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Undergraduate Applicant Interviews

Find out about what to expect and how to prepare for an undergraduate applicant interview at Bath.

Young man wearing a blue check shirt being interviewed by a male and female member of staff
A student being interviewed by members of staff

Will I be invited to attend an interview?

We interview all applicants for our Social Work and Pharmacy courses.

Our Addictions Counselling course requires all applicants to attend a two-day selection event based at Action on Addiction. The selection days include individual interviews, group activities and role play where you will be accessed on your interpersonal skills, counselling skills and academic ability.

If you are applying for Social Work, Pharmacy or Addictions Counselling please see our online prospectus for further details of the admissions process for these courses.

If you have been invited to an interview for Social Work, you can find out more about what to expect here.

For some of our courses, we will invite you to attend an interview if you are studying a qualification that is harder for us to assess on paper whether or not we are able to make you an offer. For example, if you are studying an Access to HE Diploma, a BTEC Extended Diploma or another non-traditional qualification.

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. This can include applicants who are unable to provide predicted grades, existing qualifications or an academic reference.

When will my interview take place?

The majority of interviews will be held in late February and March. If we invite you to attend an interview you will be emailed details of the time, date and location around two weeks before.

We are very happy for you to be accompanied to the interview by a relative/guardian or friend. If your interview takes place during an Applicant Visit Day they will be very welcome to continue with the Day's activities whilst you attend your interview. Alternatively, they may wait in the department reception area or there are several cafes and restaurants available on campus.

What to Expect

We want the interview process to be as positive an experience as possible for you and we will only invite you to attend an interview if we are interested in your application and want to find out more about you. When you arrive at your interview location you will be greeted by a member of staff from the department who will welcome you and show you where to wait. Typically you will be interviewed by two or three members of staff including the Admissions Tutor and a member of our Undergraduate Progression Team.

Our Management and Business Administration courses hold a group interview where you will be expected to take part in an open discussion on topics related to the course with a maximum of eight applicants and the Admissions Tutor.

The interview process is used to determine your suitability for the course you have applied for and to provide you with an opportunity to decide if our course is the right one for you.

At the end of the interview you will be invited to ask any questions you have about the course and we will also provide you with some information about what will happen next.

How can I prepare for my interview?

Admissions Tutors are looking for students they believe have the best academic potential and chance to succeed and flourish by studying a degree at Bath. Good ways to prepare for an interview are:

  • Think about what has motivated you to study the course and why you would like to study at the University of Bath
  • Carefully consider what has really interested you during your current study and prepare some well thought out examples - which will help you evidence your enthusiasm and passion for your subject
  • Familiarise yourself with the published course material and look at which modules may be of interest to you
  • Be prepared to discuss anything you have included in your personal statement and expand on this during your interview

You will also be asked to answer some academic subject-specific questions relating to your course. Please do not get anxious if you are unsure of the answer straight away; you will be given time to work through the question and the Admissions Tutor will support you and want to see how you can apply your logic to work out the answer.

For some of our courses, you will be emailed an article to read in advance of your interview which will form the basis for some of the discussion.

Skype Interviews

If you are unable to travel to the University we may arrange an interview with you via Skype. The structure and content of your interview will stay essentially the same.

If you are applying to study one of our School of Management courses this will not be possible due to a group discussion forming the basis for part of the interview.

How and when will I hear?

You will be notified via UCAS Track whether or not you have been successful.

We understand that you will want to know the outcome of our interview as soon as possible and therefore we will aim to notify you within two weeks from the date of your interview.

What to wear

We would like you to feel comfortable during your interview and we do not have a dress code. Lots of candidates simply opt for something smart yet casual!

Travelling to the University

We would advise you to arrive early for your interview so that you not only have time to find your way but also to have some time to relax and feel comfortable before your interview.

Our Travel Advice web pages offer guidance on travelling to Bath and how to access the campus. It can be very difficult to find parking on campus and therefore we would advise you to use alternative routes of transport if at all possible.

If you do need to park on campus please do familiarise yourself with the campus maps prior to arrival and allow yourself plenty of time to find a space.

Travel Bursary

We offer a Travel Bursary to refund the cost of your travel for eligible applicants to attend either an Applicant Visit Day or an interview. To find out if you meet our criteria and how to apply please see our Applicant Travel Bursary web page.

Guidance for applicants with Disabilities

If you have a disability, Specific Learning Difficulty, long-term health condition, or require any additional support, we will make every effort to meet your specific requirements. When you receive your invitation to attend an interview please let your departmental contact know as soon as possible so that we may discuss your requirements with you prior to your interview.

Making the most of your visit

We will try to arrange your interview to coincide with an Applicant Visit Day. However, where this is not possible we would like you to be able to make the most of your time on campus and recommend you read our Ways to experience the University web page which includes information on taking a self-guided tour.