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Applicant Guidance


Cardiff University On-Line Application Form

Guidance Notes

General Information

These guidance notes are for use with the Cardiff University on-line application form.  You will need JavaScript enabled on your browser in order to view the online application form properly.

This application form is aimed at applicants who are applying for the English Language Bridge Programmes.

Please consult our website (, the Prospectus, Course Finder, and/or relevant School brochure before completing the application form.

Existing students of Cardiff University using the online application form to submit a new application are advised that personal data included on the online application form will override personal data held on the existing student record.

The application form is divided into eight pages:

Page 1: Language Selection

Page 2: General Information

Page 3: Personal Details

Page 4 English Language  

Page 5: Personal Statement

Page 6: Funding your application and Non-EU applicants currently in the UK

Page 7: Criminal Convictions and Equality Monitoring

Page 8: Submitting Your Application


 Our Frequently Asked Questions section will also help you with any general questions on the applications service.


Fields marked * on the application form are mandatory and must be completed.

The information provided on the application form will be used to consider your application and, if you are offered a place, to make arrangements for your admission.

Application information will be made available to relevant Admissions Tutors and to other administrative staff responsible for recruitment and admissions. 


 Page One - Language Selection

Completing the Application Form

You may complete the on-line application form using the English or Welsh language.

To complete the application form using the English language, click the “English” button at the bottom of page one.

To complete the application form using the Welsh language, click the “Welsh” button at the bottom of page one.


 Page Three – Personal Details


Please provide your title by using one of the options provided on the drop down menu.

Last name/Family Name and Forename(s)/Given Names

Please provide your full name (with no initials) in the order it appears on official documents. You can enter up to three forenames/given names and one last name/family name.

If you are an international student and you will need visa assistance documentation, you must ensure that the name provided matches the name on your passport.

Previous Surname

Please give details of any previous surnames you have had, e.g. maiden name.

Known As

If you have more than one forename/given name you may specify which of your names you would prefer us to use.


Please specify your nationality by using one of the options provided on the drop down menu.

Second or Dual Nationality
If you have a second or dual nationality use the drop down option here to specify your dual nationality.
*Note if you will require a visa, please ensure that you enter the country whose passport you will be using for your visa application as your first nationality. The University will use your first nationality on your visa correspondence.

Country of Birth

Please specify your country of birth by using one of the options provided on the drop down menu.

Country of Residence

Please specify the country in which you are normally resident, by using one of the options provided on the drop down menu.  For the purpose of this question, time spent studying away from your main country of residence is classed as temporary.

Home address

Please enter details of your home address.

This address will be used for all correspondence relating to this application, unless you specify an alternative correspondence/Educational Advisor’s address.  

Please inform the University immediately, using the Online Application Service (, if you change your home address or email address after you have submitted your application form.

Correspondence/Educational Advisor address

Please complete this address if you do not want correspondence to be sent to your home address or if you are not resident in the UK and you are applying via an Educational Advisor.

Please inform the University immediately, using the Online Application Service (, if you change your correspondence address or email address after you have submitted your application form.

Member of Staff
If you are a member of Cardiff University staff please tick the box, and provide your personal staff ID number (you can find this on your payslip).


 Page Four- English Language Competency

All prospective students of Cardiff University must demonstrate that their English language competence is at a level which will allow them to cope with the demands of their chosen programme.

Acceptable minimum English language entry qualifications are:


Minimum Score

GCSE/GCE ’O’ level English language


IELTS (Academic Test)


Cambridge Proficiency


Cambridge Advanced


Pearson Test of English – Academic
(PTE – A)


Trinity Integrated Skills in English ISE III, grade 11


International Baccalaureate Diploma (English language at HL or SL)#


# Note: English Ab Initio is not accepted.

Grade 5

Pearson Test of English – Academic


A Cardiff University pre-sessional English language course of at least 8 weeks’ duration with a minimum of IELTS 6.0 with minimum sub scores of 4.0 in each of the four skill areas at entry *.

Successful completion

 *The four sub scores (or skill areas) are reading, writing, speaking and listening

Where an applicant does not hold one of the recognised English language qualifications listed above the applicant must be able to demonstrate the required level of English language competence by means of clear and unambiguous evidence, supported by documentation and which meets the demands of the programme.  This evidence may take the form of one or more of the following:

.1      An alternative English language qualification at an equivalent level to those specified above at paragraph 3.1 which tests reading, writing, speaking and listening competence (please note, Cardiff University no longer accepts the TOEFL iBT as a secure English language test);

.2      Other qualifications pursued through the medium of English which can be demonstrated to be at an equivalent or higher level to those detailed in paragraph 3.1 and which are accepted by the University in lieu of the English language qualifications;

.3      Evidence from a current employer who can comment in detail and with authority about the applicant’s English language competence, encompassing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, gained through professional employment or in another skilled capacity.

Please choose one of the options available from the drop down menu to demonstrate your English language competency.  You must submit copies of certificate(s) as proof that you have obtained the necessary qualification.



  Page Five- Personal Statement

Personal Statement

All applicants must submit a personal statement to support their application, which must be no longer than 3,000 characters.

The personal statement is your opportunity to tell the Admissions Tutor why you wish to follow your proposed programme and what you hope to gain from it. You should provide any information that would support your application for admission, such as relevant skills, experience and career goals.





 Page 6-Funding Your Study

Non–UK applicants currently in the UK

Funding your studies

Please confirm how you intend to fund your study by choosing one of the options from the drop down menu.

The University understands that the information you provide at this stage may change at a later date and may be dependent on scholarship applications.  It does not constitute a binding agreement and it will not affect your application.  You do not need to provide evidence of available funds.

Postgraduate Studentships

Cardiff University offers a limited number of postgraduate studentships.  These are extremely competitive awards and you are advised to explore alternative methods of funding.

More information about postgraduate funding, is available from  

An application for any of the funding opportunities listed on these web pages will not be considered until you have a firm offer of a place to study.  Therefore it is very important to apply for your chosen postgraduate programme well in advance of the application deadline imposed by the relevant funding agency.

International students are advised to contact the British Council for information about funding opportunities in their own country. Contact details can be found on the web at

Non- UK applicants currently in the UK

Please tell us if you have received, or are applying for, Home Office permission to live and work in the UK without time restrictions.  This information will help us determine your fee classification if your application is successful.

If you have Home Office permission to live and work in the UK without time restrictions, please send copies of relevant correspondence with the Home Office and copies of appropriate pages from your passport to the University with your other supporting documentation (e.g. copies of transcripts and references).


 Page Seven- Criminal Convictions and Equality Monitoring

Criminal Convictions

The University has a duty of care to its students and staff and, in order to fulfil that duty, asks all applicants to provide information relating to criminal conviction.  The University will process all information received about convictions fairly and in accordance with relevant legislation.

If you have a criminal conviction, the information you are required to declare on your application form depends on the programme you are applying for.

Programmes in teaching, health, social work and involving work with children or vulnerable adults.

Admission to these programmes may be subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) Section 4(2) (Exemption) Order 1975 and the Department of  Health Circular HC (88)9 guidelines regarding child protection and police checks.

If you are applying these programmes, you must click the “Yes” button if you have any criminal convictions, including spent sentences, cautions (including verbal cautions) and bind-over orders.

If your application is successful, you may be required (as a condition of acceptance) to satisfactorily complete the Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure process.  If this is necessary, the School will contact you to provide the relevant forms.

Other Programmes

If the programme you are applying for does not involve teaching, health, social work or work with children or vulnerable adults, you must click the “Yes” button if you have any relevantcriminal convictions (relevant criminal convictions are defined below).  This information will not form part of the selection decision but, when appropriate, the University will contact you to request more information about the conviction so that it can assess your suitability for admission to the University.

What are relevant criminal convictions?

Relevant criminal offences include unspent convictions, cautions, admonitions, reprimands, final warnings, bind over orders or similar involving one or more of the following:

.1      Any kind of violence including (but not limited to) threatening behaviour, offences concerning the intention to harm or offences which resulted in actual bodily harm. 

.2      Offences listed in the Sexual Offences Act 2003. 

.3      The unlawful supply of controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. 

.4      Offences involving firearms. 

.5      Offences involving arson. 

.6      Offences listed in the Terrorism Act 2006

.7      Offences similar to those listed above where the conviction was made by a court outside of Great Britain and that convictionwould not be considered as spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. 

Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should click the “No” button.

If you are not sure whether to tell us about a previous conviction, you should get more advice from your local Citizens' Advice Bureau or probation service, or from NACRO (the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders). You can also contact a solicitor, but you may have to pay for legal advice.

Equality Monitoring

Cardiff University is committed to promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities, including those relating to student recruitment, selection and admission.  The University’s  Equality and Diversity Policy is available on our website at

In order to monitor the effectiveness of University procedures, working practices and equality and diversity policies, applicants are asked to provide information relating to gender, ethnicity and disability. Completion of these fields is mandatory and applicants are asked to choose one of the options available from the drop down menus, which include an “Information Refused” option.

Data will be used solely for monitoring purposes and will not be available to staff involved in selection decisions. Use of these data will be subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Information requested from UK Resident (Home – fees status) Applicants Only
Cardiff University wishes to ensure that social diversity and its widening access objectives are reflected in the student population at all levels of study – undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education.   Currently socio-economic data is collected only for undergraduate applicants through the UCAS process.   Cardiff University would like to extend this process to those applying directly to the University.   This will enable statistical analyses to be undertaken in order to identify any groups which may be under-represented in the University’s student community and to establish the support mechanisms which could be put in place to encourage such students to consider applying to Cardiff University.  Although providing this information is optional, we would be grateful for your assistance in this process.
The information which you provide below, as part of the Equality Monitoring Form, will be detached from your application and will not be available to staff involved in selection decisions.  In the event of your admission onto the course, this information will form part of your student record and will continue to be used for monitoring purposes throughout your studies at Cardiff University.  Such use will be subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Cardiff University welcomes applications from disabled people and will try to meet their needs wherever it reasonably can. The information that you give on this application form will help the University to do this and plan the support and adjustments to be put in place for you.


 Page Eight: Submitting Your Application

Source of Information

Please help us improve our marketing and recruitment strategies by using the drop down menu to tell us how you heard about opportunities to study at Cardiff University.


Applicants must tick the Declaration box to:
• confirm that the information provided on the online application form is true, complete and accurate;
• confirm that any work submitted in support of the application is entirely your own;
• give consent for application information to be seen by relevant Admissions Tutors and other administrative staff responsible for recruitment and admissions.
• give consent for their personal data to be retained by the University for a specified period. In so doing, the applicant accepts that such information may be used and shared with UCAS or other relevant bodies for the purposes of verifying the identity, qualifications or references of the applicant.

Submitting Your Application

Once you are satisfied that your application form is ready, please select the ‘submit’ button. 


 Frequently Asked Questions

I want to save my application form and complete it later.

Select the ‘Save and return later’ option which appears on each page of the application form. You will

be sent an email which contains the link and instructions on how to carry on with your application form.

What happens to my application now?

Your application form will be sent to the Admissions Tutor for that programme for their consideration. If the Admissions Tutor requires any further information they will contact you directly.

How do I know what is happening to my application?

Once you have submitted your application, you will be sent instructions on logging in to the Cardiff University on-line service for applicants. This service will allow you to:

  •            view your submitted application form
  •            upload qualification and reference documents to support your online application;
  • view the status of your application
  •            monitor progress of your application
  •            view all correspondence relating to your application
  •            find out additional information, such as how to reserve a place in university residences
  •            for non-EU students, find out about applying for a visa to enter the UK.


If you do not receive instructions onlogging in to the Cardiff University on-line service for applicants, please email


How long will my application take to be considered?

We normally recommend that applicants allow six weeks for their application to be considered.