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Bath Spa University Introduction How much will it cost?The funding of university education has been the subject of a major Government review and this will affect students starting in 2012. At the time of writing, some of the details relating to student funding have not been finalised, and you are strongly advised to check the Government website for the most up-to-date information - (from the home page follow the link to 'Education and learning'). All the information contained in this prospectus is based on the latest information available - but may be subject to change. It's important to stress that having a degree is a good investment - it will improve your chance of getting a job and you will earn more than non-graduates in years to come. What do I have to pay for? There are two main financial elements to being a student: tuition fees (sometimes referred to as a 'graduate contribution') and living costs. Tuition fees ('graduate contribution')Following the major Government review of university funding, most universities will charge tuition fees between £6,000 and £9,000 per year for full-time UK and EU undergraduate students starting in 2012. At the time of writing Bath Spa University has not finalised what tuition fees it will be charging, so please check our website for the most up-to-date information: The tuition fee does not have to be paid up-front or whilst you are studying - you can (if you wish to) take out a 'Tuition Fee Loan' from the Student Loan Company to cover your tuition fees. You will only start repaying this loan once you have left university and are employed and earning over £21,000 a year. A tuition fee loan will be available to cover the cost of the fees, and will be paid direct to Bath Spa University on your behalf. This loan is not means-tested, which means your household income is not taken into account. Living costs and other expenses For many students - particularly those living away from home - the biggest expense will be accommodation costs. However you will also need money for your day-to-day living expenses, such as food, laundry, travel, books, clothes and socialising. The amount you need will vary with individual circumstances, but you can work on the basis of between £200 and £225 a week for a single student living away from home during term time. Obviously if you live at home while you are studying, your living costs will be adjusted accordingly. There will also be costs attached to your course itself - items such as books, stationery, photocopying and printing. Certain courses involve additional costs for items such as field trips, art materials and specialist equipment. Some art and design courses are subject to a studio fee, which is compulsory (and not normally refundable) but is subsidised by the University. You will find details of studio fees on the relevant course pages.What financial support can I get? Student Maintenance Loan A maintenance loan is available to help cover accommodation and other living costs for students normally resident in the UK. This is in addition to the student tuition fee loan described above - although both are paid by the Student Loan Company. Your exact entitlement to the maintenance loan will be calculated by Student Finance England (the main funding provider). Some of the maintenance loan entitlement will be non-means tested, and the remainder will be calculated on the basis of your household income. If you live with your parents while you study, you will be entitled to a smaller maintenance loan. You will start repaying both your Maintenance and Tuition Fee Loans once you have graduated and are earning at least £21,000. You pay back 9% of any earnings above £21,000 a year - for example a graduate earning £25,000 per year would repay their loan at a rate of £6.92 per week. Higher earners will pay more - so as your earnings increase, so will your contribution.Student Maintenance Grant If you're from England and doing a full-time higher education course in the UK, you may be able to get help with accommodation and other living costs through a Maintenance Grant. The Maintenance Grant does not have to be repaid, and you will be automatically assessed for any entitlement when you apply for your student finance (there is one student finance application). The grant is means-tested, so whether you qualify - and the level of grant you'll get - depends on your household income. If your household income is up to £25,000 you'll be eligible for a grant up to £3,250, and those from households with incomes between £25,000 and £42,000 will receive a partial grant. Previous study - if you have a higher education qualification If you are a UK/EU student and already have a UK honours degree or other higher education qualification you should note that your funding arrangements may differ. You may, for example, be ineligible for the same student loan arrangements as students who are undertaking their first undergraduate degree. Full details will be posted on our website, and on the Government website students Part-time students who are studying at least 25% of a full-time course will be eligible for the same financial support as full-time students in the form of a tuition fee loan, payable on a pro-rata basis. This support is administered by your main funding provider. Part-time students will not however be eligible for maintenance support.Other sources of incomeInterest-free overdrafts As a student you will find that almost all banks offer you a student account. This usually means that you will be entitled to an interest-free overdraft to a prescribed limit. Short-term emergency loansThe University may be able to offer emergency short term loans to eligible students who are experiencing a financial crisis, most frequently if a student loan instalment is late. You will be asked to make arrangements for the repayment of this money within 30 days. Access to Learning FundIn previous years Bath Spa University, like all higher education institutions, has received money from the government in the form of an Access to Learning Fund. This can provide additional (non-repayable) financial support for students experiencing financial difficulties. Students with dependants Students with dependants should contact their main funding provider to establish whether or not they will be eligible for additional non-repayable support, such as Adult Dependants Grant, Childcare Grant and the Parent's Learning Allowance. Trusts and charities Some trusts and charities offer limited financial support to students, and it may be worth enquiring. The Student Support Office at Bath Spa can give further guidance. Useful sources of information The Student Support Office at Bath Spa University can offer further guidance on financial matters - tel: (01225) 876543 or email For queries about tuition fees, contact the University Finance Office on PLEASE NOTE This information is correct at the time of print, but many aspects of student funding for 2012 are not yet finalised and applicants are strongly advised to visit or the Bath Spa website for the most up-to-date information.Managing your finances You'll need to plan ahead and our advice is to work out a budget to help manage your finances successfully - but remember that the Student Support team is there to provide information and guidance. The key is not to ignore problems when they arise, as this will only make matters worse; don't hesitate to ask for advice.MoneyTips01 Plan ahead! Work out a budget in advance and try to stick to it. 02 Make sure you get all the money you're entitled to - come and talk to us if you're not sure. 03 Shop around and choose a student bank account from a bank offering good terms such as interest-free overdrafts. 04Plan for essential expenses first - such as accommodation (the largest you'll have to pay) and remember bills for heating, lighting and water if you're renting privately. 05Buy a bus pass from the Students' Union - it works out much cheaper. Think about buying a Student Railcard too. 06 Don't buy too many ready meals or take-aways. Home cooking is cheaper and better for you. 07 Make the most of the social events on campus.08 Use your NUS card to get student discounts wherever possible.09 Ask about part-time work at the Job Shop (but don't work more than 15 hours a week), and sort out vacation work (see page 14). 10 Don't ignore financial difficulties. Come and talk to us BEFORE things become a problem. studentsupport Reading a book on campus02 Students bikes on campus03 The regular bus service from the Bright Orange Bus04 Working on campus

Bath Spa University Introduction 18 / 19You will see from this prospectus that there are lots of courses to choose from, and each course will have an element of flexibility within it, so that you can focus on those aspects of the subject that interest you most.Types of courses You can select to study at different levels, depending on your educational qualifications, the length of time you want to study, where you want to study, and how much work-based learning you want. Honours degree courses  The majority of our students (about 82%) are following honours degree courses;  These involve three years of full-time study, or five to six years part-time study;  Most of our degree courses are based at our main Newton Park or Sion Hill campuses for all three years;  Entry requirements are in the region of 240-300 UCAS tariff points, or equivalent;  Degree courses can be in a single subject (Single or Specialised Awards) or in two subjects (Combined Awards or Creative Arts);  Your qualification when you graduate would be either BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons), depending on whether your course was arts-based or science-based. Foundation degrees (FD)  A relatively new vocational qualification, and an area of particular growth for Bath Spa University;  Provides a combination of academic training and work-related skills;  Two years full-time study, although for some FDs this involves just one day of formal academic tuition per week, with the rest of the time spent studying vocationally in your workplace;  Most FDs are taught in our partner colleges;  Entry requirements vary: most require an academic qualification at Level 3 (A-Level or NVQ Level 3, for example) of around 160 to 200 UCAS Tariff points (eg A-level grades BC; or A-level grades CD + AS level grade C), but some also place considerable emphasis on relevant work experience (and as such, may not suitable for school leavers);  There is potential to progress to a compatible honours degree at the end of the two years (88 % of our Foundation Degree students enrolled onto Year 3 of an honours degree course last year after successfully completing the FD).  On some courses you may also progress to a work-based learning honours programme when you successfully complete your FD. These programmes enable you to study your chosen subject at honours level but develop research and project management skills by undertaking a work-based project, and acquire management skills necessary for career progression in the workplace. The work-based learning honours programmes are currently based at Weston College. Which course is right for me?The flexible choiceIt's important that you're happy with the course you plan to study, because you're much more likely to succeed with your studies if you have a real interest in the subject and want to explore it in depth. Modular courses Most courses are part of a Modular Scheme, and all are modular in structure. Modules are self-standing units of study, and you earn credit when you successfully complete them; modules are worth either 20 or 40 credits. If you are a full-time student you will normally take 120 credits each year. Part-time students take between 40 and 80 credits each year. All courses have a compulsory core module worth 40 credits in each year of study. You can choose from a range of optional modules to make up the required credit total. You will be given a handbook explaining how the modular scheme works when you arrive. Courses fall into three broad categories: Single Awards, Specialised Awards and Combined Awards. Single Awards  Your degree will be in a single subject, for example BA (Hons) History;  You will study a second subject in your first year;  You will study 80 credits in your main subject (40 from a core module, and 40 from other modules on offer) along with 40 credits from a core module in the second subject;  In Years 2 and 3 you concentrate on your chosen Single Hons subject (dropping your second subject). Specialised Awards  Your degree will be in one subject - for example, BA (Hons) Performing Arts;  You will NOT study a second subject in your first year;  Your choice of modules will more restricted because of the specialised nature of the award. Each year you will take 40 credits from a core module and 80 credits from other modules from a prescribed range;  Art and Design courses follow a slightly different structure (see pages 26-31);  The Education Studies leading to PGCE course also follows a slightly different pattern, since - unusually - you can choose to study two subjects within this Specialised Award (see page 34);  Foundation Degrees follow the same pattern as Specialised Awards in that there isn't the flexibility to choose modules from other subjects (though they differ in that they are often work- based and are usually taught in our partner colleges). Combined Awards Combined awards are a very popular choice for many students, allowing flexibility and breadth of study.  Your degree will be in two subjects;  You will start by studying both subjects in equal depth, choosing a core 40 credit module in each of your subjects, along with 40 credits drawn either from the two subjects or from other subjects in Year 1;  From Year 2 onwards you can choose whether to follow a joint route or a Major/Minor route (depending on whether or not you want to concentrate more on one subject);  Your final award when you graduate will reflect the weighting you have given to your subjects. For example, a joint combination of Creative Writing and English Literature will give you a BA (Hons) Creative Writing and English Literature; a Major/Minor combination of Geography and Sociology will give you a BSc (Hons) Geography with Sociology;  You can't study Foundation Degrees as part of a Combined Award. There is a good level of flexibility and choice built into most of our courses, so that you can build up a programme of study to suit your particular interests and career aspirations. 01020401 Outside the Castle0302 University Theatre03 Lake04 Bus stop on campus