Entry Requirements

​​​We aim to make information as straightforward as possible and the following guide ​gives a brief overview of the type of qualifications we accept.  Further information is available from Admissions.  Please see our Qualifications Reform statement for further details: Qualification Reform​

For entry onto our programmes, applicants should normally have Level 3 qualifications.  We accept a range of different qualifications and will consider a variety of different combinations.  Specific information on entry requirements can be found on our course pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/undergraduate

We welcome applications from applicants who may not necessarily have the required academic qualifications.  Generally however, if you have been out of education for more than five years, an Access to Higher Education Diploma or similar may be required in a relevant subject. 


​EU/International students

Students​ from the EU and further afield will need a qualification acceptable to the University that will indicate their ability to study through the medium of English Language to be able to successfully complete their chosen course.  We will require students whose first language isn't English to meet course specific English Language criteria such as IELTS.

Cardiff Met recognises the equivalence of qualifications awarded in each member country of the EU and further afield, applicants can visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/international for further information.



​We generally ask for five GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C / Grade 4 or above for entry onto the majority of our programmes, to include English Language and Mathematics.  Some programmes will ask for Science GCSE also.

Welsh students are able to study and sit two Maths GCSEs; Mathematics and Mathematics - Numeracy.  Cardiff Met will accept either Mathematics or Mathematics - Numeracy GCSE, or both, for entry onto the majority of our programmes.

AS Levels

AS Levels are worth 40% of an A Level, and we will take the whole application into consideration. Cardiff Met will not count points from an AS Level if an applicant has progressed to the full A Level.

A Levels/BTEC

A large proportion of our students enter Cardiff Met with three A Levels or BTEC Level 3 Diploma qualifications.  We will also consider combinations of these qualifications for entry onto our Programmes. 

Welsh Baccalaureate

We welcome applications form applicants who are completing the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate alongside A Levels or vocational qualifications.  For 2017 entry onwards, the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be graded and awarded tariff points equal to an A Level.

T Levels

We accept T Levels onto the majority of our courses. Courses which require specific Level 3 subjects will require an additional A level in that subject (or equivalent) alongside the T Level.

Extended Project Qualification

Due to the additional breadth of study the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) brings, we welcome applicants who have studied the Extended Project alongside A Levels or vocational qualifications.  You should ensure you list this qualification on your UCAS form so that it can be taken into consideration as part of your whole application.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

We welcome applicants with Access to HE qualifications, these are particularly suitable for applicants who have been out of education for a period of time.  A GCSE grade C/4 in English language and/or Mathematics will still be needed if this is a requirement of the course. 

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Cardiff Met is happy to receive applications from applicants who are studying the IB Diploma.  Some programmes will ask for specific subjects within the IB and grades at Higher level (HL).

Irish Leaving Certificate

We welcome applications from applicants studying the Irish Leaving Certificate.  Sp​​ecific requirements will vary according to the Programme, we consider Higher Level subjects at H4 or above.  Ordinary level of O4 or above or Higher level H6 or above in English language and Mathematics is required for entry onto our Undergraduate programmes.

Scottish Highers

We consider Scottish Advanced Highers, Scottish Highers and other Scottish qualifications that meet our entry requirements. We will accept Standard Grades, Intermediate 2 and the new National 5 qualification as GCSE equivalence onto our programmes. 

For further information on course specific entry requirements please check our course pages: www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/undergraduate.