Neath Port Talbot College

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NPTC Group
Neath Port Talbot College Logo
Motto More than just an education
Established 1931 - Neath Mining Institute
1949 - Neath Technical College
1996 - Neath Port Talbot College
2013 - NPTC Group
Type Further Education College
Principal Mark Dacey
Administrative staff
Students 15,000
Location Neath, West Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom
Campus Neath Campus
Affiliations University of South Wales[1]

NPTC Group (Welsh: Grwp NPTC) is a further education institution, formerly Neath Port Talbot College and Coleg Powys merged on 1 August 2013. It is now one of the largest Further Education providers in Wales covering 30 per cent of the country's landmass. The College offers an exciting and varied programme of full and part-time courses across its 12 campuses to more than 270,000 residents stretching across south to north Wales.

The college allows study of many courses including GCSEs, AS Level/A levels, AGCEs, AVCEs, Adult Lifelong Learning Services, GNVQs at both Foundation and Intermediate levels.

NPTC Group also offers higher education courses or HND/Cs in various subjects related to their AVCE/AGCE courses, notably in Computing, Health & Social Care, Hospitality and Childcare.

After the County Borough of Neath Port Talbot was formed in 1996, plans were put through to merge the Afan College and Neath College as one. In 1997 this was achieved under the name of Neath Port Talbot College.

On August 1st 2013, Neath Port Talbot College and Coleg Powys joined forces and merged into NPTC Group.

Early History[edit]

The original Neath College opened in October 1931 as a mining institute, with only two classrooms. By 1949 it became Neath Technical College.[2] Between the 1950s to the 1990s there was a Neath College and an Afan College; each college had their own administration and staff. Both colleges independently offered O levels, A levels, National Diplomas and other qualifications. When the boroughs of Neath and Port Talbot merged to form a unitary Authority in 1996, the two colleges decided to merge as one also. Instead of each campus being called Neath College and Afan College, it became Neath Campus and Afan Campus.

Recent History[edit]

The college has its own Welsh Language Scheme, which since December 2004 has been accredited by the Welsh Language Board.[3] In 2004, it was widely reported that the college was in financial turmoil and needed to save £1 million from its budget by cuts in staff.[4] Since 2007, the college is the only place in Wales where the training in the installation of solar-powered systems takes place.[5] On October 16, 2008, a double decker bus carrying Neath Port Talbot College students crashed into a bridge too low for the bus to pass under, fifteen students received minor injuries and six required hospital treatment, First Cymru, the bus company at fault ordered an investigation into the incident.[6] In December 2008, the college students were paid a visit from local Labour MP Peter Hain, who delivered a talk about the slave trade and Wales role in the trade.[7]

In 2009, staff and students protested about a £1.6 million cut in the colleges budget.[8][9] In November 2009, it was announced that the college would offer the Open University foundation degree in financial services, the college is the first in the UK to offer this degree. It was described by Vice-Principal of the college Keith Brooker as "Another first for the college, and we are delighted to be working with the Open University in this callaboration".[10]

In June 2010, it was announced plans for a £6 million sports arena to be built next to the Llandarcy campus, it opened in September 2011 to coincide with the colleges 80th year anniversary. The arena was developed between the college, Llandarcy Park and the Ospreys.[11] In November 2010 it was reported that the Ospreys rugby team would launch a college rugby scheme in Neath Port Talbot College, Bridgend College and Gower College Swansea. These colleges will work with the Osprey's Elite Youth Development Team, to provide rugby programmes at each of these colleges campuses.[12] In the same month the college announced it was appointing an adviser to help blind students through education at the college, a launch event was held to inform people about the new callaboration between the college and the RNIB.[13]

In March 2011, it was announced that former principal Robin Trebilcock, who was instrumental in the college becoming an incorporated institution had died. Trebilcock also oversaw the merger of the Neath and Afan colleges to form the single Neath Port Talbot College. He had served the college from 1982-1998.[14]

In 2011, Neath Port Talbot College was awarded more than £400,000 to carry out building improvements,[15] the cash will be used on essential maintenance work, Disability Discrimination Act work and legislative work.[16] In August 2011 the college was subject to praise from education chiefs following the great results achieved at the college, with Welsh Education Minister, Leighton Andrews leading the praise.[17] In October 2011, the college celebrated its 80th year of operation, opening its doors in 1931, it has built itself up to becoming one of the largest educational providers in Wales.[18] The college kicked off celebrations with the opening of its new state of the art sports facility, which cost £6 million, with the help of Swansea City players, Angel Rangel, Tom Butler and Andrea Orlandi.[19] Also in this month, local MP Peter Hain paid the college a visit to speak about his life in South Africa to the students of the college in the Nidum Arts Centre on the Neath campus.[20]

The college also has an outpost at Queen Street in Neath Town Centre, where the ECDL is offered and other part-time courses are available too.[21] Further facilities are situated at Margam Country Park in Twyn Yr Hydd House from where the college runs its Management Training Centre, Horticulture Training Centre and Parc-Gro plant nursery.[22] The Neath, Afan and Pontardawe campuses are all Learndirect learning centres and offer a range of courses for adult learners to improve their basic skills.[23][24][25] The Queen Street Centre is also a learning centre.[26]


Afan Campus[edit]

The Afan campus is located in the Margam district of Port Talbot, it offers a large range of AS/A level courses and vocational programmes. A day nusery for staff, students and the local community is available on site.[27]

Afan campus also houses the studios for the new student radio station Generation FM, providing students and staff with an entertainment and information service. Generation FM is run by students studying at the college, and is not limited to students from Afan campus - students from any of the campuses can volunteer.

Neath campus[edit]

The Neath campus is located on Dwr-y-Felin Road just to the northwest of Neath town centre, it offers a large range of AS/A level courses and vocational programmes. A day nusery for staff, students and the local community is available on site.[28]

Canolfan y Celfyddydau Nidum Arts Centre is located on the Neath campus, it was opened recently and cost £2 million to construct. It includes a 170-seat auditorium with cinema screen.[29]

Llandarcy Campus[edit]

The Llandarcy campus is a purpose-built sports facility, used for practical and theoretical studies.[30] It is located off junction 43 of the M4 Motorway.

Coleg Pontardawe[edit]

The Pontardawe campus offers vocational courses and is mainly used for adult learners. It is located on the Alloy Industrial Estate near the town centre.[31]

Campus plans[edit]

There are currently proposals to relocate the Port Talbot campus from the present Margam site which was built in the 1950s to a site in Port Talbot docks near Port Talbot town centre. The new campus will be a modern development on brownfield land and would benefit from improved transport links.[32] The intended start for construction of the new campus is in 2016.[33]

Awards and Results[edit]

In 2012 the A level results for Neath Port Talbot College were:[34]

  • 99.5% pass rate, A*-E Passes (the seventh year in succession, the 99% barrier has been broken by NPTC)
  • 55.8% pass rate, A*-B Passes
  • 82.6% pass rate, A*-C Passes

The success of these results have confirmed Neath Port Talbot College as being the most successful further education college in Wales.

Student Union[edit]

The college's student union is a full member of the National Union of Students.[35] The current college Student Union president is David Lewis. All students enrolled at the college are automatically applied NUS membership, which is an opt-out system.[36]

List of Principals[edit]

  • 1982—1998 - Robin John Trebilcock.[14]
  • 1998—2004 - Caroline Lewis.[37]
  • 2004—Present - Mark Dacey.[2]

Linked Schools[edit]

Nearly all the schools that link to Neath Port Talbot College are in the Neath Port Talbot area.[38]

Notable Alumni[edit]


  1. ^ University of South Wales - Accredited Colleges
  2. ^ a b c Independent - Neath Port Talbot College Information
  3. ^ NPT College - Welsh Language Scheme
  4. ^ BBC Wales - Staff may go in college cuts
  5. ^ Wales Online - College is a leading light
  6. ^ This IS South Wales - Bus Crash Students 'Lucky To Be Alive'
  7. ^ Wales Online - MP Peter Hain visits Neath Port Talbot College
  8. ^ BBC Wales - College staff protest over cuts
  9. ^ BBC Wales - Colleges hit by staff cuts protest
  10. ^ Wales Online - College to offer OU degree
  11. ^ This Is South Wales - Sports arena for college
  12. ^ Wales Online - Ospreys launch college rugby scheme
  13. ^ Wales Online - Adviser to help blind students through education
  14. ^ a b This Is South Wales - Former principal shaped college
  15. ^ This Is South Wales - Cash boost for college
  16. ^ This IS South Wales - Cash gets earmarked
  17. ^ This IS South Wales - Education Chiefs Praise Neath Port Talbot Students
  18. ^ This IS South Wales - Party time at college
  19. ^ NPT College - Happy Birthday
  20. ^ This IS South Wales - MP recounts his life in South Africa
  21. ^ NPT College - Queen Street Centre
  22. ^ NPT College - Twyn Yr Hydd House
  23. ^ Learndirect - Neath Campus
  24. ^ Learndirect - Afan Campus
  25. ^ Learndirect - Coleg Pontardawe
  26. ^ Learndirect - The Queen Street Centre
  27. ^ NPT College - Afan Campus
  28. ^ NPT College - Neath Campus
  29. ^ NPT College - Nidum Arts Centre
  30. ^ NPT College - Llandarcy Campus
  31. ^ NPT College - Pontardawe Campus
  32. ^ South Wales Evening Post (28 June 2012)
  33. ^ This is South Wales - Work on new Neath Port Talbot College campus in Port Talbot docks could start in 2016
  34. ^ NPT College - Exam Results
  35. ^ National Union of Students - All you need to know
  36. ^ NPT College - Student Union
  37. ^ Highbeam Research - Principal Appointed
  38. ^ Neath Port Talbot Council - School List

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°40′00″N 3°48′51″W / 51.66667°N 3.81417°W / 51.66667; -3.81417