Bath Spa University
Location:Newton Park, Sion Hill, Corsham Court
Main Campus:Newton Park
Bath School of Art and Design, School of Education, School of Humanities and Cultural Industries, School of Music and the Performing Arts, School of Science, Society and Management
Why Choose Bath Spa University?
Bath Spa University is the university of choice for creativity, culture and enterprise.
It is a university where teaching students is given the highest priority and where
students are treated as individuals. Importantly, it is a university where the vast
majority of students enjoy their experience and successfully complete their course.
It is a forward-looking and progressive institution which aims to offer students
an experience that is distinctive, challenging and fulfilling and that allows them
to embark on their future careers with confidence and success.
Bath Spa is one of the first major 'teaching-led' universities. It places the highest
possible emphasis on teaching quality for both postgraduate and undergraduate students,
and puts the student at the very centre of its activities.
- Staff at Bath Spa University are passionate about their subjects and aim to deliver
excellent teaching to enthusiastic students who are committed to achieving their
- As a ‘teaching-led’ university, a lot of effort goes into helping students
get the most from their studies. At Bath Spa, expect first rate lecturers, modern,
well equipped libraries and IT suites in addition to innovative teaching methods.
- Bath Spa University has received a resounding endorsement for its Teacher Education
Programmes from the quality regulator ‘Ofsted’. Following an inspection
by 17 Ofsted inspectors, the University has been graded as ”outstanding”
in all three of its programmes leading to qualified teacher status in primary, secondary
and further education.
- Bath Spa was jointly ranked as the 7th university in the country for the quality
of its teaching and learning in the league table published by The Times
Higher in January 2010.
- Bath Spa has been designated as a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
in the creative industries, having won a bid in a major UK government competitive
programme of funding in 2005. This has enabled significant investment in resources
and facilities for students across the School of Music and Performing Arts, School
of Humanities and Cultural Industries and Bath School of Art and Design.
- The University has a successful record of student recruitment. It has strong student
applications to places available ratio (6:1 for Bath Spa in 2010/11, against an
average of 4.5:1 for modern universities in the UK).
Bath Spa University is committed to maintaining an active research portfolio. This
commitment extends to concentrating on areas of strength while also fostering new
- The University has research activity across all of its academic schools with particular
strengths as measured in the independent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, 2008).
The most prominent subjects being Art and Design, English and Creative Writing,
History, Music, and Psychology.
- All ten subject areas entered in RAE, 2008. Biological Sciences, Geography, Psychology,
Education, English and Creative Writing, Study of Religions, History, Art and Design,
and Communication, Cultural and Media Studies were judged to be contributing internationally
recognised research. The research in Music, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies,
Art and Design, History and English was awarded a world-leading rating.
new centre for postgraduate and doctoral level study in educational development
has been established at Corsham Court (formally the home of the Bath Academy of
Art) – a significant addition to the University's research infrastructure.
At the centre there are a number of academic staff and doctoral researchers
working together around common themes approved by the University’s Research
Centres and Research Groups. The University particularly welcomes PhD enquiries
from potential applicants whose research may complement that of the centres and
- Research Centres: Bath School of Art and Design: Research Centre in Fashion & Textiles / Research Centre in Ceramics /
Research Centre in Contemporary Art. School of Education:
Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology (CEIT) /
Centre for Research in Early Scientific Learning (CRESL) / Centre for Research in Arts Education (CRAE)
/ Children and the Environment Research Centre (CERC) / Centre for Research into Inclusion and Vulnerable Learners (CRIVL)
/ Centre for Education Policy in Practice (CEPIP). School
of Humanities and Cultural Industries: Contemporary Writing / Writing and the Environment / Book, Text and Place (1500-1750) / History and Culture / Media Futures Research Centre. School
of Science, Society and Management: Quaternary Research Centre / Communities and Social Identities Group /Health and
Social Care Centre / School of Music and Performing Arts: Centre for Musical Research.
- Research Groups: School of Humanities and Cultural Industries: Writing for Young People. School of Science, Society and Management:
Cell and Microbiology Research Group / Changing Landscapes Research Group / Ecology Research Group / Psychological Research
Leaving one’s own country to study in the UK is a big step, but be assured of a
friendly welcome and plenty of support at Bath Spa University. An undergraduate
degree from Bath Spa University will give each student a quality qualification and
will be recognised as world class.
- Bath Spa welcomes students from across the globe. Each year, the University welcomes
students from around 40 different countries.
- The University has links with many universities abroad. Currently the University
has partnerships with institutions in Australia, Malaysia, Korea, China, the USA,
India and Japan and throughout Europe.
- The University has membership of many important international education organisations
including the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the European Association
for International Education and the NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
- Bath Spa can trace its history back over 160 years, to the original Bath School
of Art. Therefore, while the University is modern and progressive, it builds on
a long history of tradition and success in higher education.
- Bath Spa University was one of the first universities to be awarded the Eco-Campus Platinum Award in recognition of progress in reducing
its environmental impact and its commitment to continuous improvement. It was placed
7th out of 142 in the recent People and Planet Green League.
- The University will offer help and advice to all international students applying
to Bath Spa and will take great care to make sure students have all the information
and support that is needed to confidently start their studies. This includes advice
on immigration procedures, travel, accommodation or any other information.
- For Language requirements, if English is not the first language then a student will
need an IELTS of 6.0, TOEFL PBT 540, CBT 207, iBT 76 or Trinity College London’s
ISE at Level II.
Bath Spa University is a popular and highly rated university, with applications
per place among the highest of the 65 modern universities. National indicators confirm
success in high levels of student satisfaction, employment skills and high completion
- Figures released in 2011 confirm that Bath Spa University students are overwhelmingly
satisfied with their University experience.
- 83% of Bath Spa students who responded to the annual National Student Survey (NSS)
confirmed that they were overall satisfied with their course, with 87% expressing
satisfaction with the quality of teaching on their course.
- Satisfaction scores for individual subjects placed the University's Business
Studies course in top position, with an impressive 95% of students saying they were
satisfied with the course – which was amongst the five highest scores in the
- Bath Spa University has become an increasingly popular choice for students in recent
years and this year experienced a 14% increase in applications to its undergraduate
courses (compared to 4% nationally).
Industry-informed degree programmes coupled with a range of personal and professional
development opportunities enrich the university experience and help improve a student’s
- In 2010, 91% of Bath Spa graduates were in employment or further study six months
after graduation. The number of Bath Spa graduates known to be in work was the highest
recorded for the University, as was the number working in graduate-level jobs. Even
in the midst of an economic downturn, graduates successfully entered a diverse range
of careers from public sector management roles and graduate schemes to starting
their own businesses (particularly in the creative industries) and teaching.
- Bath Spa wants to make sure that its students are well prepared for the jobs market
when they graduate and does so by making sure that they have all the transferable
skills they need, along with practical experience in relevant employment fields.
- The University also develops links with local employers in many different ways so
that Bath Spa University is well known and well respected.
- All Bath Spa Students follow a course that emphasises transferable skills and employability.
The entire modular scheme was revised in 2009 to increase the employability of students.
All graduates now benefit from a degree programme that provides a wide student experience,
with clear improvements to their future employment prospects.
- Bath Spa's lecturing staff of over 450 includes over 200 practitioners with
recent and current industry experience, helping to ensure that students graduate
with industry-ready experience. Bath Spa has unique, outstanding quality courses
in a number of areas, including an MA in Creative Writing about which one publisher
is quoted as saying. "The course is renowned for producing [graduates] who
go on to have brilliant writing careers." Another says that "it produces
writing that we, as an agency, can do business with - from remarkable literary debuts
to distinguished commercial fiction, and all points in-between.” In that regard,
this course has no equal.
- Students will be introduced to graduate recruiters, local, regional and national
employers and business experts through a range of industry events on campus. From
careers events and industry mentors to employer presentations and networking evenings,
students will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the likes
of the BBC, NHS, Future Publishing, Ordnance Survey, Hilton Hotels and many more,
enabling them to find out about the many options open to them upon graduation.
- Many subjects have placements or industry projects as part of their degree programmes,which
can help develop a range of skills and experiences to support a student’s
career development. Placements and internships are also available on an extra-curricular
basis, both during term-time and vacation periods.
- Bath Spa is proud that it is developing graduate entrepreneurs and providing them
with a host of possibilities within their degree to develop creative, innovative
and enterprising ideas. Many opportunities exist at Bath Spa to unleash ones
entrepreneurial spirit. The University’s Business Plan competition inspires
and rewards excellent new concepts and business start-up proposals from students.
“InSparation” is a network offering support, advice and developmental
opportunities for enterprising Bath Spa students.
Variety of Courses
The courses at Bath Spa University are of proven quality, attractive to students
and highly relevant for subsequent employment.
- The majority of BSU students (about 82%) are following honours degree courses; these
involve three years of full-time study or five to six years part-time study.
- From Fashion Design to Human Nutrition and from Foundation degrees to Honours degrees,
prospective student will find plenty of great courses to choose from.
- There is a good level of flexibility and choice built into most of the courses,
so that students can build up a programme of study to suit their particular interests
and career aspirations.
- Most courses are part of a Modular Scheme, and all are modular in structure. Modules
are self- standing units of study and students earn credit when they successfully
complete them. Modules are worth either 20 or 40 credits and a full-time student
will normally take a 120 credits each year while part-time will take between
40 and 80 credits each year.
- School of Art and Design: Founded more than 150 years ago, the Bath School
of Art and Design has a successful history and an international reputation for creativity
and innovation. As part of the School, students will work with a wide range of internationally
recognised art and design practitioners and thinkers. Dynamic teaching, excellent
facilities and an atelier-style approach will give students an exciting specialist
learning environment in which to achieve their potential.
- School of Education: Bath Spa University is one of the national leaders in the development
of Education Studies, and the School of Education is the largest in the university
with over fifty academic staff, many with national and international reputations.
BSU programmes will enable students to explore the nature, aims, values and functions
of education in a rapidly changing world, preparing students for careers as in a
wide range of education or related settings.
- School of Humanities and Cultural Industries: The high-quality research-led teaching
on all courses within the School makes Bath Spa an extremely popular choice for
students. Its aim is to provide an exciting, stimulating learning environment which
both supports and empowers students throughout their undergraduate experience. Bath
Spa is at the forefront of new developments and students will be taught by staff
at the leading edge of their disciplines.
- School of Music and Performing Arts: The School is a vibrant and creative community
of students and staff with over 1000 musicians, actors, dancers, composers, choreographers,
writers, producers and technicians. Performance is at the heart of the course programmes,
and the Bath Spa Live programme combines visits by internationally renowned musicians,
theatre and dance companies with frequent student performances both on-campus and
in professional venues.
- School of Science, Society and Management: The central aim is to provide high quality
academic as well as vocationally orientated programmes that will challenge and inspire,
and will prepare students for a future career. All subjects have been reviewed favourably
by external quality agencies, and have extensive contacts with national subject
centres dedicated to developing excellence in teaching and research.
While Bath has the unique distinction of being England's only World Heritage City, it is also an exciting and lively city
with plenty to see and do on a student budget. Whether it's high culture or
fun culture, Bath offers it all. Its beauty and historical significance attract
visitors from all over the world. The surrounding seven hills and the towers of
Bath Abbey create a stunning
impression on arrival.
For students, there is an opportunity to explore beyond the major tourist attractions
and discover the hidden wealth of interesting and inexpensive shops, markets, cafes
and restaurants. Bath is easy to reach, whether based on the Sion Hill campus (within
walking distance of the centre), or the Newton Park campus (where a bus service
runs regularly from the campus into the town centre, into the early hours of the
Famous for its Roman Baths,
romantic riverside and elegant Georgian architecture, Bath boasts some of the most
beautiful architectural masterpieces in Europe. The Royal Crescent, the Circus, the Abbey, the Pump Room and the Assembly Rooms are all essential features on any
visitor's itinerary. And yet Bath is far more than a historical monument - it
is bustling with life and entertainment.
Bath has plenty to offer those interested in art galleries or museums– in
fact, there are no less than seventeen in the city. For classical music enthusiasts,
the Bath International Music
Festival brings world class music to the city for two weeks each May. The
Theatre Royal is a
major touring venue which regularly features famous actors and actresses. Comedians
and various comedy acts are regularly showcased in Bath and some go on to nationwide
stardom. For the film buff, Bath boasts a number of cinemas, including the
Little Theatre which shows art-house and cult movies. You can catch a fine
selection of premieres at the annual Bath Film Festival.
Bath is in an area steeped in history and tradition. Glastonbury, with its famous Tor and Abbey, is close by
– and is, of course, is also the home of the UK's biggest annual music
festival. Cheddar Caves
and Wookey Hole are popular
tourist attractions, and the beautiful coastlines of Dorset and Devon are within
easy reach for a day out.