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Cardiff Council

School leavers advice directory

A directory for young people providing advice on next steps into sixth form, college, training, higher education and employment. 

We are working with partners to make sure young people and their families can access advice and information to help them decide what to do after finishing school.  

Whether this is going onto sixth form, further education, training, higher education of employment, we want to make sure no one in Cardiff is left behind.

The Cardiff Commitment brings together partners from schools, business, higher education, further education, wider public services and the third sector to create opportunities for children and young people in Cardiff to fulfil their potential and contribute to the economic growth of our capital city. 

More information on Cardiff Commitment.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

Follow Cardiff Commitment on:

Email​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window to find out about the opportunities available to children and young people in Cardiff, and how to apply.

The Into Work Advice Service can help young people (16-24) decide on their next move, whether it’s returning to education, going in to employment or training.
Into Work offers support such as:

  • Specialist employment advice
  • Free training *subject to eligibility
  • Financial support to help get into work – including covering childcare and transport costs, interview and work specific clothing *subject to eligibility
  • One to one support
  • CV writing/job search/application form help
  • Interview preparation​

Careers Wales offers impartial advice and guidance to young people and adults including:

  • helping young people to find out about their options, 
  • help with decision making, 
  • advice on what further education courses are available to them, and 
  • providing assistance with looking and applying for work or apprenticeships.

More information on Careers Wales.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

For general help and information, and to be linked to a school advisor:

Each year thousands of young people choose to study at Cardiff and Vale College after leaving school. 

As one of the largest colleges in the UK they offer a huge range of career focused courses from Aircraft Engineering to Art & Design, Business to Beauty Therapy, Construction to Catering and much, much more! They have one of the biggest A Level offers in the region, with over 30 A Level subjects. They also offer a wide range of apprenticeships and traineeships. And if you’re leaving Year 13 they have a wide range of university courses and opportunities you can progress onto. 

Whatever your previous qualifications, and whatever your goal, there is a course or opportunity for you.

For advice on your next steps and help to apply, contact Cardiff and Vale College (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm):

Cardiff Youth Services ​offer support to young people who have left year 11 to reach their chosen destination whether it be education, employment or training. Our team of Youth Mentors will work with you on a 1-1 basis to explore your options, overcome barriers and support you to access the right services you need

More information on Cardiff Youth Services.

Central South Consortium (CSC): Empowering schools to improve outcomes for all learners.

CSC is a Joint Education Service for five local authorities: Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Vale of Glamorgan. 

The Consortium is commissioned by, and acts on behalf of, the five local authorities to develop a school improvement service that challenges, monitors and supports schools to raise standards. 

More information on the Central South Consortium​.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

There are a number of places available at sixth forms across the city for September including:

  • Radyr Comprehensive, 

  • Cardiff West Community High School, 

  • Cathays High School,

  • St Teilo’s Church in Wales High School, and

  • Llanishen High School Sixth Form​.

From Cyber Security and Performing Arts to Environmental Science and Travel & Tourism,  Cardiff’s Post 16 provision for the 2020/21 Academic year has a diverse and interesting choice of courses on offer.

To find out more information about entry level requirements and how to apply, visit our Sixth Form page​​​​​​​ or contact the school directly. 

Courses are dependent on spaces remaining, subject to having the right entry requirements and the combination of subjects accommodated in a timetable.​