Professional Humanities degree – BA (Hons) – Bath Spa University

Professional Humanities

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Professional Humanities
School/s
School of Writing, Publishing and the Humanities
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year. Part time available.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: PH01 or PH02 (with professional placement year)
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.

Discover a new approach to learning about and through the study of History, English Literature, Politics and Philosophy.

  • Explore what it is to be human, and how we make sense of ourselves in the world.
  • Make connections and apply your knowledge and skills to affect change.
  • Overcome challenges through problem solving, creativity and action.

This interdisciplinary course offers a new approach to learning about the Humanities, drawing on the skills, methods and approaches that we use to study History, English Literature, Politics and Philosophy. You'll face ethical questions, and consider political answers to them. You'll ask what it means to ‘be human’ and how being human – and realising our potential – can enable us to make a difference to those around us. You'll be challenged to think about our place in the world and how we see ourselves – and how others see us.

Together with your study of histories and cultures, landscapes and cities, ethics and ideas, you'll develop a wide range of skills in professional writing; promoting your ideas through social media; project design, planning, implementation and evaluation; team working, developing empathy and ethical leadership. This is a course through which you will build knowledge and expertise, but also confidence, self-awareness, and the capacity to take the initiative and solve problems. It is practical as well as theoretical, professional and applied.


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What you'll learn

Overview

This course draws on the disciplines that make up the Humanities, and applies them in different ways. For instance, you might examine the ways in which understanding history informs medical decision-making, or consider storytelling as a means of solving problems or achieving change.

You'll learn to make connections, and evaluate options. You'll develop demonstrable professional skills and experience - how to work with others, how to make your case, how to manage resources - while exploring the ideas and concepts that underpin the study of the past, literature, politics and philosophy.

Course structure

Year one

Your first year provides an interdisciplinary foundation for the study that follows, and for the practical projects you'll undertake throughout your degree. It will show you how theory and practice come together, and equip you with some methods and techniques which you can apply in your research, project planning and analysis.

Year two

The second year focuses on the development of effective communication skills: making a case, constructing compelling arguments, setting out a clear rationale for your project. It takes these skills out of the University and considers their application in the arts and culture, public policy and politics, business and creative enterprise. It continues to draw on a wide range of ideas, concepts and content, using our knowledge of the past, our experience of the present and our hopes for the future as a way reflecting on contemporary challenges and opportunities.

Year three

Your final project brings your insights and understanding together, and enables to you design and develop your own piece of work. This might focus on a research question, or represent your response to a defined problem. It could involve working with an external partner, or developing a proposal for a future project. You'll complete this alongside a range of optional modules through which you can continue to extend and expand your expertise and your professional skills.

How will I be assessed?

You'll produce a range of material for assessment, from policy papers to advocacy documents, blog posts and podcasts, concept designs and strategic plans.

How will I be taught?

You'll learn through seminars and workshops, including off campus with our external partners.

You can take advantage of the learning support provided across the University, whether to develop your writing skills or to learn how to use new techniques and technologies.

Opportunities

Study abroad

We are working on new opportunities to study abroad, through a strong network of existing partners, and on how you can make your study of the world truly global.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork of various kinds is integral to this course. You might be investigating collections in a museum or archive, or conducting research for a local business. Wherever possible, your course will take you outside the seminar room and into the city and region, to apply your studies in a wide range of different contexts.

Work placements, industry links and internships

There are opportunities to work with a number of different employers, external agencies and partners throughout the course, whether through a small project, a longer placement or as a basis for your own research.

Careers

This course has been designed on the basis of what we know employers are looking for in the graduates they take on, and emphasises the importance of lateral thinking, project management skills, effective communication, empathy and initiative. These skills will equip you to move into your first career, but also from this into a second, possibly quite different one, in a fluid, changing and challenging work environment.

2022/23 Academic Year

We’ve made some changes to how we deliver our courses in response to the ongoing COVID situation. This is to enable students to get the most out of their studies and university experience and to facilitate an engaging, participative and interactive learning environment, all while keeping our community safe.

We keep our programmes under constant review, and we’ll make sure to let applicants know if there are significant changes to your programme. You can find out more about how the University has adapted its approach on our COVID advice pages, where you’ll also find support and signposting to useful services.

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

You’ll be based mainly at our Newton Park campus. With excellent links to nearby Bristol, you benefit from all the advantages of a buzzing, modern city, while being based in a beautiful, rural location just outside Bath city centre.  

You'll have access to excellent facilities including:

Resources

In addition to the Library and online access to secondary and primary resources, we draw on the University’s own archive, other archives and museum collections, and the campus itself in our teaching.

Fees

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

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2024/25 Entry

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UK students part time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £4,625
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

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2024/25 Entry

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International students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,400
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
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2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2024
Year 2 Published Jan 2025
Year 3 Published Jan 2026

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.

Fees

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2024
Year 2 Published Jan 2025
Year 3 Published Jan 2026

International students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,400
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2024
Year 2 Published Jan 2025
Year 3 Published Jan 2026

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

You will already love History or English Literature, be fascinated by Philosophy or drawn to political debate. You recognise the value of these subjects in helping us to negotiate the complexities of the contemporary world, and that we need to understand the problem if we are to solve it.

You'll also want to develop professional skills that will help you to create compelling arguments, set up a project team, or assess the impact of a piece of work. You'll be analytical, imaginative and purposeful. You want change to happen, and to understand how.

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.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM).
  • T Levels – grade Merit-Pass (C+) preferred.
  • 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?

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Get ahead

We recommend you read: Jonathan Krause and Thomas Trappe, A Short History of Humanity: How Migration Made Us Who We Are (Penguin, 2021)

Course leader: Richard Stamp
Email: r.stamp@bathspa.ac.uk

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