Bath Spa University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Environmental Science (Professional Placement Year)

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Course summary

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This is the 4 year course which includes a Professional Placement Year. Environmental Science at Bath Spa University explores biological and geographical perspectives of the environment. Expect to get your hands dirty as we get you out of the classroom and into the environment as much as possible. Your tutors will help you understand issues such as climate change, importance of biodiversity, and pollution as you develop the skills to do something about them.

  • Cover some of the planet’s most pressing problems - e.g. protection of the environment and natural systems, energy use and waste management.
  • Develop the skills that employers look for.
  • You will be taught by enthusiastic, committed and supportive professionals with an emphasis on practicals and fieldwork.
  • Design a programme of study to suit your interests and career aspirations.
  • Have a diverse range of optional modules to choose from - e.g. marine biology, climatology, rivers and coastal management.
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.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeK923
Institution code B20
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level CCC Grades CCC with Grade C in Science or Geography related subject
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) preferred in a science or related subject.
Access to HE Diploma M: 15 credits Access to HE courses - Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
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.

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