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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 Co-educational Boarding
Founded 1962
Status Private
Principal Naheed Bardai
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 16-19 years
Number of pupils 350
Two-year fee £68,500 (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

Changemaking students will lead the way in a post-Covid world

We're proud to be the founding college of the UWC - a global education movement that 'makes education a force for good to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future'.

In our magical campus - a 12th century castle by the sea in South Wales - we celebrate global diversity, with young people drawn together from around 90 different countries each year, from vastly differing political, religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, to engage with the possibility of social change through courageous action, personal example and selfless leadership. They enjoy playing their part in an exceptional movement, in our respectful and joyful community, and participating in a unique, transformational education.

The right time to join UWC Atlantic

The UWC movement has 18 global schools and colleges, guiding the promise, potential, energy and idealism of students towards empathy, responsibility and lifelong action. At UWC Atlantic, 16-19 year olds study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, (co-created over 50 years ago here at the College), for two years. Whilst the IBDP remains inspirational, it needs to be reimagined, making it more relevant for the 21st century and providing students with new insights and perspectives, future-proofed skills, and the knowledge needed for success in a volatile, complex and ambiguous world. A UWC education is needed now, perhaps more than ever.

Students must develop the personal agency, courage and commitment to meet challenges, in a proactive, purposeful and impactful way. We’ve developed six pioneering changemaker units – Dialogue, Peace and Social Justice; Political Ecology; Taking a Stance: Oral Communication; Big Data: Decision-making for Social Change; Narratives for Social Change: and Ocean Systems and Coastal Management. This, along with the development of our signature seafront, enables students to develop a lifelong commitment to service (in line with our core Kurt Hahn ethos), alongside academics, activities and adventure.

An education at UWC Atlantic is transformational. Students come with a vision and graduate empowered to make a positive difference in the world.

There are two selection routes to a UWC college: through the UWC national committee in your country of residence or citizenship (for students who need scholarship funding and support). This is a fundamental UWC tenet, which ensures socio-economic diversity on all UWC campuses. You can also now apply through a new Global Selection Programme if you’re a student who doesn't need funding and want to choose to come to UWC Atlantic.