A Levels and GCSEs

A Levels and GCSEs at Cardiff and Vale College

The College has a growing reputation for producing good grades with over 90% of full-time students studying A Levels succeeding in gaining their qualifications. The General Education Department at Cardiff and Vale College offers a wide variety of A Levels and GCSEs that can be studied as a flexible programme to suit your individual needs. 

A Levels explained:

AS [Advanced Subsidiary] Level – is a qualification in its own right. Think of it as the first part of an A Level.

A2 Level is effectively the second part of an A Level. Therefore AS Level + A2 Level = Full A Level

Many subjects are offered part-time.

Full-time students

Students on the full-time A Level programme WILL also study the Welsh Baccalaureate.

Currently the Welsh Baccalaureate is graded A* to E as an equivalent A Level. This qualification is valued at university and demonstrates a range of skills beyond those achievable through a standard academic pathway.



Full time GCSE students will study for 4 or 5 GCSEs.  You may also be able to study a GCSE at the same time as your A Levels or professional qualifications. The College offers a range of GCSE subjects as detailed on the College website.

Entry Requirements 

Entrance requirements vary depending on the level and type of course you wish to study. Check the table below to see which qualifications you will you need.  

What do you want to do? You will need...

4 or 5 GCSEs (full-time option)

A minimum of 4 D grades at GCSE level including English and Maths

2, 3 or 4 AS Subjects + Welsh baccalaureate (full time option)

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths or English

Transfer to an A2 course after completing an AS level 

A minimum of grade C GCSE in English or Maths and grade C at AS level preferred

For part time study entry requirements may vary according to the chosen subject, see individual course listings for further information.

Working together with Cardiff Schools

All our A Level courses will follow the same timetable as the Cardiff Schools. This gives you the option to remain at your current school and also study one or more A Levels here at college at the same time.

What are the benefits? 

  • Choose from a wider range of A Level subjects 
  • Try out college life and meet new people
  • Access a wider range of facilities and student activities 
  • Learn from different tutors and in a different environment

Choose from the following courses: 

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Drama
  • English Literature
  • English Language
  • English Lang/Lit
  • Film Studies
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Government and Politics
  • Graphic Communications
  • History
  • ICT (Information and Communication Technology)
  • Law
  • Maths and Further Maths
  • Maths Statistics
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

All courses will run if numbers are viable.

Progression within college is dependent on successful completion of programme of study.