Entry requirements

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

We understand you may face disruption in receiving your final academic results and English language test in 2020. We have therefore introduced the following changes so that you can start your journey and we will help you get to where you want to be.

For academic results we will take into account your individual circumstances when assessing academic achievement. For further information about this, please contact your Student Enrolment Advisor or make an online enquiry, or contact your local agent.

For courses starting this year (2020), we have expanded the list of English tests we will accept for entry to programmes at Cardiff University International Study Centre. Find out more here.

Please note that when teaching transitions from online to on-campus delivery, you will need to obtain a UKVI Secure English Language Test (SELT) for visa purposes before you can travel to the UK to continue your studies.

For students enrolling on the Pre-Masters programme in autumn 2020, Duolingo is now accepted for on-campus tuition. Find out more here.

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.

Academic Good 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.
Age 17+
  • Country specific entry requirements
    Your country Academic qualification(s) you need
    Bangladesh HSC/Alim/Polytechnic Diploma grades 3.0-5.0 (60%/A&B) to include passes in 4 or more subjects. 50% min. required for relevant subjects ie. Maths and Sciences
    China SH2: 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
    Ghana Successful completion of the West African School Certificate (WAEC) or Senior School Certificate average grade 1-6 (A-C) in 4 or more subjects
    Hong Kong Form 5: Pass in 4 or more subjects. Subject list includes all subjects
    HKDSE 322
    India Completion of Year 11 65% or
    Year 12 (HSC) 55%
    Indonesia Successful 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
    Iran Transcript of High School Diploma Theoretical stream (3 years) required Min. overall GPA requirement is 14 inc relevant subjects
    Japan Successful 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
    Jordan Successful completion of Tawjihi with overall average of 80% including relevant subjects, with no lower than 70% in any subject
    Kazakhstan Successful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education (Grade 11) with grade average 4 and 5
    Korea SH3: 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
    Kuwait Successful completion of Tawjihi with overall average of 80% including relevant subjects, with no lower than 70% in any subject
    Libya Successful completion Secondary Education Certificate with average of 80%
    Macau Successful 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%
    Malaysia SPM/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.
    Mexico Successful completion of Bachillerato at a average of 75% and above
    Morocco Diplôme du Baccalauréat with grade average of 12
    Nigeria Successful completion of West African School Certificate (WAEC) or Senior School Certificate with 1-6 (A-C) in 4 or more relevant subjects
    Pakistan Year 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)
    Qatar Successful completion of Thanawaya Aam Qatari with overall grade 80% including relevant subjects and with no lower than 80% in any subjects
    Russia Successful completion of ATTESTAT/11th grade with a minimum GPA of 4.0
    Saudi Arabia Successful completion of Tawjihi with average of 80% and no lower than 70% in relevant subjects
    Singapore 5 A-C grades O Level (accept mother tongue languages) or Year 1 of Diploma/University course with GPA 1.8
    Taiwan Successful 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%.
    Thailand Successful 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
    Turkey Successful completion of Devlet Lise Diploması (High School Completion) - 65% overall with minimum 60% in relevant subjects
    UAE Successful completion of Tawjihi with average of 80% and minimum of 70% in relevant subjects
    Ukraine Successful completion of ATTESTAT/11th grade with a minimum GPA of 7.0
    USA Grade 11 - GPA 2.75 or Grade 12 2.50. GED: 600 overall with 150 in 4 subjects, including prerequisites
    Vietnam Successful 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.

  • Additional entry 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).

    Please note: Places may be limited for Medicine and Dental Surgery

Pre-Master's programme

programme preparing international students for postgraduate study.

Academic Business, Social Sciences and Humanities:
First degree or a diploma in a related subject area
Computer Science:
Recognised first degree in any discipline or diploma in a related field
MSc Software Engineering requires 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.
English language Academic IELTS for UKVI 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in all skills)
Age 20+
  • Country specific entry requirements
    Your country Academic qualification(s) you need to have
    Bangladesh Recognised first degree - 3 year undergraduate degree with overall of 50% (Hons) and 55% (Regular Pass)
    China 4 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%
    Ghana Undergraduate degree or HND in a related subject area (Grades A+ to B/3.0-4.0)
    Hong Kong First degree (honours/ordinary) OR HND, Honours Diploma, Associate Degree, Professional Diploma all in a related subject area with GPA 2.5 +
    India Recognised first degree - 3 year undergraduate degree with overall of 45% (Hons) and 50% (Regular Pass), 4 Year Undergraduate (Any) 45%,
    Indonesia Recognised first degree or D4 Diploma with grades A4-B3
    Japan Recognised first degree with 60% or above or 3 year associated degree with 70% or above
    Jordan Recognised first degree,  GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
    Kazakhstan Successful completion of Bakalavar, Specialist Diploma/Kazakh Diploma (4-5 years) with grades 3/4/5. Recognised first degree
    Korea Bachelor’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
    Kuwait Recognised first degree, GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
    Libya Higher Diploma in a related subject
    Macau Recognised 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+)
    Nigeria Recognised first degree or HND (in related subject). Distinction and Upper credit only
    Pakistan Recognised first degree - 3 year undergraduate degree with overall of 50% (Hons) and 55% (Regular Pass), 4 Year Undergraduate (Any) 50%
    Qatar Recognised first degree, GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
    Russia Bakalavar, Specialist Diploma (4/5 years) with a minimum GPA of 4.0
    Saudi Arabia Recognised first degree  GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
    Singapore Pass from a recognised first degree or Advanced Diploma or Singapore Diploma GPA 2.0
    Taiwan Recognised first degree/Bachelor degree at GPA 2.0
    Thailand Bachelor degree with 2.3 on the 4.0 scale or Higher Diploma of Technical or Vocational Education or Associate Degree
    Turkey Lisans Diplomasi or Muhendis Diplomasi at GPA 2.1 or above
    UAE Recognised first degree, GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
    Ukraine Recognised first degree/Bakavalar/Ukrainian Diploma with a minimum GPA of 7.0
    USA Successful completion of degree GPA 2.0 on a 4 point scale
    Vietnam Recognised 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.

  • Additional entry 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

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

    Please note that places may be limited on some degrees.

    Computer Science

    For Computing and Computing and IT Management – 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 non-STEM with evidence of suitable programming experience.

    Please note that places may be limited on some degrees.

English language programmes

If your IELTS score is not high enough to study on one of our pathway programmes, you can study English with us first.

  • International Foundation Year – English Language Preparation

    Depending on your level of English, you may require one or two terms of English.

    English entry How many terms?
    Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall (4.5 in writing)
    Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.0 overall (4.0 in all components) 2

    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.

  • Pre-Master's – English for Pre-Master's

    Depending on your level of English, you can study for either five or ten weeks.

    English entry How many weeks? 
    Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 (minimum 5.5. in writing and no skill lower than 5.0)
    Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 overall (minimum 5.0 in all skills) 10