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  • PROSPECTUS

  • Excellence is an art won by training and habituation...We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is

    not an act, but a habit.

    THE STORY OF PHILOSOPHY, WILL DURANT

    PROSPECTUS

  • Among the UK’s best schools, Cardiff Sixth Form College stands out as unique. Specially designed for ambitious, able, and hardworking students, Cardiff offers world- class teaching alongside exceptional facilities to help pupils win places at the best universities in the world.

    CARDIFF SIXTH FORM COLLEGE THE UK’S LEADING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL 

    Rated the top private school in the UK, the college has been number one in national A-level results over the past ten years, with 90% of students achieving A*-A grades and 99% A*-B in 2019. We encourage students to reach beyond their academic horizons and strive for high achievement: This year 75% won places at QS100 universities worldwide and 55% went onto G5 universities – Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, London School of Economics, and University College London with 42% going on to study Medicine and Law.

    With over 40 different nationalities among our student body, we are also a truly international community of learners.

    The college provides an excellent bridge between school and university, with pupils encouraged to develop independent learning skills and a mature approach to both study and day-to-day living.

    Throughout this prospectus (and our website, www.ccoex.com), you will learn about the remarkable benefits our students enjoy and the immense rewards they can expect as a result. If you like what you see, please do get in touch with us and find out for yourself what Cardiff Sixth Form College has to offer.

    Gareth Collier Principal

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    WELCOME // CARDIFF SIXTH FORM COLLEGE

  • • Individual or small group tuition and mentoring • Almost double the number of teaching hours per subject than other schools • Expert instruction, with many teachers having served as examiners or inspectors • Close monitoring of progress • Dedicated support for university applications

    A WORLD-CLASS PERFORMANCE

    For six of the past seven years Cardiff Sixth Form College has been the number one school in the UK published by UK national newspapers the Daily Telegraph and The Times.

    For nine out of 10 years, the College has been listed as:

    • Top Private School in the UK • Top Private Co-Educational Sixth From • Top Private Sixth Form College for A-levels in the UK

    (Source: The Education Advisers’ League Tables)

    2019 Rank School %A*-A 1 Oxford International College 91.84% 2 Cardiff Sixth Form College 89.88% 3 King’s College School, Wimbledon 84.25% 4 Westminster School 83.54%

    2018 Rank School %A*-A 1 Cardiff Sixth Form College 91.8% 2 Westminster School 88.12% 3 North London Collegiate School 84.8% 4 King’s College School, Wimbledon 84.4%

    2017 Rank School %A*-A 1 Cardiff Sixth Form College 93.3% 2 The Perse School 86.5% 3 Westminster School 86.4% 4 King’s College School, Wimbledon 86.2%

    WHY CARDIFF? // CARDIFF SIXTH FORM COLLEGE

    Our academic results are among the best in the world.

    There are many reasons why Cardiff Sixth Form College pupils go on to achieve great things. Among them are the friendly, multicultural atmosphere of the college and the culture of scholarship supported by our world-class teaching team. This means the pupils can expect:

    WHY CARDIFF?

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  • ACADEMIC SUBJECTS

    A-LEVELS

    Students at Cardiff get the chance to specialise in four subjects of their choice in the first year (AS) of Sixth Form and continue with three or four subjects in the second (A2) year.

    Art

    Biology

    Chemistry

    Economics

    English Literature

    French

    Further Mathematics

    Geography

    German

    Government and Politics

    History

    Mathematics

    Physics

    Psychology

    KEY FACTS

    IELTS PREPARATION

    International English Language Test System (IELTS) exams often feature as part of UK university entrance requirements. Cardiff Sixth Form College provides exam specialists and experienced English teachers to ensure that students understand the test and are properly prepared to maximise their IELTS scores.

    • Age: 16-17 at time of enrolment • Course length: Two years or 18 months • Course start: August (pre-sessional), September, January (fast-track) • Hours per week in class: 25 • Average student/teacher ratio: 1:7

    ACADEMIC SUBJECTS // CARDIFF SIXTH FORM COLLEGE

    Cardiff offers students the perfect academic programme for admission to top universities. Our academic programme is built on a focused approach to A-levels, the internationally respected standard for school-leaving qualifications.

    GCSES

    GCSEs are the prior qualification to A-levels, usually taken around the age of 16. Results are often taken into account in the admissions process for top universities. Cardiff offers these qualifications through an intensive one- year GCSE course, from which many students may progress to A-level study in our award-winning Sixth Form.

    Our GCSE students study between six and eight subjects depending on their ability and English language proficiency. The curriculum also includes tutorials covering citizenship, as well as personal, social, health, economic, and physical education.

    KEY FACTS

    • Age: 15-16 at time of enrolment • Course length: One year • Course start: September

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    Core Subjects

    Biology

    Chemistry

    English (as a first or second language)

    Physics

    Options

    Art

    Economics

    French

    Geography

    German

    History

    Student’s first language (when it is not English)

  • A UNIQUE CURRICULUM

    As well as aiming for top A-level grades and universities, the college helps students build management and project skills, teamwork, confidence, and a healthy mindset. Our teaching approach also places considerable emphasis on independent learning – to look beyond simple answers and demonstrate a passion for knowledge and discovery.

    ACADEMIC COURSES

    PRACTICAL COURSES

    • Critical Thinking: In this course, students are encouraged to explore questions from multiple perspectives in order to understand how different disciplines construct and convey knowledge. They examine beliefs, assumptions, and opinions against facts and learn to understand logic and logical argumentation.

    • Extended Project Qualification: A research project based on a student’s own interests, the EPQ is an exciting opportunity for students to take charge of their own learning. The end product

    is generally a 5,000-word essay, and the process of planning, researching, and presenting enables students to talk with authority about their chosen subject at interview.

    • Art Portfolio Course: Students who are interested in studying Architecture or Art can undertake a portfolio course. This can be subject-specific, or draw on a variety of artistic media. The course involves regular assessment and feedback, as well as advice on presentation and content.

    • Effective communication: Lessons on public speaking and debating.

    • Leadership: Students have a number of options to develop their leadership skills – such as becoming Prefects, Digital Leaders, Wellbeing Officers, and committee members for major school events and activities.

    • Entrepreneurship: Involvement in business workshops, Young Tycoons Awards, and Young Enterprise Scheme.

    • Mindfulness: Workshops and discussions on mental health and resilience, as well as yoga and pilates classes.

    • Living Skills: These include cooking classes, money management, washing, and ironing – and the school MasterChef Competition.

    The college also runs a series of practical courses that help students become more mature, resilient, and thoughtful in their interactions with others.

    CURRICULUM // CARDIFF SIXTH FORM COLLEGE

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    Developing career and life skills is central to all education at Cardiff Sixth Form College.

  • A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE Learning begins in the classroom…but doesn’t end there.

    Students at Cardiff Sixth Form College are encouraged to participate in a wide range of activities that teach core skills and help them plan their way forward through education and careers. 

    WORK OBSERVATION

    Work observation and volunteering are key advantages when applying to top universities and we allocate two weeks every October and February for students to gain this experience. Our dedicated co-ordinator helps students gain placements at a variety of professional workplaces such as GP surgeries, nursery schools, veterinary clinics, law firms, financial institutions, and engineering companies.

    CAREER SOCIETIES

    Students are invited to join one of our tutor-led societies, depending on which career path they favour. These equip students to demonstrate their aptitude and motivation for their intended careers by facilitating regular discussions about current affairs, career knowledge, and new research in their fields. Examples include:

    COMPETITIONS

    Students are encouraged to participate in competitions to develop a wider understanding of subjects, gain life skills, and