Law

These pages are currently under review and will be updated shortly. Please contact the admissions tutor for more detailed information.

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

Admissions tutors will look for evidence of ability across the following range of skills:

  • logical reasoning - ability to analyse and solve problems using logical and critical approaches; ability to separate the relevant from the irrelevant, capacity for sustained and cogent argument
  • effective communication - ability to express ideas clearly and effectively
  • autonomous learning - motivation and capacity for independent study
  • time management - ability to manage a heavy academic workload effectively.

We require a GCSE pass in English (grade C or above).

A-level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate

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

Other qualifications

LLB Law (M100)

QualificationEntry requirement
European Baccalaureate80%
Scottish Advanced HighersAAA-AAB
Scottish HighersConsidered in conjunction with Advanced Highers
Irish Leaving CertificateAAABBB at Higher Level
ACCESS courses60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 at level 3 to include 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits
Vocational A LevelsAcceptable in combination with A Levels

LLB Law & Criminology (M190)

QualificationEntry requirement
European Baccalaureate80%
Scottish Advanced HighersAAA-AAB
Scottish HighersConsidered in conjunction with Advanced Highers
Irish Leaving CertificateAAABBB at Higher Level
ACCESS courses60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 at level 3 to include 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits
Vocational A LevelsAcceptable in combination with A Levels

LLB Law and Politics (ML12)

QualificationEntry requirement
European Baccalaureate80%
Scottish Advanced HighersAAA-AAB
Scottish HighersConsidered in conjunction with Advanced Highers
Irish Leaving CertificateAAABBB at Higher Level
ACCESS courses60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 at level 3 to include 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits
Vocational A LevelsAcceptable in combination with A Levels

LLB Law and Sociology (ML13)

QualificationEntry requirement
European Baccalaureate80%
Scottish Advanced HighersAAA-AAB
Scottish HighersConsidered in conjunction with Advanced Highers
Irish Leaving CertificateAAABBB at Higher Level
ACCESS courses60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 at level 3 to include 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits
Vocational A LevelsAcceptable in combination with A Levels

LLB Law and French (RM11)

QualificationEntry requirement
European Baccalaureate80% with a minimum of 7.5 in French
Scottish Advanced HighersAAB (including B in French)
Scottish HighersConsidered in conjunction with Advanced Highers
Irish Leaving CertificateAAABBB at Higher Level, to include French
ACCESS courses60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 at level 3 to include 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits. Evidence of proficiency in French is required.
Vocational A LevelsAcceptable in combination with A Levels

LLB Law and German (RM21)

QualificationEntry requirement
European Baccalaureate80% with a minimum of 7.5 in German
Scottish Advanced HighersAAB (including B in German)
Scottish HighersConsidered in conjunction with Advanced Highers
Irish Leaving CertificateAAABBB at Higher Level, to include German
ACCESS courses60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 at level 3 to include 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits. Evidence of proficiency in Geman is required.
Vocational A LevelsAcceptable in combination with A Levels

LLB Law and Welsh (MQ15)

QualificationEntry requirement
European Baccalaureate80%. Applicant must show ability in Welsh equivalent to A-level Welsh first language at grade B.
Scottish Advanced HighersApplicants assessed on a case by case basis.Must include Welsh or candidate must show ability in Welsh equivalent to first language Welsh A-level grade B
Scottish HighersConsidered in conjunction with Advanced Highers
Irish Leaving CertificateAAABBB at Higher Level, to include Welsh
ACCESS courses60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 at level 3 to include 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits. Evidence of proficiency in Welsh is required.
Vocational A LevelsAcceptable in combination with A Levels

Additional requirements for admission

There are no specific additional requirements for admission. However, applicants considering a career in Law wishing to progress to either the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Professional Studies Course upon completion of their undergraduate studies are advised to familiarise themselves with the fitness to practise requirements of the relevant professional body to ensure that they would be eligible to register with the relevant body upon completion of training:

We accept a minimum of two traditional A Level academic subjects from the following list. If your subject is not included please email lawpladmissions@cardiff.ac.uk to find out if we can consider it for entry.

  • Accounting
  • All languages
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Further Maths
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Government and Politics
  • History
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Policy
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • World Development

All applications for a place on any of the LLB degree schemes must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application service.

Offers are made to all students who either meet, or have the potential to meet, the entry requirements for the relevant degree programme and these selection criteria should be read in conjunction with those requirements. Potential is assessed by reference to the entirety of the information included on the UCAS application form (including contextual data).

Applicants whose academic profile suggests that they are likely to achieve the entry qualifications may be made offers.

Applicants passing the initial stage of the selection process will be made offers where their applications are supported by:

  • A strong academic reference
  • A good personal statement, demonstrating clear commitment to the degree programme applied for and good written communication skills.

Applicants unable to demonstrate the requisite potential through actual or predicted grades may be offered an interview and aptitude test as an alternative means of showing their academic potential. Decisions as to whether or not to invite such applicants for interview are taken by reference to the entirety of the information disclosed on the UCAS form, with particular emphasis placed on any past voluntary or paid employment history.

The School of Law and Politics will be holding Open Afternoons for offer-holders and their guests between December and March. All applicants holding an offer will be invited to attend an Open Afternoon where they will get the opportunity to hear more about the course and the School, take a tour of the facilities and meet staff and current students over an informal tea.

The School of Law and Politics does not have any standardised admissions test requirements (eg LNAT). However, as noted above, applicants unable to demonstrate the requisite potential through actual or predicted grades may be offered an interview and aptitude test as an alternative means of showing their academic potential. This test is set internally by the School of Law and Politics and is intended to test applicants’ critical thinking and written communication skills.

The School of Law and Politics does not routinely interview applicants for its undergraduate programmes. However, as noted above, applicants unable to demonstrate the requisite potential through actual or predicted grades may be offered an interview and aptitude test as an alternative means of showing their academic potential.

The School of Law and Politics applies the principles adopted by Cardiff University for the use of contextual data. In accordance with this policy, all applicants are required to meet the standard entry requirements for admission.

Applicants who are pursuing a suitable course of study and who are eligible for additional consideration will be guaranteed a typical offer for their chosen course at School of Law and Politics provided that they meet the standard academic and non-academic criteria for their chosen degree programme. Those who are eligible for additional consideration who accept an offer as their firm choice, but who narrowly miss the terms of that offer, will be given priority should any places remain unfilled following the release of A-level results.

View the University policy on use of contextual data.

Resit candidates will be considered on an individual basis.

The Law School is happy to make offers for deferred entry for up to a maximum of 12 months in line with the University’s policy and existing procedures. The same selection criteria will apply.

Transfers with credit from another Higher Education institution

Requests from students who have completed the first year of study at another Law School and who wish to join a programme at the School of Law and Politics at the beginning of the second year will be considered if the following criteria are met:

  • places must be available
  • the programmes of study must be compatible
  • students must meet Cardiff's entry requirements, and
  • there must be extenuating circumstances justifying the transfer.

Applications to join the final year of a programme at Cardiff Law School and applications to transfer mid-year will not be considered.

Transfer from another programme at Cardiff University

Applications for transfers from students wishing to transfer to the start of Year one 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 law.