Coleg Sir Gâr
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Coleg Sir Gâr is a large, multi-site, Further Education College based in South West Wales. It has approximately 10,000 students of which some 3,000 are full-time and 7,000 are part-time. Approximately 950 are in higher education. Since 1 August 2013, the college has been part of the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David Group.
It has five main campuses at Llanelli (Graig), Carmarthen (Pibwrlwyd and Jobs Well), Ammanford and Llandeilo (Gelli Aur). It also offers its provision on-line through the Virtual College (created in 1998), via partnerships at community locations and in the workplace. Campuses vary in size and nature and offer a variety of subjects. Coleg Sir Gâr has a range of academic, vocational education and training programmes. These range from pre-entry to postgraduate level. It offers further education, adult and community learning, higher education and work based learning. It also provides for large numbers of school pupils aged between 14 and 16 who attend the college or are taught by college staff at their schools.
- Graig, Sandy Road, Pwll, Llanelli ( )
- Pibwrlwyd, Pibwrlwyd, Carmarthen ( )
- Ammanford, Ammanford ( )
- Gelli Aur, Llandeilo ( )
- Jobs Well, Jobs Well Road, Carmarthen ( )
Coleg Sir Gâr has been providing further education since 1985. It was first created as Carmarthenshire College of Technology and Art (CCTA) following the merger of a number of technical colleges and the Dyfed College of Art. In 1992, the College became an independent corporation having previously been under the control of the Local Education Authority. Since 1 August 2013, the college has been part of the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David Group.
The Graig Campus, Llanelli, was formerly occupied by Graig Comprehensive School and Llanelli Boys' Grammar Technical School. As CCTA, the Llanelli campus was based at Alban Road in Llanelli. This was the site of former Llanelli Technical College.
Carmarthen School of Art originated in 1854. It combined with the Llanelli college in 1971 to become Dyfed College of Art. In 1979 the new campus at Jobs Well Road, Carmarthen was built.
The virtualcollege.ac.uk was created in 1998 by Coleg Sir Gâr to meet the growing demands of industry in Carmarthenshire. The training courses developed were delivered completely online in the area of IT skills. Since then the virtual college has expanded to include almost 1000 courses in a number of areas, amongst them teacher training, accountancy, business, leadership and management, health and safety and languages. All the accredited courses are delivered completely online supported by tutors from the college.