Bath Spa University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Environmental Science (Professional Placement Year)

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Course summary

This is the 4 year course which includes a Professional Placement Year. Gain biological and geographical perspectives of the environment with this hands-on course.

  • Taught by professionals who are enthusiastic, committed, and supportive.
  • Opportunity to specialise – design a programme suited to your interests and aspirations.
  • Emphasis on practical and fieldwork – opportunities within the UK and abroad.
Climate change, pollution, loss of biodiversity, environmental mismanagement, energy use, waste management, sustainability, and protection of natural systems are among the planet’s most pressing problems. We’ll help you understand these issues and develop the skills to do something about them. Expect to ‘get your hands dirty’. We get you out of the classroom and into the environment as much as possible, so that you’ll develop the practical skills that employers look for. More about the Professional Placement Year A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where a student undertakes a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between the students' second and third years of undergraduate study. Students can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) themselves with support from the Careers & Employability Team.

Course details


In Year 1, you’ll study Environmental Science from two related perspectives: biological and geographical, which will be covered alongside biodiversity and conservation. You will also select two optional modules. Year 2 will see you study critical aspects of environmental science in more depth, in particular ecology and environmental management. There is also a wide range of optional modules to choose from, which allows you to tailor your programme e.g. around your career aspirations. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to do practical work in the field and laboratory, and an opportunity to enhance your employability skills with a work placement. Finally, in Year 3 you’ll choose a subject to research in depth through your dissertation. You’ll also have the choice of optional modules in topics such as animal behaviour, nature conservation, climatology, marine biology, plants and people, and much more. Please refer to our website for more information.

Assessment method

You’ll generally be assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2021.

If you already have a 2021 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants - IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Environmental Science (Professional Placement Year) at Bath Spa University - UCAS