Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Torfaen Learning Zone

We’ve been asked a number of questions about the Torfaen Learning Zone. This list will be continuously updated and added to, so please keep checking back for further updates.

How do I apply?

It’s not too late to apply. We’re continuing to accept new applications for all courses and you can apply online at www.coleggwent.ac.uk/apply-now.

When you complete the online application form, you’ll be asked to provide your predicted grades. Due to the changes to exams and exam results this year, schools can no longer release predicted grades, so if you don’t know yours, simply input the target grades you’ve been working towards instead.

If you have any questions or need help with your application, get in touch with our friendly student recruitment team on hello@coleggwent.ac.uk.

For everyone other than current Torfaen Year 12 Learners, once you apply, we’ll send out your conditional offer letter, which will set out the qualifications you will need to enrol on your chosen course, based on your predicted grades. You’ll need to let us know if you accept your offer as soon as possible, as places on our courses fill up fast!

In early July, you’ll then receive a letter from us, giving you a time and date to come along and enrol for 20/21. Due to social distancing guidelines, some of the enrolment process may take place online this year, before you come to college to complete your enrolment.

In the meantime, you can launch our virtual open event platform to explore college life, view course tutor recordings and find out more information.

You can find information about all the courses on offer at Torfaen Learning Zone on our website or on our virtual open event platform.

You can also contact our friendly team by emailing hello@coleggwent.ac.uk if you have any questions. We’re always happy to help!

As our campuses remain closed due to the government restrictions, our upcoming open events won’t be going ahead as planned, but we’ve created a virtual open event instead, where you’ll be able to:

  • Explore our campuses
  • Discover our courses
  • Experience student life
  • Apply online

I’m currently in Year 12. What does Torfaen Learning Zone mean for me?

We’re delighted that you’ll be joining us at Torfaen Learning Zone. You’ll have already received your conditional course offer and in early July you’ll receive a letter from us, giving you a time and date to come along and enrol for 20/21. Due to social distancing guidelines, some of the enrolment process may take place online this year, before you come to college to complete your enrolment.

On 22nd June, we’ll be sharing an interactive welcome presentation for year 12-13 learners. This will give you information about life at Coleg Gwent and what happens next.

All current Year 12 learners in Torfaen will continue their combination of A levels and BTECs in Year 13 at Torfaen Learning Zone, but moving forwards this mix will not be available and learners will need to choose from the standard curriculum matrix.

When will Torfaen Learning Zone Open?

Torfaen Learning Zone is still making good progress, but with ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19 and social distancing regulations, we can’t guarantee it will be ready to open as planned for September.

To give learners and staff maximum assurance, the September term will start in our Pontypool Campus, which will remain open for as long as necessary until Torfaen Learning Zone is finished and ready for learning. This will give everyone the best possible start to the new academic year and provide continuity of learning. When Torfaen Learning Zone is ready, we’ll do everything to provide a seamless transition to the new campus, with all the necessary support along the way.

When the new campus at Torfaen Learning Zone is ready to open, the campus at Pontypool will close and all learners at Pontypool will move across to Torfaen Learning Zone.

What subjects are on offer?

There’s lots of choice available at Torfaen Learning Zone – you can choose from 26 A level subjects ranging from the Sciences to Maths, English, Spanish, Law, ICT and Photography.

We’re continuing to accept applications for all subjects and you can apply online now at www.coleggwent.ac.uk/apply-now.

Torfaen Learning Zone will become the third Coleg Gwent campus to offer A levels. As such, it will be managed in the same way as all A level delivery at Coleg Gwent, sharing the expertise and quality standards we have worked hard to achieve.

Our pass rate was a superb 98.5% in August 2019, with 100% pass rate in 26 subjects, above the Wales and UK comparator for the fourth year running.

There’s something for everyone at Torfaen Learning Zone, with 16 vocational courses available, ranging from Business Studies to Health and Social Care.

We’re continuing to accept applications for all subjects and you can apply online now at www.coleggwent.ac.uk/apply-now.

Travel and Transport

With its great central location in Cwmbran next to Morrisons, and excellent links to public transport, you can travel to Torfaen Learning Zone by bus and train, with discounted travel available.

We’re making arrangements to provide transport to the Pontypool campus at no additional cost to learners. We’re looking at providing buses from Torfaen Learning Zone to Pontypool campus in the morning, midday and afternoon, for our learners only. This will be dependent on demand and will be confirmed closer to September.

If social distancing remains in place, we’ll adhere to government guidelines. This may mean a reduced number of students required on campus and on transport provided by the college.

But rest assured, transport will be provided free for our learners from Torfaen Learning Zone to Pontypool campus and you’ll be notified of the details ahead of September.

My Travel Pass 16-21: A discounted travel scheme for 16-21-year olds which is funded by Welsh Government, your Coleg Gwent bus pass will only be valid once you receive your My Travel Pass.
Apply at www.mytravelpass.gov.wales or call 0300 200 22 33

16-25 Railcard: Anyone aged between 16 and 25 years, as well as students in full time study, can apply for a 16-25 Railcard. Get a 1/3 off fares!
Apply at www.16-25railcard.co.uk or for more information, call 01495 333777 ask to speak to the Student Recruitment team.

We’ll be providing a free bus between Torfaen Learning Zone and Pontypool campus for learners living in the south of the borough. You’ll still need to apply for a bus pass if you need to catch a bus to get to Torfaen Learning Zone or if you’re travelling to Pontypool campus from elsewhere in Torfaen.

For over 19s, the cost is £40 per term unless you’re entitled to a Welsh Assembly grant as well as FCF. If you are 16-18, you need to apply to your local council (apart from learners in Monmouthshire who will need to apply directly to us in Coleg Gwent).

If the Torfaen Learning Zone opening date is delayed, the college is looking into travel options to get learners to/from Pontypool campus during the interim period, which will not cost the learner any more than they would normally pay.

The travel pass will work in the same way as it does now.

Financial Support

Depending on your age and financial situation, you could be eligible for more help than you think.

Funding that you might be eligible for includes:

  • Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
  • Welsh Government Learning Grant (WGLG)
  • Financial Contingency Fund (FCF)
  • David Davies Memorial Trust
  • Discretionary Assistance Fund in Wales (DAF)
  • Prince’s Trust Development Award

You’ll find full details at www.coleggwent.ac.uk/finance.

General

We understand that these changes may cause worry and anxiety, so we want to work with you to help you understand your options and make the move confidently to a new centre to continue your future studies in our state-of-the-art facilities. The Torfaen Learning Zone will be well-equipped and conveniently located, bringing you better facilities and helping you to make the most of your time studying with us.

Torfaen Learning Zone is replacing all sixth forms in the Torfaen borough, to give learners access to the best facilities and a community of further education learners.

Although progress of Torfaen Learning Zone has been impacted by COVID-19, it’s still progressing well and will be opening to learners as soon as possible.

Plans have been put in place to temporarily accommodate all learners at our Pontypool campus until the new learning zone is ready. However, school sixth forms cannot remain open as an alternative, as sixth form staff have been redeployed in line with plans to open Torfaen Learning Zone.

If you don’t achieve the grades required for your chosen course, please come to your enrolment as planned and notify a member of staff. Our Learner Support team will be able to help and offer you an alternative course to support your career aims.

Don’t worry if you’ve applied for a course but have now changed your mind. If we’ve made you an offer and you’ve accepted it, your place at college is secure.

When you come to college for enrolment, you’ll be able to speak to our team to change your course.

Enrolment takes place in August and we’ll contact you with details soon. Due to social distancing restrictions, some of the enrolment process may take place online this year before you come to college to complete your enrolment.

The Principal of Coleg Gwent is Guy Lacey who is responsible for the entire College. The College Management structure is different to those of Schools. We will also have a dedicated management team based at your Campus to look after our learners studying there. These staff are:

  • Head of Academic Studies: Patrick Seale
  • Head of Vocational Studies: Maria Johnson
  • Head of Learner Services: Siân Hughes

If you have any further questions, please email us on

hello@coleggwent.ac.uk