What Type Of Courses Are There?

It's important that you're happy with the course you plan to study, because you're much more likely to succeed with your studies if you have a real interest in the subject and want to explore it in depth.

You can select to study at different levels, depending on your educational qualifications, the length of time you want to study, where you want to study, and how much work-based learning you want.

Undergraduate

Honours Degree Courses (Hons)

  • The majority of our students are following honours degree courses;
  • These involve three years of full-time study, or five to six years part-time study;
  • Most of our degree courses are based at our main Newton Park or Sion Hill campuses for all three years.
  • Entry requirements are in the region of 260-330 UCAS tariff points, or equivalent;
  • Degree courses can be in a single subject (Single or Specialised Awards) or in two subjects (Combined Awards or Creative Arts);
  • Your qualification when you graduate would be either BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons), depending on whether your course was arts-based or science-based.

Foundation Degree Courses (FD)

  • A relatively new vocational qualification, and an area of particular growth for Bath Spa University;
  • Provides a combination of academic training and work-related skills;
  • Two years full-time study, although for some FDs this involves just one day of formal academic tuition per week, with the rest of the time spent studying vocationally in your workplace;
  • Most FDs are taught in our partner colleges;
  • Entry requirements vary: most only require an academic qualification at Level 3 (A-Level or NVQ Level 3, for example), of around 180 to 220 UCAS Tariff points, but some also place considerable emphasis on relevant work experience (and as such, may not be suitable for school leavers);
  • Students can apply to progress to a compatible honours degree at the end of the two years (88 % of our Foundation Degree students enrolled onto Year 3 of an honours course last year after successfully completing the FD);
  • On some courses you may also progress to a work-based learning honours programme when you successfully complete your FD. These programmes enable you to study your chosen subject at honours level but develop research and project management skills by undertaking a work-  based project, and acquire management skills necessary for career progression in the workplace. The work-based learning honours programmes are currently based at Weston College.

Integrated Masters Programmes (MA)

  • These are four year courses incorporating an undergraduate degree leading directly to a Masters qualification. They’re an attractive option because of the additional benefits a postgraduate qualification offers to students: improved job prospects and career opportunities, and the opportunity for more in-depth academic study and research.

Advantages of following this study pattern are:

  • Students are eligible for a fee loan and maintenance loan for all four years of study (stand-alone Masters courses are not eligible for government funding, which means that many students can’t afford them).
  • Students are guaranteed study at Masters level (many postgraduate programmes are competitive to get onto) the fourth year of the course (the Masters year) is an intensive placement-based year making students highly employable when they graduate.
  • If you change your mind at the end of the 3 year degree and didn’t want to continue onto the fourth year, you’d simply stop after the three years with a BA qualification. There’s no obligation to take the fourth year. 
  • Leaflet about our Integrated Masters (.pdf)