Lifelong education is for everyone in Ceredigion, with bilingual education available from an early age.
The Welsh language is at the heart of the education system, and all children can receive a Welsh medium or bilingual education, at primary and secondary schools. Children become fluent in Welsh and English through this system.
Children are able to learn in Welsh and English from nursery age, with Mudiad Meithrin providing Welsh language services through the Cylch Meithrin (Nursery Circle) centres, and an opportunity for parents of young children to meet up at ‘Ti a Fi’ (You and Me) groups throughout the county.
Many independent nurseries and family centres also provide care services bilingually, and your child will benefit from an early introduction to the Welsh language, before attending a Welsh language or bilingual primary school.
You can get guidance and information on childcare and family issues from the Ceredigion Family Information Service.
Primary and secondary schools
Most of the primary schools in Ceredigion provide Welsh medium education, and every school in the county will teach some Welsh.
All of Ceredigion’s secondary schools teach some Welsh, and the majority are bilingual, with some subjects taught through the medium of Welsh. Ysgol Penweddig in Aberystwyth and Ysgol Bro Teifi in Llandysul are primarily Welsh medium schools.
If you’re new to the area, there are Welsh language immersion centres for new arrivals, which give young children an opportunity to learn the Welsh language. You can find out more about the Ceredigion schools system here.
Coleg Ceredigion has campuses in Cardigan and Aberystwyth, which provide further education courses through the medium of Welsh and English. See the Coleg Ceredigion website for details of the range of further education opportunities available.
There are two university campuses in the county, in Aberystwyth and Lampeter.
Aberystwyth University offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and in 2017, it was ranked UK University of the Year for teaching quality.
University of Wales Trinity Saint David has a campus in Lampeter.
Aberystwyth University offers lifelong learning opportunities in a range of modern languages, including Chinese, French and Spanish. Other courses include Art and Design, General Science, Philosophy and Psychology.
Ceredigion County Council has an Adult Community Education service, called Dysgu Bro. The service delivers courses in locations throughout the county.