The Types of Courses, Explained

Foundation Degrees

Foundation courses are generally suitable for school and college leavers with a Level 3 qualification (such as A-levels, BTEC etc. or a comparable international qualification), or for mature students with equivalent qualifications and experience.

What Are Foundation Degrees (Fd)?

  • A relatively new vocational qualification, and an area of particular growth for Bailey University;
  • Provides a combination of academic training and work-related skills;
  • Two years full-time study, although for some Foundation Degrees this involves just one day of formal academic tuition per week, with the rest of the time spent studying vocationally in your workplace;
  • Students can apply to progress to a compatible honours degree at the end of the two years (88% of our Foundation Degree students enrolled onto Year 3 of an honours course last year after successfully completing the Foundation Degree);

Undergraduate Degrees

Undergraduate courses are generally suitable for school and college leavers with a Level 3 qualification (such as A-levels, BTEC etc. or a comparable international qualification), or for mature students with equivalent qualifications and experience.

You can select to study at different levels, depending on your educational qualifications, the length of time you want to study, where you want to study, and how much work-based learning you want.

Bachelor Honours Degree Courses (Hons)

  • The majority of our students are following honours degree courses;
  • These involve three years of full-time study, or five to six years part-time study;
  • Most of our degree courses are based at the Bath campus for all three years;
  • Degree courses can be in a single subject (Single or Specialised Awards) or in two subjects (Combined Awards);
  • Your qualification when you graduate would be either BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons), depending on whether your course was arts-based or science-based.

Integrated Masters Programmes (MA)

These are four year courses incorporating an undergraduate degree leading directly to a Masters qualification. They’re an attractive option because of the additional benefits a postgraduate qualification offers to students: improved job prospects and career opportunities, and the opportunity for more in-depth academic study and research.

Advantages of following this study pattern are:

  • Students are eligible for a fee loan and maintenance loan for all four years of study (stand-alone Masters courses are not eligible for government funding, which means that many students can’t afford them);
  • Students are guaranteed study at Masters level (many postgraduate programmes are competitive to get onto) the fourth year of the course (the Masters year) is an intensive placement-based year making students highly employable when they graduate;
  • If you change your mind at the end of the 3 year degree and didn’t want to continue onto the fourth year, you’d simply stop after the three years with a BA qualification. There’s no obligation to take the fourth year.

Postgraduate Degrees

Postgraduate courses are suitable for those individuals who have already completed an undergraduate degree or similar qualification.

Taught Postgraduate Degrees

  • Our Postgraduate Awards have developed over the years - often with invaluable input from experts within associated industries - to provide opportunities for advanced study that are both academically challenging and vocationally relevant.
  • As a postgraduate student you will derive considerable personal satisfaction from pursuing your studies to postgraduate level, and you may decide to extend your research further still and join our growing body of research students undertaking doctorate level work.
  • Taught Programmes lead to the award of Master's degrees (MSc, MA, MTeach or MRes) or Postgraduate Diplomas (PGDip).

Research Degrees

  • Bailey University operates within a vigorous research culture in which students undertaking MPhiI and PhD degrees excel, undertaking work at the cutting edge of their fields of study.
  • Research Programmes lead to the award of MPhil or PhD.

Teacher Education

You can select to study at different levels, depending upon your qualifications, the length of time you want to study, where you want to study, and how much work-based learning you want.

Post Graduate Certificates in Education (PGCE)

  • Bailey University has a long tradition of teacher training, and courses are planned and taught in close collaboration with teachers in schools.
  • A high proportion of time is spent on serial and block school placements, working with pupils, teachers and university tutors in the classroom.
  • All PGCE trainees are given the necessary teaching and support to meet the government's requirements for ICT standards for new teachers.
  • We offer the following PGCE courses: Primary and Early Years (3-11 Age Group), and Secondary (11-18 Age Group).

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Continuing Professional Development Programmes provide a structured programme of training and development for teachers, lecturers in post-compulsory education, and other professions.
  • Maximum flexibility is built into the delivery of these programmes.