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Why study with us
As Cardiff Metropolitan University (formerly UWIC) we continue to be a strong, student-centred university that offers high quality education, services and facilities to our staff and students.
The Guardian University Guide, the Complete University Guide, the Times Good University Guide and the Sunday Times Good University Guide.
** Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2011.
We are consistently ranked as one of the top ‘new’ universities in Wales by the major university guides.*
We are investing in your future with over £50 million planned investment in our estates and student facilities.
Over 90% of our graduates enter employment or further study within 6 months of graduation.**
We are a global university educating over 11,000 students from more than 140 countries worldwide.
We are located in Cardiff, a vibrant and modern European capital city, with a thriving student population.
Work placements are key components to the majority of our courses to ensure that your career prospects are maximised.
We were ranked as the top UK University in the International Student Barometer in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
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Your career starts here
At Cardiff Met our courses are developed in conjunction with business and industry. All our academic schools maintain close links with the working world, via work placements, visiting lecturers, research and consultancy. This emphasis on your future career has led to over 90%* of our graduates securing employment or entering further study within six months of graduation. So whatever subject area you are interested in, or whatever career you have in mind, it's time to consider a course at Cardiff Metropolitan University! * Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2011.
CARDIFF YOUR CAREER STARTS HERE...
Please Note: Course entries in this prospectus are intended to act as an initial guide in terms of course content and entry requirements. Full and up-to-date course information can be found on our website at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/courses
Art & Design Accounting, Economics & Finance
Foundation leading to Accounting, Economics & Finance
Accounting BA (Hons)
Accounting & Finance BA (Hons)
Business Economics BA (Hons)
Economics BSc (Hons)
International Economics & Finance BSc/BScEcon (Hons) 35
Architectural Design Technology HND/BSc (Hons) 38 Artist Designer: Maker BA (Hons)
Ceramics BA (Hons)
Fine Art BA (Hons)
Graphic Communication BA (Hons)
Illustration BA (Hons)
Product Design BA/BSc (Hons) 46 Textiles BA (Hons)
Foundation leading to BSc Health Sciences
Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) 50 Healthcare Science BSc (Hons)
Sports Biomedicine & Nutrition BSc (Hons)
Business, Management & Marketing Foundation leading to Business & Management
Business & Management Studies (with specialist pathways) BA (Hons) 55 International Business Administration (Top-Up) BA (Hons)
International Business Management BA (Hons)
Marketing Management BA (Hons)
Computing & Information Systems
Foundation leading to Computing & Information Systems
Business Information Systems BSc (Hons)
Computing BSc (Hons)
Management & Technology BSc (Hons)
Software Engineering BSc (Hons)
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Dance BA (Hons)
English & Creative Writing BA (Hons)
Dental Technology BSc (Hons) 103
English & Drama BA (Hons)
Podiatry BSc (Hons)
Sport Coaching BSc (Hons)
Speech & Language Therapy BSc (Hons)
Educational Studies & Drama BA (Hons)
Environmental Health BSc (Hons)
Sport Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage BSc (Hons)
Sport Development BSc (Hons) 126
Educational Studies & Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons)
Food, Nutrition & Dietetics
Foundation leading to BA/BSc Social Sciences
Sport & Exercise Science BSc (Hons)
Educational Studies & English BA (Hons)
Foundation leading to BSc Health Sciences
Psychology BSc (Hons)
Sport & Exercise Science (Intercalated) BSc (Hons)
Educational Studies & Literacy BA (Hons)
Food Production Management BSc (Hons)
Sport Management BSc (Hons) 129
Food Science & Technology BSc (Hons)
Human Nutrition & Dietetics BSc (Hons)
Public Health Nutrition BSc (Hons)
Sports Biomedicine & Nutrition BSc (Hons)
Educational Studies & Teacher Training
Educational Studies & Sport & Physical Activity BA (Hons) Educational Studies & Welsh BA (Hons) Secondary Education: Music (leading to QTS) BA (Hons) Secondary Education: Welsh (leading to QTS) BA (Hons) Youth & Community Work BA (Hons) English, Creativity & Contemporary Media English & Contemporary Media BA (Hons)
91 92 93 95
Foundation leading to BA/BSc Social Sciences Health & Social Care HND/BSc (Hons)
Sports Studies BSc (Hons)
Tourism, Hospitality & Events
Foundation leading to Tourism, Hospitality & Events Management
Housing: Policy & Practice BSc (Hons)
Housing: Supported Housing BSc (Hons)
Social Work BSc (Hons)
Events Management BA (Hons) 135
Health Care & Complementary Therapies
Foundation leading to BSc Health Sciences
Sport Performance Analysis BSc (Hons)
Complementary Therapies BSc (Hons)
Sport & Physical Education BSc (Hons)
Sports Biomedicine & Nutrition BSc (Hons)
International Hospitality Management (with specialist pathways) BA (Hons)
International Tourism Management (with specialist pathways) BA (Hons) 137
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CONTENTS Investing in your future Employability and graduate
opportunities About the city Travelling to Cardiff Open Days
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Career Areas and Course Entries
Admissions and how to apply Learning for everyone Tuition fees and finance Learning Centres Student Services i-zone International students Accommodation Our campuses Students’ Union Sport for all Alumni network Research & Enterprise Partnerships Index Who to contact
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Located in an exciting, modern European capital city and consistently ranked as one of the top ‘new’ universities in Wales by the major university league tables,* Cardiff Metropolitan University is a global University. We provide education and training opportunities that are accessible, flexible and of the highest quality to students from over 140 countries.
Cardiff School of Art and Design Cardiff School of Education Cardiff School of Health Sciences Cardiff School of Management Cardiff School of Sport
The University has been integral to the City of Cardiff since 1865 and we pride ourselves on being a strong, sustainable and studentcentred university, focused on the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of Cardiff and southeast Wales; promoting student employability, applied research and knowledge transfer.
All our schools specialise in courses that are career orientated and have been designed in conjunction with business and industry. Each school is also heavily involved with research and commercial activities in their fields. Our academic teams are at the forefront of their fields and are supported in developing their knowledge and skills through the university’s staff review and development scheme.
THE UNIVERSITY’S APPROACH TO LEARNING, TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT IS UNDERPINNED BY HIGH QUALITY ACADEMIC STANDARDS, WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH STUDENTS, THE DEVELOPMENT AND EMBEDDING OF TECHNOLOGYENHANCED LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT, AND RESEARCH INFORMED TEACHING. The latest Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) report in 2008 confirms that 'Confidence' can be placed in the institution's current and likely future management of the quality of its academic programmes and the academic standards of its awards. This is the QAA's highest accolade. Further information can be found at www.qaa.ac.uk
OUR OBJECTIVE IS TO DEVELOP CREATIVE, RESILIENT AND SOUGHT-AFTER GRADUATES WITH APTITUDES, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES THAT ENABLE THEM TO MAKE AN IMPACT IN THEIR CHOSEN PROFESSION OR PATHWAY. To find out more about the University, please visit: www.cardiffmet.ac.uk /aboutus * The Guardian University Guide, the Complete University Guide, the Times Good University Guide and the Sunday Times Good University Guide.
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State-of-the-art building for School of Art & Design Opening autumn 2014
Cardiff School of Management building
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Investing in your future
Investing in your future THE UNIVERSITY PRIDES ITSELF ON PROVIDING MODERN, WELLEQUIPPED BUILDINGS WITH ALL THE FACILITIES THAT A STUDENT NEEDS TO SUCCEED. Cyncoed Fitness Centre
Over the last few years considerable investment has been made across the whole of the University, with over £50 million of planned investment in estate developments alone, including:
The award winning, £21 million state-ofthe-art management building which opened in autumn 2010 at the Llandaff Campus.
Opened in 2010 and based at the Llandaff Campus, the i-zone is an innovative and integrated service hub for current and potential students.
A new Learning Centre and refurbished Student Centre, also opened in 2010, both at the Llandaff Campus.
A £250,000 refit of the Fitness Centres at both the Cyncoed and Llandaff Campuses in 2012.
The £4.9 million Food Industry Centre at the Llandaff Campus which opened in 2009.
The Cardiff School of Art & Design will open a brand new, £14 million, state-ofthe-art facility in autumn 2014 at the Llandaff Campus.
A new Campus Centre opened at the Cycnoed Campus in 2009.
WE ARE A FORWARD THINKING INSTITUTION AND WE ARE PROUD OF OUR REPUTATION FOR PROVIDING A STUDENT-CENTRED APPROACH TO LEARNING. WE WANT THIS EXCELLENCE AND QUALITY TO BE REFLECTED IN OUR NEW BUILDINGS BY CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT FIT FOR 21ST CENTURY HIGHER EDUCATION. Further information: www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/ investing
7 Llandaff Learning Centre
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Employability and graduate opportunities
Employability and graduate opportunities IN THIS SECTION YOU WILL HEAR FROM SOME OF OUR GRADUATES ABOUT HOW STUDYING WITH US HELPED GET THEIR CAREERS OFF TO A GREAT STARTâ€Ś * Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2011.
Making the decision to attend university is a big life investment, not only from a financial point of view, but the course you choose will pave the way for a rewarding career in your chosen field.
ALL OF OUR COURSES ARE DESIGNED WITH YOUR CAREER IN MIND. Your course will provide you with knowledge and experience closely linked to the employment market, teaching methods that will help develop your core work skills and staff that use real-world issues in the curriculum as well as visiting lecturers from business & industry. Close links with local employers help to ensure you know more about your future career options and give you the opportunity to network with potential employers as well as preparing you for a rapidly changing world.
We can offer a wide range of work experience and volunteering opportunities including placements, sandwich years and work tasters. Alongside your course, we also provide opportunities for extra-curricular activities and roles that can help develop your employability, and professional and personal skills. These include opportunities to participate in employability specific activities in addition to your course, to maximise your potential. Career Development Services provide faceto-face and online careers support for students and graduates, and impartial, professional career guidance centred around your individual needs, helping you to identify and work towards your chosen career path and to practise the skills necessary to get that graduate level job. Support includes work experience, an online database of vacation, part-time, volunteering and graduate vacancies and lots of opportunities to meet employers.
So that you can learn how to plan your career and reach your goals a comprehensive programme of careers education is provided â€“ online, through your course and through a series of lunchtime workshops. Finally, all courses have Personal Development Planning systems adapted to the subject, helping you identify your development needs, reflect on your experiences and record your achievements in a Progress File or e-portfolio. This focus on employability and graduate opportunities has ensured that over 90% of our graduates enter employment or further study within six months of graduation.*
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International PR career for English graduate Danny
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Employability and graduate opportunities
DANNY DONOVAN Studying for a degree in English and Popular Culture at Cardiff Metropolitan University gave Danny Donovan the skills he needed to forge an international career in the public relations and communications industry. Speaking about his reasons for choosing to study at Cardiff Met, Danny said: “The location of the University put it high on my list; Cardiff is one of the friendliest, youngest, and most cosmopolitan cities in the United Kingdom; big enough to attract all sorts of people, but small enough to feel like home. “The Student Services team is also fantastic, offering support with everything from finances to health and careers advice.” During his final year at Cardiff Met, Danny also began writing as a reporter on the Cardiff Met student newspaper, where Danny was able to integrate some of his knowledge from his degree programme. He said: “As well as a rich and varied academic focus on the course, I benefitted from using practical vocational skills and was able to transfer the research, communication, and writing skills with my
interest in sport to work as a journalist for the University newspaper. “The focus on employability throughout the modules and teaching methods prepared me for the next step in my professional development.” Graduating in 2012 with a 2:1, Danny immediately secured a position as a Communications Assistant with flagship Welsh brand, SA Brain & Co. During his time with the company, Danny helped maintain SA Brain & Co.'s high profile, working on an external relations strategy with the media, as well as supporting internal communications and updating the company’s website and social media platforms. Soon after, Danny was offered a role as a PR and Marketing intern in Berlin, through the Leonardo Da Vinci programme which helps graduates who are looking for work experience within the EU.
to increase the profile of this new business and attract more students, through marketing and communications. I enjoyed the challenge of having nobody to show me what to do and I used my own initiative to develop and implement an effective strategy for such a small and new business.
UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT:
“Overall, the structure of the degree programme at Cardiff Met and the co-ordination and support from the teaching staff ensured I was prepared for university life as a fresher, and looked after during the course. The organisation of the course over three years encouraged me to consider a wide range of critical approaches whilst working on assignments, developing my ability to work proactively in presenting my ideas, and broadening my knowledge of a wide range of topics.
July - September 2012: Communications Assistant at SA Brain & Co.
2006-2008: A-levels in English, ICT and History at Y Pant Comprehensive School 2008-2012: BA (Hons) in English and Popular Culture
October 2012: Moves to Germany to work as a PR and Marketing intern at Sprachsalon Berlin
Find out more at: www.dannydidthis. wordpress.com
“I felt assured that their efforts were always concentrated towards getting me to where I am today.”
Speaking about his role in Berlin, Danny said: “I learnt basic German to get by and I began work for a language school called Sprachsalon Berlin. My role was simple:
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Game, set and match for tennis graduate Michael
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Employability and graduate opportunities
MICHAEL CASTLE When Michael Castle moved from Birmingham to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2009, it was the unrivalled reputation of the Cardiff School of Sport which drew him to the University. A keen sportsman, Michael had applied to study for a degree in Sport Development and Coaching, but narrowly missed his required entry grades at A-level. Instead, Michael was offered a different route to gaining his degree, by studying the same subject at HND level for two years at Cardiff Met and, if successful, completing the degree course in a third, final year. Michael excelled in his subject, graduating in 2012 with a first class honours degree, and went on to study for a Master’s qualification in Performance Analysis at the Cardiff School of Sport. During his time at university Michael got involved with the Cardiff Met tennis club, first on a social level and then as part of his on-going career plan.
Speaking about his time at university, Michael said: “When I first came to Cardiff, my sport was originally rugby, but I became more and more involved with the tennis side of things during my first two years at Cardiff Met. “During my final year, an opportunity came up to apply for a role as a tennis co-ordinator, working in partnership with the Tennis Foundation and Cardiff Met, which I was really pleased to get.” Michael now works part-time as a tennis co-ordinator alongside his Master’s studies. His role involves working with tennis partners to encourage participation in the sport, both recreationally and competitively, as well as improving tennis coaching and developing the sport at Cardiff Met generally. The two-year contract is due to finish at the same time Michael completes his Master’s degree.
Michael said: “Although it can sometimes be difficult having both commitments working as a tennis co-ordinator at the same time as studying has been really useful and rewarding. The experience I’ve gained from my part-time role has contributed towards my studies and it also has given me the chance to develop a variety of skills which will be helpful to my future career plans, whether that’s coaching, performance analysis or sport development.”
UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT: 2009: Begins HND qualification in Sport Development at Cardiff Met 2011: One-year degree conversion 2012: Graduates with First Class Honours 2012: Begins Master’s degree in Performance Analysis at Cardiff Met 2012-2014: Tennis Co-ordinator at Cardiff Met/Tennis Foundation
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Freedom to paint helped Meirion realise artistic dream
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Employability and graduate opportunities
MEIRION GINSBERG Cardiff School of Art and Design graduate Meirion Ginsberg, credits his time at Cardiff Metropolitan University with giving him the time and freedom to develop his talent for painting. Now a full-time exhibiting artist, with his work being displayed from Caernarfon to New York, London and Belfast, Meirion came to Cardiff to study for a degree in Fine Art at the Cardiff School of Art and Design (CSAD) in 2004. After studying the three disciplines of drawing, sculpture and painting in his first term, Meirion was specialising in painting by his second year, under the direction of Professor Robert Pepperell.
Speaking about his time at Cardiff School of Art and Design Meirion said: “I appreciated the opportunity to focus on one element and to do it well. That chance to specialise was one of the main reasons I chose to study at CSAD, it felt right, particularly after the structure of a foundation course.
Since graduating, Meirion has built an impressive CV of past exhibitions. A solo show in Canary Wharf in 2008 was followed by an exhibition in Caernarfon in the same year, as well as a final solo show in Cardiff in 2010. In addition, he has been part of numerous group shows worldwide since graduating in 2007.
“I felt there was so much to learn. It was really refreshing to be taught by Professor Pepperell. He is extremely knowledgeable about the roots of classical painting and also about the science of looking and seeing things differently. It definitely made me think and had an influence on my work.”
His work has been described by fellow artist Edward Povey as: “Combining all the best of enigmatic narrative, educated chords of colour, and powerful surface … his art is a feast.” Meirion continues to paint from his studio in Chester.
UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT: 2004: Foundation in Art and Design, Coleg Menai 2007: One-year degree conversion 2007: Graduates with First Class Honours 2008: First solo exhibition Oriel Dafydd Hardy, Caernarfon 2010: Group exhibitions at St Patricks Centre, Belfast, Gwydr House, London and John Martin Gallery, London 2011: Solo show at Martin Tinney Gallery with Sarah Ball and group show at Art Hamptons, New York Find out more at: www.maginsberg.co.uk
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Selfridges role provides Rebecca with ‘food for thought’
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Employability and graduate opportunities
REBECCA BASSETT Studying for her degree in Food Science and Technology at Cardiff Metropolitan University set Rebecca Bassett on a career path that now sees her employed by one of the UK’s most iconic retail brands.
Rebecca began her four-year course in 2008, incorporating a degree-related placement year working as a Project Technician in the Product and Ingredient Innovation Department at confectionery giant, Cadbury.
The BSc (Hons) qualification appealed to Rebecca due to the variety of topics it covers - as well as the number of different doors she knew it would open in terms of routes into her chosen industry - and on completion, she was delighted to secure a dream job as Food Safety Technologist at the world-famous Selfridges department store in London.
“I just cannot emphasise enough what I gained from my year in industry”, adds Rebecca.
“I’ve always wanted to work with food in some capacity - when I was very young I just wanted to cook all the time - but, as I got older, I realised my interest lay more in the science and technology side of the subject and the Cardiff Met degree synopsis suited my interests perfectly”, said Rebecca. “I was also more than aware that the chances of guaranteed employment on completion of this particular degree are extremely high - on average, around ten available jobs per graduate which was a great encouragement!”
“I was literally learning ‘on the job’ every day for that period - the first-hand knowledge that I gained also helped me raise my grades on my return to university and really crystallised the route I wanted to follow.” Focused on finding employment in either her adopted city of Cardiff, or London, on graduation Rebecca set about applying for suitable positions and was actually tipped off about her current role at Selfridges by her former course lecturer.
Based at the Oxford Street store, Rebecca works closely with the Selfridges buying team, making sure all products earmarked by them for the shop floor are fit for sale and comply with relevant legal requirements in terms of ingredients, labelling and packaging for example. As part of the Food Safety team, she also monitors concessions in-store, ensuring they are up to standard, and is involved in safety audits and staff training. “I absolutely love my job - no two days are the same and the fact that I’m working for such a well-respected brand at such an early stage in my career is just the icing on the cake!”
UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT: 2008: Began BSc (Hons) degree in Food Science and Technology at UWIC 2010: One-year degree related placement - taken at Cadbury as a Project Technician in the Product and Ingredient Innovation Department 2012: Graduated with 2:1 2012: Began work at Selfridges as a Food Safety Technician
“The support I gained from my lecturers both during my studies and beyond - was just amazing and I think the fact that I actually heard about the job I’m now doing because of my Cardiff Met links is testament to this.”
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First class accountancy career for Carys
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EmployabiliTy and graduate opportunities
CARYS DAVIES Choosing a career can often be a difficult decision, but for Carys Davies, from Dolgellau, accountancy was always top of her list. While studying at school for an A-level in accountancy as well as in maths and business studies, Carys decided to get some work experience with an accountancy firm before applying to university. Carys said: “I already knew I enjoyed studying accountancy and my work experience placement confirmed it was definitely the career for me.” She continued: “I applied and was accepted for the BA in Accounting at Cardiff Metropolitan University, which is accredited by the ACCA, the global body for professional accountants.
“The accreditation of the course appealed to me, particularly as it meant I would be exempt from taking nine of the further professional ACCA exams once I graduated, whereas many courses only leave you with five exemptions.
Carys said: “I’m currently studying for the rest of my professional exams, but my degree background is still helping me - particularly in areas like strategic management which I have studied previously.”
“I was also really keen to study in Cardiff as it’s a fantastic city.
She added: “I’m really pleased to have gone straight into employment in my chosen career and hope to go on to become a fully-qualified accountant.”
“The course itself was great. It’s mainly exam-based and quite rigorous, but that prepares you for working in the profession after graduation. I also felt I was given plenty of one-to-one support and feedback from tutors on the course which was really helpful.”
UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT: 2008: Began BA (Hons) in Accountancy at Cardiff Met 2012: Graduates with a First Class Honours 2012: Began work at EW Owen & Co. as Trainee Accountant 2013: Studying for ACCA professional exams
After graduating from Cardiff Met with a first class honours degree, Carys was soon snapped up by North Wales firm EW Owen & Co. as a Trainee Accountant.
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About the city
About the city MAKING A DECISION TO APPLY FOR UNIVERSITY ISN’T JUST ABOUT CHOOSING THE MOST APPROPRIATE COURSE. YOU’LL ALSO NEED TO DECIDE WHERE YOU WANT TO SPEND THE NEXT FEW YEARS OF YOUR LIFE. Cardiff is an exciting, modern European capital city, which punches well above its weight for its size. The city was recently described as the ‘epitome of cool’ in the renowned Lonely Planet travel guide and as a top travel destination by National Geographic Magazine. As one of Europe’s youngest capitals, it packs all the benefits of a major cosmopolitan destination into a friendly, affordable and easy-to-navigate space and is a great place to live as a student.
stretches down to a stunning waterfront area with bars and restaurants at Cardiff Bay. As the Welsh capital, Cardiff boasts an excellent, year-round calendar of events and culture; from theatre, comedy and concerts to music, food festivals and major sporting events. Its big city attitude combined with a small city’s benefits makes Cardiff the ideal place to spend your university years.
“I LOVE BEING A STUDENT IN CARDIFF. THERE’S SO MUCH TO DO. IT’S SUCH AN EASY CITY TO GET AROUND AND SO FRIENDLY.” Rachel Hellier BSc (Hons) Psychology
An impressive civic centre with wonderful buildings, including the National Museum of Wales is surrounded by acres of parkland, a thriving city centre, a brand new shopping and entertainment centre, Victorian boutique shopping arcades, world-class sporting stadiums, and a lively Cafe Quarter which 21
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Art and Design
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About the City
SOCIAL SCENE Traditional student areas in Cardiff are Roath and Cathays - where there are plenty of pubs, cafes, bars and shops. Whether you’re looking to watch sport on a big screen with a cheap meal and a drink, or prefer cocktails in a trendy cafe with live music, this is an area that caters for every taste. In the city centre, pubs and bars sit alongside super-clubs, which all host weekly student nights and drinks offers. Cardiff’s ‘Cafe Quarter’ on Mill Lane is popular for its stylish late-night bar and restaurant scene. For music lovers, Cardiff has a thriving scene. The Motorpoint Arena and Millennium Stadium host all the big-name tours, while smaller independent venues like Clwb Ifor Bach and the Students’ Union bars are home to more intimate music nights. The renowned Swn Festival takes place every October, promoting new music coming in and out of Wales. St David’s Hall in the city centre and the Glee Club in Cardiff Bay are both great venues for live comedy, and if film is your thing, Cardiff is home to three multiplex cinemas as well as a fantastic independent cinema with bar and cafe at the award-winning Chapter Arts Centre.
For theatre and musical fans, The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay is a world-famous, iconic theatre and arts venue.
EATING OUT Whether tapas, fajitas, steak, sushi or a full Welsh breakfast is your thing, you won’t struggle to find something good to eat in Cardiff. From waterside fine dining in Cardiff Bay, to independent cafes and restaurants in Roath, Cathays and Pontcanna, Cardiff is a great, affordable city to enjoy eating out. Cardiff is also home to a major international food festival every summer in Cardiff Bay.
BEYOND THE CITY
Cardiff is also home to an excellent selection of sporting events, from international cricket at the SWALEC Stadium, to rugby and football at the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff City Stadium, as well as the annual Speedway motorsport and Wales GB Rally.
GETTING HERE Cardiff is well connected to the rest of the UK, just two hours to London by train from Cardiff Central Station, which also has other major direct routes including Manchester, Birmingham and Portsmouth.
Find out more about Cardiff: www.whycardiff.com www.buzzmag.co.uk www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/ studentlife
WATCH OUR VIDEO TO SEE WHY CARDIFF IS SUCH A GREAT PLACE TO BE A STUDENT.
Cardiff International Airport has 50 direct destinations and flies to more than 800 one-stop destinations around the world.
Cardiff has to be one of the UK’s best-placed cities for outdoor activities. With Wales’ coastline being named as ‘the greatest region on earth to visit in 2012’ by travellers’ bible Lonely Planet, Cardiff students can enjoy surfing, sailing or sunbathing at world-class beaches within an hour’s drive from the city. Inland, the Brecon Beacons are stunning areas for mountain biking, hiking or horse riding and again are only a short distance from the city itself. Indoor climbing centres, whitewater rafting and ice-skating are also all possible in the city.
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Travelling to Cardiff
HOW TO FIND US
Cyncoed Campus Postcode for GPS: CF5 6XD From the A48 Eastern Avenue, travel via Llanedeyrn Road to Cyncoed Road. Howard Gardens Campus Postcode for GPS: CF24 0SP From the A48 Eastern Avenue, follow signs for Newport Road (A4161) and the city centre. Nearing the city centre follow the direction sign for the Howard Gardens Gallery, the turning is on the left. Llandaff Campus Postcode for GPS: CF5 2YB The campus is located on Western Avenue (A48).
Travelling to Cardiff BY CAR
The M4 motorway lies just a mile or so to the north of the city centre giving easy access to London and the South East or, via the M5, to the Midlands, the South West and the North.
Rail travel is just as easy. A good rail network links Cardiff to all parts of Wales, there are fast, daily services to other major cities and London is only two hours away by Inter-City.
The central bus station is adjacent to the central railway station. Local services connect to all campuses.
The main station for Inter-City services is Cardiff Central in the city centre. It is a short distance from Howard Gardens Campus and approximately 2.5 miles from the campuses at Llandaff and Cyncoed. Taxis and buses to all the campuses and halls of residence are available from the station. Local train services operate from both the Cardiff Central and Queen Street stations.
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National coach services operate from the city centre bus station, adjacent to the central railway station.
Cardiff International Airport is approximately twelve miles from the city centre. There are regular services to many British cities and to other European capitals.
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TRAVEL DISTANCES Birmingham Bournemouth Bristol Brighton Exeter Gloucester Hull Leeds Liverpool London Manchester Newcastle upon Tyne Nottingham Norwich Newport Oxford Plymouth Southampton Swansea
106 miles 119 miles 43 miles 198 miles 108 miles 60 miles 245 miles 226 miles 198 miles 151 miles 187 miles 315 miles 158 miles 271 miles 15 miles 104 miles 151 miles 136 miles 41 miles
Information supplied by AA route planner (2013). More detailed directions can be found at: ďƒŽ www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/findus
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Accounting, Economics and Finance Art and Design
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Open Days - come and visit us WHETHER YOU’VE ALREADY MADE YOUR MIND UP THAT CARDIFF MET IS THE PLACE FOR YOU; OR WHETHER YOU’RE STILL DECIDING, ATTENDING ONE OF OUR OPEN DAYS IS ESSENTIAL. Open Days are the perfect chance for you to find out more about the course you're interested in, speak to staff and students first-hand and tour our facilities, accommodation and campuses. It also gives you the perfect opportunity to visit Cardiff and explore the city.
You can do this by registering online at: www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/opendays Contact our Open Day Officer on 029 2041 6042 or email us at: email@example.com
CAMPUS TOURS We run academic school Open Days throughout the year, which are relevant to your course and your area of interest. We run these events for the following areas:
Cardiff School of Art & Design Cardiff School of Education Cardiff School of Health Sciences Cardiff School of Management Cardiff School of Sport
Please Note: It is essential that you book to attend any of our Open Days and Campus Tours
As well as our Open Days we also offer a series of Campus Tours throughout the year. These events are an opportunity for you to visit and take a tour of our campuses with a current Student Ambassador, meet current students and ask them questions about their university experience. They differ from Open Days, as they do not involve course specific talks or accommodation tours. They are for students who are interested in applying to, or have already applied to one of our undergraduate courses. Further information can be found at: www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/campustours
SPORT APPLICANT DAYS For those interested in applying for a Sport degree at the university, we also run a series of Sport Applicant Days from November until May. You cannot book onto one of these events; you have to be specifically invited. In order to receive an invitation you will need to meet, or be predicted to meet, the entry requirements of the course you wish to apply for. Please refer to the individual course descriptions in this prospectus for entry requirements. Applicants are also expected to have a strong sporting profile, which should be detailed in your Personal Statement on your UCAS form if you intend to apply.
For a full list of dates and areas covered, check out our website at: www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/ opendays
“BEING ABLE TO VISIT THE UNIVERSITY, GET A FEEL FOR THE PLACE AND FIND OUT ALL THE RELEVANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE COURSE, FINANCE AND UNIVERSITY LIFE, MADE ME EVEN MORE CERTAIN THAT THIS IS WHERE I DEFINITELY WANT TO STUDY!” Open Day Visitor 2012