Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, the natural choice for an increasing number who want to follow a higher education course.

With the cost of living increasing and more emphasis on local needs, studying higher education courses at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor is becoming a popular choice for many residents of north west Wales.

The college offers a range of courses in specific areas, which include.

· BA Business Management

· Foundation Degree in Business Management

· Foundation Degree Sports Science (Outdoors)

· BA Health and Social Care, with specialist additional pathways

· Health and Social Care Foundation Degree

· HNC General Engineering

Bryn Hughes-Parry, Assistant Principal of Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor said.

"One of the great advantages of coming here to study a higher education course is the fact that all our courses are completely rooted in our communities. Very often, the research work that is carried out here, on our degree courses and higher education courses, meets the requirements and responds to challenges in those communities."

A perfect example is to look at the titles of our recently completed business department dissertations, which clearly show that studying here is an integral part of the social fabric of our area. Those essays included studies on

· Research into the impact of COVID-19 on businesses in the food and drink industry in North Wales (Dolgellau was a major focus for this research)

· Investigate the impact of social media on small businesses (a number of businesses in Barmouth were used for this research)

· An investigation into the decline of the high street in North Wales - focusing on the high streets of Barmouth and Wrexham

· Research into the impact of coronavirus on the North Wales tourism industry (Businesses and consumers from Dolgellau, Blaenau and Bermo were used for this research)

An exciting new development launched during the summer was the new work and study partnership between the College and the Urdd. Students on the Foundation Degree in Outdoor Leisure will have the opportunity to apply for a Glan-llyn training scheme alongside their degree studies. This is a great opportunity for students to complete their academic studies with practical skills training at Glan-llyn Outdoor Center and gain further outdoor qualifications and valuable work skills.

Siân Lloyd from Glan-llyn said:

"What we would like to offer, through the college, to those students who are really interested in the outdoors is the opportunity to work for two days a week earning a salary and experience at Gwersyll yr Urdd Glan-llyn as a natural extension to the degree course."

She added

"By developing outdoor training and qualifications, students will gain valuable experiences, as well as an opportunity to put their theoretical work into practice in a practical setting. Students will start as Outdoor Instructors at the centre.”

One key factor for many students on our Health and Care higher education courses is cost. With costs often increasing, by living at home, it is possible to save several thousand pounds as there will be no need to pay the accommodation costs that students living away from home have to pay.

Maia Jones, Lecturer on Health and Care courses at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor said.

"Although costs are an important consideration for many students who come to study higher education courses with us, the local element is also extremely important. Ever since the days of the pandemic, there has been an increase in numbers showing interest in our courses, with an increasing emphasis on the community and local element"

She added

"That is something we can offer here at the college, we are a college that is rooted in our communities, with many students choosing to stay here to work after graduating or go on to follow nursing or midwifery courses, where there is a lot of demand for bilingual individuals."

Sam Buffery, who is a student on the HNC General Engineering course, said,

"I chose to come here to Dolgellau to study an HNC course easily. I'm a local boy, I know the staff and the lecturers, I also want to stay here in my home, so it was an easy choice for me. I hope to follow an apprenticeship after completing the course, the connections the engineering department has with many employers and local businesses are a great help, and open the door to exciting new opportunities."

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