Applicant FAQs

Got any questions about your application to Bath Spa? Find the answers here.

We hope these FAQs will help answer some of the queries you may have about starting at Bath Spa this September, whether you're a prospective undergraduate, postgraduate or teacher training student.

More information for applicants can be found on our coronavirus advice page.

Applicant FAQs

When will term start?

We are planning for the academic year to start in September as usual. For new students, Registration Weekend is planned for 19-20 September, with Semester One starting on 21 September. For postgraduate students, teaching will begin on 28 September.

However, depending on how the current crisis develops, these dates may have to change. If they do we will let applicants know as soon as possible.

Will I be taught completely online? When will decisions on this be made?

It is difficult to predict what restrictions may be in place in September, but it is likely that we will have a blend of physical and virtual teaching. We are making plans for a number of scenarios so that we can react as needed to any changes in the situation as we get closer to the start of term.

I’m a PGCE applicant, will my course start on time?

We are planning for the academic year for PGCE students to start as usual. The advertised date is 1 September. However, depending on how the current crisis develops, these dates may have to change. If it does have to move, we will contact all incoming students as soon as possible.

If I don’t think it is safe, can I study by distance learning?

On a national level, all universities are considering what the next academic year will look like and we are too. The most important thing to know is that your health and safety, and the health and safety of our staff is the most important consideration. We will not do anything to put you at risk in any way. We will balance this with making sure your university experience is a valuable one, whether it is physical, virtual, or a mixture of both.

How will rules on social distancing affect university accommodation? Will I still be able to live in my preferred choice?

The University Accommodation team is currently following government guidelines on social distancing and will continue to do so as new information is released. The situation will evolve as we head into the summer and guidelines will be adjusted before any room allocation takes place in August.

How will social distancing rules impact face to face classes?

It is difficult to predict what restrictions may be in place in September, but it is likely that we will have a blend of physical and virtual teaching. We are making plans for a number of scenarios so that we can react as needed to any changes in the situation as we get closer to the start of term.

Should I delay applying for student finance until the situation is clearer?

No. You should apply for funding as soon as possible to ensure that funds are available to you on time. You can always cancel your application at a later date if your situation changes. Delaying your application could mean that funds are not available to you when term starts.

I am applying for a postgraduate course and need to give notice on my job. Can you confirm when the course will start?

We are planning for the academic year to start in September as usual. For postgraduate students, teaching will begin on 28 September. However, depending on how the current crisis develops, these dates may have to change. If they do we will let applicants know as soon as possible.

How can I defer my place to September 2021?

Before deferring your place please consider whether this is right for you. Plans for work or travel may be upset because of the current Covid-19 situation. We are planning for the academic year to start in September as usual and making sure your university experience is a valuable one, whether it is physical, virtual, or a mixture of both. However, if you are sure you wish to request a deferral, please complete the form on our website.

Will I be able to visit your campus before deciding on my offer?

We are following all government advice and guidance, and as soon as we can safely invite visitors onto our campuses, we will. It does, however, look unlikely that we’ll be able to welcome visitors prior to the UCAS decision deadline of 18 June. You can register your interest in visiting us once our campuses open, and you will be able to book through our visit pages soon.

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