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Welcome to NPTC Group of Colleges

With overall success rates exceeding 99 per cent for the last thirteen years, an outstanding 100 per cent pass rate within 39 of the 40 A Levels we offer, and excellent results in the National/Extended Diploma qualifications, NPTC Group of Colleges can promise you an excellent learning experience within a dynamic yet friendly, supportive college with superb facilities.

We know that the choice of staying on at sixth form or going to college is a tough one, but as we continue to go from strength to strength, it has never been a better time to join us. Not only do we have excellent results but we now provide one of the widest range of subject choices for A Level and vocational courses in Wales.

With interest for apprenticeships on the rise, and the skills gap, especially in construction, set to increase, we have worked with employers to develop a programme of work-based learning within a number of trades. Work-based learning gives you the option to gain recognised qualifications whilst gaining valuable work experience and the opportunity to earn money.

We want to prepare our students for the next step in their journey to employment or university; with this in mind, we will encourage you to have high aspirations and support you to become versatile individuals, not just academically but with the many additional activities we have on offer at the College such as enterprise events, sports’ academies and performing arts.

So, whether you choose to study A Levels, a vocational course or an apprenticeship, make NPTC Group Your College, Your Future.

Open Days

The best way to see what NPTC has to offer is to join us on one of our open days. During the day, you will be able to view the College, meet the staff and discuss our courses in detail.

Our next events are:


16 February 2018 – Open Evening 4:30pm-7:30pm


15 February 2018 (Sport & Public Services) – Open Evening 4:30pm-7:30pm


17 February 2018 – Open Evening 4:30pm-7:30pm


15 February 2018 (Motor Vehicle) – Open Evening 4:30pm-7:30pm


15 February 2018 (Construction) – Open Evening 4:30pm-7:30pm


Want to find out more?

All our courses are available to view in our prospectus and full information including entry requirements is also available on our website, but if you want to find out more before making up your mind, staff are always available to discuss courses and any other queries you may have.

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Contact Us

For all enquiries please contact us on:

Neath College                                tel:            01639 648000

Afan College                                   tel:            01639 648200

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About us

NPTC Group has one of the widest ranges of A Level courses in Wales and offers vocational courses in every conceivable area. It is a truly inclusive College with courses that appeal to all ages and interests.

As one of the largest Further Education Colleges in Wales, it is also one of the highest achieving, having received a host of awards in recognition of these achievements. The College also has a variety of Higher Education and Part-Time courses to suit both younger and mature learners alike – please check out for further information.

We have ten campuses covering over 30 per cent of Wales’ landmass. Each of the twelve campuses has been named to reflect the area and community in which they serve and provides training to students, adult learners and employers alike.

Neath Campus
+ Offering an extensive range of AS/A Levels, vocational and HE programmes
+ Day Nursery on site - available to staff, students and local community.

Afan Campus
+ Offering an extensive range of vocational and HE programmes

Swansea Campus
+ Offering training in the construction crafts.

Llandarcy Academy of Sport
+ Purpose-built sports facility where students undertake practical and theoretical studies in both Sport and Public Services.

Pontardawe Campus
+ Offering vocational and general interest courses, including courses for those who wish to return to learn or update their skills.
+ Centre of Excellence for Motor Vehicle.

Maesteg Campus

+ Offering training in the construction crafts.


Facilities available

We have our students’ interests at the heart of everything we do at NPTC Group which is why we continue to invest, literally, millions of pounds in the very best resources and facilities available for our learners.

Top class facilities include:

Learning resource centres, hair and beauty salons, crèche facilities, a construction centre, a bakery, motor vehicle workshops, Nidum Arts Centre (theatre), Theatr Hafren, engineering workshops with fabrication and welding, hydraulics and pneumatics/electro-pneumatics workshops, a recording studio/record label, a multi-purpose indoor training facility, sport testing laboratory, plus a state-of-the-art fitness suite and computer room. There is also an indoor bounding track, and an outdoor multi-use game area with an all-weather 3G pitch, a crime scene room, training offices and even two training restaurants - Blasus and Themes.  We also have a garden centre plus a fully working farm!

Sports Academies

The purpose of the Sports Academies is to enable students to receive tuition from highly skilled sports coaches alongside their academic studies.

For students who are serious about their sport, we offer Sports Academies in a number of areas with students benefitting from:

  • a structured training programme that is overseen by experienced coaches
  • personal performance monitored regularly by our team
  • training sessions and lectures are planned to avoid unnecessary clashes
  • the chance to compete in the successful NPTC Group sporting teams
  • Being 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 one of our Sports Academies, please visit for more information.

Additional support

Here to Help & Support

Every student at NPTC Group is important to us and we go the extra mile to ensure that the time you spend at College is both productive and pleasurable.

You can contact our student services for information, support and advice on anything, including applying to Higher Education, health and welfare, transport, careers and funding.

Neath & Afan Campuses                                             tel:            01639 648404

If you require any additional help, please tell us about this on your application form. You will then have the opportunity to discuss your

individual support needs with a member of our Inclusive Learning Team. We will then assess your support needs and respond accordingly by providing the relevant human/technical resources. Students with additional learning needs can receive help with study skills, basic/key skills and specific learning difficulties, including dyslexia. All students can get extra help with their English and/or Maths if they need it. If you think you may be in that position, please contact us.

Welsh at NPTC Group

At NPTC Group, we encourage our students, who already speak Welsh or who are learning, to use the language wherever possible. If, as a student, you wish to take part of your course, complete your assignments, or undertake your Key Skills in Welsh, every effort will be made to help you study in the language of your choice. All information and interviews can be arranged through the medium of Welsh or if you have come from a Welsh-speaking background and are finding the transition to learning in English difficult, come and see us and you will be offered bilingual support.

Pop in to find out more or contact:

Neath and Afan Campuses                          tel:            01639 648409


Learner success

Students at NPTC Group of Colleges are celebrating after achieving top results in their A Levels and vocational qualifications. Many have secured places at top universities and got the qualifications to land their dream jobs after successfully getting the grades they needed.

For the 13th year in succession the overall pass rate for A Levels has remained at an amazing 99 percent. Students achieved a remarkable 100 per cent pass rate in 34 A Level subjects, and 45 per cent achieved A* to B grades with a further 74 per cent gaining A* to C grades.

In additional 90 students achieved triple distinctions grades in the Extended National Diploma qualifications, with 28 students achieving the highest possible grade profile of D*D*D*.

More than 266 students passed their Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification Skills Challenge Certificate with an exceptional pass rate of 94%.

Mark Dacey, Chief Executive Officer and Principal of NPTC Group of Colleges said: “Congratulations to our students who have again achieved a 99 per cent pass rate for the 13th consecutive year. We are extremely proud of their achievements including our students who follow the Gifted and Talented Excellence programme (GATE) as part of our Sixth Form Academy where 87 per cent achieved A* – A grades and 96 per cent A* – B grades.”

Jeremy Miles, Assembly Member for Neath said: “Congratulations to all who are receiving the results they have worked hard to achieve. I am very proud that once again students from across Neath are showing the country just how brilliant they are. Whether the next step is the workplace, an apprenticeship or university, these results show they will continue to make a success of anything they put their minds to”.

Many students have now booked their places at University or are embarking on an apprenticeship or job. Here are some of their stories.

Eve Vincent: A*, French; A, English; A, History. Going to study French and Russian at Cambridge University. The former Cefn Saeson pupil is delighted with her results and looking forward to pursuing her dream of becoming an interpreter. As well as studying for her A Levels, Eve taught herself Russian with help from a Russian student who was studying English Language at the College. “It’s always been a language that interested me and the culture too,” Eve said: “I never thought someone like me could go to somewhere like Cambridge. I am proud of my roots and come from a council estate. It shows there are no barriers and I am really excited about the future,” she added.

Abigail Owen: A, Drama and Theatre Studies; A, Music; B, Maths; B, English Lit. Abigail is going to study Music at Jesus College, Oxford. A delighted Abi said: “Studying A Level Music has enabled me to further develop my understanding of the subject from techniques and analysis of music composition. I am looking forward to studying at Oxford University where I can build on my musical theory and look further at the contemporary issues in musicology.”

Finlay Powell-Jones: A*, Maths; A*, Biology; A* Chemistry. A previous Cwmtawe Comprehensive pupil going to Birmingham University to study Medicine. ‘’Fantastic time in College – the support was great and that shows in my results today!’’.

Cameron Edwards: A, Law; A, English Language/Literature; A, French. Former Cymmer Afan pupil is now off to Swansea University to study Law.

Stephen John: A*, Chemistry; B, Physics; B, Music. Going to study Veterinary Medicine at Surrey University.

Sam Morris: A, Maths; B, Chemistry; B, Biology. Former Llangatwg Comprehensive pupil, now off to study Pharmacy at Cardiff University.

Carys Mainwaring: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*D*D*, Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness). Carys is now going to study Sport at Cardiff University.

Sophie Herbert: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, D*D*D*, Travel and Tourism. Former Llangatwg pupil going to study Public Services at university.

Rosie Courts: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*D*D* Applied Science (Forensic Science). Going to Swansea University to study Audiology.

Alex Morris: A, Biology B, Chemistry; B, PE. “Relieved it’s all over”, the former Dwr-y-Felin pupil said. He is now looking forward to studying Medical Sciences at Exeter University.

Ellie- May Varney: A*, Sociology; B, Psychology; B, English Lang/Lit. Wants to study Psychology at university.

Jordan Whapham: A, Maths; A, Physics; B, Biology. Going to Cardiff University to study Astrophysics.

India Needs: A* Law; A*Religious Studies; A Psychology. Former Dyffryn pupil going to study Law and European Studies at Southampton University.

Shauna Wright: A, Health and Social Care; A, Sociology; B, History; A, Welsh Baccalaureate. Off to University of Wales Trinity Saint David to become a primary school teacher.

Abigail Phillips: A, Sociology; B, Health and Social Care; C, Religious Studies; A Welsh Baccalaureate. Former Cefn Saeson pupil off to Swansea University to study Mental Health.

Camron Griffiths: A, Law; A, Sociology; B, History; A Welsh Baccalaureate. Former Birchgrove pupil off to Cardiff University to study Law and Politics.

Caitlin John: A*, Biology; A, Maths: B, Chemistry. Former Llangatwg pupil off to Cardiff University to study Radiotherapy and Oncology.

James Edwards: A, Maths; B, Physics; B, Computer Science. Former Dwr y Felin pupil who is off to Leamington Spa to undertake a Degree Apprenticeship in Engineering with Jaguar Land Rover. James was accepted onto the highly competitive programme after a tough application, interview and rounds of assessments.

Erin Evans: A*, Textiles; A*, Graphics: A, Art & Design. Former Llangatwg pupil who’s staying at the College to study the Art & Design Foundation year before University.

Caitlin Reeves: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*D*D* Applied Science (forensic Science). Former Cwmtawe Student, who’s now going to UWE Bristol to study Forensic Science.

Caitlin Davies: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD Travel & Tourism. Former Cefn Saeson pupil off to Swansea University to study Business Management.

Sophie Williams: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*D*; C, Music (A Level). Former Dwr y Felin pupil who’s staying on at NPTC Group of Colleges to study the HND in Music. A clarinet, saxophone and flute player she dreams of playing on West End productions in the future.

Emily Richards: A*, Fine Art; A*, Textiles; B Geology. Former Cefn Saeson pupil has chosen not to go to university, but become an auxiliary veterinary nurse at the local St. James practice in Neath.


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Last updated date: 23 November 2018
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