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Welcome to Coleg y Cymoedd

Hello, my name is Judith Evans, Principal of Coleg y Cymoedd. This is another exciting year as we progress with our ambitious capital estates projects to enhance facilities for learners. We are currently creating a new campus in Aberdare which will open to learners in September 2017. Last year we opened a new railway training facility at Nantgarw Campus and a new motor vehicle training facility at Ystrad Mynach Campus. These projects will ensure that we remain responsive to employer needs and enhance learner opportunities for employment.

I am pleased that you are thinking of studying with us and I am sure that with our full range of vocational qualifications, 27 options at A Level and great work experience opportunities, we will have something that will appeal to you. We will provide you with excellent support and guidance to ensure you have all the information you need to make choices about career paths in the future, whether your aspiration is to go on to University, an apprenticeship or to employment. We also offer our unique BOOST programme on a Wednesday afternoon, which will give you the opportunity to gain important skills, participate in sporting activities, enter competitions and generally enhance your college experience.

Last year 9000 learners successfully completed their qualifications with us. This included a 97.3% pass rate in our A Level centre at Nantgarw.

Our campuses provide you with:


  • Superb learning facilities
  • Excellent employer and university links
  • Amazing science, engineering and technology laboratories and workshops
  • State of the art learning centres
  • Sport and fitness facilities
  • Performance and gallery spaces for music, drama and creative arts
  • Hair and Beauty Salons
  • Coffee shops and restaurants

But come and see for yourself, join us for our Open Events, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep up with what’s happening at the College.

Judith Evans, Principal

About us

In August 2013, The College Ystrad Mynach and Coleg Morgannwg merged to become Coleg y Cymoedd which means college of the valleys.

The College Ystrad Mynach served the Caerphilly County Borough with sites in Abertridwr, Bargoed, Blackwood, Caerphilly, Rhymney and Ystrad Mynach.

Coleg Morgannwg served the Rhondda Cynon Taff County with sites in Aberdare, Nantgarw and Rhondda.

By joining together, Coleg y Cymoedd is now one of the largest further education provider’s in Wales with an estimated 20,000 learners choosing to study and over 800 members of staff.

Facilities available

Coleg y Cymoedd has invested heavily over the last few years which has seen its campuses benefit from excellent buildings and facilities for students and the general public.


Coleg y Cymoedd has an excellent reputation for catering and hospitality with learners trained to the highest standards by our professional team.  The College has three training restaurants that are run jointly by staff and learners and open to the public to use.

The restaurants are open the same as the college term dates so are closed during half terms and during the summer (between end of June and early September).

Llewellyns Restaurant - Aberdare Campus

Llewellyn's beautifully furnished restaurant has a long standing tradition of serving many of the local community groups. The Aberdare Rotary, The Inner Wheel and University of The Third Age are just a few of the regular customers.

Join us for morning coffee or a variety of breakfast snacks. Our popular three course lunches are often themed and booking is advisable.

Llewellyns Restaurant - Aberdare Campus:

Tuesday – Rotary functions
Thursday – 12pm – 2pm (last orders for food at 1.15pm)

Bookings taken on: 01685 887530 or 01685 887500 

The restaurants are open the same as the college term dates so are closed during half terms and during the summer (between end of June and early September).

Nant Restaurant - Nantgarw Campus

A contemporary restaurant situated in our Nantgarw campus. Nant offers you superb food at reasonable prices all prepared and serviced by our students under the guidance of their professional chefs and front of house staff.

Join us for morning coffee, variety of breakfast snacks, three course lunch, in house or takeaway service for snacks, buffet or private function.

Nant Restaurant - opening times:

Tuesday – 12pm – 2.00pm

Wednesday – 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Thursday – 12pm – 2.00pm

Thursday – 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Friday  – 12pm – 2.00pm

Bookings taken on: 01443 663050

The restaurants are open the same as the college term dates so are closed during half terms and during the summer (between end of June and early September).

Scholars Restaurant – Ystrad Mynach Campus

A modern restaurant offering a very high standard of quality cuisine.   A unique experience in Scholars is the open serving area, bringing the kitchen closer to the dining area.

Scholars Restaurant - opening times:
Thursday – 12pm – 2pm (7.00pm – 9.30pm Dinner on request)
Friday – 12pm – 2pm

Bookings taken on: 01443 810039

The restaurants are open the same as the college term dates so are closed during half terms and during the summer (between end of June and early September).

Fitness Suites

Coleg y Cymoedd has fitness suites at its Nantgarw and Ystrad Mynach Campus.


Coleg y Cymoedd is pleased to be working in collaboration with Aspire Fitness at our Nantgarw campus.

The fitness suite at Nantgarw is available to use by students, staff and members of the public featuring the very latest cardio and weight equipment.

Telephone us at the Nantgarw Campus for more info on joining, opening times or the latest classes or membership deals Tel - 01443 887544

Membership Fees:

1 day = £5.00
1 Month = £30.00
12 Month = £22.00/month

Opening Times:

Monday – Thursday 6.30am – 9.00pm
Friday - 6.30am-7.00pm
Saturday – 7.00am-2.00pm
Sunday – 2.00pm-7.00pm

(Curriculum use only – Monday –Friday 10.00-12.00 and 2.00 – 4.00)


Ystrad Mynach

The fitness suite at our Ystrad Mynach campus has over twenty cardiovascular, resistance weights and free weights to suit all needs and levels.  Our fully trained staff are able to offer personal advice so you can make the most of your training.

All users of the fitness suite must complete a gym induction prior to using the health and fitness suite to comply with the health and fitness legislation.

Please contact the health and fitness suite on 01443 816888, extension 4152 between the opening hours below to book your gym induction. Please note that outside of term time the opening times of the fitness suite may differ. Entry to the gym is for students and staff of The College only.

Opening Times

Monday 4.30pm - 6.00pm

Tuesday 4.30pm - 6.00pm

Wednesday CLOSED

Thursday 4.30pm - 6.00pm


How much does it cost?

Students and staff can join the fitness suite at any time during the academic year. Membership prices start at £10 for students and £20 for staff.

These prices are reduced for members who join the gym later in the academic year.

For further information regarding the Fitness Suite please contact Cohen Griffith on 01443 816888, extension 4152 or email .

Day Nursery

Coleg y Cymoedd has day nurseries at Aberdare, Nantgarw and Ystrad Mynach.


The day nursery at Aberdare offers care facilities for children of college students and is also open to the general public. The nursery, registered with Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW), caters for children from 6 weeks to 4 years and provides a safe and happy environment.

Address: First Steps Nursery, Coleg y Cymoedd, Aberdare campus, Cwmdare Road, Aberdare, CF44 8ST

For further information on the Day Nursery or to place your name on the waiting list, please contact 01685 887519


Acorns Nursery, a privately run nursery, working in partnership with Coleg y Cymoedd at our Nantgarw campus.

The state of the art 60 place nursery features a spacious garden with covered and open play areas to ensure children benefit from outdoor play whatever the weather. Inside, our spacious playrooms offer areas for quiet times, imagination and exploration and are furnished with the highest quality toys and equipment to stimulate little minds.

Acorns Nantgarw is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, caring for children from 6 weeks to 5 years. Please feel free to visit the nursery at any time or telephone Josie Calderwood, Placement Manager, (029) 20 382009 for further information.

Website address:
Telephone: (029) 20 382009
Mobile: 07530145303 / 07530199149

Ystrad Mynach

The day nursery at the Ystrad Mynach campus offers care facilities for children of college students. The nursery has a wide range of play and learning opportunities for children between the ages of 10 months and 5 years of age.

Prospective users are encourages to place their details on our waiting list as early as possible for September intake. Places are offered subject to availability. Learners need to apply for funding and show proof of benefits when applying for a nursery place.

Subsidised places will be offered once funding has been approved.

The day nursery is staffed by qualified nursery nurses and registered within the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales (CSSIW).

Opening Hours Monday to Friday 9.00am-4.30pm.

For further information on the Day Nursery or to place your name on the waiting list, please contact Gail Harris, Nursery Manager 01443 816888/814237.


Coleg y Cymoedd has hair and beauty salons at Aberdare, Nantgarw, Rhondda and Ystrad Mynach.

Each salon offers an extensive range of Hairdressing, Beauty and Complimentary Therapies.

These state of the art facilities are open to the general public during term-time, each providing a high quality service at excellent prices. Whether its hairstyling or colouring we also offer a specially selected range of beauty and complementary therapy treatments.

You can choose from: *

  • Body treatments
  • Micro dermabrasion
  • Dermalift
  • Facial therapies
  • Massage, Aromatherapy and Reflexology
  • Waxing
  • Hair services
  • Perms and colour techniques
  • Nail Technology
  • Spray Tan

* Please note not that not all treatments are available at every salon.

See our Hairdressing Price List

See our Beauty Treatment Price List


For appointments and/or further information, please call

Aberdare:  01685 887546

Nantgarw:  01443 663056

Rhondda:   01443 663231

Ystrad Mynach: 01443 810018


What our customers say:

“Very nice massage. Salon itself is lovely, soothing and relaxing. Will definitely come again!” - Emma

Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage - Nantgarw Salon


“A wonderful relaxing morning. A great way to de-stress. The learner Leah has a relaxing manner and I feel the benefit of being calm. Excellent!" - Ann

Prescription Facial - Ystrad Mynach Salon


"The learner Courtney had a relaxing manner and she did a wonderful job on my nails. Well done, I want to come again already!” - Tess

Deluxe Manicure - Nantgarw Salon


“Friendly service, professional and a very good standard. I’m very happy!” - Eva

Roots, Cut Shampoo & Set - Rhondda Salon


“I am really satisfied with the experience I received today. The student was very professional in her work. I find the salon a very friendly environment, students are professional in their work and I am always happy with the outcome.” - Carol

Opticurl Perm - Rhondda Salon


“A very enjoyable experience in the salon - a friendly and helpful hairdresser.” - Theresa

Ladies Cut & Blow-dry - Rhondda Salon


“I was very satisfied with the service I received from Level 2 hairdresser Kayleigh. She greeted me with a friendly manner and was very professional during my time at the salon. I was confident being her client and would ask for her again.” - Tracey 

Colour Change - Rhondda Salon


“Professional atmosphere, excellent guidance from tutor, confidence in themselves, great colour etc.” - Becky

Deep Conditioning Treatment, Half Head Foils treatment, Hair Up - Rhondda Salon


“The learner concerned was very pleasant and courteous. I was very impressed with her professionalism.” - Rose

Roots & Refresh - Rhondda Salon


“Extremely satisfied with how I was treated as a client, excellent communication, highly recommended.” - Valerie

Full Head Foils - Rhondda Salon 


“Really pleased with the cut and colour. Demi was very professional in the salon.” - Nicola

Colour Change, Ladies Cut & Blow-dry - Rhondda Salon


“Thank you Beth, your customer service was lovely and you are an excellent therapist, very attentive throughout.” - Rhiannon

Full Head Foils - Nantgarw Salon


Additional support

Personal tutors

For each learner – offering guidance, support and encouragement. They are also your key link to keep in touch with the College.

Learner Services

The Learner Services team provide day to day help and support on a range of practical issues, such as travel and grants and will be your point of contact when you are not sure who to approach.

Additional Support

We want you to be as successful as possible at Coleg y Cymoedd. That's why our dedicated Learner Support Team offers a range of services to assist your learning.

If you have a disability, sensory impairment or additional learning need that has been identified in the past, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, Asperger’s or ASD; had a Statement (SEN) or school support or think you may need some extra help with some of your learning, then we are here to support you.

During the application process you are provided with the opportunity to inform us of your individual needs. This early identification will allow time for the planning of possible support requirements. A member of our Support Team will be available to meet with you and put a specific support plan together for you.

We have Support Assistants who are specifically trained to meet learners’ needs, including British Sign Language Communicators. Dedicated support staff are experienced in supporting learners with a physical disability and are trained in using specialist equipment including hoists. Our specialist assessors can determine your eligibility for access arrangements in exams and provide the support accordingly.

If you are in care or leaving care we want to ensure that you receive the best advice and guidance possible to support you throughout your time here. We understand that College is not just about taking a course - it is about you preparing for work or further study, meeting new people and enjoying what you do. We can offer you a named person to contact for advice and support, including financial help.

You are welcome to bring your carer, social worker or a friend with you if you would like to meet for a chat.

If you have any questions about support for learners, please don't hesitate to contact a member of the team.

Student Welfare

Our Student Welfare Officers are available to provide confidentialsupport to learners experiencing personal difficulties and can assist with referrals to specialist agencies where necessary. The Student Welfare Officers are able to offer practical help and support on a range of topics and issues individuals may face in their lives.

Learner Voice Forum

The college has a “Learner Voice Forum” that gives YOU the learner a voice. Your opinions are important to us and we WILL listen and respect them. Affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS) it provides a forum for learners to discuss the issues affecting them and advise College managers of learner needs and opinions. We will work with you to help change things for the better.

Careers Wales

Professional staff are available to advise and guide you towards your chosen career, making sure it matches your ambitions, skills and ability.

Learning Centres

The Learning Centres at Coleg y Cymoedd are hubs of activity, and provide support for study, project work and leisure reading. Open to all college learners they provide study space and a wide range of resources from computer based material and Moodle, to books and journals, and Interactive learning packages.

Your Welsh is Important!

It is our aim to nurture a Welsh ethos and offer you support through the medium of Welsh. The Welsh language is an integral part of modern Wales and is becoming increasingly important as an extra skill in the workplace. The College wants you to keep and develop your Welsh language skills and for you to see the real worth of the language as an adult.

The College employs Bilingual Champions who develop and increase Welsh medium provision. They organise numerous activities and events for you, you can also present your work in Welsh and there is support available to help you do this.

For more information contact Learner Services for details of your Bilingual Champions.

Financial Support

If you are aged 16-18 on 1st September prior to starting your course and are worried about being short of cash whilst studying at College, think again! You could be eligible for an Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) of £30 a week if you attend classes. Applications for EMA will be available from May 2016. Further information is available from

Some learners may also be eligible for a Financial Contingency Fund or Welsh Government Learning Grant (formerly ALG Assembly Learning Grant).

If you are under 18 years of age on 1st September prior to starting the course, studying a full time course and your parents are in receipt of certain state benefits then you could receive a meal allowance of up to £3.20 a day to spend within college. Please bring along valid proof of benefits to enrolment to qualify.

Local councils often provide support for learners, aged under 19, attending school and college. Their policies can vary and we will provide the most recent information on what your council offers when you visit as part of our admission interviweing process. Older students might get subsidised travel by applying to the college financial contingency fund (FCF) which we also explain during the admission interview.

Higher Education Financial Information
For financial information related to Higher Education courses please visit our website.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Coleg y Cymoedd directly.

Last updated date: 03 October 2016
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