Coleg Churchill a De Cymru ~ Churchill College and South Wales

Mae’r dudalen yma’n cynnig cynnwys a dolenni defnyddiol ar gyfer disgyblion Cymraeg, a’u hathrawon, sydd eisiau ymgeisio am Brifysgolion fel Caergrawnt.

This page provides content and links to resources that potential Welsh applicants to universities like Cambridge and their teachers might find useful.

Isod, gallwch ddarganfod gwybodaeth am ddigwyddiadau Coleg Churchill ar gyfer disgyblion sydd yn mynychu ysgolion y wladwriaeth ym mlynyddoedd 11, 12, a 13 ym mhob un o hybiau Rhwydwaith Seren yn Ne Cymru a Phowys. Mae disgyblion blwyddyn 12 mewn ysgolion annibynnol yn cael eu gwahodd i fynychu digwyddiad rhagarweiniol Seren ar ddechrau pob blwyddyn, heblaw am yng Nghaerdydd lle bydd digwyddiad ar wahân oherwydd niferoedd. Nid ydym yn cynnig digwyddiadau lleol ar gyfer disgyblion dan flwyddyn 11 ond rydym yn argymell disgyblion iau sydd â diddordeb i gymryd rhan ym mhob cyfle posib sydd argael iddynt, thrwy Seren a Phrifysgolion safonol Cymru, yn ogystal â chymryd cip olwg ar unrhyw un o’n adnoddau sydd o ddiddordeb iddynt.

Os oes gennych unrhyw gwestiynau am Churchill neu ein gwaith yn Ne Cymru, croeso i chi yrru e-bost atom (yn Saesneg):

Below, you'll find information about Churchill College's forthcoming events for state-educated students in Years 11, 12, and 13 in each of the Seren Network’s “hubs” (communities) in South Wales and Powys. Independently-educated Year 12s are normally invited to attend their hub’s introductory Seren event at the start of each calendar year, except in Cardiff where we arrange a separate equivalent event for capacity reasons. We don’t currently offer local events for students below Year 11 but we strongly encourage interested younger pupils to engage with the many opportunities that are available nearby, through Seren and Wales’ outstanding universities, as well as checking out any of our online resources that may be of interest.

If you’ve got any questions about Churchill or our work in South Wales, you’re welcome to email us:

Churchill events in South Wales

What we offer

Our Seren events in South Wales and Powys help state-educated students find out about going to university, the application process, and being a strong candidate.  We’ve designed them to be relevant for anyone who wants to know more about applying to academically-competitive higher education (not just Cambridge), so all are welcome.  Ultimately, we want to assist students to select the right courses at the right universities for them.  If one of those courses is at Cambridge, great, but if not then that’s equally fine - there are lots of brilliant courses out there and lots of brilliant universities.

For Year 11 students, we offer one event per Seren hub per academic year, to introduce the idea of competitive-for-entry higher education and discuss post-16 subject choices (typically A Level or International Baccalaureate).

For sixth form and college students, we offer three events per Seren hub per calendar year: two in Year 12, and one at the start of Year 13.  First, we introduce Cambridge and universities like it, and broadly describe our admissions process.  We then run a summer follow-up, on UCAS personal statements and academic activities to help make best use of the long break.  Finally, in autumn, we deliver a session on fine-tuning applications and preparing for academic interviews. 

Our hope is that this minimum of four engagements from the start of Year 11 to the middle of Year 13, gives students a good sense of what we are about, time to grow in academic confidence, and – crucially – lots of opportunities to ask questions.

Forthcoming events

Student attendance at our events is usually arranged by the staff member who leads on Seren at each school or college, especially if the event takes place during the working day.  For more information about any of our events or if you want to attend as an individual (not as part of a school or college group), please contact your hub coordinator.

State-educated students who are not Seren participants but are still interested in Cambridge are very welcome to join in our Seren activities, below.  In that case, again, please just contact the hub coordinator of the event(s) you want to attend, to make sure there’ll be space.

All information about our upcoming events is set out below, by academic year then student year group.  If details haven’t yet been uploaded then they haven’t yet been agreed, so please keep checking.  As soon as we have event details, they’ll be published here. 

Academic Year 2019–20


Year 11: competitive-for-entry universities and post-16 subject choice — 1 hour 30 minutes

Hub Date Time Venue
Bridgend / NPT / Powys 19 Sep 2019 12:15 Porthcawl Comprehensive School
Cardiff 04 Feb 2020 11:15  
Carms / Pembs 17 Sep 2019 13:30 Halliwell Centre Carmarthen
EAS Consortium 16 Sep 2019 14:00 Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni
RCT / Merthyr Tydfil 06 Feb 2020 13:00  
Swansea 05 Feb 2020 13:00 Gower College Swansea, Gorseinon
Vale of Glamorgan 18 Sep 2019 10:30 Stanwell School

Year 12 : Cambridge and similar universities ~ 2 hours

Hub Date Time Venue
Bridgend / NPT / Powys 06 Feb 2020 10:00  
Cardiff 04 Feb 2020 13:00  
Carms / Pembs 05 Feb 2020 10:00  
EAS Consortium 03 Feb 2020 13:30  
RCT / Merthyr Tydfil 06 Feb 2020 14:45  
Swansea 05 Feb 2020 14:45 Gower College Swansea, Gorseinon
Vale of Glamorgan 07 Feb 2020 10:15  

Year 12: UCAS personal statements and summer vacation — 2 hours

Hub Date Time Venue
Bridgend / NPT / Powys 18 Jun 2020  12:45  
Cardiff 16 Jun 2020 10:30  
Carms / Pembs 18 Jun 2020 09:30  
EAS Consortium 15 Jun 2020 13:30  
RCT / Merthyr Tydfil 16 Jun 2020 15:15  
Swansea 18 Jun 2020 15:45 Gower College Swansea, Gorseinon
Vale of Glamorgan 19 Jun 2020 10:15  

Year 13: fine-tuning applications and academic interviews — 2 hours 

Hub Date Time Venue
Bridgend / NPT / Powys 19 Sep 2019 10:00 Porthcawl Comprehensive School
Cardiff 18 Sep 2019 15.15 Coleg y Cymoedd, Nantgarw
Carms / Pembs 17 Sep 2019 11:15 Halliwell Centre Carmarthen
EAS Consortium 16 Sep 2019 15.45 Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni
RCT / Merthyr Tydfil 18 Sep 2019 15.15 Coleg y Cymoedd, Nantgarw
Swansea 19 Sep 2019 14.30 Gower College Swansea, Gorseinon
Vale of Glamorgan 18 Sep 2019 12.15 Stanwell School

Other local events

In addition to Churchill’s Seren-specific activities, Cambridge University’s outreach teams are represented each year at a number of other events across South Wales, in particular at UCAS Exhibitions and the annual Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference in Swansea, as well other occasional meetings.  Information about these events will be listed here, as it becomes available.

Year 12: Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference, 23 Mar 2020

Designed as Open Days on the road, our OCSCs bring experienced admissions staff, subject specialists, and current students from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge to venues around the UK; in South Wales, the Liberty Stadium, Swansea.  These full-day events are for Year 12 students (or equivalent) and provide up to date information about our courses, admissions process, and student experience.  Components for teachers are normally included, so teachers and HE advisors are warmly encouraged to attend alongside their students.


UCAS Exhibitions

UCAS Exhibitions bring together UCAS experts, university and college representatives, and industry professionals, to help students explore a wide range of academic and career opportunities.  These are a great opportunity to quiz lots of representatives at single large-scale events.  Cambridge always seeks to send representatives to the UCAS Exhibitions in South Wales.

Churchill's connection with schools and colleges in South Wales

Churchill is the College in Cambridge which leads on the University’s academic outreach to secondary schools and colleges in South Wales and Powys.  This work is headed by our Admissions Tutor, Dr Jonathan Padley, a native of Swansea and former member of a number of the region’s colleges and universities.  We’re really proud of our connection with Wales, especially because in recent years increasing numbers of excellent students have applied to Cambridge successfully from across the country.  In the 2019 admissions round, over 30% of state-educated Welsh applicants to Cambridge received an offer – a fantastic success rate.

The majority of Churchill’s engagements in Wales are run in partnership with the Seren Network.  Seren is based upon Cambridge’s HE+ outreach programme and Jonathan was seconded from Churchill to the Welsh Government project which gave rise to it, so it’s a national project in which we are uniquely invested.  Before Seren, capacity constraints meant that we were only able to visit some of South Wales’ schools and colleges each year.  With Seren, we’re able to run multiple events in South Wales each year, available to every maintained secondary school and college, bringing together thousands of high-performing students.

If you’ve got any questions about Churchill or our work in South Wales, you’re very welcome to be in touch:

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