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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?

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What is Pathway to Bath?

Pathway to Bath is a free, online learning programme which gives students the chance to develop key skills for university study and beyond by completing their own project while working alongside experienced staff and current students.

New for 2020-21, Pathway to Bath is being delivered in partnership with Santander, to support students in developing employability skills alongside academic learning.

The programme is designed to fit around a busy A level (or equivalent) schedule and will require no more than one hour per week to complete. You can work through the programme wherever and whenever suits you.

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

There are lots of subjects to choose from


Computer Science


Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Social Sciences




What will you do?

As a Pathway student you will:

  • study an online course delivered by our academic staff which will support you to complete a research project (or other 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 December 2021
  • receive support to make a competitive application to study at Bath and to make a successful transition to university
  • receive support on writing a personal statement, understanding the UCAS process, student finance, and much more
  • get to know current students, academic and university staff, who can help provide an insight into what university life is really like and answer your questions
  • take part in a 3 day residential during the summer holiday of 2021 (subject to Covid-19 restrictions allowing this to be possible) to experience life on campus
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How you will benefit

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

You will:

  • develop key skills for university and beyond through self-directed learning and teamwork
  • complete your own research project (or similar) with access to our people, resources and expertise to prepare you for success in Higher Education
  • improve your knowledge of your chosen subject area and develop your independent learning and key skills (which can be transferred to an Extended Project Qualification)
  • meet other like-minded students with similar study interests and future plans
  • participate in employability workshops with our employer partner, Santander, to learn all about the skills which can set you up for a successful career

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

'I found this programme to be even more engaging than I thought it would be but also balanced and a really good project to complete in conjunction with my A-levels.'

'I had initially thought the Pathway to Bath would be more independent and would require a lot of work and time. However, it was so much fun! The online social activities with current students were very insightful. The staff were so supportive, especially being given a personal tutor.'

Alternative Offer

If you successfully complete Pathway to Bath and apply to study at Bath you will receive additional consideration during the application process.

In addition, if you attend satisfactorily and achieve a B or above in your Pathway to Bath project 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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Applying for Pathway to Bath

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

Applications are now closed. They will re-open in December 2021 for the next intake.

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)
  • submit a statement to explain why you want to study Pathway to Bath
  • provide contact details for your parents/carers
  • provide contact details of a teacher who can provide a reference
Watch this applying to Pathway video
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Contact with 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.

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

Yes, we have 3 programmes for year 12 students which can all lead to an alternative offer to Bath. Choose your programme now or we have a suite of other activities you may be interested in.

About our partner

All students deserve the opportunity to succeed, regardless of their circumstances.

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Santander Universities UK has spent more than a decade collaborating with a large network of university partners to remove barriers to higher education for students whose ambitions aren’t always matched by their means. With a tailored package of financial and in-kind support, we help students boost their career prospects through paid internships or overseas travel; empower them to make their business ideas a reality, and support their learning with scholarships and bursaries.

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.