How to apply

We're delighted that you've chosen to study with us. We aim to make the application process as easy as possible for you.

Choose your course

  • Search for a course
  • Check the UCAS application deadlines (below)
  • Check the specific entry requirements and admissions criteria for your course
  • International students can check their qualifications by visiting the relevant country page
  • Some courses may involve attending an interview, sitting a test or submitting a portfolio - if required this will be stated in the entry requirements
  • Make sure you meet the English language requirements (non-UK only).

Gather documents and information

Make sure you have everything you need to complete the application form (eg. education history, personal statement, referee details). This information is available from the UCAS website.

Applications for all full-time undergraduate courses must be made through UCAS Apply. You can apply from 1 September the year before you intend to start your course.

Applicants with disabilities or specific needs

If you have a disability or a specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia) make sure you note this on your UCAS form so that we are made aware of your needs in advance of arrival.

Part-time study

Some courses are available part-time. If you are interested in a part-time course you'll need to apply directly to the University, not UCAS. To find out more please visit our part-time study page.

Track your application

You can track your application with UCAS Track.

UK and EU students

There are two UCAS application deadlines:

  • 15 October for Medicine (UCAS Codes: A100 & A104) and Dentistry (UCAS Codes: A200 & A204)
  • 15 January for all other courses

Applications after 15 January: you may apply until 30 June but your application will be marked 'late' and admissions tutors will consider it at their discretion.

International students

Applications from overseas students (non EU) will be accepted through UCAS up until 30 June. However, it is recommended that you apply as early as possible.

15 October for Medicine (UCAS Codes: A100 & A104) and Dentistry (UCAS Codes: A200 & A204)

If you are applying after 30 June, please contact the International Office directly to discuss your application.

Taking a year out

Most academic schools will consider deferred applications but you must indicate this on your UCAS form along with your reasons for deferring. Check with the relevant academic school before you apply.

UCAS will contact you by email or letter once you have at least one offer. If you are offered a place, your offer will be either unconditional or conditional:

Unconditional offers

This means that you have met all the academic requirements and we are happy to accept you.

Conditional offers

This means that we will offer you a place if you meet certain conditions which are usually based on your exams or an English language test. Once you have met the conditions, your offer will become unconditional.

Invitations

Depending on the course, we may invite you to an interview, an information day or ask you to provide a portfolio of work. If this is the case, this will be clearly indicated in UCAS Track.

When will I hear?

The sooner you submit your application through UCAS (after it opens on 1 September) the earlier you should start to receive offers. However, bear in mind that universities and colleges have until early May to make their decision.

You must now consider the offers you've received and inform UCAS of your choice through the Track system. The deadline by which you must reply will be displayed in Track.

You have three options:

Firm acceptance 

This is your first/preferred choice. You can only have one firm acceptance.

Insurance acceptance (optional)

If your firm acceptance is a conditional offer, you can accept another offer (conditional or unconditional) as an insurance choice in case you fail to meet the terms of your firm acceptance. You can only have one insurance acceptance.

Decline

You must decline all other offers. If you do not wish to accept any offers made, you can decline them all. Depending on your circumstances, you may then be eligible to use UCAS Extra or clearing.

For detailed information on how and when to reply to offers, please visit the UCAS website.

What to do if you have no offers

If you receive no offers or choose to decline all offers, you might be able to apply through UCAS Extra for another course. You will only be able to apply to courses that still have vacancies. Extra is open from the end of February to early July. In Extra, you apply for one course at a time using UCAS Track.

To be eligible for UCAS Extra you need to have:

  • already made five choices
  • received decisions from all these choices, and
  • either had no offers or declined all the offers you have received.

Remember: If you decline your offers and add an Extra choice, you will not be able to accept any of your original choices later.

Please see the UCAS website for further information

Once you have your exam results, you will be in one of these positions:

You have met or exceeded the conditions of your offer

Congratulations! You've got your results and you are ready to embark on the next stage of your academic career. Providing you satisfy the terms of your offer in full by 31st August, you will soon receive a letter from UCAS confirming your place. We have discretion in confirming decisions which are dependent on results submitted after this date, including improved grades arising from an awarding body appeal. If a programme is full at 31st August, we may make an offer of deferred entry instead. Once we have confirmed your offer via UCAS, we will also write to you ourselves to officially welcome you to the University and provide any further information you need.

You are accepted by us as your insurance choice

If you do not meet the conditions set by your firm choice, but fully meet the conditions set by us by 31st August as your insurance choice, your insurance choice will be confirmed on UCAS Track. We have discretion in confirming decisions which are dependent on results submitted after this date, including improved grades arising from an awarding body appeal. If a programme is full at 31st August, we may make an offer of deferred entry instead. Once we have confirmed your offer via UCAS, we will write to you to officially welcome you to the University and provide any further information you need. You will also soon receive a letter from UCAS confirming your place at the university.

Your results don't meet the conditions of any of your choices

If you do not meet the conditions of any of the offers you have accepted and the universities cannot offer you a place you will automatically be entered into clearing.

Clearing

A service that can help those without a place at university to find a vacancy on a suitable course. Clearing operates between mid July and September, but most people use it after their exam results are published in August.

You should be eligible for clearing if:

  • you hold no offers: you did not receive any offers/ declined all offers made or did not respond in time to any offers made
  • you applied after 30 June
  • you did not meet the conditions of your offers.

Eligibility for clearing will be displayed on UCAS Track. For further information, please visit the UCAS website.

Adjustment

A process by which students who have met and exceeded the terms of their conditional firm acceptance may be able to change their choice of course or university.

Please see the UCAS website for further information and details about eligibility.

Coming to Cardiff University - Residences and Enrolment

We look forward to welcoming you to Cardiff University. Once you have formally accepted your place at Cardiff University and your place has been confirmed, you will be sent information about residences and enrolment.

If you require assistance in completing your application please contact our admissions team:

Student enquiries

If you are applying from outside the EU you may also wish to contact our international office for advice:

International