FAQs

It’s natural that you will have lots of questions both before and after your son / daughter starts college.

We hope the information on this Parent Zone helps you. You might also find it useful to have a look at the Student Handbook.


What are the term dates for the coming year?

You will find the dates for start / end of term and full time open evenings at http://www.gcs.ac.uk/term-dates-and-open-evenings

What courses do you offer?

We offer a wide range of full time courses which currently include over 40 A Level subjects and 50 separate vocational course options  – find out more at http://www.gcs.ac.uk/full-time

What about after college – what are progression rates to university like?

Last year, just under 1000 students progressed to university and, of these, approximately 200 were accepted by Russell Group institutions. In 2016, no less than 10 of our students will progress to an Oxbridge college.

In addition to our Oxbridge Preparation Programme Gower College Swansea, at the invitation of, and in collaboration with, the University of Cambridge, is the “hub” institution in the Swansea HE+ Consortium, in which we work with the seven state sixth-form schools in Swansea.

The college has also developed excellent links with industry and offers apprenticeship routes in a wide range of sectors.

What facilities can you offer to students?

Among the many student-centred facilities are:

  • Modern, well-equipped libraries
  • The Vanilla Pod training restaurant
  • Salons, treatment rooms and a spa at the Broadway Centre
  • Sports Centre – offering generous student membership options
  • Engineering / Motor Vehicle workshops
  • Theatre / dance studio
  • Science labs
  • Fully equipped recording studios / mixing suite
  • Digital darkrooms
  • Mock ward
  • Mock air cabin

What are your policies regarding admissions and / or attendance?

All college policies can be found at http://www.gcs.ac.uk/policies-and-procedures

Does the college provide any an extra support to learners?

If learners have had support in school, it is more than likely we can provide this during their time in college. This support could include:

  • One to one or group support with a Learning Support Assistant (LSA) in class
  • Additional time for external examinations/assessments
  • Dyslexia support and guidance
  • A quiet area during the day

If you have any queries or require further guidance please contact either:
Keith Harries – Learning Support Manager – on keith.harries@gcs.ac.uk
Ceri Low – Learning Support Coordinator – on ceri.low@gcs.ac.uk


Can’t find the answer to your question? Simply email marketing@gcs.ac.uk and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.