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Qualifications accepted by Cardiff University

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry onto our undergraduate courses.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma

Cardiff University accepts the Welsh Baccalaureate (WBQ) Advanced Diploma for admission to all of its undergraduate degree programmes and the Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma Core will be accepted as equivalent to A-Level.

For applicants offering graded version of the core, we will accept an A* grade as equivalent to an A* at A-level, A as equivalent to an A at A-level, B as equivalent to a B at A-level and a C grade as equivalent to a C at A-Level. The WBQ cannot replace a required specified subject or subjects.

If you are studying the WBQ Core in combination with three A-levels, any offer you are made for entry will be flexible, allowing you to satisfy the grades required EITHER from the WBQ Core and two specified A-levels OR grade requirements for three A-levels. Any subject-specific requirements will also be stipulated in the offer.

Find out about each academic school's WBQ Advanced Diploma entry requirements

For the small number of programmes which require additional qualifications for entry, for example, an additional subject at AS level, these requirements will be specified in the programme entry requirements and in the offer conditions.

Cambridge Pre-U

The University welcomes applications from candidates offering the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma qualification and will formulate its offers on an equivalent basis with existing level 3 qualifications. The University will also accept Pre-U Principal Subjects in lieu of GCE A-level subjects.

Key Skills

We warmly welcome evidence of competence in Key Skills and wish to encourage applicants to highlight any such skills in their application. However, for the majority of degree programmes, we do not include success in the Key Skills qualification in our formal entry requirements. If in any doubt, please contact the relevant Admissions Tutor for more specific guidance.

Vocational A-levels

To conform with the normal entry profile of study in Cardiff University, Vocational A-levels will be required, or an alternative acceptable route admission may be by two Vocational A-levels with a further A-level. The acceptability of the units taken in the Vocational A-level and the standard required for entry will vary according to the programme area.

Extended Project Qualifications (EPQ)

We look to support applicants who are taking the EPQ qualification by recognising an A in the EPQ qualification to lower the entry requirements by a single grade for all programmes bar Medicine and Dentistry.

For example AAB offers for an applicant taking the EPQ would be changed to “AAB from 3 A levels or ABB from 3 A levels and a grade A in the EPQ.

Test Of Mathematics

We welcomes applications from students offering the Test of Mathematics for University Admission for Admission to the University’s undergraduate Mathematics programmes.

If you achieve 6.5 or above in the test, then you may be eligible for an offer on an Undergraduate Mathematics programme without A Level Mathematics, provided that this is combined with suitable grades in other subjects at Level 3.