Cardiff and Vale College

Introduction

Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC) is one of the largest colleges in the country – transforming education and training across the capital region of Wales. We have over 20,000 students each year and a large staff team of industry experts, sector specialists and knowledgeable and experienced support teams.

We are teaching people in top class industry facilities and centres of excellence across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan; in the community and in workplaces across the region, Wales and the world.

We are proud of our student success rate – one of the best in the sector, with 87% achieving their main qualification – 2% above the national comparator.

Our focus is not simply on qualifications but also developing the skills individuals and employers require for future success. And it works – with 82% of our students progressing to further study or employment within two months of completing their course. Last year this included an incredible 850 students progressing onto university level study.

Our students are given unique opportunities to develop their wider skills, become entrepreneurial and employable and stand out from the crowd. Last year this saw thousands of our students undertake work placements, compete in national entrepreneurial challenges and skills competitions and win more national awards than ever before.

We are constantly striving to ensure we are offering the best quality education and training – with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training, Estyn, awarding us a ‘double good’ for the quality of our teaching and learning.

Our work with employers is award winning and continuing to grow at pace. We were proud to be named Wales Business Insider ‘College of the Year’ for our partnerships with employers and were also recognised for our leading work in People Development.

We are working with partners to transform education and training in our region – developing inspirational new sites and facilities that support individuals, employers and communities for the future. This includes the opening of our landmark £45m City Centre Campus in the heart of Cardiff city centre; creating a stand-out home for CAVC Sport in Cardiff International Sports Campus; and working in partnership with local councils to develop an innovative new school and partnerships to support young people in Cardiff and the Vale.

We also believe in the power and scope of the FE sector to support economic development. We remain the only Welsh college to be a member of the Gazelle Colleges Group and one of two Welsh colleges to be a proud member the 157 Group of colleges – all supporting us to share best practice and work collaboratively with stakeholders to champion the sector for the future impact it can bring.

Our Vision, Our Mission

Our Vision:

Inspirational. Inclusive. Influential.

Our Mission:

Transforming lives by unlocking potential and developing skills

Meeting our vision:

Cardiff and Vale College has a Three Year Development Plan. This short document sets out our priorities for the next three years that will enable us to fulfil our vision and mission. Click on the document below to download a copy of this plan.

Cardiff and Vale College International is a major provider of education and training in Wales.

Cardiff, the capital city of Wales is an excellent place to visit and study in. English UK agrees that studying in Wales is a great choice and readers of the Rough Guide books from around the world have recently voted Wales as one of the best countries in the world to visit.

Cardiff and Vale College International is located in the heart of city with good transport links and access to the city's amenities. The College has hundreds of international students who come from over 30 different countries.

Our support for international students

From enquiry to touchdown, to celebrating students' achievements and saying goodbye when students finish their course, Cardiff and Vale College International offers a full time support programme. You can explore more details of the services and advice we offer through the links on the left-hand side of this page.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Courses

A Levels

Campus Full time 32 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom Cardiff

This is a one-year intensive course to improve A-level grades or to allow mature students with appropriate experience to gain A-level qualifications. You can complement your studies with essential GCSEs, as well as compulsory tutorial and skills for life. [+]

Full Time A3 - 1 year intensive Level 3 Cardiff Art & Design - ASLevel 3 Cardiff Biology - A2 Level 3 Cardiff Biology - AS Level 3 Cardiff Business Studies - A2 Level 3 Cardiff Business Studies - AS Level 3 Cardiff Chemistry - A2 Level 3 Cardiff Chemistry - AS Level 3 Cardiff Computer Science - A2 Level 3 Cardiff Computer Science - AS Level 3 Cardiff English Language & Literature - AS Level 3 Cardiff English Language - A2 Level 3 Cardiff English Language - AS Level 3 Cardiff English Literature - A2 Level 3 Cardiff English Literature - AS Level 3 Cardiff Film Studies - A2 Level 3 Cardiff Film Studies - AS Level 3 Cardiff French - AS LevelLevel 3 Cardiff Further Mathematics - AS Level 3 Cardiff Geography - AS Level 3 Cardiff Government & Politics - A2 Level 3 Cardiff Government & Politics - AS Level 3 Cardiff Graphic Communication - A2 Level 3 Cardiff Graphic Communication - AS Level 3 Cardiff History - A2 Level 3 Cardiff History - AS Level 3 Cardiff Information & Communication Technology - A2 Level 3 Cardiff Information & Communication Technology - AS Level 3 Cardiff Law - A2 Level 3 Cardiff Law - AS Level 3 Cardiff Mathematics - A2Level 3 Cardiff Mathematics - AS Level 3 Cardiff Media Studies - A2 Level 3 Cardiff Media Studies - AS Level 3 Cardiff Photography - A2 Level 3 Cardiff Photography - AS Level 3 Cardiff Physical Education... [-]

Cambridge General English Course

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 12 - 34 weeks August 2017 United Kingdom Cardiff + 1 more

We offer a wide range of full and part-time General English and study preparation courses. All courses lead to internationally recognised qualifications. [+]

We offer a wide range of full and part-time General English and study preparation courses. All courses lead to internationally recognised qualifications. English courses We offer a range of courses from Elementary to Proficiency level for those wishing to improve their English for general, professional or academic reasons. You may choose to combine a full-time programme of study with an additional part-time English class or other part-time college course to suit your timetable and level of English. Choose from a range of options: Pre-Intermediate English (KET) Intermediate Level (PET) Upper-Intermediate (FCE) Advanced (CAE) Proficiency (CPE) IELTS Business English Writing skills Cambridge ESOL Exams Cardiff and Vale College International is the only Cambridge ESOL Open Centre in Cardiff. As an Open Centre we are authorised to run University of Cambridge ESOL (English Language) examinations for all candidates, including those who are not taking a preparation course at our College. Cardiff and Vale College International offers the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations which is a part of the Cambridge Assessment Group, a department of the University of Cambridge. Cambridge ESOL examinations are suitable for learners of all nationalities, whatever their first language and cultural background and there are examinations suitable for learners for almost any age. Although they are designed for native speakers of languages other than English, no language related restrictions apply. The range of Cambridge ESOL examinations includes specialist examinations in Business English and English for Academic Purposes. You do not need to be studying on a course to apply... [-]

IELTS Preparation Course

Campus Full time 12 - 34 weeks August 2017 United Kingdom Cardiff

This is a full-time English course for International students who wish to prepare for an IELTS examination. [+]

This is an 8 week full-time English course for International students who wish to prepare for an IELTS examination. It is designed to provide students with an introduction to the format of the IELTS test and to familiarise them with the different types of tasks which are presented in the exam. It is suitable for students who are planning to study at undergraduate, graduate or professional school level in an English-speaking country and who require the IELTS exam. The course is specifically intended to help students achieve the standard minimum IELTS score of 5.5 required by most universities. (It is important for each student intending to progress onto a FE/HE course to check the English language entry requirements for their chosen course of study prior to applying for this course). Qualifications: IELTS ( UCLES) Exam Course content: This is an intermediate course for students who have already developed a reasonable command of the language in all skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Your level will be assessed when you arrive through interview and placement testing and acceptance onto the course is conditional on the tutor's agreement. Full-time tuition with experienced, qualified tutors Coursebook Supported self-study time Assistance with your applications for higher education Full use of the college's academic and social facilities IELTS Practice Tests This is a test preparation course which focuses on the different types of exam tasks you will find in the IELTS exam. It requires a high level of commitment and motivation as it is a... [-]

Diploma

Advanced Diploma in Accounting - Level 3 AAT

Online & Campus Combined Full time 34 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom Barry

The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting covers a range of complex accounting tasks, including maintaining cost accounting records and the preparation of reports and returns. Students will learn and master financial processes, including accounting principles and concepts, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts, VAT issues in business, management accounting costing techniques and ethical practices for accountants. [+]

The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting covers a range of complex accounting tasks, including maintaining cost accounting records and the preparation of reports and returns. Students will learn and master financial processes, including accounting principles and concepts, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts, VAT issues in business, management accounting costing techniques and ethical practices for accountants. This qualification further delivers software skills through spreadsheet training for accounting. This qualification comprises six mandatory units (390 guided learning hours). The purpose of this qualification is to ensure that students are well prepared to progress into a business, finance or professional accountancy career or into further education. All units within this qualification are mandatory. Four units are assessed individually in end of unit assessments, but this qualification also includes a synoptic assessment, sat towards the end of the qualification, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification: Advanced Bookkeeping - end of unit assessment Final Accounts Preparation - end of unit assessment Management Accounting: Costing - end of unit assessment Indirect Tax - end of unit assessment Ethics for accountants - assessed within the synoptic assessment Spreadsheets for Accounting - assessed within the synoptic assessment Entry requirements: Level 2 Certificate in Accounting Teaching and assessment: Online assessments Next steps: Employment Qualified and partly qualified students will be in a position to seek employment in the financial and management sectors AAT Accounts Level 4 Diploma in Accounting [-]

BTEC in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (Level 3 - 2 Year Extended Diploma)

Campus Full time 34 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom Cardiff

Successful completion of this course enables students to apply for University to study for a degree in many Engineering subjects. It is also recognised by industry as preparing for entry into a higher engineering /technical apprenticeship. [+]

Qualifications: Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering Course overview: Successful completion of this course enables students to apply for University to study for a degree in many Engineering subjects. It is also recognised by industry as preparing for entry into a higher engineering /technical apprenticeship. Topics can include: Business Systems for Technicians Principles of Software Design and Development Electronic Fault-finding Microprocessor Systems and Applications Further Electrical Principles Principles and Operation of Three-Phase Systems Features and Applications of Electrical Machines Principles and Applications of Analogue Electronics Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians Entry requirements: Qualifications AS Level – students must have 5 GCSE passes at Grade C and above Please note: we will need to see your qualification results and certificates before you can enrol. Attendance and success at an Applicant Day After you have applied you will be sent a list of Applicant Days for the area you have applied for. Attending one of these days is an entry requirement. These events – usually 2-3 hours long – involve you coming to a college site to meet tutors, see the facilities and learn more about the subject. For this course during the Applicant Day you will also need to: Undertake an initial entry test and short interview. Successfully passing this is also an entry requirement for a place on the course. Teaching and assessment: Written and practical assignments Next steps: University Industry [-]

BTEC in IT - Networking and Systems Support (2 year Extended Diploma - level 3)

Campus Full time 34 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom Cardiff

This BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT continues on from the one year BTEC 90-Credit Diploma in IT and is equivalent to three A Levels. Students achieving this qualification will either go on to study a computing or IT related qualification at University or enter employment. [+]

Qualifications: IT - BTEC Extended Diploma: Networking & Systems Support Level 3 Course overview: This BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT continues on from the one year BTEC 90-Credit Diploma in IT and is equivalent to three A Levels. Students achieving this qualification will either go on to study a computing or IT related qualification at University or enter employment. This is a growth area for employment opportunities as the number of IT devices continues to grow the demand for staff able to manage a networking environment will continue to increase. Skills range from identifying and replacing basic components of a PC to connecting a network of PC's within a company. This enables the business to communicate with the world and operate on a global scale. Security, creating and managing safe IT environments are crucial elements to building a successful business. Companies have to develop strategies to eradicate viruses and prevent hacking wherever possible. Networking is an exciting area of the computing profession which offers enjoyable and challenging career opportunities. There are three Extended Diploma routes available to study following the BTEC 90-Credit Diploma in IT: Extended Diploma in IT Extended Diploma in IT: Networking and Systems Support Extended Diploma in IT: Software Development On this Extended Diploma in IT (Networking and Systems Support) course you will study: Information systems Managing networks Computer networks IT technical support IT systems trouble shooting and repair Managing networks Organisational systems security Event driven programming Web server scripting Web animation for interactive media... [-]

BTEC in IT - Software Development (Level 3 - 2 Year Extended Diploma)

Campus Full time 34 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom Cardiff

This BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT continues on from the one year BTEC 90-Credit Diploma in IT and is equivalent to three A Levels. Students achieving this qualification will either go on to study a computing or IT related qualification at University or enter employment. [+]

Qualifications: IT - BTEC Extended Diploma: Software Development Level 3 Course overview: This BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT continues on from the one year BTEC 90-Credit Diploma in IT and is equivalent to three A Levels. Students achieving this qualification will either go on to study a computing or IT related qualification at University or enter employment. Careers in the area of Software Development are well established in today's IT environment. The huge growth in applications for hand held devices in recent years creates a need for staff with good software development skills. Businesses depend on software developers to design and implement environments to access and manipulate company data e.g customer records. Systems are developed to permit companies to make strategic decisions in today's world. Maintaining a dynamic IT environment is crucial if companies are to respond to the needs of their customers and be at the forefront of market trends. The skills of good Software Developers are always in demand. There are three Extended Diploma routes available to study following the BTEC 90-Credit Diploma in IT: Extended Diploma in IT Extended Diploma in IT: Networking and Systems Support Extended Diploma in IT: Software Development On this Extended Diploma in IT (Software Development) course you will study: Information systems IT systems analysis and Design Event driven programming Impact of the use of IT on business systems Organisational systems security Computer networks IT systems trouble shooting and repair Object orientated programming Web server scripting Web animation for interactive media... [-]

Diploma in Airline Airport Operations (level 3)

Campus Full time 34 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom Rhoose

Diploma in Airline Airport Operations - The growing UK aviation industry offers a broad range of careers for successful candidates with the right training. From cabin crew and customer service to air marshalling and ground operations, there are superb opportunities in a sector worth £17 billion a year from overseas visitors alone. [+]

Diploma in Airline Airport Operations The growing UK aviation industry offers a broad range of careers for successful candidates with the right training. From cabin crew and customer service to air marshalling and ground operations, there are superb opportunities in a sector worth £17 billion a year from overseas visitors alone. Qualifications: Level 3 90 Credit Diploma Year 1 Development of the UK Aviation Industry since 1945 Aviation Geography and Terminology Customer Service in the Aviation Industry Marketing in the Aviation Industry Preparation for Employment in the Aviation Industry Environmental Impacts of Aviation Handling Air Passengers On-board Passenger Operations Airfares and Ticketing 1 Year 2 (including optional modules) Team Leadership Marketing in the Aviation Industry E-Business for Airlines Human Resources in the Aviation Industry Preparation for Employment in the Aviation Industry Airport and Airline Commercial Operations Passenger Terminal Management within the Aviation Industry Airline and Airport Economics Environmental Impacts of Aviation Researching Current Issues in Aviation Aviation Communications Flight Operations Airfield Operations Bird and Wildlife Control on Airports and Airfields Plan the Loading of Aircraft Airfares and Ticketing 2 Entry requirements: You will need at least 4 GCSEs, preferably at grade C or above, including English and maths. If you do not have grade C or above in English and maths we will carry out an assessment to ensure you receive the best support for the course. Alternatively, you will need a BTEC First Diploma, with a minimum of a Merit Profile or Level 2 Introduction to Cabin Crew. School... [-]

Diploma in Design - Level 3 90 Credit

Campus Full time 34 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom Cardiff

This 90 Credit Diploma in Design course will offer you a wide variety of approaches to three-dimensional design as well as elements of graphic design. You will develop a range of skills appropriate to your own individual area of interest and creative potential. [+]

This 90 Credit Diploma in Design course will offer you a wide variety of approaches to three-dimensional design as well as elements of graphic design. You will develop a range of skills appropriate to your own individual area of interest and creative potential. The projects allow you to respond creatively to design briefs and to taste specialist areas such as product design, graphic design, furniture design, computer graphics, packaging design, film set and prop design, theatre design, interior design and architecture. Qualifications: 90 Credit Diploma in Design Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level 3 Essential Skills: Application of Number Level 2 / Communication Level 3 / IT Level 2 Wider Key Skills: Problem Solving Level 3 / Working with Others Level 3 / Improving own Performance Level 3 The course is project-led and studio based. Assessment is continuous and you are graded on submission of project work and assignments throughout. The department has extensive 3D making/Art workshops and computer facilities. You will explore inter-relationships between design technology, target audiences, ergonomics and aesthetics. Skills will include the study of Materials and workshop processes, 3D computer modeling and Animation, ergonomic principles, graphic communication and design in context. Workshops and Studios: Availability of a wide range of materials Access to professional tools and equipment for wood, metal, plastics Full-scale prototype/ model making production including CNC and 3D printing Links with local industries Computer Suites: Mac computers Colour Laser Printing Facilities Cinema 4D, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator) Throughout the course you will be using our... [-]

Diploma in Finance, Risk & Investment (Level 3)

Campus Full time 34 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom Cardiff

The aim of the CISI Level 3 Diploma in Finance, Risk & Investment is to give candidates an understanding of the key characteristics, mechanisms and influences on financial markets and institutions, and includes a grounding in data analysis, investment appraisal and accounting and the role and responsibility of financial services in society as a whole. [+]

The aim of the CISI Level 3 Diploma in Finance, Risk & Investment is to give candidates an understanding of the key characteristics, mechanisms and influences on financial markets and institutions, and includes a grounding in data analysis, investment appraisal and accounting and the role and responsibility of financial services in society as a whole. Qualifications: Diploma in Finance, Risk and Investment - Level 3 - Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment - (A Level Equivalent) Essential Skills The Diploma is made up of the following two certificates: Certificate in Finance, Risk and Decision Making - which includes the following units: Money, Economies and Uncertainty The Nature of Money The Economy Governments and the Economy The International Dimension (Trade and Exchange) Analysing and Interpreting Data (Statistics, Sampling) Risk and Uncertainty Investment Decision Making, Accounting and Governance Incorporation, Limited Liability and the Principles of Accounting Balance Sheet and Income Statement Analysing Accounts: Cash Flow, Working Capital and Liquidity The Sources and Cost of Funds Return on Investment and Opportunity Cost Valuation of Securities Derivatives, Asset-Backed Securities; Ethical Issues of Financial Engineering Ethics and Governance Certificate for Introduction to Securities & Investment - which includes the following units: The Financial Services Industry Economic Environment Financial Assets and Markets Equities Bonds Derivatives Investment Funds Financial Services Regulation Taxation, Investment Wrappers and Trusts Other Retail Financial Products In addition there is an Extended Project where candidates are required to apply the knowledge they have acquired, undertake research with a view to expanding their skills... [-]

Extended Diploma in Business (Level 3 BTEC 2 Year)

Campus Full time 34 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom Cardiff

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Business is a practical, work-related qualification. The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A levels. Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based upon realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. [+]

Qualifications: EDEXCEL Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Business Course overview: The BTEC Extended Diploma in Business is a practical, work-related qualification. The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A levels. Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based upon realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. The first year is made up of 9 units: Exploring Business Activity Investigating Business Resources Introduction to Marketing Effective People, Communication and Information Creative Product Promotion Exploring Team Development Introduction to Accounts Recruitment & Selection Business Economic Environment Essential Skills in Communications & Literacy In the second year a further 9 units will be studied. Career Ready When you have chosen your course we highly recommend you register to the Career Ready programme. This is a programme that runs alongside your course to ensure a transformational journey. The programme will help to provide you to enter the world of work or university with confidence, skills and professional networks needed to fulfil their potential. We will provide you with a mentor, workplace visits, master classes and work based experiences which can may include an internship. All of which will work together and build on their studies to help them to develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed in their future careers. If you have the determination to succeed and want to stand out from the crowd and be successful Join Career Ready. Please contact Tracy Bird, Career Ready Co-ordinator tbird@cavc.ac.uk for further information. Entry requirements: Interview Qualifications Five GCSE(s) at grades... [-]

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Contact

Cardiff and Vale College

Address Dumballs Road
CF10 5FE, United Kingdom
Website http://www.cavc.ac.uk/
Phone +44 (0)29 2090 8004