Bath Spa University Introduction www.bathspa.ac.ukAre you thinking of joining us as a mature student (by which we mean someone who is returning to education after a break from studying)? If so you'll be in good company - over a third of our students are mature students.You'll want your time at university to be enjoyable, worthwhile, and full of new challenges and experiences. We have a range of specialist services to help you achieve your goals. What support will I get from the University?I'm returning to learning - how will you help?What's on offer? Advice, guidance, information and ideas on a range of issues, provided by specialist staff who are happy to work with you, sharing their expertise, bouncing ideas around and guiding you (when you need guidance) through the enormous range of activities and issues that you will encounter. It makes no difference whether you're a full or part-time student, UK, EU or international, coming from A-levels or returning to study - you'll find a professional team of people with information, guidance and advice to hand. Student support Most students find themselves needing a bit of help at times as they juggle different priorities and demands. Common concerns include balancing study, work and social life, personal issues, being away from home, friends and relationship difficulties, health or loneliness. We won't make decisions for you - but we'll help you to make them for yourself.Money advice We can guide you through the intricacies of student finance and give advice on student loans and other forms of student funding, on budgeting and how to handle and negotiate debt. We also administer loans and grants which are available in special circumstances to students suffering particular financial hardship. For more information email: email@example.com Disabled students, including people with dyslexia Our aim is to make Bath Spa University accessible to everyone and we welcome applications from disabled students. The Student Support team will work with you and other university staff to make reasonable adjustments to help you get the most out of your studies and to meet your learning support entitlement. Contact us to discuss your needs with us as soon as possible, so that we can make sure that we are doing everything we can to help you enjoy your life and studies at Bath Spa. You don't need to wait till you get here - speak to us at Open Days or contact us for an individual appointment. We provide an opportunity for all students to undertake an initial dyslexia screening; some students will come already knowing they have a specific learning difficulty; for others this provides an opportunity to find out if they can benefit from tailored dyslexia study support. In both cases we will provide professional guidance. You may be eligible for a Disabled Students Allowance, in which case we'll help you to apply for and obtain your full support package. You may feel anxious about returning to study but a lot of help is on hand and our experience suggests you will surprise yourself [but not us] with how well you will do. You will bring a wealth of experience and diverse skills to your studies that will be invaluable. Do I qualify? You don't have to have traditional qualifications such as A-levels to be a student at Bath Spa. A good number of students come to us after they have completed an Access to Higher Education programme, which provides an excellent route to university. We will also take your working life, your general educational background and your experiences into account by assessing what is known as 'prior learning' (APL) and 'prior experiential learning' (APEL) as a foundation for study in higher education. Pre-entry guidance You can talk to us before you apply. There will be advisors at our general Open Days (see page 64). We also have a dedicated first point of contact for general enquiries from mature student and Access learners. To find out more, including the support available, please contact the Widening Participation and Access Manager on (01225) 876223 or e-mail your enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org Our Admissions Service web pages are also full of useful information and can be accessed through the University website at www.bathspa.ac.uk. If you would like specific advice about your qualifications or have a query about your application, please e-mail your enquiry directly to our Admissions Service at email@example.com When you arrive Before the teaching programmes start, all new students attend Welcome Week. During this initial orientation period you will meet your personal tutor, whose role is to provide you with academic and pastoral advice, and the tutors, staff and fellow students in your Academic School. This is also the time when you confirm your module selections, your timetable for the year is finalised and when you are able to find out more about the full range of advice and support - on both academic and non-academic matters - that you will be able to access during your time with us. At Bath Spa we have always attracted a lot of mature students, so we have a lot of experience in dealing with any issues or problems you may have. What else should I think about? Like most students you will probably be worried about how you will manage your finances, and how you will juggle study and home commitments, and you will certainly need the support of friends and family in your new venture. But think too about the benefits you will gain: you will gain knowledge and skills that you haven't even thought about; your career prospects will be better; you will meet a whole new set of people and you will find it hugely satisfying to fulfil what may have been a long-held ambition.Student ProfileBeverley Randall, English Literature/Creative Writing-"I had wanted to go to uni when I was younger but circumstances and lack of qualifications meant that I could not pursue this. I forgot about it for years but then a friend mentioned the Access course to me a few years ago. It's challenging to approach higher education as a mature student but it's certainly very rewarding. I found the first week terrifying! But my younger fellow students are lovely, and between them and the tutors I've found it easy to settle in. My advise to potential mature students would be to remember to ask for help: independent learning is encouraged at uni - but help is always there for you."02010101 Mature students get plenty of support02 Beverley Randall 01 Off to a lecture02 Italian Garden We organise an early induction programme, which takes place just before registration, for disabled students coming to Bath Spa. This will give you the opportunity to get to know the campus and staff and to meet up with other students already on courses. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org Medical service Our Medical Service is provided by a local GP practice and provides the full range of medical services from dealing with illness and injury to providing services such as contraception, vaccination, repeat prescriptions and general health checks. We encourage all students to register. You can attend one of the surgeries on campus or make appointments at the practice health centre in town at other times. Either way you'll have a choice of doctor or nurse appointment. Faith servicesIn a multi-faith environment we welcome students of all faiths - and none. Members of the University Chaplaincy team visit the campus each week for a drop-in session and special events are organised to coincide with specific seasons.Childcare If you're a parent of children under five you can arrange for them to be looked after at Oak Tree Day Nursery at our Newton Park campus. Children of staff and the local community use the Nursery too, and there's a happy, secure and stimulating environment. The Nursery is in two adjoining houses, arranged for children of different ages (six months to two years, and two to five years). The services and activities provided are tailored to the needs of the babies and children, enabling them to explore and learn through play. The standards of care and nursery education are high - this was confirmed by an Ofsted inspection in 2009. The report comments: 'Children are happy and confident in a well managed, stimulating care and learning environment'. You can book morning, afternoon or full day sessions, with student rates in the range of £18.75 to £19.75 per morning or afternoon session, and £37.50 to £39.50 for a full day, depending on the age of the child. Full details can be found at www.bathspa.ac.uk/services/day-nursery or call the Day Nursery Manager on 01225 875590.02
Bath Spa University Introduction 16 / 17Help and advice Throughout your application we will take great care to make sure you have all the information and support you need to start your studies here confidently. This includes advice on immigration procedures, travel, accommodation or any other information you might need. Where do you want to live? You can choose from staying with a family (home stay) or on campus. As soon as we know what kind of accommodation you want we will arrange it for you. If you want to live in the city centre or anywhere else off campus we can advise you on how to find accommodation - but you will need to finalise the arrangements yourself. Language requirements If English is not your first language then you will need an IELT S of 6.0, TOEFL PBT 540, CBT 207, iBT 76 or Trinity College London's ISE at Level II.Fees and scholarshipsIn 2011 tuition fees for international students on most undergraduate courses were £9,360. Fees for 2012 when available Useful websitesfor fundingLeaving your own country to study in the UK is a big step, but you will be assured of a friendly welcome and plenty of support at Bath Spa University. An undergraduate degree from Bath Spa University will give you a quality qualification, and as with all UK education, you can be certain it will be recognised as world class. British Council www.britishcouncil.orgEducation UK www.educationuk.orgStudent Cashpointwww.studentcashpoint.co.ukUS Federal Aid www.fafsa.ed.govScholarships for Japanese students www.jasso.go.jp www.cwaj.orgDo you welcomeinternationalstudents?Can I study abroad?will be posted on our website. A single student with a modest lifestyle should budget around £6600 for a 40-week academic year (not including international travel, a car, or luxuries). Students are advised to contact the British Council in their own country to find out about scholarships which are available. Each year, we welcome students from around 40 different countries to our university.Any questions? Please do contact us if you have any further questions. You will find information on how to apply on page 21.Bath Spa University Newton Park Campus Newton St. Loe, BathBA2 9BN, United Kingdom Telephone: +44 (0)1225 875875 Email: email@example.com Studying in Europe Through the Erasmus programme, which is supported by the European Commission, you can apply for a study placement in one of our partner European universities or higher education institutions during your second or third year. Placements can be for the whole academic year or a shorter period, and your study abroad period will count towards your Bath Spa University degree. The Erasmus programme is a wonderful opportunity to live in a different country, gain new perspectives on your subject and experience different cultures. You can learn a new language or develop your current language skills, and you will develop an international network of friends. It is also a great way to enhance your CV. If eligible, you will receive an Erasmus grant towards the cost of the study placement (subject to continued EU funding). Accommodation is normally organised for you by the host institution or an agency - it could be campus accommodation, a shared student flat or house, or living with a host family. Erasmus placements have taken place at universities and higher education institutions in the following countries (your choice will depend on your subject area): Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland (outside the Erasmus scheme, but operating under similar conditions), Turkey. For some placements, for example Italy, you would be expected to speak the host language, but many institutions offer courses that are taught in English, so there really are opportunities for all.Studying further afield If you are interested in spending time outside Europe, you can explore our exchange opportunities with international universities. In recent years our students have spent time studying in Japan, Korea, China and the USA, and further links are being developed with international universities (again, your choice will depend on your subject area).Spending time studying abroad is a great way to experience education in a different country and immerse yourself in a different culture. Bath Spa University has international links with universities and colleges around the world.