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Entry requirements for Nigeria

Our entry requirements will vary depending on your level of study, the course you are interested in and your English language proficiency.

Foundation courses

If you have graduated from the national high school system, you will be required to successfully complete a one year International Foundation Programme before entering our undergraduate courses.

You will be required to successfully complete the SSCE (WAEC) with an overall average of B and at least B in key subject areas to be considered for admission on to our International Foundation Programme.

Some subjects, such as healthcare allied professions, will require higher grades. Please contact the Foundation Office for more information.

Undergraduate courses

You will be required to have the Senior School Certificate combined with a successfully completed International Foundation Programme from a reputable institution to be considered for admission on to our bachelor's degree courses.

Alternatively, if you hold the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, West African GCE A-levels or British A-levels or you have successfully completed an OND or HND or you have successfully completed the first year of a Nigerian bachelor's degree, you may be considered for admission to the first year of our undergraduate courses.

Postgraduate taught courses

You will be required to have a good bachelor's degree (usually minimum 2.1) from a recognised institution to be considered for admission on to a master's degree. In some cases, a good 2.2 bachelor's degree may be acceptable.

Postgraduate research courses

If you are applying for a research course, you will be required to provide evidence that you have already carried out research, usually via the successful completion of a relevant master's degree.

If you have a bachelor's degree (minimum Second Class, Higher Division), you will be considered for admission to a master's degree at Cardiff University.

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English language

Whilst Nigeria is, of course, recognised as an English speaking country, for the purpose of complying with the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) rules, we are asking that students demonstrate their English language abilities.We are constantly reviewing our admissions systems, whilst also abiding by the changes in UK entry laws. Please don't hesitate to contact us should you have any further questions about this.

For entry to our undergraduate programmes, the WAEC or IGCSE can be considered at the appropriate grade, in lieu of IELTS. However, due to recent changes, if you are applying for a Foundation Course, you will be asked to sit an IELTS qualification, in order to qualify for your visa to study in the UK.

To find out more about the scores required in the WAEC or IGCSE examinations and our English language requirements, please visit our English language requirements page.

Please don't hesitate to contact us should you have any further questions about this.