History

Cardiff Sixth Form College: The beginning

Cardiff Sixth Form College was founded in 2004. As a small, private tutorial college, we were dedicated to pioneering a new approach. Combining small class sizes, excellent teaching and individual attention for each student; we believed in nurturing potential - and the results were first class.

Since then, the college has gone from strength to strength. Rapid growth has necessitated development on all fronts. We’ve relocated the college twice as word got out about our achievements and we now reside at Trinity Court, Newport Road. In the heart of Cardiff city, our modern, spacious campus is the perfect site for our growing ambitions – and we are still expanding!

In 2009, Cardiff Sixth Form College accepted its first international students. Since then we have accepted more and more students from overseas, providing boarding facilities and first-rate pastoral care. Cardiff Sixth Form College is a thoroughly multi-cultural environment. We are proud of our diversity and we now have students from over 30 different nationalities studying in our college.

We have grown in every way – more staff, more teaching, more success! Now, Cardiff Sixth Form College has reached its goal – the Top Independent School in the UK by A-Level results! We are proud of our origins, but now we are looking forward to the future. We aim to continue striving for success; standing at the forefront of disciplined and creative teaching for generations to come.

Our unique approach

How do we do it?

How do you achieve high grades? What form of education moulds the most well-rounded students? Which learning environment really works? These are questions we ask every day at Cardiff Sixth Form College.

Like our students, we work hard at our studies. We analyse our classes and teaching styles; constantly aiming to perfect. It is always possible to improve – there is a science to teaching. By evaluating the details of education – large and small – we provide the best possible atmosphere for our students to learn.

Tradition is important. Every school needs a culture. At Cardiff Sixth Form College, however, our culture is thoroughly in the present-day. Many English boarding schools rely on long histories and heritage. Here at Cardiff, we look forward. We want to build for the future and be the standard by which all schools are judged. And our results show we are already on the way…

In 2017, 92% of students achieved A*-A grades, whilst 99% of students achieved A*-B grades. For eight years running, we have been awarded Top Private Co-educational Boarding School and Top Independent Sixth Form College in the Education Advisers' Awards. In addition, we have been ranked number one for A-Level results in league tables published by The Telegraph and The Times for five consecutive years.

For more information about our awards and accreditations, please visit our Awards page.

East meets West

Cardiff Sixth Form College literally searches the world for the best approaches to education. Our teaching philosophy draws from both East and West. Like our multicultural student body, we believe that our integrated methods set us apart from other boarding colleges.

Eastern education prizes rigour and discipline, and students receive a first-rate understanding of core subjects across the student body, while Western approaches value individual creativity. Each pupil is given pastoral care and encouraged to foster the talents which are unique to them.

At Cardiff Sixth Form College, we believe you shouldn't have to choose. Our teaching combines the strengths of both systems to create a unique educational approach. We provide all students with a strong, disciplined curriculum of core subjects, whilst also monitoring and aiding individual progress. We work hard towards grades, and equip every pupil with the skills and confidence to thrive in their life beyond. Our students are ready to join universities in the UK, the US, or anywhere else in the world! Their education doesn’t end with us, but we believe it is the best possible start.

Accreditations and awards

Cardiff Sixth Form College is proud to be placed at the top of the Education Advisers' league tables for the eighth consecutive year, in two categories:

  • Top Private Co-educational Boarding School
  • Top Independent Sixth Form College

UK Education Advisers, a specialist private education consultancy which provides advice to parents from around the globe, compiles A Level statistics given to them directly by schools in the UK and accords annual awards to the top institutions based on A*-A percentages.

The Crystal Awards, as they are known, were presented to Cardiff Sixth Form Principal, Gareth Collier, by Education Advisors Managing Director Les Webb and Education Consultant, Ryan Crittenden. Cardiff Sixth Form College has won these awards thanks to its outstanding 2017 A-Level results, in which it achieved 99% A* - B grades; 92% of which were A* - A grades. To see a full report of our results, please visit our A-Level Results section.

Accreditations

Following our most recent inspection (2016), the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) graded Cardiff Sixth Form College as "exceeding expectations for the quality of education."

The report went on to say:

"The quality of the curriculum, teaching and learners’ achievements is excellent. Students receive an extremely good education in accordance with their objectives and the college’s aims...arrangements for the health, safety and welfare of students are excellent...the effectiveness of governance, leadership and management is excellent."

Programs taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

A-levels

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At Cardiff Sixth Form College, we aspire to foster a genuine passion for learning in our students. Our teaching aims to make students think for themselves. We believe thi ... [+]

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At Cardiff Sixth Form College, we aspire to foster a genuine passion for learning in our students. Our teaching aims to make students think for themselves. We believe this sets our students apart from the crowd, leading to excellent results year-on-year.

Below is a brief introduction to the UK A-Level system, our own A-Level programme and how best to choose your A-Level subjects. Information concerning the A-Level courses we offer at the College can be found on our Departments page.

For an in-depth look at all subject choices available to students please download a copy of our Academic Handbook.

UK A-LEVELS – AS AND A2

One of the great advantages of the British educational system are A-Levels (also known as GCE Advanced Levels). A-Levels provide students with the opportunity to specialize in the subjects of their choice before university.... [-]

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Preparatory Programs

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Through a one year intensive GCSE course, Cardiff Sixth Form College provides a unique opportunity for younger students, many of whom aspire to progress onto the award-wi ... [+]

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Through a one year intensive GCSE course, Cardiff Sixth Form College provides a unique opportunity for younger students, many of whom aspire to progress onto the award-winning Form, to be able to take advantage of the inspirational teaching, excellent career development and modern boarding environment at the top school in the UK.

An excellent platform for moving onto the next level and a solid foundation for continuing their studies, this new course gives students the opportunity to study between six and nine key academic subjects as well as improve their English proficiency in small class sizes with intensive teaching.

Taught by the existing Cardiff Sixth Form staff, all students will also participate fully in sport, cultural activities, a super-curricular programme, academic enrichment opportunities and everyday College life, alongside their A Level counterparts.... [-]

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Summer courses

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Are you thinking of studying in the UK? Why not come along to our Summer School and get a head start on your peers?

For Summer 2018, Cardiff Sixth Form College will be offering three programmes:

1. ACADEMIC SUMMER PROGRAMME

The programme has been developed mainly for students aged 14+ who will be progressing into full-time education in UK institutions, either immediately upon completion or in the following year. It is equally suitable as a pre-GCSE or pre-A-Level course and will serve either as a head-start or as a comprehensive revision programme. Apart from intensive English language preparation, students will also be taught core academic subjects (Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Economics), to help them to adjust to specific demands of British education.... [-]

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