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Accounting and Finance

Entry requirements

Personal Statement:

You will need to demonstrate:

  • an active interest in understanding people, work and organisations, with evidence of subjects/issues that have particularly interested you through work, projects or other experience
  • an interest and/or aptitude for quantitative analysis of business issues.
GCSE (or equivalent level 2) qualifications requirements
  • GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade B or above 
  • Preference will be shown to applicants with a high proportion of A or A* grades
If you have not taken these examinations recently we may ask to see additional evidence of proficiency in these subjects.

A Levels

Typical Offer:  AAA


  • grade A in A2 Mathematics
  • General Studies and Critical Thinking are excluded
  • languages which are intended for non-native speakers are not normally acceptable when taken by native speakers of that language.  

When considering A Levels, we pay particular attention to your chosen subjects, where we strongly prefer traditional academic subjects. In order to apply, you must have chosen at least three A-level subjects. You must have an A in Mathematics and we prefer students who have chosen their other two A Levels from the list below. If you are studying more than 3 A-Levels, please note that we may specify that, in addition to the required A in Mathematics,  you obtain the other two grades (normally AA)  in particular subjects.

  • Accounting
  • Ancient History
  • Any Language*
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Classical Civilisation
  • Computing
  • Economics
  • Economics and Business Studies
  • English Literature
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • Government & Politics
  • Greek (Classical)
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Latin
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • World Development

* Unless the syllabus is designed for native speakers of the language. It has to fulfil the following conditions to be eligible:

  • it must not be your first language
  • it must not be a language commonly spoken by your immediate family or community
  • it must not be a language widely spoken in the country of present or former residence.


Less effective preparation subjects include:

  • Applied Business
  • Art & Design
  • Dance
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Electronics
  • Film Studies
  • ICT
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Physical Education

This list is not exhaustive and is only included for guidance.

Access to HE Diploma

We welcome applications from students studying an Access to HE Diploma. As the Accounting and Finance programme has a strong mathematical component, you will need to be studying mathematical units worth at least 12 credits. For other suitable units, please see the desirable list of A Level subjects in the section above. 

Applicants are expected to demonstrate a high academic standard and may be invited to attend an interview.

Typical offer:

Pass the Access to HE Diploma, with at least 36 credits achieved at Distinction and 3 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction. This must include at least 12 credits achieved at Distinction from mathematical units.

You will need to ensure that you will also meet the GCSE requirements listed above.



Typical Offer: D*DD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business, Engineering or Science in combination with GCE A-Level Mathematics at grade A.

GCSE or equivalent: minimum Grade B in English Language and Mathematics.

Cambridge Pre-U

Typical Offer: D3, D3, D3


  • Must include a minimum of D3 in mathematics. 

Please refer to the A Level section for a list of other preferred subjects.

European Baccalaureate

Typical Offer: 82% overall, with at least 8.5 in Higher Level (5 period) Mathematics

Indian Qualifications

Minimum overall average of 85% in the Indian SSC/HSSC (12th Standard), including 85% in Mathematics and 80% in English.

International Baccalaureate

Typical Offer: 36 points overall, to include 6 in Higher Level Mathematics.

International Students

We accept a wide range of non-UK qualifications as entry either to our Foundation Year or directly on to the first year of our undergraduate programmes. For further information please contact the Admissions Office.

English Language Qualifications - The minimum requirement for Accounting and Finance is IELTS 7.0 with no subject less than 7.0. Applicants should submit their results by 31st July. For a list of other English language qualifications we accept please go to the English Language Entry Requirements web page.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Typical Offer: AAAABB at Higher level to include an A grade in Mathematics. Please see A level entry requirements section for a list of other preferred subjects.

Open University Credits

We welcome applications from students studying with the Open University. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. You will need to ensure that you will meet the GCSE requirements listed above.

Typically, we would be looking for you to have studied units worth at least 120 credits, including at least 30 credits at Level 2 in Mathematics. Your units should offer at least one other subject – see A Level section above for an indication of suitable subjects. We would ideally be looking for you to be taking units including:

  • MST124: Essential Mathematics 1 and
  • MST224: Mathematical Methods

However, we may be able to accept alternative units, please contact to discuss this.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a high academic standard and may also be invited to attend an interview.

Typical offer:

  • Pass units worth 120 credits, including a minimum of a Pass 2 with 75% in a relevant Level 2 Mathematics unit worth at least 30 credits.
Please note that this information is a guide, and all students applying with Open University qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 Please note: taking OU credits may be counted as degree level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans / grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Scottish Highers

Typical Offer:  AAAAB in Scottish Highers, plus AA in Advanced Highers to include Mathematics.
Please see A level entry requirements section for a list of other preferred subjects.

Welsh Baccalaureate

We welcome applicants offering the Welsh Baccalaureate Core alongside A levels; we are aware of the range of skills and qualities which it develops and of the additional work which it demands. In some circumstances we may make an alternative offer of either AAA or AAB plus the Welsh Baccalaureate Core. Grade A in A level Mathematics is essential. Please see A level entry requirements section for a list of other preferred subjects.