University application support

The St David's Core

All learners, no matter which course they study, will  follow the St David’s Core. This is the name given to the college’s wellbeing programme, learner coach support system and RE programme.

Whilst learners don’t meet their learner coach every day, they will have four hours of timetabled lessons during the week in which their learner coach will monitor their attendance and provide pastoral care and support. The college’s wellbeing programme is delivered through the St David’s Core in which learners receive support in key aspects of their social, health, mental and monetary wellbeing. The Welsh Baccalaureate is delivered through the St David’s Core with key challenges undertaken under the guidance of their learner coach. 

Learners who have progressed to the college from Welsh-medium schools, study the St David’s Core through a Welsh-medium tutor group. This provides learners with an opportunity to maintain their Welsh language skills through spoken and written assessment of the Welsh Baccalaureate. 

Through the St David’s Core, learners are supported in their application to university. Learners are able to decide between a university application route (UCAS) or a route into employment. Most learners opt for the UCAS application route with 400 students progressing to university in 2017. Learners are supported with their application, personal statement, college reference as well as guidance on finance and wellbeing in higher education. Learners who opt for the employment route undertake the Professional Skills Programme which provides learners with skills relating to CV writing, interview technique as well as employability skills sought by employers.