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Bath Spa University

UCAS Code: B20

Location: Bath, west of England Show on Map

Site: Two main sites close to city; partner colleges

A modern university; a member of the million+ group of universities.

Student Population

Total Students:8,550
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:5,715
Full Time:94%
Mature on Entry:21%
UK Students:97%
State school entry:94%

Teaching Staff

291 full and part time

Broad study areas

Art & design, English & creative studies, education, humanities, business & social sciences, science, music, creative & performing arts.


Admission Information:AS-levels accepted, in combination with 2+ A-levels or equivalent. UCAS tariff used on most courses.
Points on Entry (Mean):260
Drop Out Rate:6%
Accommodation:Most first years housed.


Founded:1983 from Bath College of Higher Education and Bath Academy of Art. University status in 2005
Site:Newton Park (4 miles from city centre) and Sion Hill (1½ miles from centre).
How to get there:Rail, road (M4/A4), local buses.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Guidance and support through counselling, disability and welfare offices, and careers office (including Job Shop). Advice on managing study and other commitments and financial issues.
Amenities:Facilities for music, dance and drama.
Sporting facilities:30-station gym; 14 active sports teams.
Accommodation:Approx 90% of first years in university accommodation. 1043 self-catering places; rents £79 per week (sharing) to £118 pw (ensuite), 45-week contracts. Students live in privately-owned accommodation for 2+ years: rents £73−£80 pw self-catering, plus ultility bills.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:Main library at Newton Park campus and art & design library at Sion Hill campus. 167,000 volumes and 800 e-books; 8500 journals, including e-journals; 370 study places; Annual information provision spend, £62 per student (FTE). 190 open-access computer workstations; IT facilities open average 14 hours/day (some 24 hours in term time); support desk 10 hours/weekday. Introductory talk and self-guided tour of library and information services; IT skills courses within curriculum and on voluntary basis.
Other learning resources:12,000 DVDs, CDs and other a/v material; image management system; state-of-the-art recording studios, 190-seat theatre, 200-seat concert hall, broadcast edit suites, animation studio, publishing house, digital textile printers and laser cutters.
Study abroad:Erasmus/Socrates programme; links with 28 European institutions.
Careers:Information, advice and placement service. Degree programmes have employability built into the curriculam; co-curricular professional skills, training and development programme; placements/internship support; volunteering; recruitment service; business start-up support.


Living expenses budget:Budget of £8700 pa (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university for the academic year.
Term-time work:15 hours pw recommended maximum. Job Shop helps students find work on and off campus
Financial help:Government funds of £233,000; some 530 students helped (awards £100−£3000) due to exceptional circumstances and emergency loans. Apply for help to Welfare Office.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £9000 pa for first degrees. International students pay £9360 pa (but £9965 for BA tourism management).


Academic features:

Most courses part of a flexible modular scheme.

Awarding body:

Bath Spa University.

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BSc, FdA, FdSc.

Length of courses:

3 years; 4 years for BA/BSc with PGCE; 2 years for FdA/FdSc.

Main subjects offered:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Broadcasting
  • Business Studies
  • Ceramics
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Education
  • English
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Fashion
  • Film Studies
  • Food Science
  • Geography
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • Media Studies
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Music Theatre
  • Nutrition
  • Painting
  • Performance Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Popular Music
  • Psychology
  • Publishing
  • Religious Studies
  • Sculpture
  • Sociology
  • Stage Management
  • Teacher Training
  • Textiles
  • Theatre Studies
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Visual Arts

Student view

Amy Dawson (Drama Studies and Cultural Studies), Union President


What's it like as a place to live?

Bath is a beautiful city. Students here enjoy the best of many worlds - from Bath's unique cultural heritage, our inspiring and beautiful campuses, to the buzz of Bath, a UK top 10 creative city. There's a real community feel and countless opportunities to unleash your potential!

How's the student accommodation?

We have a wide range of student accommodation to suit many budgets. With a mix of shared bathrooms, en suites, communal kitchens and private apartments, students are able to have the living experience that works for them.

What's the student population like?

Bath is full of a range of students, meaning it's a very student-focused city to live in. Here at Bath Spa, we have a number of students who come from the Bath/Bristol area, as well as students coming from further afield. The overwhelming feel amongst students is that of a community. Everyone knows everyone, and we all get along great!

How do students and locals get on?

Due to the size of Bath, along with the highly dense student population, students are fully embedded within the community. We have a huge amount of volunteering opportunities that enable students to help out locally, including litter picking, playground painting and helping out in local schools.


What's it like as a place to study?

Along with the inspiring setting, our university really helps to release the creativity of students. We have flexible module choices so students are able to delve deeply into their specific interests. We also have great industry links across all courses, allowing students to get first-hand experience.

What are the teaching staff like?

We are renowned for our fantastic quality of teaching. Tutors take a great interest in each and every student, with one on one tutorials being available readily. The university are currently employing reputable professors who are well known to be experts in their field. We also have many staff members who work within the industry of their taught subject, meaning that learning and content is always kept up to date.


What are student societies like?

The Students' Union has many Societies on offer. Whether you are interested in dance, Dungeons and Dragons, frisbee, knitting or films, we will have something for you. If none of the societies on offer take your fancy, you can always start up your own. We have nearly 20 active sports teams of which 12 compete in the BUCS (British University and College Sport) league. The sports we offer include football, rugby, hockey, badminton, netball, American football and more. No matter what your standard, you will always be able to join in with any of our sports teams.

What's a typical night out?

There are a range of clubs, bars and pubs to suit almost everyone. From gigs, to cheese and chart, to dubstep, you're guaranteed to find something you like.

... And how much does it cost?

You can scrimp or splash your cash in Bath. If you're saving the pennies it's possible to have a great night out on just £5. Alternatively if you fancy going all out and popping the bubbly it is possible to max your overdraft on one night!

How can you get home safely?

Taxis in Bath are quick, reliable and reasonably priced. You'll often get picked up just seconds after making the call!


Is it an expensive place to live?

Although it is possible to live on a budget, on average Bath is not the cheapest place to live. You just have to be careful how you spend your money and make sure you don't blow your loan too quickly!

Average price of a pint?

Around the £3 mark

And the price of a takeaway?

Depends how much you order! It's possible to have a sizable meal on a tenner.

What's the part-time work situation?

Due to Bath being the second most visited in England (after London), there are an abundance of shops, restaurants, cafes and tourist attractions to keep you in employment throughout your time here!


What's the best feature about the place?

The world famous Royal Crescent is a beautiful place to chill out in the sunshine.

And the worst?

No Primark! (But there is one down the road in Bristol)

And to sum it all up?

Bath is a place where you instantly feel at home.

Past Students

Anita Roddick (Body Shop), Howard Hodgkin (painter), Martin Potts (painter); Nicholas Pope, Veronica Ryan, Peter Randall-Page (sculptors); Jason Gardener (athlete).

More info?

Enquiries to SU on 01225 875578, or check out the website www.bathspasu.co.uk.



Bath Spa University
Newton St Loe


01225 875875





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