University of Bath

Pathway to Bath Programme

Pathway to Bath is a free curriculum enhancement programme for students to develop research skills and support entry to Higher Education.

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Pathway to Bath

What is Pathway to Bath?

Pathway to Bath is a free, online curriculum enrichment programme which gives students the chance to complete their own research project working alongside experienced university staff within a real research environment. The programme is aimed at academically-able Year 12 students who are considering applying to the University of Bath. Students can either be studying A level or Level 3 BTEC qualifications.

Find out about other Widening Participation activities

A level Programme

Pathway to Bath for A level is focused around two subject areas:

Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)

Languages (French, German or Spanish)

In each of the subject streams students will:

  • complete a research project
  • access an online course supported by university staff between February and December to support the completion of a successful research project and to provide online support about personal statements, UCAS, finance and more
  • attend a residential during the summer, giving students the experience of living and studying on a university campus in June and working alongside student ambassadors and researchers on their project in our fantastic research facilities on campus
  • be given support to make a competitive application to the University of Bath and support to make a successful transition to university.

Find out more about the projects and requirements:

Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)

Languages (French, German or Spanish)

Alternative Offer

All students who successfully complete Pathway to Bath (A level) 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 eligible for an alternative offer.

This means that if they are made an offer they will receive both the typical and 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 Pathway to Bath project. There are limitations and exemptions to the alternative offer.

BTEC Programme

The Pathway to Bath BTEC programme is focused around supporting Maths knowledge and expertise in three Level 3 BTEC Extended diploma qualifications:

Engineering

IT or Computing

Sport and Exercise Science

In each of the subject streams students will:

  • access an online course supported by university staff to support the completion of a successful research project and to provide online support about personal statements, UCAS, finance and more
  • develop their Maths skills through support from a Maths tutor
  • develop their understanding of university through e-mentoring from current University of Bath students
  • be given support to make a competitive application to the University of Bath and support to make a successful transition to university

Find out more about the projects and requirements:

Engineering

IT or Computing

Sport and Exercise Science

Guaranteed Offer

All students who successfully complete Pathway to Bath (BTEC) 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 satisfactorily, achieve a B or above in their project, apply for a directly related course at the University of Bath and meet the typical entry requirements for their chosen course are guaranteed to receive a conditional offer.

There are limitations and exemptions to the guaranteed offer.

Parents/Carers

Not all parents 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 Pathway to Bath programme.

Through an online portal, we will give parents an introduction and insight into the university processes as well as direct access to the University of Bath staff, students, admissions tutors and course tutors to answer any questions or concerns parents/carers may have. We will also give them information about what their child is 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

Pathway to Bath gives Year 12 students the unique opportunity to complete their own research project with access to university facilities, resources and expertise and prepares them for success in Higher Education.

Through the research project, Pathway to Bath will improve students' knowledge of their subject and develop their independent learning and research skills. These skills will be easily transferred to an Extended Project Qualification, on which the Pathway to Bath programme is modelled.

Pathway to Bath will also help students to make an informed choice about their university course. They will get direct access to current students and staff at the University. Students will also get advice from admissions tutors and one-to-one personal statement advice to ensure they make a competitive UCAS application.

Who can apply?

All students will need to be academically-able to access courses at the University of Bath in their chosen subject. Students should also meet one or more of our Widening Participation criteria

How to apply

Applications are now closed for 2019. 2020 dates will be announced in late 2019. In the meantime you could read our student blogs for insight into student life.