Entry requirements

You'll need to have completed your secondary education in your home country in order to study on one of our programmes.

Qualifications from all countries are considered. You will also need to show that you have the English language skills necessary to take an active part in the programme.

Entry requirementsScore
General entry

IELTS 5.5 (Minimum subscores: 4.0 in all areas)

Entry for School of Medicine

IELTS 6.0 (Minimum subscores: 5.5 in all areas)

Entry for Optometry, Psychology or Pharmacy coursesIELTS 6.0 (Minimum subscores: 4.0 in all areas)

To meet the entry requirements for the International Foundation Programme in September 2016, students will need a SELT (Secure English Language Test) in order to apply for a Tier 4 visa.

The list of SELTs approved by UK Visas and Immigration for Tier 4 visa applications changed on 6 April 2015:

If you've taken a SELT before 6 April 2015

If you have already taken a SELT (e.g. IELTS, Trinity ISE, Pearson Academic) before 6 April 2015, and have the correct results for entry to the Postgraduate Research Programme, then your SELT will be accepted as part of a Tier 4 visa application in September 2015.

If you've taken a SELT on or after 6 April 2015

If you have taken a SELT on 6 April or later, it must be one of the following tests in order for you to be able to apply for a Tier 4 visa and enter our programme:

Trinity ISE – in the UK only

This test is only available at certain test centres – see Trinity College London and the list of SELT centres.

IELTS (Academic) – in the UK and overseas

This test is only available at certain test centres – see IELTS and the list of SELT centres.

If you're planning to take a SELT

If you haven’t taken a SELT yet, then you must take one of the following tests in order to be able to apply for a Tier 4 visa and enter the International Foundation Programme in September 2016:

Trinity ISE – in the UK only

This test is only available at certain test centres – see Trinity College London and the list of SELT centres.

IELTS (Academic) – in the UK and overseas

This test is only available at certain test centres – see IELTS and the list of SELT centres.

These scores indicate the level required you will need if you are looking to into the Cardiff Business School, Cardiff School of Engineering, School of Chemistry and School of Biosciences. If you are looking to apply for other undergraduate subjects, please contact us.

If your country or qualification is not in this list please contact us and we will be very happy to advise you.

CountryRequirements
Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani Certificate of Secondary Education
Overall average of 4.0/5.0 with at least 4.0 in relevant subject areas.

Bahrain

Tawjahiya School Leaving Certificate
At least an 85% average with at least 85% in the relevant subject areas.

Brazil

Certificato de Ensino Medio
>80% with 80% in key areas.

China

Senior High School Graduation Examination
At least an 80% or B average with 80% or B in each of the relevant subject areas.

Ghana

SSCE (WAEC)
B average with at least a B in the relevant subject areas.

Hong KongHKDSE
443 from three relevant electives.
India

CBSE or ICSE
65% average with at least 65% in relevant subject areas.

Indonesia

STTB SMU3
>7/10 with at least 7 in key subjects.

Japan

Upper Secondary School Certificate
4/5 or 8/10 average with at least a 4 or 8.0 in relevant subject areas.

Kazakhstan

Kazakh Certificate of Secondary Education
4/5 average with at least a grade 4 in relevant subject areas.

Kenya

KCSE
B average with at least a B in relevant subject areas.

Kuwait

Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a’ama School Leaving Certificate
At least an 85% average with at least 85% in the relevant subject areas.

Mexico

Bachillerato (High School Certificate)
75% average with 75% in key areas.

Nigeria

SSCE (WAEC)
B average with at least a B in the relevant subject areas.

Oman

Thanawiya Amma School Leaving Certificate
At least an 85% average with at least 85% in the relevant subject areas at Advanced level / 90% at Foundation level

Pakistan

HSSC
75% average with at least 75% in the relevant subject areas and at least 70% in all other areas.

Qatar

Thanawayiah Aama
At least an 85% average with at least 85% in the relevant subject areas at Advanced level / 90% at Foundation level.

Russia

Attestat o Srednem Obshchem Obrazovanii
4/5 average with at least a grade 4 in relevant subject areas.

Saudi Arabia

Thanawiya Amma School Leaving Certificate
At least an 85% average with at least 85% in the relevant subject areas.

South Korea

High School Diploma from Specialised High Schools
75% average with at least 75% in the relevant subject areas.

Taiwan

Senior High School Leaving Certificate
At least an 80% average or a B with 80% or a B in each of the relevant subject areas.

Turkey

State/Private High School Diploma
3/5 average with at least a 3 in relevant subject areas.

UkraineAttestat (Certificatre of Secondary Education)
4/5 average with at least grade 4 in relevant subject areas.
United Arab Emirates

Tawjihiyya School Leaving Certificate
At least an 85% average with at least 85% in the relevant subject areas.

Uzbekistan

Uzbek Certificatre of Secondary Education
4/5 average with at least grade 4 in relevant subject areas.

Vietnam

High School Certificate
At least 7.0 average with 7.0 in key subject areas.