For ten years, the Centre for Applied Autism Research (CAAR) has been running an annual autism summer school for students thinking about going to university.
We have now developed this support, extending it to people who have just completed their GCSEs, and those starting university.
Working with Bath's Student Services and Widening Participation teams, we are now offering an integrated and comprehensive series of summer schools to support autistic young people thinking of going to university.
There are now four summer schools.
Year 11: Autism Summer School
This is for autistic students who have completed their GCSEs (or equivalent) and are thinking of the next academic step.
The Autism Summer School is residential and explores autistic strengths and challenges for autistic students who will be taking their A-levels (or equivalent) on their journey to university.
Year 12: Subject-Specific Summer School
This is for all A-level (or equivalent) students thinking of going to the University of Bath.
These summer schools focus on specific university subjects (such as Engineering) and are open to current Year 12 students.
Year 13: University Transition Autism School (UTAS)
September - December 2022
This is for autistic students who are going to any university in the coming autumn.
Monthly online sessions (four in total) will enable autistic students to connect with each other as they transition to university and through the first term.
Year 13: Beginning at Bath
This is for autistic students (and those with other conditions) starting at the University of Bath.
It is a three-day event, the week before the university term starts. It's designed to introduce students to the campus and help them to develop essential study skills.