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The Flexible Undergraduate Choice
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.
Most courses are part of a Modular Scheme, and all are modular in structure. If you are a full-time student you will take six modules each year: three in Semester 1, which lasts from the start of October to the end of January, and three in Semester 2, which runs from February to June (you still get the usual vacations at Christmas and Easter). Part-time students take between one and four modules each year. Modules are self-standing units of study, for which you earn credit when you successfully complete them.
Many courses have some compulsory modules covering core topics, as well as a good range of optional modules from which you can choose - you will find details in the course descriptions in this prospectus. You will also be given a handbook explaining how the modular scheme works when you arrive.
Courses fall into three broad categories:
- Your degree will be in a single subject, for example BA (Hons) History;
- You will study six modules in total each year;
- You will study a second subject in your first year, and choose two modules from that second subject;
- You will also have 'elective' modules (two in your first year) You can choose these elective modules from your main subject or from your second subject (as most students do) but, if you want, you can choose something different from the Modular Scheme;
- In Years 2 and 3 you concentrate on your chosen Single Hons subject (dropping your second subject).
- Your degree will be in one subject - for example, BA (Hons) Performing Arts;
- You will take six modules each year - but the modules are generally from a prescribed range (some compulsory, some optional), and because of the specialist nature of the subject there is less opportunity to study modules from other subjects;
- Art and Design courses follow a slightly different structure.
- Your degree will be in two subjects;
- You will start by studying both subjects in equal depth, choosing two modules from each of your subjects in Year 1;
- You will also have two 'elective' modules in Year 1, that you can choose from either of your two main subjects - or, if you wish, you can choose to study elective modules in something different from the Modular Scheme;
- 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 Cultural Studies and History will give you a BA (Hons) Cultural Studies and History; a Major/Minor combination of Geography and Sociology will give you a BSc (Hons) Geography with Sociology.
Note: At the time of writing, the modular scheme at Bath Spa University is undergoing review and there are likely to be changes affecting students starting in 2008.
Foundation Degrees (Fd)
Bath Spa University is pleased to offer a number of Foundation Degrees. This is a new qualification designed together with employers, and will equip you with skills and knowledge in particular vocational fields. Graduates will be valued by employers because of their combination of academic training and work-related skills.
88% of our Foundation Degree students enrolled onto year 3 of an honours course after successfully completing the FD.
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