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Study and career

Get ready for your degree!

Your studies may be very different from how you've learned before, but we're here to help you thrive when you get here! Find out how to access Library resources, discover independent learning, and find out more about our Careers services and international opportunities on this page.

Course preparation materials

Find your course below for tips and resources from your course tutors, to help you prepare for your studies!

Undergraduate

Important information for PGCE students

We look forward to welcoming you to our PGCE with QTS courses at Bath Spa University on Monday 5 September 2022.

Checklist for before you arrive

To ensure that you have access to the University systems from the first day of the programme you will need to complete the following.

Provided the admissions team with:

  • Evidence of your degree
  • Evidence of GCSE or equivalent Grade 4/C or above in maths and English
  • Evidence of GCSE or equivalent Grade 4/C in Science (Primary candidates only).

If you have any questions regarding the above qualifications, please contact admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

You must also have completed:

  • The Fitness to Train to Teach medical questionnaire*
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check including providing 3 identity documents and consent form*
  • Bath SpaTeacher (BST) Information Form and emailed it to partnership@bathspa.ac.uk (this is not required for School Direct candidates).

*Please note that these can take several weeks to process so we recommend you complete them as early as possible. Online registration for the PGCE courses will open towards the end of August, you will only be able to complete this after the above have been confirmed.

In addition to providing documents online, you must show your documents in person after you start the programme. Please ensure that you have originals of the following available to bring to campus:

  • GCSE certificates (or equivalent)
  • Degree certificate
  • The 3 identity documents you provided for your DBS check.

You will need to bring originals of all these documents to Sion Hill on the following dates:

  • PGCE Primary and Early Years: 8/9 September
  • PGCE Secondary: 13/14 September

If you have any questions regarding Fitness to Train to Teach or DBS, please contact ttc@bathspa.ac.uk.

For any other queries, please contact partnership@bathspa.ac.uk and they can direct you to appropriate support.

Failure to meet all of these requirements may lead to exclusion from the programme.

Contact

  • You will be contacted by the primary or secondary teams about any pre-course tasks
  • Look out for the pre-course newsletters to find out more about the PGCE with QTS year.
Contact details

Questions?

Transport and parking

University training will take place in blended mode, some will be online and some will be at our Sion Hill Campus in Bath. This will be followed by time in placement schools.

Parking at Sion Hill campus is limited, so we recommend walking or cycling if you can. If you require a blue badge or Exceptional Circumstances parking permit to park at Sion Hill, you can apply for one of these from September.

The Lansdown Park and Ride bus service also runs from Bath city centre up to Lansdown and you can get off the bus at the entrance to Sion Road. It's then a five-minute walk to the campus. Alternatively you can park at Lansdown Park and Ride and catch the bus down the hill to Sion Road and then walk five minutes to the campus. It's unlikely that you'll be at campus every day, so we'd advise buying day tickets for the Park and Ride.

Using your own device

We are following a ‘bring your own device’ approach on campus. To engage with online teaching sessions, you will need access to a device with internet, a microphone and a camera.

PGCE students will be able to access free wifi on any Bath Spa campus via the Eduroam network.

Your Library

Support during your studies

Our large electronic and print collections are available to support you with your studies and our friendly team are on hand to assist with any issues or queries you may have.

Check out our Library homepage, visit us in the Newton Park Library, email library@bathspa.ac.uk or get in touch via our 24/7 chat service.

Study spaces

We have lots of great places to study on campus, including drop-in and bookable spaces. A range of open access computers are available for use in the Newton Park Library as well as a range of spaces with charging points for using your own device.

To pre-book a space in the quiet study area in Newton Park Library, please visit the Library homepage. All other spaces are bookable via the Room Booking System on The Hub.

There are a number of spaces that are available for drop-in:

  • Newton Park Library
  • Main House (MHG15)
  • Main House (MHG13)
  • Main House (MHG14)
  • Commons (CMG09)
  • Open study space opposite Cafe Commons
  • The Street at Locksbrook Road
  • Room 31 at Corsham Court.
Writing and Learning Centre

Here to support you with any aspect of your academic work, the team can help you with all types of academic writing, referencing, digital literacy, critical thinking, returning to study after a break, and maths and statistics. Get in touch: wlc@bathspa.ac.uk.

International students seeking similar support, please contact the English Language Unit: elc@bathspa.ac.uk.

Subject resources and Subject Librarians

Dedicated Subject Librarians can help you access the Library resources that are the most beneficial for your particular course. Subject librarians can help you with research for your assignment and finding relevant material within the collections.

Your Library and Learning Services

For full information about how the Library at Bath Spa can support you throughout your studies, take a look at our Your Library and Learning Services booklet, or download an accessible text-only version

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning offers online learning in business, software, technology and creative skills. Gain access to a video library of top-quality courses taught by recognised industry experts.

Box of Broadcasts

BoB is an on-demand TV and radio resource for those in education. You can access it with your Bath Spa University account, and use it to watch and record recently aired programmes from over 65 channels.

What students say about independent learning...

'Independent learning' is probably the biggest change you'll find when you start university.

You'll be in charge of your own learning, which is great, but can also be a little scary! It can take a while to get to grips with planning your workload, but don’t panic. With a little bit of trial and error, you'll find the best way for you to study.

Here are some tips from past students to help you get a great start...

Plan your time

Buy a diary or use an online tool such as Evernote, Asana or Google Calendar. Add all your lectures, seminars and job commitments. Plan time to do your reading and research and add those too. Some experts suggest you allow for about 20 hours of study per week outside teaching times.

Get academic help when you need it

If you're struggling with time management or planning your writing assignments, the Writing and Learning Centre runs workshops and 1:1 support sessions.

Develop your note-taking skills

Reading and note-taking are key skills to help you make the most of lectures, journal articles and books. The Writing and Learning Centre has more resources to help you develop good quality academic writing, so check them out early in your first term, and ask for their short online note-taking course.

Your career

Advice and support

We're here to give you a head start in preparing for your future. We'll help you to:

  • Explore your options and job possibilities
  • Experience work through exclusive internships
  • Progress your ideas and career plans.

You can find resources through our dedicated portal, MyCareer, or visit our Careers and Employability webpages for more information.

Get help finding part-time work, placement opportunities and more

Many students work part-time during their studies, including part-time or casually at Bath Spa University. All of the University’s casual vacancies are listed on MyCareer, as well as several opportunities in and around Bath as well.

When you begin to think about finding work experience through placements or internships, and later graduate opportunities or schemes, they’re all there too, including some opportunities that are exclusive to our students.

Get a CV check

Is your CV good? Or wondering how to start? We have your back, with several ways to help. On MyCareer you can submit your CV to us to review, book a one-to-one appointment to chat through it, book onto a "How To Write A CV" workshop, or look through some of our resources.

Book personalised appointments and attend skills-enhancing events

Careers appointments offer a safe space for you to discuss anything careers-related, from getting started thinking about what you’d like to do, to having a mock interview for a coveted job.

We also hold advice workshops throughout the year across a range of topics, as well as WorkFest - a concentrated period of events designed to help you connect with industry, hear from employers and meet creatives at the height of their profession.

All of this is accessed through MyCareer.

Get a mentor

Through MentorMe, we have hundreds of industry professionals from a huge variety of sectors that are happy to meet and mentor you. They’ll provide advice on turning your aspirations into practical steps towards what you want to do. Interested in getting matched? Simply apply through MyCareer.

Get support for your freelancing or business idea

Our Bath Sparks support programme is designed to help our students create, share, develop and unleash their entrepreneurial ideas and ventures. We offer start-up grant funds of as much as £1,000, as well as specific one-to-one advice, workshops, links to professional networks, and valuable exposure.

Find out about the Professional Placement Year (PPY)

The Professional Placement Year (PPY) is the ultimate employability-boosting experience that will help you to develop the skills that employers are looking for in a competitive job market. Available to any student on any course, this is one of the best ways to get work experience. Students taking a PPY will access support through MyCareer, and those interested in finding out about adding a PPY onto their degree can also do so on MyCareer.

Follow us on social media

Keep up to date with our latest advice, vacancies and events on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Are you an international student?

The Immigration Advice and Careers teams work together to ensure that our international students and graduates are aware of all the opportunities and requirements when working in the UK during and after your studies.

Find out more on our webpages.

International opportunities

Want to gain insights into a different culture, grow in ways you've never imagined, and make friends from all over the world? We encourage our students to broaden their horizons by venturing abroad.

Study abroad

Did you know you could study abroad as part of your undergraduate degree?

We're partnered with over 50 universities worldwide and the Go Global Team is here to support you throughout the process. Further information can be found on our webpage.

Global Citizenship course

This extra-curricular course is taken alongside your degree and designed to offer you a global perspective, as well broaden your horizons and improve your employability after graduation.

Meet and make friends with students from across different subjects and year groups! Find out more on our webpage.

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