For the first time in the town's history, Rhyl is offering university-level courses to local residents!

In an exciting recent development, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai has been approved and validated by Bangor University to deliver university-level/higher education courses on its Rhyl campus.

The 'Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) in Social Care' is already up-and-running and Rhyl's first intake of higher education learners are already delving into a range of exciting topics relating to the booming health and social care industry.

Another course - 'Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) in Counselling' - will commence at Rhyl College in January 2021, and over 20 have signed up already!

The 'Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) Social Care' is designed for new and existing professionals in a range of public, private and voluntary sector environments. The course is flexible around other commitments potential students may have, as it is delivered on one day per week for part-time students and two days per week for full-time learners.

This flexible approach allows opportunities for either those returning to education or those in employment who wish to enhance their qualifications and employment status or opportunities.

On completion, learners can progress directly on to the Level 5 'Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care' before continuing onto the level 6, one-year, top-up option in order to gain a 'BA (Hons) in Health and Social Care'.

Learners benefit from studying locally in smaller class sizes that enables our tutors to provide excellent support and guidance. The course also focuses on the vocational aspects of the social care industry, and on the course you will study real world scenarios and hear from guest speakers from a range of settings.

There is a global shortage of healthcare workers. The World Health Organization estimates there will be a healthcare workforce gap of around 14.5 million by 2030.*

The introduction of higher education courses within Rhyl is an important milestone for local education, and Coleg Llandrillo will continue to build on this provision in years to come, working closely with employers and providers to develop the provision and meet local needs in such priority areas. 

Lawrence Wood, principal of Coleg Llandrillo said:

This is an exciting development at our Rhyl campus, providing university-level courses for our community. I look forward to welcoming Rhyl's new cohort of higher education students to our campus in the new year. This is one of several new developments at the campus that will establish it as a centre of excellence in vocational and academic study.

Anna Pritchard, who is studying for the Level 4 Higher Education Certificate in Social Care at the Rhyl campus, said:

Providing university-level courses in a local college is extremely helpful, as it saves on travel time and offers lots of flexibility. I am also enjoying the social aspect of the course. I find the course beneficial to my learning and I feel it is giving me the knowledge and understanding to progress further In my professional future. I am also finding it is giving me my confidence in education, as a mature student. The college campus itself is spacious and provides plenty of higher education, computer and library resources.

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai has one of the largest suites of degrees and university-level courses in Wales. Currently, around 1,200 higher education students are studying on 50 different degree courses across its three colleges: Coleg Llandrillo, Coleg Menai and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor.

Most of the higher education courses are offered at the multimillion-pound University Centre in Rhos-on-Sea, with some programmes also available at the Bangor, Llangefni, Dolgellau, and now, Rhyl, campuses. The Grŵp's local provision means that you can study for a degree on your doorstep, saving thousands of pounds and negating the reason to move away to university.

Many of the courses are developed in consultation with employers, to equip learners with the skills and knowledge that employers require and to make the progression into employment easier. Often, the full-time courses are delivered over two days per week, helping learners fit their studies around work and family commitments.

If you need more information on university-level courses at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, please visit the website at, email or telephone 01492 542 338. 

(*UK Government website - January 2020)