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Welcome to Coleg Gwent


We are amongst the best performing colleges in Wales and we’re also one of the biggest with over 18,000 students.
 

Whether it’s your goal to go to university, get started in your dream job, work towards a promotion or learn a new skill, we can help get you where you want to be. 
 

Choose from an inspiring range of academic or vocational courses including A Levels and Apprenticeships, university level Higher Education options, professional qualifications or workforce training for employers.
 

If you don’t know where to start, our specialist admissions advisors can guide you with your options and your next steps. 
 

We are in the top quarter of all colleges in Wales following Estyn’s Annual Review of Performance in 2014, so as a student at Coleg Gwent you can be confident of a high quality experience with plenty of personal support and guidance. We’re here to help you succeed.
 

Our five unique campuses are accessibly located across the boroughs of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen - so there’s a whole world of exciting opportunity open to everyone in our local communities.

 

"With us, you will develop skills and gain qualifications that will help you progress to a brighter future. Whether that is in employment, at university or in an Apprenticeship you will be more confident and better prepared to continue your journey. We’re here to help you take the next step.”

Guy Lacey, Coleg Gwent Principal

About us

Facts and Figures

- Over 23,000 students

 - 1,500 staff

 - More than £50 million turnover

 - 5 campuses

 - 1 business centre

 - 1 Welsh language centre

 - A Level pass rate of 97.7%

 - 100% pass rate in 27 A Level subjects

 - Vocational subject pass rate of 97%267 (34.7%)

 - Extended Diploma students achieved triple Distinctions – the equivalent of 3 A grades at A Level

Our vision, our mission

Vision

Our vision is to be recognised as an outstanding college that empowers learners and creates prosperity in our communities. 

 

Mission

To deliver an outstanding, responsive and flexible service, meeting the changing demands of the economy by:

  • Widening and extending participation in learning
  • Creating sustainable partnerships with communities and businesses
  • Driving up standards, our own ambitions, and those of our learners
  • Providing inspirational teaching and learning opportunities
  • Having strong finances to allow investment in staff and resources
  • Celebrating the diversity and culture of our communities

Our Ethos:

Excellence in teaching and learning
Teaching and learning is Coleg Gwent's priority
Everyone has a role in contributing to the achievement of excellence

Trust, honesty and respect for everyone
Coleg Gwent believes that all you do with others should be based on trust, honesty and respect.

Higher Achievement
Coleg Gwent believes that all staff should be empowered and encouraged to work innovatively to generate initiatives and ideas that will lead to high achievement.

Opportunity and choice for all
Coleg Gwent believes that everyone has the ability and the right to grow and develop and support the heath and well-being of staff and learners.

Shared responsibility for success
Everyone should contribute to, participate in, benefit from and constantly review and improve their contribution to Coleg Gwent's success

Facilities available

Learning Centre

In the Learning Centre you’ll find everything you need to help you get ahead with your studies – learning resources, advice on your studies and a quiet place to work on your assignments.

Resources:

- Books associated with your course 

- A range of fiction books and DVDs

- Daily newspapers 

- A variety of magazines and journals 

- A selection of eBooks that you can also access from home PCs with internet access, word processing, spreadsheets, database and graphics software, and DVD drives 

- Wi-Fi so you can use your own laptop or tablet device

Online catalogue:

- You can search for resources held at any Coleg Gwent campus from the comfort of your own home with our online catalogue. You can also reserve materials and arrange for them to be delivered to your campus.

- The catalogue also allows you to track what materials you’ve borrowed in the past, if you need to borrow them again for another assignment.

- You’ll be shown how to do all of this once you’ve enrolled.

Learning Advisors:

Based in the Learning Centres, Learning Advisors can support you in a number of ways, including:

- Helping to access resources – either in the LRC or online

- Helping with study skills, such as understanding assignments, searching for information and planning your work

- Providing study skills workshops such as time management, note taking and referencing

- Providing individual and group support

- Producing 'How to' guides to help you with your course

Office 365:

This year we’re providing all learners with access to Microsoft Office 365, an online version of Microsoft Office. You’ll be able to access applications like Microsoft Word and PowerPoint on any device with an internet connection. Other benefits of using Office 365 include;

- A terabyte of online storage through Microsoft OneDrive

- An email account with a 50Gb mailboxOnline web-based versions of Microsoft Office applications to use on your mobile device

- Ability to download full versions of Microsoft Office Professional to your personal device

Reprographics services:

You can access a range of services in the Learning Centre to help with presenting your work.  This includes:

- Printing

- Photocopying

- Binding

- Laminating

Opening times:

Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone
Monday:       8.30am – 5.00pm
Tuesday:      8.30am – 6.00pm
Wednesday: 8.30am – 6.00pm
Thursday:     8.30am – 5.00pm
Friday:          8.30am – 4.00pm

City of Newport Campus
Monday:       8.30am – 7.00pm
Tuesday:      8.30am – 7.00pm
Wednesday: 8.30am – 7.00pm
Thursday:     8.30am – 5.00pm
Friday:          8.30am – 4.00pm

Crosskeys Campus
Monday:       8.30am – 6.00pm
Tuesday:      8.30am – 7.00pm
Wednesday: 8.30am – 4.30pm
Thursday:     8.30am – 4.30pm
Friday:          8.30am – 4.30pm

Pontypool Campus
Monday:       8.30am – 7.00pm
Tuesday:      8.30am – 7.00pm
Wednesday: 8.30am – 4.30pm
Thursday:     8.30am – 4.30pm
Friday:          8.30am – 4.00pm

Usk Campus
Monday:       8.30am – 4.30pm
Tuesday:      8.30am – 4.30pm
Wednesday: 8.30am – 4.30pm
Thursday:     8.30am – 6.00pm
Friday:          8.30am – 4.00pm

Hair and beauty salons

Healthy body, healthy mind…

Our hair, beauty and complementary therapy salons are the perfect place for some you time.  Whether you have an hour to de-stress, or a whole day to completely unwind, immerse yourself in the relaxing salon surroundings and let our students work their magic. 

Relax with a tension-busting massage, recreate yourself with a restyle or be pampered with a choice of over 30 beauty treatments. 

Time here is time you can relish.  Let our trainee stylists, therapists and beauticians make you feel and look fantastic. You’ll emerge feeling refreshed and revitalised.

Interested in studying Hair, Beauty or Complementary Therapies at Coleg Gwent? Apply now for one of our exciting courses in this rewarding industry.

For more information contact the Hair & Beauty department to book or for further details - 01495 333138/68

Treatments

Treatments vary between campuses – here’s a sample of what we offer:

Hair:

Cut & blowdry
Deep conditioning
Hair up
Permanent & semi-permanent colours
Highlights/lowlights
Perm
Beard trim and male hairstyling

Beauty & nails:

Micro dermabrasion
Non-surgical facelift
Facial electrical treatment
Slimming/toning treatments
Spray tans Lash & brow treatments
Waxing
Manicure & pedicure
Epilation Nail extensions
Infills/maintenance

Complementary therapies:

Reflexology
Aromatherapy
Indian head massage
Back massage
Body massage

Special offers:

We regularly have special offers at our salons – from Mother’s Day pamper packages to festive makeovers. Check them out below:

Styleworks Clinic, Pontypool Campus
Christmas Wellbeing Warmer - Complementary Therapy Clinics
Mondays 5pm or 6.30pm & Wednesday 6pm

Massage, Aromatherapy & Reflexology £7

Hot Stone Massage £10

To book an appointment please contact Deb Bradfield: deborah.bradfield@coleggwent.ac.uk
 

Opening times and appointments

For specific details and prices please contact individual salons.

Urban Indulgence@City of Newport Campus:

01633 466059
Monday 1 – 5pm
Tuesday 9.15am – 5.15pm
Wednesday 9.15am – 5.15pm
Thursday 1.30 – 5.15pm
Friday 10.15am – 4.30pm

Fusion@Crosskeys Campus:

01495 333499
Monday 9am – 7pm
Tuesday 9am – 7pm
Wednesday 9am – 7pm
Thursday 9am – 7pm
Friday 9am – 4pm

Styleworks@Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone:

01495 333061
Monday 9.15am – 6pm
Tuesday 9.15am – 8pm
Wednesday 9.15am – 1.15pm
Thursday 9.15am – 6pm
Friday 9.15am – 5.15pm

Styleworks@Pontypool Campus:

01495 333138

Price List

Beauty Level 2

Waxing 
Half Leg wax £5.00
Full Leg wax £7.00
Bikini line wax £4.00
Full Leg & Bikini £10.00
Underarm £3.50
Lip wax £2.50
Chin wax £2.50
Lip & Chin wax £4.00
Eyebrow wax £2.50

Facial
Facial £5.00

Eye treatments 
Eyelash tinting £3.00
Eyebrow tinting £3.00
Eyelash & Brow £5.00

Eyelash extensions
Strip lash £4.00
Individual lash £5.00
*(patch test is required 48 hours prior)

Hands & Feet
Manicure £4.00
Pedicure £4.00
Luxury Manicure £5.50
Luxury Pedicure £5.50
Nail shape & Polish £2.00


Beauty Level 3

Facial – specialised 
Non-Surgical facial £10.00
Microdermabrasion £10.00
Prescriptive Electrical £7.00

Electrolysis 
15 minutes  £3.00
30 minutes  £5.00

Body treatments
Full Body massage £8.00
Back Massage £4.00
Hot Stones Massage £15.00
Prescriptive treatment £5.00
(Body Electrical treatments)

Complementary Therapies
Body massage £8.00
Aromatherapy body massage £9.00
Reflexology £7.00
Case Studies £6.00

Nail treatments
Gel nail extensions £10.00
Acrylic nail extensions  £10.00
Maintenance £7.00
Removal £5.00
Gel Polish £7.00


Student price list

Dry Cut: FREE
Gents Cuts: FREE
Re growth colour: £7.00
Full head colour: £8.00
T section foils: £12.00
Full Head foils: £15.00
Colour correction: £17.00
Hair up: £1.50
Conditioning Treatment: 3.00

Morels Restaurant

Our trainee chefs are as passionate about food as you are so indulge yourself as our students prepare and serve delicious meals.
 

Sample traditional and regional dishes prepared with the freshest ingredients in our relaxing and friendly restaurant, Morels.  There is always something to tempt, from light starters through to hearty mains and sumptuous, indulgent puddings.
 

Excellent service and exceptional value combine with delectable dishes and an extensive wine list to create a charming dining experience. 
 

Interested in studying Catering & Hospitality at Coleg Gwent? Apply now for one of our exciting courses in this rewarding industry.

 

Private functions:

If you are looking for a venue for your private function or party, we can help you plan your event and provide excellent food, service and value for money.

The restaurant is open to private functions and parties on a Wednesday evening, 6.30 – 8.30pm.

To find out more call 01495 333496 or email morels@coleggwent.ac.uk.

Opening times:

We are open for lunch Tuesday to Friday 12.30pm – 2pm.

We are also available for private functions on a Wednesday evening between 6.30 – 8.30 (close at 9.30pm) so please contact us for further details.

Book a table:

Call us: 01495 333496

Email: morels@coleggwent.ac.uk.

Please note, we now accept credit & debit cards.

Construction centres

We have specialist workshops for each trade, equipped with industry standard tools and equipment, as well as a range of IT suites.
 

Students learn alongside those from other trades – just like they will on a real site – and they learn all of the regulations and health & safety laws, giving them realistic work-related experience.  
 

Interested in studying Construction at Coleg Gwent? Apply now for one of our exciting courses in this rewarding industry.

ACS Gas

With state-of-the-art facilities designed to give you practical experience, our Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS) gas centre at City of Newport Campus is the ideal place to get your gas qualifications.  Whether you want to start from scratch and get to grips with the basics, are already qualified and need to update your qualifications or are an experienced plumber and want to become a fully qualified gas engineer, we can help.   
 

Under the Accredited Certification Scheme, we offer training and assessment for all domestic gas courses led by experienced professionals who will guide you through the experience at our specialist centre.

Sports

All our campuses that offer sport courses have access to excellent sport facilities including sports halls, gyms, fitness suites and outdoor pitches.  

 

A trophy cabinet we’re proud of

Every year the college enters the British Colleges Sport Championships and every year our team returns with a host of medals you’d struggle to count on your fingers and toes.  From team events like tennis and netball, to individual trampolinists and cross country runners – our students are some of the best in the UK – many following in the footsteps of our tutors who have Welsh caps and competition success in their own sports.

 

Welsh rugby stars of the future

Crosskeys Campus is home to the Newport Gwent Dragons Junior Academy where students study full time courses at any Coleg Gwent Campus – either sport related, A Levels or other vocational courses – whilst having 16 hours a week of dedicated training from Dragons coaches as part of a two year development programme.
 

Join a winning team

All students can get involved in our sports teams, whether you’re competing already at elite level, or you just want to try something new whilst keeping fit and healthy. If you’re feeling competitive, join one of our netball, football and rugby teams that compete in top local, regional and national leagues.
 

ATA Auto

Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) Centre

Governed by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) is a national voluntary scheme which tests the current competence of individuals working in the retail motor industry, who are committed to an ethical code of conduct.  
 

If you’re an automotive industry technician working in sectors such as light vehicle or motorcycle maintenance, roadside assistance, accident repair, auto glazing, parts distribution or customer service, ATA is suitable for you. To achieve ATA accreditation, you must pass a series of practical assessments and an online test at an approved centre.   
 

Coleg Gwent's well-established ATA Assessment Centre:  

  • City of Newport for panel and paint

 

The centre has some of the best facilities anywhere in the country, including a body shop, prep room, spray booth and engineering workshops as well as highly qualified and experienced staff to help you through the assessment process.  
 

 

For more information please call 01633 466001 (City of Newport Campus) or email ata@coleggwent.ac.uk

Services to public

The following are open to the public:

Morels Restaurant

Hair & beauty salons

Conferencing & venue hire

Equestrian Centre

Based at our Usk Campus, our Equestrian Centre runs public equine events and is available for hire.

Equestrian events

Dressage and show jumping

We run dressage and show jumping events for all ages throughout the year – keep up to date with forthcoming events on our events page. For further information on any of the dressage or show jumping events please contact Sara Owen on 01495 333704 or email equine.events@coleggwent.ac.uk. 

Public lectures

Be inspired by our professional lectures. From talks by professional vets, to information on the latest trends and techniques, they take place throughout the year and are open to the public – see if there are any coming up on our events page.
 

Facilities and conferencing hire

Indoor and outdoor schools

Our purpose-built indoor (54m X 30m) and outdoor (40m x 60m) schools are available for hire by groups or individuals. Both schools have modern, all weather surfaces and show jumps are available. A compact, grass cross country schooling area is also available by arrangement as well as access to social areas for any break times.

Hire charges

Effective from 1st October 2015:

Indoor arena £25 per hour

Outdoor arena £14 per hour

Hire of show jumps £5 per hour (breakages to be paid for)

Seminar/classroom £10 per hour

Indoor arena for events (daily rate, up to 1 day between 8am and 6pm) £200 

Indoor arena for events (half day, up to 4 hours) £100 

Outdoor arena for events (full day, between 8am and 6pm) £150 

Outdoor arena for events (half day, up to 4 hours) £75 

Show jump hire for events £50

Classroom hire for events £40

 

Please note, the latest booking is 7pm.

Terms & conditions:

An Event is defined as a commercial venture where participants are charged an entry fee for taking part. Please note a £25 clean up charge for each area will be made should the facilities not be left in a reasonable clean and tidy condition after use.

Conditions of use

The following conditions of use apply to any organisation or individual rider wishing to hire the Equestrian Centre. Horse riding is a dangerous sport and you participate at your own risk. Due care has been taken to maintain the facilities in a safe condition, but riders must observe the following rules and any additional instructions that may be given.

Terms for all bookings

1. An organisation hiring the facility must ensure they have in place a minimum of £5 million Public Liability Insurance cover (copy of insurance certificate to be supplied with signed ‘Terms of Hire’ agreement).
2. An individual rider hiring the facility must have in place a minimum of £1 million Public Liability Insurance cover (copy of insurance certificate to be supplied with signed ‘Terms of Hire’ agreement).
3. All riders under the age of 18 years of age must have parental consent.
4. A responsible adult must accompany all riders under the age of 18.
5. The facilities must be used in a sensible manner compatible with the level of experience of the rider(s) and horse or pony.
6. Riders take part at their own risk.
7. Current standard riding hats (PAS015, EN1384), full length riding boots or Jodhpur boots are compulsory. Other forms of footwear are not permitted.
8. All facilities used must be left in a tidy and clean condition; a further charge will be made for facilities left either untidy or unclean. Droppings and litter must be picked up and the area around parking must be left tidy.
9. All dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.
10. Coleg Gwent does not accept responsibility for theft/damage to third part property. Storage facilities cannot be provided. When hirers are permitted to leave equipment on the premises, they do so entirely at their own risk.
11. No horses/ponies to be tied to outside vehicles and left unattended.
12. Hay nets must not be fed to horses/ponies tied outside vehicles.

Payment terms

Advanced bookings (over 48hrs notice) – 25% non-refundable deposit payable on booking. Balance due within 30 days of invoice.
Short bookings (less than 48hrs notice) – payable in full on booking (non-refundable).

Cancellation terms

Hourly hire bookings – 24 hours’ notice required
Event bookings – 72 hours’ notice required
Cancellations must be in writing to: Equestrian Centre, Coleg Gwent, Usk Campus, The Rhadyr, Usk, NP15 1XJ.
E-mails are also accepted. Please e-mail: equine.events@coleggwent.ac.uk
Failure to give the required notice of cancellation will result in the full hire charge being payable.

Additional terms for organisers of event bookings

13. The hirer/event organiser must ensure that an appropriate risk assessment is completed covering their activities within the equestrian area. A copy of the risk assessment must be submitted to Coleg Gwent along with the names of their nominated representative for health & safety, first aid and car parking stewarding. The hirer/event organiser must submit a revised risk assessment when requested by Coleg Gwent. The hirer/event organiser should be aware that they are responsibility for the health & safety of their riders, guests, animals and equipment.
14. The hirer must ensure that the number of participants/entries within the event is in line with the car parking capacity relating to the facilities currently available (30 horse vehicles maximum).

We have taken all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of horse and rider to be effective, you must take all reasonable precautions to avoid and prevent accidents occurring. Coleg Gwent reserves the right to remove someone from the facilities in the event of dangerous riding, abuse of the horse, or failure to act on common courtesy. Neither Coleg Gwent nor any person acting on behalf of the College accept any liability for any loss, damage, accident, injury or illness to horse, riders, spectators or any other persons or property whatsoever.

For more information call 01291 673974 or 01495 333682.

Small Animal Centre & Cat Rescue

Animal care centre

Giving you the edge when it comes to learning skills in a practical environment, our exceptional facilities include a purpose-built animal care centre.  It’s home to over 200 animals including reptiles, mammals, birds and invertebrates.  
 

Blue Cross cat rehoming centre

We have a Blue Cross cat rehoming centre at Usk campus so if you’re looking to adopt a new furry friend come and see us.  The centre is run in partnership with Blue Cross, with animal care students caring for the kittens and cats until they find a loving home.  
 

You’ll need to make an appointment to come and see the cats on 01495 333679 and we’ll help you find your ‘purrfect’ pet.

Performance theatres

We have two state-of-the-art performance theatres at the Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone and Crosskeys Campus.  The campuses regularly put on performances including musical theatre, drama and dance. As our performing arts students showcase their acting, singing and dancing talents, media, music and multimedia students bring the show to life, using the latest lighting and sound technologies.
 

Look out for forthcoming productions on our events page.

 

Hire our theatres

Complete with black out curtains, full staging and moveable seating, our theatres are the ideal place to bring your show to life.  Theatre companies, local schools and drama groups can hire our performance spaces, which also have access to dressing rooms.  
 

More information coming soon.

Usk Farm

The fully operational farm set in the college’s 296 acre estate is home to a 200 strong dairy herd, 250 sheep and a range of other farm animals.  Landbased students get hands on agriculture and countryside management experience and get to grips with commercial arable and livestock systems. As a working farm, students also learn management and record-keeping. 

Interested in studying Landbased at Coleg Gwent? Apply now for one of our exciting courses in this rewarding industry.

 

Conferencing

Our Centre is the ideal place to host animal and agricultural events and conferences.  Make your event come to life by using our working farm and small animal care centre for demonstrations, enjoy technology at your fingertips with our IT suites and our meeting rooms can cater for delegates.
 

For more information call 01291 673974.

Conferencing & venue hire

With excellent transport links and a city centre location, the college can provide you with the ideal space for business conferencing and events. 
 

Whether it’s a small meeting or a large business function, we’re here to help you host your event. 
 

Our business training centre includes five large, contemporary training rooms, an IT suite and three meeting rooms, which offer a wide choice for training events, seminars, conventions, product launches, meetings or corporate away days. 
 

All our training rooms are fully air-conditioned with integral audio visual equipment including LCD projector, smartboard, surround sound, hearing loop and internet wireless connectivity. All our meeting rooms have conference call facilities.
 

Because we are first and foremost a training and education provider, we understand the importance of customer support and delivering a first class learning experience. From your initial enquiry right through to the day of your event, we are on hand to advise and to look after you and your delegates.
 

Rates

Room Hire

Training room - £120 per day  

Meeting room - £20 per hour
 

Catering

Buffet and refreshments for the day / half day start at £6.50 per head. Unlimited tea / coffee / water from £3 per head.
 

We are VAT exempt so no VAT will be added to these prices.

Book a venue


To book a venue please call 01495 333564 or email business@coleggwent.ac.uk

Welsh for Adults Centre

Welsh For Adults Centre

Gwent Welsh for Adults Centre is here to help you on your journey to speaking Welsh, whatever your level. 

 

Based at our Pontypool Campus and offering community classes across the region, Gwent Welsh for Adults Centre has enjoyed huge success in developing Welsh speakers. It’s easy to learn Welsh locally in:

 

● Blaenau Gwent

● Caerphilly

● Newport

● Torfaen

● Monmouthshire

 

Make the most of our rich Welsh language and culture with complete beginner to advanced level courses, Welsh language social events, summer schools and family activities.

Adult Skills Centre

We’ve been working with adults with learning disabilities for over 30 years and our recent renovation of the centre in Usk means our students have access to even better facilities – everything they need to develop skills, socialise with others and fulfil their potential.
 
Adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities can enjoy wide open spaces in our safe rural setting.  Our experienced and qualified staff make our students’ experience fun, friendly and meaningful.
 
We work with local authorities and directly with individuals, tailoring each student’s experience to their own individual needs.

Students can develop a whole range of skills:
 
● Social and independence 
To build confidence, spend time with others and integrate in an educational setting
 
● Health and safety
Including safety in the home, personal hygiene and wellbeing
 
● Arts, crafts and woodwork
Making bird boxes, building and painting garden furniture and other fun practical activities 
 
● Cookery and food preparation 
Preparing meals, making snacks and baking cakes
 
● Horticulture 
Planting, watering, feeding, nurturing and harvesting seeds and plants
 
● Animal care
Feeding, cleaning and caring for our furry friends – rabbits, chickens and fish
 
● Community involvement 
Including a community veg co-op and volunteering opportunities to make a difference
 
Access to education
 
We support many of our students through formal qualifications including horticulture, other land based courses and literacy and numeracy.  Students do this in a non-pressured environment so they can make the most of their opportunities to develop life skills and even prepare them for work or further study.

What our students think

Kate Bass, 31 from Abergavenny
 
Without the support from staff, Kate wouldn’t have had the confidence or motivation to learn to drive, but she’s now had a number of lessons and is ready to take her theory test.

"I can’t wait to pass my test.  It will mean I don’t have to rely on my granddad to drive me – I’ll have my independence and more freedom.  I wouldn’t have taken the plunge without the encouragement from the staff at the centre. I’ve got some good friends here – the other students and staff are really nice.  I enjoy looking after the rabbits and the chickens, and watering the tomatoes and the hanging baskets. Coming to the centre two days a week has really improved my confidence which has made me enjoy the rest of my week even more – I volunteer at a charity shop, play in a darts team and present my own show on Able Radio."

Luke Davies, 21 from Monmouth
 
Since starting at the centre two years ago, Luke’s conquered his shyness and is now on a mainstream agriculture course planning to get a job on a farm.

"I left school and started at the centre when I was 19 and at first I was very quiet and shy but being around other people in such a friendly environment helped bring me out of my shell. I really enjoyed gardening at the centre and being outside so I chose to do a Level 1 agriculture course.  I’ve learned to look after the animals, operate farm machinery and drive a tractor, and I’m looking forward to starting Level 2 in September. I still pop in to the centre to see everyone and I still get as warm a welcome as I did on my first day, and feel just as at home."

Jim Smith, 54 from Rogiet
 
Jim has been coming to the centre for over 20 years and has enjoyed every minute, but he’s especially happy with the improvements that have been made in the last 12 months.

"The centre is a very important part of my life so it’s great that the staff have spent time doing it up.  It’s a very friendly group of staff and I get on with the other students too. I like to be busy which is great at the centre as there’s always something to do – painting the garden furniture, maintaining the minibus and watering the gardens. I’ve also done a number of courses whilst I’ve been here which have given me skills I use every day – gardening, personal progress, managing money and healthy living."

What next?
The centre can become a fun environment for students to socialise in, and provide respite for carers. We’re open Monday to Friday, 9.30am-3.30pm, 48 weeks a year and can arrange transport if needed.  
 
To find out more or arrange a trial at the centre call 01495 333687.

 

Additional support


 

 

Learner success

Learner Voice

Coleg Gwent believes in listening to students’ views and offering a variety of opportunities for you to have direct involvement in assessing and shaping your own learning experience in college.
 

But you don’t just have to take our word for how important we consider listening to learners, we’ve won awards for how we work with learners:

  • Winner of Colleges Wales’ Learner Voice Award 2014, and 
  • Winner of Colleges Wales’ Innovation in Learner Voice Award 2011

 

We listen to your views and ensure that it will make a difference to your life at the College.  We do this through:

 

  • Class representatives
  • Students’ Union
  • Student Governors and Community Partnerships
  • Student membership of college boards, committees and groups
  • Learner Voice conference
  • Cash4Change – where students can bid for money to make changes at their campus
  • Community Education forum

Awards & achievements

2015

  • Winner - Syniad digital enterprise competition
  • Highly Commended - Public Sector Sustainability Awards
  • Highly Commended – Cynnal Cymru Sustain Wales Award
  • Bronze medal – UK Skills Show 
  • Winner – Communities First North Cluster Volunteer Award 
  • Worshipful Livery Company of Wales student award
  • 16 finalists to national AHT Competition – Association of Hairdressers and Therapists
  • Two students qualify for Squad UK, Worldskills Competition Abu Dhabi 2017
  • British Council’s ‘Building International Partnerships’ Award – ColegauCymru FE Awards
  • Gold medal - SkillElectric Wales final
  • CIPD Student of the Year Awards and George Chamberlain Award - South East Wales Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Regional final winners – National Cut Films Awards 
  • Public Sector Sustainability Award - Institute of Public Sector Estates Management 
  • First and third prizes – Urdd Eisteddfod vocational competitions
  • Quality Award – TUC
  • Winner – Welsh National Political Blogging competition
  • Winner – Big Pitch competition 
  • People’s Prize Wales National Final – Lloyd’s banking group Money for Life competition
  • Keith Fletcher Memorial Access to HE Learner Prize and joint winner of Agored Cymru Quality Award – Careers Wales Mark
  • Ian Bennet Award - Global Enterprise Challenge 
  • Winner – Skills Wales final, Autobody Repair Competition
  • Silver and bronze medals – Welsh Culinary Championships
  • 15 awards regional heats – Association of Hairdressers and Therapists skills competition
  • Joint video winner – All Wales Anti Drink Drive Campaign 
  • Gold award – Skills Wales final
  • Silver award – Worldskills UK Competition 
  • Highly commended – Electrical Installation (Advanced) UK final
  • Staff shortlisted for Inspirational Teaching Awards - New Directions Education

2014

Agored Cymru Access to Higher Education Learner of the Year Award

Learner of the Year Award - UHOVI

16-19 Programme Learner of the Year Award - UHOVI 

Best Centre and Best Trainer Award - Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH)

President’s Award - Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

Leadership Academy of the Year Award (Crosskeys Campus) - Sports Leaders UK

College of the Year Award (Crosskeys Campus) - British Colleges Sport

Learner Voice Award - ColegauCymru

Gold Award - Corporate Health Standard

International Safety Award - British Safety Council

Active Campaigner Diana Award 2014

Silver medal - Skills Competition Wales Advanced Nail Technology final  

Gold, silver and bronze medals - AHT (Association of Hairdressers and Therapists) UK final

Gold medal - Skills Competition Wales Reflexology final

Ian Bennett Award for teamwork - Global Entrepreneurship Challenge

Gold, silver and bronze medals - British Colleges Sport National Championships

Silver and bronze medals - Welsh International Culinary Championships

2013

Essential Skills Delivery and Course Enrolment - Learndirect Awards

Buttle UK Quality Mark

'Teacher of the Year' Award - ColegauCymru

Highly Commended Tutor Certificate - NIACE Inspire! Adult Learning Awards

Silver and bronze medals - AHT (Association of Hairdressers & Therapists) competition regional finals

Gold and silver medals - Skills Competition Wales Autobody Repair final

Silver medal - AHT (Association of Hairdressers & Therapists) UK final

Gold, silver and bronze awards - Welsh International Culinary Championships

Bronze medal - Accounting Skills Competition Wales

Gold and bronze medals - British Colleges Sports National Championships

South Wales Big Pitch winners

First and second places - Salon Cymru

Student of the Year in Leadership and Volunteering - British Colleges Sport

Second place - SkillELECTRIC Welsh National Final

SPARKS National Electrical Apprentice of the Year Welsh winner

Coleg Gwent Learner of the Year 2013 - UHOVI

Welsh Netball Team of the Year - Welsh Netball Association

Royal Commonwealth Society Wales award

Silver medal - WorldSkills Electrical Installation UK Final

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 October 2016
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Venues

  • A: Usk Campus
    • Address:
    • Coleg Gwent
    • Usk Campus
    • Usk
    • NP15 1XJ
    • Website:
    • www3.coleggwent.ac.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=252#.V-j0ZGfQe70
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    • Study surrounded by beautiful countryside at our most rural campus. The courses we run make the most of our location in Monmouthshire on the edge of the historic town of Usk. 

       

      Usk campus is within easy reach of Monmouth, Abergavenny, Caldicot, Chepstow, Magor, Pontypool and Newport, and is close to the M4 motorway.

       

      Known previously as an agricultural college and now as a campus of Coleg Gwent, Usk is not only an excellent centre for landbased courses, but also sport, outdoor activity and Independent Living Skills courses too. 

       

      Our exceptional facilities include:

      • Working commercial farm (296 acre estate)
      • Animal Care Centre
      • Equestrian Centre
      • Blue Cross cat rehoming centre
      • Learning Resource Centre


      Farming Connect

      Did you know that you can access funding for our landbased courses if you are registered with Farming Connect? Courses such as the safe use of pesticides, chainsaw operations and the safe use of veterinary medicines.

      Through their Skills and Mentoring programme, eligible individuals registered with Farming Connect can access up to 80% funding.

      For further information click on the link below or contact us on 01495 333599

      https://businesswales.gov.wales/farmingconnect/training

       

  • B: Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone
    • Address:
    • Coleg Gwent
    • Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone
    • Lime Avenue
    • Ebbw Vale
    • NP23 6GL
    • Website:
    • www3.coleggwent.ac.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=248
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    • Our vibrant Learning Zone campus opened in 2012 and became the home of all A Level education in Blaenau Gwent. In 2014 our students were the borough’s most successful A Level students ever. 

      The Learning Zone forms part of the regeneration of the old Steelworks site in Ebbw Vale, now known as The Works. The first thing you’ll notice about the Learning Zone is our beautiful atrium which gives plenty of space and light. 

      Choose from a wide mix of courses including 32 A Level subjects and vocational courses for a broad range of industries. Our Learning Zone staff are award winning too, so you can be confident that you’ll be getting a top quality experience. 

      Be inspired by our cutting edge facilities which are designed to get you ahead, including:

      • Purpose built construction workshops
      • Professional kitchens
      • Recording studio
      • Mac computer suites
      • Performance area
      • Hair and beauty salons (open to the public)
      • Learning Resource Centre
      • Costa Coffee outlet 
  • C: City of Newport Campus
  • D: Crosskeys Campus
    • Address:
    • Coleg Gwent
    • Crosskeys Campus
    • Risca Road
    • Crosskeys
    • NP11 7ZA
    • Website:
    • www3.coleggwent.ac.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=250#.V-jytmfQe70
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    • Our strong links with local communities, schools and businesses make Crosskeys campus a popular choice with students in Caerphilly and surrounding areas. 

       

      Crosskeys campus is home to our biggest number of A Level students. Year after year our A Level students achieve excellent grades and go on to study at top UK universities.  In 2014 our Crosskeys campus A Level students attained an impressive pass rate of 97.6%.

       

      If your aim is to train for a vocational career, Crosskeys offers some of the best facilities around, including:

      • Performing arts studio
      • Theatre
      • Recording and editing suites
      • Sports hall and Gym
      • Automotive Technician Assessment (ATA) Centre
      • Hair & beauty salons (open to the public)
      • Student training restaurant Morels (open to the public)
      • Newport Gwent Dragons Junior Rugby Academy
      • Learning Resource Centre
      • Costa Coffee outlet 
      • 'Crumbs' serving hot and cold meals and healthy snacks
  • E: Pontypool Campus
    • Address:
    • Coleg Gwent
    • Pontypool Campus
    • Blaendare Road
    • Pontypool
    • NP4 5YE
    • Website:
    • www3.coleggwent.ac.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=251#.V-jzp2fQe70
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    • In the heart of Torfaen, our Pontypool campus offers students a modern, bright and welcoming place to learn.   

       

      The campus is situated about a mile from Pontypool town centre, with excellent access to the M4 motorway and four miles from the busy town of Cwmbran. 

       

      It’s a great centre for vocational training and we’re proud of our excellent links with industry. From hair, beauty and complementary therapies to construction, business and IT courses - our facilities are designed to give you the skills to succeed in your chosen career. 

       

      Pontypool campus facilities feature: 

      • Construction centre complete with purpose built areas for plumbing, painting & decorating, carpentry, brickwork and plastering
      • Hair and beauty salons (open to the public)  
      • Gwent Welsh for Adults Centre - a one stop shop for Welsh language courses taught across the region
      • Learning Resource Centre
      • Costa Coffee outlet