Admissions criteria - Engineering
This information applies to all undergraduate Engineering programmes.
Applicants to the School of Engineering are normally measured on their academic potential using predicted grades, along with their enthusiasm for the subject which should be demonstrated in their personal statement, relevant work experience and references.
For direct entry into one of our engineering programmes, we would expect you to have obtained a qualification which demonstrates that you have an acceptable level of competence in the English language. In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, competence in the English language is also a criterion of admission. More information is available on our English Language Requirements pages for International Students.
The qualifications do not include all international qualifications. The School of Engineering has high entry standards and is willing to accept good quality International students with International qualifications equivalent to those indicated.
A level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or +44(0)29 2087 9999.
The Admissions process is led by the Academic Head of Undergraduate Admissions and the Undergraduate Admissions Tutors with administrative help from the Admissions Office and the Publicity, Marketing and Recruitment Manager. All members of academic staff are involved in the interview process on a rota basis.
All applications for a place on any of the Engineering 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 of the application process.
Stage 1 – Offer
All UCAS forms are treated equally during the selection process. Applicants are normally measured on their academic potential using predicted grades. There is an agreed academic standard for entry which you are required to achieve which will normally be measured by the GCE A-level grades or equivalents outlined in the attached appendix.
However, the School reserves the right to interview applicants to allow the applicant the opportunity to reinforce or to clarify their application in relation to their academic ability. The interview provides an opportunity for applicants to view the School, meet staff and students and learn about the city and the university. The interview allows the School to obtain a more inclusive picture of the applicant and their potential.
The process for overseas applicants is based on that of the UK/EU applicants. They are invited for interview if they are based within the UK and are within travelling distance. If not, then the decision is made on the basis of their UCAS application.
Stage 2 - Entry
Applicants achieving the required offer grades will automatically secure a place. For those applicants who have not met the offer grades, the School will then accept applicants based on the highest acceptable achieved grades until the School’s entry target is met.
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 reserve the right to interview applicants to allow you to reinforce or to clarify your application in relation to your academic ability.
All suitable applicants who are eligible for additional consideration and are predicted a minimum of grades BCC will be guaranteed an interview for the School of Engineering undergraduate courses. View the University policy on use of contextual data.
Students who resit examinations will receive the standard offer. If you do not meet the entry requirements based on performance in a resit examination, the Admissions Tutor may take into account previous examination results but this is not guaranteed.
We are willing to make offers for deferred entry.
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 (appropriate) module taken at their current institution. If a transfer is required into Year 2 then the appropriate admissions tutor must be confident that the core subject matter of Cardiff's Year 1 has been covered.
The transfer request must be completed and lodged in Engineering’s Registry before the week of the A level results, is subject to availability and only with the approval of the appropriate admissions tutor.
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 engineering. The transfer process must be completed and lodged in Engineering’s Registry before the week the A level results are published and only with the approval of the appropriate admissions tutor.