Like what you see at St David's College?


  • The only Catholic College in Wales.
  • Specialists in education of 16 to 19 year olds.
  • An ideal step between High School and University, Apprenticeships or Employment.

Learners from St David’s College consistently achieve grades higher than the national average. While achieving well in the classroom, St David’s College recognises the importance of growing as a whole person, and as a result has a high level of pastoral care, wellbeing support and destinations advice. By combining excellent teaching, with a high level of support, St David’s College prepares learners for being a well-rounded citizen of the world.

Being a college strictly for 16- to 19-year-olds means that they are specialists in delivering A Level, BTEC, or WJEC Diploma teaching. Both teachers and support staff can focus 100% of their time, energy, and resources on post-16 education. 

The college also has a successful honours programme, for learners who are high achieving. The honours programme focuses on specific support for those looking to move on to top universities, while pushing learners who show a desire to explore the sorts of questions that would both expand their world view and improve their ability to engage in academic conversation.

St David’s College has learners from Cardiff and the surrounding areas – with around 30 international learners in 2022. The college community is the most diverse college of 16-19 year olds in Wales.

The college is based in Penylan, Cardiff, a short walk from Roath Park.

St David’s Catholic College offers international students;

  • 1 year (AS Level)
  • 2 year (Full A Level)
  • Alternatively, learners can study for 1-6 months to experience Welsh culture and further their ability to learn in English.

Learners who complete one year will receive an AS level qualification. Learners must complete two years to get an A Level qualification. Students who complete their A Levels typically go on to study at university.

Warm and welcoming staff help learners by arranging activities, trips, clubs and access to local facilities to enhance the College experience. St David’s staff can also offer support in finding accommodation with local families.

Quick stats

Location: Penylan, Cardiff, South Wales

Number of students: 1550


Information for applicants

Applications open during the first Open Evening of the year, usually in late October or November. You can apply by going to

For information on studying at St David’s College as an international student, go to:

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