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.

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.

Architecture

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

Biosciences

For all undergraduate Biosciences programmes.

Business

For all undergraduate Cardiff Business School programmes.

Chemistry

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.

Dentistry

For all undergraduate School of Dentistry programmes.

Earth and Ocean Sciences

For all undergraduate Earth and Ocean Sciences degree programmes.

Engineering

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.

Geography and Planning

For all undergraduate Planning and Geography programmes.

Healthcare Sciences

Admissions criteria for all undergraduate Healthcare Sciences 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.

Law and Politics

Admissions criteria for all undergraduate programmes in the School of Law and Politics.

Mathematics

This information applies to all undergraduate Mathematics programmes, including selection for the Mathematics component of joint honours programmes.

Medicine

Admissions criteria for all undergraduate programmes in the School of Medicine.

Modern Languages

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

Music

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

Optometry

For the undergraduate BSc in Optometry.

Pharmacy

For the undergraduate programme MPharm.

Physics and Astronomy

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

Psychology

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

Social Sciences

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

Welsh

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

Non-UK qualifications

If you are offering non-UK qualifications, our Qualification Equivalences guide should allow you to calculate what kind of offer you are likely to receive.

Please be aware that this is a general guide, and that some programmes may have more detailed or specific entry requirements which will be reflected in your offer.

Translation of certificates/transcripts

UK Visas and Immigration requires a fully-certified original translation for each document you provide that is not in English or Welsh.

If you are making an application in the UK, the translation must:

  • be made by a professional translator or translation company
  • include details of the translator or translation company credentials
  • include confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
  • include the date of the translation
  • include the original signature of the translator or an authorised official of the translation company.

If you are making an application outside the UK, the translation must:

  • be able to be independently verified by the Home Office
  • include confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
  • include the date of the translation
  • include the translator's full name and signature OR the full name and signature of an authorised official of the translation company
  • include the translator/translations company's contact details.

If your translation does not meet all the requirements, you must have a new translation made. Your visa application can be refused if the translation does not meet the requirements.

For further information and enquiries, please email admissions@cardiff.ac.uk or international@cardiff.ac.uk.

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:

Changes to programmes

We reserve the right to make changes to programme content, entry requirements, method of delivery or to suspend, combine or withdraw a programme, both prior to and after a student’s admission to the University, if such action is reasonably considered necessary.

In the event that, prior a student commencing their study (who holds a confirmed offer of a place), we withdraw a programme, a student may either:

  • transfer to another programme as offered by the University, which the student is qualified to undertake (meets minimum entry requirements) and where places are available (a number of programmes cannot exceed managed in-take numbers due to Government controls, limited professional placements which are integral to that specific programme of study and/or funding)
  • withdraw from the University without any liability for fees.

In these circumstances if a student wishes to withdraw from their place at Cardiff University and to enrol in a course at a different University, we will also take reasonable action/s to assist in finding a suitable alternative place.