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A-level students receiving their results (Picture courtesy of Norton Radstock College)
A-level students receiving their results (Picture courtesy of Norton Radstock College)

Press Release - 18 August 2005

A-level results: Entry requirements go up at University of Bath

A-level students are finding it more competitive to secure a place on a degree course at the University of Bath, with the average student now needing at least two As and one B at A-level or equivalent.

This marks an increase on last year from one A and two Bs, with many courses, including mathematics, architecture and psychology, now requiring three As from students - the same level of qualification required by Cambridge and Oxford universities.

The increase is mainly due to a rise in the number of students with top grades who are applying to study at the University of Bath.

This has meant that the University has been able to meet its target for UK and European undergraduate students in advance, and many courses are already full. Only a handful of undergraduate places at the University will be available through the UCAS clearing service.

These are in:

Those interested in finding out more about the availability of places on these courses should visit the clearing website or call the clearing hotline.

The University is currently working hard to review the results of all of those applicants holding an offer for a degree course. Applicants to the University can check if their place has been confirmed by visiting the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) website.

The University does not expect any change in the number of first year undergraduate students at the University, with admissions targets for 2005/6 remaining at around 2,500 students.

The impact on overall student numbers at the University will only be clear once the final registration of students on taught postgraduate courses has taken place in early October.

Foundation Degrees and other courses

Places are still available on some of the University’s Foundation Degree courses in computing, digital media arts, sport and youth work.

Foundation Degrees are a new kind of qualification, most of which are run in partnership with local colleges, that enable people to study in subjects that are closely aligned to a specific area of work.

Foundation Degrees programmes can be studied on a full-time and part-time basis to help those already in employment. Students on Foundation Degree courses will be registered at both the college and also at the University, allowing them access to the facilities at both institutions.

The courses have been designed in consultation with local employers and Sector Skills Councils, and can help people break into the career of their choice.

The University is also developing a work-based ‘honours’ year specifically for those students who have completed successfully a University of Bath Foundation Degree that will enable them to achieve a full honours degree in their chosen field.

Places are also available on the following Higher National Diploma courses:

Students also have the option of studying on the University’s Foundation Year course which is targeted at students who have done well in their A-levels, but not necessarily taken the right subject combination for their chosen degree. It is also aimed at overseas students who have achieved high grades in their studies to date but whose qualifications are insufficiently advanced for entry to a degree programme.

More information on Foundation Degrees, HNDs and the Foundation Year course can be found on the Learning Partnerships website at or by contacting the Learning Partnerships team.

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