How to get into the University of Bath

‘How do I get into the University of Bath’ is a question that often resurfaces. I’m going to share with you what I tell my students. And don’t worry, you can trust in my advice. Here at The Profs, University admissions are our thing. That’s why 95% of our students applying to their first and second-choice universities get in! 

Your university application is not a one-size-fits-all. Bath University has its own culture and ethos, as well as its own candidate characteristics that it’s looking for. I’ll run through some tips on how to stand out at the University of Bath in this article.

Our expert team has worked in admissions for Oxbridge and many Russell Group universities. So, if anyone has the know-how to make your application as perfect as possible, it’s us. We offer the right support and preparation to aid you in submitting an application that stands out and maximises your chances of an offer. 

Read on for insider information.

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What is the University of Bath’s acceptance rate?

Bath does not officially disclose its acceptance rates, however, numerous sources state an approximate acceptance rate of just 10-20% (source: Leverageedu and Amber blog), which includes undergraduate and postgraduate admissions for the 2023/24 academic year. It’s important to note that acceptance rates can vary greatly depending on the course you are applying to. For further information visit FAQ 1.

Acceptance rates should have minimal influence on your decision to apply. The University of Bath does not clearly state its acceptance rate on its website, so you will find little to no information regarding acceptance rates. What is certain is that for a well-regarded university like Bath, you can expect most of the courses to have a surplus of applicants. To beat the competition, arm yourself with information by reading through this article. 

What are the most competitive courses at Bath University?

Bath offers a range of courses in engineering, humanities, management, science and the social sciences.

Whilst Bath is very open about its rankings and the courses it offers, it is less transparent about the competitiveness of its courses. 

You can check out Bath’s courses with the lowest known acceptance rates in the table below: 

CourseAcceptance rateRanking
BSc Social Work and Applied Social Studies28%6th
BSc Architecture including placements50%4th
BSc Sport and Exercise Science52%11th
FdSc Sport53%(unavailable)
MPharm Pharmacy56%18th

 

Sources: www.admissionreport.com for 2020/21 admissions and the Guardian rankings for 2020/21 academic year.

As the table above demonstrates, the subjects with the lowest acceptance rates aren’t necessarily the highest ranking. Other factors at play could be that the course doesn’t have the capacity to match the interest it receives, and that different courses have different entry requirements. 

Some of Bath’s courses have much higher acceptance rates including postgraduate courses in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Natural Sciences. Acceptance rates for these courses range from 95 to 96%.

Please note: Here, the acceptance rate refers to those who received an offer, fulfilled the conditions and subsequently enrolled. 

Also note: Most offers are conditional, and based on your final A level grades (or alternative qualifications such as IB). To get an idea of what your conditional offer could entail, check the entry requirements for your chosen course in the up-to-date prospectus available on the University of Bath website.

Is Bath a Russell Group university?

The Russell Group is a collection of universities in the UK that prioritise high-quality research and academic standards. It was officially established in 2007 and now consists of 24 universities, generally considered ‘the best’ universities in the UK. Together, these universities account for more than two-thirds of the world-leading research produced in UK universities. To find out more about The Russell Group you can visit our webpage here

The University of Bath is not a Russell Group university. However, this doesn’t mean that it is not a prestigious university with an excellent reputation. Similarly, the University of St. Andrew’s, which often ranks in the UK’s top 5 universities, is also not a Russell Group university.

It is possible that the University of Bath does not qualify as Russell Group because it does not satisfy the required criteria. This criteria regards high scores in research excellence, student satisfaction, and more. 

Generally, longer-standing universities form most of the Russell group. The University of Bath was only established in 1966. Hence, its successes and growth have been very impressive when compared to its relatively young age. 

There are benefits to being a Russell group university, such as additional reputation and funding opportunities, which can have a positive impact on research and teaching outcomes. However, Bath remains a top university for employability, student satisfaction and research output, according to the HESA graduate outcomes survey (2021), the Guardian (2023), and  Research Excellence Framework (REF, 2021)

The University of Bath’s courses and entry requirements

Bath currently runs over 190 courses. The majority of its courses are STEM related, though it offers a plethora of courses in other disciplines like Architecture, Social Work, Business and Management, Modern Languages and more. The best way to see if the University offers a course that suits you is to check their website and prospectus for courses, and then check how they fare on the university ranking tables.

Like many other universities, Bath’s entry requirements vary depending on the course you are applying to. 

Be sure that you check the specific entry requirements for your chosen course via the University of Bath’s website to ensure that you have accurate and up-to-date information. 

The university’s typical entry requirements are listed in the table below:

Qualification typeMinimum entry requirement grade range
A levelBBB- A*AA
IB5,5,5- 7,6,6 (HL)
Pearson Edexcel BTEC RQF**DDM – D*DD
Scottish HighersBB-AA (advanced highers)
Access to HE diploma27 credits at distinction – 39 credits at distinction

** Pearson Edexcel BTEC RQF qualification not considered an eligible qualification for Architecture BSc applicants

OCR Cambridge technical and T levels are not always considered appropriate for certain courses at Bath, we recommend you visit the university website to see if you are studying towards the appropriate level of qualification before you apply, or you can get in contact with their admissions team. 

Worried you don’t meet the entry requirements? Reach out to our experienced team. We have expert A level and IB tutors who can help you reach your potential. 

Does the University of Bath give contextual offers?

In short, yes! The university prides itself on its dedication to a fair admissions process. The contextual admissions criteria is as follows:

  1. You must be studying either A levels or International Baccalaureate qualifications.
  2. You must be eligible for UK fees.
  3. You must also satisfy at least one of the following:
  • Be UCAS verified for free school meals between the ages of 11-16.
  • Have a home postcode that falls into IMD quintiles 1 or 2 (that you have a socio-economic disadvantage).
  • Be a young carer, estranged student, care leaver or care experienced.
  • Be the child of a refugee or asylum seeker.

More information on whether you’re eligible for contextual admissions can be found on the official University of Bath’s webpage.

At the University of Bath, a contextual offer means that the required grades are reduced, typically by a single grade, from the typical entry requirements. However, this can vary on a case-by-case basis. 

So, how do you actually get a contextual offer? 

When submitting an application via UCAS, you have the option to disclose information about your circumstances. For example, you may disclose whether you are a caregiver. This information will be flagged to the university and you will automatically be considered for a contextual offer. 

Alongside disclosing this information you may also fill out an Individual Mitigating Circumstances (IMC) form, to disclose any non-specified disadvantages you feel may have affected your academic performance. This will provide further context to your application, which will be considered. It is your chance to inform the university about your specific circumstances.

What do I do if I don’t meet the University of Bath’s entry requirements?

When it comes to your application, the University of Bath will consider your GCSE results, your predicted A level grades (or equivalent), your teacher/academic reference, and your personal statement. The most influential factor is your previous grades in your discipline. However, it is super important that you are aware of your predicted grades as early as possible. If they’re not ideal, the opinion of your teachers is crucial! 

It’s important to prove to your teachers that you have the capability to achieve your desired grades. The important questions here are how? And, by when?

Proving your dedication to academic success starts with an open conversation with your teacher. Putting in place additional support at this pivotal stage whether that’s purely for academic support or to help you go above and beyond for your application is an excellent idea. Top end tuition support, (like we do at the Profs!) is a great way to generate confidence from your teachers and get those favourable predicted grades.

When submitting your application to UCAS, your teachers will input your predicted grades themselves. This must be completed before the submission deadline (31st Jan 2024). If you didn’t get all the grades you desired in the previous year there should be some time to sit down with your teacher and discuss a way forward. 

You can still submit an application even if your grades don’t match the entry requirements but, with the usual surplus of applicants, you might not receive an offer. 

What if I have a conditional offer but I didn’t satisfy the requirements?

You can’t do anything until you hear from Bath. Not meeting the requirements is not always a definitive rejection by the university, there are reasons why you may still be accepted even if you have not satisfied the entry requirements. It’s important to note that the admissions team are a group of professionals considering numerous aspects of the application, not a computer giving generic “yes” and “no” answers.

If you received varied grades but excelled in the most relevant subject (surpassing the entry requirement grade for that particular subject) you may still get a place. You also could still get your offer if the course has less applicants than its available number of places. Equally, not all offer holders will accept their offer. The MChem admissions data from 2020/2021 shows that a total 135 offers from the university were made, but of these, only 10 enrolled for that academic year (data made available from UoB via the FOI act).

What if my subject choices don’t align with the university’s expectations?

When you read the prospectus, you’ll notice that the entry requirements typically state a specific subject preference based on the course. This breakdown is shown for A level and IB diploma but for other qualification types you may need to contact the universities admissions for further information. 

As mentioned above, there could be some flexibility regarding your achieved grades once you have an offer. It is probably more important that you study subjects closely aligned with the course you wish to study. 

Insider tip: like UCL, the University of Bath offers several unique courses where you can combine a course of your choice with modules in management or a foreign language. This means that the university looks favourably on those who study foreign languages and management related subjects, such as Business Studies.

Unsure whether you stand a chance? Reach out to our admissions team who can assess your eligibility for the University of Bath and advise you accordingly and/or boost your application. 

You can also check out our articles on what to do if you don’t meet UCL’s and Imperial College London’s entry requirements.

Insider information on the University of Bath

What does Bath look out for, and what can make me a good fit? 

When applying for Bath, the admissions team won’t exclusively be looking at your academic success but also you as a person, your interests and your experiences. Hit these factors in your personal statement, and have them highlighted in your teacher’s reference. Below are some more pointers about Bath. 

Bath loves sports

Bath has a super impressive Sports Training Village housing a multitude of sports facilities including a run track, gym, dojo, and  Olympic-sized swimming pool. Team Bath (the organisation that essentially runs the training village and the sports activities within) is renowned for its elite Netball and Rugby teams but also has numerous competitive teams for other sports such as Rowing, Judo and Bobsleigh etc. Being athletic and good at sports means you’ll be accommodated by Bath’s state-of-the-art sports facilities, and it might even boost your application!

Team Bath offers numerous scholarships every year, funding those with academic promise and the ability to compete to the highest level in their chosen sport. Fun fact, Bath was the first UK university to offer sports scholarships. 

Bath looks for well-rounded students

If you’re not a top athlete, that’s also okay! Perhaps you have alternative interests and hobbies. Bath Students’ Union (SU) has a huge range of societies that can satisfy the interests of almost any student. Bath wants students to support these societies and join in. It’s important to showcase interests outside of pure academia. This aside, hobbies also serve to relieve A level stress and might enable you to come out of your shell before embarking on your first taste of independence. If you’re unsure, talk to your school about how to build an  extracurricular profile as they may have opportunities for you.

Advice from a UoB Alumnus

“As a (perhaps slightly biassed) alumnus of Bath I firmly believe that the university has so much to offer. The university is research intensive, and the academics are very supportive and care about providing the best possible education for their students. The city of Bath is a stunning world heritage city and great to walk around (as this is free, it’s a great student activity). They have lots of societies, and despite what many think, the city isn’t completely full of the elderly and tea shops. There is nightlife for students, including the SU, and several smallish clubs in the city centre. They have lots of good shops and places to eat and drink. Generally, Bath is a great place to get your parents/guardians and/or friends to come and visit. The university is of an excellent standard and offers outstanding support to help students excel and find professional employment opportunities. In short, there are many reasons why someone would want to be a student at Bath. 

“My advice for applying to Bath is that you research your course thoroughly and attend an open day if you can to get a real sense of what student life would be like at Bath. As a sought-after university, it is important to give yourself the edge among other applicants. I would think about supporting your application either through demonstrating a love of sports (like being part of a sports team), through an additional qualification or award (such as the EPQ mentioned earlier, but many awards exist!), or relevant work experience. Bath looks out for driven and ambitious students, so think about how you would get that across in your application. As I have mentioned, Bath is a superb place for career development and prides itself on its award-winning careers service. Having a good idea of where you would like your degree to lead you in terms of your professional career will give you a great advantage here. My advice is: know where you want your degree to take you and apply based on this.”

6 tips for getting into the University of Bath

1. Be in the know about Bath! 

Bath ranked highly for research excellence in the REF 2021 across multiple disciplines. It’s a good idea to learn more about the research carried out in the department relevant to your chosen course, as well as the facilities they offer. You should also check out the academic profiles of some of Bath’s professors in your discipline and look at their areas of research interest. In your personal statement, it is important to articulate how you align with the University of Bath!

2. Is your academic record as polished as possible?

The most important factor determining the success of your application at the University of Bath is your grades. 

Of course, if you want to get into Bath, it is ideal to have top grades and stand out amongst other applicants. To better your chances of an offer from the university, it’s important to ensure that your predicted grades are high. This means having a stellar academic record to show off as part of your UCAS application. 

Again, don’t worry if your grades are lacking as we have excellent A level, IB and retake tutors who can help you!  Unlock your full academic potential by contacting the Profs

Insider tip 1: Most departments prioritise your grade in the subject most relevant to the course you’re applying to. Sometimes this is obvious; if you have applied to study Chemistry, the admissions team will prefer for your highest grade to be in Chemistry. For Biology (according to the 2023 prospectus), minimum entry requirements are AAB with an A in Biology and a second A in another Science or Mathematics. Scoring an A* in Biology may allow you to drop a grade in another subject.

Insider tip 2: Thoroughly researching your course and university is an absolute must for writing your application. For one, an undergraduate degree is a lot of time, effort and money so you’ll need to ensure that you’re choosing the right subject and place for you. Secondly, a healthy knowledge of the field will shine through in your application. For instance, if you were to apply for Chemistry at Bath you might carry out some online research on their research outputs. This is nicely advertised and explained on the university web pages, though you should also take the time to research the work of specific professors and academics at Bath. Showing awareness  of the work being carried out at Bath will impress the admissions team.

3. Offer a supplementary academic record

There are ways to boost your academic record, beyond improving your grades. One way is to participate in an award or competition outside of your school or studies. For those wishing to study a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) topic, students may want to check out the CREST awards scheme which offers a series of competitive programmes for those of all school ages. The most relevant award for UCAS applicants is the Gold Award aimed at those aged 16+. Alternatively, students can complete an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which is a UK-recognised qualification seen as equivalent to a standalone AS level. The EPQ can be on any topic you desire. If your school offers this qualification, it tends to start in year 12. Centering your EPQ around your chosen undergraduate course is an excellent way to stand out amongst other applicants!

The best way to find out about subject-specific competitions and awards is to ask your teachers and school for more information or to browse online.

4.You’ve mentioned a solid 5-year plan, right?

Thinking ahead is always a fantastic idea. When writing your personal statement you are expected to give reference to your long-term career goals. Universities really care about the employment rates of their graduates and therefore they want students with ambition!

Bath University is ranked 5th in the UK Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA, 2021) survey for the percentage of graduates in highly skilled employment. Hence, Bath ranks higher than King’s College London and Warwick. This is not only a tribute to the good reputation that Bath has with employers but also the ambition and success of its students. 

The University of Bath is BIG on industrial placements. All of its undergraduate courses offer placement years to its students and around 60% of them complete an industrial placement year. Placement years are a fantastic way to stand out from the masses when it comes to securing employment after graduation. 

Whilst ambition is great, being realistic and specific is key. What role do you want and why will this course prepare you for it and/or help you to achieve this? It’s also good to be unique. At The Profs we are experienced and equipped to help you set goals and expectations, why not reach out to one of our excellent admissions tutors?

5. Invest in your personal statement

Your personal statement is a key component in determining whether you receive an offer from Bath. Lots of applicants will have impressive academic records and nicely written teacher references. It’s your personal statement that will really help you to stand out amongst others. You can use this section to highlight your alternative interests and showcase how you have gone the extra mile to be more involved in your subject. You should refer to any extracurricular activities, work experience or awards you may have participated in or achieved. 

Typically a personal statement runs about a page long. It needs to be concise and clear whilst also detailing why Bath should choose you. The personal statement is a notoriously difficult task and writer’s block might hit you. So, ensure that you start as early as possible to allow yourself time to write and rewrite drafts, and to get advice from friends, teachers and family.

Use your statement as a chance to express who you are and what makes you unique. As well as describing your ambitions, skills and experience, dedicate your personal statement to explaining why you would be an excellent candidate for your chosen course. The Profs’ personal statement tutors can provide further guidance and support on how to write a stand-out statement. We also have a previous article on how to write the perfect personal statement.

Note that all students applying to university for 2023, 2024 or 2025 will still be required to submit a UCAS personal statement as normal. However, from January 2025 onwards (October 2024, for Oxbridge applicants), there will be changes to the UCAS application process and students will no longer be required to write a personal statement. Instead, all applicants will answer a series of shorter, more tailored questions provided by UCAS.

 6. Understand what your application could entail

All undergraduate applications to the university must be through UCAS, there is no alternative. This is the same for mature applicants (those over the age of 21) and international applicants.

Are you ready for your interview?

A common anticipation for applicants is an interview with the university prior to receiving an offer. Indeed, an application to Bath could involve an interview for undergraduate courses (and most definitely for postgraduate courses!). If any one of the following is correct, you should expect to be interviewed as part of the application process:

  1. You wish to study Pharmacy or Social Work.
  2. You are studying towards non-traditional qualifications (anything other than A level or IB).
  3. You have a non-traditional education history (meaning you might not have predicted grades or you do not have an academic reference, or you have been home-schooled for part of your education).

Bath aims to be a highly inclusive and meritocratic institution so they often offer interviews as an opportunity to shine for those who have not studied via the traditional education system. The interviews are held online and typically run from after your UCAS submission, from February until April. More information can be found on the university’s web page here.

Don’t trip on your admissions test

For those studying Mathematics or a Mathematics-related course, you may need to complete an Admissions test such as STEP, MAT, AEA or TMUA. Further information is available on the university website here. The Profs offers specialist, tailored support for admissions please see the following links below to explore how we can help you:

Mature applicants are advised to have completed some relevant study in the last 3 years to demonstrate that they are able to cope with the study demands of an undergraduate degree. International students will need to prove a certain level of competency for the English language again to demonstrate that they are able to understand the course material. Further advice for mature and international students is available on the University website.

The university also offers a range of standalone taught Postgraduate courses , as well as Master’s of Research (MRes), Master’s of Philosophy (MPhil) and PhD courses available to study full time or part time. The application process for these postgraduate courses is different from undergraduate and requires you to apply directly to the University through an online application form.

Get 1-to-1 guidance from an expert admissions tutor

At the Profs, we have many admissions consultants who can guide you through the process of applying to the University of Bath, as well as Oxbridge, UCL, and other top universities. We offer our students the very best tuition in the business – in fact, only 3% of tutors who apply to our network are accepted to work with us. As a result, more than 95% of our applicants receive an offer from their first or second-choice universities at undergraduate level. 

Get in touch with our friendly team today to access our dedicated support!

FAQs

Is Bath difficult to get into?

Generally, the offer process involves submitting your UCAS application, stating your university and course of choice along with a personal statement and then receiving an offer letter from the institution. Offers are typically conditional, meaning you will receive a place on the course so long as you get the required grades. 

How likely you are to receive an offer (whether conditional or unconditional) from your chosen institution depends on several factors. These include your choice of A levels, your predicted grades, your personal statement, and anything that would make you stand out against another student (such as extra-curricular activities).

This means between 1 in 10 to 1 in 5 students who submit an application to Bath will receive an offer. For comparison the average acceptance rate at Oxford is 17.5% and that of Cambridge 18-21%. So based just on these rates, you’re probably just as likely if not more likely to get into Oxbridge than Bath – but of course that is not accurate. So, don’t take the acceptance rates at face value. As a general rule of thumb, institutions higher up on the university league tables are more difficult to get into.

How quickly does Bath issue offers?

According to the University website, successful applicants should receive an offer before the 18th of May (2024) if they apply via UCAS by the 25th of January (2024), so you should hear within 12 weeks from your application (maximum). 

Is Bath a prestigious university?

Yes. The university has been ranked in the top 10 UK universities by the Guardian League tables since 2010 and is ranked 148th in the QS World university rankings for the 2023/24 academic year.

What A level grades do I need for Bath University?

For UK A level qualifications, the minimum entry requirements range from BBB to AAA (or A*AB). For those who are not studying A levels, further information is available on the university website here

Is Bath University hard to get into?

The University of Bath’s admissions process is highly selective and focused on academic merit and the applicants’ drive for success. For support with your application, we suggest getting in touch with our qualified and experienced admissions tutors here.

Does the University of Bath participate in clearing?

2023 clearing applications for the university are now closed. UCAS clearing applications for 2024 entry open on the 30th June 2024. Bath will offer places through clearing, but only if they have not filled positions on the course in question. 

In order to apply through clearing for 2024 entry you must ensure that you are writing a UCAS application that enables you to do so. Most of you will be writing a UCAS application with the support of your school. To apply for clearing, you must have selected the multiple choice application as opposed to the single choice application and have therefore paid the appropriate £27 fee. 

Further information on UCAS applications can be found in our article, How to Complete a UCAS Application. You can also visit UCAS or ask your school if they are supporting your application for further information.

Does the University of Bath have a campus?

The University of Bath is a campus university located in Claverton Down just a 15-minute bus ride from Bath city centre. The campus is very large and new students should take time to familiarise themselves with the campus in their Fresher’s week before official teaching commences!

Does the University of Bath offer Law?

Law is not a course offered at the University of Bath. Please see the 2024 prospectus offered online free of charge for a comprehensive overview of the courses offered for 2024 entry along with descriptions and entry requirements.

Does the University of Bath do Medicine?

Medicine is not a course offered at the University of Bath. Please see the 2024 prospectus offered online free of charge for a comprehensive overview of the courses offered for 2024 entry along with descriptions and entry requirements. The university does offer multiple related courses such as Pharmacy, Pharmacology, and Biomedical Sciences.