Cardiff Sixth Form College is a co-educational, independent boarding college for pupils aged from 16-19 (although the college also accept students from 14+ for its summer school programmes). The college currently teaches 320 students, around 90% of whom are full boarders from over 30 different countries around the world.
The college offers A-Level programmes (1 year/18 months) and Summer Schools (Oxbridge Preparation; Medical School Preparation; Academic). The average class size is 18 students. All courses include intensive English language support, and IELTS classes are provided for all international students.
Entrance requirements include a minimum of 6-7 A* grades at IGCSE/equivalent qualification and an IELTS score of 6.5+ (academic module). All applicants will also be assessed via a college interview (via Skype if necessary), GL online reasoning assessment, application form, school reports and previous exam transcripts.
Cardiff Sixth Form College is located on Newport Road in Cardiff, South Wales, just a 5-10 minute walk from the heart of the capital city of Wales.
The nearest airport is Cardiff Airport, which is around 15 miles away (1 hour by car), while London Heathrow is around 150 miles away (2.5 hours by car).
A day in the life of…
A typical day in the life of a CSFC student begins at around 6.30-7am, when they wake up, get dressed and eat breakfast with their fellow students in the canteen. The first lesson commences at 8am, and students remain in classes until lunchtime. Our Year 12 students take their lunch break from 12-1pm, whilst Year 13 lunch time is from 1-2pm. After lunch, students head back to their lessons. The last lesson of the day finishes at 6pm, but students won’t study this late every day and they will usually have some free sessions.
When the school day has finished, students gather in the canteen to eat dinner, followed by dessert. Later on in the evening, they may decide to catch the shuttle bus to the gym or swimming pool, meet up with one of their hobby clubs or societies, relax with friends in the common room, catch a movie in the city centre or enjoy some quiet study time in their room. While there is no strict bedtime, the warden team discourages students from staying up too late, so they awake fresh and ready to study. At 10pm, all students must leave the common room and by midnight, students are expected to keep any noise to a minimum.
On weekends, students go on college outings to local attractions like St Fagan’s Museum of Welsh Life, Garth Mountain, Castell Coch and the Pembrokeshire Coast, in addition to destinations further afield such as Bristol Zoo, the Palace of Westminster, London theatre visits and more.
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