Computer Science and Informatics

This information applies to all undergraduate Computer Science programmes.

When assessing an application, the Admissions Tutor will consider the following criteria;

  • Could the applicant meet the entry requirements by the proposed enrolment date?
  • Would the applicant be able to cope with the academic requirements of the course?
    • What recent study experience does the applicant have?
    • What skills/ qualities does the applicant have?
  • Is there evidence of work experience/ reading/ research in this subject area?
    • Is there any indication of appropriate career plans?
    • Does the applicant articulate the way in which the course follows logically from their previous studies/ experience?
  • Does this applicant show the motivation and personal qualities needed for successful study?
    • Is it evident that care has been taken in making the application?
    • Does the applicant display the ability to see something through to completion?
    • Is there evidence of the ability to work unsupervised?
    • Is there evidence of participation in group activities?
    • Does the applicant show evidence of extra curricular activity (eg, work experience)?
    • Does this applicant display an interest in the course?

A minimum of Grade B in GCSE Mathematics (Grade C for BSc Applied Software Engineering) and Grade C in GCSE English or an equivalent qualification.

A level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate

A level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate requirements can be found in Course Finder.

Other qualifications

Applied Software Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Science with High Performance Computing, Computer Science with Security and Forensics

QualificationEntry requirement
BTECExtended Diploma. Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction*
European BaccalaureateObtain Diploma with an average of 7.7
Irish Leaving CertificateAAABBB
Scottish HigherAAABB
Key SkillsEvidence of competence in Key Skills is welcomed, although success in the Key Skills qualification forms no part of the School's formal entry requirements

Computer Science with Visual Computing

QualificationEntry requirement
BTECExtended Diploma in Engineering. Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction*
European BaccalaureateObtain Diploma with an average of 7.7 with 7.0 in Mathematics
Irish Leaving CertificateAAABBB at Higher Level with A in Mathematics
Key SkillsEvidence of competence in Key Skills is welcomed, although success in the Key Skills qualification forms no part of the School's formal entry requirements
Scottish HigherAAABB with A in Mathematics

Students with other qualifications or experience

Other qualifications or experience which may be considered to be equivalent to the above.

Additional requirements for admission

There are no specific additional requirements for admission.

All applications for a place on any of the Computer Science degree programmes must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application service. Applications can be made either in the English or the Welsh language. We recognise that if you are a Welsh speaker, you may feel more comfortable speaking to a Welsh speaking personal tutor. Provided there are Welsh speaking members of staff available, every effort will be made to allocate a Welsh speaker to you at any point in the application.

The School of Computer Science & Informatics assesses applications throughout the cycle. Each application is assessed by the admissions tutor who makes the decision whether or not to accept an applicant. After we have received and considered your application, we may invite you to visit the School some time during the period November to early March. This will include a guided tour of the School, Students’ Union and campus. You will meet students and staff, providing us with the opportunity of getting to know more about you and enabling you to find out what life is like as a computing student at Cardiff University.

All offer holders will be invited to a Visit Day to discuss their application with staff and to see the School and its facilities.

The School of Computer Science & Informatics does not have any standardised or additional admissions test requirements.

The School of Computer Science & Informatics does not routinely interview applicants for its undergraduate programmes. All suitably qualified applicants are invited to visit the School, see the laboratories and talk to members of staff and current students. Those with non-standard qualifications may be invited to discuss their application.

All suitable applicants who are eligible for additional consideration will be guaranteed a typical offer on the School of Computer Science & Informatics undergraduate courses. View the University policy on use of contextual data.

Candidates with subjects to resit will have their applications considered without additional conditions attached.

The School of Computer Science & Informatics will make offers for deferred entry and the same selection criteria will apply.

Transfers with credit from another Higher Education institution

The School of Computer Science & Informatics will consider applications from students wishing to transfer to Cardiff from other UK Universities only where there are compelling personal circumstances supporting a transfer, and where the applicant, (a) meets the entry requirements for the relevant degree scheme, and (b) has achieved a satisfactory level of performance in each module taken at his/her current institution.

Transfer with credit from another programme at Cardiff University

Applications for transfers from students wishing to transfer to year 1 from other Schools within Cardiff University are considered where the applicant meets the entry requirements for the relevant degree scheme and is able to demonstrate motivation to study Computer Science.