Neath Port Talbot College

Neath Port Talbot College
Neath Port Talbot College

Neath Port Talbot College Logo
Motto More than just an education
Established 1931 - Neath Mining Institute
1949 - Neath Technical College
1996 - Neath Port Talbot College
Type Further Education College
Principal Mark Dacey
Admin. staff 800
Students 15,000
Location Neath, West Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom
Campus Neath Campus
Affiliations University of Glamorgan[1]
Website http://www.nptc.ac.uk/

Neath Port Talbot College (Welsh: Coleg Castell Nedd Port Talbot) is a further education institution established as two campuses in Port Talbot and Neath in Wales, United Kingdom.

The college allows study of many courses including GCSE's, AS Level/A levels, AGCE's, AVCE's, Adult Lifelong Learning Services, GNVQs at both Foundation and Intermediate levels.

Neath Port Talbot College also offers higher education courses or HND/Cs in various subjects related to their AVCE/AGCE courses, notably in Computing, Health & Social Care, Hospitality and Childcare.

After the County Borough of Neath Port Talbot was formed in 1996, plans were put through to merge the Afan College and Neath College as one. In 1997 this was achieved under the name of Neath Port Talbot College.

Contents

Early History

The original Neath College opened in October 1931 as a mining institute, with only two classrooms. By 1949 it became Neath Technical College.[2] Between the 1950s to the 1990s there was a Neath College and an Afan College; each college had their own administration and staff. Both colleges independently offered O levels, A levels, National Diplomas and other qualifications. When the boroughs of Neath and Port Talbot merged to form a unitary Authority in 1996, the two colleges decided to merge as one also. Instead of each campus being called Neath College and Afan College, it became Neath Campus and Afan Campus.

Recent History

The college has its own Welsh Language Scheme, which since December 2004 has been accredited by the Welsh Language Board.[3] In 2004, it was widely reported that the college was in financial turmoil and needed to save £1 million from its budget by cuts in staff.[4] Since 2007, the college is the only place in Wales where the training in the installation of solar-powered systems takes place.[5] On October 16th 2008, a double decker bus carrying Neath Port Talbot College students crashed into a bridge too low for the bus to pass under, fifteen students received minor injuries and six required hospital treatment, First Cymru, the bus company at fault ordered an investigation into the incident.[6] In December 2008, the college students were paid a visit from local Labour MP Peter Hain, who delivered a talk about the slave trade and Wales role in the trade. [7]

In 2009, staff and students protested about a £1.6 million cut in the colleges budget.[8][9] In Novermber 2009, it was announced that the college would offer the Open University foundation degree in financial services, the college is the first in the UK to offer this degree. It was described by Vice-Principal of the college Keith Brooker as "Another first for the college, and we are delighted to be working with the Open University in this callaboration". [10]

In June 2010, it was announced plans for a £6 million sports arena to be built next to the Llandarcy campus, it is expected to open in September 2011 to coincide with the colleges 80th year anniversary. The arena is being developed between the college, Llandarcy Park and the Ospreys.[11] In November 2010 it was reported that the Ospreys rugby team would launch a college rugby scheme in Neath Port Talbot College, Bridgend College and Gower College Swansea. These colleges will work with the Osprey's Elite Youth Development Team, to provide unrivalled rugby programmes at each of these colleges campuses.[12] In the same month the college announced it was appointing an adviser to help blind students through education at the college, a launch event was held to inform people about the new callaboration between the college and the RNIB.[13]

In 2011, Neath Port Talbot College was awarded more than £400,000 to carry out building improvements,[14] the cash will be used on essential maintenance work, Disability Discrimination Act work and legislative work.[15] In August 2011 the college was subject to praise from education chiefs following the great results achieved at the college, with Welsh Education Minister, Leighton Andrews leading the praise.[16] In October 2011, the college celebrated its 80th year of operation, opening its doors in 1931, it has built itself up to becoming one of the largest educational providers in Wales.[17] The college kicked off celebrations with the opening of its new state of the art sports facility, which cost £6 million, with the help of Swansea City players, Angel Rangel, Tom Butler and Andrea Orlandi. [18] Also in this month, local MP Peter Hain paid the college a visit to speak about his life in South Africa to the students of the college in the Nidum Arts Centre on the Neath campus.[19]

The college also has an outpost at Queen Street in Neath Town Centre, where the ECDL is offered and other part time courses are available too.[20] Further facilities are situated at Margam Country Park in Twyn Yr Hydd House from where the college runs its Management Training Centre, Horticulture Training Centre and Parc-Gro plant nursery.[21] The Neath, Afan and Pontardawe campuses are all Learndirect learning centres and offer a range of courses for adult learners to improve their basic skills.[22][23][24] The Queen Street Centre is also a learning centre.[25]

Campuses

Afan Campus

The Afan campus is located in the Margam district of Port Talbot, it offers a large range of AS/A level courses and vocational programmes. A day nusery for staff, students and the local community is available on site.[26]

Neath campus

The Neath campus is located on Dwr-y-Felin Road just to the northwest of Neath town centre, it offers a large range of AS/A level courses and vocational programmes. A day nusery for staff, students and the local community is available on site.[27]

The Canolfan Gelf Nidum Arts Centre is located on the Neath campus, it was opened recently and cost £2 million to construct. It includes a 170 seat auditorium with cinema screen.[28]

Llandarcy Campus

The Llandarcy campus is a purpose-built sports facility, used for practical and theoretical studies.[29] It is located off junction 43 of the M4 Motorway.

Coleg Pontardawe

The Pontardawe campus offers vocational courses and is mainly used for adult learners. It is located on the Alloy Industrial Estate near the town centre.[30]

Awards and Results

In 2011 the A level results for Neath Port Talbot College were: [31]

  • 99.2% pass rate, A*-E Passes (the sixth year in succession, the 99% barrier has been broken by NPTC)
  • 51.1% pass rate, A*-B Passes
  • 77.3% pass rate, A*-C Passes

Schools that link to NPTC

Nearly all the schools that link to Neath Port Talbot College are in the Neath Port Talbot area.[32]

References

External links

Coordinates: 51°40′00″N 3°48′51″W / 51.6666667°N 3.81417°W / 51.6666667; -3.81417


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