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Welcome to St David's Catholic College

St David's enjoys a unique position in educational terms as it's the only Catholic sixth form college in Wales. It was founded by the Archdiocese of Cardiff to be a place where faith is respected and encouraged, a deeply human place where people find understanding and friendship. 

Although admissions priority is given to students from our four Catholic partner schools, we welcome students of other faiths and backgrounds. Whoever you are, and whatever it is that makes you unique in the sight of God, we will value that uniqueness at St David's.

Student support is a central pillar of the college as confirmed in the 2010 Estyn report on the college, in which St David's was praised for its high standards of learning and the achievements of our students. The inspectors commented "the quality of care, support and guidance is outstanding" and noted that "the grades learners achieve on A level courses are frequently outstanding".

Because we're based on one compact campus, near the centre of Cardiff, we're a real community with a very supportive atmosphere. The choice of subjects here is surprisingly large - far more than can be offered at most schools.

It is our hope that this strong academic and caring ethos will inspire you to reach your full potential.

About us

There’s more to coming to college than simply turning up for lessons and going home afterwards. The time you spend at St David’s offers you the opportunity to expand your horizons and grow in confidence outside the classroom as well.

It is not like school. Apart from the obvious difference like not having to wear uniform and being able to go out at lunchtime, you’ll notice the way staff treat you is different too.

Also unlike school, we do not have a daily registration session each morning. You are only required to attend your timetabled classes and registers will be taken in each lesson. During free periods, students often work in the LRC, get a bite to eat from the cafe or canteen, or, weather permitting, relax with friends in our outside spaces.

When you begin at St David’s we will put you into tutor groups, who meet for three hours per week and are overseen by your Learner Coach. Learner Coaches are responsible for helping you to settle in, and to make the most of your time at College. Regular progress checks and action-planning form a central part of the tutorial programme. It is within your tutor group sessions that you receive your Welsh Baccalaureate curriculum delivery.

Facilities available

Facilities include:

  • Sports hall with large playing area, viewing gallery, teaching rooms on the upper floor and fitness suite.

  • College theatre fully equipped with lighting and sound systems

  • Music rehearsal space and new music technology facilities

  • 50 seat surround-sound cinema

  • Media suite with the latest editing facilities

  • Well-equipped science laboratories

  • Large art and design studios

  • College chapel which holds weekly mass, daily prayer, seasonal liturgies and reflections

Learning Resource Centre

The St David’s LRC is a bright, airy environment that is highly conductive to supporting independent learning. There are 40 computers and different types of work space to facilitate group work through to silent study. Plasma screens and innovative work stations also contribute to the modern and spacious design.

Our Virtual Learning Environment

All students have access to Moodle (a virtual learning environment) which allows learners and staff to access course content and submit coursework from anywhere with internet access, including at home.

Students have their own electronic individual learning plan (eILP). This online system provides them with relevant personal information such as their timetable, homework, grades, attendance records, exam timetable, and results. Parents have access to their own version of the eILP to help monitor and support progress at home.

Food and Drink

Students can relax between lessons in either the College canteen, or purpose built coffee shop. Breakfast and freshly prepared main meals are available each day. There are also several good cafés and sandwich bars within easy walking distance of the College on Wellfield and Albany Road.

The café in the main hall area is part of the College’s common room. During free lessons students relax with friends and listen to music. The College grounds are popular for socialising in the summer months.

Additional support

In order to help students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities access mainstream study programmes the College provides: 
  • Learning assistants (classroom based) who offer support for study skills, act as interpreters of curriculum information and as readers 
  • Curriculum support for the essential skills of communication, numeracy and I.T.; which provides the opportunity for one to one support for students with learning difficulties in these important skills. 
  • Specialist equipment, particularly I.T. based 
  • Transcription of work into Braille 
  • Screening and assessment by an Educational Psychologist to identify specific difficulties (e.g. Dyslexia) 
  • Special examination arrangements: extra time, scribe, reader, and computer use. 

Whatever your particular disability or additional need, we will endeavour to provide you with the staff and equipment to meet your needs. 

All students within the College are allocated a Learner Coach, who provides support to students.  In addition, a member of the Senior Management team has a specific brief to work with staff to co-ordinate and oversee support for students with disabilities.

Learner success

We are very proud of our reputation for academic excellence, in 2015 31% of students achieved grade ‘A*’ or 'A' at A-Level and 462 students progressed to University.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact St David's Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 02 November 2016

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