University of Bath

Discover Bath Residentials

Find out about the Discover Bath Residential programme for Year 12 students

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Discover Bath is a programme to give students an experience of learning and teaching at Bath

What is Discover Bath?

Discover Bath gives you as a Year 12 student, meeting relevant academic requirements, a taste of the first year of study at the University of Bath in your chosen subject.

You will complete a set of pre-residential, online modules which will mimic University style learning where you will develop your subject knowledge in preparation for your residential stay at the University. During your stay on campus, you will get to take part in a set of first-year undergraduate lectures, workshops and projects such as laboratory experiments. After your stay you will have the opportunity, with support from current undergraduates, to write up your work as a presentation or a report which will be marked to a first-year undergraduate standard.

If you choose the report, meet the University's widening participation criteria and achieve a B/2:1 in your report, you will be eligible for an alternative offer at the University of Bath. After completing your write up of your work, you will get further support with making a competitive application and successful transition to university.

You will develop key skills for success at the University of Bath as well as get a taste of student life on campus and experience lectures, seminars, workshops and the social activities on offer.

If you meet our widening participation criteria you will receive a subsidised place (free of charge) on the Discover Bath programme. The standard fee is £225, which covers the cost of accommodation and food throughout the stay.

Residentials available

Below is a list of the subjects available. Each link has details of:

  • what will be covered in the programme
  • when it will run
  • the eligibility criteria

Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Science
Education with Psychology
Electrical Engineering
Health & Sport
Languages (French, German, Spanish)
Mechanical Engineering
Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Social Sciences


Your parents/carers may have been to university or have experience of the university system. We want to offer support to parents and carers of all students on the Discover Bath programme. Through an online portal, we will give your parents an introduction and insight into the university processes as well as direct access to University of Bath staff, students, admissions tutors and course tutors to answer any questions or concerns they may have. We will also give them information about what you are doing on the programme, as we are aware that not all students tell their parents what they are doing.

The monthly online sessions will cover things such as:

  • How to apply to university
  • Student finance – the myths and realities
  • How your child can find universities and courses
  • How parents/carers can support their child with their studies
  • Plus lots more…

The Benefits

Discover Bath gives you as a Year 12 student the unique opportunity to experience first-year study with direct access to university facilities, resources and expertise and will prepare you for success in Higher Education.

Through the residential, Discover Bath will improve your knowledge of the subject and develop your knowledge of teaching and learning on your chosen course at Bath. It will also help you to make an informed choice about your university and course. You will get direct access to current students and staff at the University and you will also get advice from admissions tutors and one-to-one personal statement advice to ensure you make a competitive UCAS application.

Alternative Offer

All students who meet our widening participation criteria, successfully complete the Discover Bath programme and apply for a University of Bath course will receive additional consideration at the point of admission.

In addition to this, all students who complete the programme, attend satisfactorily, write up their work as a report achieving a B/2:1 or above and apply to the University of Bath are then eligible for an alternative offer. This means that if they are made an offer they will receive both the typical and an alternative offer. The alternative offer is usually a reduction by one grade in one of their A levels. For example, AAA would become AAB plus a B in the Discover Bath project.

There are limitations and exemptions to the alternative offer.

Who can apply?

Discover Bath is available to all students who are academically able to study at the University of Bath in their chosen subject. Students who meet one or more of our Widening Participation criteria will be given a subsided place. If you are unsure if you meet the criteria then please email us at and we can check.

What is the cost?

The standard fee is £225, which covers the cost of accommodation and food throughout your stay.

Subsidised places

Students who meet our widening participation criteria will receive a subsidised place (free of charge) on the Discover Bath programme. Your accommodation and food throughout your stay will be covered by the University as well as your travel costs to and from the University for the residential stay.

How will I know if I've got a subsidised place?

We will let you know if and when you are accepted onto the programme whether you have qualified for a subsidised place.

How to apply

Applications are open now and close on Friday 15 March 2019.

To apply use our online form

You will need to complete the form including details of your parents/carers and teachers. We will then email your parents/carers and teachers to complete a short form too, which will be combined with your responses.

You will need:

  • details of current and previous courses including grades
  • parent/carer's contact details
  • teacher's contact details


The deadline for applications is Friday 15 March 2019.

Watch this video for tips on applying