Building Your Award Hours

To receive The Cardiff Award, students must complete at least 70 hours of extra-curricular activities in two different roles. There’s a number of activities you can complete that can count towards these hours – for example having an active role in your society or sports club, your part-time work, or volunteering locally or abroad.

Once you’re accepted on the Award we will provide guidance for extra-curricular activities; students currently on the Award can access this via their Learning Central module. We will also regularly post opportunities to our Twitter account (@CardiffAward), so be sure to follow us!

Have a specific question about what extracurricular activities can count towards the Cardiff Award? Send your questions to us in our short survey and we’ll email you back with a response.

There’s also a range of opportunities and services within the University that many previous students have taken part in that can count towards your Award:

Work Experience

The Work Experience team sources paid and unpaid opportunities for students to enhance their employability and increase their graduate prospects. Through working with a variety of local organisations we create a wide range of placements. If you want experience in a classroom, with a charity or in the private or public sector we can help.

Register with us today to keep up to date with the latest opportunities and follow us on Twitter @ExpWorksCU

“Work experience is no longer an optional extra for university students, it’s an essential part of preparing for the graduate job market,Martin Birchall, MD of High Fliers research firm

Global Opportunities

The Global Opportunities (GO) team provides students with advice and support for study, internships and volunteering abroad. They also provide bursaries to help make getting an international experience affordable for all undergraduate students at Cardiff University.

The GO team has worked to develop a wide range of opportunities in locations around the world. Students can go abroad and do something that fits with their degree programme, learn a language, or add something completely different to their skillset. For more information email: or current students can search the intranet for “Spend Time Abroad”.

Twitter: @GlobalOppsCU

Student Mentoring

Becoming a student mentor can help improve your employability and leadership skills whilst doing something worthwhile to help new students.

As a student mentor you will lead a small group of mentees and be part of a dynamic mentor community. For more information, search the intranet for “student mentor” or email

Academic Skills Classes

The Academic Skills and Mentoring Team runs classes on a wide range of topics for all undergraduate students.

These classes are designed for all undergraduate students and are a great way to help improve your grades or enhance essential study skills. For more information, search the intranet for “academic skills” or email

Enterprise and Start-up

Being enterprising means having the confidence and skills to bring your ideas to life. Whether you want to grow a community project, impress an employer, or start a business; we help you unlock your creativity, develop new skills and start something.

  • Skills workshops
  • Hands-on challenges
  • Inspirational guest speakers
  • Competitions
  • 1-2-1 business advice
  • Funding and office space

Find us in the Centre for Skills, Enterprise and Volunteering, 2nd Floor, Students’ Union.

Skills Development Service

The Skills Development Service (SDS) provides a range of courses aimed at building your confidence, improving your transferable skills and increasing your employability potential. Certificates are awarded for successful completion of courses and are highly regarded by employers. For more information, visit their website on the Students’ Union pages.