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
Bath Spa University Introduction www.bathspa.ac.ukDo I qualify?While most applicants will have passed academic examinations, we acknowledge that students can succeed if they have the right motivation and ability even if they missed out on formal qualifications. We may therefore be able to take a wider and more flexible view of your potential. For further information about applying without formal qualifications, please contact the Admissions Service. Typical offers Each course page of this prospectus includes details of the typical offers you could expect to receive from Bath Spa University. These are usually expressed in terms of UCAS tariff points (generally a range of points), and you should refer to the table opposite to see what tariff points your qualifications, or predicted qualifications, equate to. The example grades shown with 'typical offers' on course pages relate to A and AS grades - for example 'BB + AS c' indicates two A-levels at grade B and one AS-level at grade C. You should note that the actual terms of any offer we make to you may differ from our published offers because we will consider your application on its individual merits. The UCAS tariff table shows equivalencies between different types of qualifications. Key Skills We will not consider Key Skills qualifications in our tariff offers, since not all candidates are able to offer these qualifications. However, we recognise the benefits that the skills acquired through these qualifications bring and evidence of Key Skills passes will provide strong support for your application. Unit grade information Please note that we will not use grade information for individual units within A and AS examinations when considering your application and making offers. Offers will be made and confirmed on the basis of overall grades at A and AS level. Candidates are, of course, welcome to highlight unit achievements in their Personal Statement (or to encourage referees to do so in their references). 14-19 Diploma We welcome applications from students taking the Diploma. The following Diplomas will be a particularly suitable route into a number of our degree programmes: Creative and Media; Society, Health and Development; Business, Administration and Finance; Environmental and Land-based Studies. Our standard requirement from a relevant Progression Diploma and/or Advanced Diploma equates to our requirement in the form of tariff points listed in the 'Typical Offers' section of each course page. For some courses we may require specific subjects within the Additional Specialist Learning component of the Advanced Diploma. General entry requirementsOur 'typical offers' are made in the context There are a number of ways in which you can qualify to come and study at Bath Spa University. We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and educational experiences. of our overall general entry requirements. We expect applicants to successfully complete courses on which they are enrolled at the time of application. We will not make offers based on qualifications at the end of Year 12 (although these results will undoubtedly help to improve the accuracy of referees' predictions). Degree programmes (except art and design) Our standard minimum qualifications required are as follows. Particular subject requirements are given with individual course details. The equivalent of two 4-unit or 6-unit awards - for example, GCE/VCE A-level, (other than General Studies), with the equivalent to three GCSE level qualifications or the Foundation Diploma (see above); OR the equivalent of 18-unit qualifications with the equivalent to two GCSE level qualifications or the Foundation Diploma level; OR the Advanced/Progression Diploma including 80 UCAS Tariff points from Principal and/or Additional Specialist Learning, with the equivalent to three GCSE level qualifications or the Foundation Diploma; OR a BTEC National Diploma (18 units) with two other subject passes at GCSE level or the Foundation Diploma; OR a BTEC National Certificate (12 units) with the equivalent to two GCSE level qualifications or the Foundation Diploma; OR a SCE with passes in five subjects including three at Higher grade, or in four subjects all at Higher grade; OR International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with minimum of 24 points possibly including 4 or 5 points in a relevant Higher Level subject and two GCSE passes OR other qualifications considered equivalent and included in the UCAS tariff. Art and design programmes For entry to the BA (Hons) Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors, Fashion Design, Photography and Digital Media and 3D Design: Idea Material Object programmes the normal general requirements are: Satisfactory completion of A-levels and a Foundation Studies course in Art and Design or appropriate BTEC course, PLUS: Five subjects at GCSE level or the equivalent; OR one 6-unit award: for example, GCE/VCE A-level, with the equivalent to three GCSE level qualifications; OR other qualifications considered equivalent and included in the UCAS tariff. The Creative and Media Advanced/ Progression Diploma including 80 UCAS Tariff points from relevant Principal and/ or Additional Specialist Learning may be acceptable for entry - along with the equivalent to three GCSE level qualifications (please see our website for confirmation prior to submitting an application). If you apply to study Art and Design, above all, we will be looking for your creative ability and suitability for your chosen course. This will be considered on the basis of your portfolios. Foundation degree programmes The entry requirements for Foundation degrees vary from course to course, but are generally set at a lower level than honours degree courses. You will find details on individual course pages. Other entry routes Non-standard applicants You may be thinking about returning to education at undergraduate level after a break from studying. We would welcome your application and in looking at it, we would assess prior learning (APL) and experiential learning (APEL) as a foundation for higher education. We consider applicants with non- traditional qualifications and/or relevant experience positively. If you are considering joining Bath Spa University with such a background you will be in very good company as over a third of our student population are over 21. Access to Higher Education learners For many years Bath Spa University has been a popular choice for Access learners and we actively maintain close links with Access to Higher Education programmes at local and regional further education colleges. All courses at the University welcome applications from learners on appropriate QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education programmes. Typical offers for those applying with an Access to Higher Education qualification will be the achievement of the Access to Higher Education Diploma or Access to Higher International BaccalaureateProgressionDiplomaGradeTariff pointsGradeTariff points29396 A*35028373A30027350B25026326C20025303D15024280E100UCAS Tariff Chart GCE/VCE QualificationsScottish QualificationsWelsh Bacc CoreBTEC Nationals PointsGCE AS /AC VCEGCE A level/ AVCEAVCE Double AwardAdv HigherHigherCertificateDiplomaDDD360DDM320DMM280AADDMMM240AB220BBDMMMP200BC180CCMMMPP160CD140ADDAPASSMPPPP120BDEB100CEECPP80DA72ADB60B50C48D42CE40Education Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be at Level 3 on a planned programme of study). Please note that we will require a certain number of Merit grades at Level 3 for some of our courses and this will be reflected in our offer. For further information about individual course entry requirements, please visit the courses pages on our website at www.bathspa.ac.uk. Any subsequent queries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org As for all who apply for courses in Art and Design, Music, Dance, Drama and Performing Arts, applicants from Access to Higher Education programmes may be required to attend an interview, submit a portfolio or attend an audition as part of the selection process. Those applying for Creative Writing may also be asked to send in samples of their creative writing. All applicants for the Education Specialised Award degree programmes leading to Qualified Teacher Status are required to have a GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science. Applicants with an Access to Higher Education qualification may either offer GCSE qualifications in these subjects, or alternatively AVA-accredited Access to Higher Education GCSE equivalents in English, Mathematics and Science. Please list all the units you are taking on your UCAS form. This is especially important to enable us to assess whether you have the GCSE equivalents required by the Training and Development Agency.Direct entry Direct entry to Year 2 or 3 of a degree course may be possible if you have a recent HND, DipHE, Open University credits, credits from another institution of higher education, or other relevant qualifications. The direct application should be made via UCAS, stating point of entry and listing the modules studied within HND, DipHE or year 1 or 2 studies. Your reference should be written by the tutor for these studies as it is important that a sense of continuation is demonstrated. Non-standard qualifications on entryIf you are offering what you believe to be a 'non-standard' qualification, please visit this website: www.accreditedqualifications.org.uk and then contact the admissions office (email@example.com) to check that we would accept that qualification. We would need to know the year it was studied and completed, the name of the school or college and the results as well as any other qualifications you have in addition to this.Abridged version - for full table, and for any updates and changes to the UCAS tariff, see: www.ucas.com/candq/tariff/index.htmlChanges will also be highlighted on the Bath Spa University website www.bathspa.ac.uk The example grades shown with 'typical offers' on course pages relate to A and AS grades - for example 'BB+ASc' indicates two A-levels at grade B and one AS-level at grade C.