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Discover Bath

Discover Bath is a programme for Year 12 students where they can experience university study and find out about life at the University of Bath.

Dates for 2021 are yet to be confirmed. Register for updates.

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).

In 2021 we hope to deliver this in-person on our beautiful University campus but if COVID-19 prohibits this then we will offer an online version of the same programme (delivered on the same dates) which students can complete in the comfort of their own home.

Dates for summer 2021 are to be confirmed but are likely to be in late July/early August

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Subjects on offer



Computer Science

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Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

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Social Sciences


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Management & Business


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What will you do?

As part of Discover Bath you will:

  • study a course in your Discover Bath subject area delivered by University of Bath academic staff and current students
  • find out what it’s like to study at the University of Bath
  • complete some pre-work assignments (via Microsoft Teams) to gain knowledge in your subject area, and equip you with university-level study skills
  • complete a subject-focused project/report (completed after the 4-day summer programme), with support provided by University of Bath staff
  • receive support on writing a personal statement, understanding the UCAS process, student finance, and much more.

On completion of Discover Bath, your project/report 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 details below).

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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.

Applications for Discover Bath will open in November 2020.

Please register your interest by emailing

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Alternative offer

If you complete Discover Bath, write up your work as a report which achieves a B/2:1 or above, 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.

Contact Us

If you have any questions please get in touch