Cambridge Centre for Sixth Form Studies

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4-5 Benet Place
Lensfield Road
01223 707943
15 - 20
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5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) inc. English and maths
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GCSE grade C or better in
English and maths
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Attainment 8 score
Results in 8 core subjects

Secondary Data 2016
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Pupils achieving AAB or higher inc. two facilitating subjects
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GCSE to A level
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CCSS is one of the UK's leading sixth-form colleges, specialising in A-Level and GCSE courses. We take great pride in providing excellent personal guidance for all of our students, through small classes, weekly tutorials and exemplary pastoral care. CCSS offers a complete programme of preparation for university applications. Our teaching buildings and Boarding Houses are all close to each other and the centre of Cambridge.

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Last update: 13 November 2017



Our next Open Day is on:

Saturday 10th March 2018 from 10am to 2pm. 

This will be the perfect opportunity to experience life at CCSS.

Email [email protected] for more information or click on the link below

Our open events are the perfect opportunity to experience life at CCSS. On the day you will be able to:

  • Meet our experienced and highly qualified tutors and discuss the wide range of subject choices on offer.

  • Meet our current students and find out from them what it’s like to study at CCSS, the levels of care and support they receive, their personal development and how this is shaping their future aspirations.

  • Visit our central Cambridge teaching site and explore our teaching facilities.

  • Meet the Principal and Deputy Principal of CCSS.

  • Discuss fees and scholarships.


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Up to 200 students from the UK and around the world come to CCSS every year to complete their secondary education before progressing onto university.

In all cases, our results show that students benefit greatly from small class sizes, experienced and stimulating teaching, and individual personal tutorials.

The overwhelming majority of CCSS students choose to continue their learning at universities in the UK or abroad. Many have enjoyed success at the UK’s top universities, including Cambridge, Oxford, LSE, Imperial and others.

Five reasons to study at Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies:

  • Independent college in the heart of Cambridge.

  • Average class size six students.

  • High success rate for top university applications.

  • Nationality mix: 55% UK & EU and 45% international, with over 30 nationalities studying at CCSS.

  • All our boarding houses are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week and students are able to be in the House at any time.

Course options at Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies

Driven by a passion for learning and a joy in teaching, the CCSS course structure and breadth provides the perfect platform for academic and personal growth. At CCSS we offer a number of A Level course options, these include:

A Level (two-years)

CCSS offers an enviable range of A Level subjects and we can usually accommodate any combination a student chooses.
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One-year Fast-track A Level

The CCSS one-year fast-track A Level is an exceptional opportunity to gain an A Level qualification in just one-year.
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A Level Year 13 Entry

The CCSS Year 13 Entry A Level is for students who are looking for a fresh start to complete their final year of A Level Studies. Find out more >>

CCSS also offers a one year programme for GCSE students, with a broad range of subjects providing students with a varied and balanced curriculum.

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CCSS makes as well as teaches history


The history of CCSS was brought to life recently when Herminio Martinez, who was a Basque child refugee, visited Salisbury Villas at the school which was used as a hostel to house those children fleeing the Spanish Civil War.

After the Steamship Habana docked in Southampton with 4000 Spanish children onboard, Mr Martinez came to stay at what is now a teaching building at Cambridge Centre for Sixth Form Studies.

Mr Martinez visited the building as part of a history project for local secondary school students funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund on the Basque children who came to Cambridge in 1937. Accompanied by a film crew from BBC Look East, Herminio Martinez, now in his nineties and the person behind the blue plaque that is now on the building to mark that part of the building’s history, was greeted at the college by Principal Stuart Nicholson.

Students and staff come together to celebrate Commonwealth Day

In March each year Commonwealth countries to celebrate the Commonwealth's rich diversity and promote the Commonwealth’s shared values of peace, democracy and equality.

With around 15% of students at CCSS coming from Commonwealth countries (excluding the UK), including Nigeria, Cyprus, India, Tanzania and Malaysia, Commonwealth Day is a great opportunity for our studented to get together to discuss what they thought should be done to bring peace; what the Commonwealth means to them and what they have learnt from students from other Commonwealth countries.

“As Mother Teresa once said, ‘Peace begins with a smile. For me, this underpins how the path to peace is paved by understanding, tolerance and acceptance. To bring about peace we must avoid polarisation and narrow-mindedness, which can lead to irreparable and futile conflict over contrasting ideologies and systems.” - Niamh a 16 year British student

“Freedom and rights and coming together as one will take us one step closer to peace. People should be able to live the way they want to, where they want to and how they want to. Achieving peace is not easy, but it is definitely worth giving your best to move a step closer to it.” - Sakshi a 16 year old student from India

Commonwealth Day is an opportunity for our students to come together and appreciate the cultures of classmates from different countries. As well as fostering a spirit of tolerance and appreciation of other cultures it’s been proven that studying alongside people from different countries has lifelong advantages including preparing students for university and careers. Events such as Commonwealth Day are very much part of this.

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