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UWC Atlantic

UWC Atlantic

St Donat's Castle, St Donat's, Llantwit Major, CF61 1WF, UK

+44 (0)1446 799000



UWC Atlantic
School type Coeducational Boarding
Founded 1962
Status Private
Head of College Mr Peter T. Howe
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 16-19
Number of pupils 350
Two-year fee £64,000 (scholarships available)
Average Class Size 10 (Atlantic pre-Diploma)/ 15 (Atlantic Diploma)
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:2.5 (Atlantic pre-Diploma)/ 1:9.5 (Atlantic Diploma)
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Gabor Vincze
Associations SofH, UWC, IB, ISBA, BSA


An education at UWC Atlantic College is transformational. Students come with a vision and graduate empowered to make a positive difference in the world. As the UWC movement’s founding college, we have entrusted students with authentic responsibility and guided them to make appropriate choices and to learn from their mistakes. It is through this trust, responsibility and accountability that students learn that through effort and engagement they can achieve far more than they ever imagined. We empower change makers, place shapers and compassionate global corporate citizens through the delivery of a pioneering IB educational model. The way students learn, interact with one another and take part in community presents a life-changing journey to making a positive difference in the world.

Inside the Classroom

The two-year Diploma Programme combines the IB curriculum with extensive experiential learning focusing on key aspects of peace, a sustainable future and student initiative. UWC Atlantic College offers a wide range of IBDP subjects both at Higher and Standard Level. The college has been instrumental in developing new courses for the IB.

Outside the Classroom

The afternoon programme focuses on a commitment to service in the community and develops a sense of personal initiative and the skills of leadership. It aims to empower students to go above and beyond their academic capabilities. Their impact extends from helping teach local pupils to swim, taking music therapy into residential homes to wider global organisations such as Amnesty International. Building on the strong traditions of seafront activities (the Rigid Inflatable Boat was developed at the college in the 1960s) students can learn lifesaving, paddle boarding and kayaking together with participating in an exciting new partnership with Atlantic Pacific, building rescue boats for use worldwide. With an extensive woodland and our own farm, students are given the opportunity to focus on ethical growing and animal husbandry. Four times a year, students organise two-day conferences when normal routine is suspended and the whole college community participates.

Campus and Facilities

Set in the beautiful 12th century St Donat's Castle on our 122-acre campus, the student community is accommodated in eight boarding houses, each sharing the spirit of global collaboration, under the care of dedicated houseparents. Facilities include a dining hall, library, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a state of the art sports centre and extensive grounds.


Students can apply through their UWC national committee or through the UWC Global Selection Programme.