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Admissions Process

Thank you for choosing to apply to Cardiff Sixth Form College. The application process is as follows:

STEP 1

Register and make a formal application by clicking here. Please send your latest school report, passport and birth certificate to admissions@ccoex.com. The admissions team will then be in touch to arrange the next stage of your application.

STEP 2

Sit entrance exams:

GCSE

English, Maths and GL Assessment (online reasoning test). International students for the two year GCSE course require IELTS 5.0 and for the one year GCSE course IELTS 5.5. Please register for Academic UKVI IELTS at your local British Council office or through your agent and send the results as soon as possible to admissions@ccoex.com.

A Levels – International students

Take four subjects the student would like to study for A Level plus GL Assessment. Students for A Level require IELTS 6.5.

International students for GCSE also require IELTS 5.5 and for A Level IELTS 6.5.  Please register for an Academic UKVI IELTS test at your local British Council office and send the results as soon as possible to admissions@ccoex.com.  A conditional offer will be made on the marks of entrance exams subject to passing the correct IELTS band when the offer will become unconditional.

A Levels – Day students

Take one subject the student would like to study for A Level plus GL Assessment and are required to have six A*s (grades 8/9) in their GCSE/IGSE examinations including subjects chosen for A Level (results sent by 1200 on GCSE results day in August each year).

To see our list of A Level subjects please click here.

STEP 3

Entrance exams are marked by academic Heads of Department

STEP 4

All applicants will attend an interview either in person or via Zoom/Skype.

STEP 5

Applicants who are offered places will be asked to accept their place within one week of the offer and pay the £9,500 deposit (international students) and £500 deposit (UK students). To download an acceptance form please click here and to pay your deposit please click here.  Please click here for a copy of our terms and conditions.

STEP 6

New joiners’ paperwork is generally sent out early in the summer term. For a full list of new joiners forms please click here.

STEP 7

International students must employ a guardian. We are unable to recommend guardians as this is a contract between the parent and guardianship agency.  However please click here for a list of accredited guardianship agencies that our students have employed in the past.

STEP 8

Fees are paid in bi-annual instalments on 1 June and 1 November each year. An invoice for fees will be sent out by the finance department payable within 14 days.

STEP 9

For international students, visa applications commence from March onwards. Our immigration solicitors, Newlands Chase, will be in touch directly with you to help you arrange your Tier 4 visa.

STEP 10

We provide a complimentary airport pick up at the beginning of term for both our August pre-sessional A Level course and our September GCSE and A Level students.

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STEP 11

Start packing and get excited about coming! For a suggested list of items to bring please see below:

What do I need to bring when I move to Cardiff?

We recommend you don’t bring any unnecessary items with you as most items can be purchased on arrival when you see what you need.  The College supplies each student with one set of bedding, although covers for pillows and duvets should be purchased as well as towels.  Please click here for a list of things to bring.  The kitchens are already equipped with electrical items such as kettles and microwaves but students should purchase cooking pots and pans should they wish to cook for themselves.  Rice cookers and heaters are not permitted in our accommodation.  You don’t need many clothes as you will be wearing school uniform in the day so just casual clothes such as jeans and jumpers for weekends and one smart outfit. Weather in Cardiff can be quite cool so a warm coat, which you can purchase on arrival, is essential.  Please bring laptops/tablets/phones (free Wi-fi is provided both in College and the boarding houses) as well as books, photographs and posters to make your room a home.

Packing Check List

  • Double duvet cover and pillow slip
  • 2 x towels
  • Posters and pictures
  • Hangers
  • Laundry basket
  • Pens, highlighters, notebook, scientific calculator
  • Backpack
  • Laptop, phone and relevant cables
  • Clothes – remember to not bring too much as you will be in school uniform most of the time
  • Trainers, sportswear, pyjamas, dressing gown, warm coat, raincoat
  • The following are only necessary if you are hoping to cook in addition to your meals at the College:
  • Crockery – plate, bowl, glass and mug
  • Cutlery – one set knife, fork, spoon
  • Saucepan/frying pan
  • Utensils – cheese grater, sharp knife, spatula, chopping board, colander, tin opener