Your Questions Answered
- How do I apply?
For more information on how to apply for our Degree, visit our How to Apply page.
For information on our NVQs, visit our Further Education page and select the course you are interested in! Our NVQ applications for September 2023 will open on Monday 27th March. Sign up to our newsletter here or follow us on Facebook or Instagram to be alerted when they open! Applications will remain open until midnight on Wednesday 26th July 2023.
If you would like to speak to one of our team, please contact Student Support who would be happy to help.
- What can I do after I have completed my studies?
The levels of learning at BMC are designed to teach you about yourself, and how to learn. NVQ students can proceed to the degree. The degree prepares you for further specialising at the graduate level or you can apply the transferable skills to a whole range of different careers.
Please visit our Careers and Progression page>>
- How can I find the BMC Campus?
Our main campus is in Talgarth, Mid-Wales. It’s in the heart of the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Our vocational courses take place in community settings close by.
Students enrolled on the BMC degree will be taught in locations in the National Park. Talgarth is situated at the crossroads of two main roads in Mid Wales: the A40 and the A479. There are daily bus services to Brecon, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, Abergavenny and Builth Wells.
BMC encourages active travel, we can help you with planning cycling routes or improving your confidence on a bike. Powys County Council operates a transport service along all trunk roads and our partner, NPTC Group, run a connecting service to their campus in Brecon. We offer a lift share scheme for staff and students sharing similar routes and as we grow will explore transport needs and how we can meet them.
- What can I study?
We teach vocational courses (NVQ level 2), and a variety of short courses and activities. See our ‘What’s On’ page for details.
We have also developed a unique interdisciplinary degree in partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University titled ‘BA (Hons) Sustainable Futures: Arts, Ecology and Systems Change.’
Find out more about the courses available>>.
- What support do you offer for students with a disability or dyslexia?
Student Support provides an Accessibility Service which includes learning support and disabled students allowance (DSA). Additional Learner Needs (ALN) are identified at the point of the interview during the application stage, and prior to enrolment adjustments are discussed.
Get in touch and we will do our best to meet your needs.
- What makes BMC unique?
Black Mountains College is a mission-oriented institution, not limited to a specific level. All our courses are aimed at equipping you with the skills to forge more sustainable futures.
- We have an open admissions policy – we look for potential to contribute to change, not prior achievement. This requires collaboration and everyone’s input.
- We apply the science of learning at all levels: learning is practical and theoretical – with our programmes addressing real-world challenges practically and holistically, combining insights from a wide range of disciplines and professional practices.
- You can customise your study options – we give you the opportunity to work alongside tutors who will guide you in your own learning journey, wherever that might lead.
- Located in one of the most beautiful places in the world. For us, nature is the classroom and a laboratory. The Brecon Beacons National Park with its range of biodiverse natural ecosystems and the impacts of human influence is the perfect context for exploring the challenge of a sustainable transition.
- We aim to prepare you for the changing world and help you explore how to change it.
- What does full-time mean?
Both our NVQs and the BMC Degree are taught across three days a week, with two days allocated for guided learning and your own self-directed research and study.
- Can I apply for Student Finance?
There are a variety of funding options for both Higher and Further Education students, which range from Educational Maintenance Allowance for 16-18-year-olds, to student loans and maintenance grants available through Student Finance Wales.
For NVQ students, click here to find out more about your options and eligibility.