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Psychology

Entry requirements

GCSE requirements

GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6 plus GCSE English grade B or 6 (or equivalent from category A). We have a preference for candidates with strong previous academic achievement, for example, grade A or 7 in all relevant GCSEs, particularly Mathematics.

Compulsory A level subjects

A*AA in 3 A level subjects.

Desirable A level subjects

Preference for a combination of scientific or numerical subjects and essay-based humanities or social sciences. Preferred subjects include: Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Mathematics, Statistics, Anthropology, Economics, Politics/Government and Politics, Philosophy, Geology, History, English Literature and English Language.

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

AAA 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 personal statement is a chance to tell us why you want to study Psychology and 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 but we will be looking for you to critically reflect on any experiences you have had that demonstrate your interest in and commitment to Psychology. Examples can include work experience or volunteering, additional qualifications or research, and extra-curricular activities and achievements.

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 7, 6, 6 in 3 Higher Level subjects.

Access to HE Diploma

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 Mathematics units at Pass or higher, or an A grade in GCSE Mathematics.

We are able to consider the Access to HE Diploma for entry. We are looking for you to demonstrate a high academic standard, and provide evidence of a strong interest in Psychology demonstrated by extra-curricular activity, research or work experience. We are also looking for your Access to HE Diploma qualification to include units in relevant subject areas, such as Social Sciences and Natural Sciences.

You 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 you to have achieved a minimum grade B in GCSE English, 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 us to discuss this before applying.

If your Access to HE Diploma qualification is in Humanities or Social Science, we would typically only be able to consider your application if you have strong existing GCSE performance in core science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), or equivalent qualifications.

Please note that you may be asked to submit a relevant piece of marked coursework for consideration.

BTEC 

Typical offer:
Obtain D*D*D* in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) in a relevant subject area.

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

D2, D3, D3.

Preference for a combination of scientific or numerical subjects and essay-based humanities or social sciences. Preferred subjects include: Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Mathematics, Statistics, Anthropology, Economics, Politics/Government and Politics, Philosophy, Geology, History, English Literature and English Language.

Cambridge Pre-U alternative offer

D3, D3, D3 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.

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H1, H1, H2, H2, H3

Preference for a combination of scientific or numerical subjects and essay-based humanities or social sciences. Preferred subjects include: Psychology, Sociology,Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Mathematics, Statistics, Anthropology, Economics, Politics/Government and Politics, Philosophy, Geology, History, English Literature and English Language.

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. We would also typically be looking for applicants to have achieved a grade A in GCSE English and a grade A in GCSE Mathematics.

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 80% 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 AAAAA in Scottish Highers.

Preference for a combination of scientific or numerical subjects and essay-based humanities or social sciences. Preferred subjects include: Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Mathematics, Statistics, Anthropology, Economics, Politics/Government and Politics, Philosophy, Geology, History, English, Literature and English Language.