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Admissions criteria - Mathematics

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

Offers are made to all students who have the potential to meet our asking grades.

We look for evidence of enthusiasm and interest in Mathematics in the personal statement, work experience and reference.

We look for reasoning and problem solving ability in the reference and achieved grades.

A minimum C grade in GCSE English or equivalent is normally required. More information is available on our English Language Requirements pages for International students.

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 on any of the Mathematics degree programmes must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application service. Cardiff University welcomes correspondence in Welsh or English and applications can be made in either language.

We recognise that if you are a Welsh speaker, you may feel more comfortable speaking to a Welsh speaking tutor when you contact or visit the School. Provided there are Welsh speaking members of staff available, every effort will be made to allocate a Welsh speaker to you.

All UCAS applications are read independently by two members of the admissions team. Achieved and predicted grades form the basis of the decision-making process. Offers are made to all applicants whose UCAS forms show evidence of their capacity or potential to benefit from our degree programmes. The Personal Statement is used to identify your enthusiasm and interest in mathematics and to detail any exceptional circumstances that may need to be taken into account.

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

Invitations to the Visit Days are usually sent within four weeks of the Admissions Tutors receiving your UCAS form. You can request an informal discussion with a Mathematics lecturer at any time to raise any questions you may have.

The Visit Day programme includes a guided tour of the School and part of the University campus, so you can see facilities such as the library and Students' Union. Current students host part of the day so you can find out what life as a Mathematics student is really like.

If you choose not to attend or are unable to attend, this will not affect the offer we make you.

We may interview applicants with non-standard qualifications for our undergraduate programmes.

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

We accept applications from resit candidates and the same selection criteria will be applied.

Applications for deferred entry are acceptable and the same selection criteria will be applied. Application is made through UCAS in the usual way, although the UCAS form should be amended clearly to show the intention to defer.

If you are a current mathematics student at another UK University we will consider a transfer to Cardiff if 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

If you are a current Year 1 student in another School within Cardiff University, we will consider a transfer if you meet the standard entry requirements for the relevant degree scheme and are able to demonstrate your motivation to study mathematics.