The International Foundation Year prepares you for university with English language and study skills practice, as well as subject-specific teaching. When you complete the programme, you will progress to the first year of your undergraduate degree. Learn more about how humans can work in harmony with the natural world and choose to progress to a degree in architecture, environmental geography or an engineering subject. You choose a route depending on which undergraduate degree you plan to study. Specialise in one of three routes: architecture, engineering, or physical sciences. Which route you choose impacts the modules you will study.

- With a Cardiff University degree, you’ll be amongst the UK’s most sought-after graduates. 96% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study, due to start a new job or course, or doing other activities, such as travelling (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20).
- As an undergraduate, you’ll work alongside international scholars at the forefront of their subject, studying in a vibrant, research-intensive environment. You’ll be given a flavour of the research activities going on within your subject and will have the opportunity to take part in learning activities influenced by staff research interests. For example, optional modules based on staff research interest may be offered and case studies or experiments used in class may derive from live research projects.
- You’ll also have the chance to contribute to a research project through paid work experience as part of our on-campus internship opportunities.

September 2023 start

(2 Semesters)

(2 Semesters)

Mon 25 September 2023 - Fri 14 June 2024

£19,250

Design Thinking and Idea Generation

Physics

Pure Mathematics 1 & 2

Applied Mathematics

Core Chemistry 1 & 2

Fundamentals in Computing

Physics

Statistics

Urban Environment

Visual and Preceptual Studies Project

P

= Placement option available
A

= Study abroad option available
Applied Software Engineering-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Architectural Engineering with a Year in Industry-BEng

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Architectural Engineering-BEng

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Architecture-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

55% min. in all modules

Architecture-MArch

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

55% min. in all modules

Astrophysics-BSc Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

60% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Astrophysics-MPhys

65%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

60% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Chemistry with a Placement Year Abroad-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

60% Core Chemistry

Chemistry with a Year in Industry-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

60% Core Chemistry

Chemistry-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

60% Core Chemistry

Civil Engineering with a Year in Industry-BEng

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Civil Engineering-BEng

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Civil and Environmental Engineering with a Year in Industry-BEng

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Civil and Environmental Engineering-BEng

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Computer Science with Security and Forensics with a Year in Industry-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Computer Science with Security and Forensics-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Computer Science with Year in Industry-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Computer Science-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Electrical and Electronic Engineering with a Year in Industry-BEng

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Electrical and Electronic Engineering-BEng

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Environmental Geography with a Year of Study Abroad-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Environmental Geography-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Environmental Geography-MSci

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Environmental Geoscience with Professional Placement-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Environmental Geoscience with a Year of Study Abroad-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Environmental Geoscience-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Environmental Geoscience-MSci

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Exploration Geology with a Professional Placement Year-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Exploration Geology with a Year of Study Abroad-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Exploration Geology-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Exploration Geology-MSci

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Geology with a Year of Study Abroad-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Geology-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Geology-MSci

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Human Geography and Planning with Professional Placement Year (Accredited)-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Human Geography and Planning-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Human Geography with a Professional Placement Year-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Human Geography-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Integrated Engineering with a Year in Industry-BEng

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Integrated Engineering-BEng

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Marine Geography with Professional Placement-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Marine Geography with a Year of Study Abroad-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Marine Geography-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Marine Geography-MSci

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Mathematics Operational Research and Statistics with a Professional Placement-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

60% min. Pure Mathematics, Appllied Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics 2)

Mathematics Operational Research and Statistics-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

60% min. Pure Mathematics, Appllied Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics 2)

Mathematics with a Professional Placement Year-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Min 60% in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics 2

Mathematics with a Professional Placement Year-MMath

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

60% min. Pure Mathematics, Appllied Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics 2)

Mathematics with a Year Abroad-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Min 60% in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics 2

Mathematics with a Year Abroad-MMath

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Min 60% in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics 2

Mathematics, Operational Research and Statistics with a Professional Placement Year-MMORS

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

60% min. Pure Mathematics, Appllied Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics 2)

Mathematics, Operational Research and Statistics with a Year Abroad-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

60% min. Pure Mathematics, Appllied Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics 2)

Mathematics, Operational Research and Statistics with a Year of Study Abroad-MMORS

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

60% min. Pure Mathematics, Appllied Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics 2)

Mathematics, Operational Research and Statistics-MMORS

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

60% min. Pure Mathematics, Appllied Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics 2)

Mathematics-BSc Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

60% min. Pure Mathematics, Appllied Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics 2)

Mathematics-MMath

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

60% min. Pure Mathematics, Appllied Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics 2)

Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry-BEng

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Mechanical Engineering-BEng

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Medical Engineering with a Year in Industry-BEng

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Medical Engineering-BEng

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Physical Geography with a Year of Study Abroad-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Physical Geography-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Physical Geography-MSci

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Physics with Astronomy with Professional Placement-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

60% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Physics with Astronomy with Professional Placement-MPhys

65%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

60% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Physics with Astronomy-BSc Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

60% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Physics with Astronomy-MPhys

65%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

60% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Physics with Medical Physics-BSc Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

60% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Physics with Professional Placement-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

60% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Physics with Professional Placement-MPhys

65%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

60% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Physics-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

60% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Physics-MPhys

65%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

60% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Urban Planning and Development (Sandwich)-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Urban Planning and Development-BSc (Hons)

60%

60% with no less than 40% in all skills