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Economics

Entry requirements

Personal Statement:

Your personal statement should describe your motivation for choosing this programme and information about your non-academic interests and achievements. You can demonstrate a commitment to the discipline through your general reading, any related work experience and an appreciation of contemporary issues in economics. 

Your application will be strengthened by:

  • evidence of a strong interest in economics demonstrated by extra-curricular activity, research or work experience 
  • evidence of study in addition to core subjects such as additional AS level(s)
  • additional A level(s) (including Critical Thinking)
  • a relevant Extended Project

 

GCSE (or equivalent level 2 qualifications) requirements:

  • GCSE Mathematics and English Language at  grade A or above.

Preference will be shown to applicants with a high proportion of A and A* grades.

 

A Levels

Typical Offer: A*AA
In exceptional circumstances we may make a slightly lower offer (typically AAA)

A level subject requirements:

  • Mathematics at grade A or above
  • General Studies is excluded
  • Critical Thinking will not normally form part of an offer
  • languages which are intended for non-native speakers are not normally acceptable when taken by native speakers of that language
  • A* can be in any of the three A levels. 

Preferred subjects

  • Apart from Mathematics there are no other essential requirements
  • we prefer traditional A level subjects
  • Economics and Further Mathematics are highly desirable
  • a social science or humanities subject is useful.
Last year, besides Mathematics and Economics the top 5 subjects taken by successful candidates were:
  • Further Mathematics  25%
  • Physics                     23%
  • History                     12%
  • Chemistry                 12%
  • Geography                11%

 

Preferred subject combinations:

We  would be unlikely to make offers to applicants with narrow subject combinations that rely predominantly on the same mental capabilities. Applicants taking Mathematics and a science subject should offer a traditional arts/humanities subject as their third A level. 

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.

AS level examinations

AS level grades are taken as an indication of overall A level performance in conjunction with predicted grades. Candidates are required to indicate their AS grades in the application even if they are not being certificated. We may contact you or your school for details about your academic progress if we need further information before we are in a position to make a decision.

 

Access to HE Diploma

We welcome applications from students studying for an Access to HE Diploma. Our economics programmes are academically challenging and require solid foundations of knowledge in mathematics. We will consider the applications of students whose applications indicate that they have studied a suitable level of mathematics (at least 12 units of Level 3 mathematics) to be able to succeed on our programmes. However, due to the time-limited nature of Access programme delivery, it is expected that you will have also completed a significant level of independent study in order to further develop and refine these mathematical skills.

Please see the lists of preferred subjects and subject combinations in the A Level section above, for an indication of the type of units that should be studied alongside mathematics, as suitable preparation for these programmes.

If your application indicates that you may be suitable for our programmes, you will be invited to attend an interview at the university. During this interview, you will be asked about your motivation to study an economics programme at Bath, and you will be asked to work through a variety of programme-relevant mathematics problems. 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 39 credits achieved from units awarded at Distinction. This must include 12 credits from mathematics units awarded at Distinction. Applicants must also achieve GCSE equivalence in English, if an equivalent qualification has not already been achieved.

BTEC

BTEC Level 3 qualifications are acceptable when offered in combination with two A Levels at grade A: one of which must be A-level in Mathematics. You will need to achieve a Distinction grade in all units from these qualifications.

Cambridge Pre-U

Typical Offer: D2, D3, D3 to include Mathematics.

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

 

European Baccalaureate

Typical Offer: An overall score of 85% with at least 8.5 in Higher Level (5 period) Mathematics.

See A level section for details of preferred subjects and subject combinations. 

French Baccalaureate

Baccalauréat Général: 15, including 15 in Mathematics and 14 in English. 

Option Internationale du Baccalauréat: 14.5, including 14.5 in Mathematics and 14 in English. 

German Abitur

1.2 overall to include 13 in Mathematics and 12 in English. 

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Typical offer: 5* in Mathematics compulsory component and 5*55 in 3 relevant HKDSE electives, to include Mathematics Extended Paper. 

Indian Qualifications

All India 12th Standard: 85% overall including 85% in Mathematics and 80% in English. 

International Baccalaureate

Typical Offer: 38 points (including bonus points) with grades of 7, 6 and 6 in a combination of 3 subjects at the higher level 

Mathematics at Higher Level is preferred, but applicants with Mathematics (not Mathematical Studies) at Standard level at grade 7 will be considered.

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

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 visit our International Office web page.

English Language Qualifications:

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency in order to study Economics. The minimum requirement is IELTS: grade 7.0 overall, with 7.0 in writing and with no mark less than 6.5 in any of the elements. 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: AAAAAB at higher level with an A in Mathematics.

Italy

Diploma di Esame di Stato: 95% overall including 95% in Mathematics.

Netherlands

Minimum of 8 in all subjects from Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO), including Mathematics (A(1,2)) and English.

Scottish Highers

Typical Offer: AAAAA at Higher level and AA at Advanced Higher level which must include Mathematics. See A level entry requirements for preferred subjects.

United States

Typical Offer: SATR 675 in Writing and Mathematics papers AND Grade 555 in three appropriate Advanced Placement Tests (AP) which must include Calculus BC.

If you are taking other qualifications such as ACT, please contact the Admissions Office. 

Welsh Baccalaureate

Typical Offer: Grades A*AA at GCE A-Level or AAA AND a Pass in the Welsh Baccalaureate Core is required. A2 Mathematics is required at grade A or above.