Bath Spa University
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Welcome to Bath Spa University
Bath Spa University was founded back in 1852 as an arts college, and while it still offers an extensive range of arts courses, it has since expanded and now offers a varied selection of qualifications related to culture, creativity and enterprise.
The University is rated highly by its students with an overall student satisfaction in the last NSS of 90% and recognised as having excellent teaching with The Sunday Times Good University Guide awarding it 6th place for teaching quality. 93% of 2014 Bath Spa graduates found themselves in work or further study after 6 months.
There are three main sites which make up Bath Spa University: Newton Park, which is based four miles from Bath's city centre, Sion Hill in Bath, which houses the art school, and Corsham Court in Wiltshire, which is where postgraduate study takes place.
Courses and fees
There are a range of qualifications on offer at Bath Spa University, from foundation degrees right up to PhD qualifications. For admission to undergraduate courses, the university usually asks for between 260 and 320 UCAS points, although it also considers alternative qualifications.
While known for its Arts and Humanities based degrees, the university offers a variety of courses, many of which offer the flexibility to combine with complimentary courses. You can find a full list of courses on the university’s website.
There are 3 academic units which make up Bath Spa University: College of Liberal Arts, School of Art and Design and Institute for Education.
The College of Liberal Arts offers a range of courses in the fields of media and film; creative computing; history, heritage and religion; English and writing; music and performance; business and management; psychology and social sciences; biological and geographical sciences; and food and nutrition.The Bath School of Art and Design is the oldest school in the university and teaches subjects including ceramics, sculpture, 3D design, fine art, graphic communications, fashion and textiles, photography, history of art and design.
The Institute for Education teaches a range of courses from foundation to postgraduate level, including PGCEs.
You can study abroad as part of your course if you take a Certificate in Global Citizenship or apply to the Erasmus+ scheme.. Generally international opportunities are for a term or semester during your second year, though there are opportunities to study abroad for a whole year depending on your course
Tuition fees in 2016/17 for undergraduate courses are £9,000 per year for home and EU students, while international students’ fees start from £11,600. Postgraduate fees for taught masters courses start from £6,400 but vary depending on the course.
Bath Spa University has a wide selection of facilities, and boasts the Michael Tippett Centre, Bath's only purpose-built concert hall. The Newton Park campus has recently undergone a £70 million development, including the brand new academic building, Commons, boasting state-of-the-art facilities including a television production studio.
Bath is England's only World Heritage city and is brimming with history in the way of Regency-style buildings, Roman antiquities and medieval buildings. The campus at Newton Park is set in Duchy of Cornwall land, with lakes, gardens and pretty woodland as your backdrop. The city itself has an array of nightlife and attractions on offer for down time.
Library and study facilities
There's a library on each campus with a variety of study spaces so you can study alone in peace or as part of a group. Study space is available 24/7 in term time in Commons at Newton Park campus, meaning you can study at a time to suit you.
A range of PCs and Macs are available at the open access computer rooms, the library and in the new academic building Commons, some of which are available 24/7. Wireless connectivity is enabled throughout the campus, and a variety of software is on offer to help you with your studies.
The careers service at Bath Spa University aims to guide students into getting a job and furthering their career. It arranges networking events, mentoring, career seminars, employee-led and industry expert events, placements and internships, and offers personal careers advice. It also runs the JobShop, an online resource which advertises jobs, and Bath Sparks – a service offering expert advice to entrepreneurial students who would like to start their own business or go freelance.
At the Newton Park campus, there's a newly refurbished shop run by the Student Union that sells groceries and everyday conveniences. There are also cash machines on site as well as several cafes and a bar. The recent introduction of our new academic building provides state-of-the-art teaching facilities, study spaces, a digital space including a television studio and a new café.
Based on Newton Park campus, the Students’ Union is a lively and central part of university life, running a busy schedule of events including Open Mic Night, quiz nights, band nights, comedy nights and fundraisers for societies. Annual events include Freshers’ Week, Halloween Party, The Snowball, Take Me Out, Bath Spa’s Got Talent and the Summer Ball. Facilities include a newly refurbished union bar, shop and gym. There are also dozens of active clubs and societies for you to join from Rugby to the Harry Potter Society.
Bath Spa University has a selection of different sporting teams for you to get involved in, and is part of the BUCS League. You can sign up to a society or team via the Student Union, which also has a 40 station fitness gym on site.
Medical and welfare services
Bath Spa University works with the Fairfield Park Health Centre to provide medical services for students. The Student Support Service team is also on hand to give you guidance and support on a range of issues including relationship advice, mental health, dyslexia, money management and academic help.
There are a number of scholarships and bursaries on offer – you can find more information on the Bath Spa University website.
There are a number of different accommodation options on offer at Bath Spa University for first year students from en-suite rooms to those with shared facilities, either on campus or in the city – there’s something for everyone.
In 2015/16 prices started at £3,861 for a shared room with another student (39 weeks contract length). Single rooms with shared bathroom facilities started at £4,680 (39 weeks contract length), en-suites from £5,616 (39 weeks). Studio flats started from £5,616 (39 weeks). Contract lengths are dependent on location and type of accommodation.
Based on the main Newton Park campus, there are over 800 rooms situated in beautiful countryside. The recently completed The Garden Residences is located at top of the campus neat the Students’ Union building and offers 500 en-suite rooms. There are also 306 beds available in the Lakeside halls of residences – this includes halls with shared bathrooms, en-suite rooms and shared houses. Here you’ll find single and shared rooms, ideal if you’re on a budget.
Just 10 minutes from the Sion Hill campus, these halls might suit if you're based at Sion Hill Campus, Dartmouth Avenue, The Circus or City of Bath College. A cosy affair, there are 42 spaces available here, divided among 10 flats and 2 studios. You'll share a kitchen area with three other people, and your bedroom has an en-suite shower room. The 2 studios flats have their own kitchen facilities, work/study space and en-suite facilities.
Run by UNITE, an independent company, Waterside Court is a modern facility located right next to Charlton Court. There are 316 rooms on offer here, all en-suite and with shared kitchen facilities. If you're living on one of the upper floors you'll have unrivalled views over the River Avon.
Another facility run by UNITE, Charlton Court is based 15 minutes' walk from the main city centre. This complex offers 294 premium rooms, every room has an en-suite facility, ideal if you like all the mod cons.
Five minutes away from Charlton and Waterside Court is Twerton Mill, which is managed by CRM. Twerton Mill has 277 student rooms with a mixture of en-suite rooms and traditional town houses with shared bathrooms and kitchens. They also offer some studio apartments on a direct let basis.
Visiting Bath Spa University on an Open Day is the best way to find out whether it's the right place for you. Undergraduate events take place at Newton Park and Sion Hill, while postgraduate open events additionally take place at Corsham Court.
Open Days offer a chance to speak to the course leader of the subject you’re interested in, explore campuses and see the facilities on offer, find out about the your accommodation options, ask questions from current students and meet support service teams such as Finance, Housing and Student Support.
You'll need to book a place on an Open Day, booking opens two months prior to each event, with the first event taking place in June and the remainder in autumn and winter months.
Finally, for postgraduates, there are a series of careers fairs and events - across a range of locations - that Bath Spa appears at: up-to-date information of which can be found on their website.
The university has both a term and trimester year layout. The dates for the 2015/16 year are as follows:
- Autumn term: 28 September - 11 December 2015
- Spring term: 4 January - 18 March 2016
- Summer term: 11 April - 24 June 2016
- Trimester 1: 28 September 2015 - 29 January 2016
- Trimester 2 8 February - 10 June 2016
- Trimester 3: 13 June - 23 September 2016
More detailed information for individual study years and separate term dates for PGCE, and Art and Design students can be found here:
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