University of Bath

On Track to Bath: BTEC route for students at FE colleges

On Track to Bath: BTEC route is a one-year maths focused enhancement programme for BTEC students at local Further Education colleges

Who should take part in On Track to Bath: BTEC route

On Track to Bath: BTEC Route is for high performing students enrolled on BTEC Level 3 qualifications in local FE colleges* who aspire to continue onto degree programmes in Computer Science, Engineering and Sports & Exercise Science. Some of these students may not be considering going to university at all.

  • Currently run in conjunction with Bath, Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire and Stroud colleges

How students benefit

On Track to Bath: BTEC Route will help improve students’ attainment by developing their ability to understand, practise and apply the maths required in their BTEC courses.

They will get a taste of university life and teaching by spending time on campus working with University of Bath staff and students and it will also help students to make an informed choice about Higher Education courses.

Starting in February of Year 1 of their BTEC Extended Diploma and ending in December of Year 2, students will:

  • experience life on campus during a four-day residential and find out what it is like to live and study at a leading university
  • apply mathematics to real life problems in the context of their BTEC programme
  • develop their problem solving, critical thinking and research skills
  • find out about how to choose a university course and make a competitive application to university

Students will also get:

  • the confidence and skills to succeed in higher education
  • a broader understanding of their subject to help them achieve the grades they need in their BTEC course
  • an opportunity to explore and take advantage of university facilities

What students will be doing

The programme has three distinct modules:

  • Module 1: Mathematics tutoring in college

Students attend eight interactive and engaging sessions delivered by a visiting tutor at their college. The mathematics will be relevant to BTEC and will be presented in the context of their specific BTEC programme. Each session will last up to ninety minutes. There will be four tutorials given between March and June and four tutorials between September and December.

  • Module 2: Mathematics residential summer school at the University of Bath campus

25th –28th June 2018

This residential will provide students with a packed diary of both academic and social activities. They will stay on campus, meet and work with current undergraduates and explore the range of facilities the University has to offer. Students will take part in a group research project using mathematics to analyse outcomes from practical work within their chosen area. At the end of the week each group will present their work to each other. There will also be three mathematics masterclasses focussed on the core mathematics techniques and skills needed in their discipline. Our summer schools always include a variety of social events, so after a day of study students can rest and relax with their new friends. If they enjoy sport there are opportunities to try out the facilities available in our world-leading Sports Training Village. For those interested in the arts there will be workshops supported by specialist staff in our new arts centre.

  • Module 3: General support and guidance for HE entry/UCAS applications. The University will provide help and guidance with students’ UCAS applications.

How we support students

Students will receive ongoing support from the programme’s Maths Tutor who is a trained teacher. During the residential students will receive support in their subject area from maths specialists in the University’s mathematics resources centre – MASH (Mathematics and Statistics Help).

Students will also use the University’s online learning system to support their work and will receive login details for this system during the residential.