Skip to content
Skip to navigation menu

Open Day – book now for Friday 11 September! Sign up to receive our e-newsletter


Entry Requirements - Medical Pharmacology

Minimum Entry Requirements

GCSE requirements
Subjects Minimum grade requirements
English Language / Welsh 1st Language B
Mathematics B
National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) cannot be used as a substitute for GCSEs
GCE A2 Level and AS Level requirements
Entry requirements Three A2 Levels to include Chemistry and at least one other science* (preferably Biology) or mathematical subject.
A pass in the Core Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma (WBQ) will be accepted in lieu of the third A2 Level.
General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted as a third A2 Level.
Typical offer AAB
*Appropriate science subjects: Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Mathematics.
Access to HE Diploma

An overall grade equivalent to at least Distinction Level (70%) in an approved Access to Science course, together with a supporting reference is required.

Welsh Baccalaureate

A pass in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma plus grades AA in GCE Advanced Level Chemistry and another science or Maths subject.

Scottish Qualifications

Grades AAABB in Scottish Highers, including Chemistry, Physics, Biology and English Language, are required. Applicants should also offer two subjects (including Chemistry) at Advanced Higher level with AB grades

Applicants should normally achieve the qualifications (Highers or Advanced Highers) at the first attempt of the examinations (unless mitigating circumstances can be demonstrated).

Irish Qualifications

Applicants must offer 6 subjects at Higher Level and obtain A1, A1, B1, B1, B1, B1 grades including Chemistry & Biology. English must be passed to at least Standard Level with grade B.

Applicants should normally achieve the qualifications at the first attempt of the examinations.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Applicants require an overall total of 35 points for entry. Two sciences (from Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics or Statistics) must be offered at Higher Level, one of which is Chemistry. A minimum of 18 points must be achieved in the Higher Level subjects including a 6 in Chemistry.

European Baccalaureate Diploma

Applicants must offer the Diploma with a final overall mark of at least 70% (7.0 out of 10). Chemistry (and preferably Biology) with individual grades of at least 7.5 in year 7 are required.

BTEC Qualifications (Pre-2003)

The 18 unit BTEC National Diploma in Science at Distinction (DDD) level is an acceptable qualification for entry when accompanied by A2 Level Chemistry at grade B.

French Baccalaureate

Applicants must offer GCE A2 Level Chemistry with at least grade B, in addition to a minimum score of 14/20 in each of Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics in the French Baccalaureate Serie S (Science).

Other European qualifications

Students with other European qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

United States qualifications

Applicants should possess five Advanced Placement tests, including Biology, Chemistry, English and Mathematics, with grades 4 or 5 at least to High School Diploma level. Students should also offer Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT I and SAT II) to at least 650 points.

English Language qualifications

For candidates whose first language is not English, the following qualifications satisfy the minimum requirement:

Qualification Minimum grade requirements
GCE O Level, GCSE or IGCSE in English Language B
IELTS Average score of 7.0 or above (with a minimum of 7.0 in speaking, 6.5 in listening, 6.5 in reading and 6.5 in writing)
Test in English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Minimum score of 620 (including tests of spoken and written English)
Internet based test (iBT) 120
Certificate of Proficiency in English (AEB; Cambridge) B
Certificate in Attainment in English (ULEAC) Level 6
International Baccalaureate: Syllabus A1 or A2 (Higher or Standard) Grade 6
International Baccalaureate: Syllabus B (Higher) Grade 6
European Baccalaureate: English as First Language 7.7 out of 10
Test in English for Educational Purposes Band score of 7.0
English Language Qualifications

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, competence in the English language is also a criterion of admission.

More information on English Language Requirements

Additional Requirements for Admission

There are no specific additional requirements for admission.

Resit Candidates

Candidates with subjects to resit will have their applications considered without additional conditions attached. Previous achievements (different from the subject(s) to be repeated) will be taken into consideration alongside qualifications to be attempted.

Back to Medical Pharmacology Admissions Criteria


Meet our students

Want to know what Cardiff is really like? Find out from the people who know best...our students.

Meet our students


2014 prospectus

Download or request a paper copy.

View prospectus