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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.

Apply now for Discover Bath 2023

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. You'll also have the opportunity to gain an reduced 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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See dates below.

Students working together and chatting during the summer school.

Who can apply

Applications are now open

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.

If you do not meet our widening participation criteria then unfortunately you won’t be eligible for Discover Bath but you may wish to consider our Step into Bath residential instead.

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Subjects on offer



Biology (fully booked)

Chemistry (fully booked)

Computer Science (fully booked)

Mathematics (fully booked)

Pharmacy (fully booked)

Physics (fully booked)

Mon 31 July to Thurs 3 Aug (3-night stay)

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Architecture & Civil Engineering (fully booked)

Chemical Engineering (fully booked)

Electronic and Electrical Engineering (fully booked)

Mechanical Engineering (fully booked)

Mon 31 July to Thurs 3 Aug (3-night stay)

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Social Sciences

Criminology (fully booked)

Economics (fully booked)

Education (fully booked)

Health & Sport

Politics (fully booked)

Psychology (fully booked)

Sociology (fully booked)

Mon 7 Aug to Thurs 10 Aug (3-night stay)

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Management & Business

Business Management (fully booked)

Mon 7 Aug to Thurs 10 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 self-reflection task following the residential 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

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

Reduced offer

All Discover Bath participants who apply to study at Bath will receive additional consideration during the application process.

In addition, having completed the Discover Bath programme successfully, you may be eligible to receive a reduced offer. The specific terms of your offer will be outlined to you, and may vary by course, but will typically include a reduction of one grade in one of your A-Levels.

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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.

Target Bath

If you're interested in Discover Bath, and you identify as having Black African, Caribbean or Mixed heritage, you may wish to consider our Target Bath programme.

The Target Bath programme includes a guaranteed place on Discover Bath alongside 1:1 coaching and online sessions with Black Student Ambassadors currently studying at Bath.

Target Bath is run in partnership with Rare, a leading organisation in diversity recruitment with a proven track record of supporting Black students to gain places at the UK’s top universities. The programme supports students of Black African, Caribbean and Mixed heritage to gain places at the University of Bath. You may also have the opportunity to gain an reduced offer.

Target Bath is free of charge and is open to UK-based students in Year 12, providing support throughout Year 12 and 13 and insights into life at Bath as a Black student. It will support you with subject choice and preparing for the UCAS process. As part of the programme, you will also be invited to attend Discover Bath.

This event isn't right for me, is there anything else?

Yes, we have other programmes for year 12 students. You can fill in our form which will then send you a personalised list of activities, events and resources that might be helpful for you.

Or if you are interested in residentials and are a high-performing athlete then our Sports Summer School may be for you. We also have lots of other opportunities you may be interested in.

Contact Us

If you have any questions please get in touch