University of Bath

Pathway to Bath - Science

Find out more about the Science streams of Pathway to Bath

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Pathway to Bath - Science

Overview

The science strands of the Pathway to Bath programme will run February to December and will support you to make a strong application to the University of Bath. Throughout the year you will have online activities every 2 weeks that will take 2-3 hours to complete.

You will undertake a research project and get support with A level content as well as getting direct access to current university students who will guide you through the process of choosing and applying to university. Each student on the programme will be assigned an e-mentor who is a current student at Bath studying a science subject.

Biology

As part of the Biology strand, you will undertake a research project focused on cancer research at the University of Bath. The incidences of cancer remain high despite advances in our understanding.

Fortunately, the recent emergence of genomic technologies holds therapeutic potential for personalised cancer management. Personalised cancer management merges standard chemotherapy and radiation treatments with genomic profiling and in vitro cell proliferation studies. It allows the researcher to identify specific genes that contribute to unregulated cellular proliferation as well as those genes that inhibit the mechanisms that normally control cellular growth. You will undertake a project screening potential chemotherapeutic agents.

Each session will support you with the process of designing your own research and give you the relevant knowledge you will need to successfully undertake your research. We will link the A level Biology content to the work you will be undertaking.

Please note Bath does not offer Medicine and so Pathway to Bath is not suitable for students making an application for Medicine. The programme is designed to support progression to Biology (and related) courses only.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Biology strand of Pathway to Bath you must meet our Widening Participation criteria and be studying Biology A level plus a second science or Maths. You must also be academically able to apply for one of the Bioscience courses at Bath.

Chemistry

As part of the Chemistry strand, students will undertake a research project focused on renewable energy research at the University of Bath.

Biofuels come from the products of living organisms. This could be methane biogas from sewage, ethanol from fermentation or biodiesel from vegetable oils. The main advantages of biofuels are that they are a renewable source and that CO2 generated from their usage can be absorbed by growing plants which can, in turn, be used for biofuels. There is a particular interest in using waste materials, such as sugar cane husks and waste cooking oil, to generate biofuels such that their production does not compete with food crops. Students will undertake a project to identify the best methods of biofuel production.

Each session will support you with the process of designing your own research and give you the relevant knowledge you will need to successfully undertake your research. We will link the A level Chemistry content to the work you will be undertaking.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Chemistry strand of Pathway to Bath you must meet our Widening Participation criteria and be studying Chemistry A level plus a second science or Maths. You must also be academically able to study one of the Chemistry courses at Bath.

Physics

As part of the Physics strand, students will undertake a research project focused on fluid dynamics.

Historically, water has been used to measure time by many ancient civilisations. Usually, a water clock, known as a clepsydra, would consist of water flowing out of a vessel, being pushed by the water pressure. The passage of time is marked by the level of water. Clepsydrae were generally used more as timers than as clocks, but some attempts have been made to use water to measure the time of day. Students will work on a project to determine if it is possible to design an accurate water clock and determine the power needed to run it continuously.

Each session will support you with the process of designing your own research and give you the relevant knowledge you will need to successfully undertake your research. We will link the A level Physics content to the work you will be undertaking.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Physics strand of Pathway to Bath you must meet our Widening Participation criteria and be studying Physics and Maths A levels. You must also be academically able to study one of the Physics courses at Bath.

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