Swansea Bay offers some top Further Education establishments, spread across the region: the newly created Gower College Swansea, Neath Port Talbot College and Coleg Sir Gâr in Carmarthenshire.
Gower College Swansea
Gower College Swansea came into being on 20th August 2010. It has been formed from the merger of Swansea College and Gorseinon College, bringing together two establishments which demonstrated excellence in their own right, highlighted by the achievements of their students at A level, with 98% of students passing in each and 14 students heading off to Oxbridge universities as a result.
Gower College Swansea is the second largest FE establishment in Wales, with approximately 1,100 staff and 17,000 students. The campus is currently spread over two main sites – at Belgrave Road, Gorseinon and Tycoch Road, Swansea – plus a number of smaller ‘satellite’ centres. However, a brand new flagship campus is planned for Swansea city centre.
The goal is to create an institution that will provide outstanding learning opportunities and experiences for young people, adults and employers in Swansea.
Neath Port Talbot College
Neath Port Talbot College is the only Further Education provider in the Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council area. The college offers an exciting and varied programme of courses to suit most needs either on a Part-Time or Full-Time basis.
Coleg Sir Gar
Coleg Sir Gâr has five campuses spread throughout Carmarthenshire. The college offers an extensive range of courses such as A Levels, GCSEs, NVQs and GNVQs up to HNCs, HNDs, degree and postgraduate degrees in a range of different subjects that include sciences, health, enginerring, sport, agriculture, catering, art and design, hairdressing, business and many more subjects.
There are more than 21,500 students in higher education at Swansea University & Swansea Metropolitan University, and a further 2,200 students studying at University of Wales: Trinity Saint David in Carmarthen.
With so much to do, see and enjoy while here students are spoilt for choice! To get an idea of what’s on offer check out the pages in our ‘Living In’ section.
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Swansea University alone has over 15,000 students and offers more than 500 undergraduate and 130 postgraduate courses in a wide range of subject areas, from American Studies to Zoology.
More than 6,500 students had enrolled to study at Swansea Metropolitan University, which has four faculties: Faculty of Applied Design & Engineering, Faculty of Art & Design, Faculty of Business and Management and Faculty of Humanities.
Trinity’s students come from all over the UK, plus there is a growing community of international students studying at the campus. In September 2012 Trinity St David merged with Swansea Metropolitan University, the new Institution, called University of Wales: Trinity Saint David.
All three universities have students from overseas, representing more than 30 countries world-wide, ranging from Scandinavia, Europe, India, China, USA, Canada, South America and many others too numerous to name. In today’s global market place, knowledge and ability to work effectively with others is vital and having overseas students is important to university life, not just from an educational perspective but also culturally, raising social awareness and understanding.
Cardiff has everything you would expect from a capital at a fraction of the cost of cities such as London. The cost of labour is significantly lower without any compromise on quality. Cardiff has the lowest average gross salary compared to all the English Core Cities and the average salary in London is almost 40% higher than the average for Cardiff.
When you compare the top rental value for grade An office space it makes excellent business sense – Cardiff’s office market is in a prime position to attract global occupiers according to a report by international property adviser DTZ.
In the firm’s latest research on office occupancy costs across the world, Cardiff is ranked the lowest in Western Europe (the research’s occupancy costs take account of rent, running costs, property taxes, fit-out costs and leasing incentives).
An analysis of the cost savings companies can achieve by relocating from London to regional UK cities concluded that Cardiff provides the best value, with cost savings in excess of 40% over 10 years.
Cardiff is also known as an affordable capital city for students who can benefit from some of the lowest rents in the UK. In a survey conducted by the Virgin Alternative Guide to Universities, Cardiff was ranked as being the most affordable of the old University cities. Recent research by the Royal Bank of Scotland also identified Cardiff as one of the most cost-effective place in the UK to go to university. According to the annual survey of more than 2,500 students in 26 university towns across the UK, the city combines low living costs with high weekly earnings from part-time work.
Housing prices, in general, are competitive and the average house price for Cardiff is below that of London, Reading and Bristol.