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Applying for an undergraduate course

How to apply for our undergraduate courses through UCAS, including specific advice for international applicants and mature students.

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You can apply online for our undergraduate courses through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Before you apply

Check the entry requirements

All our courses have course-specific entry requirements. Before you apply, check that you meet the entry requirements for the course you are interested in.

You can apply for an undergraduate course if you are working towards or have completed a qualification at either:

  • Level 3 (A levels, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Highers, Access to Higher Education or similar)
  • Level 4 (BTEC Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards, NVQs at Level 4, Key Skills Level 4 and Certificates of Higher Education or similar)

You can also apply if you already hold a degree-level qualification. This may have implications for funding, and your visa if you are an international student.

Research your course

Before you apply, you should research the course you want to study. Read the UCAS guide on choosing a course.

UCAS is the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. It is a charitable organisation that handles applications for UK universities.

When to apply

You should submit your application ahead of the relevant UCAS deadline. If you apply after the deadline, we can't guarantee there will still be places on your course.

Find out more about the application deadlines on the UCAS website or check the important deadlines from our application timeline.

Submitting your application

Course information

To apply through UCAS, you will need:

  • the UCAS code of your chosen course, which you can find on the course information page
  • the institution code for the University of Bath, which is B16

UCAS application form

You will need to fill out a form on the UCAS website to apply. UCAS provides guidance on filling out the application, which will help you:

  • select your course choices
  • write a personal statement
  • get a reference
  • understand and pay your application fees

Applying as an international student

The application process for international students is the same as it is for everyone else. You still need to apply through UCAS.

Visa requirements

As well as meeting our course entry requirements, you have to provide proof of your level of English. This is because you need to meet the Home Office required standards to get a Student visa to enter the country for study.

You can find out about Student visas from the UK government.

Improving your English language skills

If you need to improve your English before coming to University, you may be able to book a pre-sessional English language course. The courses take place during the summer before the first semester.

Find out more about these courses from the Academic Skills Centre.

Support with your application

You can get help on completing your application from our representatives in your country. You might also be able to get help from your local British Council Office.

Applying after a break in studying

If you are age 21 or over, you are defined as a mature student. Although your route to higher education may be different, the application process is the same as it is for everyone else. You still need to apply through UCAS.

We accept a variety of qualifications, including the Access to HE Diploma and Open University credits. View our online prospectus to find out about entry requirements for each course. If you are a mature student and you have any questions about our entry requirements or your qualifications email

Find further guidance about applying and studying as a mature student at Bath.

Completing the UCAS form

You should complete all sections of the UCAS form. You must include:

  • details of all qualifications, even if you achieved these a long time ago
  • full employment history in the 'Details of paid employment to date' section
  • reasons for gaps in employment (for example, travel or unemployment), even if this does not appear relevant to the application

In your personal statement you should also explain why you have chosen to return to study now and how you feel you will benefit.

The UCAS guide for mature students explains the different ways you can get into higher education.

Undergraduate Applicant Interviews

For some of our courses, we will invite you to attend an interview if your application looks suitable and you are studying a qualification that is harder for us to assess on paper. We may also invite you to attend an interview if you have had a less typical educational history, which means we are unable to consider your application using our normal criteria.

You can find further advice and guidance about our interview process on our Undergraduate Applicant Interviews web page.

Tracking your application

Through UCAS

You can follow the progress of your application through UCAS Track.

Through Bath Application Tracker

When you apply for one of our undergraduate courses, we'll give you a username and password for our Application Tracker. Use this to track your application and upload any supporting documents we need from you.

It is important to check your account regularly. We will use the Application Tracker to contact you throughout the year with important messages and requests for documents.

If you don't upload the documents we ask for, it can take a longer time to process your application.

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