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English & Foundation courses


Students who obtain a pass in their Science modules (40%) and a merit in their English modules (50%) on the IFP can automatically progress into Cardiff School of Biosciences or Cardiff School of Chemistry. Progression into other academic schools will be considered, subject to an application and interview. These Schools include:

All applicants who are offered a place on the IFP for Health & Life Sciences (September 2013 entry) with a view to progressing to a degree course in Medicine (September 2014 entry) will be required to apply through UCAS to meet the 15 October 2013 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 2013. 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 2013.

Cardiff School of Biosciences

The undergraduate programmes available within Cardiff School of Biosciences:

Cardiff School of Biosciences has well-equipped modern laboratories, its own libraries, a Teaching and Learning Resource Centre, study areas with fully up-to-date networked computers, and its own Field Centre set in the Welsh countryside near Newbridge on Wye.

The School offers an extensive range of degree schemes in Biological, Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences, all of which have recently been assessed by government-sponsored panels and rated as "Excellent" – the highest quality rating available.

Within each degree scheme you are able to make choices so that your degree will reflect your own special interests.

Cardiff School of Chemistry

The undergraduate programmes available within Cardiff School of Chemistry:

All the degree programmes are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The School is located in the Main Building immediately adjacent to the Science Library and conveniently close to the Students’ Union, city centre shops, attractive parklands and university residences.

The School is committed to providing teaching of the very highest quality and provides students with outstanding facilities, including modern fully equipped and spacious laboratories. The curriculum and learning opportunities continue to be updated by research-active staff, with input from both current students and industrialists.

    Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Programme offered:

    The Welsh School of Pharmacy is a long established department with an international reputation for excellence. The School enjoys outstanding resources and facilities, including new laboratories and sophisticated equipment.

    The Pharmacy degree scheme is a four-year scheme that provides teaching to Masters Degree level while at the same time equipping you with the vocational skills required to enter the profession. The scheme is fully accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council and the School has been awarded the "Excellent" designation in recent teaching quality assessments.

    The School has approximately 70 academic, technical and support staff, many of who are experts in their field of research. Their work attracts grants of £3million each year from government research councils, pharmaceutical companies and other agencies. About 120 undergraduates are accepted each year, and the School has a total student body of 650, which includes a large number of postgraduate students.

    The School benefits from excellent staff-student relations and operates a successful "buddy" system for new students (where each new student is partnered by an older student to act as a "big brother/sister"). In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, the School had 55% of its research assessed as excellent by international standards.

    Progression to the undergraduate course in Pharmacy will be subject to application and interview. You will receive help and advice on how to apply for this course during your Foundation Programme.

    Cardiff School of Optometry and Vision Sciences

    The School of Optometry and Vision Sciences enjoys an international reputation for its activities. Housed in a dedicated £21 million new building, the School boasts state-of-the-art facilities, enabling high quality research and teaching.

    In recent assessments of undergraduate teaching, the School of Optometry was awarded the designation "Excellent" and this was partly because of the excellent staff-student relations and friendly atmosphere that exists within the School. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, a clear majority of work submitted was classed as being of an internationally excellent standard. The School has 22 academic and clinical staff who are experts in their fields of research. Their work attracts grants in excess of £1.5million every year from government research councils and other agencies.

    Approximately 90 undergraduates are accepted every year. Around 20% of our undergraduates come from overseas, bringing a vibrant international flavour to the School. We also have approximately 50 postgraduate students carrying our research for their doctorates.

    The Optometry degree course has been designed to be stimulating, flexible and relevant to the needs of a career in Optometry. Great emphasis is placed on the practical aspects, and you will spend considerable time in our purpose-built clinic which is open to members of the public who require an eye examination.

    Progression to undergraduate courses in Optometry will be subject to application, interview and obtaining good grades on the IFP. You will receive help and advice on how to apply for this course during your Foundation Programme.

    School of Medicine

    Entry to Medicine at Cardiff University is extremely competitive.

    Progression to Medicine will be subject to application through UCAS, interview and obtaining good grades on the IFP. You will receive help and advice on applying for these courses during your Foundation Programme at Cardiff University.

    The Heath Park Campus houses the Medical School, the Dental School, the School of Healthcare Studies and the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies. These four academic Schools deliver the teaching undergraduate health-related schemes of study. The University shares this 53 acre site with the University Hospital of Wales and Dental Hospital at Heath Park, just north of Cardiff City centre. The University Hospital of Wales is the third largest hospital in the UK and one of the largest in Europe. World-class research and recent teaching assessments have further strengthened the College’s international reputation for excellence.

    The University’s academic departments are integrated with the hospital so that teaching and research take place alongside first-class healthcare delivery. Schemes of study offered include Medicine, Physiotherapy and Radiography. The academic staff of the University, many of whom are acknowledged international experts in their particular field, provide valuable clinical services to the people of Cardiff, throughout Wales and even further afield.

    The Medical degree scheme provides an integrated curriculum blending basic sciences, delivered principally at Cardiff School of Biosciences, with clinical education, delivered at the Heath Park Campus. The acquisition of clinical skills is provided in hospitals, general practices and community settings throughout Wales, for the entire five years of the course. The courses in Physiotherapy and Radiography are delivered primarily at the Heath Park campus in Cardiff with clinical placements throughout Wales.

    Students who wish to apply for Medicine degree courses will also have to register to take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT). Further information on this test can be found at: All IFP applications will be scored equally against all other international applications received.

    For further information on the selection procedure and admissions policies students should consult the Medical School’s website:

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