Applying to Cardiff Sixth Form College (CSFC)

Key Information about CSFC

Cardiff Sixth Form College is a co-educational, independent boarding college for pupils aged from 14-19. It has been the top school in the UK in the past 11 years and has achieved unrivalled academic results. The College currently has around 380 students, of which 85% are full boarders and from over 45 different countries around the world. There are now two campuses – one in Cardiff and one in Cambridge.



The College offers two-year A Level programmes, two year GCSEs and one year GCSEs, as well as summer schools (Oxbridge Preparation, Medical School Preparation, Academic).  Careers support is comprehensive and includes work placement, careers-based societies, extra academic courses/ extended projects and guidance on university preparation is provided for each student.

University Destinations

  • 67% onto Russell Group
  • 35% onto G5 universities
  • 83% to top QS universities worldwide
  • 26% of students also have places to study medicine




For A Level, the entry requirements for international students are:

  • Four entrance tests in the subjects they would like to study at A Level 
  • IELTS score of 6.5+ (academic UKVI module)
  • College interview (via Skype/Zoom if necessary)
  • GL online reasoning assessment
  • Application form
  • School reference reports
  • Previous exam transcripts (if any)

For GCSE, the entry requirements for international students are:

  • Entrance papers in English and Maths 
  • IELTS requirements are 5.0 for two year GCSE and 5.5 for one year GCSE course
  • College interview (via Skype/Zoom if necessary)
  • GL online reasoning assessment
  • Application form
  • School reference reports
  • Previous exam transcripts (if any)


Why should you apply to study at Cardiff Sixth Form College?

  • Number one school in the UK over the past eleven years
  • Exceptional academic results (In 2021, 98% of all students gained grades A*-A and 89% won places at QS top 100 universities worldwide)
  • Teachers who are leaders in their fields of expertise
  • Excellent progression on to top universities
  • Superb careers and university guidance (Each student will be matched with a corresponding tutor, for example potential medics will be paired with a tutor studying Medicine and at the particular university a student is potentially looking to enter.)
  • Individually targeted work placement and volunteering programme
  • Wide range of super and extra-curricular activities helping build personal skills
  • Award winning pastoral care
  • Small class size (average class size is 15 students)
  • Extra support for international students (all courses include intensive English language support and IELTS classes for all international students)
  • Excellent classroom facilities
  • University-style boarding accommodation
  • 2 Campuses
    • Cambridge – Major city location under 2 hours from London
    • Cardiff – Capital city location only 2.5 hours from London
  • Friendly and warm community of intellectual, motivated students and staff


How Ampla Education can help

We provide all inclusive school placement services:

  • Shortlist best fit schools that match your needs
  • Submit school applications and any supporting documents that can strengthen your application
  • Provide exam preparation and interview coaching lessons, both online or in-person (in Hong Kong/ UK)
  • Arrange school tours (if you can visit the UK)
  • Help you choose suitable UK based guardians
  • Advise on final school selection
  • Apply for Student Visa (or alternate visas)
  • Ensure a smooth arrival in the UK

To find out more about Ampla Education’s test preparation courses and boarding school application services, contact us at


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