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How We Consider Applications and When to Apply

The Admissions cycle start in September and runs through to October the following year.  Most applications for Home students will be submitted by the end of January through UCAS, but late applications can be submitted from February until the end of the main cycle at the end of June.  Clearing applications are submitted from the beginning of July until September.  Please refer to UCAS via for cycle dates.

The following specifies how particular types of applications will be managed by the University during the admissions cycle.

9.1 UCAS Applications

Full time undergraduate applicants are required to submit their applications by the dates stipulated by UCAS. Applications received by the UCAS early equal consideration date at the end of January, will receive full and equal consideration. Applications received after this date are welcome and will be considered as long as the course has vacancies. Once a course has filled its places UCAS will be informed and updated so no more applications can be received.

When there are vacancies we are happy to consider applications after deadlines, prior to the 30th of June. After this date applicants will need to apply through clearing and check on UCAS or on Cardiff Met’s web pages that courses are available in Clearing.

9.2 Direct Applications

The deadline for applying for courses is normally 4 weeks before the start date or 12 weeks if a visa is required. We recommend however, that you apply as early as possible as possible as courses may close due to sufficient application numbers. There are however some courses which have earlier deadlines which are shown on course pages on the University’s web site.. Deadlines are also shown for International applicants for those who may require a visa which can take more than 3 months. If a visa is required to study it is important that you allow sufficient time for both the application and visa process.

Courses that have deadlines or reach capacity will be shown on course pages on the University’s website.  These courses will also not show on the direct application systems for applications to be submitted.

The University reserves the right to close courses for application or to offer an alternative choice or deferred place where a course reaches capacity. The University also reserves the right to operate waiting lists, for applicants made unsuccessful who may be reconsidered if places become available.

For applicants that apply late, after the end of June in the Admissions cycle the University has the right to offer an alternative choice or deferred places if f there is not sufficient time to process all the requirements for the course by the start date.

Applicants who wish to transfer from another course at Cardiff Met or from another University also need to ensure that course deadlines are adhered too.

9.3 Deferred Entry

Applicants may apply and request to defer their entry, but there is no automatic right to defer as it is at the discretion of the University.

Normally deferred entry is granted for one year, but this is dependent on the course applied for. Certain professionally accredited courses do not accept deferral, due to changes each year in allocated numbers and course requirements.​

If a request for deferral is required after applying applicants will need to contact the Admissions unit to request this informing of the reason for the deferral.

Deferred places can only be confirmed for applicants holding an unconditional firm place. UCAS applicants who receive a deferred offer will need to meet the conditions of their offer either by the 31st of August or the 7th of September and will be informed of this in communications from the University.

9.4 Incomplete Applications

All sections of the application form should be completed in line with guidance available on the UCAS website and the University’s direct application form, as well as the University’s website section on Advice for Applicants. The University reserves the right to make incomplete applications unsuccessful. Applicants are welcome to seek advice on completing the application form from the admissions team and admissions tutors prior to submitting an application.

9.5 Making more than one application in the same admissions cycle and re- application

Applicants applying through UCAS will have 5 choices to use as part of the application process.

Applicants may apply for more than one course during the same application cycle when applying direct to the University.

Re-application is considered for the majority of courses at Cardiff Met and where this is not possible this will be specified on feedback provided. Applicants who have been unsuccessful in securing a place should consider any feedback provided before re-applying for the same course.

The University reserves the right to refer to information from previously submitted applications, in line with the Universities data retention policy, when considering re-applications.