Key facts

Successful completion of this course leads to year 2 of your chosen undergraduate course at Bath Spa University.
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
One year full-time or nine month option in January.

Entry requirements

High School Graduation Certificate plus one year of further study plus IELTS of 5.0 or above. View "Entry requirements" for more information.

Lay the groundwork for your future success – this course will help you thrive at university and beyond.*

  • English language and study skills support throughout the programme.
  • Personalised attention from your academic and personal tutors.
  • Interactive field trips designed to support your learning and cultural development.

*Please note: we currently do not have any start dates for this course.  If you are interested, and would like further information, please contact internationaladmissions@bathspa.ac.uk


International Year 1 (IY1) is a 12 or 9 month programme validated by Bath Spa University designed to help you succeed. It is the first year of your degree (Level 4) with tailored academic support and tutorials, specialist tutors and small class sizes that will ensure your success in years two and three at university.

Whether you want to launch your own business, decode the media, solve complex international development problems, enter the field of criminology or create brands that make an impact, this International Year One course will enable you to develop the skills required for your future career.

Maximise your experience studying in the UK, with our dedicated team, supportive tutorial style, cultural field visits and open door policy.

What you'll learn


The pathway you choose will determine what degree specific modules you’ll take; whether Business, Media, Criminology or Social Science based. As an international student, you’ll significantly refine your English skills through academic reading, speaking and writing. Additionally, you’ll develop essential research and study skills that will aid you through years two and three of your degree.

You’ll gain in-depth knowledge about British life and culture. Alongside this, you’ll complete a ‘Bath Project’, in which you’ll engage in the local lives and businesses of Bath through critical thinking and analysis.

You’ll finish your year with an ‘International Project Case Study’. This will raise your awareness of global issues, building your understanding and helping you develop as a socially engaged global citizen.

Course structure

Terms one and two
You’ll gain essential study skills, as well as confidence in group work and individual presentations through core modules: Academic English, Study Skills, Introduction to Statistics, Research Methods and Bath Project. You’ll also take introductory modules specific to your degree – for example this may include: Business Environment; Enterprise; Media Today; Criminology: An Introduction; or Introduction to Social Sciences.

Terms three and four
You’ll build on the platform of skills and knowledge you developed in the first half of the academic year – the modules will challenge you to apply your comprehension and critical thinking. These may include: Managing Data, Economics and Globalisation; Organisational Behaviour; Functions of a Business; Social Sciences in Action; Communities, Identities and Difference; Understanding Social Behaviour; Global Environment and Development; and the capstone module International Project Case Study.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed through a number of methods including group and individual projects, poster presentations, essays, quizzes, exams and in-class Excel exercises. Attendance and participation will count towards your overall grade.

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught in small class sizes (maximum of 16 students per class) through a blend of lectures, seminars, and one-on-one tutorials both in person and on Skype. Classes are engaging and interactive – tutors use videos, group work, debates and in-class activities alongside required readings.


Field trips

Throughout the year, we’ll venture off campus on numerous field trips. Examples of previous trips include London, Bristol and the Engine Shed incubator space, Cardiff, Wells, Stonehenge, Lacock Village, Salisbury, Cambridge and Weston-super-Mare. Our student leaders have also arranged paintballing and ‘Go Ape’ excursions.

Competitions and awards

Every term, you’ll compete to win academic and participation class awards, such as highest attendance, top marks in cohort and most improved. Past winners have received coveted vouchers to the famous Thermae Bath Spa, as well as Amazon gift vouchers.


  • Bath Project
  • International Project Case Study
  • UNESCO Global Dialogues


Our International Year One students achieve excellent results and pass rates – 100% of the 2015/16 cohort of students progressed to Bath Spa University degrees in year two.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

  • You’ll be based at Newton Park, one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK.
  • You’ll be in classrooms equipped with modern audio-visual equipment.
  • You’ll apply your learning during experiential field visits relating to your curriculum – Bath is your classroom.


You‘ll have full access to the Bath Spa University campus library and e-resources. In Managing Data classes you’ll either be in computer labs or have laptops provided in class.


UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 £9,250
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,500, Scholarships of £2000 are available
Year 2 £14,500, Scholarships of £2000 are available
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,500, Scholarships of £2000 are available
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We look for dynamic and engaged individuals who are eager to expand their knowledge of themselves as global citizens. You’ll be interested in other international student perspectives.

Many of our students are active in Student Union clubs and societies, volunteering activities, work placements, and overseas study through Erasmus or other international degree programmes.

Entry requirements

High School Graduation Certificate and one year of further study - for example, completion of one year of bachelors level study or a university foundation programme. For further information please contact internationaladmissions@bathspa.ac.uk.
English Language - For the full year course option applicants are required to hold IELTS 5.0 or above (minimum 4.5 in each component).  
For the nine month January start option, applicants are expected to hold IELTS 5.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
UK/EU students are welcome to apply: Please contact International Admissions for further information.
We accept many international qualifications, please check specific country requirements for this programme by emailing internationaladmissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

How do I apply?

For information on how to apply for this course, please contact admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: internationaladmissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Sarah McKenzie
Email: s.mckenzie@bathspa.ac.uk

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