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One Year GCSE

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 Sixth 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.

The one year GCSE course will be particularly useful for international students, many of whom do not take a formal examination at this stage, who wish to follow an A Level programme and subsequently hope to study at a top UK or US university. It is a stand-alone qualification, the results of which are also taken into account in the entry process for top university courses.

  • Age: 15-16 at time of enrolment
  • Course length: 1 year
  • Course start: September 2019
  • Entry requirements: Successful performance in college entry tests (English, Maths) plus GL assessment
  • English Language requirement: IELTS 5.5
  • Other requirements: School report and passport


Students will study between six and nine GCSE subjects depending on their ability and English language proficiency.

  • Maths
  • English (first or second language)
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Students will also study one of the humanities taken from History, Geography, Economics, French, German or Art plus the option to take a GCSE in their own language. In addition, the GCSE curriculum will include:

PHSEE - non-examined tutorials covering personal, social, health, economic education and citizenship, Physical Education.

A newly-refurbished boarding house, designed specifically for under 16 students, will give every student a single or twin bedroom, communal common room and kitchens. The House is fully supervised by House Parents and Assistants, who will look after the student’s pastoral needs, provide a mentoring programme and supervise homework.

The College offers a wide range of competitions, trips, events, clubs and activities which range from the College’s popular GLEE club, art club, to football and netball teams. Students can have a membership of the JD gym with badminton courts, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, squash courts, range of fitness classes, personal training and café and internet zone. All students will be part of a House and take part in House events such as house debating, house sport and house music.

For those wanting to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh programme training will take place during weekends and after school and for musical students we provide a college music room where students practice and make music together as well as the opportunity for private music lessons.

All students who want to continue to do their A Levels at Cardiff Sixth Form will be expected to meet the standard A Level entrance requirements for progression. However Dukes Education, which owns Cardiff Sixth Form, also owns three further top quality Colleges: Rochester Independent College; Earlscliffe and Fine Arts College where, should they not meet the high entry requirements for Cardiff, students will be offered a place at one of the other colleges. All the Dukes Education Colleges operate under one Tier 4 licence.