The Graig Campus is the largest of the five campuses of Coleg Sir Gâr and is based close to the village of Pwll on the South West Wales coast in Llanelli. With views over the neighbouring Gower peninsula, the Campus is a great place to study with a range of well-resourced teaching facilities and the Hwb, a contemporary designed, student area for personal support and learning.
Within the Hwb are a range of learner support functions such as learner mentors, a careers suite, help with literacy and numeracy development and the admissions unit. Upstairs houses a social area for students to relax which is adjacent to a Starbucks Coffee Shop and the campus Library which contains a comprehensive range of books, magazines, papers, journals and IT equipment.
There is a great feeling of community and vitality at the campus brought about by a mix of enthusiastic students studying different disciplines. They are nurtured, cared for and guided by dedicated and experienced members of staff who help them reach their maximum potential, enabling them to move to their next stage of learning, whether it is at college, university, employment or self-employment.
Also based at the campus is the Academic Cultural Excellence (ACE) programme for more able and talented A level students and the Sports Academy which provides sporting opportunities from participation level to international level for men and women in a range of sports. There are specialised facilities to support education, learning and training in a number of Curriculum Areas. These include:
All classrooms are well-equipped with wifi technology for learning. The campus is the main centre for AS and A level courses as well as, access to higher education, creative industries, sport, public services, engineering, computing, leisure and tourism, business, health and social care, art and design and hair and beauty.
Job’s Well Campus – Carmarthen School of Art
Jobs Well Road is the main campus for art and design at the college and houses the Carmarthen School of Art. The School has a history which dates back to 1854. The campus is a purpose-built art facility and as a consequence has a unique and friendly art school ambience, dedicated to art and design activities. The campus is located next to the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David’s Carmarthen campus and shares resources with the university. The campus provides students with a wide range of facilities for activities such as stone carving, metal forging and casting, wood carving, ceramics, textiles, fashion, painting and drawing, photography, graphics and digital illustration.
There are state of the art facilities for computer-aided art and design; jacquard loom weaving; laser welding and fastening of fashion/textiles garments; and laser cutting.
The campus also houses the Henry Thomas Gallery, which is used for student and public exhibitions throughout the year and in particular is one of the venues for the faculty's large scale end of year student exhibitions. Students may also work outside and in the grounds of the campus where there are wood, stone and steel sculptures on display as well as works in progress, making it an exciting and creative place to study.
Pibwrlwyd is a friendly campus in a rural setting on the outskirts of the market town of Carmarthen which is also the commercial centre for a large and thriving area. The campus is home to a wide range of curriculum that spans further and higher education. Key activities on the campus include Art and Design, Animal Science, Automotive Engineering, Business and Management, Catering and Hospitality, Equine Studies, Teacher Training and Veterinary Nursing. All activities are well supported by resources and facilities including:
The location, facilities and staff all create a close learning community on the campus where everyone is supportive and caring towards the students’ needs.
Learning activity on the Ammanford campus is focused on health, social and childcare as well as construction industry crafts. The faculty of Health, Social and Childcare run a vast range of higher and further education courses at the campus including NVQs and short courses in counselling. These courses are very popular with students from all walks of life who create a special atmosphere on the campus. This is enhanced by a large presence of entry level students who are taught on independent living skills courses. Their development is supported by excellent on-campus resources such as a kitchen, washroom and garden area.
The construction section delivers courses in bricklaying, plumbing, plastering, painting, decorating, electrical installation and woodtrades. The popularity and success of these courses ensures the campus is always a hive of activity. State of the art workshops have been built to cater for the demand for training and includes a Construction Technology Development & Support Centre purely for SMEs operating in the built environment. A key aspect of the centre is a sustainable and renewable energies facility and the delivery of continuous professional development programmes in association with a number of key partners from both the private and public sectors.
Students past and present have commented that the Ammanford campus is a great place to study as it has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere which makes the student experience a pleasant one. This is reflected in many success stories of student achievement which have earned high accolades and national awards for the teaching across all activities on the campus.
Gelli Aur Campus
The campus is purpose built complex which is also home to the 211 hectare college farm. Situated in the fertile Tywi valley, three miles from Llandeilo and 14 miles from Carmarthen, the main focus at the campus is to prepare students for a range of land based countryside studies and agricultural engineering occupations.
The teaching block is situated adjacent to the farm in pleasant and enjoyable surroundings and resources include the latest in IT technology, science laboratories and a well equipped library/learning centre. There are over 400 milking cows split into two herds of 200 matched cows allowing an evaluation of two separate herd management strategies.
There is also a small beef enterprise and a flock of 400 breeding ewes. Gelli Aur is also home to the Farm Resource Centre which in turn houses The Dairy Development Centre (DDC). Launched in January 2002 the DDC aims to facilitate the development of the Welsh dairy industry through a proactive technology transfer service, market information and the provision of specialist advice.
The combination of excellent teaching, commercial farming and technical transfer has led to Gelli Aur being recognised as the Centre of Excellence for landbased studies in Wales. It also means that Gelli Aur is a very close and friendly campus offering only the best to its students and the agriculture industry generally. Conference Facilities Gelli Aur is also available throughout the year for seminars, conferences and meetings. The modern facilities supported by a dedicated team of lecturers, trainers and technical support staff and excellent catering offering varied menus make it ideal venue for any training and professional development events.