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School Selection Procedures - Modern Languages

All applications for a place on any of the Modern Languages degree programmes must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application service. Applications can be made either in the English or the Welsh language.

Once an application is received by the School, the admissions tutor for the chosen course will assess the application. The admissions tutors work closely together to ensure that there is consistency across the School. Individual offers made to applicants may vary according to the applicant’s individual academic profile.

Students who apply for admission to study at Cardiff and receive a conditional or unconditional offer will be invited to one of our Visit Days. On these Visit Days you will meet current students and staff in an informal setting and have the opportunity to take part in taster sessions. If you take advantage of this opportunity, you will be in a much better position to decide if the Cardiff School of Modern Languages is the place for you.

School Selection Criteria

We judge each application on its merit, and treat it ‘holistically’, meaning we take all relevant factors into account when making decisions about admissions. We do not treat applications mechanically, but look for a balance of factors that suggest strong potential and aptitude for our degree programmes. In particular, we look for evidence of a capacity for the following skills: an ability to analyse and solve problems using logical and critical approaches, to separate the relevant from the irrelevant, a capacity for sustained and cogent argument, an ability to express ideas clearly and effectively, an ability to manage a heavy academic workload effectively, and a capacity for independent study. Applicants for our Languages degrees should have some proven ability in a second language (see Entry Requirements below). When assessing personal statements and references we favour applicants who show an informed understanding of the subject they wish to study and an interest in it, demonstrate a maturity and seriousness of outlook, and whose referees indicate that they have strong academic potential.

Use of Contextual Data

All suitable applicants who are eligible for additional consideration and are predicted a minimum of grades BBB-BCC will be guaranteed a typical offer on the School of Modern Languages courses. Typical offers can be found here

For details of University policy on the use of Contextual Data, please click here.

Admissions Tests

Cardiff School of Modern Languages does not have any standardised admissions test requirements.

Selection Interviews

Cardiff School of Modern Languages does not routinely interview applicants for its undergraduate programmes. However, applicants who are returning to study after a long period out of education or who have work or other relevant experience but few or no formal academic qualifications may be invited for an interview.

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