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Admissions criteria - Biosciences

This information applies to all undergraduate Biosciences programmes.

Academic requirements

Applications are reviewed by the admissions tutors throughout the admissions cycle. The initial assessment consists of vetting applications according to whether the specific minimum academic requirements have been met. In the absence of documented extenuating circumstances, applicants who do not meet these minimum requirements are usually rejected through the standard UCAS procedure. If you satisfy the initial academic criteria you will then be ranked according to your previous academic qualifications, e.g. GCSE, A and AS level grades, Baccalaureate points, or degree classifications.

Non-academic requirements

Applicants who meet the minimum academic requirements and are sufficiently highly ranked academically are then selected based on the information provided in their Personal Statement and the Referee’s Report. Each application is reviewed independently and the Personal Statement should indicate the potential to cope with the academic requirements of the course applied for and to complete the course. In the personal statement, the admissions tutor will be looking for:

  • an ability to demonstrate a commitment to the pursuit of knowledge in Biosciences
  • evidence of motivation and determination
  • any work experience that has been undertaken
  • an ability to construct a coherent and concise statement
  • non-academic interests, which may highlight other significant personal qualities.

Opportunities for certain types of work experience and participation in some non-academic activities may vary according to individual circumstances. This may be due to your cultural or socio-economic background or for other reasons. Admissions Tutors are therefore willing to be flexible about your demonstration of non-academic selection criteria. It should be noted that additional information from the school/ college or you will be considered particularly in the case of extenuating circumstances.

The admissions tutor would expect the Referee’s Report to demonstrate the following attributes of the applicant:

  • Academic ability
  • Interpersonal/communication skills
  • Suitability for the applied course
  • Confirmation of the applicant’s commitment to higher education

Professional judgement

Academic staff will use the criteria as guidance during the decision-making process. However, places are keenly sought and there is a high level of competition so admissions tutors will also use their professional judgement in the selection process. Places cannot be guaranteed purely on the basis of possession of the criteria and qualities required. The whole selection process draws upon academic and non-academic criteria, and there must also be a certain degree of professional judgement before a place can be offered.

A level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate

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

Other qualifications

Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome, as are those who may have combinations of qualifications or other relevant work/life experience.  If you would like to know the entry requirements for a specific qualification not listed here, please contact our admissions team on either or +44(0)29 2087 9999.

You will be invited to a UCAS Visit Day to discuss your application with staff and to see the School and its facilities.

All suitable applicants who are eligible for additional consideration and are predicted a minimum of grades BBB-BBC will be guaranteed a typical offer on the School of Biosciences undergraduate courses. View the University policy on use of contextual data.

All applications must be made through the UCAS scheme, details of which can be found at Applications can be made either in the English or the Welsh language. Cardiff University is not made aware of your other chosen universities, but is aware of your application for other courses at Cardiff University. Applications for such other courses in Cardiff University do not affect the way that an application for Biosciences is considered in any way.

Applications are reviewed by the admissions tutors throughout the admissions cycle, and the process is not weighted. However, each individual application must satisfy all academic entry requirements in order to be considered. Decisions regarding the outcome of the application are made by individual admissions tutors on behalf of the Head of School.

Candidates with subjects to resit will have their applications considered without additional conditions attached. Previous achievements (different from the subject(s) to be repeated) will be taken into consideration alongside qualifications to be attempted.

We are 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

We will consider applications from students wishing to transfer to Cardiff from other UK HEIs only where there are compelling personal circumstances supporting a transfer, and where you, (a) meet the entry requirements for the relevant degree scheme, and (b) have achieved a satisfactory level of performance in each module taken at his/her current institution.

Transfer with credit from another programme at Cardiff University

Applications for transfers from students wishing to transfer to year 1 from other Schools within Cardiff University are considered where you meet the entry requirements for the relevant degree scheme and are able to demonstrate motivation to study biosciences.