Bath University Maths Admissions Essay

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 between 6 September 2017 and 15 January 2018. If you apply after 15 January, 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 in the prospectus
  • 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 Tier 4 Visa to enter the country for study.

You can find out about Tier 4 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.

Entry requirements

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 have any questions about our entry requirements or your qualifications email

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.

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.

In order to apply to Cambridge for 2019 entry (or deferred entry in 2020) you must submit a UCAS application by 15 October 2018, 6.00pm (UK time).

There are earlier application deadlines for applicants wishing to be considered for interview overseas, and some mature students applying to one of the mature Colleges may be able to apply after this date.

Applications to UCAS are made online using the UCAS Apply web-based application system. Click 'Apply 2019' for application for 2019 entry or 2020 deferred entry to the University of Cambridge. Your school or college will be able to advise you about the process, but we’ve included some information below about personal statements and school/college references. If you've left school or college or are a resident abroad you should contact UCAS for more information.

Once you've submitted your UCAS application, you can check on its progress online through UCAS Track. 

When your UCAS application has been received here in Cambridge:

  • it will be acknowledged by the College you applied to (open applications are allocated to Colleges shortly after the 15 October UCAS deadline).
  • you will be emailed a link and asked to complete the Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ). Regularly check both the inbox and ‘spam’/’junk’ folder of the email account you give in your UCAS application, as you'll be contacted by the University and/or UCAS at various stages of your application.

You need to submit another application in addition to your UCAS application if you're:

If your education has been significantly disrupted or disadvantaged, it may be appropriate for your school/college referee (or your doctor or social worker) to complete and submit an Extenuating Circumstances Form by 15 October.

We're aware that you can now nominate an individual to act on your behalf when dealing with matters relating to your UCAS application. Please note that the University of Cambridge will not automatically liaise with this person. Should you wish to nominate someone to act on your behalf, please contact the College to which you have applied/been allocated, in order to discuss your particular circumstances.

Personal statement

As part of your UCAS application you’ll need to write a personal statement. Personal statements give you the chance to tell us about your subject interest(s), and the process of writing a personal statement can often help you to better understand your academic interests and intellectual motivations.

We advise you to follow the UCAS advice about what to include in your personal statement.

At Cambridge, all admissions decisions are based solely on academic criteria (ability and potential). Therefore, in your personal statement, we’d like you to:

  • explain your reasons for wanting to study the subject at university
  • demonstrate enthusiasm for and commitment to your chosen course
  • express any particular interests within the field
  • outline how you’ve pursued your subject interest in their own time

This information is often used as a basis for discussion at interview.

School/college reference

The reference is helpful because it tells us about your abilities and potential. Admissions Tutors look for indications that your academic strengths are well suited both to the course and to the style of study at the University.

The reference is an important part of your application, and we expect that it will normally be provided by a teacher or tutor in your school/college who can speak authoritatively about your academic profile and suitability for admission to university. If you’re having difficulty securing a referee, please see the UCAS guidance. Please note that references should be provided to applicants free of charge. If you wish to apply to Cambridge and are finding it difficult to obtain a reference or are being asked to pay for one, please contact the College to which you wish to apply (or the Cambridge Admissions Office in the case of open applications) for further advice.

Information and guidance for teachers on references can be found on our teachers and parents page.

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