Barclaycard Forward eligibility checker tells you if it's a 'yes'

So you know if you'll be accepted before you apply

Representative example

Representative APR
33.9% APR
Purchase rate
33.9% p.a.
Based on a
credit limit

The approval of your application depends on your financial circumstances and borrowing history.

  • A smart choice if you’re new to credit cards

    If you’re looking for your first credit card, or your credit history isn’t great, Barclaycard Forward could be the card for you. It comes with a promise that means if you manage your account well over the first couple of years, you’ll be rewarded with a reduction in your interest rates.

    Your Barclaycard offer 

    • A personalised credit limit between £50 and £1,200
    • Price promise – 3% interest rate reduction if you make all your payments on time and stay within your credit limit for the first year. Keep it going in the second year and you’ll get another 2% reduction. You can find out more in the “How does the price promise work” section below
    • 0% interest on purchases for three months from the date you open your account 
    • Manage your account with alerts and build your credit score

    It’s important to understand how credit cards work, especially if you’re new to credit. So make sure you’re up to speed on the types of fees we may charge and how promotional rates work and what you need to do to keep them.

    If you decide to apply, please make sure you read the information provided once you’ve clicked the 'Apply now' button. It provides important information about how interest is charged and how to manage your account.

    Find out if you’ll be approved without affecting your credit rating.

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  • How does the price promise work?

    • Here’s what you need to know about how to get a reduction in your interest rate over the first couple of years.
    • We’ll reduce your cash and standard rate in the first two years as long as you stay within your credit limit and make at least your minimum payments on time. The rate reduction will be 3% in the first year and 2% in the second.
    • If you don’t qualify in the first year but qualify in the second year you will get a reduction of 3% in that year. 
    • The rate reduction starts from the date you receive your statement on the anniversary month of when you open the account.
    • Your interest rates will move up and down in line with changes to the Bank of England Base Rate. This means that if your rates go up or down due to a Base Rate change then any Price Promise reduction you get will be applied to that new higher or lower rate.

    Making minimum payments

    Making minimum payments could help you get a rate reduction but remember the longer you take to pay off your balance, the more interest you’ll end up paying. Just by paying a little more each month, you could clear your balance sooner than you think, and pay less in interest.

    Enter your current details into our Repayment Calculator and see the difference a few pounds extra can make.

    Repayment Calculator
  • How else Forward could help if you’re new to credit

    Built in text alerts

    With Barclaycard Forward you’ll get alerts to let you know when your balance is due. There are other alerts you can turn on and off at any time, like weekly balance updates.

    Help to make sure you pay on time

    You can  choose a payment date when you’re more likely to have money in the bank and there's a couple of options when it comes to setting up a Direct Debit.

    Minimum amount – this helps avoid paying late payment fees but only meets the minimum requirement. It won’t help in the long run unless you’re making additional payments, especially if you continue to use your card. That’s because you could end up paying more in interest than towards the amount you’ve borrowed.

    Fixed amount – Decide how much you can afford to pay and set your monthly Direct Debit for that amount. If it falls below the minimum amount, we’ll increase it to ensure you don’t get charged a fee. It’s a good idea to review the fixed amount every few months to make sure it’s meeting your needs.

    Full amount – This is the best option if you can afford to do it as it limits the amount of interest you pay.

    It’s important to stay within your credit limit

    Barclaycard Forward comes with a personalised credit limit based on what you can afford. Going over your credit limit not only means a £12 fee but it’ll also impact your credit rating. You can set up alerts to let you know when you're getting near to your credit limit so you can either make a payment or slow down on the spending. 

  • Barclaycard features and benefits

    • Barclaycard Entertainment - 5% savings on tickets across 3,500 gigs, comedy nights and family days out every year.
    • Manage your account on the Barclaycard app or online
    • Contactless payments of £45 and under
    • Whether you want to pay your Barclaycard bill by Direct Debit, with your debit card or over the phone, you can do it at home or on the go.  
  • Who is Barclaycard Forward best suited for?

    • People who are new to credit or whose credit history isn’t great
    • Those who haven’t been made bankrupt in the last six years or had a County Court Judgement (CCJ)
    • Are employed and earning over £3,000 a year

      Making lots of credit applications can actually make your credit rating worse. So before you apply you can use our eligibility checker to tell you if you’re approved without affecting your credit rating.
    Check your eligibility
  • Things to note before you apply

    Your new account will be set up with digital statements. These can be found in your online Barclaycard account, which you will need to register for.  You can choose to switch to paper statements at any time.

    Remember your interest rate will move in line with the Bank of England base rate, so your rate might change before we reduce it. To learn more visit barclaycard.co.uk/understanding-interest.

    The Forward card is suited for people over 18, in employment, earning over £3,000 a year and had a permanent UK address for at least 2 years. You’re much more likely to be accepted if you haven’t been made bankrupt in the last six years and don’t have more than one County Court Judgement.

    To make an application you’ll need details about your employment status, address details for the last 2 years and bank account number/sort code.

    When your 0% purchase offer ends you'll be charged interest at your standard rate for anything new you buy and for any outstanding balance on your card. 

Remember: to keep your 0% rate for 3 months, you'll need to make your minimum payments on time and stay within your credit limit. Otherwise your 0% rate will go up to the standard rate, which is also the rate you'll pay when your promotional period has ended.

Check if you're eligible

With our eligibility checker you can see if you'll be accepted for a Barclaycard before you apply. Plus, it doesn’t affect your credit rating.

Apply online

Apply online in three easy steps and, if approved, your Barclaycard could be with you in five working days.

Having problems understanding this information?

We can provide additional support for all customers, including those who have mental or physical health conditions or learning disabilities.
If you would like to talk to someone you can call 0800 056 3486 from 8am - 9pm Monday to Friday and 9am - 1pm on Saturday.
Or you can visit any Barclays branch and speak to an adviser.

Still not decided?

Getting in touch

If you have questions about your application just contact us