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Admissions criteria - Chemistry

This information applies to all undergraduate Chemistry programmes.

We welcome applicants who have strong interests in Chemistry, developing their practical laboratory skills and utilising differing methods of spectroscopy to apply. Having a strong science background, we look to recruit students onto our BSc and MChem schemes who wish to pursue Chemistry training at degree level.

We invite all applicants, who have the correct A-level combination and predicted grades, to attend a UCAS open day between the November to March period. These open days allow you to see the school, its facilities, chat with staff and students and discuss what varied and invaluable opportunities a degree in Chemistry from Cardiff University will afford you. You will receive your offer via UCAS Track after attending one of our open days. We feel our open days are a good chance for you to see what life is like at the School of Chemistry by gaining a good all round experience of what courses we deliver, the staff who teach and other students who are currently on the course.

We look forward to receiving your application.

We look for individuals who are committed to university life, motivated to study Chemistry and have a strong scientific background. You should have a good balance of social activities to complement your academic achievements, be enthusiastic, organised and interested in the subject and its application.

When assessing candidates, we look for your interests outside of the academic arena such as voluntary/charity work, team working groups, organisation and execution of projects such as overseas work, tours or conference events.

You will be assessed with reference to their predicted grades and chosen subjects at higher level.

A level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate

Find out more about our A level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate requirements.

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.

All applications for a place on any of the Chemistry degree programmes must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application service. You  can be made either in the English or the Welsh language. We recognise that if you are a Welsh speaker, you may feel more comfortable speaking to a Welsh speaking personal tutor when you contact the School. Provided there are Welsh speaking members of staff available, every effort will be made to allocate a Welsh speaker to you.

You are assessed by the Admissions Tutor and we make offers throughout the year. Conditional offers are based on the UCAS application form for most candidates offering a regular subject combination at A-level or equivalent vocational qualification examinations. All candidates meeting a minimum standard and who are likely to receive offers of a place are invited to visit the School on one of our open days. This will include a tour of facilities in the School and the Students' Union, meeting with students, talks on Cardiff and our Chemistry courses, and an individual meeting with a member of staff. You may be invited to interview. The interviews are as informal as possible and are designed to help ensure that each applicant’s background experience is well matched to the requirements of the proposed degree programme.

Entry via a preliminary year is possible for those whose background does not include the usual range of scientific study. Three preliminary science subjects are studied and successful completion leads to entry to the first year of the various degree schemes. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Tom Tatchell for further advice before making a formal application through UCAS, which is made with Course Code F105.

All applicants to the School will be invited to a UCAS Visit Day to discuss their application with staff and to see the School and its facilities.

We routinely interviews applicants for our undergraduate programmes. These are as informal as possible and are designed to help ensure that each applicant’s background experience is well matched to the requirements of the proposed degree programme. These sessions are not pass or fail but an opportunity for you to ask staff questions too. We find giving you the opportunity to speak with a member of staff on an individual basis is beneficial.

All suitable applicants who are eligible for additional consideration and are predicted a minimum of grades BCC (in appropriate science subjects, including Chemistry) will be guaranteed a typical offer on the School of Chemistry's undergraduate courses. View the University policy on use of contextual data.

Resit candidates are considered but the minimum grades may be modified to reflect this, depending on circumstances.

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 Universities 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 is able to demonstrate motivation to study chemistry.