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On Track to Bath

On Track to Bath is a free one-year curriculum enhancement programme for local A level students to support entry to higher education.

One male and female student in casual wears working on a circuit board with a female Student Ambassador who wearing a red hoodie
On Track to Bath students working on a circuit board with a Student Ambassador

What is On Track to Bath?

On Track to Bath is a one-year programme which will develop your independent learning, academic research and employability skills, and will help you to make an informed choice about your future university course. You will spend time on campus and undertake your own research project with the support of some of our academic staff and current students.

On Track to Bath is for local students who meet our On Track to Bath application criteria.

The programme will run from January 2021 until December 2021 and you can apply for a place online. The programme will combine the opportunity for several COVID-19 secure visits to the University campus with remote learning as part of an online community.

Some sessions will be held during term time, and so we will work in partnership with your school or college to ensure that you can attend and are supported to balance the programme with your other commitments.

We also plan for students on the programme to attend an on-campus residential in Summer 2021 in order to gain a first-hand experience of life at university (COVID-19 permitting).

If you complete On Track to Bath and apply to study at the University of Bath you will be eligible for our alternative offer scheme (further details below).

Which subject areas are available?

On Track to Bath will be available in five subject areas:

  • Business, Economics & Entrepreneurship
  • Computer Science, Electronics & Engineering
  • Science
  • Social Sciences & Psychology
  • Languages

How will you benefit?

Throughout On Track to Bath you will participate in regular sessions to support you during your A level studies and in developing the skills and confidence to succeed in higher education. You will:

  • receive ongoing support throughout On Track to Bath from a Co-ordinating Tutor who will be an experienced teacher in the subject area
  • attend lectures and presentations relevant to your subject area with regular support from academic specialists
  • meet our staff and work alongside some of our current students
  • develop your independent learning and research skills by completing a project on a topic that you enjoy
  • gain practical research experience that will support your future university studies (and any project qualifications you undertake alongside your A levels, such as the EPQ)
  • participate in workshops which will support you to develop your employability skills, make informed decisions about your next steps, and to make a competitive UCAS application
  • undertake an on-campus residential which will give you a real insight into what it's like to live and study at university

You can read our Student Blog to find out about the experiences of students who have previously completed On Track to Bath (the format of the programme will be different this year but the benefits will remain the same).

Alternative offer scheme

If you successfully complete On Track to Bath and apply to study at Bath your application will receive additional consideration from our Admissions Progression team.

In addition, if you achieve a B or above in your On Track project you will be eligible for an alternative offer*, which is typically a reduction by one grade in one of your A levels (e.g. for a course with a typical offer of AAA in 3 A levels an alternative offer would be AAB in 3 A levels plus a B in the On Track Project).

There are some exceptions and limitations to our alternative offer scheme. Find out more about our alternative offers for undergraduate students.

What you will be doing

Part 1 (Year 12)

Part 1 includes three compulsory sections. You will:

  • attend on-campus sessions between January and June 2021 designed to broaden your understanding of your chosen subject area and develop your academic and employability skills
  • complete a research project designed to develop your independent learning and research skills
  • attend an on-campus residential in Summer 2021

Part 2 (Year 13)

Part 2 will take place across a series of online sessions throughout the Autumn term of 2021. You will:

  • complete workshops to help you make a competitive UCAS application, write a strong personal statement and develop your interview skills
  • discover more about student life including managing your money, social life and extra-curricular activities, academic and personal support, and independent living
  • receive online support with lots of information and advice about applications and university