Access to Bristol

Access to Bristol provides local students with an unprecedented opportunity to experience life at the University of Bristol.

You will gain special access to the University of Bristol's academic expertise, try out our facilities and work with current students.

The Access to Bristol scheme is for students taking A-levels or equivalents. Taking part shows a commitment to further study that will strengthen your application when you apply to university.

Access to Bristol subject streams

Students attend a series of sessions, held at the University on Wednesday afternoons during the autumn or spring term. You will choose to study one of 28 subject streams, representing many of the degree subjects available at Bristol.

You will get an idea of what it is like to study at the University of Bristol, working with academics and current students who can offer advice and guidance about higher education and their subject area.

Subject stream Term
Applied Maths and Computer Science Spring 
Archaeology and Anthropology Spring 
Biological Sciences Autumn 
Biomedical Sciences - also see Pathways to Health Sciences Autumn and Spring
Chemistry Spring 
Childhood Studies, Education Studies and Psychology in Education Spring 
Classics and Ancient History Autumn 
Earth Sciences Autumn 
Economics, Accounting and Finance Autumn 
Engineering Autumn and Spring 
English Literature Autumn and Spring 
Film and Theatre Autumn
Geography Autumn 
Historical Studies Autumn and Spring
Law (Access to HE) - also see Pathways to Law  Autumn
Liberal Arts Autumn 
Management, Accounting and Finance Spring 
Mathematics Autumn and Spring
Modern Languages Autumn and Spring 
Music Autumn 
Philosophy Spring 
Physics  Autumn 
Politics Autumn 
Psychology Autumn and Spring 
Religion and Theology Spring 
Social Policy and Criminology Autumn 
Social Sciences Spring 
Sociology Autumn

For a detailed description of each subject stream, download the 2017/18 Access to Bristol brochure (PDF, 1,604kB)

See Applying to Access to Bristol for further information on the application process.

Pathways to Health Sciences

If you are a Year 12 student interested in studying Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science, you may be interested in our two-year Pathways to Health Sciences programme.

Pathways to Law

This is a two-year programme for Year 12 students who are interested in studying for a career in Law. Find out more Pathways to Law.

What are the benefits of Access to Bristol?

As well as developing your subject knowledge, Access to Bristol will give you an insight into student life at Bristol, first-hand experience of studying at one of Britain's top universities, and opportunities to try out our sports clubs and societies.

You will also benefit from:

  • Support with your A-level studies from our world-class teaching staff;
  • A boost to your CV and UCAS application;
  • The chance to meet with other local students from a range of backgrounds.

Guaranteed Offer at contextual level

Successful completion of the Access to Bristol scheme will guarantee you an offer from the University of Bristol provided that you meet the full entry requirements of the course you apply for.

You will be eligible for a contextual offer for all undergraduate courses, which is usually two grades lower than the typical offer. If the course holds interviews or auditions as part of the selection process you will be guaranteed an interview or audition.

Access to Bristol Bursary

If you successfully complete the Access to Bristol scheme and firmly accept your offer to study at the University of Bristol you may be eligible for the Access to Bristol bursary, which consists of:

  • A full tuition fee waiver for your first year of study;
  • A maintenance bursary of £3,750 for each year of your course.

To be considered for the bursary you need to have a household income of £25,000 or below and be resident in England. No bursary is paid in any year where you are entitled to NHS funding as part of your course.

The Access to Bristol bursary and Guaranteed Offer reflect our commitment to attracting the very best students to the University of Bristol and demonstrates how highly we regard those students who complete the Access to Bristol scheme.

Access to Bristol brochure 2017/18

Download the 2017/18 Access to Bristol brochure (PDF, 1,604kB) for more information.

How to apply

Visit Applying to Access to Bristol for more information on entry criteria and application dates.

Pathways to Health Sciences

If you are a Year 12 student interested in studying Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science, you may be interested in our two-year Pathways to Health Sciences programme.

Pathways to Law

This is a two-year programme for Year 12 students who are interested in studying for a career in law. Find out more about Pathways to Law.

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