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English & Foundation courses

How to apply

Follow the steps below for a guide to the application process.

Before you apply

Check that you meet the entry requirements

We will consider academic qualifications from all countries. You will also need to show that you have the English language skills necessary to take an active part in the programme. If your country or qualification is not listed on our Entry Requirements page please contact us and we will be very happy to advise you.

Gather supporting documents

You will need to provide:

  • the application form, including personal statement, signature and date

Please write your correspondence address, e-mail address and telephone number clearly so that we can contact you quickly and easily.

  • transcripts of school results so far, including subjects studied and grades achieved
  • two academic references
  • evidence of English language test results or note when you will sit the exam/receive the result
  • a copy of the photograph page of your passport which must include your passport number and full name

If you don’t yet have all the evidence required, you can still apply and submit your supporting documents when they become available.

All applicants who are offered a place on the IFP for Health & Life Sciences (September 2015 entry) with a view to progressing to a degree course in Medicine (September 2016 entry) will be required to apply through UCAS to meet the 15 October 2015 deadline whilst on the Foundation Programme. In addition, all applicants are required to take the national UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UK-CAT) during July-October 2014. Comprehensive information on this (including specimen test questions) can be found on the UKCAT website (

Final decisions on applications received for the IFP for Health & Life Sciences for Medicine will be made in early July 2015.


To apply for a course you need to complete the application form. Once you have completed the form, send it to the International Foundation Programme Office:

Download application form

Receiving your offer

You’ll receive an email and letter from the Academic Registry confirming your offer.

The email and the letter will tell you your student number. Please include this when you contact us so we can help you easily.

When will I receive a decision on my application?

Most applicants hear back from us within four weeks.

Unconditional offer

This means you have been offered a place - congratulations! Now all you need to do is accept the offer.

Conditional offer

This means you have been offered a place, but we haven't received one of your supporting documents or you are still to complete one of the qualifications required in order to gain admission to the University. Your offer letter will clearly state what evidence needs to be supplied. Once we have all the documents required to show you have met the conditions of your offer, your offer will change to Unconditional.

Accepting your offer

You need to accept your offer online through the applicant portal.

Please ensure you have read the enrolment terms and conditions prior to accepting your offer.

Log into the portal

You will receive your user name and password to access the portal via email. If you do not receive your user name and password, please contact us.

After you’ve accepted your offer

Apply for your visa

Once you have accepted your unconditional offer to study via your student record we will send you a CAS email in support of your visa application.

Plan your travel to Cardiff

We will send you information by email about travelling to Cardiff and the University, your residences and the first day of your course.


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Help with applying

If you require assistance in completing your application please contact the International Foundation Programme team:

International Foundation Programme