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Admissions criteria - Computer Science and Informatics

This information applies to all undergraduate Computer Science programmes.

When assessing an application, the Admissions Tutor will consider the following criteria;

  • Could you meet the entry requirements by the proposed enrolment date?
  • Would you be able to cope with the academic requirements of the course?
    • What recent study experience does the applicant have?
    • What skills/ qualities does the applicant have?
  • Is there evidence of work experience/ reading/ research in this subject area?
    • Is there any indication of appropriate career plans?
    • Do you articulate the way in which the course follows logically from your previous studies/ experience?
  • Do you show the motivation and personal qualities needed for successful study?
    • Is it evident that care has been taken in making the application?
    • Do you display the ability to see something through to completion?
    • Is there evidence of the ability to work unsupervised?
    • Is there evidence of participation in group activities?
    • Do you show evidence of extra curricular activity (eg, work experience)?
    • Do you display an interest in the course?

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 Computer Science degree programmes must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application service. Applications 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. Provided there are Welsh speaking members of staff available, every effort will be made to allocate a Welsh speaker to you at any point in the application.

We assess applications throughout the cycle. Each application is assessed by the admissions tutor who makes the decision whether or not to accept an applicant. After we have received and considered your application, we may invite you to visit the School some time during the period November to early March. This will include a guided tour of the School, Students’ Union and campus. You will meet students and staff, providing us with the opportunity of getting to know more about you and enabling you to find out what life is like as a computing student at Cardiff University.

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

We do not routinely interview applicants for its undergraduate programmes. All suitably qualified applicants are invited to visit the School, see the laboratories and talk to members of staff and current students.  If you have non-standard qualifications you may be invited to discuss your application.

All suitable applicants who are eligible for additional consideration will be guaranteed a typical offer on the School of Computer Science & Informatics undergraduate courses. View the University policy on use of contextual data.

Candidates with subjects to resit will have their applications considered without additional conditions attached.

We will make offers for deferred entry and 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 your 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 Computer Science.