Oxbridge Online International Summer Programme

A two-week course, designed for students who wish to progress to one of the UK’s leading higher education institutions.

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Students celebrating top university offers

Our international students are currently celebrating holding offers from some of the UK's top universities, including 20 of the 24 Russell Group universities.

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International students aiming high with Oxbridge applications

An amazing 7 international A Level students have applied to study at either Cambridge or Oxford university for September 2019.

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Class of 2019

Gower College Swansea wishes a fond farewell to its international A2 students at a graduation ceremony in Sketty Hall.

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Cambridge Success

Two of our Chinese students have been accepted to study at the University of Cambridge.

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Welcome to Gower College Swansea

The leading A level College in Wales

Gower College Swansea is one of the highest performing colleges in the UK and is located in the UK’s first designated area of outstanding natural beauty. We are renowned for our A Level programme, with outstanding results and progression rates to the UK’s finest universities.

View our International Prospectus to see why you should study A level at Gower College Swansea!



100% pass rate for international A level students

In 2018, our international A2 students achieved a 100% pass rate, with an amazing 64% achieving A* or A.

Over 90% of this year’s students have progressed to a Russell Group university, including Oxbridge.

See the university destinations of our international students from 2016 to 2018 

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Aim Higher!

We run specialist university preparation programmes for gifted and talented students. There are specific entry requirements and costs associated with these programmes.

Please contact the international office for further details: international@gcs.ac.uk

Oxbridge Preparation Programme
HE +
Medical Tutorial Programme
I have been at Gower College Swansea for nearly two years now and have really enjoyed my time here. The college is filled with laughter and excitement! I have been able to meet many new friends and all lecturers are very kind and always happy to help. I always enjoy going to my lectures as I like to gain more knowledge about my favourite subjects."

Ryan Yung, Hong Kong
A* A B in Doubles Maths and Accounting.
Progressed to study Accounting & Finance at Durham University.

Gower College Swansea is an excellent college with superb support for students. I discovered my interest in Linguistics through the Oxbridge program and have since been offered a place to study the subject at the University of Cambridge."

Shannon, USA
A* A A in Mathematics, Psychology and English.
Progressed to study Linguistics at Cambridge University.

It has been such an amazing two years studying at GCS for me. There is a wide range of subjects available for students to choose from. In regards to international students, the international office is always kind and helpful which made it easy for me to adapt to life in Swansea. Swansea is a peaceful city and is located by the beach, as far as I’m concerned it is one of the most suitable places to have a studying experience."

Shaoxuan ‘Michael’ Cheng, China
Achieved A A C C in Maths, Chinese, Further Maths and Physics.
Progressed to the University of Warwick to study Engineering.

The International Team are lovely and organised trips to beautiful cities in the UK such as Cambridge and Oxford. My homestay was perfect and my caring host made my time in the UK happy. Swansea is a great city with lots of fab restaurants and it was a pleasure to meet people from all over the world."

Gieun Cho, South Korea
A* A* A* A* in Double Maths, Economics and Geography
Progressed to study Geography at University College London (UCL).

Gieun Cho
I loved my time at Gower College Swansea. The teachers were so helpful and helped me to achieve the grades I needed to get into my first choice university. The international office also gave me a lot of support which helped me to settle in Swansea very quickly. This also gave me the confidence to focus on my studies. I would highly recommend this college!"

Chan Kim, South Korea
A B B in Electronics, Geography and World Development.
Progressed to study Geography at Southampton University

My experience has been very enjoyable. The teaching has been very effective and has helped me and my peers to achieve amazing academic results. The college facilities are also superb and have allowed me to reach my fullest academic potential. In addition, I would not have been able to gain offers from world top universities without the outstanding support provided by the HE+ programme and its organisers Felicity Padley and Neris Morris."

Xuanyuan Han, China
A*, A*, A*, A* in Double Maths, Physics and Computer Science
Progressed to study Computer Science at Churchill College, University of Cambridge

Xuanyuan Han
My lecturers are all approachable and helpful, without whom I wouldn’t have progressed so much academically. The members of the staff at the International Office are also friendly and have given me lots of support. Indeed, it is an unforgettable experience to have lived in Swansea and studied at such an amazing College."

Jiacheng ‘Charles’ Gong, China
Achieved A* A* A in Law, Maths and History.
Progressed to study Law at the University of Manchester



We offer Homestay accommodation for all our international students. This accommodation is with a British family in a safe and private environment.

Living in a Gower College Swansea approved Homestay will give you a truly British experience. You will have the opportunity to experience British culture, improve your English Language and will also be able to avail of advice and guidance about living in Swansea, Wales and the UK!

Our homestay families have been carefully selected, vetted and monitored by our international team and all family members over 18 have successfully completed a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check www.gov.uk/dbs. Many of our hosts are very experienced and have enjoyed sharing their homes with students from all over the world.

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Gower College Swansea takes its name from the Gower region, Britain’s first designated area of outstanding natural beauty. Gower is home to some of the most beautiful bays and beaches in the UK and has also featured in many TV programmes and movies. We regularly take our students to the Gower region for outdoor activities such as walking, climbing and surfing.

Germaine(Hong Kong)at Magdalene College, Oxford – Feb 2018

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Magdalen College, Oxford: February 2018

Germaine, from Hong Kong, takes a step back in time at Magdalene College and phones home the old fashioned way!

Rhossili bay

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Group visit to Rhossili Bay, September 2018

Our 1st Year students enjoyed a gorgeous day out at Rhossili Bay. It’s a popular location for its spectacular views and coastal paths. The blue skies and geographical features were most impressive.

The day’s activities included a walk down the peninsula followed by team games on the beach.

International Students at Christ Church, Oxford - Feb 2018

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Christ Church, Oxford: February 2018

Our international students appreciated the chance to visit Oxford and see inside some of its famous colleges during their recent half term break. The trip also included time to walk around the city centre.

Thrilled by the atmosphere and history of the locations, we have a few more aspiring dons now!

Walk to Worm's Head

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Group walk to Worm’s Head, Rhossili Bay, September 2018

A fun moment shared by our international students during a visit to Rhossili Bay.The group relished stories told to them about the famous Worm’s Head island.

Rhossili is voted one of the best beaches in the UK and a popular location with both locals and tourists.

Sydney & Hailey (South Korea) at Christ Church, Oxford - Feb 2018

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Christ Church, Oxford: February 2018

Sydney and Hailey (South Korea) standing in the Great Quadrangle – it is considered to be the heart of Christ Church, College and our students were suitably impressed by their grand surroundings.

Students on the shore of Rhossili Beach

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Rhossili Beach, September 2018

International students admire the clear sea at Rhossili Bay. Sunshine made this a perfect day to relax at the seaside. In the foreground is Tony from China who said this is one of the best beaches he’s ever visited!

Phillip, Jack & Leo (China) at Magdalene College, Oxford – Feb 2018

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Magdalen College, Oxford: February 2018

Phillip, Jack and Leo from China, take in the peace and tranquillity of Magdalen’s meadows after a busy day out and about in Oxford. Their itinerary included college visits and free time in the vibrant city centre.

Group walk at Rhossili Bay

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Group walk at Rhossili Bay

International students appreciate the scenery during a walk back up from the beach at Rhossili. Their activities included time for team games on the sand. The sunny day out was completed with ice creams for all.

Students and staff in Bath, November 2016

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Visit to Bath: November 2016

Students and staff have a good time out and about in Bath city centre strolling around the Christmas market and famous sights of the city. Activities included a walk up to the Royal Crescent and the Circus, both famous Georgian landmarks.

Trip to Cardiff Castle

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Roman Baths, Bath: November 2016

Our Korean A Level students enjoyed their busy day out in Bath. Seen here at the Roman Baths, other activities included a walk up to the Royal Crescent and the Circus, both famous Georgian landmarks.

Trip to Cardiff Castle

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Visit to the Roman Baths, Bath: November 2016

International students take the chance to admire Bath’s historical monuments and appreciate the architecture. Pictured here Pascal (Switzerland), Taekjun (Korea) and Stefan (Germany).

Trip to Three Cliffs, Gower

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Roman Baths, Bath: November 2016

Leo (China), Yiannis (Teacher) and Ernesto (Guest Teacher from China) immerse themselves in beautiful Bath, a city of culture since Roman times.

Trip to Worms Head, Gower

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Roman Baths, Bath: November 2016

International students enjoyed their busy day out in Bath. They visited the Roman Baths – other activities included a walk up to the Royal Crescent and the Circus, both famous Georgian landmarks. Pictured here are Taekjun (Korea), Michael (China), Thanat (Thailand) and Jerry (Taiwan).

Where is Swansea?

Swansea on a map

Driving times to Swansea

3 hour to London
London to Swansea

2¾ hour to Birmingham
Birmingham to Swansea

1½ hour to Bristol
Bristol to Swansea

4 hour to Manchester
Manchester to Swanse

With its links to the wider transport network, Swansea is strategically located for access from the UK, Europe and beyond.

On the Roads

On the Roads

The M4 motorway connects London with Swansea and is a 3 hour drive. The national bus company operates a direct hourly service from Swansea to all London international airports.

By Train

By Train

Direct trains are available every hour from Swansea to London and take 3 hours.

By Air

By Air

It takes just under 3 hours to drive from London Heathrow Airport to Swansea. It takes 1.5 hours to drive from Bristol International Airport to Swansea. It takes about an hour to drive from Cardiff Airport to Swansea.