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School Selection Procedures - Religious & Theological Studies

All applications for a place on any of the Religious and Theological Studies 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.

Applications are reviewed by the admissions tutors. The initial assessment consists of vetting applications according to whether the specific standard academic requirements (see appendix) have been met or have a reasonable likelihood of being met. Where the statement of a referee or candidate indicates there are grounds for supposing that qualifications or results do not for some reason reflect true potential - for example, illness or emotional trauma at a significant stage in the applicant’s education - other means of assessing potential may be sought. These applicants, and also those who lack any recently certificated academic qualifications, may be invited for interview, or invited to submit some written work. The assessment of the written work, or of performance at interview, will be evaluated in relation to the attributes listed below in "School Selection Criteria".

As indicated in the next section, interest in the subject is assessed through the applicant’s personal statement, and any relevant comments of this nature in the referee’s statement may also be taken into account. The fact that an applicant has not studied Religious Studies or Theology in a formal way in his or her previous education is not regarded by the School as indicating a lack of interest in the subject.

Academic staff will be guided in their decision making by these criteria, but it should be remembered that selection involves complex professional judgements and takes place in a competitive environment. Possession of the qualities indicated does not in itself guarantee the offer of a place.

School Selection Criteria

In assessing applications to its courses, the School looks for determination to succeed in an appointed task, evidence of potential for academic achievement, and an interest in the subject matter with which the School deals.

The determination of applicants to succeed in an appointed task is assessed through the pattern of their academic results over a number of years, the interpretation of these results by their referees together with their other comments on the candidates, and the personal statement of applicants. In the personal statement, the admissions tutor will be looking for the following attributes:

  • The ability to demonstrate an interest in the study of Religion and religiously related phenomena;
  • Evidence of motivation and determination;
  • Any work experience that has been undertaken;
  • The ability to construct a coherent and concise statement or response;
  • Non-academic interests, which may highlight other significant personal qualities.

Opportunities for certain types of work experience and participation in some non-academic activities may vary according to individual circumstances. This may be due to an applicant's cultural or socio-economic background or for other reasons. Admissions Tutors are therefore willing to be flexible about an applicant’s demonstration of non-academic selection criteria. It should be noted that additional information from school or the applicant will be considered particularly in the case of extenuating circumstances.

The admissions tutor would expect the Referee’s report to provide evidence of the applicants:

  • Academic ability
  • Interpersonal/communication skills
  • The applicant’s suitability for the applied course
  • Confirmation of the applicant’s commitment to higher education

Overall, the aim of the process is to establish the existence of the necessary competencies for the commencement of an undergraduate B.A. in Religious and Theological Studies or a combined honours course of study involving Religious and Theological Studies.

Use of Contextual Data

Further information is to follow. For details of University policy, please click here.

Admissions Tests

Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion does not have any standardised admissions test requirements.

Selection Interviews

Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion does not routinely interview applicants for its undergraduate programmes but may do so for special cases highlighted in "School Selection Procedures".

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