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Admissions criteria - Modern Languages

This information applies to all undergraduate Modern Languages programmes (French, German, Italian, Hispanic Studies and Translation).

We judge each application on its merit, and treat it ‘holistically’, meaning we take all relevant factors into account when making decisions about admissions.

We do not treat applications mechanically, but look for a balance of factors that suggest strong potential and aptitude for our degree programmes. In particular, we look for evidence of a capacity for the following skills: an ability to analyse and solve problems using logical and critical approaches, to separate the relevant from the irrelevant, a capacity for sustained and cogent argument, an ability to express ideas clearly and effectively, an ability to manage a heavy academic workload effectively, and a capacity for independent study. Applicants for our Languages degrees should have some proven ability in a second language.

When assessing personal statements and references we favour applicants who show an informed understanding of the subject they wish to study and an interest in it, demonstrate a maturity and seriousness of outlook, and whose referees indicate that they have strong academic potential.

A-level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate

A-level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate requirements can be found in Course Finder.

Note that General Studies A-level is not accepted, but Critical Thinking A-level is accepted.

Language beginners

Applicants who have not studied the language previously are welcomed on the French, German, Spanish and Italian degree programmes.

Alternative 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 Modern Languages 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.

Once an application is received, the admissions tutor for the chosen course will assess the application. The admissions tutors work closely together to ensure that there is consistency across the School. Individual offers made may vary according to your individual academic profile.

You will be invited to a UCAS Visit Day to discuss your application with staff and to see the School and its facilities.

We do not routinely interview applicants for our undergraduate programmes. However, applicants who are returning to study after a long period out of education or who have work or other relevant experience but few or no formal academic qualifications may be invited for an interview.

All suitable applicants who are eligible for additional consideration and are predicted a minimum of grades BBB-BCC will be guaranteed a typical offer on our courses. View the University policy on use of contextual data.

Resit applicants are accepted and will be considered on an individual basis.

The School of Modern Languages will consider deferred entry applications on all programmes. We ask that this be clearly indicated, with your reasons for deferral, on your application form.

Transfers with credit from another Higher Education institution

The School of Modern Languages will consider applications from students wishing to transfer from other UK Universities into year one or two at Cardiff. We do so on a case-by-case basis where the applicant, (a) meets the entry requirements for the relevant degree scheme, and (b) has 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 the applicant meets the entry requirements for the relevant degree scheme.