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Pathway to Bath Programme

Pathway to Bath is a free curriculum enhancement programme for students to develop skills for university and support entry to Higher Education.

What is Pathway to Bath?

Watch this video to find out more about Pathway to Bath

What is Pathway to Bath?

Pathway to Bath is a free blended learning programme that gives students the chance to develop key skills for university study and beyond while working online alongside experienced staff and current students and the opportunity to attend a free 3-day summer residential visit to experience life as a student at Bath.

The programme is designed to fit around your busy A level (or equivalent) schedule and will require no more than one hour per week to complete. You can work through the sessions wherever and whenever suits you, and have the opportunity to gain an alternative offer to study at Bath if you successfully complete the programme.

Watch this presentation to find out more.

Watch this presentation to find out more
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What subjects are available?

There are lots of subjects to choose from


  • Biosciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science and Robotics
  • Maths
  • Pharmacy
  • Physics


  • Civil Engineering and Architecture
  • Mechanical Engineering

Social Sciences

  • Criminology
  • Health and Exercise Science
  • Languages (French and Spanish)
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology


  • Business
  • Economics

What will you do?


February to July 2022

Study an online course delivered by our academic staff which will support you to complete a research project (or another structured programme of activity, depending on your subject area), and develop key academic and employability skills.

Online sessions will be released regularly between February and July 2022 and can be worked through flexibly, but you’ll be supported every step of the way by your tutor, University of Bath students and your fellow Pathway students, who you’ll get to know in your live sessions.

25 to 27 July 2022

Take part in an action-packed 3- day residential during the summer holiday of 2022 (subject to COVID-19 restrictions allowing this to be possible).

You’ll stay in university halls, attend lectures and workshops, explore our award-winning facilities and world heritage city, and get involved in social activities to really experience life on campus.

September to December 2022

Receive support to make a competitive application to study at Bath and to make a successful transition to university, including exclusive sessions with Admissions Tutors, 1:1 personal statement support, and much more.

What will you get out of it?

Students who complete the programme will benefit in a number of ways.

You will:

  • have the opportunity to access an alternative offer to study at Bath
  • develop key skills and knowledge for university and beyond
  • gain valuable experiences to include in a UCAS application
  • access personalised support to apply to university through self-directed learning and teamwork
  • meet other like-minded students with similar study interests and future plans

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

'The whole experience has been much better than I expected. I have learnt so much about such a broad field and have really enjoyed the program and would highly recommend people to apply.'

'Thank you so much. I really had a wonderful experience and the project was extremely fun and interesting and the skills I learnt were very important.'

Alternative Offer

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

In addition, if you successfully complete the Pathway to Bath online learning programme, you will be eligible to receive an alternative offer. This alternative offer is typically a reduction of one grade in one of your A-levels. For example, an alternative offer for a course with a typical offer of AAA would be AAB plus a B in the Pathway to Bath project. Find out about the limitations and exemptions to our alternative offers.

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Who can apply

Pathway to Bath is aimed at academically able Year 12 students who are considering applying to study at Bath. You will need to show that you are on track to meet our typical offer for your chosen course (take a look at our course pages for details of our typical offers) and you will also need to meet one or more of our Widening Participation criteria

How to apply

When applying you will need to:

  • provide details of your current qualifications (e.g. A-Levels or BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma) and previous qualifications (e.g. GCSEs)
  • provide contact details for your parents/carers
  • provide contact details of a teacher who can provide a reference

Applications are now closed for 2022 entry.

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Parents/carers and teachers


We feel it’s important to work closely with schools and parents to make sure the students feel supported and parents/carers have the know-how they need to help young people prepare and apply for university. We ensure that we have a dialogue with parents/carers and teachers and provide them with the information they need.

If you are a teacher and would like to promote this amazing opportunity within your school or college please book a meeting for a virtual presentation for your students or a chat with us. You can use our promotional video, narrated Powerpoint or this simple PowerPoint presentation if you like!

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

Yes, we have two other programmes for year 12 students. You might like to have a look at our Discover Bath residential, or our Find Your Way e-mentoring programmes. If you don’t meet our Widening Participation Criteria, you may like to look at the Step Into Bath online experience, which is open to all.

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.


If you have any questions, please contact us.