If we’ve learned anything from the challenges of 2020, it’s the importance of education. Choosing what you want to study after leaving school is one of the most important decisions you will make, and we know that prospective students and their parents generally make these decisions based on three key factors, all of which are recognised strengths of this College:
- The choice and range of courses on offer
- The quality of teaching and outcomes achieved by our students
- The opportunities for progression after completing the course.
Studying at a larger college can provide significant benefits for students in terms of choice. At Gower College Swansea these include almost 40 A Level subjects and 40 vocational subject choices at a range of levels. But this larger size does not mean that we compromise on the quality of our courses or on the experience that our students enjoy, with class sizes still in line with national averages.
The larger size also means that there are greater opportunities for progression whether to a top university, an apprenticeship, a career or even progression onto a higher level course at the College – and in doing so you can follow the thousands of students who have taken all of these routes before you.
Quality at Gower College Swansea is a given. We have one of the strongest reputations in Wales for high quality teaching and learning – not only for A Levels, but also across our vocational provision, with our students’ achievements being sector leading.
In 2020, over 1,000 of our students progressed onto university with no fewer than 11 students progressing onto Oxford or Cambridge. But last year’s vocational students were equally as successful with no fewer than 15 students – across 12 different vocational areas – winning gold in the recent Wales heats of the UK Skills competitions. We also have five students in the UK squad for the forthcoming WorldSkills competition in Shanghai.
Our aim is to help all our students achieve their individual potential. And this is where the Gower College Swansea Guarantee comes in, ensuring that every student receives individual support onto one of five progression pathways after they finish their course:
- An offer to a UK university
- Another suitable course at the College
- An apprenticeship linked to the needs of the Swansea and south west Wales region
- Individualised employability support to help to get a job. We’re always here to help you in making these decisions, so please feel free to contact us.
Mark Jones Principal and Chief Executive