CAVC Pathway Diplomas for International Students

  • Study at a leading UK College that will prepare you for university

  • Live in the Capital City of Wales for your first year in the UK 

  • Experience another UK study destination for your undergraduate degree

Why commit to one UK study destination when you can experience more of the UK?

CAVC Pathway Diplomas for international students allow you to study in the capital city of Cardiff for one academic year before you make the choice of which university and UK destination to live and study.  

What is a pathway diploma?

A CAVC pathway diploma is taken one year before you enrol at university and will prepare you for undergraduate degree studies. Successful completion of the pathway diploma will give you access to a number of our university partners.

Why study a pathway diploma with CAVC?

  • We ensure you have the academic knowledge and language skills to succeed in one year
  • Our courses are tailored for international learners
  • Study in an exciting, dynamic and affordable capital city
  • Gain access to excellent universities
  • Opportunities for visits, placements and mentoring with industry and business partners, connecting you with a range of potential employers
  • We provide first class student accommodation
  • Our pathway diplomas deliver value for money
  • We provide academic and pastoral support

Our programmes are designed to help you to gain the academic, English language and introductory knowledge needed to succeed at a UK University.

Pathway Diploma Tuition Fee

For the latest pathway diploma tuition fees, please see our course fees and scholarships page

All applicants are required to pay the tuition fee in full before a Student Route Visa is issued. 

We also require an accommodation deposit to ensure accommodation is available before arrival in the UK. 

Subject Areas to choose from:

Computing and Cyber Security

Students achieving this qualification will either go on to study a computing or IT related degree qualification at University. Online security, creating and managing safe IT environments are crucial elements to building a successful business and companies have to develop strategies to eradicate viruses and prevent hacking and other Cyber-crime wherever possible.  Cyber Security is an exciting area of the computing profession and offers enjoyable and challenging career opportunities.This cyber security pathway diploma is designed to prepare tomorrow’s security professionals, combining fundamental concepts and principles with insights into new technologies and solutions.Cardiff and Vale College has been awarded a Gold Cyber College for its first-rate cyber security teaching recognised by The National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ. CAVC has demonstrated a commitment to inspiring the latest generation of cyber security experts and bridging the cyber skills gap.CAVC has long recognised the importance of cyber security courses across all industries, and former Cyber Security student Kyle Woodward represented the UK at the last WorldSkills Final in Russia in 2019.Wales has a thriving cyber security sector which is growing an international reputation. In the Welsh Government International Strategy, Wales is recognised as world class in cyber security. Just one of the many reasons to study a pathway diploma in Cyber Security with CAVC.

Business and Management 

Keen to develop your skills and understanding of Business? Then our Pathway Diploma in Business and Management is the perfect choice for you. Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, students will achieve a practical, work related qualification. Students will learn by completing projects and assignments based upon realistic, workplace scenarios, activities and demands.Business and management focuses on the organising, planning and analysing of business activities that are required to efficiently manage and run a business.  You will learn what makes an organisation successful in a global business environment and gain the knowledge and skills required to study a business related programme at one of our partner UK Universities. Business programmes are a popular choice for students to gain the broad academic knowledge, skills and entrepreneurial mindset to thrive in a business or management career or even set up their own business after University study. Students who choose to study business management at university graduate with highly desirable transferable skills and business acumen.In recent years our CAVC Business students have progressed into careers in finance, business development, sales, marketing and more. Learners go on to enrol in University courses across the UK in business or related subjects.


Our Engineering pathway diploma programme prepares you to progress to university to become a skilled and qualified Engineer – opening doors to a wide range of career opportunities.Learn in our specialist facilities and industry specific workshops, from industry qualified and experienced staff. Develop your knowledge, practical skills and gain a recognised qualification you need to start studying Engineering at your chosen university. Our students have a great track record – regularly competing in and winning UK national WorldSkills and industry skills competitions. A graduate in Engineering can expect a high starting salary and entry into a sustainable and important vocation in the industry worldwide. This course will allow you to develop a broad understanding of different engineering disciplines, whilst gaining specialist skills to prepare you for university study. 

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