Admissions criteria

We are looking to admit students whose potential to benefit from our research-led learning and teaching might be demonstrated through a range of qualifications and achievements prior to entry into Higher Education.

You will need to satisfy the relevant admissions tutor that you have achieved the necessary academic and non-academic criteria required for the programme of study.

Our online Course Finder and our undergraduate prospectus will help give you a broad overview of the entry requirements and typical offers for particular degree programmes. However, each of our Academic Schools publishes its own admissions criteria and you are advised to compare the criteria for both Schools if you are applying for a joint honours programme. For some vocational programmes with very specific or detailed entry requirements, including the MBBCh in Medicine (A100) and the BDS in Dentistry (A200), the admissions criteria are produced at programme level.

GCSE, A level and the Welsh Baccalaureate qualifications in both England and Wales are changing.

Our Academic Quality and Standards Committee is currently considering the implications of these developments. Further information will be published in due course.

Admissions and selection criteria by Academic School/subject

This information will assist applicants in assessing whether they have the skills, attributes and qualifications which our Schools have identified as being important if students are to succeed on their undergraduate programmes of study. It also summarises the process which the School uses for selecting students and making offers, so that applicants understand how the School considers their applications.


For the BSc in Architectural Studies and the MArch (Part 2).


For all undergraduate Biosciences programmes.


For all undergraduate Cardiff Business School programmes.


For all undergraduate Chemistry programmes.

Computer Science and Informatics

For all undergraduate Computer Science programmes, including selection for the Computer Science component of joint honours programmes.


For all undergraduate School of Dentistry programmes.

Earth and Ocean Sciences

For all undergraduate Earth and Ocean Sciences degree programmes.


For all undergraduate Engineering programmes.

English, Communication and Philosophy

For all undergraduate programmes in the School, including selection for the relevant component of joint honours programmes.

History, Archaeology and Religion

For all undergraduate programmes in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion and the School’s element of joint honours programmes.

Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

For all undergraduate Journalism programmes, including selection for the Journalism component of joint honours programmes.


For all undergraduate LLB programmes, including selection for the Law component of joint honours programmes.


For all undergraduate Mathematics programmes, including selection for the Mathematics component of joint honours programmes.

Medical Pharmacology

For the undergraduate BSc Medical Pharmacology degree programme.


Admissions requirements, selection policies and procedures for undergraduate medical courses leading to the MBBCh award.

Modern Languages

For all undergraduate Modern Languages programmes (French, German, Italian, Hispanic Studies and Translation).


For all undergraduate Music programmes, including selection for the Music component of joint honours programmes.

Nursing and Midwifery Studies

For all pre-registration undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery programmes.

Occupational Therapy

For the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy three year full-time.

Operating Department Practice

For the BSc (Hons) in Operating Department Practice, three years full-time.


For the undergraduate BSc in Optometry.


For the undergraduate programme MPharm.

Physics and Astronomy

For all undergraduate Physics and Astronomy programmes - single or joint honours.


For the undergraduate BSc Physiotherapy programme.

Planning and Geography

For all undergraduate Planning and Geography programmes.

Politics and International Relations

For all undergraduate Politics and International Relations programmes (Politics, International Relations and Politics, joint honours programmes with Politics).


For undergraduate single honours Psychology and Psychology with Professional Placement programmes.

Radiotherapy and Oncology

For the BSc (Hons) Radiography: Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging and the BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology.

Social Sciences

For all undergraduate degree programmes in the School of Social Sciences, including selection for joint honours programmes.


For all undergraduate Welsh programmes, including selection for the Welsh component of joint honours programmes.

English Language qualifications

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, competence in the English language is also a criterion of admission. Although the University has general English language requirements, some Academic Schools have higher requirements.

Feedback, complaints and appeals

The University has agreed procedures for dealing with requests for feedback which is outlined in the Admissions Framework: