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Admissions criteria - Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

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

We are interested in applicants who not only can gain the required qualifications, but who can demonstrate in their supporting statements a genuine interest and motivation to study aspects of journalism, media and cultural studies from a variety of perspectives. We are interested in evidence of academic excellence, specific interests in the fields of journalism, media and culture, evidence of commitment to study and knowledge of related extracurricular activities or achievements.

The modules we offer are more analytical than practical so when we evaluate applications, we are looking for candidates to provide evidence of understanding the role, nature and influence of the media. We are very interested in evidence of communication and analytical skills. Good writing skills in particular are highly valued.

We would like to emphasise that the BA is an academic, not a vocational or practice-centred degree.

Like many other universities, we do not include General Studies A-level grades in our entry requirements.

Although there are no specific subject requirements, we would typically expect students to have studied at least one subject in which significant experience of academic essay writing has been gained (e.g, English Literature, History, Government and Politics, Economics, Media Studies, Sociology). Humanities and Social Science A-levels are therefore good preparation for the degree, but we do also welcome applications from Arts and Science students who can demonstrate a genuine interest and motivation to study journalism, media and cultural studies as well as an aptitude for writing and analytical skills that are suited to the challenges of the degree programme.

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 Journalism 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 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 at any point of the application process.

Once we have received and considered your application, we may invite you to visit a School Open day sometime during the period November to early March. There will not be a formal interview, but there will be a guided tour of the School, Students’ Union and campus. You will meet students and staff, providing us with an opportunity of getting to know more about you and enabling you to find out what life is like as a student in Cardiff.

All applications are considered by an admissions tutor. Qualifications attained and predicted grades are all taken into consideration in light of the personal statement and references.

Applications are assessed as and when they are received and you can usually expect to hear from us within 21 days of receipt of the application. At busier times of the year, this process may take up to 28 days.

If the admissions tutor requires further information, they may contact the applicant by email and request the information that is required in order to continue processing the application.

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.

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 his/her current institution.

Transfer with credit from another programme at Cardiff University

Applications for transfers from students wishing to transfer to Year one 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 Journalism.

The School of Journalism, Media and Culture does not interview candidates for undergraduate programmes.

The School of Journalism, Media and Culture has no standardised admissions tests.