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School Selection Procedures - Business

All applications for a place on any of the Business degree programmes must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application service. Applications can be made either in the English or the Welsh language. We recognise that if you are a Welsh speaker, you may feel more comfortable speaking to a Welsh speaking personal tutor. Provided there are Welsh speaking members of staff available, every effort will be made to allocate a Welsh speaker to you at any point of the application process.

All applications received during the main cycle (in accordance with deadlines of the UCAS application cycle) will be guaranteed equal academic consideration. Applications are considered throughout the cycle and equal consideration is given to all applications submitted by the deadline. The applications are assessed by a member of the admissions staff within the University.

Given the large number of applications to the School, assessment of an applicant is based entirely upon the UCAS form for the majority of applicants. However, in some cases information on the UCAS form may not be sufficient to make a decision on the academic potential of an applicant. In these circumstances applicants may be called for an interview.

Primarily, offers will be made to applicants whose predicted grades meet the level required for the course and those who are able to demonstrate evidence of the skills and potentials listed below in the "School Selection Criteria". Applicants may have either already demonstrated these skills, or will be in a position to acquire them through the qualifications that they are still in the process of completing at the time of their application. The School will also take into consideration any special circumstances relating to an applicant of which it has been informed.

Making Choices

Applicants are advised to apply for only one programme from the Business School on their UCAS application. We will usually make an offer for the first choice and automatically reject other choices. If at the time of application you are uncertain of which choice to make, please contact an admissions tutor (email: As there is a great deal of flexibility within the school, applicants can change schemes at enrolment, in the first few weeks of term and at the end of the first year.

School Selection Criteria

Admissions tutors will look to the UCAS forms for evidence of ability across the following range of attributes:

  1. Commitment to and interest in the subject area;
  2. Logical reasoning – ability to analyse and solve problems using logical and critical approaches;
  3. Effective communication – ability to express ideas clearly and effectively orally and in writing in the medium of English (or Welsh);
  4. Numeracy skills;
  5. Autonomous learning – motivation and capacity for independent study;
  6. Time management – ability to manage a heavy academic workload effectively.

Use of Contextual Data

All suitable applicants who are eligible for additional consideration and are predicted a minimum of grades BBC will be guaranteed a typical offer on the School of Business undergraduate courses. Typical offers can be found here

For details of University policy on the use of Contextual Data, please click here.

Admissions Tests

Cardiff Business School does not have any standardised admissions test requirements.

Selection Interviews

Cardiff Business School may request to invite applicants for interview for its undergraduate programmes where they are unable to determine potential from the UCAS form.

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