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Fees and access plan 2022-23

1. Fee levels

1.1. Fee levels or the determination of a fee level at each location

(Guidance paragraphs 88-97)

Fee levelLocation of course
£9,000 per annum

On Campus

BA, BDS, BEng, BMus, BSc, BScEcon, LLB, MArch, MBBCh, MChem, MEng, MSci, MMath, MPharm, MPhys, MBiomed, MMORS, MNeuro, PCET/PGCE

£1,800 (Sandwich year out in Industry - 20% of the full-time fee)

Sandwich year out in Industry

BA, BDS, BEng, BMus, BSc, BScEcon, LLB, MBBCh, MChem, MEng, MSci, MMath, MPharm, MPhys, MBiomed, MMORS, MNeuro

£1,350 (Erasmus / Year Abroad - 15% of the full-time fee)

Erasmus / Year Abroad

BA, BDS, BEng, BMus, BSc, BScEcon, LLB, MBBCh, MChem, MEng, MSci, MMath, MPharm, MPhys, MBiomed, MMORS, MNeuro

£4,500 (Sandwich year with higher attendance requirement, 50% of the full-time fee)

Sandwich year in Industry


1. 2.  Aggregate fee levels

(Guidance paragraphs 98-102)

The aggregate fee for the full course is the total of the fees for each year of the course. Fees in 2022/23 may change in line with Welsh Government policy. Where fee variations apply to courses due to a period of placement or overseas study while registered at Cardiff University, these are clearly communicated at the time of application.

Cardiff University’s communications are aimed at potential applicants to the University, current students, parents, staff in secondary schools and colleges including teachers and careers advisors, and University staff in order to ensure that all stakeholders receive accurate, timely and consistent information. We ensure that the information provided meets the requirements set out in the UK Quality Code for Higher Education with specific reference to course design and development and section 1.8 of the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG) for internal quality assurance. We endeavour to comply with the letter and the spirit of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and are committed to incorporating all higher education consumer law advice and guidance into our internal processes.

Our student complaints and appeals procedures meet the requirements set out in the UK Quality Code for Higher Education with specific reference to the theme of concerns, complaints and appeals and the requirements of the OIA Good Practice Framework. We take into account consumer legislation and relevant guidance from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Office for Students (OfS) and Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), and the national and sector context, as well as the individual circumstances of the student’s case.

Communication methods include:


  • Dedicated web pages contain information of tuition fees, funding opportunities including scholarships and bursaries, and student support. The pages include links to other related websites including Student Finance Wales/England/Scotland/Northern Ireland, as well as signposting applicants to useful University contacts.
  • We continue to develop our Key Information Sets (KIS), standardised information about undergraduate courses which are designed to be comparable across all UK higher education institutions. This has ensured that a wide range of information specific to each course of study, and on the institution in general, is made available to prospective students. Each KIS is presented as a webpage that provides information on a programme of study and includes details of; course overview, entry requirements, tuition fees, course structure, placement opportunities, accreditation, learning and assessment, and degree programme structure. It is possible for users to select their year of entry to ensure they view information applicable/most relevant to them. An example of our KIS: Architecture (BSc/MArch) - Study - Cardiff University
  • The content of the web pages has been significantly enhanced with the addition of more supporting subject related information helping prospective students make the best possible decisions. Example: Architecture - Study - Cardiff University

Marketing materials/open days

  • The University communicates information on fees and support available to prospective students at open days, visit days, HE Fairs and schools and colleges liaison activity. It is also available in prospectuses, brochures, a student finance guide and advice from University staff. Information is included in presentations for teachers and careers advisers as well as in the student finance talks for applicants.
  • We use social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs and YouTube to communicate with prospective and current students.
  • Relevant information is also communicated to those taking part in our various Widening Participation programmes.


  • Applicants to the University receive an email acknowledging receipt of their application and providing links to our online fee information.
  • We communicate with all offer holders in the form of a newsletter which details scholarship and bursary provision.

Our formal offer letter details the tuition fees payable for the first year of the programme and outlines any potential increase in fees for subsequent years of study. We communicate fee charges throughout the duration of study.

2. Student Partnership

(Guidance paragraphs 103-106)

The Way Forward 2018-23 sets out our commitment to ‘ensuring an educationally outstanding and consistently high-quality student experience, driven by creativity and curiosity, with excellent teaching and services to enhance learning, and support student life. Via our refreshed Education and Students strategy we are making changes in six main areas:

  • Creating an inclusive learning community
  • Enhancing the learning environment
  • Planning for successful student futures
  • Valuing and promoting teaching excellence
  • Supporting student life and learning community
  • Valuing our students as partners.

Our approach to student engagement reflects the principles of Wise Wales.

Working with the Students’ Union

The Student Charter outlines what students can expect from the University and the Students' Union, and our students’ responsibilities in making the most of their university experience. It includes expectations of openness, honesty, equality, diversity  and celebration of Welsh language and culture. It is reviewed annually by the Students’ Union and University to ensure its continued relevance. The University supports the Students’ Union to achieve its goals, including: engaging all students, providing developmental/volunteering opportunities, creating sector-leading facilities and providing sporting activities, societies and independent advice services. Participation in recognised activities is included in the University’s enhanced transcripts for students.

Students’ Union elected officers participate as full members of major University committees and strategic groups including:

  • Senate – our chief academic authority, responsible for determining educational policy.
  • Council - the governing body of the University. It is responsible for the efficient management and conduct of the affairs of the University, including finances and estates.
  • Governance Committee –advises Council on the level of compliance by the University with the mandatory requirements of legislation and other regulations.
  • Policy and Resources Committee – responsible for scrutiny of capital funding for initiatives and evaluating impact.
  • Academic Standards and Quality Committee – responsible for oversight of student progression and attainment.
  • Welsh Medium Education Strategy Group – responsible for oversight of the University’s Welsh medium strategy and development of further Welsh medium provision.
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee – shall be responsible for advising the Council through the Governance Committee on the development and implementation of strategies for ensuring legal compliance and best practice in all matters relating to equal opportunities and diversity.
  • Student Experience Strategy Group - responsible for oversight of the education and student strategy.

Student officers also serve on the steering boards for all our student-facing projects, including the Centre for Student Life. They have direct and regular access to senior decision-makers, including the Vice Chancellor and other members of the University Executive Board (UEB). As part of our quality assurance processes students are formal members of the standing panel that considers all significant programme changes and developments, our Annual Review and Enhancement Committees and all Periodic Review Panels. Students’ Union officers also serve on our Academic Appeals, Complaints, Disciplinary and Fitness to Practice appeal panels.

The University is a supportive partner in the Students’ Union annual ‘Speak Week’, which is a highlight of the student voice calendar. Students are asked ‘If you ran the University, what would you keep and what would you change?’; a question which consistently generates a wide range of constructive feedback. From the student feedback gathered during Speak Week, the Students’ Union produces an annual Student View (formerly called the Student Written Submission (SWS)) for our University Council. A University response to The Student View and an action plan are agreed by University Executive Board and received by University Council for scrutiny. Activities and actions are monitored and evaluated by the Student View Strategy Group which meets at least three times a year and is co-chaired by the Students’ Union President and the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience & Academic Standards.

We have an established partnership project model to develop a deeper understanding of student views on specific issues in The Student View and to inform policy development and organisational change. Each project includes membership of staff and students. Examples of topics covered include identifying enhancements to the complaints process, understanding the learning communities and student support, and exploring future usage and communication of the Student Support Services in the context of the opening of the Centre for Student Life.

The final meeting of the Student View Steering Group for the academic year culminates in a showcase of the findings and recommendations of the partnership projects.

Student Voice

We value our students’ views and opinions, and our many student voice activities, working in partnership with the Students’ Union, provide opportunities throughout the year for students to share their views about what the University is doing well and what it can do better. We also have mechanisms in place to communicate to students and to staff how student feedback has brought about change across the University. Work is ongoing to develop more agile and local feedback mechanisms for students, and in particular to reflect on the success of new student voice mechanism Cardiff Pulse, introduced during 2021 to enable more rapid student feedback and support.

Managed in partnership with the Students’ Union, our student academic representation system enables student representatives to play an important role in decision-making at course level, drawing on feedback from the wider student body. There is an annual cycle of training for our student representatives led by the Students’ Union and delivered in partnership with School Student Rep Coordinators, and an annual training conference. Student reps engage with their programme cohorts and speak on their behalf in a range of well-established School and College fora. These include student-staff panels and regular College meetings of student panel chairs. This involvement ensures the student voice is heard and considered in decision-making.

Students are encouraged to provide feedback through a number of mechanisms either directly via feedback tools or via their peers of student representatives or the Student Champions team (see below). These include:

  • Student-staff panels (SSPs) enable all student academic reps to meet with staff in their schools and share their student experiences on a regular basis. These meetings are chaired by a nominated student rep and minutes are taken by a student rep. SSP minutes are shared with the Students’ Union who create a termly ‘impact report’, which outlines the key issues students are facing as well as areas of particular strength. Student-staff panel chairs are also invited to Boards of Study to discuss the feedback from students.
  • College Forums are an opportunity for student chairs of School student-staff panels to come together and raise issues which have arisen in student-staff panels with the Students’ Union officers, College Deans and other members of staff by invitation.
  • Student Champions are current students engaged by the University as change agents to help us to develop a deeper understanding of student views on specific issues, and ensure students are engaged with us as partners. They are supported through the Centre for Education Support and Innovation (CESI). These students have been involved in a variety of projects, including the design of userexperience (UX) methodology for the Digital Learning Environment Review as well as providing valuable input into the development of the student app, increasing engagement with the National Student Survey and facilitating partnership projects and workshops for various initiatives relating to student experience.
  • Module evaluation gives students feedback on all their modules via an easy-to-use, mobile-friendly online tool. These data provide a deeper understanding of trends in student satisfaction across the University and help to highlight priorities for responsive and appropriate action at school and University levels. Module convenors report back to students on module evaluation data and actions taken as a result of student feedback.
  • National Student Survey (NSS) responses and feedback are received via the annual NSS of undergraduate final year students. The results of the NSS are scrutinised at school, college and university levels, with priorities for action and improvement identified and monitored via the Student Experience Strategy Group.
  • Survey Management Framework - A singular institutionally owned framework which ensures that the student voice be heard and acted upon, with closure of feedback loops at all levels. The framework provides a streamlined cycle of design, analysis, reporting and publication for all student surveys as well as clarity on the governance, responsibility, data ownership and engagement with key stakeholders.
  • Cardiff Pulse is newly introduced in 2021 and invites students to provide feedback to the University about how they are getting on each month through a series of six short questions. Cardiff Pulse is integrated into the Universities VLE and is framed as a conversation with students rather than a survey. Results, and closing the loop feedback, are reported to students each month via an intranet page.

Alongside these mechanisms, significant improvements have been made to Student Voice through the fixed-term Student Voice Campaign Officer role. This role created an identity for Student Voice at Cardiff and shifted student voice from a singular event to a series of activities throughout the year. This has paved the way for the Student Voice programme of work which commenced in January 2021 and looks to radicalise the University’s approach to student voice over the next three years. This programme of work will include a Student Engagement Steering Group which will create a roadmap for student voice for the next three years, alongside four immediate projects looking at our module evaluation system, our use of data, our approach to using local level feedback, and ensuring we have staffing structures in place to support a more local and agile approach to student voice.

Development of the FAP is also influenced through consideration of the participant feedback that is routinely collected and analysed as part of our student experience programmes including:

  • Step-Up
  • Student mentoring
  • Wellbeing champions
  • Employability initiatives, and
  • Global opportunities.

Our students also help to deliver several programmes and activities set out in the Plan. For instance:

  • Placements for developing Learning, Teaching and Research at Cardiff where students have the opportunity to work on projects to enhance learning, teaching and research. Cardiff University Student Education Innovation Projects (CUSEIP) enable students to work directly with staff on learning and teaching enhancement projects, primarily via summer placements.
  • HE roadshows delivered in partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University, raises awareness of higher education and provides advice at an early stage about careers and subject choices. Our students design and deliver interactive presentations to pupils in years 9-11. It aims to raise awareness of higher education and its benefits and to motivate pupils. It provides careers advice relevant to HE at an early stage so that pupils make an informed choice about GCSEs and FE.

Student and staff feedback on these schemes is very positive, with academic colleagues noting the important impact of having student involvement on projects, giving it currency; students noting the scheme gives them an opportunity to be a co-partner with academics on projects as well as providing valuable employability experience.

3. Under-represented groups

(Guidance paragraphs 107-113)

Identified by HEFCW as under-represented in higher education:

  • people of all ages domiciled in the Welsh Index of Multiple Index bottom two quintiles (WIMD40 and separately WIMD20)
  • people of all ages from low participation neighbourhoods (POLAR 4)
  • part-time higher education students
  • people with protected characteristics
  • Welsh medium students.

Identified by the Reaching Wider programme:

  • within the bottom two quintiles of the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation:
    • post-16 young people
    • adults without level 4 qualifications, to provide progression to level 4 provision.
  • and Wales-wide:
    • children looked after
    • care leavers
    • carers in all age groups

Identified by Cardiff University as under-represented, student who are/have:

  • disability (including autism)
  • refugees/asylum seekers
  • forces veterans
  • estranged from families
  • parents not educated to HE level
  • DWP household gross annual earnings (currently <£35k)
  • age – mature
  • home BAME

4. Objectives as they relate to supporting equality of opportunity and the promotion of HE

(Guidance paragraphs 114-148)

4.1. Equality of opportunity

Objective 1

Raise aspirations and increase access to HE amongst under-represented groups.

Objective 2

Ensure that continuation rates for underrepresented groups are in line with the rest of the student population.

Objective 3

Increase the number of students studying through the medium of Welsh through the enhancement of the University’s Welsh Language community, culture and provision.

Objective 4

Improve the employability of under-represented students

4.2 Promotion of higher education

Objective 1

Continue to focus on global, community and civic engagement that is impactful and of high quality.

Objective 2

Provide a high-quality learning and teaching environment.

Objective 3

Focus on enhancement that improves the student experience.

Objective 4

Continue to provide curricula and wider opportunities to enhance student employability

Authorisation of the fee and access plan application to HEFCW (required for publication)

In authorising fee and access plan applications, the governing body:

i. confirms that it continues to be an institution that provides higher education in Wales and is a charity.

ii. has seen and considered appropriate evidence to support the declarations being made in this application.

iii. confirms that there has been appropriate consultation with its students, both those studying at the institution and at other providers where education is delivered on its behalf.

iv. confirms that the information provided in this fee and access plan application is accurate and current, at the time of writing, and is based on verifiable data.

v. confirms that: [delete one or more statements, as appropriate]
a. it is acceptable for HEFCW to use financial, quality and/or other information/data that it holds about a currently regulated institution, regardless of whether the information/data was originally provided for purposes of regulation under the 2015 Act;
b. it is not acceptable for HEFCW to use financial, quality and/or other information/data that it holds about a currently regulated
institution for purposes of regulation under the 2015 Act; and
c. it is submitting new, up-to-date, more recent information/data to inform HEFCW’s assessment.

vi. understands that HEFCW reserves the right to undertake a visit to the institution to better understand eligibility related to the organisation and management of financial affairs, the data submitted on fee and access plans and/or the quality of education provided on, or on behalf of, the institution.

vii. understands that it must provide HEFCW and/or HEFCW’s agent, with information, assistance and access to its facilities and the facilities of other bodies providing higher education on its behalf.

viii. understands that HEFCW may carry out, or arrange for an agent to carry out, a review relating to the quality of education provided by, or on behalf of the institution, and its governing body must take into account any advice given to it by HEFCW or the body appointed by HEFCW for this purpose.

ix. confirms that all education provided by, or on its behalf, regardless of the level or location of the provision has been taken into account in this fee and access plan application.

x. confirms that the institution is at a low risk of failure on financial grounds over the medium- to long- term.

xi. confirms that the accounts are audited each year by a registered auditor and that the registered auditor is not the same firm and/or individual that prepared the accounts.

xii. confirms that the institution complies with Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) guidelines for higher education.

xiii. understands that any financial commitments to students made in the fee and access plan, as approved by HEFCW, must be honoured.

xiv. confirms that it will continue to invest the same proportion of full-time undergraduate fee income to promote equality of opportunity and promote higher education and not reduce invest to promote equality of opportunity which is intended to support only underrepresented in higher education.

xv. confirms that it will maintain student support levels.

xvi. confirms that the institution will ensure that a copy of the fee and access plan can be made accessible to its students in any format.

xvii. confirms that the institution will clearly signpost its students to HEFCW’s complaints processes.

Fee and access plan application submission to HEFCW

Date of Governing Body approval:16 June 2021
Governing Body authorised signature:S.B.Palmer
Date:16 June 2021
Organisation nameUK Provider Reference Number (UKPRN)Location addressType of activity and level of studyForecast total
number of
Activity delivered
by a partner?
Is the partner a
Type of
partnership and date of
Bangor University10007857Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2DGLearning and
69YYOther collaborative
22 March 2019
South Wales Baptist College 54 Cardiff Road, Cardiff, CF5 2YJLearning and
2 March 2017
Beijing Normal University,
 19 Xinjiekou Outer St, Haidian, Beijing,
China, 100875
Learning and
18YNOther collaborative
1 September 2015
Cardiff University10007854Main Site, Cardiff, CF10 3ATLearning and
teaching/ Research
Undergraduate/ Postgraduate 
Cardiff University10007854Cardiff UHW site,
Heath Park Way,
Cardiff, CF14 4XW
Learning and
teaching/ Research
Undergraduate/ Postgraduate
Cardiff University10007854Velindre Hospital; Velindre Rd, Cardiff,
CF14 2TL
Learning and
teaching/ Research
Undergraduate/ Postgraduate 
Cardiff University10007854Llandough Hospital; Penlan Rd, Llandough, Penarth CF64 2XXLearning and
teaching/ Research
Undergraduate/ Postgraduate 
Cardiff University10007854Kier Hardie University Health Park; Aberdare Rd,
Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 1AZ
Learning and
teaching/ Research
Undergraduate/ Postgraduate 
Cardiff University10007854Information Station
Building, Queensway, Newport, NP20 4AX
Learning and
teaching/ Research
Undergraduate/ Postgraduate 
Leuven University Oude Markt 13, 3000 Leuven, Belgium Research YNOther collaborative
22 September 2014
Xiamen University 422 Siming S Rd, Siming District, Xiamen, Fujian, China, 361005Research YNOther collaborative
18 November 2016
Universidade Estadual de
Campinas (Unicamp)
 Cidade Universitária Zeferino Vaz - Barão Geraldo, Campinas - SP, 13083-970,
Research YNOther collaborative
11 December 2018
University of Bremen Bibliothekstraße 1, 28359 Bremen, GermanyResearch YNOther collaborative
8 March 2019
University of Namibia Windhoek, NamibiaResearch YNOther collaborative
Danau Girang Field Centre Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife
Sanctuary, Sabah, Malaysia
Research YNOther collaborative
Cardiff Catalysis Institute School of Chemistry, Cardiff University, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3ATResearch N  
Crime and Security Research
 2nd Floor, Friary House, Greyfriars Road,
Cardiff, CF10 3AE
Research N  
Data Innovation Research
 Trevithick Building,
The Parade, Cardiff,
CF24 3AA
Research N  
Energy Systems Research
 Queen's Building,
5 The Parade, Cardiff
CF24 3AA
Research N  
European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute Hadyn Ellis Building,
Maindy Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ
Research N  
Neuroscience and Mental
Health Research Institute
 Hadyn Ellis Building,
Maindy Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ
Research N  
Sustainable Places Research
 33 Park Place
CF10 3BA
Research N  
Systems Immunity Research
 Tenovus Building, Cardiff, CF14 4XNResearch N  
Water Research Institute Sir Martin Evans Building, Museum
Avenue, Cardiff,
CF10 3AX
Research N