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Discover Bath

Discover Bath is a free event for Year 12 students from Widening Participation backgrounds to experience university study and find out about life at university.

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What is Discover Bath?


Discover Bath is a summer programme which aims to give prospective students a taste of first-year life and study at the University of Bath, together with the opportunity to gain an alternative offer (see details below).

Discover Bath is free-of-charge, including on-campus accommodation, free meals for the duration of your stay, a programme of academic sessions (lectures, seminars, workshops) and fun social activities. Your travel to the University can be reimbursed (reasonable travel within the UK only).

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Who can apply


Discover Bath is available to all Year 12 (or equivalent) students who are academically able to study at Bath in their chosen subject and meet our widening participation criteria.

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Subjects on offer

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Science

Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Mathematics
Pharmacy
Physics

Mon 1 Aug to Thurs 4 Aug (3-night stay)

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Engineering

Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Robotics

Mon 1 Aug to Thurs 4 Aug (3-night stay)

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Social Sciences

Criminology
Economics
Education
Health
French
Politics
Psychology
Sociology

Mon 8 Aug to Thurs 11 Aug (3-night stay)

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Management & Business

Business
Management

Mon 8 Aug to Thurs 11 Aug (3-night stay)

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What will you do?

Discover Bath has a lot to offer


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As part of Discover Bath you will:

  • study a course in your Discover Bath subject area delivered by University of Bath lecturers, researchers and current students
  • find out what it’s like to study at the University of Bath
  • stay on the University campus for 3 nights in actual undergraduate student accommodation
  • complete a pre-work assignment (using Microsoft Teams) to gain knowledge in your subject area, and equip you with university-level study skills
  • complete an on-course activity log and self-reflection task with support provided by University staff and Student Ambassadors
  • receive support on writing a personal statement, understanding the UCAS process, student finance, and much more
  • join in with fun, social activities (led by current university students) to get a flavour of real student life
  • gain skills that will be essential for successful university study (e.g. research skills, independent study, teamwork)
  • network and make new, like-minded friends

On completion of Discover Bath, your activity log and self-reflection task will be marked and if this meets the required standard and you subsequently apply to study at Bath and receive an offer, you will be eligible for an alternative offer (see below for more details and check if you're eligible).


How you will benefit

Here's what some of this year's Discover Bath students said about the programme:


'I found the Discover Bath programme really helped to strengthen my journey to university. This programme was the first time I had learnt how to interpret, write and evaluate scientific reports which are, of course, very key skills at university. Discover Bath made me feel ready and confident to apply to university.' James – Discover Bath Biology

'Taking part in the Discover Bath Programme made me realise I could fit into university as I was able to understand the work given and guidance was always offered. As the project was based around the coronavirus, everything we were doing was extremely current and so, exciting to keep up with.' Sali – Discover Bath Psychology

'The Discover Bath biology course was an amazing experience that enabled me to put myself into a biomedical researchers’ shoes for the summer. The process was exciting and I learned a lot about the process of drug discovery and laboratory work. I was given help though by a supportive mentor and taught a variety of important skills. I had so much fun and believe it was an inspiring and valuable experience.' Amy – Discover Bath Fast Track Biology

Alternative offer


If you complete Discover Bath, obtain a pass mark for your activity log and self-reflection task and subsequently apply to and receive an offer from Bath, you will receive an alternative offer which is typically one grade below our standard typical offer. For example, for a course with a typical offer of AAA the alternative offer would be to achieve AAB plus a B in the Discover Bath project.

Our alternative offers are currently only available to students studying A levels or Cambridge Pre-Us. Read about limitations and exemptions to our alternative offers.

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Access to online learning

We can support you to access technology if needed.


The University of Bath is leading the Digital Divide project, addressing the challenge of not only providing content that gives young people the best chance of success, but also ensuring they have the means to access it. Please contact us if you anticipate any challenges applying for or completing the pre and post work online and we will do our best to support you.

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