How to Apply

​There are a number of different application procedures for the different types of courses available at Cardiff Metropolitan University. It is important that you use the correct procedure to make sure that your application reaches us.​ 

The information and application processes below apply only for Home and EU applicants. 

For information on how to apply as an international applicant, please click here.

Full-Time Undergraduate Students

Our full-time undergraduate HND/Degree courses based at Llandaff or Cyncoed Campus all begin in September of each year.  If you wish to apply for one of these courses, you will need to make an application through UCAS at You can apply through the normal application process via UCAS up until the end of June, and through Clearing via UCAS after June. Most of our courses accept applications through the year but please contact Admissions to confirm if there is a specific closing date for your chosen course. If you apply elsewhere and then change your mind, Cardiff Met also accepts applications via UCAS Extra. UCAS Extra gives you a 6th choice in case you change your mind or don't receive the offers you wanted from your original choices. You can find more information on UCAS Extra here.

We also have a number of HND and Foundation Degree programmes run in partnership with local colleges - Cardiff and Vale College and Bridgend College. They have a number of locations including two Cardiff campuses. If you would like to apply for one of these courses you are able to apply direct to the college or via UCAS. Details of the courses and how to apply can be found under our Undergraduate Course A-Z.

 Also, make sure you read the information on our Before you Apply pages for some tips.

PGCE: UCAS Teacher Training

Our PGCE courses are postgraduate courses for applicants that have already completed a degree and wish to become qualified teachers. The courses are all one year full-time beginning in September. 

If you wish to apply for a PGCE teacher training course, please make an application via UCAS Teacher Training at

Postgraduate, Professional & Part-Time Students

Postgraduate (excluding PGCE Primary & Secondary), Professional and Part-time applications should be made directly to Admissions through Cardiff Met Self Service. Please click here for further information.

Research Students

Research applications should be made directly to Admissions. Please click here for further information.


Cardiff Met Students based at Llandaff or Cyncoed
If you are a current Cardiff Met student (studying on a Foundation Year or HNC/D) and wish to top-up to an undergraduate programme, you will need to contact your Programme Director in the first instance and complete the Declaration of Intent Form, more information can be found here.

The Programme Director will then need to inform Academic Registry if your are permitted to progress. This process excludes those applying for BSc Dental Technology, BSc Healthcare Sciences, BSc Human Nutrition & Dietetics, BSc Podiatry, BSc Social Work and BSc Speech & Language Therapy where applications must be made through UCAS ( as these programmes have either limited places or are funded by NHS or NLIAH.

If you have not expressed an interest to progress and have been exited with an award, you will need to reapply through UCAS (

UK Franchise Partnership
If you are a student studying at one of our franchise partnership colleges on an undergraduate full time programme, and wish to top-up, or use what you have achieved to enter into a different level at Cardiff Met, you will be able to do this as an internal transfer.  You will be asked if you want to top-up when you are nearing the end of your FdN Degree/HNC/HND course, and if you want to, then you will need to complete the Declaration of Intent to Progress. This will allow our Enrolment Team to update your enrolment record onto the new course, once your award has been confirmed in the exam boards.

Overseas Partnership
If you are a student studying at one of our overseas partnership institutions, and wish to top-up or use credit transfer to study the remainder of your time at Cardiff Met, you will need to apply through UCAS (  Depending on your qualifications, you will receive an offer and information concerning starting at Cardiff Met.


Joining Cardiff Met from another University/College
If you would like to join Cardiff Met to continue your studies, you will need to make a new application through UCAS (for full-time undergraduate) or through our Self Service application system (for postgraduate & professional courses).

In the first instance, you are welcome to send us proof of your current studies so we can assess whether or not we are able to offer you a place and what year you will be able to enter onto. This will depend on whether your current studies match the content of our course to allow us to grant you Recognised Prior Learning (RPL). For more information on the RPL process, please click here. 

Switching Courses while you are a student at Cardiff Met
If you are current Cardiff Met student who wants to transfer onto another programme with Cardiff Met, you will need to contact the Programme Director of the course you want to join in the first instance to assess your suitability.

If the transfer is agreed, you will then need to ask your previous Course Tutor to complete an internal transfer form and notify Academic Registry who can amend your programme details within the student system.

You do not need to come back through the Admissions process.

Leaving Cardiff Met to go to another University/College
If you are thinking of leaving Cardiff Met to continue your studies elsewhere, please contact your personal tutor in the first instance to discuss your options. If you then decide to leave, your tutor will need to complete a Withdrawal Form for our Academic Registry department to formally withdraw you from your course.  


Cardiff Metropolitan University accepts deferred applications for the majority of its undergraduate courses. You will need to indicate your relevant year of entry when making your application through UCAS and meet all of your offer conditions in the year you are applying. Please note that, due to restricted target numbers and placements available, we cannot accept deferred applications for the following courses - BSc Speech & Language Therapy / BSc Human Nutrition & Dietetics / BSc Healthcare Science / BSc Social Work / BSc Podiatry / BSc Complementary Healthcare.

Armed Forces Personnel

Cardiff Metropolitan University is a registered learning provider with the Ministry of Defence's ELCAS scheme for armed forces personnel wishing to study a university course. More information can be found here.

Mature applications

A mature student is an undergraduate student over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. At Cardiff Met, we welcome people of all ages to our undergraduate courses. Mature applicants decide to embark on higher education for a number of reasons - to maybe change direction or progress their career.

UCAS has produced some useful information for applicants over the age of 21 which may help you with the application process. Further information can be found here.

Our mature applicants apply for a whole variety of courses, and can bring skills and attributes from other like experiences. Our student blogs show you how some of our mature students have immersed themselves into student life at Cardiff Met.