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On Track to Bath: Teacher's Guide

This guide gives information for teachers about the On Track programme and how it works.

Who should take part in On Track to Bath

On Track to Bath is a one-year programme for local students who are academically able and whose background may make them less likely to go to a leading university. Some of these students may not be considering going to university at all.
This programme will give students from less advantaged background the opportunity to develop and build their experience outside the classroom and so we are targeting students who meet at least one of our Widening Participation Criteria.

The programme will best support students who are considering applying to courses at the University of Bath or similar institutions and so it important that students have the potential to achieve the grades necessary to get onto their chosen course. To demonstrate academic ability students should have at least at least six GCSEs at grades 9 to 6 and at least a grade 4 in GCSE English and Mathematics. There are also subject specific criteria we ask students to meet for each of the different subject tracks.
If you have any students who meet the criteria and would benefit from the programme we would like to hear from them. If you are not sure if your student would be eligible then please get in touch with us.

How your students benefit

On Track to Bath will develop their independent learning and research skills and aims to support your students subject knowledge.

It will also help your students to make an informed choice about their university course through workshops and working and socialising alongside current students. They will get a taste of what university life is like by spending time on campus as well as attending monthly workshops at the University.

Your students take part in many activities​ throughout Years 12 and 13. During this time, they will get:

  • opportunities to develop their independent learning and research skills through completing a project on a topic they enjoy
  • first-hand experience of life at university (including a three-day residential stay on campus)
  • regular sessions to introduce new ideas, enhance their subject knowledge, broaden their understanding and help them to achieve the grades that they need at A level
  • practical research experience to equip them for success in the Extended Project Qualification and prepare them for university study
  • workshops to increase knowledge to make an informed choice about university courses and a strong UCAS application
  • the confidence and skills to succeed in higher education
  • additional consideration at the point of admissions if they apply to a course at the University of Bath

Your students also get to:

  • explore and take advantage of university facilities
  • attend lectures and presentations delivered by university academics
  • meet departmental admissions tutors
  • work with current University of Bath students

All students who successfully complete On Track to Bath 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, achieve a B or above in their project and apply to the University of Bath are then eligible for an alternative offer.

On Track to Bath subjects

On Track consists of actitivities run in five main subject areas:

What we need you to do

We aim to work in partnership with you and your school or college through regular conversations. We have limited spaces on the programme so it would help us with our selections if you can identify any students who meet the eligibility criteria and are keen to take part in the programme and encourage them to apply.

Before your students apply you need to be aware that they may miss some contact time in school. We aim to reduce the amount of time taken out of school by delivering sessions during school holiday time. This is not always possible though.

The dates below are for the 2019/20 academic year:
All sessions run 14:15-17:30 unless otherwise stated.

  • 15 January Welcome and Induction (with parents/carers invited)
  • 29 January
  • 19 February (half term)
  • 18 March
  • 15 April (Easter)
  • 27-29 May (whole day sessions, half term)
  • 10 June
  • 24-26 June (residential stay on campus)

We have run the programme for many years and all the students have found it beneficial to their development and have taken many of the learnings into their A-Level studies. We do acknowledge though that there may be instances where mock exams or assessments are happening on the same day as an On Track session. Although we want all students to attend all sessions we can make exceptions assuming we know in advance. We ask that you, when we're in conversation, keep us up to date with any sessions your students may miss.

As part of the application process your student will need a reference from you or one of your colleagues. The main point of this is to determine if a student would benefit from the programme and to ensure that you have approved them missing any time from school.

The programme is usually over subscribed and we have to make a selection of which students we can accept onto the limited places available. Once the application deadline is passed we will select the students (ensuring students meet the necessary criteria) and inform them and you (or the relevant reference) of the outcome of each application.

Once on the programme, if any students have any issues then please do get in touch. We are keen to make everyone's experience a positive one and so it is important that we know about any struggles/issues/concerns the students have.

What your students need to do

Once you have identified suitable students and have agreed that they can part-take in the programme then please encourage them to read about the programme on the webpages, watch the video and then apply using our online forms.

If you have any questions or would like to talk further about the programme then please get in touch by email ontrack@bath.ac.uk or on the phone 01225 386587