Environmental Science (Professional Placement Year) at Bath Spa University - UCAS

Bath Spa University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Environmental Science (Professional Placement Year)

Course summary

Explore biological and geographical perspectives of the natural world with this hands-on Environmental Science course.

  • Learn from qualified and accredited professionals who are enthusiastic, committed, and supportive.
  • Design a specialised programme suited to your interests and aspirations.
  • Develop your practical and fieldwork skills, based on industry standard tools and techniques, with opportunities in 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 evidence-based skills you'll need to do something about them. Taught at Newton Park campus, surrounded by a natural laboratory of parkland, woodland, streams and lakes, we’ll take 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 – expect to get your hands dirty! More about the Professional Placement Year A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where you undertake a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between your second and final years of undergraduate study. You can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) yourself, with support from the Careers team.

Modules

Environmental science is a broad field of study and at Bath Spa it’s studied from two related perspectives – biological and geographical. You’ll cover both these aspects in your core first year modules, along with biodiversity and conservation. In your second year, you’ll study critical aspects of environmental science in more depth – in particular ecology and environmental management/sustainability. There’s also a wide range of further topics to choose from, either building your course around your particular career aspirations, or keeping your options open with a more general approach. Topics include applied microbiology, biodiversity, river and coastal systems, environmental hazards, climate change and sustainability, and science communication. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to do practical work in the field and laboratory, and you also have the opportunity to further enhance your employability skills with a work placement. Your third year is a Professional Placement Year. In your final year, you’ll choose a subject to research in-depth through your dissertation, and select optional modules from topics as wide-ranging as animal behaviour, nature conservation, climatology, marine biology, plants and people, digital imaging, development and disasters, and coastal and river management. You’ll also continue to develop your practical skills with project work on campus and residential field trips in the UK and abroad. You can also bring in modules from other areas if you want to develop interests in managing sustainability, science publishing, preparing to be a freelancer or starting your own business.

Assessment method

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


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
K923
Institution code:
B20
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

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

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

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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