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.

Pontypool Campus will close in June 2020 to make way for our state of the art new Campus
in the centre of Cwmbran. All courses currently at Pontypool are moving to the brand new
Campus in Cwmbran.

How do I apply?

You can apply through the website or, if you attend a Torfaen school, you can speak to the
Coleg Gwent member of staff during transition events and activities.

Please come along to an Open Event at Pontypool Campus and speak to our staff who will be
moving across to the new centre. We are also attending all of the Careers and Information
events running in Torfaen Schools so you can meet us there, or email us at to book an
appointment
to come to Pontypool campus and speak to one of our staff.

You can find out more about all of the courses available at TLZ by attending one of our Open
Events.

Open Events:

More information can be found in our School Leavers’ Guide.

Subjects on offer

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

There’s something for everyone with 16 vocational courses to choose from ranging from
Business Studies to Health and Social Care.

We’re delighted that you’ll be joining us at Torfaen Learning Zone. There is no need to
apply to apply as there will be a seamless transition from your school to college. Coleg Gwent staff are also visiting your school regularly to support you through the process of changing sites.

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. Learners will need to choose from the standard curriculum matrix.

You are already listed with us to continue your studies at Torfaen Learning Zone, you won’t
need to apply and Coleg Gwent staff are visiting your school regularly to support you through the process of changing sites.

For everyone other than current Torfaen Year 12 Learners, once you apply we will
invite you to come along to Pontypool Campus to find out more about the course and
subject(s) you have applied for.
We will talk to you about your career goals, what the course entails and how many hours
and days you will need to attend to achieve your chosen qualification.
At the end of the meeting, we will offer you a course (this is usually conditional on
achieving the required entry qualifications).
will then send you an enrolment date and time for August 2020.

If you don’t achieved 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

Travel and Transport

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).

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

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

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 03002002233

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.

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 or for more information call
01495 333777 and ask to speak to your chosen Campus.

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