Why Study at Bath Spa University?

Bath Spa University is a leading university for creativity, culture, enterprise and education.

From its rich history and beautiful settings, to its diverse course offering and the people who make up the team, we could probably come up with hundreds of reasons to choose Bath Spa University, but here are just ten of them.

Rock solid reputation

Bath Spa University’s origins date back to 1852 and the original Bath School of Art, so we’ve built our reputation on more than 160 years of tradition and success. But despite our long history we’re modern and progressive, with an exciting mix of courses and structures. We’re growing rapidly too. In fact, over the last five years, we’ve seen applications increase by over 40%, and an impressive application-to-places ratio.

Satisfied students

Our student satisfaction rates are excellent.  We scored 89% overall satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey (NSS), putting us into the top 20 UK universities for overall student satisfaction. With 87% of our students expected to complete their studies this year (compared to just 78% in the UK as a whole), Bath Spa has one of the best predicted performances of any modern university. Additionally, Which? University 2013 ranked Bath Spa as the 6th top creative university.

Excellence in teaching

Our academic team is dedicated to high-quality teaching, and will do all they can to give help and guidance in your learning and development. We constantly look to advance new and creative teaching methods based on the latest research, too. We scored 89% for satisfaction with teaching in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2014.

Flexible courses

With Bath Spa, you can expect a full complement of creative, cultural and humanities-based courses, alongside social sciences and sciences. We’ve worked with businesses to create courses that are flexible and relevant to employer needs. Combine this with our ultramodern facilities sporting the latest technology; social, collaborative spaces to work in; personal tutoring and peer mentors, and a wealth of advice and guidance services, and you have everything you need to realise your potential.

Great career preparation

Through our partnerships with businesses, you’ll get access to a wide range of career pathways and employment opportunities. We’ll start you thinking about career preparation from the word go. About 93% of Bath Spa graduates find themselves in work or further study after six months, and in 2013, we had our highest recorded number of graduates known to be in work.

Caring ethos

There’s a welcoming and supportive approach and we work hard to promote an ethos of care. Students have access to all sorts of services – not just guidance and support from tutors, but advice on anything from practical issues, like finances and disability support, right through to emotional matters, like homesickness. Ask any student and they’ll probably tell you they get great support. And it doesn’t stop with the people – we care for our environment as well. Our on-campus ‘Green Focus’ environmental policies have ranked us 33 out of 143 universities in the People and Planet Green League 2013 - 'First Class Honours'.

We know the meaning of the word 'community'

At Bath Spa we know the meaning of community - it’s what makes us genuinely different. We’re relatively small in size, and you’ll find that you’re known and valued as individuals – so you’re a name, not just a student number. We’ve created a thriving community that values creativity, culture and enterprise. You’ll get involved in extra- curricular courses, club and activities, and we encourage volunteering as well as work-based opportunities. It’s these ingredients which go towards making our community fulfilling, rewarding – and successful.

Historic campuses

Bath Spa University is steeped in history, with beautiful period buildings and a breath-taking backdrop. But look behind the jaw dropping architecture and you’ll see a wealth of ultramodern technology, and the latest in teaching methodology. Our newer buildings have been designed to blend in with their surroundings, and our students tell us it’s a great environment in which to succeed.

International connections

We have formed partnerships with businesses, organisations and institutions in every corner of the globe, giving students a valuable insight into the world beyond education. So you’ll see our students at international conferences, tours and events, from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the Canadian ‘International Next Way’. Our graduates leave Bath Spa (as global citizens) with ambition, drive and focus.

Safe and secure

And where could be better to do it than in the world-famous city of Bath? The city has reputation for being one of the most enjoyable places to live in the UK, and it’s ranked as one of the safest student cities. With its rich culture and eclectic mix of coffee bars, restaurants, galleries and theatres, Bath has carved out its own distinct personality, with an intimate, yet vibrant community. And your studies are safe here. We are financially secure, with on-going capital investment plans, leaving you to concentrate on what matters most — learning.