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Four 2017 CIFE awards for CCSS students

We’re delighted to report that CCSS students received  four 2017 CIFE awards. Each year CIFE awards prizes to exceptional students. To win a prize does not just require top results, but winners have also made strong contributions to college life. The best of all the 38 CIFE award winners receives the CIFE Gold Award, and this year it was awarded to CCSS student Techin Tungcharernpaisarn.

Techin impressed all his teachers and his peers with his intelligence, his diligence and his attitude throughout his time at CCSS. He gained Gold awards in the Chemistry Olympiad in both years of his sixth form, and a Gold award in the Cambridge Chemistry challenge; a Gold certificate in the UK Senior Maths Challenge and a Merit in the Kangaroo round.  Taking A Levels in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, Techin was rewarded with four A* grades and dropped only 26 out of a total of 2400 available marks. Inevitably many of his papers gained full marks and even those that were not quite perfect scores were not very far off!

Techin is now reading Materials Science at Oxford University, where his professor reports that Techin is already making his mark as a scholar of the highest calibre.

 Arin Wongprommoon won a CIFE award for Sciences. Arin’s tutor at CCSS describes him as “quite simply phenomenal”.  He dropped no marks in A Level Mathematics, and had 8 perfect scores on Biology and Chemistry modules as well.  Taking four A Levels in just one year, he achieved A* grades in them all.  In mathematics, he gained a gold award in the Maths Challenge and a merit in the Senior Kangaroo.  In the Chemistry Olympiad, sat by 6000 of the nation’s best chemistry students, Arin was in the top 50. Holding a King’s scholarship, a most prized accolade in Thailand, Arin has a stunning record of awards and achievements, and is an unquestionably exceptional student.  Not only is Arin a brilliant scientist, with a well-deserved place at Cambridge University, where he is currently reading Natural Sciences, specialising in Biology, but he is also a talented mathematician, and has an aptitude for languages.

Xinye Sha ( Bob) received an Andrew Osmond Maths award. Bob is a truly remarkable mathematician.  In the Maths Challenge, he was not only awarded Gold in both L6 and U6, but he scored full marks each time.  In the Maths Olympiad he received a Distinction both years too.  It takes a talented mathematician to get the top grade in STEP Paper One, and few students take Paper Two.  Bob got a distinction in Paper Two… and then in Paper Three as well.  He opted to take A Level Computing, because he wanted to study a subject whose linguistic demands he found significantly challenging, despite being warned that this decision might jeopardise his chance of achieving a place at Cambridge.

At Cambridge University he is now studying mathematics, having gained A* grades in Maths, Further Maths and Physics, and a B grade in Computing.

Edoardo Buttinelli received a CIFE College Award for his outstanding contribution to life at CCSS. Edoardo was a boy on a mission in his A Level  years to pursue his own academic enthusiasms in media communications, and promote aesthetic and cultural awareness among his peer group at CCSS and beyond, generating instructive debates on ideas across subject boundaries. His contribution was distinctive and impressive; he organised an exhibition of his work, won a Tutor Commendation for outstanding commitment, and Departmental Awards for Economics, Graphic Design, Film and Media Studies.  He chaired the Student Council, ran a Film Club, and organised the college May Ball whilst gaining A grades in Italian, Film, Graphic Design and Media, and a strong AS grade in Economics.

Edoardo possesses a remarkable ability to energise his fellow students – and staff too. Demonstrating extraordinary levels of maturity, wit and grace, he is an articulate and urbane thinker, who will contribute significantly to the creative industries which we are sure he will lead.

The four students are pictured below relaxing after the Awards ceremony with CCSS Principal Stuart Nicholson. From left to right: Stuart, Arin, Edoardo, Bob and Techin.

CCSS award winners with Stuart Nicholson

CCSS student wins 2016 CIFE Award

We’re proud to report that a CCSS student, Ciara Ward, has been honoured by CIFE for her outstanding contribution to life here at CCSS

Ciara-Ward-of-CCSS-with-Lord-LexdenA great pleasure to teach and to know, Ciara is an academically gifted student with an excellent attitude towards furthering her own learning. In the year that she studied at CCSS, Ciara quickly made her mark, impressing both her teachers and fellow students with her performance in mathematics and the sciences. Gaining high A* grades in all of her A-levels (many of them with 100%), Ciara could conceivably have gone on to study any one of the sciences at university, but after careful thought, she decided to follow her main passion, which is Mathematics, and she is now studying Mathematics at Oxford University, where she will no doubt also make her mark.

CCSS student wins CIFE Award

CCSS' Ellie Peters with Stuart NicholsonWe were delighted that Ellie Peters won a CIFE College prize this year. The picture shows her with Principal Stuart Nicholson on the terrace of the House of Lords where the annual CIFE awards ceremony took place.

Ellie joined CCSS in 2013 and quickly demonstrated that she had a fine and enquiring mind in addition to a refreshingly enthusiastic approach to her work. She went on to achieve A*AA grades in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics to secure her place at Durham. In her first year she gained a Tutor commendation, a Silver Award in the Maths Challenge and won a Paul Redhead Prize for academic achievement. She was also instrumental in organising visits to lectures at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge where she pursued her interest in astrophysics. At the end of her first year she was awarded a place on the Headstart summer programme studying Maths at Royal Holloway and also gained a place at The Physics Academy.

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Welcome to CCSS!

Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies (CCSS) is an established independent sixth-form college providing day and boarding places for ambitious young people from the UK and internationally. For over 35 years we have been helping students progress to the very best universities.

Our courses

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 the following courses:

A Levels

  • Two-year A Level - At CCSS we offer an enviable range of two-year A Level subjects.
  • One-year A Level - The one-year A Level fast-track programme is an exceptional opportunity to gain an A Level qualification in just one year.
  • A Level Year 13 Entry – The Year 13 entry A Level is for students who are looking for a fresh start to complete their final year of A Level studies.
  • Five-term A Level – The Five-term A Level course starts in January and covers all the A Level specification in a shorter time.


  • GCSE – The one-year GCSE programme offers a broad range of subjects providing students with a varied and balanced curriculum.


  • Pre-Programme – The Pre-Programme is the perfect all round preparation for A Levels, as well as being a great introduction to life at an independent sixth-form college in the UK. The Pre-Programme is offered as a full one-year course and we can offer a short course for two terms starting in January.

Summer School

  • Summer School – The Academic Summer School is a perfect all-round introduction for international students to what it’s like to live and study in the UK.

Easter Revision

  • Easter Revision – Our Easter Revision courses support existing learning and identify gaps in study, hones exam technique whilst building ability and confidence.


Progression to the very best universities

At CCSS we have an impressive track record with students going on to study at some of the best universities in the country. Top destinations that students from CCSS have gone on to study at include University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Imperial College London and University of Warwick. Our students have also gone on to study a variety of subjects from international business law to medicine.

Small class sizes (6-8 students)

The small group teaching environment allows for greater engagement with the teachers, each student is given individual attention and can develop at their own pace. Our results show that students benefit greatly from our small class sizes, the teachers are able to bring all students into group discussions and conversations allowing the students to gain confidence and progress to their full potential. This support means that the overwhelming majority of CCSS students choose to successfully continue their learning at universities in the UK and abroad.

Central Cambridge location

CCSS is located in the heart of academic Cambridge and we ensure that our wonderful location is used to full advantage by our students, encouraging them to make full use of the academic, social and cultural opportunities that are available to them.

Enrichment activities - A true Cambridge experience

As our buildings are in central Cambridge CCSS can provide the true Cambridge experience of culture, intellect and enjoyment. From cinema to science lectures at Cambridge University, basketball to language clubs, we offer an enormous range of educational and social activities.

Excellent boarding

All CCSS student residences are located right in the heart of the city. All boarding houses are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and students are able to be in the House at any time. The house managers are employed by CCSS and are well-trained professionals whom students know well, and whose first priority is the care and welfare of the boarding students.

Excellent student support

Every student is placed in the care of a designated personal tutor who works closely with each student and liaises with parents, teachers and boarding staff.

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