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How to Apply to Cardiff

2.1 UCAS Applicants

What is UCAS?

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) provides a central application service for full-time undergraduate courses in the UK. The vast majority of Cardiff’s undergraduate applicants apply via UCAS.

How do I apply through UCAS?

All programmes recruited through UCAS are advertised via UCAS Course Search on the UCAS website. Applications are made electronically through the UCAS Apply system via A unique Institution Code Name and Institution Code (Cardiff’s are CARDF and C15) identify individual institutions.

2.2 Direct Applicants

Am I a Direct Applicant?

Direct applicants fall into clear categories:

  • those wishing to study on a part-time basis (Cardiff has a small number of courses that are approved for study on a part-time basis);
  • those wishing to pursue the BArch Architecture, having not pursued the BSc at Cardiff;
  • those wishing to pursue the International Foundation Programme;
  • those wishing to study as an occasional student;
  • those applying to study on an exchange scheme (other than Erasmus/Socrates);
  • those applying for degree programmes recruited directly to Cardiff in the Schools of Healthcare Studies and Nursing.

How does a Direct Applicant Apply?

A direct applicant may approach the school or Registry directly with a view to submitting an application.  In each case, the applicant should be asked to complete a direct entry application form (a draft of which is available via the Resources section of this page), which is passed to the relevant Admissions Tutor for the subject area to be studied.  The Tutor should consider the application before returning the form to REGIS with his/her decision.  Registry generates all correspondence relating to the approval/rejection of the application.