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Admissions criteria - Geography and Planning

This information applies to all undergraduate Geography and Planning programmes.

We aim to select individuals who meet or exceed its pre-determined entry requirements, and have a genuine enthusiasm for the subject that can be demonstrated in either their personal statement, reference or in any relevant work experience they may have undertaken.

We will follow our Equality and Diversity Policy throughout the selection process.

We believe that the educational experience we offer depends not only on our learning facilities and the quality of our academic staff, but also on interaction among our students. Accordingly, every effort is made to ensure that students admitted are of a high calibre and represent a diversity of social, economic and cultural backgrounds. This includes the recruitment of non-British students.

Students will only be admitted who have competence in the English language, the medium of tuition. Students who are not native English speakers or who have not been educated through the medium of English must display a level of competence equivalent to at least IELTS 6.5.

Students with disabilities or specific needs are welcome, and applicants are judged on academic and motivational issues alone. The School will take reasonable steps to accommodate needs at each stage of the selection process, subject to disclosure.

A-level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate

Find out 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 Geography and Planning 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. 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.

An Admissions Tutor will assess the application and make the selection decision. The applications are assessed throughout the admissions cycle and the offer decision is mainly based on predicted grades and personal statements. After receiving and considering your UCAS application, we may invite you to the School. The School holds Open days between November and March and applicants are invited to attend one of these. During Open days presentations are made by the admissions tutor, other academic staff members, and current students of the School, question-and-answer sessions are held, and applicants are shown around the School and the University. There is also a one-to-one discussion which represents an opportunity for the applicant to find out more about the School, and for the School to give more detailed advice about the suitability of the schemes of study to the applicant's needs.

We hold Open days between November and March. All potential applicants may attend where you will be able to see the school facilities, as well as meet students and staff. Please see the School Open day webpage for further details.

Year 12 students taking Geography A-level may also be interested in attending the Schools' annual A-level away day, where Geography students from across the UK have an opportunity to visit the School and hear about the latest developments in Geography, whilst also finding out about the courses on offer. Please see the Geography and Planning website for further details on this Spring event.

We may interview applicants for our undergraduate programmes.

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

Resit applicants are acceptable and the standard entry requirements will apply.

We are happy to make offers for deferred entry for up to a maximum of 12 months in line with the University’s policy and existing procedures. 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 your 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 a programme in Geography and Planning.