Basic Information & Location
Cardiff Sixth Form College is located in the heart of Cardiff in the Wales. Founded in 2004, the college has developed a reputation for having the best A-Level results in the UK in the recent years. In 2009, Cardiff Sixth Form College accepted its first batch of international students and accepted more and more students from overseas since then. The school is relatively less difficult to enter compared to other famous and traditional boarding schools, but students should be well-prepared for the academic pressure. Some students said that the school is not only pursuing high grades, but full marks in every subject. The academic-centric Cardiff Sixth Form College is therefore known as “the Asian school” in the UK.
The college combines small class sizes, excellent teaching and individual attention for each student, and the results were first class. The school has amazing teaching staff who would be willing to stay until 10pm. In 2016, 99% of the students achieved A*-B in A-Level exams. Since 2011, there are more than 63 graduates are accepted by Oxbridge. The number is way higher than other top schools such as Eton and Harrow. Other students have entered LSE, UCL and Imperial College London. The college also won three Crystal awards from The Education Advisers as Top UK Co-Educational Boarding School, Top Independent Sixth Form College and Top Independent School. The College has introduced 1 year GCSE programme recently in order to provide Form 5 students in HK with a more flexible choice.
Pastoral Care & Boarding
The student accommodation is a newly built facility that opened in 2013 and accommodates 300 plus students. Facilities are not fancy but all necessary resources are provided and the accommodation is situated just a 10-minute walk from the college. There are three different room types: cluster rooms, apartments and studio flats. The College employs a professional pastoral team, trained to be alert to students’ physical and emotional well-being. In order to cater the dining habits of overseas students, the student canteen provides international cuisine such as Chinese and Indian food from time to time.
Extracurricular & personal development
Although the range of activities may not be as much as other colleges, the school believes it is important for students to have the opportunity to relax and take their mind off academic studies. It may be a sport, music, the arts, discussion-based, or even subject focused activities. The College also runs an annual trip to Bristol Zoo Gardens. Students can learn about the importance of nature and conservation, and have fun in the fifth oldest zoo in the world.