You don’t have to go to university to study a higher education qualification. At Bath College, we offer a range of degree-level courses taught by expert tutors in a supportive learning environment. Here are a few things to consider when choosing whether to study with us.
• We offer high quality courses which meet national requirements.
If you choose to study with us, you’ll get a good qualification. All our courses are monitored by inspectors for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) who visit to make sure we’re meeting rigorous national standards.
At our last review, inspectors were impressed with our academic standards, the quality of student learning opportunities, and the quality of information about student learning opportunities.
Our music production course was also identified as an example of good practice for other college and universities.
Reviewers said the course “gives students access to people working successfully in the industry and cutting edge facilities, enabling them to develop their academic, personal and professional potential.”
• You can choose from a diverse range of degree-level programmes
Through our strong links with our university partners, we are able to offer students a diverse range, including business, animal studies, art and design, computing and education studies. These courses are specifically design to prepare students for their chosen industry and offer an excellent progression route into further education or employment.
• We offer a supportive learning environment
Our experienced and qualified careers advisers are available to give impartial information in a friendly and confidential environment. They’ll also support you with completing job applications and practicing your interview technique.
You’ll have access to library resources, mentoring, counsellors and a dedicated college nursing service. You can get involved with our Students’ Union team to participate in trips, sports, awareness days and volunteering in the local community.
• Advice is at hand to help you manage your funding.
Higher Education students can apply for a loan from Student Finance England to pay for tuition fees and a maintenance grant/loan for living expenses. If you are enrolled on one of the College’s higher education courses, then you may be eligible for additional help. To apply for the HE Access to Learning Fund, you must have already applied for a Student Loan and your household income be £50,000 or under.
• We have strong links with local employers.
Our employer links are strong, providing opportunities for students to gain practical skills and increase their employment prospects. Local employers are engaged with, and supportive of, the College.
Our latest QAA report said: “The college has clear strategies and effective practices for developing and promoting employability skills and activities for its students.”
Case study: Sport and exercise student Jack Targett
Jack, 22, spent two years studying at Bath College on the HND sport and exercise course and now works as a soft tissue therapist with Bristol Rugby and Bristol City.
He said: “I manage game preparation and recovery for players, providing them with massages to help injuries. My time at Bath College certainly helped towards my career, as it gave me the chance to try sports massage which I hadn’t done before. I studied a range of subjects, including psychology, massage, anatomy and physiology. After studying massage, I decided I wanted to continue so I paid for an extra course. I would recommend studying at college, as you learn in a smaller group. I found it easier to learn this way and I had more interaction with my course leaders.”
• You’ll have the chance to study locally in the beautiful city of Bath
Most of our undergraduate courses are based in the heart of Bath, at our City Centre Campus. Animal care is taught at our Somer Valley Campus in Radstock, where students have over 200 animals to look after and learn how to handle.
• You’ll benefit from smaller class sizes
Class sizes are smaller than university, so you’ll get more time with your tutor and you’ll be learning in a classroom (rather than a large lecture hall). For many students, this has a number of advantages, as you’ll get more chance to ask questions and be involved in open discussions.
• You can continue to progress onto university.
Depending on your course, it may be possible to complete a final ‘top up’ year to covert your two-year HND into a full honours degree. Many students say studying at college gives them the academic confidence they need to continue studying at a larger campus or city university.
• You’ll take part in our graduation ceremony
We’re proud of our higher education students and we organise a graduation ceremony for every student completing a course at Level 4 or higher. This is a great time to celebrate with students and friends, as well as to acknowledge your achievement.