Things to Consider and Frequently Asked Questions - Grŵp Llandrillo Menai

Things to Consider and Frequently Asked Questions

It can be hard to know where to start, but it's important to choose a course for the right reasons.

Things to consider:

Subjects you can study

The range of degree subjects to choose from is enormous, from agriculture to fine art, and from engineering to zoology.

It can be hard to know where to start, but it's important to choose a course for the right reasons.

For example, is the subject one which you will enjoy studying? This is important, because unless you study a subject that interests you and which you enjoy, the chances are that you will lose interest and give up. Studying for a degree is not easy, but if you have an underlying interest and enthusiasm for the subject, this will help to sustain you through the difficult times.

Another consideration is your future career, if you have one in mind. If you wish to become a nurse, an architect, translatoror a teacher, to give just a few examples, there may be specific subjects you need to study before applying for your degree, and approved degree courses or post-graduate qualification pathways you need to follow in order to become qualified.

Interest or to improve job prospects?

Universities offer a wide range of courses. Some lead directly into a career, e.g. medicine and dentistry; some may be studied purely out of interest.

The three colleges in Grŵp Llandrillo Menai offer over 30 work-related degree courses, to improve your job prospects in the sector where you want to work. Our Foundation Degrees in particular have been developed in consultation with employers, to provide you with the knowledge and skills which employers require.

Entry qualifications

If you would like to study for a degree but lack the necessary entry qualifications, there are various ways to get additional qualifications. One possibility is to study for GCSEs or A Level qualifications part-time.

For many people, a more appropriate option is to enrol on an 'Access to Higher Education' course. Aimed at adults without formal qualifications, Access courses equip you with the techniques and approaches needed to study successfully in Higher Education. Access courses can be studied over one or two years in a range of subjects.

Out-of-date study skills?

If you have got the necessary entry qualifications but have been out of education for some time, you may benefit from updating your study skills. One week refresher 'Looking Forward to Higher Education' courses are run in the summer at the Rhos-on-Sea Campus. The course covers lots of useful topics, from bibliographies and referencing to research techniques.

Local or move away?

For many young people, moving away from home and going to university are inextricably linked. However, the high costs of university accommodation can be daunting, and for older people in particular, family commitments often mean that moving away to study is not an option.

Fortunately, degree courses are now available locally, with the majority delivered at Coleg Llandrillo's Rhos-on-Sea Campus and Coleg Menai's campuses in Bangor.

Frequently asked questions:

I don't earn very much, so I couldn't afford the fees, could I?

Yes, you could! Provided you satisfy certain criteria, the Welsh Government provides various grants which you do not have to repay, as well as loans which you only start to pay off after you have finished your studies and are earning over £21,000 a year.

The maximum amount of Welsh Government Learning Grant is £5,161. You may get the full amount if your household income is £18,370 or less. No grant is available if your household income is over £50,020.

I am over 25. Degrees are not for people like me, are they?

Yes, they are! People of all ages study for degrees and last year, more than 50% of the students on our degree courses were aged 25 or over.

I didn't do very well at school, so I couldn't do a degree, could I?

Yes, you could! Even if you lack formal qualifications, there are courses you can take to prepare yourself for degree level study. Experience of life also teaches you a great deal, and many older people are very successful because of their maturity, experience and focus.

I work part-time, as well as looking after my family, so I couldn't do a degree, could I?

Yes, you could! Our part-time and full-time degrees are structured so you can fit your work and family commitments round your studies.

Is it possible to get a university degree from a college?

Yes, it is! The degree courses we run are validated by highly regarded universities like Bangor University, Glyndŵr University, University of South Wales and UCLan. This means you can study at college and you'll get a university degree.

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Grŵp Llandrillo Menai is delighted that it has been commended for the quality of its higher education provision in a recent review by national assessors.

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Many of our degree programmes are validated by experienced University institutions. Some qualifications are awarded by Pearson (Edexcel), the UK's largest awarding body.

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