teacher, disability sports officer, sports therapist, sports analyst, sports nutritionist, gym instructor or sports development officer. Academic progression includes higher education at the College or another institution. Some elite sportspeople can gain scholarships to study abroad. e.g. golf in America.

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Student Success

It’s been another stellar year for our students at Llandarcy Academy of Sport as they achieved outstanding results. Just 12 months ago, it in the hands of Swansea Bay University Health Board and operating as a field hospital in the fight against Covid-19. This meant that our students undertook a blended-learning approach to study, embracing new communication technologies. Five members of the BTEC Level 3 Sport (Performance & Excellence) achieved the highest grade possible; Triple Distinction Star (D*D*D*). Chloe Evans – An international netballer who received a sports bursary in her first year and became a Gold Youth Ambassador, Chloe has been accepted into Cardiff Metropolitan University to study Sport, Physical Education and Health and hopes to continue her international netball career. Georgia Grange – The rugby and netball star is a name to look out for in the future! Georgia has been accepted into the prestigious Hartpury College to study for a Sports Coaching degree. Victoria Powney – Victoria is a top karate and netballer performer who was awarded a sports bursary in her first year. Another Gold Youth Ambassador, she is off to study Sport and Exercise Science at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Victoria said: “The best two years of my education without a doubt! From the lecturers to the facilities, Llandarcy Academy of Sport was amazing, I wouldn’t have wanted to have a better group of people around me. It has prepared me for university life; I am excited to move on but will miss everyone so much!” Scott Hawkins – A talented rugby player and a key member of the successful NPTC Group of Colleges team, Scott was an enthusiastic member of the Gold Youth Ambassador Scheme and worked tirelessly, leading many sessions through the pandemic. Scott is going to Swansea University to study for a Sport and Exercise Science degree. Aneurin Morgan – Another talented and enthusiastic rugby player, Aneurin has been given an unconditional

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Victoria Powney

offer by Cardiff Metropolitan University to study for a degree in Sport, Physical Education and Health and has been training with the famous ‘Archers’ rugby team for the past three months. BTEC Level 3 Sport (Coaching and Development) achieved six students with a D*D*D*. Ffion France – A committed member of the ladies football, rugby and netball squads, Ffion somehow found time to become a Gold Youth Ambassador. Working alongside the PASS officers at NPTCBC, she delivered talks to new young ambassadors at training events and led weekly online sessions with Foundation Studies students. Ffion has gained a place on the highly competitive Sports Therapy course at Birmingham City University. Connor Rees – The budding entrepreneur is setting up his own Sports Therapy and Massage business. Ffion Maddock – Welsh cricket international Ffion was awarded a sports scholarship bursary in her first year of college for her exceptional sporting talent and became a Gold Youth Ambassador. A testament to her sporting prowess, Ffion received unconditional offers from various universities and has accepted an offer to study Sport, Physical Education and Health at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Ffion’s lecturer Jo Jones said: “Ffion has been an exceptional student who has always maintained good work habits, follows all directions and has a positive attitude towards learning. Ffion always demonstrated an honest mindset whilst embracing the extra-curricular activities and will thrive in her higher education journey.” Katelyn Kneath – A keen footballer and Gold Youth Ambassador, Katelyn has been accepted to Cardiff Metropolitan University to study Sport, Physical Education and Health. Hannah Garnett – Welsh cricketer Hannah joins Katelyn on the Sport, Physical Education and Health degree course at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

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Molly Goss, who achieved a D*D*D, who became the first BTEC sport student to be selected to study Osteopathy at Swansea University said: “The course offered many different opportunities and has brilliant facilities on campus for students to use. The support and encouragement that I received from my tutor and lecturers throughout this difficult time was amazing and pushed me to complete my course to the best of my ability.

Courses

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Level Entry Requirements

Duration

Location

Introductory Diploma in Sport

1

No formal qualifications

1 Year

Llandarcy/ Brecon

BTEC Extended Certificate in Sport

2

2 GCSEs A*-E or a Level 1 qualification in Sport or Public Services

1 Year

Llandarcy

Active IQ in Fitness and Exercise Instruction

2

4 GCSEs to include Maths or English

1 Year

Llandarcy

BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport, Fitness and Personal Training

3

5 GCSEs to include Maths or English

2 Years

Llandarcy

BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development

3

5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above.

2 Years

Llandarcy

BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development and WBQ

3

4 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above to include English or Maths.

2 Years

Brecon

Average annual earnings

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Strength and Conditioning Coach £17k - £45k Secondary School PE Teacher £25k+ Sport Development £18-£23k Sport Coaching £15-25k

Sport Science £20k - £30k

If you work in high-profile sport science, your salary can exceed £60,000 and may reach up to £100,000*

5x30 Officer £20k Sport Analyst £24-43k

Be energetic with a career in sport, coaching and fitness


Sport Therapies Sports therapists use their knowledge and skills to treat sporting injuries, advise on injury prevention and support rehabilitation, using a range of physical techniques and therapies. Day to day as a sports massage therapist, you can be working with a range of different clients. Depending on whether you are employed or freelance, you could be working with sports professionals or everyday gym goers. You could be treating injuries, which may be longstanding, identifying problem areas early, or help to prevent injuries before they occur.

What will I do?

The aim of our courses is to provide students with the opportunity to learn a range of practical skills that are needed in the field of managing and preventing sports injuries. These skills include sports massage, strapping and taping, fitness testing and rehabilitation of common sports injuries. The underpinning knowledge includes anatomy and physiology, working in a sporting environment and first aid pitch side duties.

Career opportunities

Sports therapy and sports massage have become sought after skills within the fitness industry. Sports massage therapists can help anyone – from athletes to occasional gym users – and will need to prevent injuries as much as treat them.

Career-Focused Courses VTCT Diploma in Sport Therapy Prevention and Management of Sports Injuries in Active Leisure

Level Entry Requirements

3

16-18: a minimum 5 GSCEs at grades C or above (or equivalent). Mature learners: interview prior to enrolment.

Duration

Location

1 Year

Afan

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Student Success

NPTC Group of Colleges student, Aiden Daniel, from Seven Sisters has made the brave decision to join the battle against COVID-19 becoming a Health Care Support Worker (HCSW) for Swansea Bay University Health Board (SBUH) at the tender age of 16. The Level 3 Sports and Massage Student based at Afan College has dreams of becoming a physiotherapist or sports therapist, but before starting the next stage of his training for the Level 4 in Sports Therapy, has chosen to give up his summer holidays and dedicate his time to caring for others. Healthcare support workers are an essential part of a health or social care team, providing high quality and compassionate care to individuals. They carry out well-defined routine clinical duties and essential fundamentals of care such as taking temperatures, making beds, supporting patients, changing and caring for patients.

When asked why he chose to apply for the role Aiden explained: “I decided to apply for the role of HCSW as I really enjoyed the placement I took in a hospital through the Army RCN Nursing Cadets Scheme. I’ve always wanted to work as a physiotherapist, because I had a big operation at the age of nine where I spent six weeks in hospital, and I admired all the staff there who looked after me. I’ve always wanted to give back in any way I could.’’ He added that his time in college, in which he is a student ambassador and student rep, had also shaped who he is today: “Since starting college I’ve gained so much confidence, knowledge and experience. I’ve made so many friends and can’t believe how lucky I am to study something I’m so passionate about.’’

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Employed Sport Massage Therapist £25k Freelance Sport Massage Therapist £30k Sports Therapist £30+ an hour


College Life:

Create Your Own Experience Every student at NPTC Group of Colleges is important to us and we go the extra mile to ensure that the time you spend at College supports your individual needs.

College Fees, Costs and Funding Tuition costs

We offer a range of support services that include: b Admissions b Careers b Equality and diversity b Student finance b Professional counselling and wellbeing b Safeguarding b Specialist support for looked after children b Study support for students with additional learning needs and/or disabilities.

The College does not charge tuition fees for full-time courses but all students are required to pay a nonrefundable administration fee upon enrolment.

If you feel you may benefit from additional support when you come to College, please tell us about this on your application form.

There are a range of options available to make student life a little easier on your pocket. These include: b Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) b Welsh Government Learning Grant b Financial Contingency Fund.

For more information, please email our Student Support team on: studentsupport@nptcgroup.ac.uk

NPTC Group of Colleges’ Students’ Union The Students' Union is run by the students, for the students. Their role is to make sure that student voices are heard at senior management level, listening to students from across the Colleges, holding events and campaigns all year round, helping you meet new people, and creating an inclusive and friendly student community. For more information, contact student-union@nptcgroup.ac.uk.

Additional costs

There may be additional course costs for specialist equipment, clothing and travel. Students who attend structured work experience as part of their course may need a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. Those who do will be expected to cover this cost.

Financial help

For more information, please email: studentsupport@nptcgroup.ac.uk

TOTUM, the UK’s number

one student discount card. All students over 16 and studying more than 10 hours per week can buy a TOTUM card. Download the TOTUM app today for free and then to unlock a full year’s worth of discounts for £12. TOTUM gives you all year round deals like 10% off ASOS, 12% off 16-25 railcards, loads of Apple discounts, food and drink discounts, and 2 for 1 on your first two driving lessons with RED Driving School. Download the app today and see what you think! www.totum.com

Apply Online b www.nptcgroup.ac.uk

Student support

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Serious About Sport

Sporting Success RUGBY b b b b b

Welsh Schools’ Cup Winners (8 times) Welsh College Cup Winners (19 times) British Colleges’ Cup Winners Rosslyn Park 7s’ Winners College Super 15s’ Winners

International Students

If you’re serious about Sport, as part of the Sports Academy you will benefit from: b a structured training programme that is overseen by experienced coaches; personal performance monitored regularly by our team b training sessions and lectures are planned to avoid unnecessary clashes b the chance to compete in the successful NPTC Group of Colleges’ sporting teams b part of national coaching schemes for your chosen sport. If you compete regularly in a sport for club, county or national teams and are interested in joining our Sport Academies, check out: www.nptcgroup.ac.uk

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Ashley Beck Adam Beard James King Dafydd Howells Darren Morris Leigh Davies Craig Mitchell

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Justin Tipuric James Hook Eli Walker Adam Jones Spencer John Arwel Thomas

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Dan Lydiate Lloyd Peers Dan Baker Duncan Jones Paul James Gwyn Jones

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b Welsh Colleges’ League Champions b Finalists at the British Knock-out Cup

International Students b Helen Jones (Case) b Chelsea Lewis

b Amanda Cooper b Nicola James

FOOTBALL

b Welsh League Champions 2010-2011 and 2012-2013 b Welsh 5-a-side Champions 2013-2014 b Welsh 5-a-side Runner-up 2011-2012 and 2012-2013

International Students b Daniel James b Connor Roberts

b Ben Davies b Joe Rodon

b Joe Allen b Jazz Richards

OLYMPICS

b Dan Jervis (Olympics)

PARALYMPICS

Apply Online b www.nptcgroup.ac.uk

b Rob Davies (Table Tennis)

Inspired By Music

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usic is one of the most established subjects at the College and students who join the Academy will benefit from expert tuition and training including specialist preparation for conservatoire applications, plus the opportunity to perform both internationally and in competitions and festivals across the UK.

“We are so proud of our music students past and present. NPTC Group of Colleges’ Music Academy offers a unique opportunity to its talented and committed young musicians who want to be inspired, challenged and encouraged in their aim to make the very most of their musical ability. We offer a special environment where all musical outlooks can be nurtured and their potential fulfilled.” Vicky Burroughs, Head of Creative, Visual and Performing Arts

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If you are interested in joining our Music Academy, check out: www.nptcgroup.ac.uk


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Daniel Jervis

He then went on to say that he had hoped to break the British record in the final of the 1500-meter, but it wasn’t to be on the night. Jervis added that he aims to break the British record that is currently held by fellow Welshman David Davies.

NPTC Group of Colleges alumnus Daniel Jervis reached an Olympic final at his maiden Games in Tokyo. The 25-year-old swimmer from Resolven finished 5th in the final of the 1500-meter freestyle at this summer’s delayed games in Japan.

With the next Olympic Games in Paris, Daniel is already looking forward to the challenge:

From NPTC Group of Colleges to the Olympic Games

Jervis, who left NPTC Group of Colleges in 2014 after completing a Level 2 Diploma in Painting and Decorating, took up swimming to keep his grandfather company after he suffered a heart attack. Daniel joined him in the pool and hasn’t looked back since. Jervis is no stranger to competing at the highest level of Swimming. He competed at his first Commonwealth Games in 2014 within a week of graduating from NPTC Group of Colleges. Daniel finished 3rd in the 1500-meter freestyle at the Glasgow games in 2014. He then went one better at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia winning a silver medal again in the 1500-meter freestyle. At the same games, he narrowly missed out on a second medal, finishing a close 4th in the 400-meter freestyle. Daniel also has experience of competing at World and European Championships on several occasions since leaving college. After only just missing out on competing at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Daniel finally got the chance to make his dream of competing at the Olympics a reality this summer. Jervis when interviewed by the BBC after his final said: “Yes, I’m part of Team GB and I’m British but I’m a Welshman, I’m very proud to represent Wales in there” referring to the pool behind him.

“I’ve had my first Team GB experience now. Yes, Paris in three years’ time, obviously I know it’s not in Great Britain but it’s very much a home Games and I’m praying that this pandemic will be over by then and that fans will be there, in three years’ time I trust the process, I trust that I’m going to be on that podium. I deserve it, I’ll work for it, and I’ll be there.”

Tiann Thomas-Wheeler

Osprey and Welsh International Tiann Thomas-Wheeler studied the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport at Llandarcy Academy of Sport, made his debut for the Ospreys against Gloucester in the 2018 AngloWelsh Cup and has since gone on to feature for his region in the Pro 14. He played regularly for NPTC Group of Colleges in the Welsh Schools and College Development League. In the 2019 World Rugby U20 Championship, he scored the vital try in Wales’s historic win over New Zealand. A talented all-round sportsman, he represented Wales in cricket at junior levels as well as becoming a winner of NPTC Group of Colleges ‘Sportsman of the Year Award’.

“There’s no doubt I couldn’t have done this without the support of Neath College who have helped me to manage my rugby and education commitments.”

Apply Online b www.nptcgroup.ac.uk

Daniel Jervis

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We want to give all those aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to realise their business dreams. The Enterprise and Employability team provides a professional, supportive environment for students who are setting up their own business and includes access to a range of FREE* facilities and support including: b Serviced office space b Hot desk facilities for those who don’t require a full-time office space b A professional business address b Access to ICT including telephone, print and copying facilities b A receptionist to answer calls and greet your clients b Business support and guidance b Access to specialist training workshops b Executive meeting rooms b Access to fully equipped training rooms b Networking and collaborative working opportunities b Access to reprographics facilities b Free car parking. *Terms and conditions apply

Welsh at the College Welsh language and culture is an important part of the ethos of NPTC Group of Colleges. The College is aware of how being bilingual can benefit you in education, the workplace and in everyday life. Provision is expanding across many of our subject areas, giving you the opportunity and choice to study through the medium of Welsh or bilingually in the classroom or on your work placement.

We are here to support you should you wish to have a Welsh speaking personal tutor, study in Welsh, complete your assignments in Welsh, sit your exams in Welsh or receive your course materials and resources in Welsh whilst studying with us at the College... the choice is yours. We will also encourage you as a non-Welsh speaker or Welsh learner to develop your Welsh language skills, giving you better employment opportunities in the future. If you don’t wish to study through the medium of Welsh but want to maintain your Welsh language skills, don’t worry; we have lots of fun activities throughout the year that will give you the opportunity to use your Welsh whatever your language level... Don’t be shy – siarad Cymraeg!

Apply Online b www.nptcgroup.ac.uk

This symbol on course pages indicates that some courses, modules or aspects of courses can be undertaken through the medium of Welsh. For more information, contact: cymraeg@nptcgroup.ac.uk

Career Ready delivers employability sessions to ensure you are fully equipped with the skills you need to find part-time work. College students will also be supported with: b Work experience placements b CV writing b Application forms b Interviews b Finding a part-time job to fit around your studies. For further details please contact us on:

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centerprise@nptcgroup.ac.uk


Join us and study degrees and university courses on your doorstep at NPTC Group of Colleges We are:

 Local  Affordable  Flexible  Supportive NPTC Group of Colleges is pleased to have developed a number of wide-ranging degree programmes in partnership with a range of prestigious higher education institutions.

We offer courses, at all levels, across a range of subjects, including:

All our higher education courses have been designed with your employment and future careers in mind and we strive to give our graduates the best experience and knowledge to equip them for the working world.

 Business & Management

We have courses that cover many subjects, some of which are full-time and some part-time.

 Art & Design  Computing  Construction  Engineering  Health, Social & Childcare  Hospitality  Music  Sport & Public Services  Teaching  Travel & Tourism

For more detailed information on our courses, please visit our website:

www.nptcgroup.ac.uk

Apply Online b www.nptcgroup.ac.uk

We are very proud of the quality of our courses and the staff who teach them. We have some of the leading specialists in their field, who have chosen to work at NPTC Group of Colleges for the benefit of our students - so take advantage of this opportunity!

 Agriculture

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Open Evenings b Afan College

24 November 2021 12 January 2022 21 March 2022 22 June 2022

24 November 2021 12 January 2022 21 March 2022 22 June 2022

b Llandarcy Academy of Sport 9 February 2022 (Sport and Public Services)

b Brecon Beacons College

b Neath College

25 November 2021 13 January 2022 22 March 2022 23 June 2022

b Pontardawe College 10 February 2022 (Motor Vehicle)

b Swansea Construction Centre 9 February 2022 (Construction)

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