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Admissions criteria - History, Archaeology and Religion

This information applies to all undergraduate programmes in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion and the School’s element of joint honours programmes.

We receive applications from people of all ages and backgrounds. Our aim is to recruit undergraduates who have a passion for the subject and who are committed to the study of the past and of religious beliefs. If you are applying for an Archaeology programme, we particularly welcome applications from people who have already gained some archaeological experience (i.e. excavation or museum work).

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 029 2087 9999.

All applications for a place on any of the degree programmes in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion 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.

UCAS send completed applications to Cardiff University to the university’s Registry, who forward the applications to the appropriate Admissions Tutors in the School. Based on the information provided on the application forms, the Admissions 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.

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

Applicants to Archaeology degrees who have been made Unconditional or Conditional offers will be sent an e-mail informing them that their applications have been processed and that UCAS will notify them of our decision as soon as possible. The email will come with an attached brochure and some information about Open Days.

For all applicants, Cardiff University’s Registry will inform UCAS of the Admissions Tutor’s decision, and the UCAS website will be updated accordingly.

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

We do not routinely interview applicants for our undergraduate programmes, but may invite applicants with a non-traditional qualification to attend an interview 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 History, Archaeology and Religion's undergraduate courses. View the University policy on use of contextual data.

We will consider resit candidates on an individual basis.

We are happy to 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 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 in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion.