Cardiff Metropolitan University Nursing

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Cardiff Metropolitan University Nursing

Cardiff Metropolitan University Nursing


This information applies to all pre-registration undergraduate Nursing programmes.

If you are a qualified nurse, please contact the School direct as the following admissions criteria may not apply.

Applicants must already meet or be working towards the pre-requisite entry qualifications. Applications should be made via Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications are made on-line via the UCAS website using the “UCAS apply” facility. To use this facility you need to access UCAS apply. The UCAS website will provide you with information on how to apply and will explain the procedure for application.

All applications received at UCAS by the main cycle closing date, which is 15 January, will receive equal consideration.

Please note: for administrative and logistical reasons, the selection process differs between programmes.

Entry requirements

Essential GCSEs

Applicants will be expected to have a minimum of 5 GCSEs including English  or Welsh Language, Maths and a Physical Science at grade C or above. In certain circumstances Key Skills at Level 3 in Communication and Application of Number may be accepted in lieu of English/Welsh and Mathematics. Applications will only be considered from applicants who have already obtained these qualifications.

A-level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate

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

Other qualifications

BTEC The National Diploma in Health Studies should be passed with a minimum of DDM as the final award. BTEC in Early Years should be passed with DDD as the final award. Other relevant BTEC National Diplomas may be considered.
CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education A minimum of 300 UCAS points – B grade
Scottish Higher AAAB Plus credit standard grades in English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science.
Irish Leaving Certificate A1 B3 C3 C3 C3 C3 at higher level. Five other subjects are also required at ordinary/standard level grade C and include English, Mathematics and a Physical Science. Each case is considered individually.
European Baccalaureate Obtain Diploma with an overall score of 74% minimum.
Applicants offering alternative/vocational qualifications Evidence of recent successful study at an appropriate level is required. Recent is within the last three years. Appropriate level is Advanced Level or equivalent.
Access Course Students must offer a credit based nursing or health based Diploma level course validated by The Open College Network. This should be passed with a minimum of 27 distinctions and 18 merits which must come from within the rules of combination and credit. Applicants must ensure numeracy at Level 2 is undertaken in the Access programme or must offer an alternative maths qualification such as GCSE maths at grade C or above.

Please note: Distance Learning Access Courses are acceptable to the School provided they include witnessed assessments such as via Skype.

OU K101 This should be passed with a minimum of 60 level 1 credits. In addition students must meet the Maths, English Language and Science GCSE requirements. Other relevant OU modules may be considered.
Academic IELTS Overall score of 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in listening and reading and not less than 7.0 in writing and speaking. (Please note: this applies to overseas students who have pre arranged application arrangements).

Additional requirements for admission and enrolment

Following confirmation of offers, enrolment/continuation on the programme will be conditional upon a satisfactory health screening and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

International Applicants

This course at Cardiff University regrets that it is unable to accept applications for the 2016/17 intake (including deferred applications to 2017/18) from international fee-status applicants.

For non UK EU students, the majority of applicants offer A level subjects, some other international qualifications are acceptable. Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in listening and reading and not less than 7.0 in writing and speaking.

Health requirements

All applicants who accept an offer are required to complete a health questionnaire prior to enrolment. The information submitted is assessed independently by the Occupational Health Department, and there are three possible outcomes:

  • You meet the health requirements and are accepted onto the course.
  • The health questionnaire highlights a few issues and the Occupational Health Adviser contacts you to discuss them. Reasonable adjustments which would enable you to complete the course might also be discussed at this stage.
  • You may be invited to have a more in-depth occupational health assessment, possibly involving a medical examination, to determine whether you are fit to practise.

All students must complete this process before starting the course.

For further information contact the Nursing and Midwifery Council.


Cardiff Metropolitan University

Llandaff Campus, Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB.
Tel: 029 2041 6070.

​General enquiries telephone: +44 (0)29 2041 6070