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Business Administration

Entry requirements

Personal Statement:

Overview

We seek to recruit the best students from around the world. We look for applications from students whose subjects demonstrate a range of conceptual, numerical, analytical and discursive abilities at the highest level.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement 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 programme 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 subjects/issues that have particularly interested you through work, project or other experience
  • evidence of working with others and developing transferable skills, through work experience or involvement in an extra-curricular activity.  

GCSEs

  • minimum grade B in English Language and Mathematics
Preference will be shown to applicants with a strong GCSE profile which should include a high proportion of A or A* grades.
 
 

A Levels

Typical Offer: AAA/A*AB with specified grades per subject

In exceptional circumstances we may make a slightly lower offer.

A level subject requirements

  • There are no essential subject requirements
  • 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.

Preferred subjects

  • We have a strong preference for traditional A level subjects
  • We will consider a single non-traditional A-level subject as the 3rd A-level

Preferred subject combinations.

We have a strong preference for applicants with qualifications that demonstrate a breadth and depth of learning, which includes a combination of mathematics/sciences, with arts/humanities.

Candidates offering the following types of narrow subject combinations are less likely to receive an offer:

  • Business Studies and Economics
  • Accounting and Business Studies
  • English Literature and English Language
  • Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

 

 

 

Access to HE Diploma

We welcome applications from applicants who have studied the Access to HE Diploma. We look for applications from students whose Access course units demonstrate a broad skill set that includes both numerical skills, such as those developed in maths or science-based units, and discursive reasoning skills, such as those developed in essay based subjects such as English or humanities.

We welcome applications from students who have studied business studies units during their Access course, but these are not a pre-requisite. As we are keen for students to have developed a broad range of skills, no more than 30 credits should be from units within the Business Studies subject area.

If your application indicates that you may be suitable for our programme, you will be invited to attend an interview at the university. During this interview, you will be asked about your motivation to study this programme at Bath, and you will be asked about key topics and current issues in the field of business and management. Applicants who are able to demonstrate the necessary skills and knowledge will be considered for an offer for a place at Bath.

Typical offer:

Pass the Access to HE Diploma, with at least 36 credits at Distinction and 3 credits at Merit or Distinction.

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

 

BTEC

Typical Offer: D*DD

We welcome applications from students who have studied BTEC Level 3 qualifications in E-Business, ICT, Business, Health and Care, Public Services, Engineering or Science. Applications will be considered from students taking the Extended Diploma (180 credits), the Diploma (120 credits) in combination with one A level, or the Subsidiary Diploma (60 credits) in combination with two A levels. Whichever qualifications you take, you should be studying units that provide a preparation for both numerical and essay-based study and explain this in your personal statement.

We welcome applications from students who have studied business studies units during their Level 3 qualifications, but these are not a pre-requisite. Many students make a great success of their time on the programme without having taken a business-related qualification before.

If your application indicates that you may be suitable for our programme, you will be invited to attend an interview at the University. During this interview, you will be asked about your motivation to study this programme at Bath, and you will be asked about key topics and current issues in the field of business and management. Applicants who are able to demonstrate the necessary skills and knowledge will be considered for an offer for a place at Bath.

Essential level 2 requirement

GCSE Mathematics at Grade B and GCSE English language at Grade B or above are also required.

Cambridge Pre-U

Typical Offer: D3, D3, D3

Please see A Level section for details of preferred subjects and subject combinations.

European Baccalaureate

Typical Offer: 82%.

French Baccalaureate

Typical offer:  Obtain a minimum overall grade of 15 - 15.5, with a minimum of 14 in English Language, Maths and an essay based subject.

International Baccalaureate

Typical Offer: 38 points. No subject below 5 points, including English and Mathematics. Subjects and grades may be specified in the offer.

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. 

The minimum requirement for Business Administration is IELTS 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in any subject. Applicants should submit their results by 31st July. For a list of other English language qualifications we accept please go to our English Language Requirements  web page.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Typical Offer: AAAAAB-AAAABB at Higher level. See A Level entry for subject preferences.

Non-academic Criteria

While academic achievement is an important part of considering your application, we place a strong emphasis on non-academic attributes. Not only do we look for high achievers academically, but also those who demonstrate a wide range of outside interests and a well developed, balanced personality. We have a strong emphasis on the balance between theory and practice - practical, industrial, entrepreneurial or voluntary work will support your application. Your personal statement and the referee's report will be considered when we evaluate your application and should therefore emphasise these issues.

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. Please contact Admissions@bath.ac.uk if you would like to discuss suitable subjects.

Applicants are expected to demonstrate a high academic standard and may be asked to submit one piece of marked coursework for consideration. Applicants may also be invited to attend an interview.

Typical offer:

  • Pass units worth 120 credits, including a minimum of a Pass 2 (70%) in a relevant Level 2 unit.

 

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 at Higher Level plus 2 Advanced Highers at grades AA. See A level entry for preferred subjects at HL.

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.  Please see the A level entry for subject combination details.