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Entry requirements

If you’re interested in taking part in any of our Cadetships, the first step is to make sure you can meet the following minimum entry requirements:

Note: Are you ordinarily a resident in the UK? - Ordinarily a resident in the UK means you have been a resident in the UK for the last 12 months.

A minimum of 4 GCSE’s at grade A* - C, including Maths, English and Science or equivalent.

Academic Entry Requirements

High grade passes at GCSE (grades A*- B) or the equivalent in English, Maths, Physics or Combined Science and at least one other subject.

Plus (Foundation Degree/Scottish Diploma Entry Route)

A Level or Level 3 equivalent with a minimum of 120 UCAS points or 48 UCAS Tariff points (including a numerate based subject in either Math or Science).

Scottish Diploma- Higher Maths (A-C) or Higher Physical Science (Physics/Chemistry/Technological studies etc.) (A-C)
and National 5 English (A-C)
A Level Maths (A-D) or A Level Physical Science (A-D)
and GCSE English (A-C)

To increase your opportunity of a career with Carnival UK, you would have completed a Level 3 course such as; Pre-Cadetship or an equivalent level of qualification in Electrical or Engineering (e.g. BTEC National Diploma or GNVQ Advanced)


Candidates must be UK or EEA citizens and have been a resident in the UK for at least one year immediately prior to application and have the right to live and work in the UK without any restrictions.


All candidates must be of good general health and physique and pass a Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) certified medical examination (ENG1), including the eyesight examination.

Carnival UK Assessment Days

We carry out Assessment Days throughout the year – no matter what intake you’re applying for (intakes start in September or January).

So, once you’ve completed your online application form, we’ll look through your application to make sure you meet all the requirements and email you with our response as soon as we can. Just be aware, there’s a very high demand for our Cadetships, so please make sure you complete the application form correctly with as many details as possible. The more details the better!

To apply for a Cadetship with Carnival Career please click here