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Cardiff and Vale College

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Description of Cardiff and Vale College

  • Year of foundation: 2011
  • Location: Cardiff and Barry, Wales, United Kingdom
  • Age of students: 16+
  • Number of students: 20 000+
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Type of study: college of co-education.

One of the largest British colleges, offering high-quality education in the welsh metropolitan region. Every year, more than 30 thousand students study here in the framework of full-time and correspondence programs of the college, university qualifications and apprenticeship programs, in specialized courses for employers.

Here, the goal is to prepare qualified and hardworking personnel, demonstrating some of the best indicators of academic performance in their field, and pay special attention to the experience that allows you to develop at a faster pace, demonstrating academic advantage and progress.

The college was formed in September 2011 as a result of the merger of Barry College and Coleg Glan Hafren: the Welsh Assembly decided that the merger would maximize the benefits for the region's student community. Cardiff and Vale College (or Coleg Caerdydd a'r Fro) is now the largest college in Wales. Since 2015, the school has controlled Cardiff International Sports Stadium.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in Cardiff and Vale College

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There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

The issue of accommodation is an important factor in the learning experience: the right decision here will be one of the most important for expat students. The college board recommends that students reside within cardiff city limits or within a ten-mile radius.

The international team of the college is ready to assist in the search for comfortable and modern housing even before students arrive in the country: the college has entered into partnership agreements with housing suppliers offering excellent conditions for living, recreation and study, capable of satisfying any budget. This may refer to:

  • Private student dormitories;

The college has entered into partnership agreements with several operators of private dormitories for students, offering rooms of varying capacity, comfort and amenities. All students living in such dormitories have access to the student kitchen and rest rooms, laundry. As a rule, wireless Internet is available on site, and heating, water and lighting services are included in the price.

  • Family accommodation;

The international CAVC team can arrange homestay accommodation for its students. The college works with Hosts International, a British Council-registered company, a high-quality professional homestay accommodation provider that has been providing accommodation services for expat students since 1988.

The company has experience in accommodating younger pupils (16-17 years old) in host families for international students and has an extensive database of hosts who have experience in accommodating both individuals and groups: teenagers under the age of 18 living in the UK are by law children, these students may have additional needs in terms of social security and support.

Up to three students can live in one family, while for the entire period of stay each will be provided with a separate room equipped with the necessary furniture and amenities.

  • Rental housing for students over 18 years of age.

Students over 18 years of age can rent housing in the private sector. These options should be sought on open resources: as a rule, we are talking about cohabitation in student residences, in blocks, rooms or apartments designed for 3-5 people.

This accommodation option has a number of advantages: rent and cash are cheaper. Disadvantages include self-catering and additional transportation costs.

A list of accredited accommodation agencies can be requested from the college administration.

Students from the EU and other foreign countries (excluding British Commonwealth member states) must make a deposit for accommodation in order to book accommodation:

  • Pay the cost of training before enrollment in full;
  • Make a prepayment of £ 3000 per room;
  • Pay the remaining accommodation fee during the first semester.

Homestay accommodation will cost from £ 600 per month, including meals.

As a rule, renting housing in the private sector costs from 500 to 600 £ per month; utility bills can be included in this amount or paid separately.

Activities Cardiff and Vale College

Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC) is Wales' leading sports college. Regardless of which course a student chooses - a professional program, student or A-level, he will be able to train and compete individually or as part of a group of the appropriate age and level of training. The college invites students to join one of the specialized academic groups: rugby, football, netball, cricket and basketball. Each of the academies under the guidance of professional experts and experienced athletes will help its participants to optimally reveal their talents.

This will be helped by a professional coaching staff with a wide network of contacts and extensive experience in organizing and conducting competitions, coaching, developing and improving future sports stars.

All academies participate in local, regional and national college leagues and compete there with serious rivals, can take part in foreign competitions. The College works closely with the leading sports teams of the Capital Region: Cardiff Rugby, Cardiff City FC and Glamorgan Cricket. The College has established an extensive network of contacts with sports governing bodies, universities and other organizations, which allows access to new opportunities and supports the development of students in their pursuit of development and progress.


  • The largest college in the UK - more than 30 thousand students, of which more than 20,000 are full-time;
  • Multifunctional training center;
  • Free Wi-Fi;
  • Coffeeshop;
  • Modern campus and excellent facilities;
  • Warm and welcoming atmosphere;
  • Wide range of accommodation options;
  • Excursions in Cardiff;
  • Good location in a modern and safe metropolis;
  • Easy admission to the university and assistance in career guidance.

Facilities and equipment at Cardiff and Vale College

Cardiff's newest £45 million campus building on Dumbolls Road was inaugurated in 2015. This facility, designed for 4 thousand students, includes:

  • 130 classrooms;
  • Film and dance studio;
  • Martin Sheen Theatre;
  • Several dozen multidisciplinary laboratories%
  • Café and restaurant;
  • hairdresser and spa center;
  • Swimming pool, sports and gyms.

In addition, separate campuses are located:

  • Cardiff International Sports Campus (CISC), equipped with a modern controlled roof, active stands, locker rooms, a full-size stadium and track and field, football and other fields;
  • International Aerospace Training Center CAVC (ICAT);
  • The Michael Sheen Theatre is a modern, versatile theatre space on the ground floor of the CAVC City Centre campus, just a 5-minute walk from Cardiff Central Station and the city centre.

Admission dates and extra charges

Expat students need student visas. Foreigners coming for more than 6 months and planning to study full-time must apply for a student visa in accordance with the criteria established by the UK Visa and Immigration Authority (UKVI). In some cases, the optimal solution for short-term programs will be visitor visas, and in the case of learning English under a program lasting from 6 to 11 months, a short-term study visa is sufficient.

Enrolment process

To enroll in CAVC International, you must fill out an online form. After you send an application, you will be contacted by a representative of the administration to inform you about the results of the consideration of the application. If approved, successful applicants will receive a letter with an offer by e-mail. In some cases, the sentence may be conditional.

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- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
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- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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