Bath Spa University

2014 League Table Ranking 79
2014 Overall Score 568
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Entry Standards 336 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 21.8 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
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Research Assessment 1.89 Help
Research Assessment
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Academic Services Spend 601 Help
Academic Services Spend
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Student Satisfaction 3.99 Help
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Facilities Spend 235 Help
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Graduate Prospects 55.5 Help
Graduate Prospects
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Degree Completion 87.1 Help
Degree Completion
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Good Honours 68.6 Help
Good Honours
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Green Score 43.5 Help
Green Score
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  • The university traces its history back over 160 years to the original Bath School of Art and Design.
  • The first trainee teachers trained here over 60 years ago.
  • Gained degree awarding powers in 1992, university title in 2005 (previously Bath Spa University College) and research degree awarding powers in 2008.

Location and transport

  • Two main campuses, Newton Park (all subjects except art and design) and Sion Hill (Bath School of Art and Design), located just outside the city of Bath, with good bus links to the city.
  • There’s a specialist postgraduate centre in Corsham, near Bath
  • Bath is just 9 miles from Bristol, 90 minutes from London.

Entry standards

  • In the range 260–340 UCAS points.
  • Alternative qualifications welcome. Bath Spa has around 30% mature students.

Student mix

  • 70% female, 30% male.
  • Currently 5% overseas students. A drive for further internationalisation will increase this figure in the next few years.
  • 35% over 25; 94% of young full-time entrants from state schools or colleges.
  • Applications to places ratio approximately 7:1.

Course flexibility

  • Most courses are part of a flexible modular scheme, allowing students a good deal of choice.
  • Joint degrees are a popular choice – a lot of subjects can be studied as part of a Combined Award.
  • An active partnership exists with local FE colleges, enabling some students to study locally.

Teaching standards

  • 86% score for teaching quality in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2012.
  • Consistently high student satisfaction scores in NSS.
  • 'Outstanding' reputation for teacher training – PGCE courses were rated Grade 1 by Ofsted in 2011 in programmes leading to qualified teacher status in primary, secondary and further education.
  • 22/24 was the average score for teaching excellence under the QAA scheme.
  • Bath Spa was designated a National Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in the creative and cultural sector.
  • Low drop-out rate – latest projection is only 6%.

Research standards

  • Bath Spa staff are actively engaged in research and scholarship that directly informs their teaching.
  • As a teaching-led university, all research activity is of direct benefit to students and is applied to what and how they're taught.
  • In RAE 2008 all ten subject areas entered were rated 2* and above (internationally recognised), and in five areas some research was rated 4* (world-leading).

Academic strengths

  • A strong focus on creativity, culture and enterprise.
  • Schools of study: Art & Design; Education; Science, Enterprise and Environment; Humanities and Cultural Industries; Music & Performing Arts.
  • Highest Ofsted rating for teacher education.
  • An emphasis on a global outlook, aiming to prepare graduates for employment and citizenship in a global context.
  • Employability opportunities and skills are built into all courses.

Student facilities, including library and computing

  • Newly refurbished and extended library.
  • Over 700 open access computer workstations.
  • Professionally qualified librarians with subject specialisms.
  • Exceptionally beautiful, historic campuses.
  • Extensive specialist art and design facilities on a dedicated campus
  • Excellent environmental facilities/policies. Bath Spa won EcoCampus Platinum Award and ISA 4001 accreditation in 2010; ranked =8th in the People and Planet Green League 2011.
  • 24/7 opening of study space in term time.

Disability services

  • Visit the website or email get information about disability services at Bath Spa University.

Students' union

  • An active union with a wide range of events, clubs and societies and a busy social calendar.
  • Coordinates the University’s active volunteering activities – Just V.
  • Active representation on University decision-making committees


  • Sporting societies operate an open door policy so that all abilities are welcome. Many of the University's sports clubs are affiliated with local clubs in the community.
  • Several of the teams take part in BUCS competitions.
  • The SU has a 30-station fitness gym, and there are sports pitches on-site for rugby, football and hockey.

Recent/prospective new builds

  • A major development of the Newton Park campus started in 2012 encompassing world-class teaching, social and residential facilities, and will be completed by autumn 2014. Up to 550 additional students are planned to be housed on campus.

Availability of part-time work

  • The university's JobShop is active and successful in providing part-time work opportunities.

Notable alumni

  • Howard Hodgkin
  • Glenn Brown
  • Anita Roddick
  • Peter Flannery
  • Jason Gardener
  • Kate Garraway

For further information

  • +44 (0)1225 875875
  • Bath Spa University
    Newton Park
    Newton St Loe
    BA2 9BN
UCAS Code B20

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