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Psychology

Entry requirements

Personal Statement

Your personal statement is a chance to give us any other information that you feel might be useful to us when we are considering your application. There is no one 'correct' way to write a personal statement; they tend to be most helpful when they are frank and individual. Do tell us why you want to study psychology and give examples of any experience in psychology or a related field, any reading or research and any extra-curricular achievements on which you can draw.

We give preference to applicants who can demonstrate evidence of a strong interest in Psychology demonstrated by extra-curricular activity, research or work experience.

GCSE requirements

  • GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics at grade A or 7 is usually required if not offered at a higher level.
  • Applications from students with grade B or 6 in Mathematics at GCSE level (or equivalent) will still be considered but we anticipate that most applicants who are successful in receiving an offer will be offering Mathematics at grade A or 7 or above. If you do not have the required grade in Mathematics, you may wish to consider retaking your GCSE in order to make your application as competitive as possible.
  • We will also typically be looking for applicants to have achieved a minimum grade B or 6 (or equivalent) in GCSE English Language and preference will be shown to students who have achieved a grade A or 7 or higher.
  • preference will be shown to applicants with GCSEs at grade A or 7 or above in all relevant subjects.

A Levels

Typical Offer:  A*AA.  Please see below for information on preferred subjects

Essential

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

Alternate Offer: AAA plus one of the following:

  • Grade A in an EPQ
  • Grade B in the Welsh Bacc Advanced 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.
 
Preferred subjects
  • Preferred subjects include: Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Mathematics, Statistics, Anthropology, Economics, Politics/Politics and Government, Philosophy, Geology and History.
  • whilst we prefer natural and/or social sciences, if an applicant is offering only Natural Sciences,we are likely to look more closely at their other qualifications for evidence of their essay writing/critical reasoning skills.
  • We will not accept both grades in 2 subjects where they appear to demonstrate the same ability. eg (but not limited to) Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

Access to HE Diploma

We welcome applications from students studying for an Access to HE Diploma, who can demonstrate a high academic standard. Preference will be shown to applicants who provide evidence of a strong interest in psychology demonstrated by their extra-curricular activity, research or work experience. Preference will also be shown to applicants whose Access to HE Diploma qualification includes units in relevant subject areas, such as Social Sciences and Natural Sciences.

Applicants must achieve an A grade at GCSE Maths OR have completed at least 6 units of Level 3 Maths awarded at Pass or higher. We will also typically be looking for applicants to have achieved a minimum grade B in GCSE English Language, and preference will be shown to students who have achieved a grade A or higher. If you do not have this grade, please get in contact with admissions@bath.ac.uk to discuss this before applying.

For students with Access to HE Diploma qualifications in Humanities or Social Science, we are typically only able to consider those who have strong existing GCSE performance in core science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), or equivalent qualifications.

Applicants may be asked to submit a relevant piece of marked coursework for consideration. They may also be invited to attend an interview, which will include a review of an academic research paper (provided before the interview date).

Typical offer:
Pass the Access to HE Diploma, with at least 39 credits achieved at Distinction. You must achieve at least 6 credits from Level 3 Maths units at Pass or higher, or an A grade at GCSE Maths.

BTEC

We will consider applications from students studying BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas in a relevant subject area.

Typical Offer: D*D*D*

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.

Applicants will need to ensure that they meet the GCSE requirements listed above. 

Cambridge Pre-U

Typical Offer: D2, D3, D3

Please see A Level section for preferred subjects.

Alternate Offer: D3, D3, D3 plus one of the following:

  • Grade A in an EPQ
  • Grade B in the Welsh Bacc Advanced 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.

European Baccalaureate

Typical Offer: 85% overall with 7.5 in English and Mathematics.

Please see A Level section for preferred subjects.

Foundation Years

We are not able to consider Foundation Years taken at other institutions as these are not seen as effective preparation for the programme. For details of the University of Bath International Foundation Year, please see the section below on International Students.

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer (2016 entry):  36 points with 7,6,6 in three Higher Level subjects (and a minimum of 5 in Maths Studies, where applicable)

Please see A Level section for preferred subjects.

Typical offer (2017 entry):  36 points with 7,6,6 in three Higher Level subjects

Please see A Level section for preferred subjects.

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:

We require all applicants whose first language is not English to provide evidence of English language proficiency and may ask you to take an English language test. The minimum requirement for Psychology is IELTS 7.0 with a minimum score of 7.0 in each component. 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 (AAAABB may be accepted)

  • Please see A Level section for 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. We will typically be looking for applicants to have achieved a grade A in GCSE English and a grade A in GCSE Maths: if you do not have these grades, please get in contact with admissions@bath.ac.uk to discuss this before applying.

Typically, we would be looking for you to have studied units worth at least 120 credits, including at least 30 credits at Level 2. We would generally be looking for you to have taken relevant units in natural or social sciences: please contact admissions@bath.ac.uk if you would like to discuss this.

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 with 80% in a relevant Level 2 unit.
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: AAAAA at Higher level and AA at Advanced Higher level

  • Please see A Level section for preferred subjects.