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Cambridge Tutors student receives 2017 CIFE Award

We were delighted to see Jian Yi Kok receive a 2017 CIFE Award for his exceptional contribution during his time at Cambridge Tutors College. He received the award from CIFE President Lord Lexden at a ceremony in the House of Lords this April.

Jian Yi receives award from Lord LexdenJian Yi joined CTC from Malaysia onto our 18-month accelerated A-level course. We awarded him a scholarship on the basis of his previous excellent academic performance and he has certainly lived up to our expectations.

He took four subjects on the 18 month A level course in Mathematics, Biology, Physics and Chemistry and attained A* grades in all three sciences and an A in Mathematics.  Jian Yi has an interest in evolutionary biology and he pursed this through his EPQ, which was based on the evolution of altruistic behaviour in the animal kingdom.  He contributed to our College magazine with articles as diverse as a piece on ‘England’s Hidden Gems’ and a review of the anime, ‘Death Note’.

Jian is now studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge.



CTC Students scoop three CIFE Awards

Congratulations to the CTC Students who scooped three CIFE Awards in 2016. The award winners had a wonderful trip to the House of Lords to receive their CIFE College Awards. They were accompanied at the event by principal Dr Chris Drew.The three Awards Winners were:

Xinghao Cheng
Xinghao, from China, was awarded a prize for excellence in Maths/Further Maths and Physics. He achieved A* grades in Maths and Further Maths and together with an A* grade in Physics and an A in Economics was one of the best performing A level students at CTC in 2015.  Interestingly he only dropped two marks in Maths and this was in the easy C1! He was also awarded SMC Gold; Senior Kangaroo qualifier. Described by his tutors as a perfectionist, a privilege to teach and a shining example to his peers, Xinghao won a place at Magdalen College, Oxford where he is now studying Engineering.

Yan Yin Lim     (Nicole)
Yan Yin from Malaysia, received a prize for excellence in Economics. She achieved the highest Economics score in the college. With A*s in Maths and Economic and A grades in Physics and Further Maths Yan Yin is now well prepared for university to read her favourite subject: Economics at LSE. Her natural aptitude for the subject has enabled us to speculate that she may well make a significant contribution to the subject in the future.   Yan Yin made a strong impression over the years with all her teachers with her natural good humour and high level of motivation.

Carlos Maria Alava Limpo
Carlos left CTC in June 2015 with four A*’s in Double Maths, Physics and Chemistry having completed his A levels in 18 months.   He was nominated for Mathematics/Further Mathematics and Chemistry as well as the CTC college award. He is currently enlisted in the Singapore Civil Defence Force which is part of that countries nation al service.  Carlos is planning to study Natural Sciences in the future at Kings College, Cambridge.  His academic achievements did not stop with A levels. He was also awarded SMC Gold Award; Senior Kangaroo qualifier.  Carlos is one of the most polite people you could meet and he has always put others first – a very popular winner!

The CTC award winners on the terrace of the House of Lords with principal Chris Drew


Two CTC students receive CIFE Prizes in 2015

Each year CIFE gives prizes in a range of categories for the best students from CIFE colleges that year. The awards are presented by CIFE President Lord Lexden at a ceremony in the House of Lords.

CTC student Jiang He with Lord LexdenCTC student Jiang He won an Andrew Osmond Prize for excellence in Mathematics. Jiang (pictured right receiving her award from Lord Lexden) joined the college in September 2013 and was recognised almost immediately as having exceptional flair for Maths; she achieved an outstanding score on the Senior Maths challenge in Nov 2013 and was then awarded the best score in her year group in the Senior Kangaroo competition.

Jiang was examined in 12 units to earn A* in both Mathematics & Further Mathematics. In ten of these units she was awarded a perfect score of 100, and her final result of 1189 points out of a possible 1200 is one of the highest on record at CTC. She was awarded the CTC prize for Pure Mathematics in recognition of her outstanding results and is now studying Economics at UCL.

CTC student Zi Pong with Principal and familyZi Koon Pong (shown here with his family and Principal Mark Eagers), was awarded the CTC CIFE College prize for all-round contribution to life at CTC.. Zi Koon joined us in January 2013 with 10 A*s at GCSE. He took four subjects on the 18 month A level course in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, achieving A*, A*, A* and A.

Zi Koon is an effective leader and showed this during a Duke of Edinburgh training weekend. He took leadership of a group of six and successfully navigated a six hour route march. He also organised a football tournament to raise money for the charity ‘Save the Children’.

Zi Koon was also a member of the College Summer Ball organising committee, helped in the publication of the CTC Magazine, been awarded a Bronze Medal in the Physics Olympiad, a Silver medal in the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge and is a good badminton player.

Zi Koon is now studying Engineering at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

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Cambridge Tutors College (CTC) is widely regarded as one of the UK's leading sixth form colleges and enjoys a reputation for academic excellence. Students are prepared for entry into prestigious UK universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial and the LSE. The college also enjoys a reputation for having a good number of its graduates gain entry to UK medical schools.


Why choose Cambridge Tutorial College?

  • Founded in 1958, Cambridge Tutors College (CTC London) is an independent sixth form college
  • Outstanding results: from 2000 to 2019, over 57% of grades were A* and A in their A levels and 78% of grades were A*, A and B.
  • With the above grades over 20% of our students entered Russell group universities including Oxford and Cambridge.
  • Specialized Oxbridge/ medical prep program preparing students for the extra entry criteria for these Universities, including organizing work experience and creating a well-rounded student profile.
  • Located in London – 20 mins from center
  • Day and live in students (either Boarding house or Homestay options available)
  • Full support in University application and foreign student orientation
  • Weekly reports with feedback for Student and Parent
  • Classes between 6 – 9 students
  • Majority of teachers are from Russell group universities, including Oxbridge



A safe and secluded location

The college benefits from a lovely park-side location in the London Borough of Croydon. The college is a few minutes’ walk from both South Croydon and East Croydon train stations. Croydon Town Centre is within easy walking distance.


A caring and supportive environment

Once a student’s application has been accepted the Welfare Department ensures that their start to college life goes smoothly. Staff in the Welfare Department are always available for any issues that students and parents may wish to discuss with them. Our students’ well-being is of the utmost importance to us and we ensure that our students remain happy and well supported during their time with us.

Each student is allocated a Personal Tutor with whom they meet weekly. The role of the Personal Tutor is both pastoral and academic. Personal Tutors will help with any academic concerns, provide support and guidance with university applications as well as being available to deal with any possible non-academic issues.


A varied and well-organised activities programme

Sports and Activities coordinators organise a varied extra-curricular programme. Sports include table-tennis, football, badminton and volleyball. There is a range of lunchtime and after-school activities that students can join such as the singing club, debating society, photography club and the student magazine committee. Weekend excursions take place on a monthly basis and include trips to the tourist attractions of London and to theme parks. An annual trip takes place every February half term to Europe. Recent destinations have included Disneyland Paris, Barcelona and Rome.


What students say about CTC

The main reason I came to CTC was because many of my siblings and cousins were already here. They highly recommended this school as a perfect preparation for the GCE A-levels and undergraduate study at top universities in the UK. Since I have been here, I have experienced just that. CTC has provided me with opportunities that I would not have had if I had studied elsewhere. The academic preparation I get here is top-class, and the small classroom environment ensures that my study is active and my teachers approachable. The weekly test periods ensure every student has a firm grip of the subject and can be at their highest potential when taking the exams. The host family I lived with last year was very supportive and kind. They helped me adjust to the British environment and ensured a smooth transition to the culture. I am currently studying A-level Physics, Economics, and Maths, and hope to study Economics in university”. (Kyaw Min Tun Rajesh Bhusal, Myanmar)


cife Scholarships

We have a strong commitment to providing high-quality education to the brightest minds from all over the world. As part of our charitable status we are able to offer annual scholarships to grant greater access to the rich learning experience at CTC.

The levels of scholarship that we offer international students at Cambridge Tutors College are based on the academic grades submitted upon application, and a student’s presentation during a Skype interview. For UK students, we operate three scholarship levels (up to 75% reduction) based upon final GCSE grades.

Find out more about cife scholarships at CTC