Bath Spa University School of Science, Society and Management www.bathspa.ac.ukSchool of Science,Society and Management Professor Rob Mears, Head of School"Our central aim is to provide high quality academic and vocationally oriented programmes that will challenge and inspire you, and will prepare you for your future career. All our subjects have been reviewed favourably by external quality agencies, and we have extensive contacts with national subject centres dedicated to developing excellence in teaching and research, so you can be assured of the highest standards of teaching. You will be taught by experts in their disciplines who aim to ensure that your time here is both productive and enjoyable."
Bath Spa University School of Science, Society and Management 48 / 49At the end of Year 2 you have the option to choose a ten month Year in Business placement or a shorter ten week placement during the summer break. This is an invaluable chance to apply your knowledge and skills in the real world, making you even more attractive to employers. In your final year, when you finish your placement, you will practice, develop, challenge and explore all your business learning, and examine management as an integrating activity. You will undertake a business-related dissertation, exploring in depth a topic of business that really interests you. You'll also have the opportunity to work individually or with colleagues to develop and set up a business. A choice of modules allows you to pursue specialist areas such as marketing, human resources, or management accounting. Sample modules include: Year 1: Organisations and the Business Environment; Economics and Globalisation; Managing Data. Year 2: Business Toolkit; Financial Accounting; Human Resource Management Year 3: Dissertation; Managing Sustainability; Business Strategy; Enterprise: Creating and Developing a BusinessCareers During your degree programme you'll have many opportunities to explore your career aspirations, helped by visiting speakers who will encourage you to look at work placements and internships. You'll also work alongside businesses on project based assignments, giving you useful insights to a range of businesses and possible career choices. Your preferred pathway may be in one of the various business functions (marketing, human resources, management accounting, business strategy, leadership) - or to set up your own business. Business and Management Biology BA (Hons) BSc (Hons)Why choose this course? This course opens opportunities rather than limits them - it doesn't focus on just one function. You'll be given personal support in your study - staff are committed to helping students to achieve their goals. Graduate ProfileJoseph Cooper, Business & Management, graduated 2009-"I decided to study Business and Management at Bath Spa University because the course offered opportunities for both professional and personal development which I felt would be transferable across several different career options. I chose to extend the course to four years by participating in the Year In Industry program after the end of my second year of study, and worked for a year as a Marketing Assistant. Upon graduating from Bath Spa I was offered a year's internship with UBS AG Investment Bank based in the USA, which I've just finished . I've now returned to the UK and am working for the bank in London as a Legal Negotiator for Traded products. Attending Bath Spa University was the best decision I have made in my life. I entered not knowing what I would do with my life and which direction and opportunities were available to me and I left with a plethora opportunities for my career and future development, both professional and personal. The lecturers offer a wealth of knowledge which is communicated to students in a simple yet effective style, which not only enables students to take in the information but also challenges the students' thinking. Lecturers are always happy to offer support and further help when needed. A friendly and welcoming atmosphere from both staff and students alike made the University a joy to visit each and every day."About the course Year 1 ensures that you have a broad and grounded knowledge of business today, giving a platform to develop specialised knowledge as you progress through the course. You will gain a good grasp of what business is all about, the environment within which business operates; key activities at the centre of most organisations, an understanding of economic thinking and of the role of data and information in business. In Year 2 you'll get to know about the functions of a business and how these functions relate to each other. You'll start to form opinions of functions and how they manage the challenges that are presented to them on a daily basis. You will have the opportunity to work on projects and to use business tools and techniques to solve problems, and you'll start to develop your employability skills before seeking a placement at the end on this study year. There is a compulsory module on Financial Accounting, and a range of other modules related to business and management functions. Biology is a wide ranging programme allowing you to study the subject in breadth or specialise in aspects which particularly interest you, such as human biology or ecology.Why choose this course? This course covers all the core aspects of biology while still allowing you to develop expertise in specialist areas. Biology has a strong practical element and you will have plenty of opportunities to study plants and animals in the wild as well as in the laboratory. Day trips and residential field trips are a feature of the course. Our staff are friendly and enthusiastic with expertise in many areas of biology from occupational diseases to wildlife conservation. By the end of your degree you will be particularly well equipped for a career in biology but you will also have a broad range of transferable skills and the versatility to succeed in many other careers. There is also the opportunity for you to gain work experience in a relevant organisation as part of your degree programme. Our campus is particularly well suited to the study of biology, boasting many interesting habitats including woodland, farmland, a lake, ponds and a stream. As well as these important natural resources we also have a boat, wildlife video system, walled garden, greenhouses, recently refurbished laboratories and a range of specialist equipment and computer software. In brief, we can provide everything you need to make your biological studies relevant, interesting and applicable to a rewarding career. About the course In your first year you will study the core module, Biology: The Living World. This allows you to develop your understanding of the fundamentals of biology from cell biology and genetics to characteristics of plant and animal communities. You may also choose to study additional modules in human biology and biodiversity. In the second year you will look at the biology of plants, animals and humans in greater depth and be able to study additional topics that particularly interest you, such as human environments, ecology, environmental management and wildlife conservation. In your final year of study you have the opportunity to specialise in specific topics such as animal behaviour, marine biology, human health, ecological assessment and plants and people. Careers We realise that having a degree relevant to employers is crucial if you are going to find a job at the end of your studies. We are particularly aware of skills employers need and this is reflected in the content and structure of our modules. Our graduates are successful and many take further qualifications such as PGCE, Masters or doctorates. Others have been employed in both public and private organisations such as ecological consultancies, water companies, wildlife trusts, teaching and government agencies such as the Environment Agency.This course will equip you with the business and management knowledge and skills to work in a range of business settings and sectors. This could be in a company, an organisation, in the private or public sector, a charity or your own business. Graduate ProfileMike Williams, graduated 2005-" As an ecological consultant I am mostly involved in undertaking surveys for protected and endangered species, usually in respect to planning applications, and giving ecological advice to our clients. Most frequently I am sent out to undertake surveys for bats, great crested newts, badgers, dormice and reptiles, and with my entomological expertise I also get involved with invertebrate surveys. Once the data has been collected we then advise the client on how to proceed without harming these species. This often involves creating new habitat on or near the site and moving the animals out of the way of harm."UCAS CodeBusiness and ManagementNN12Popular CombinationsSociology - NL13 Psychology - NC18 For a full list of courses you can combine with Business and Management, see page 63. Entry CriteriaTypical offers240-280 UCAS Tariff points (eg BCC; BB +AS c). See page 20Course InformationCourse locationNewton Park campusCourse length3 years full-time; part-time availableNo. of applicants (2010) 114No. of places (2010)15 (additional places are available as part of a Combined Award)More informationwww.bathspa.ac.uk/ugrad/National Student Survey Score (2010)91% satisfaction with teachingCourse InformationCourse locationNewton Park campusCourse length3 years full-time; part-time availableNo. of applicants (2010) 625No. of places (2010)60 (additional places are available as part of a Combined Award)More informationwww.bathspa.ac.uk/ugrad/National Student Survey Score (2010)83% satisfaction with teaching01 Ecological fieldwork opportunities are a strong feature of Biology02 Mike Williams, graduated 20050102UCAS CodeBiologyC100Popular CombinationsGeography - CF18 Psychology - CC18 For a full list of courses you can combine with Biology, see page 63. Entry CriteriaTypical offers240-280 UCAS Tariff points (excluding General Studies) eg BCC; BB+AS a. Minimum 80 points from a relevant science subject such as biology, chemistry, human biology, environmental science or social biology. See page 20