Information for parents, carers or guardians

Information for parents, carers or guardians

We understand that as a parent or guardian you want the best for your son or daughter. At Cardiff and Vale College we believe that young people need to learn to manage their own time, explore their options and find out what they are really good at. The College works to inspire young people to develop a passion for what they’re studying in an award winning environment that makes a real contribution to students’ aspirations. Students are supported through their studies by a combination of subject and personal tutoring with regular feedback and guidance.

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.



A-Levels, Career-focused courses and Apprenticeships. We offer our students a wide range of courses and great progression routes in to Higher Education.

We encourage and value creativity, enterprise and innovation. Students are given exciting opportunities to enhance their skills through enterprise-related activities through the Careers and Ideas team. These activities help develop enterprise and employability skills through competitions, trips, guest speakers and more. Students also have the chance to participate in the World Skills Competitions, regionally, nationally and world-wide.

As well as being highly-qualified experts in the subjects they teach, our staff are also welcoming and friendly and care about your child’s success. We pride ourselves on the professionalism and expertise of our staff. They are drawn from many occupations and professions and bring with them a wealth of experience from industry in addition to their qualifications.

Our industry standard facilities and committed staff enable us to deliver high quality teaching and learning in a friendly and supportive environment that is designed to meet students’ individual needs and prepare them fully for the world of work.

In 2017, 89% of students progressed within three months of leaving CAVC to further study, university level study or employment.

89% of students achieve their qualification – 2% above the national comparator and up each year.
We achieved a double ‘Good’ grading in our recent inspection from Estyn – for the quality of our education
and training.


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 advice and even advice on personal problems. There’s a range of learning support for anyone who has problems with maths and English; plus our tutors and teaching staff make time for or anyone with dyslexia and dyspraxia.

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.