Coleg Llandrillo Cymru
Coleg Llandrillo logo
|Type||Further Education College|
|Location||Colwyn Bay, Wales, United Kingdom|
|Campus||Abergele, Colwyn Bay, Denbigh, Llanrwst, Rhos-on-Sea, Rhyl, St Asaph|
Coleg Llandrillo (Meaning Llandrillo College in English) is a college in the north of Wales.
The college offers over 4,000 full and part-time courses. Courses range from A levels, BTECs, Modern Apprenticeships and NVQs to Higher Nationals, Foundation Degrees, Honours Degrees and Postgraduate Studies offered in association with the University of Wales, Glyndŵr, Bangor and Cardiff Metrolitan University.
The college (which originally only composed of the main campus at Rhos-on-Sea), was opened as Llandrillo Technical College by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on 23 June 1965.
The word technical was removed from the name of the college in response to the college's shift towards teaching academic as well as vocational subjects. The Coleg Llandrillo Cyrmu name was adopted around 2002 and was designed to imply that the College is for the whole of Wales. Since its merger with Coleg Menai, it's now known as Coleg Llandrillo.
Coleg Llandrillo Cymru formally merged with Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor on 1 April 2010. The merged college (which retained the Coleg Llandrillo Cymru name) was located at nine campuses across three counties. Although the colleges had merged, their management and had a central administration. The Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor campuses retained the Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor name.
On the 2nd of April 2012, Coleg Llandrillo Cymru (which included Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor) merged with Coleg Menai to form Grwp Llandrillo Menai, the largest college group in Wales and one of the largest in the United Kingdom. Since the merger, the college is now known as Coleg Llandrillo.
The college has a main campus in Rhos-on-Sea, a medium size campus in Rhyl, smaller sites in Denbigh and Abergele, the Glasdir Centre in Llanrwst, a specialist business services centre in Cefnmeiriadog, near St Asaph, and approximately 120 learning centres across the counties of Conwy and Denbighshire.
The main site or campus is on Llandudno Road at the westerly extremity of Rhos-on-Sea, bordering Rhos-on-Sea Golf Course and close to Penrhyn Bay.
The main campus at Rhos-on-Sea has a new 8.2 million pound Marine & Built Environment Centre (MBEC) which was completed in 2009. Included within the MBEC is the Renewable Energy & Sustainability Centre for Wales (RESCW). The campus also has a library, IT workshop, sports centre & gym, hair & beauty salons, training kitchens, sports academies and childcare centre.
A new Institute of Health & Social Care was due to be completed by September 2010.
At the Rhyl site the college has the Centre for Automotive Technology along with hair & nail salons, library and IT workshops. The Rhyl Sixth Centre was also due to open in September 2010.
The College also has sites in Abergele, Denbigh and Glasdir. There is a Family History Centre at Abergele and a Music Technology Centre at Denbigh.
The College provides a range of courses from entry level courses through to degrees and post-graduate qualifications. These courses cover six main areas – 14-19 education such as A Levels, International Baccalaureate and BTECs; university and professional qualifications; work-based training including apprenticeships and NVQs; business to business training and courses for international students.
The College also offers the recently created Welsh Baccalaureate alongside its Further Education courses.
Foundation Degrees and Bachelor’s degrees at the College are offered in association with the University of Wales, Glyndŵr University, Bangor University and the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC).