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Higher Education

Coleg y Cymoedd offer a range of Higher Education courses across our campuses in Aberdare, Nantgarw, Rhondda and Ystrad Mynach. You can study for HNC/D, Foundation Degrees and Degrees in a variety of areas.

Coleg y Cymoedd provides higher education courses with a number of partners including Cardiff Metropolitan University. Coleg y Cymoedd is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales, guaranteeing you a well-recognised higher qualification delivered at your local college. 

Higher Education Guide 2016/2017 Cover  Higher Education Guide 2016/2017

University of South Wales    Cardiff Met

The University of South Wales has been ranked eighth in the WhatUni list of top universities across the UK.



Full Time Courses   Campus    Link

Level 4 Diploma Accounting: Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)



Ystrad Mynach



Foundation Degree in English and History (Part Time on Request)





Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies





HND in Creative Production Arts 





Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design Level 3/4

  Nantgarw   View

BA (Hons) TV and Film: Hair, Make-Up and Special Effects






BA (Hons) TV and Film: Prop Making






Foundation Degree in Costume Construction for Screen & Stage





BA (Hons) Costume Construction for Screen and Stage





Foundation Degree Rugby Coaching & Development





HND in ICT (Information Communication Technology) 


Ystrad Mynach 



Part Time Courses   Campus    


Professional Graduate Certificate Post-compulsory Education and Training





Ystrad Mynach


Foundation Degree in Business Studies

  Nantgarw   View

Foundation Degree in Early Years Care and Education


Ystrad Mynach



BA (Hons) in Education, Learning and Development


Ystrad Mynach



HNC Construction & Built Environment






Foundation Degree in Sustainable Construction and Surveying






HNC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering





Foundation Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering





HND in Creative Production Arts 





Foundation Degree in Photography









Financial Information  

Undertaking a Higher Education course is an investment in your future. There’s no doubt that the right skills and qualifications can help improve your career prospects. Many learners find learning both enjoyable and rewarding. How much does it cost? There are costs associated with learning, whether it’s the time you invest or the tuition fees for a particular course. There are a range of schemes available to help with course fees and living costs. Depending on your personal circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support.

The information below will assist you to understand the relevant costs and the financial support available.

Part time course fees:

The cost of studying may be less than you think. Fees for courses offered in Partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University are £630 per 20 credit module.

The latest information on fees for part time courses offered in Partnership with University of South Wales can be found at The financial support for part-time learners is yet to be published for 2016. Please contact Student Finance Wales for full details at or on 0300 200 4050.

Full time course fees:

Thanks to a non means tested Fee Grant funded by the Welsh Government, new full-time students ordinarily resident in Wales will pay no more than £3,900* per year in 2016/17.

*For the academic year 2016/17 the standard full-time fee for a HNC, HND or foundation degree is £7,500 per annum. The standard full-time fee for Certificate of Higher Education and BA or BSc Top-up courses is £9,000 per annum. The difference between the full fee and £3,900 is usually covered by the Fee Grant for Welsh students (terms and conditions apply).

You can find more information for the University of South Wales at Fees will be different for courses offered in partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University. Please contact Student Finance Wales for full details of the financial support available at or on 0300 200 4050.


There are some scholarships that may be available for full time foundation degree courses at the college. These are mainly for 1st year students:

1 Internal progression (FE to HE) scholarship – £260. This is payable during 2016 to students who progressed from a Coleg y Cymoedd Further Education course in 2015 onto HE.

2. Back to education scholarship - £260. This is payable during 2016 to students who have been out of formal education for more than 10 years.

3. Child care scholarship - £260. This is payable during 2016 to students who are parents with dependents (under 16 in full time education) living at the same address as them.

4. Progression on course scholarship - £260. This is payable after October Half term to students who complete their first year assessments (without any referrals) and progress to the second year of their full time Higher Education Course at the College (ie, Degree, Foundation Degree or HND).

5. Looked after children scholarship - £1000. This is payable during 2016 if you were in a foster care or a children’s home previously to starting your course.

6. Materials scholarship – £260. Costume Construction only. This is payable during 2016 for students studying the Foundation Degree in Costume Construction to help purchase any materials required.

7. Progression Bursary - £500. This is payable to students on their 2nd year of a full time HNC/Foundation Degree who are progressing on to the top up year in September 2016. You can find out more here



Why study your University Level Qualification with Coleg y Cymoedd?

Whether you’re looking to improve your career prospects, gain a qualification or find a new direction, here are some of the benefits of studying at your local college:

Courses on your doorstep

Imagine the time and money you could save by studying locally. It may mean you can continue to work, juggle study with family life, care for a loved one, play sport for your local team or keep in contact with friends.

Friendly and supportive

Coleg y Cymoedd caters for learners of all ages so whether you’re returning to learning as a mature learner or continuing from school or college, you’ll find a friendly and welcoming environment. Class sizes tend to be smaller and there’s lots of specialist support to help you succeed.

Accessible university qualifications

If you don’t have the necessary entry requirements to go straight in to a full honours degree, studying a HNC/D or Foundation Degree at college is an ideal way to get your foot on the ladder. There are also Access to Higher Education courses for those without formal qualifications.

Best of both worlds

Coleg y Cymoedd has benefitted from huge investment over the past few years with state-of-the-art facilities and teaching spaces. By studying with the college and our partner universities, you get the added benefit of access to the University of South Wales or Cardiff Metropolitan University resources, such as the libraries and the Students’ Union.

Flexibility and choice

There are opportunities to study full time or part time in a growing variety of subjects. Some courses are delivered during the day and others can be studied in the evening so you can fit studying around your work and life commitments.

A stepping stone to a brighter future

A Higher Education qualification brings many benefits, such as increased earning potential, a wider range of opportunities and a rewarding career. Many of our higher education courses include a work placement, so you get to put theory into practice and gain valuable experience within the industry.

Disclaimer Coleg y Cymoedd takes every effort to ensure the course information on this website is accurate at the time of being live. Coleg y Cymoedd reserves the right to make changes or withdraw without notice any of the courses, course facilities or support described.

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Hair and Beauty courses at Coleg y Cymoedd

Hair and Beauty courses at Coleg y Cymoedd

Programme Leader Foundation Degree Childhood Studies, nominators for Victoria Windsor

Programme Leader Foundation Degree Childhood Studies, nominators for Victoria Windsor

Foundation Degree Learning Support

Foundation Degree in Learning Support

Foundation Degree Information Communication Technology

Foundation Degree Information Communication Technology Video

Victoria Windsor, Coleg y Cymoedd UHOVI Learner of the Year 2014

Coleg y Cymoedd learner awarded UHOVI Learner of the Year

Foundation Degree Salon Management

Foundation Degree Salon Management Video

"The Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies is the best thing I have done. With my first year nearly over and going into the next I have never had such high marks in a university level course and I am enjoying every minute of it. Working in a special school it has given me more knowledge on many subjects regarding children in both mainstream and special needs. The staff are fantastic and really supportive, I am looking forward to starting the second year." 

Kayleigh Moulden - Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies


"I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is willing to work hard and go on to child lead professions as this is the perfect stepping stone and the staff at the college are fantastic!"

Rachel Borstal - Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies


"The course I am studying includes topics highly relevant to my company and job sector. The facilities are great, and the teaching staff are informative yet approachable."

Andrew Edmunds - Foundation Degree Electrical and Electronic Engineering


"I now have a better understanding and knowledge of the construction industry as a whole. This course has provided me with greater opportunities to progress with my career. On completion of the Foundation Degree I am hoping to continue to study and gain a BSc in Construction Management."

Carlie French - Foundation Degree in Sustainable Construction and Surveying 


“I enjoy studying at the College as it is local and informal, plus its convenient studying part-time in the evenings as I work full-time. The course has expanded my knowledge of software which I am able to put into practice in my job. It is also endorsing the practical skills I have gained through the years by giving me a qualification in information communication technology.” 

Kathryn Price - Foundation Degree in Information Communication Technology


“For me, the highlights of the course were the amount of invaluable work experience plus the care and attention tutors gave you individually. They were very hands on and pushed you to achieve your best. The expert guest tutors also gave a whole new learning experience which was exciting and valuable. I love the work experience I undertook in the theatre and this later turned into paid work. This course has helped me begin to achieve my dreams.” 

Katharine Barry - Foundation Degree in Costume Construction for Screen and Stage


“I just want to say what an amazing course this really is, the teachers are amazing, very professional and you cannot go wrong on this course if you have a strong interest in photography. This course helped prepare me practically and academically, I owe a big thank you to this course, institution and its tutors.”

Robert Guy - Foundation Degree in Photography 


What Employers Say about our learners

“On attending the HNC Building Technology Management learner project presentations and thought all the students did a really great job. I was really impressed with the professional approach they all made to the delivery of the proposed design scheme of the St John’s Ambulance Station and I am sure they will all do well in their future careers in the construction industry.”

Steve Owen – Inspection Manager, NHBC Operations 


Case Studies of our Learners


Teresa Butler

Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies - Read Teresa Butler's case study here


Kayleigh Moulden

Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies - Read Kayleigh Moulden's case study here 


Lee Mclaughlan 

HNC in Building Technology Management - Read Lee Mclaughlan's Case Study here

Sean Barlow

Foundation Degree in Sustainable Construction - Read Sean Barlow's Case Study here


James Evans

Foundation Degree in Business Studies - Read James Evan's Case Study here


Louise Williams

Foundation Degree in Business Studies - Read Louise Williams' Case Study here


Ruth Bridge

Foundation Degree in Business Studies - Read Ruth Bridge's Case Study here


Amy Powell

Foundation Degree in Salon Management - Read Amy Powell's Case Study here

Max Masuku

Foundation Degree in Business Studies - Read Max Masuku's Case Study here

Al Koursaros - Business Lecturer
Al Koursaros

Which part of the course do you enjoy teaching most?

I particularly enjoy teaching strategy as part of the strategic management second year module, Strategic Business Analysis. It’s an exciting, dynamic module that gives me a chance to connect with students and encourage their thoughts and growing perceptions on how strategy in business today can make or break organisations.


What kind of jobs could students go on to do after studying this course?

Our students typically already come from both private and public sector backgrounds and often as a result of the Foundation Degree in Business Studies course progress within their current organisations, gaining promotion and positive recognition for the depth and breadth of experience they have gained from the course. Additionally we find that students advance into careers in roles such as marketing, retail management, human resources and finance.


Are there any misconceptions about the industry that you’d like to see change?

Business is often thought of as being a little boring with few and far between opportunities for success within it. This viewpoint couldn’t be further from the truth. Today business is prevalent in all aspects of society and the workplace. New business start-ups and entrepreneurships offer tangible opportunities for progression with a view to independence as well as career progression. What could be more exciting than being your own boss!


What did you do before teaching?

I followed a successful career for 18 years in both private and public sector organisations holding down senior management roles in the logistics, retail and home computing sectors.


What are people always surprised to learn about you?

I have a passion for all things VW Camper van and own a 1972 Bay Window Australian Kombi touring caravan. I’ve owned it now for about five years and really enjoy doing it up and going on camping trips to West Wales in it with my family.


What do you enjoy most about your job?

Helping students to both successfully complete their course as well as developing their own vital business acumen and far reaching skills. I draw a great sense of satisfaction in being part of this process.


What’s the one piece of advice you would give to your 18 year old self?

I would make a plan for my future and not just work hard to achieve it but work harder still, as well as have fun along the way.


Which business person do you admire?

It’s got to be Sir Richard Branson. He is so creative, sustainable and his business ideas push the Virgin brand beyond the ‘envelope’ making it one of the most recognised in our nation. He is also a great philanthropist.

Shan Bowen - Childhood Studies Lecturer
Shan Bowen

What do you teach at Coleg y Cymoedd?

I have been teaching for 20 years. During this time I have taught child care to learners studying courses from Level 1 to Level 5.  


What is your greatest achievement during your time with us?

My achievements are vast and varied! Since working at Coleg y Cymoedd I have become a grandmother which I consider my biggest achievement. My work achievements range from teaching and supporting students, who enter college with no qualification to graduate with a Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies

A particularly memorable and proud experience was seeing a student achieve a UHOVI student of the year award.  Personal achievements I am proud of are being nominated by students for a Pearson Teacher’s Award and by my manager for a University Award for ‘Excellence in Teaching and Learning’.


Tell us about your career and experience in Industry

I have had an enjoyable and varied career working in the field of Child Care. My employment experience ranges from working with babies in day care, young children in a school setting and teenagers in a women’s refuge. 


Tell us about your qualifications

I possess:-

A Fellowship and Recognised Teaching Status from University of South Wales.

A Masters Degree in Early Years from Trinity College Carmarthen.

PGCE in Further and Adult Education from Carleon University.

An Advanced Diploma in Child Care and Education (Cache).

A NNEB (National Nursery Examination Board) qualification.


Something interesting about you

I am a ‘Nana’ and love spending time with my grandchildren.


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