Information for parents, carers or guardians

Information for parents, carers or guardians

Like you, we only want what’s best for your son or daughter.

Our policy is to place students on the course that is right for them, as we want all of our students to pass, gain the qualifications they need and have the best time in College possible.

Open Evenings

Open Evenings are organised to showcase the College to young people, so they can experience the College, see some of the facilities and meet the staff who could be teaching them. Many parents come along to support their children and see for themselves, so you are most welcome to join them! We hold Open Evenings at several points during the year. Find out more about our open evenings here. 

Levels of courses

Courses can be called different things and can be offered at different levels. See our jargon buster and look at an overview of the levels and their qualifications. The main thing you need to know is that entry and level 1 courses are for those with little experience, few GCSEs or lower grades. Level 2 courses are for those with around five GCSEs at good grades, and Level 3 courses are equal to A Level standard, so those with more than five GCSE grades between A to C can usually go straight onto a Level  3 course from school. 

Choose from more than 30 A levels

By taking an AS Level, then an A2 Level in a subject, a student will then gain a full A Level.

At our Cardiff sites we offer a varied timetable to suit you, of over 30 AS Levels in lots of subjects such as Art, Drama, Maths, English, Sciences, Languages, Environmental Studies, Philosophy, Government & Politics, Film Studies, Law, ICT and World Development. Many young people have different abilities so even in A Levels, we offer a variety of schemes: high flyers can take an A Level fast track in one year and those just catching up can take some AS Levels while taking some GCSE re-sits to improve their GCSE grades.

Choice of career-focused courses

Your child can study a vocational course at one of Cardiff and Vale College specialist training facilities and qualify to start a career in Aircraft Engineering, Art/Media, Beauty Therapy, Business, Care, Construction, Engineering, Hairdressing, Hospitality, IT, Sport, Travel or one of our other popular subjects.

Get an application in early!

Cardiff and Vale College starts interviewing in November, for courses that start the September after, so please remind your children to put an application form in early, so they can be offered a place on their first choice course.


Young people get as much support as they would in school, if not more. There is an assessment process which places the student on a level of course that’s right for their abilities and an induction to welcome the student to the college. There is a student services team who can offer financial help, travel passes, careers help and even advice on personal problems. There’s a range of learning support for anyone who has problems with maths, English or numbers, or anyone with dyslexia and dyspraxia; plus our tutors and teaching staff make time for

Student life

Student life is bustling at Cardiff and Vale College. Young people can take part in activities including sports teams, fitness suites, enterprise challenges, outdoor pursuits, clubs and events. The College Marketing team also looks for model students to be student ambassadors, where they can be paid to promote the college, help attract other students to the College, bump up their pocket money, boost their CV and their chances of finding a job after College.