University of Bath

Alternative offers for undergraduate applicants

Find out about the alternative offers available for undergraduate applicants

Why we have alternative offers

At Bath, we always try to admit students with the greatest potential to succeed in our courses, but we also know that success is individual and our approach to admissions and making offers reflects this.

Many of our applicants will study three A levels (or Cambridge Pre-U principal subjects) and we set our offer levels with this in mind. We never expect or require you to have studied more than this to receive an offer from us.

Nevertheless, different students have different aptitudes and talents, and you may undertake extra studies that show your particular strengths when it comes to preparing for a degree. Where this is the case, we will recognise this additional study through alternative offers, which are made alongside our standard offer.

What our alternative offers look like

Alternative offers are available for A levels and Cambridge Pre-Us. Our alternative offers ask for a reduced grade in your core studies combined with strong achievement in specific extra qualifications. Alternative offer grades depend on the typical offer for your course:

Typical offer A level Alternative offer A level Typical offer Pre-U Alternative offer Pre-U
A*AA AAA D2, D3, D3 D3, D3, D3
AAA or A*AB AAB D3, D3, D3 or D2, D3, M1 D3, D3, M1
AAB ABB D3, D3, M1 D3, M1, M1
ABB BBB (or ABC where two subjects are essential) D3, M1, M1 M1, M1, M1 (or D3, M1, M2 where two subjects are essential)

What additional study you need for an alternative offer

We recognise additional achievement in three areas: Projects, Additional Maths qualifications, or Engaging in our Widening Access schemes.

Projects

Undertaking a personal project, such as an EPQ or the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate, can help you develop skills in independent research, time management and extended writing. These skills will be invaluable to you when transitioning to undergraduate study at Bath.

Alternative offers can include any of the following project qualifications:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade A in an AQA or Cambridge IPQ
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives
  • grade A in the International Baccalaureate Extended Essay

Alternative offers including project qualifications are available for all honours degrees.

Unfortunately, we are not able to consider individualised projects that are set and assessed entirely through your school or college unless they are accredited by a recognised awarding body. You may still find these experiences useful when preparing your personal statement.

Additional Mathematics qualifications

Quantitative and analytical skills are invaluable for many degrees, and strong mathematics skills will help you succeed in placements and future employment. Many of our degrees require certain achievements in Mathematics, but we recognise that extra experience beyond these essential requirements can be beneficial to your future studies.

We have alternative offers that include additional Mathematics study, and which qualifications are included varies with the essential Mathematics requirements of your degree. Some of these are detailed on our course pages:

Degrees where A level (or Pre-U) Mathematics is not required

If Mathematics is not an essential subject for your degree, you can be eligible for an alternative offer based on:

  • grade B in any Core Mathematics qualification:
    • certificate in Mathematics for Everyday Life (NCFE)
    • certificate in Mathematics for Work and Life (WJEC - last award 2019)
    • certificate in Mathematical Studies (AQA)
    • certificate in Using and Applying Mathematics (City & Guilds)
    • certificate in Quantitative Problem Solving (OCR – MEI)
    • certificate in Quantitative Reasoning (OCR – MEI)
    • certificate in Mathematics in Context (Pearson)
  • grade B in AS level Mathematics or Statistics
  • grade B in a fourth A level, where your four A levels include Mathematics or Statistics
  • grade M1 in a fourth Pre-U principal subject, where your four principal subjects include Mathematics or Statistics
  • grade 5 in IB Certificate Standard Level Mathematics or Mathematical Studies

If you study four A level or Pre-U principal subjects and do not study Mathematics or Statistics you will be eligible for our standard offer based on your best three grades (including any essential subjects).

Degrees where A level (or Pre-U) Mathematics is essential (excluding Mathematics or Statistics degrees)

If Mathematics is an essential subject for your degree, you can be eligible for an alternative offer based on:

  • grade A in AS level Further Mathematics
  • grade B in a fourth A level, where your four A levels include Further Mathematics
  • grade M1 in a fourth Pre-U principal subject, where your four principal subjects include Further Mathematics

If you study four A level or Pre-U principal subjects and do not study Further Mathematics you will be eligible for our standard offer based on your best three grades (including any essential subjects).

Degrees in Mathematics or Statistics (single and joint-honours)

For degrees in Mathematics or Statistics (including joint degrees with Computer Science or Economics) you can be eligible for an alternative offer including a Mathematics test if you study Mathematics and Further Mathematics:

  • grade 2 in any Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP)
  • strong performance in the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT)
  • merit in GCE Advanced Extension Award in Mathematics
  • strong performance in the Test of Mathematics for University Admissions (TMUA)

Our Guide to Mathematics Tests gives further information on why we recommend these tests and how to sit them.

If you do not study Further Mathematics you will be required to take one of these qualifications as part of your offer.

Engaging in our Widening Access schemes

We offer a range of schemes designed to equip you with the skills to succeed in progressing to study a degree, whatever your background or previous experiences. As part of our schemes, you will complete a research project on a topic of your choice which will help you develop skills in independent research, time management and extended writing. These skills will be invaluable to you when transitioning to undergraduate study at Bath.

Successful engagement with and completion of these schemes, as well as strong performance in your research project, also counts as extra study for our alternative offers. Alternative offers can include any of the following widening access scheme projects:

Stacking offers

If you are fortunate enough to be studying qualifications that would make you eligible for more than one alternative offer, any offer you receive will include each of them. However, these alternative offers do not stack: we will not reduce our typical offer by more than one grade if you achieve multiple extras.

Other qualifications (such as the IB Diploma or BTECs)

Our alternative offers are currently only available to students studying A levels or Cambridge Pre-Us. However, if you study a mix of qualifications that includes A levels or Pre-Us you may be eligible: please contact admissions@bath.ac.uk for advice.

Our IB Diploma offers already recognise the IB Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge as part of the overall points score.

Due to the more varied experience of BTEC and Cambridge Technical students, alternative offers are not generally suitable in this instance.