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Mature Applicants, Graduates & Access Qualifications


Applications from mature students through UCAS are welcomed. In view of the limited amount of space available on the UCAS form, mature applicants are advised to send an additional full curriculum vitae directly to the Admissions Office at the time of applying via UCAS. This C.V. should include the applicant's entire academic and professional background since entering secondary education and include activities undertaken each year since leaving school or college. The attention of mature applicants is drawn to the statement relating to the duration of the training programme.

Mature students who are pursuing a QAA Recognised Access to Science course or Access to Medicine course will be considered on an individual basis for entry to the Foundation Year Medicine (six year) scheme of study (A104). This entry qualification is considered acceptable for those applicants who were unable, e.g. for personal reasons, to continue their formal education at school or college post-16. It is not an acceptable qualification for applicants who have sat, but failed to achieve, the necessary grades at GCE A2 Level, BTEC qualifications, degrees, etc. There are approximately 16 places available on the Foundation Year scheme and typically 3 - 4 of these may be taken by Access students.

Graduate applicants are welcome to apply for admission to either the 5-year (A100) or the 6-year (A104) programmes, according to their previous academic experience in the sciences. They will be expected to have, or to achieve, at least an upper second class Honours classification in the first degree that they have taken. Academic qualifications obtained before entering university will also be taken into account in the assessment of graduate applications.

A101 Accelerated Medicine Programme

This is a specific, accelerated four year programme for applicants who are currently enrolled on one of Cardiff University’s officiated feeder streams only.

These have been developed as part of Cardiff University’s commitment to widening access to Medicine and include:

i) Medical Pharmacology

ii) Bio-Medical Sciences

iii) Medical Sciences (Run by the University of South Wales)

iv) BMed Sci (Run by Bangor University)

N.B. All applicants enrolled on a feeder programme, applying to the A101 programme will be required to sit the GAMSAT admissions exam prior to applying via UCAS, the results of which will form a key part of the assessment of their application.

A small number of selected students who have graduated from these programmes with a first or upper second class honours degree will enter the second year of the five year A100 Medical programme.

Applicants applying from these routes will need to have fulfilled all the minimum requirements as outlined in Appendix A for Graduate entry. The selection process from these feeder courses is dependent on academic and non academic achievement as well as performance at interview in line with the selection for all other applicants.

Please note that all dental graduates who are applying to study medicine will be considered for A101 only.

All applicants will need to assess their financial situation very carefully, and mature applicants are advised to seek guidance from their Local Education Authority. A financial guarantee form will be sent to graduate applicants at the time that an offer is given.

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