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 requirements

Score

General entry

IELTS 5.5 (Academic) for UKVI
(Minimum subscores: 4.0 in all areas)

Healthcare

IELTS 6.5 (Academic) for UKVI
(Minimum subscores: 6.5 in writing, 6.0 in all other areas)

Journalism

IELTS 6.0 (Academic) for UKVI
(Minimum subscores: 6.0 in writing, 4.0 in all other areas)

Law

IELTS 6.0 (Academic) for UKVI
(Minimum subscores: 6.0 in writing, 4.0 in all other areas)

Medicine

IELTS 6.0 (Academic) for UKVI
(Minimum subscores: 5.5 in all areas)

Optometry

IELTS 6.0 (Academic) for UKVI
(Minimum subscores: 5.5 in writing, 4.0 in all other areas)

Pharmacy

IELTS 6.0 (Academic) for UKVI
(Minimum subscores: 5.5 in writing, 4.0 in all other areas)

Psychology

IELTS 6.0 (Academic) for UKVI
(Minimum subscores: 6.0 in writing, 4.0 in all other areas)

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

Trinity ISE (only available in the UK)

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

IELTS (Academic) for UKVI
(available 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 applying to

  • Cardiff Business School
  • Cardiff School of Engineering
  • Cardiff School of Chemistry
  • Cardiff School of Biosciences.

If you are applying for other undergraduate subjects, please contact us.

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

Country

Requirements

Argentina

Bachillerato Especializado, Titulo de Bachiller or Bachillerato
Overall average of 7/10 with at least 7/10 in relevant subject areas.

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
Overall average of 85% with at least 85% in relevant subject areas.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh High School Certificate (HSC)
Overall average of 3.5 – 4.0 out of 5.0 with at least 4.0 in relevant subject areas or
overall average of 65% and a minimum of 70% in relevant subject areas.

Brazil

Certificato de Ensino Medio
Overall average of 80% with 80% in relevant subject areas.

China

Senior High School Certificate
An overall average of 80% (grade B) with at least 80% (grade B) in relevant subject areas in Year 3. The same scores are also accepted from Year 2.

Colombia

Título de Bachiller Académico
Overall average of 75% with a minimum of 75% in relevant subject areas.

Ecuador

Bachillerato
An overall average grade B with at least a B in relevant subject areas or an overall average of 16/20 with 16 in relevant subject areas.

Egypt

General Secondary School Certificate
An overall average of 85% with at least 85% in the relevant subject areas.

Ghana

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

Hong Kong

HKDSE
4 subjects at grades 3333 or higher (not including Chinese or Liberal Studies).
Applicants for IFP Business or IFP Engineering must have at least a 3 in Mathematics.

For students who have completed Form 5 of the HKDSE

Overall average mark of at least 60% in their HKDSE Form 5 School Report with marks of at least 60% in relevant subject areas.

India

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

Indonesia

STTB SMU3/SMA
Overall average of 7/10 with at least 7 in relevant subject areas.

Japan

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

Jordan

Certificate of General Secondary Education
An overall average of 80% with at least 80% in relevant subjects.    
For LAWPL (Law), JOMEC, ENCAP, GEOPL, OPTOM an overall average of 85% with at least 85% in relevant subjects.
For Pharmacy:  an overall average of 90% with at least 90% in biology and chemistry For Medicine: an overall average of 92% with at least 92% in biology, chemistry and maths.

Kazakhstan

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

Kenya

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

Kuwait

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

Malaysia

UEC Senior Middle 3
Overall average of grade B4 with at least a B3/B4 in five subjects subjects excluding Chinese and Malay language.

SPM
IFP Business:  an overall average grade B with a grade A in maths and a grade A in at least one other academic subject .
IFP Engineering:  an overall average grade B with a grade A in maths and a grade A in another science subject .
IFP HSS: an overall average grade B with a grade A in relevant humanities and social science subjects and a grade A in maths. A slightly lower maths score can be considered if very good grades are achieved in all other subjects.
IFP HLS: an overall average grade B with at least a grade B in chemistry, biology and maths.

Mexico

Bachillerato (High School Certificate)
An overall average of B/75% with at least B/75% in relevant subject areas.

Nigeria

SSCE (WAEC)
An overall average grade B with at least a grade B in the relevant subject areas.
For Pharmacy:  an overall average grade A  with grade As in biology and chemistry.

Oman

Thanawiya Amma School Leaving Certificate
An overall average of 85% with at least 85% in the relevant subject areas.
For Pharmacy:  an overall average of 90% with at least 90% in biology and chemistry.
For Medicine:  an overall average of 92% with at least 92% in biology, chemistry and maths.

Pakistan

HSSC
Overall average of 75% with at least 75% in the relevant subject areas.

Peru

Certificado de Educación Secundaria Común Completa
Overall grade of 13/20 with at least 13/20 in relevant subject areas.

Philippines

High School Certificate
Overall average of 90% with at least 90% in the relevant subject areas in year 4.

Qatar

Thanawayiah Aama
An overall average of 85% with at least 85% in the relevant subject areas at Advanced level / 90% at Foundation level.
For Pharmacy: an overall average of 90% with at least 90% in biology and chemistry (at Advanced level only). For Medicine: an overall average of 92% with at least 92% in biology, chemistry and maths (at Advanced level only).

Russia

Certificate of Secondary Education
Overall average of 4/5 with at least a grade 4 in relevant subject areas.
For Medicine:  an overall average of 5 with at least a 5 in maths, chemistry and biology in final high school examinations/CSE.

Saudi Arabia

Thanawiya Amma School Leaving Certificate
An overall average of 85% with at least 85% in the relevant subject areas.
For Pharmacy:  an overall average of 90% with at least 90% in biology and chemistry.
For Medicine:  an overall average of 92% with at least 92% in biology, chemistry and maths.

South Korea

High School Diploma from Specialised High Schools / Inmungye KodBng
Overall average B / 75% with B / 75% in relevant subject areas.

Taiwan

Senior High School Leaving Certificate
An overall average of 75% or grade B in at least 5 subjects and at least 75% in relevant subject areas or an overall average of 80% with at least 80% in the relevant subject areas.

Thailand

Mathayom 6 (M6)
Overall average of 2.75 – 3.0 with 3.0 in relevant subject areas or
overall average of 65% with 70% in relevant subject areas.

Turkey

State/Private High School Diploma/Lise Diplomasi
An overall average of at least 80% with 80% in relevant subject areas.

Ukraine

Attestat An overall average of 4/5 or 9/12 with at least a 4 or 10 in relevant subject areas.

United Arab Emirates

Tawjihiyya School Leaving Certificate
An overall average of 85% with at least 85% in relevant subject areas.
For Pharmacy:  an overall average of 90% with at least 90% in biology and chemistry.
For Medicine:  an overall average of 92% with at least 92% in biology, chemistry and maths.

Uzbekistan

Attestat (Uzbek Certificate of Secondary Education)
Overall average of 4.0/5.0 with 4.0 in key subject areas.

Vietnam

Upper Secondary School Graduation Certificate
An overall average of 7 with at least 7 in relevant subject areas. Students achieving an overall average of 8 in year 11 of their High School Certificate (with at least 8 in relevant subjects) may also be considered.