School of Psychology Degree programmes

International students

Our typical offers for international students are the same as they are for home students. However, we accept a range of local qualifications in lieu of A-levels and IB, as shown below. We also require a demonstration of competence in English Language and mathematics, which typically means evidence that this subject has been studied for at least 5 years from the age of 11 onwards, and that a reasonable grade has been acquired (equivalent to Grade B, or Grade 6, in the UK GCSE).


Minimum Criteria: 6.5 in each component of IELTS; or SL English IB grade 5; or Cambridge Advanced English grade B, Good in each profile component.

Country specific equivalents are also considered.

The table below shows typical offers by country for the 4-year BSc Psychology With Professional Placement. Offers for the 3-year BSc in Psychology are slightly lower. If your qualifications are not shown here, or you feel you would need extra tuition before attending the Undergraduate degree, please see the Cardiff International Foundation Program in Psychology.

Entry Requiments
Country Qualification
  • ACT Year 12 Certificate
  • Higher school certificate (HSC) from New South Wales
  • Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE)
  • South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
  • Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
  • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)

with a position of 90 in the University Admissions Index University Admissions Index (UAI) or Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER).


Reifeprüfungszeugnis/Maturazeugnis with an average of 1.5.


An average of 8/10 in the CESS.


Average of at least 5.8 in the Diploma za Zavarsheno Sredno Obrazovanie.


Six Grade 12 courses with an average of 80%. At least four of these course must be University Preparatory Courses (4U); the remaining would be University/College Preparation Courses (4M).


Diplome D’Etudes Collegiales [DEC] / Diploma of Collegial Studies [DCS] - Overall average of 80%.


High School Diploma with five Grade 12 subjects at 80%.

British Columbia

Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma with five Grade 12 subjects at 80%.


High School Graduation Diploma with at least five 40S courses at 80%.


Senior High School Diploma, Chinese University Entrance Examination or “GaoKao” would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application. These qualifications would need to be supplemented by A-levels, or by a suitable foundation course (e.g. Cardiff University International Foundation Programme in Psychology).


Maturitni Zkouška / Maturita with scores of 1 (výborný) in at least half of the subjects taken, and 2 in the remaining subjects.


Studentereksamen or Hojere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) with a grade of 11 on the old (pre-2007) scale, or 12 on the new scale.


A score of 85% overall.


Successful completion of the Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/ Studentexamensbetyg with at least four subjects at eximia cum laude approbatur (excellent) and no subjects below magna (good).


Pass in French Baccalauréat with grade of 14/20.


Apolytirion with an average of 18/20 points AND 2 or more A-levels at grade A.


Abitur with an overall grade of 1.4 or lower.


5,5,4 in 3 electives of the HKDSE, 4 in English and Maths core subjects.
3.4 in the Associate Degree.


At least five subjects must be studied for the Erettsegi/Matura, one of which must be taken at higher level. A score of 4 or above must be obtained in all subjects.


Leaving Certificate with a minimum of grades AAABBB at Higher / Honours level.


School-leaving certificate (Standard XII) with 85% overall, no individual subjects below 75%.


Bagrut with 85%, with at least three subjects at level 5.


Diploma di Maturità or di Esame di Stato with grade of 90/100.


Brandos Atestatas with grade of 9 or above, with scores of at least 9 in at least 50% of subjects, and three exams taken at state level.


A pass in the Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires with an overall score of 45 out of 60.


AAB in STPM . Equivalent MISC-UEC also considered.
SPM English 1119 Grade B or above accepted in lieu of IELTS.
3B SPM Mathematics Grade accepted as minimum mathematics standard.


University Entrance Certificate with National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) at Level 3 with at least 40 credits at Excellence.


Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate) with a mark of at least 5.0 overall. This qualification should be endorsed with “general studiekompetanse”. English component of 5.0 taken in lieu of IELTs.


Diploma De Bacalaureat with an overall average of 8.5.

80% in each Matura subject.

Diploma de Ensino Secundário/Certificado with a score of 16 or higher.


SIPCAL with AAB at H2.
Singapore-Polytechnic Diploma GPA 3.0.


The South African Senior Certificate (with Matriculation endorsement) and IEB curriculum would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application. These qualifications would need to be supplemented by A-levels, or by a suitable foundation course (e.g. Cardiff University International Foundation Programme in Psychology).


Título de Bachillerato with grade of 9.0.


Avgangsbetyg with grades of VG (Very good) or MVG (excellent) in all subjects.


Certificat De Maturité or region equivalent with at least 4.5 in each subject.


Anadolu Lisesi (Anatolian High School Diploma) with Grade Point Averages of 4.5.

Devlet Lise Diplomasi (State High School Diploma) or Lise Bitirme Diplomasi (Private High School Diploma) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application. Qualifications would have to be supplemented with A-levels or similar.


SAT with a score of 650 in both elements (630 in each pre-March 2016 component)
ACT with a score of 28 or above.


Grades 4 in two Advanced Placement tests
Scores of 650 or above in two or more SAT Subject Tests

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