Entry requirements

To join us at Cardiff University International Study Centre, you need to meet the minimum academic and English language entrance requirements. 

Joining us on campus

You can start your studies with a UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), provided you have met all the programme entry requirements. 

The test results must have been achieved in the past 24 months and meet the minimum English equivalency score for your chosen programme.

  • IELTS Academic for UKVI
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English UKVI
  • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT
  • PSI Skills for English UKVI (4 components)

Starting your studies virtually from home and coming to campus at a later date.

You can start your studies virtually with a UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) as above or you can provide proof of your English language proficiency with an alternative test. This is possible because you do not need a Student Visa to start virtually from your home country.

You will need to obtain a SELT with the required minimum score to make a Student Visa application in order to come to campus.

The test results must have been achieved in the past 24 months and meet the minimum English equivalency score for your chosen programme

Alternative tests accepted include:

  • IELTS Academic (non-UKVI) / IELTS Academic Online
  • IELTS Indicator
  • Pearson PTE Academic / Pearson PTE Academic Online
  • LanguageCert International ESOL
  • TOEFL iBT/iBT Home Edition
  • Cambridge ESOL
  • Duolingo
  • Cambridge Linguaskill
  • Oxford Test of English
  • Academic English Skills
  • Password Skills Solo

You can start your studies in September 2021 with either a UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), or an accepted alternative equivalent assessment, provided you meet all the programme entry requirements. 

The test results must have been achieved in the past 24 months and meet the minimum English equivalency score for your chosen programme.

This applies if you:

  • come to campus, or
  • start your studies virtually and join us on campus at a later date.

UKVI-approved SELTS include:

  • IELTS Academic for UKVI
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English UKVI
  • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT
  • PSI Skills for English UKVI (4 components)

Alternative tests accepted include:

  • Pearson PTE Academic / Pearson PTE Academic Online
  • IELTS Indicator*
  • IELTS Academic (non-UKVI) / IELTS Academic Online
  • LanguageCert International ESOL
  • TOEFL iBT/iBT Home Edition
  • Cambridge ESOL
  • Duolingo
  • Cambridge Linguaskill
  • Oxford Test of English
  • Academic English Skills
  • Password Skills Solo

Study Group is permitted to assess students’ suitability for entry onto programmes which are degree level and above under the registration for the UK Office for Students. You are therefore not required to have a UKVI SELT to obtain a Student Visa when you come to campus.

If you begin your course virtually and transfer to the UK to complete your programme, you may be issued a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) based on the Academic English Skills module assessments (as part of your Pre-Master's).

A CAS for a Student Visa will only be issued if you have met the minimum language requirement of CEFR B2 in all skills, and the academic entry requirements for your chosen programme.

*The IELTS Indicator test will not be accepted for on campus study for the Pre-Masters Programme.

Check the entry requirements for your programme

If you do not meet the English language requirements for your pathway programme, you can join an English language preparation course first.

To progress to your undergraduate or postgraduate degree, you will be required to successfully complete your pathway programme and achieve the required grades.

International Foundation Year

A one-year programme to prepare international students for their undergraduate degree.

AcademicGood high school graduation grades or equivalent
English language

Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 (minimum 5.0 in writing). 

Academic IELTS for UKVI 6.0 (minimum 6.0 in writing, no skill below 5.5) is required for students aiming to progress to Medicine*, Dental Surgery*, Pharmacy, Optometry* and Medical Pharmacology*, Journalism and Communications; Journalism, Communications and Politics; Media and Communications, or Media, Journalism and Culture. 

*Please note: IELTS is required to confirm an offer for these progression degrees. 

**The English Language Preparation programme is not available for students who are aiming to study Medicine, Dental Surgery, Medical Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Journalism and Communications; Journalism, Communications and Politics; Media and Communications or Media, Journalism and Culture.

Age17+ Please note that students aiming for Medicine or Dental Surgery must be 18 years at the start of the degree.
Your countryAcademic qualification(s) you need
BahrainSuccessful completion of Tawjahiya with average grade of 80% or above, with 70% in relevant subjects
BangladeshHSC with overall GPA 3.25 or 55%, with 55% or above in Maths and English or Diploma (4 years). Maximum age 21 years & 364 days
ChinaSH2: 70% average inc relevant subjects, and a minimum of 4 academic subjects or SH3: 65% average inc relevant subjects, and a minimum of 4 academic subjects pass or above
GhanaSuccessful completion of the West African School Certificate (WAEC) or Senior School Certificate average grade 1-6 (A-C) in 4 or more subjects
Hong KongForm 5: Pass in 4 or more subjects. Subject list includes all subjects
HKDSE 322
IndiaCompletion of Year 11 65% or
Year 12 (HSC) 55%
IndonesiaSuccessful completion of SMU 3/Sikolah Menegah at grade 6.5 or above or SMU 2 at an average of 7.0, to include 5 relevant subjects
IranTranscript of High School Diploma Theoretical stream (3 years) required Min. overall GPA requirement is 14 inc relevant subjects
JapanSuccessful completion of Kotogakko (Year 12) with grade average or 65% or GPA 2.5 Year 11 with 70% or GPA 4/5 may be considered, subject to age
JordanSuccessful completion of Tawjihi with overall average of 80% including relevant subjects, with no lower than 70% in any subject
KazakhstanSuccessful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education (Grade 11) with grade average 4 and 5
KoreaSH3: 5th Grade average in rank, with at least 5th grade in relevant subjects
SH2: 4th Grade average in rank with at least 4th grade in relevant subjects
KuwaitSuccessful completion of Tawjihi with overall average of 80% including relevant subjects, with no lower than 70% in any subject
LibyaSuccessful completion Secondary Education Certificate with average of 80%
MacauSuccessful completion of iGCSE/'O' Levels at grade C in 5 relevant subjects including English or completion of Form 5 or Senior Middle 2. Top schools require 65%, other schools require 75%
MalaysiaSPM/UEC school: Form 5, Term 2, Mid-Year, Final Year Transcripts - Grades of A- C achieved in 5 relevant academic subjects to include English and Maths. SPM (Malaysia Certificate of Education) with 5 C grades or above in relevant subjects to include English and Mathematics.
UEC minimum C grade in 5 relevant academic subjects inc. English & Mathematics.
MexicoSuccessful completion of Bachillerato at a average of 75% and above
MoroccoDiplôme du Baccalauréat with grade average of 12
NigeriaSuccessful completion of West African School Certificate (WAEC) or Senior School Certificate with 1-6 (A-C) in 4 or more relevant subjects
OmanSuccessful completion of Year 12 (General Education Diploma): 80% overall and 70% in all subjects, including relevant subjects
PakistanYear 11 entry: 75% - 50% min. required for relevant subjects ie. Maths and Sciences, to include passes in 4 or more subjects. HSC grades (60% overall, min 50% in any subject)
QatarSuccessful completion of Thanawaya Aam Qatari with overall grade 80% including relevant subjects and with no lower than 80% in any subjects
RussiaSuccessful completion of ATTESTAT/11th grade with a minimum GPA of 4.0
Saudi ArabiaSuccessful completion of Tawjihi with average of 80% and no lower than 70% in relevant subjects
Singapore5 A-C grades O Level (accept mother tongue languages) or Year 1 of Diploma/University course with GPA 1.8
TaiwanSuccessful completion of Senior High School Year 3 pass with an average grade of 60% in relevant subjects overall, including relevant subjects or SH2 with 70%
ThailandSuccessful completion of MAW 6 with average GPA 2.0 in relevant subjects including Maths and Sciences or successful completion of MAW 5 with GPA 2.5
TurkeySuccessful completion of Devlet Lise Diploması (High School Completion) - 65% overall with minimum 60% in relevant subjects
UAESuccessful completion of Tawjihi with average of 80% and minimum of 70% in relevant subjects
UkraineSuccessful completion of ATTESTAT/11th grade with a minimum GPA of 7.0
USAGrade 11 - GPA 2.75 or Grade 12 2.50. GED: 600 overall with 150 in 4 subjects, including prerequisites
VietnamSuccessful completion of Year 12 with average GPA 6.5 or Year 11 GPA 7.0, to include 6.5+ for Maths and Science subjects

Please note: country specific entry requirements are for all programmes except for students wishing to apply for Medicine or Dental Surgery. For these degree aims, students must make an enquiry to be advised on entry and progression requirements.

Arts, Humanities, Law and Social Sciences

For Music: Applicants are required to show evidence of working towards Grade 8 Practical in one instrument or voice (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool) + Grade 5/6 Theory (ABRSM/Trinity). This will be assessed by means of a short audition or theory test when applying for the International Foundation Year. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted following consultation with Cardiff University.

Engineering, Physical Sciences and Architecture

Maths or a numerate subject is required for all degree aims (except for Architecture).

Health, Medical and Life Sciences

For Medicine and Dental Surgery, students must have Chemistry and two other Sciences (Maths is one science). Find out more about the Medicine and Dental Surgery selection process.

Please note: places may be limited for Medicine and Dental Surgery.

Accelerated International Foundation Year

A 22-week programme to prepare international students for their undergraduate degree.

AcademicGood high school graduation grades
English languageAcademic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 (5.0 in all skills) or equivalent
Age17+
Your countryAcademic qualification(s) you need
BahrainSuccessful completion of Tawjahiya with average grade of 80% or above, with 70% in relevant subjects
BangladeshHSC with overall GPA 3.25 or 55%, with 55% or above in Maths and English or Diploma (4 years). Maximum age 21 years & 364 days
ChinaSH2: 70% average inc relevant subjects, and a minimum of 4 academic subjects or SH3: 65% average inc relevant subjects, and a minimum of 4 academic subjects pass or above
GhanaSuccessful completion of the West African School Certificate (WAEC) or Senior School Certificate average grade 1-6 (A-C) in 4 or more subjects
Hong KongForm 5: Pass in 4 or more subjects. Subject list includes all subjects
HKDSE 322
IndiaCompletion of Year 11 65% or
Year 12 (HSC) 55%
IndonesiaSuccessful completion of SMU 3/Sikolah Menegah at grade 6.5 or above or SMU 2 at an average of 7.0, to include 5 relevant subjects
IranTranscript of High School Diploma Theoretical stream (3 years) required Min. overall GPA requirement is 14 inc relevant subjects
JapanSuccessful completion of Kotogakko (Year 12) with grade average or 65% or GPA 2.5 Year 11 with 70% or GPA 4/5 may be considered, subject to age
JordanSuccessful completion of Tawjihi with overall average of 80% including relevant subjects, with no lower than 70% in any subject
KazakhstanSuccessful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education (Grade 11) with grade average 4 and 5
KoreaSH3: 5th Grade average in rank, with at least 5th grade in relevant subjects
SH2: 4th Grade average in rank with at least 4th grade in relevant subjects
KuwaitSuccessful completion of Tawjihi with overall average of 80% including relevant subjects, with no lower than 70% in any subject
LibyaSuccessful completion Secondary Education Certificate with average of 80%
MacauSuccessful completion of iGCSE/'O' Levels at grade C in 5 relevant subjects including English or completion of Form 5 or Senior Middle 2. Top schools require 65%, other schools require 75%
MalaysiaSPM/UEC school: Form 5, Term 2, Mid-Year, Final Year Transcripts - Grades of A- C achieved in 5 relevant academic subjects to include English and Maths. SPM (Malaysia Certificate of Education) with 5 C grades or above in relevant subjects to include English and Mathematics.
UEC minimum C grade in 5 relevant academic subjects inc. English & Mathematics.
MexicoSuccessful completion of Bachillerato at a average of 75% and above
MoroccoDiplôme du Baccalauréat with grade average of 12
NigeriaSuccessful completion of West African School Certificate (WAEC) or Senior School Certificate with 1-6 (A-C) in 4 or more relevant subjects
OmanSuccessful completion of Year 12 (General Education Diploma): 80% overall and 70% in all subjects, including relevant subjects
PakistanYear 11 entry: 75% - 50% min. required for relevant subjects ie. Maths and Sciences, to include passes in 4 or more subjects. HSC grades (60% overall, min 50% in any subject)
QatarSuccessful completion of Thanawaya Aam Qatari with overall grade 80% including relevant subjects and with no lower than 80% in any subjects
RussiaSuccessful completion of ATTESTAT/11th grade with a minimum GPA of 4.0
Saudi ArabiaSuccessful completion of Tawjihi with average of 80% and no lower than 70% in relevant subjects
Singapore5 A-C grades O Level (accept mother tongue languages) or Year 1 of Diploma/University course with GPA 1.8
TaiwanSuccessful completion of Senior High School Year 3 pass with an average grade of 60% in relevant subjects overall, including relevant subjects or SH2 with 70%
ThailandSuccessful completion of MAW 6 with average GPA 2.0 in relevant subjects including Maths and Sciences or successful completion of MAW 5 with GPA 2.5
TurkeySuccessful completion of Devlet Lise Diploması (High School Completion) - 65% overall with minimum 60% in relevant subjects
UAESuccessful completion of Tawjihi with average of 80% and minimum of 70% in relevant subjects
UkraineSuccessful completion of ATTESTAT/11th grade with a minimum GPA of 7.0
USAGrade 11 - GPA 2.75 or Grade 12 2.50. GED: 600 overall with 150 in 4 subjects, including prerequisites
VietnamSuccessful completion of Year 12 with average GPA 6.5 or Year 11 GPA 7.0, to include 6.5+ for Maths and Science subjects

Please note: country specific entry requirements are for all programmes except for students wishing to apply for Medicine or Dental Surgery. For these degree aims, students must make an enquiry to be advised on entry and progression requirements.

Business, Economics, Accounting and Finance

Maths is not required except for progression to Economics (L100), Economics with a Language (L160, L1R2, L1R4) and Economics & Finance (LN13). Other numerate subjects accepted: Economics, Statistics, Accounting, Algebra, Calculus, Finance

Engineering, Physical Science and Computer Science

Students need Maths or numerate subject pass (Economics , Statistics, Accounting, Algebra, Calculus, Finance) and Physics.

International Year One

programme equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree, with extra support and English language preparation.

AcademicGood high school graduation grades plus up to one year of further study, or equivalent
English languageAcademic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 (minimum 5.5 in writing and no skill less than 5)
Age17+
Your countryAcademic qualification(s) you need
BahrainTawjahiya with 80% overall and minimum 70% in relevant subjects plus successfully completed 1 year of further study
BangladeshHSC grades 3.0-5.0 (60%/A&B) plus successful completion of first year of degree/diploma level studies. Maximum age 22 years & 364 days
BrazilEnsino Medio - 5 subjects min (6.9 - 5.0 / regular / C / 3) plus successfully completed 1 year of further study
ChinaSenior High 3: 65% each in 4 or more subjects including relevant subjects plus 1 year of further year of study or 60% overall GaoKao results
EgyptYear 12 (GSEC): 75% overall and 70% in relevant subjects. For engineering, Year 12 (GSEC): 75% overall and 70% in relevant subjects plus successfully completed 1 year of further study. 
GhanaSenior School Certificate average grade 1-6 (A-C) in 4 or more subjects plus successfully completed 1 year of further study
Hong KongHKDSE: 333 all subjects accepted, Higher Certificate or Honours Diploma (from Shue Yan College) or 2 Years Higher Diploma or 1 year Associate Degree: GPA 2.0. For Engineering, HKDSE: 333 all subjects accepted with 4 in Maths, Higher Certificate or Honours Diploma (from Shue Yan College) or 2 Years Higher Diploma or 1 year Associate Degree: GPA 2.0
IndiaYear 12 (HSC): 60% overall, 50% in relevant subjects required from either Year 11 or Year 12. For Engineering: Year 12 (HSC): 60% overall with 75% in Maths, 50% in relevant subjects required from either Year 11 or Year 12 
Indonesia7.5 SMU 3 with 5 relevant subjects or first year university study with grade 2.0 and above
JapanHigh School leaving certificate with 3.5 GPA or High School/Upper Secondary School leaving certificate plus successfully completed 1 year of further year of study
JordanHigh School certificate 70% with 50% in relevant subjects plus successfully completed 1 year of further study
KoreaFrom SH3 : 4th Grade average in rank, with at least 4th grade in relevant/prerequisite subjects. High School Diploma or Junior Vocational College Diploma. For Engineering, From SH3 : 4th Grade average in rank, with at least 4th grade in relevant/prerequisite subjects and Maths rank 5. High School Diploma or Junior Vocational College Diploma.
KuwaitYear 12 (GSEC): overall 80% and 70% in relevant subjects plus successfully completed 1 year of further study
MalaysiaSTPM or A Levels with 2 principal passes, GPA of 2.2. For Engineering, STPM or A Levels with 2 principal passes, or UEC with aggregate of not more than 30 points
NigeriaWAEC, SSCE or GCE grades A1 - C6 in 5 or more subjects. plus successfully completed 1 year of further study
OmanYear 12 (General Education Diploma): 80% overall and 70% in relevant subjects plus successfully completed 1 year of further study
PakistanYear 12 (HSC/ Intermediate certificate(Part I & II))): 70% overall (50% relevant subjects) or Year 12 (HSC/ Intermediate certificate(Part I & II))): 60% overall (50% relevant subjects) + 1 year of further study
QatarSchool Leaving Certificate 85% including relevant subjects plus successfully completed 1 year of further study
Saudi ArabiaThanawaya Al-Aama 80% overall with 70% in relevant subjects plus successfully completed 1 year of further study
UAEHigh School certificate (Tawjihiyya) 80% overall with 70% in relevant subjects plus successfully completed 1 year of further study

Pre-Master's programme

programme preparing international students for postgraduate study.

AcademicFirst degree or a diploma in a related subject area
English language2 semester programme: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 (minimum 5.5 in all skills)
2.5 semester programme: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in all skills)
3 semester programme: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 (minimum 5.0 in all skills)
Age20+
Your countryAcademic qualification(s) you need to have
BangladeshRecognised first degree - 3 year undergraduate degree with overall of 50% (Hons) and 55% (Regular Pass)
China4 year full time studies Bachelor degree average 65% / 4 year full times studies Undergraduate Graduation Certificate 75% /3 year full time studies Higher Education Diploma average 80%
GhanaUndergraduate degree or HND in a related subject area (Grades A+ to B/3.0-4.0)
Hong KongFirst degree (honours/ordinary) OR HND, Honours Diploma, Associate Degree, Professional Diploma all in a related subject area with GPA 2.5 +
IndiaRecognised first degree - 3 year undergraduate degree with overall of 45% (Hons) and 50% (Regular Pass), 4 Year Undergraduate (Any) 45%,
IndonesiaRecognised first degree or D4 Diploma with grades A4-B3
JapanRecognised first degree with 60% or above or 3 year associated degree with 70% or above
JordanRecognised first degree,  GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
KazakhstanSuccessful completion of Bakalavar, Specialist Diploma/Kazakh Diploma (4-5 years) with grades 3/4/5. Recognised first degree
KoreaBachelor’s degree with grade average 70%+. Grade C or of 2.0 on the 4.5 scale or 2.0 on the 4.3 scale
KuwaitRecognised first degree, GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
LibyaHigher Diploma in a related subject
MacauRecognised first degree (honours/ordinary) GPA 2.5 or HND, Honours Diploma, Associate Degree, Professional Diploma in a related subject Area with GPA 3 or higher
Malaysia Recognised first degree or Advanced Diploma in a related subject area (A, B & C/2.0+)
NigeriaRecognised first degree or HND (in related subject). Distinction and Upper credit only
Oman4 years Bachelor's degree or 3 year Higher/Advanced Diploma : GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
PakistanRecognised first degree - 3 year undergraduate degree with overall of 50% (Hons) and 55% (Regular Pass), 4 Year Undergraduate (Any) 50%
QatarRecognised first degree, GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
RussiaBakalavar, Specialist Diploma (4/5 years) with a minimum GPA of 4.0
Saudi ArabiaRecognised first degree  GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
SingaporePass from a recognised first degree or Advanced Diploma or Singapore Diploma GPA 2.0
TaiwanRecognised first degree/Bachelor degree at GPA 2.0
ThailandBachelor degree with 2.3 on the 4.0 scale or Higher Diploma of Technical or Vocational Education or Associate Degree
TurkeyLisans Diplomasi or Muhendis Diplomasi at GPA 2.1 or above
UAERecognised first degree, GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
UkraineRecognised first degree/Bakavalar/Ukrainian Diploma with a minimum GPA of 7.0
USASuccessful completion of degree GPA 2.0 on a 4 point scale
VietnamRecognised First Degree with GPA 6.0. Recognised Associate Degree or Higher Diploma with high grades (7.0+)

Please note: country specific entry requirements are for all programmes except for students wishing to apply for Medicine or Dental Surgery. For these degree aims, students must make an enquiry to be advised on entry and progression requirements.

Business, Social Sciences and Humanities

For Forensic Linguistics and Applied Linguistics – First degree or diploma in English Language or Linguistics

For Education, Social and Public Policy and Social Science – First degree or diploma in relevant subject area

For Journalism related degrees – First degree or diploma in related arts, humanities or social science disciplines

For Computing / Computing and IT Management degrees - First degree or diploma in any discipline other than Computing

For Software Engineering - First degree or diploma in either a STEM subject with evidence of programming OR a non-STEM subject with evidence of suitable professional programming experience 

Please note that places may be limited on some degrees.

English language programmes

If your English language level does not meet the requirement for the International Foundation Year or International Year One, you can study English with us first.

English entryHow many weeks?
Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall (4.5 in writing)10

The English Language Preparation programme is not available for students who are aiming to study Medicine, Dental Surgery, Medical Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Journalism and Communications; Journalism, Communications and Politics;  Media and Communications or Media, Journalism and Culture.

Online Pre-Sessional English for International Foundation Year

English entryHow many weeks?
Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall (4.5 in all skills)10

Online Pre-Sessional English for International Year One

English entryHow many weeks?
Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.010