What is the Talent Bank?

  • A new, innovative and bespoke education and skill programme to support the evolving life and health science sector
  • Led by Gower College Swansea, in partnership with Swansea University and leading organisations
  • Ensures young people graduate with the necessary capabilities to progress to university, go on to work-based learning or directly into employment
  • Features a broad, inclusive life and health science curriculum
  • Supported by a group of leading organisations that have played a role in developing the curriculum, ethos and organisational plans so all aspects of the Talent Bank are grounded in real life situations and knowledge
  • Combines teaching with industry challenges, work experience and masterclasses
  • Both the A Level (science) and technical programmes are accredited by the Oxford and Cambridge RSA (OCR)

Who is it for?

  • Full time education programme for young people aged 16+ wanting to study STEM A Levels or Level 3 vocational and technical qualifications
  • A higher apprenticeship programme in either the Life Science or Human and Health science pathway is available for those aged 18+ employed in the sector

Where is it?

  • The multi-million pound facility will be located on Swansea University’s Singleton Park Campus
  • Latest industry standard equipment and technology to develop technical skills in a realistic work environment, as well as access to our partners’ facilities

What are the entry requirements?

  • You will need seven GCSEs at grades A*-C with B grades in science and maths subjects
  • This is, however, guidance only as we would prefer to discuss your own personal entry profile across a wider range of skills

What subjects can I study?

  • Academic: a choice of three or four A Levels selected from biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, maths or further maths
  • Technical: Cambridge Technical Diploma in Science – Pharmaceutical or Human and Health Science (an equivalent of two A Levels and can be combined with one A Level)

How is the programme delivered?

  • Delivered by the college’s lecturers who have a proven track record in achieving excellent results
  • Enhanced with industry and academic expertise from our collaborative partners
  • Monday to Thursday, 8.45am to 5pm with a 4pm finish on Fridays (to prepare the students for employment)

How to find out if the Talent Bank is suitable for you?

  • Series of open days and taster sessions at the university to meet the team and find out more about the courses, view the facilities and ask questions about student support, funding, transport etc
  • The Talent Bank will not be suitable for all students because of the way it is delivered – combining traditional teaching with practical experience and challenges - and is limited to certain subjects

What are the advantages of the Talent Bank over sixth form/college?

  • Allows students to study a subject they are really enthused by in facilities that reflect the real workplace with teachers/lecturers who have practical industry experience
  • Offers opportunities above and beyond those in a traditional learning setting through practical experiences
  • Students benefit from regular input and mentoring from professionals within local/national employers and universities
  • In addition to their academic teaching, students will also learn skills to help them get ready for future employment; there are four key ‘skill’ strands, which are being supported by leading companies in the sector – scientific research and enquiry, entrepreneurship and innovation, leadership & management and digital literacy

How do I get more information?

Contact admissions for advice and guidance (01792 890750/284179) or email beverley.wilson-smith@gcs.ac.uk

or visit there website here

Other information:

  • No fees other than the administration charges and essential clothing costs
  • Up to 100 places available on the first cohort for September 2016 start
  • Full support available from college staff

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