Pathways to a degree

We have developed a number of pathways to help you study for an undergraduate degree at the University.

Each pathway is taught on a part-time basis in the evenings and weekends in a friendly and relaxed setting. In most cases, you won’t need prior qualifications to get started and there will be plenty of help to develop your study skills.

Our pathways programme is an alternative to A-level and access qualifications as it is taught and assessed in similar ways to first year undergraduate courses. This means that you will gain first-hand experience of studying at degree level in a vibrant higher education environment.

We welcome applications from students who may have been away from formal education for several years and a number of our pathways do not require any formal qualifications.

We will support you to prepare and submit your degree application, and help you prepare for your degree interview when the time comes.

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Pathway to a degree in politics and international relations

Learn about domestic and global politics, along with the large issues facing our world today in this popular route into an undergraduate degree.

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Pathway to a degree in English language, literature and philosophy

Learn about the stories we use to make sense of life and get the opportunity to progress to study an undergraduate degree with us.

Three Cardiff University graduates who took the Exploring the Past pathway programme.

Pathway to a degree in history, archaeology or religion

Realise your ambition to study history, ancient history, archaeology or religion at degree level.

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Pathway to a degree in translation

Students successfully completing this pathway and passing the subsequent degree interview can enter their first year of undergraduate study at Cardiff University with half of that year's credits already completed.

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Pathway to a degree in modern languages

Study within a flexible time-scale, framework and environment, working towards starting an undergraduate degree.

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Pathway to a degree in social science

Enrol on the courses that are part of this pathway and if you are successful, you will transfer on to a full undergraduate degree.

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Pathway to a degree in business management or accounting

Our pathway is a popular route into studying at Cardiff Business School, widely regarded as one of the leading business and management schools in the UK.

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Pathway to a degree in journalism, media or cultural studies

If you have ever thought about studying journalism, media and cultural studies this pathway will open up and tackle fascinating subject areas concerning the media around us.

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Pathway to a degree in healthcare

After studying part-time successful students will be able to make an application to an undergraduate healthcare degree in a variety of areas.

Medical Pharmacology

Medical Pharmacology

This pathway would be ideal for students who want to pursue a career in biomedical research.