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Admissions criteria - English, Communication and Philosophy

This information applies to all undergraduate programmes in the School, including selection for the relevant component of joint honours programmes.

We welcome applications from applicants of all ages and backgrounds. Our aim is to recruit undergraduates who have a passion for their subjects and who can demonstrate potential.

Academic profile

As noted above, potential is assessed by reference to the academic information included on the UCAS application form, especially the personal statement and the reference as well as previous achievement. Candidates should normally be expected to achieve the required grades in three subjects, excluding General Studies.


We pay close attention in the reference to statements indicating high academic achievement and promise. Attention is given to statements that comment favourably on candidates’ progression, skills and qualities. The reference should support the academic profile and the candidate’s own statement.

Personal attributes and qualities

In the personal statement we look for evidence of:

  • a critical engagement with the relevant discipline(s) and signs of independent thinking
  • a high standard of writing. This includes a feeling for style, the use of the right words in a particular context, and a firm grasp of the importance of clear, accurate grammar
  • wider or independent reading, beyond the requirements of the A-level syllabus
  • the candidate’s ability to articulate his or her skills, interests and wider activities

Not all candidates are expected to offer evidence in all the above categories, but those who are made offers will have provided concrete evidence of ability to perform at a high level in the degree subject applied for and to be fully aware of what the programme involves.

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.

All applications for a place  must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application service.

Offers are made to students who either meet, or have the potential to meet, the entry requirements for the relevant degree programme and the following selection criteria should be read in conjunction with those requirements. Potential is assessed by reference to the academic information included on the UCAS application form, and in the light of any special circumstances relating to you of which we have been informed. For joint honours applicants, UCAS forms are considered by both subject admissions tutors.

Tutors will make one of three decisions:

  • Unconditional Offer (U) - You have met all of the entry requirements and are offered a place on the degree scheme.
  • Conditional Offer (C) - You are offered a place on the degree scheme provided that you meet certain stated conditions (usually qualification results.)
  • Unsuccessful application (R) - You have not been offered a place on the degree scheme. (A code will normally indicate the main reason for any rejection.)

Applicants with non-traditional qualifications may be invited to attend an interview. It is important that applicants attend the interview as it is part of the formal condition of the offer from Cardiff University.

All applicants who are made a UCAS offer will be invited to a School Open Day to learn more about the School's degree programmes and to see the University and its facilities.

We do not routinely interview applicants for our undergraduate programmes, but may invite you to an interview if you have non-traditional qualifications which will have a bearing on the selection decision.

All suitable applicants who are eligible for additional consideration will be guaranteed a typical offer on the School of English, Communication & Philosophy's undergraduate courses. View the University policy on use of contextual data.

Resit candidates will be considered on an individual basis.

We are happy to consider applications from those wishing to defer entry for a year. We ask that this be clearly indicated, with your reasons for deferral, on your application form.

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 you current institution and (c) subject to the availability of places.

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 (subject to places) where you meet the entry requirements for the relevant degree scheme and are able to demonstrate motivation to study the specific degree programme.