Cardiff University Entry Requirements

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Cardiff University Entry Requirements

You’ll need to have completed your secondary education in your home country in order to study on one of our programmes.

Qualifications from all countries are considered. You will also need to show that you have the English language skills necessary to take an active part in the programme.

English language requirements
General entryIELTS for UKVI 5.5 (Minimum subscores: 4.0 in all areas)
Entry for School of MedicineIELTS for UKVI 6.0 (Minimum subscores: 5.5 in all areas)
Entry for Optometry Pharmacy or Medical Pharmacology coursesIELTS for UKVI 6.0 (Minimum subscores: 4.0 in all areas)
Entry for Psychology coursesIELTS for UKVI 6.0 (Minimum 6.0 in writing, 4.0 in all other areas)
Entry for Journalism coursesIELTS for UKVI 6.0 (Minimum 6.0 in writing, 4.0 in all other areas)
Entry for Law coursesIELTS for UKVI 6.0 (Minimum 6.0 in writing, 4.0 in all other areas)

To meet the entry requirements for the International Foundation Programme in September 2016, students will need a SELT (Secure English Language Test) in order to apply for a Tier 4 visa.

The list of SELTs approved by UK Visas and Immigration for Tier 4 visa applications changed on 6 April 2017:

If you’ve taken a SELT before 6 April 2017

If you have already taken a SELT (e.g. IELTS, Trinity ISE, Pearson Academic) before 6 April 2017, and have the correct results for entry to the Postgraduate Research Programme, then your SELT will be accepted as part of a Tier 4 visa application in September 2017.

If you’ve taken a SELT on or after 6 April 2017

If you have taken a SELT on 6 April or later, it must be one of the following tests in order for you to be able to apply for a Tier 4 visa and enter our programme:

Trinity ISE – in the UK only

This test is only available at certain test centres – see Trinity College London and the list of SELT centres.

IELTS (Academic) – in the UK and overseas

This test is only available at certain test centres – see IELTS and the list of SELT centres.

If you’re planning to take a SELT