Our A Level Scholars Programme

Our Scholars Programme is an excellent opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge and support to succeed at top-level universities.

Our Aim

Our Scholars programme is designed for learners who show academic excellence and want to broaden their learning beyond the confines of the traditional A- Level curriculum. We provide support in the university admissions process and will equip you with the skills, opportunities and knowledge to succeed at elite universities across the world. 

What is the Scholars Programme?

Our Scholars Programme is designed for learners who wish to study A Levels at Cardiff and Vale College who have demonstrated academic excellence in their GCSEs (typically 4+ A grades). Learners will complete the Cambridge Pre-U qualification in Global Perspectives alongside their other studies. This qualification is the equivalent of an A level. This course will be completed as an alternative to the Welsh Baccalaureate.

What is the Cambridge Pre-U qualification?

Cambridge Pre-U is a rigorous programme of study that prepares students with the knowledge and skills they need for university. All courses are designed to develop in-depth subject knowledge, research skills, and the ability to work independently.

By completing the Global Perspectives Pre-U syllabus we are able to place learner’s academic specialisation in a practical, real-world context, being a seminar-based opportunity to research and explore a range of issues challenging people across the globe. Developing critical/analytical, research, and problem-solving skills essential to higher education, students learn to place their personal perspectives in a global context, finding new inspiration and challenges across their A-Level studies.

This course includes topics in:

  • Science and Technology
  • Culture
  • Economics
  • Environment
  • Ethics
  • Politics

Breakdown of the course:



Written Paper (1 hour and 30 minutes)

The paper includes structured questions in which students analyse and evaluate arguments, interrogate evidence and compare perspectives centred on global issues. This is externally assessed.



Students are provided with the exciting opportunity to write a 2,000 word essay on a global issue of their choice from the topics studied during the course. This essay is externally assessed.


Presentation (15 minutes)

The presentation is based on pre-released stimulus materials provided by Cambridge. The stimulus material consists of a range of sources about a global issue seen through a variety of perspectives. The presentation will be recorded and externally assessed.


Our Partners

We work in partnership with the Seren Network to provide the best support for our learners. 
The Seren Network is a Welsh Government funded network which aims to:

  • Inspire students about their future career aspirations
  • Stretch and challenge students in the subjects they enjoy
  • Link students with leading UK universities, providing information and advice
  • Provide information on university summer schools, workshops and other activities across the UK  
  • Provide advice on completing UCAS applications and interviews
  • Support schools and teachers to provide the best advice and activities for their high-achieving students

Need more information? Get in contact with our tutors.

Matthew Eggerton, Scholars AS Tutor - MEggerton@cavc.ac.uk 

Emma Williams, Scholars A2 Tutor - EWilliams@cavc.ac.uk

How do I study on the Scholars Programme?

To study on the Scholars Programme you need to be studying A Levels at Cardiff and Vale College. Once you have applied you will receive a date for interview which will give you the opportunity to show your interest in studying on the Scholars Programme. 

We strive to ensure all of our A Level students achieve their maximum potential, although there are limited spaces on the Scholars Programme, so please let us know as soon as you are interested in joining.