BA (Hons) Environment, Politics and Philosophy – Bath Spa University

Environment, Politics and Philosophy

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

  • UCAS codes: Institution B20, Course NPP1 or NPP2 (with professional placement year)

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Environment, Politics and Philosophy
School/s
School of Humanities
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: NPP1 or NPP2
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email admissions@bathspa.ac.uk with your specific details.

Explore environmental challenges from fresh perspectives with our interdisciplinary Environment, Politics and Philosophy degree.

  • Situate environmental issues in their social, cultural and historical contexts, at local, regional and global levels.
  • Apply political and philosophical thinking to environmental action, from the personal to the institutional.
  • Develop strategies that make connections between individual awareness and collective participation – become a change-maker.

This course is especially designed to enable you to apply your broad understanding of political and philosophical ideas to current environmental challenges and dilemmas.

It poses fundamental questions about how we live and work in the present, and seeks to answer some of these through the development of your skills in critical thinking, project design and implementation, advocacy and communication.


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What you'll learn

Overview

We know that we face acute environmental challenges, and that we can't postpone changing the ways in which we think and behave if we are to address these.

We also know that environmental science, on its own, won't be able to do this – that solutions lie in understanding how we think, how we respond emotionally to the world around us, and how we see ourselves within it.

Drawing on a wide range of subjects and disciplines in the Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences, this course places the environment at the heart of what you'll study, as well as forming the basis for the practical projects you might undertake.

Course structure

Year one
Introductions and foundations: develop your understanding of the connections between different ways of thinking about environmental issues, and follow a broad curriculum which allows you to ask questions, challenge your own assumptions, interrogate evidence, data and opinions.

Year two
Practical, applied, relevant: this year is where you will deepen your understanding of philosophical approaches to ecology and the politics of social change, alongside the acquisition of professional skills and the application of your knowledge and understanding to a defined problem or issue.

Year three
Achievement, consolidation, creativity: your final project in the third year brings all this together. You’ll identify your own area of study, develop your proposal and put it into practice. This might be an extended piece of academic writing, but it might also be a pitch to a local employer, a community project or the creation of digital resources.

How will I be assessed?

We’ll assess your progress through a variety of coursework tasks including:

  • Projects
  • Portfolios
  • Discussion papers
  • Reflective writing.

How will I be taught?

You'll be taught through a mix of seminars, workshops and lectures. You'll learn in small groups, with as many opportunities to work outside the seminar room as possible.

Opportunities

Work placements, industry links and internships

We'll encourage you to work outside of the seminar room as much as possible, through fieldwork, projects with our industry partners, placements and internships.

Careers

We'll work with you to develop your professional skills and to identify ways of applying them externally – to roles that are current in an ever-changing work landscape.

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The course is based at our Newton Park campus, which combines outstanding modern facilities with a beautiful setting.

Resources

The Library provides many core resources, both in print and online. We draw on a wide range of resources, and encourage the use – and creation – of different materials.

You'll have access to other excellent facilities including:

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

International students full time

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,700
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for students with a questioning approach to world problems and their potential solutions.

You'll need energy and determination – never settling for the conventional response or clichéd thinking.

We want applicants who want to challenge us and themselves to think differently and do better. 

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades BCC-CCC preferred.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted in any subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points are required.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Admissions service: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Dr Richard Stamp
Email: r.stamp@bathspa.ac.uk 

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