Entry requirements, credits & qualifications
All of our courses are part-time and most are open to anyone.
What are Credits?
Credits are part of a national scheme which allows you to work towards a nationally recognised award at most universities, and are recognition that you have successfully completed a unit of study. Credits are usually assigned to a unit of study in multiples of 10. They give an indication of the level at which you are working, and the amount of work involved.
At Cardiff University, each unit of study is called a module and each module is usually worth 10, 20 or 30 credits. At Continuing & Professional Education we have called these modules “courses” and the number of credits for each course is detailed in both Choices and on our Course Fact Sheets. Credits are offered at different levels as follows:
- Level 3 which is equivalent to pre-degree level study;
- Level 4 which is equivalent to first year undergraduate study;
- Level 5 which is equivalent to second year undergraduate study.
Please note that some Level 5 courses may require previous experience or qualifications. Learn more about the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales
How do I qualify for credits?
If you have enrolled on a credit bearing course then you need to complete the assessments successfully (see the Student handbook for further information on assessment).
What qualifications can I study for?
At Continuing & Professional Education we offer four qualifications: Foundation Certificates, the Certificate of Higher Education, Level 2 Certificates of Advanced Study and the Diploma of Higher Education.
Foundation Certificates are Departmental awards, and are awarded when you gain 60 credits within one subject area. In some areas, the combination of courses is predefined. If you wish to study for a Foundation Certificate, then please contact the appropriate co-ordinating lecturer to discuss your options. The credits gained for a Foundation Certificate can also count towards a Certificate of Higher Education. List of foundation certificates
Certificate of Higher Education
This nationally recognised qualification is awarded by Cardiff University when you gain 120 credits at level 4 from any combination of courses (this is equivalent to the work required of the first year of a full-time undergraduate degree). The time limit to gain this qualification is 10 years. Credits from each individual module can only be included once in the certificate. You may substitute level 5 credits for level 4 credits. However, if you intend to study further i.e. for a Diploma, you must bear in mind that these level 5 credits cannot also be counted towards a Diploma.
The Level 5 Certificate of Advanced Study
Level 5 Certificates of Advanced Study are Departmental awards and are awarded when you gain 60 credits within one subject area at level 5. In most subject areas the combination of courses is predefined. List of certificates of advanced study
Diploma of Higher Education
This nationally recognised qualification is a level 5 award and will be awarded by Cardiff University when you gain 120 credits at level 5. The time limit to gain this qualification is 10 years. For information on entry requirements and the range of subjects currently available see the Diploma fact Sheet.
- Diploma fact sheet
- Diploma fact sheet cymraeg
- List of current Diploma modules
- Diploma enrolment form
- Diploma enrolment form cymraeg
It is possible to use our courses to progress on to an undergraduate programme. They provide recent evidence of your ability to study at degree level, whether or not you have studied a A levels in the past. If you wish any modules to be credited towards your degree they will have to match modules within the degree programme. This is possible in some cases. If you are thinking about going on to study an undergraduate or postgraduate degree it is a good idea to speak to one of our co-ordinating lecturers. If you are clear about the course you want to study it is often very useful to speak to the admissions tutor for that course to get an idea of the most appropriate preparation for the course before you start. Depending on your educational and other experience you may be required to do more or less preparatory work. Many students will find that a Foundation Certificate is the best route.
Annual Award Ceremony
Each year Continuing & Professional Education holds its own Award Ceremony where students can receive their award in the company of fellow students, friends and family.