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English & Foundation courses

Entry requirements

You should be planning to have successfully completed your secondary education in your own country at a level equivalent to 12th grade in the year that you intend to start at Cardiff University.

Qualifications from all countries are considered. You will also need to show that you have the English language skills necessary to take an active part in the programme.

Entry Requirements Score
General Entry

IELTS 5.5 (Minimum subscores: 4.0 in all areas)

Entry for Medicine

IELTS 6.0 (Minimum subscores: 5.5 in all areas)

Entry for Optometry, Psychology or Pharmacy courses

IELTS 6.0 (Minimum subscores: 4.0 in all areas)

To meet the entry requirements for the International Foundation Programme in September 2015, students will need a SELT (Secure English Language Test) in order to apply for a Tier 4 visa

The list of SELTs approved by the UKVI for Tier 4 visa applications changed on 6 April 2015:

Taken a SELT before 06 April 2015?

If you have already taken a SELT (e.g. IELTS, Trinity ISE, Pearson Academic) ) before 06 April 2015 and have the correct results for entry to the International Foundation Programme then your SELT will be accepted as part of a Tier 4 visa application in September 2015:

Taken a SELT after 05 April 2015?

If you have taken a SELT on 6 April or later, it must be one of the following tests in order for you to be able to apply for a Tier 4 visa and enter the Pre-sessional:

Trinity ISE in the UK only.

This test is only available at certain test centres – see Trinity College London and the list of SELT centres.

IELTS (Academic) for UK Visas and Immigration in the UK or other countries.

This test is only available at certain test centres – see IELTS and the list of SELT centres

Planning to take a SELT?

If you haven’t taken a SELT yet, then you must take one of the following tests in order to be able to apply for a Tier 4 visa and enter the International Foundation Programme in September 2015:

Trinity ISE in the UK only.

This test is only available at certain test centres – see Trinity College London and the list of SELT centres.

IELTS (Academic) for UK Visas and Immigration in the UK or other countries.

This test is only available at certain test centres – see IELTS and the list of SELT centres

These scores indicate the level required for students wishing to progress into Cardiff Business School, Cardiff School of Engineering, School of Chemistry and School of Biosciences. Students wishing to apply for other undergraduate subjects should contact the IFP office for further information.

If your country or qualification is not in this list please contact us and we will be very happy to advise you.


Azerbaijan
Certificate of Secondary Education

4/5 average with at least a grade 4 in relevant subject areas

Bahrain
Tawjahiya School Leaving Certificate

At least an 85% average with at least 85% in the relevant subject areas

Brazil
Certificato de Ensino Medio

>80% with 80% in key areas

China
Senior High School Graduation Examination

At least an 80% average with 80% in each of the relevant subject areas

Ghana
SSCE (WAEC)

B average with at least a B in the relevant subject areas and a C grade in English

Hong Kong
HKDSE

443 from three relevant electives

India
CBSE or ICSE

65% average with at least 65% in relevant subject areas

Indonesia
STTB SMU3

>7/10 with at least 7 in key subjects

Japan
Upper Secondary School Certificate

4/5 average with at least a grade 4 in relevant subject areas

Kazakhstan
Certificate of Secondary Education

4/5 average with at least a grade 4 in relevant subject areas

Kenya
KCSE

B average with at least a B in relevant subject areas

Kuwait
Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a’ama School Leaving Certificate

At least an 85% average with at least 85% in the relevant subject areas

Mexico
Bachillerato (High School Certificate)

>75% with 75% in key areas

Nigeria
SSCE (WAEC)

B average with at least a B in the relevant subject areas and a C grade in English

Oman
Thanawiya Amma School Leaving Certificate

At least an 85% average with at least 85% in the relevant subject areas

Pakistan
HSSC

75% average with at least 75% in the relevant subject areas

Qatar
Thanawayiah Aama

At least an 85% average with at least 85% in the relevant subject areas

Russia
Certificate of Secondary Education

4/5 average with at least a grade 4 in relevant subject areas

Saudi Arabia
Thanawiya Amma School Leaving Certificate

At least an 85% average with at least 85% in the relevant subject areas

South Korea
High School Diploma from Specialised High Schools

B average with B in relevant subject areas

Taiwan
Senior High School Leaving Certificate

At least an 80% average with 80% in each of the relevant subject areas

Turkey
State/Private High School Diploma

3/5 average with at least a 3 in relevant subject areas

Ukraine
Attestat (Certificatre of Secondary Education)

4/5 average with at least grade 4 in relevant subject areas

United Arab Emirates
Tawjihiyya School Leaving Certificate

At least an 85% average with at least 85% in the relevant subject areas

Uzbekistan
Attestat (Certificatre of Secondary Education)

CGPA 4/5

Vietnam
High School Certificate

At least 7.0 average

International Foundation Programme