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Business Administration

Entry requirements

GCSE requirements

GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6 plus GCSE English grade B or 6 (or equivalent from category A).

Compulsory A level subjects

AAA or A*AB in 3 A level subjects.

Desirable A level subjects

Preference for A level subjects that include a combination of mathematics/sciences with arts/humanities.

A level subjects that will not be considered in your application

A level General Studies will not be considered. We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). Offers can include Mathematics or Further Mathematics but not both.

Alternative A level offer

AAB plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Desirable skills or experience

Your application should describe your motivation for choosing business administration and information about your relevant non-academic interests and achievements. When describing relevant experience remember to reflect on what you have learnt through engagement with these activities, how they have influenced your personal development and the relevance of these to business or your future career.

Because the course involves a work placement early in year 2, your application should additionally demonstrate:

  • evidence of an active interest in understanding people, work and organisations
  • evidence of working with others and developing transferable skills, through work experience or involvement in an extra-curricular activity

English language entry requirements

Category A. Read more about our English language requirements.

Alternative entry requirements

Alternative entry requirements

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall and 6, 6, 6 or 7, 6, 5 in three Higher Level subjects

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer: Pass the Access to HE Diploma, with at least 36 credits achieved at Distinction and 3 credits achieved at Merit or above.

We are able to consider the Access to HE Diploma for entry. Your Access course units should demonstrate a broad skill-set that includes both numerical skills, such as those developed in Mathematics or science-based units, and discursive reasoning skills, such as those developed in essay based subjects such as English or humanities.

Studying Business units as part of your Access course is beneficial but not essential. However, as we are keen for you to have developed a broad range of skills, no more than 30 credits should be from units within the Business Studies subject area.

BTEC

Typical offer: Obtain D*DD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF).

We are able to consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas (QCF) in Business. You should be studying units that provide preparation for both numerical and essay-based study. We may be able to consider other BTECs in relevant subject areas: please contact us to discuss your profile.

If you are studying towards a Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma or a new specification BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF), please contact us for guidance.

Cambridge Pre-U

Typical offer: D3, D3, D3 or D2, D3, M1. Preference for subjects that include a combination of mathematics/sciences with arts/humanities.

Alternative offer: D3, D3, M1 plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Preference for subjects that include a combination of mathematics/sciences with arts/humanities.

Open University Credits 

Typically, we would be looking for you to have studied units worth at least 120 credits, including at least 30 credits at Level 2.

This information is a guide and all students applying with Open University Credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. Please contact us to discuss your profile prior to making an application.

Typical offer: Pass units worth 120 credits, including a minimum of a Pass 2 with 75% in a relevant Level 2 unit.

Please note that 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 

AA in Advanced Highers plus AAAAB in Scottish Highers

Preference for A level subjects that include a combination of mathematics/sciences with arts/humanities.