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.

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 to apply to the University of Bath. Students can either be studying A-Level or BTEC courses.

A-Level Programme

Pathway to Bath for A-Level is focused around two subject areas:
- Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
- Languages (German, Spanish, French or Italian)

In each of the subject streams students will:
- Complete a research project
- Access an online course supported by University Staff between February and December 2019 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 2019 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.

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 then eligible for an alternative offer. This means that if they are made an offer then 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 with a B in the Pathway to Bath Project. There are limitations and exemptions to the alternative offer.

BTEC Programme

Pathway to Bath for BTEC is focused around supporting the key Maths skills needed to succeed in three subject areas:
- BTEC Computer Science
- BTEC Engineering
- BTEC Sport

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 understand 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

Alternative 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 achieving a B or above in their project and apply to the University of Bath are eligible for a simplified offer. This means that if a student meets the minimum academic criteria for the course they will be made an offer without having to attend an interview. There are limitations and exemptions to the simplified offer.

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, which the Pathway to Bath programme is modelled on. 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 for the Pathway to Bath programme will open in January 2019. More details will be posted on this page then.