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.

In the meantime, you can join one of our virtual open events to explore college life, meet course tutors and find out more about your course. Register for our next virtual open event now.

You can find information about all the courses on offer at Torfaen Learning Zone on our website or by joining our next virtual open event. 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’re taking registrations for our virtual open event instead, where you’ll be able to:

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

Register for our virtual open event now to start exploring your options at Torfaen Learning Zone.

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.

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?

Our Pontypool campus is scheduled to close in June 2020, with all students moving across to the brand-new Torfaen Learning Zone in the heart of Cwmbran.

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.

Torfaen Learning Zone is due to open in September 2020. We’re closely monitoring progress and continuing to work towards this date, but we’re also working on a backup plan to temporarily accommodate all students at our Pontypool Campus if the coronavirus lockdown delays our Torfaen Learning Zone opening date.

We will share more details about this in due course when the situation becomes clearer, and all students will know what to expect in September.

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.

Our Pontypool Campus is scheduled to close in June 2020 to make way for our state-of-the-art new Torfaen Learning Zone Campus in the centre of Cwmbran in September 2020. All courses currently at Pontypool are moving to the brand-new Campus in Cwmbran.

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.

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.

Our Pontypool campus is also easy to reach with discounted travel on public transport and there is plenty of free parking available on-site too.

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.

Learners will be issued with a new bus pass when we move to Torfaen Learning Zone in September.

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.

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.

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.

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